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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927234/metabolic-profiling-of-central-nervous-system-disease-in-trypanosoma-brucei-rhodesiense-infection
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Sabrina D Lamour, Vincent P Alibu, Elaine Holmes, Jeremy M Sternberg
Background: The progression of Human African Trypanosomiasis from the early hemolymphatic stage to the late meningoencephalitic stage is of critical diagnostic importance as it determines the choice of potentially toxic drug regimens. Current diagnostic criteria involving analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for parasites and/or pleiocytosis are sensitive, but recent evidence suggests that specificity may be poor. Methods: We used an untargeted global metabolic profiling approach for the discovery of novel candidate stage diagnostic markers in CSF from Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense patients using 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927109/disease-progression-patterns-of-bevacizumab-responders-with-recurrent-malignant-gliomas
#2
Ju-Hwi Kim, Tae-Young Jung, Eu Chang Hwang, Sung-Hoon Jung, Shin Jung, In-Young Kim, Woo-Youl Jang, Kyung-Sub Moon, Kyung-Hwa Lee, Seul-Kee Kim
Tumor progression in patients with recurrent malignant glioma who respond to bevacizumab (BEV) is difficult to assess. The current study reviewed the clinical and radiological results of patients following a BEV-based chemotherapy regimen, and evaluated disease progression patterns in patients who responded to BEV therapy. From August 2011 to November 2015, 24 patients (18 glioblastoma cases and 6 anaplastic astrocytoma cases) were treated with BEV-based chemotherapy. In total, 6 patients were treated with BEV alone and 18 patients were treated with BEV combined with irinotecan...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927091/clinical-and-biological-effects-of-tumor-associated-lymphocytes-in-the-presence-or-absence-of-chemotherapy-for-malignant-ascites-in-ovarian-cancer-patients
#3
Weiwei Zhang, Kejun Liu, Bin Ye, Guolin Hu, Kelei Zhao, Yazhou Ren, Weijiang Liang
Tumor-associated lymphocytes (TALs) have been successfully isolated from ascites and solid tumors, however the clinical use of TALs in treating ovarian cancer (OC) has not yet been reported. The present study investigated the efficacy and toxicity of TALs in the presence or absence of chemotherapy in OC patients with malignant ascites (MA). A total of 32 patients were enrolled in this study. A total of 8 patients received treatment with TALs alone (TALs group), 11 patients received combined treatment of TALs and chemotherapy (combination group) and 13 patients received chemotherapy alone (chemotherapy group)...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927084/thalidomide-and-lenalidomide-for-recurrent-ovarian-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Clemens B Tempfer, Beate Schultheis, Ziad Hilal, Askin Dogan, Günther A Rezniczek
The present review aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of thalidomide and lenalidomide, two immunomodulatory drugs with anti-angiogenic properties, in women with recurrent ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer. A systematic review of the literature was conducted whereby Medline and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched using terms associated with thalidomide, lenalidomide, and recurrent ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancer. Published English language case reports, trials and studies that described the safety and efficacy of thalidomide or lenalidomide alone, or in combination with other drugs were reviewed...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927059/matrine-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-of-human-rhabdomyosarcoma-cells-via-downregulation-of-the-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-pathway
#5
Penghui Yan, Zongqiang Huang, Junbo Zhu
Matrine, extracted from the Chinese traditional medicine Sophorae flavescentis, has been demonstrated to exhibit antitumor effects on numerous types of cancer in vivo and in vitro with low toxicity. However, its antitumor mechanism in rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) cells remains unclear. In the present study, the antitumor effects of matrine and its underlying mechanisms in RMS were investigated in vitro. The results demonstrated that matrine inhibited cell proliferation, migration and invasion, and induced apoptosis of RMS cells in a dose-dependent manner...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926981/antibiofilm-activity-and-mechanism-of-action-of-the-disinfectant-chloramine-t-on-candida-spp-and-its-toxicity-against-human-cells
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Gabriela Lacet Silva Ferreira, Pedro Luiz Rosalen, Larissa Rangel Peixoto, Ana Luiza Alves de Lima Pérez, Fabíola Galbiatti de Carvalho Carlo, Lúcio Roberto Cançado Castellano, Jefferson Muniz de Lima, Irlan Almeida Freires, Edeltrudes de Oliveira Lima, Ricardo Dias de Castro
We evaluated the antifungal and anti-biofilm activity, mechanism of action and cytotoxicity of chloramine T trihydrate (CAT) against Candida spp. The Minimum Inhibitory and Fungicidal Concentrations (MIC/MFC) of CAT were determined. Changes in CAT-treated C. albicans growth kinetics and micromorphology were evaluated, as well as the mechanism of action, and its effects on biofilm. Cytotoxicity was assessed by the hemolysis method. The data were analyzed by inferential statistics (p ≤ 0.05). CAT showed antifungal activity against all strains, with MIC values ranging between 1...
September 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926954/evidence-for-complex-formation-of-the-bacillus-cereus-haemolysin-bl-components-in-solution
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Franziska Tausch, Richard Dietrich, Kristina Schauer, Robert Janowski, Dierk Niessing, Erwin Märtlbauer, Nadja Jessberger
Haemolysin BL is an important virulence factor regarding the diarrheal type of food poisoning caused by Bacillus cereus. However, the pathogenic importance of this three-component enterotoxin is difficult to access, as nearly all natural B. cereus culture supernatants additionally contain the highly cytotoxic Nhe, the second three-component toxin involved in the aetiology of B. cereus-induced food-borne diseases. To better address the toxic properties of the Hbl complex, a system for overexpression and purification of functional, cytotoxic, recombinant (r)Hbl components L₂, L₁ and B from E...
September 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926834/heme-oxygenase-activity-and-heme-binding-in-a-neonatal-mouse-model
#8
Stephanie Kourula, Joyce Ang, Hui Zhao, Flora Kalish, Peter Vandenabeele, Karl G Sylvester, Ronald J Wong, David K Stevenson
BACKGROUND: Severe hemolytic disease of the newborn leads to the release of pro-oxidative free heme (FH). Heme oxygenase (HO) is primarily responsible for detoxifying FH. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the protective effects of HO in a model of heme overload. METHODS: For in vitro studies, NIH3T3 HO-1-luc cells were incubated with 10, 30, or 60 µM FH or methemalbumin (MHA). HO-1 promoter activity was assessed 3, 6, and 24 h after treatment. Cell survival was indexed by viability assays...
September 20, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926817/safety-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1c-protein-for-daphnia-magna-based-on-different-functional-traits
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Yi Chen, Yan Yang, Haojun Zhu, Jörg Romeis, Yunhe Li, Yufa Peng, Xiuping Chen
Cry1C is a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) insecticidal protein and it can be produced by transgenic rice lines developed in China. Cladocera species are common aquatic arthropods that may be exposed to insecticidal proteins produced in Bt-transgenic plants through ingestion of pollen or crop residues in water. As the cladoceran Daphnia magna plays an important role in the aquatic food chain, it is important to assess the possible effects of Bt crops to this species. To evaluate the safety of the Cry1C protein for D...
September 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926816/phycoremediation-of-landfill-leachate-with-the-chlorophyte-chlamydomonas-sp-sw15arl-and-evaluation-of-toxicity-pre-and-post-treatment
#10
Andrea Paskuliakova, Ted McGowan, Steve Tonry, Nicolas Touzet
Landfill leachate treatment is an ongoing challenge in the wastewater management of existing sanitary landfill sites due to the complex nature of leachates and their heavy pollutant load. There is a continuous interest in treatment biotechnologies with expected added benefits for resource recovery; microalgal bioremediation is seen as promising in this regard. Toxicity reduction of landfill leachate subsequent to phycoremediation was investigated in this study. The treatment eventuated from the growth of the ammonia tolerant microalgal strain Chlamydomonas sp...
September 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926810/revisiting-the-biogeochemistry-of-arsenic-in-the-baltic-sea-impact-of-anthropogenic-activity
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Lei Li, Christa Pohl, Jing-Ling Ren, Detlef Schulz-Bull, Xiu-Hong Cao, Günther Nausch, Jing Zhang
With the increase in anthropogenic environmental disruption, the behavior of arsenic in the Baltic Sea has received more scientific attention because of its complex forms and toxicity, and was re-visited to determine if there have been measurable changes recently. A cruise was conducted in 10-19 May 2011 to investigate the species and distribution of total dissolved inorganic arsenic (TDIAs: [TDIAs]=[As(V)]+[As(III)]) revealing links between the hydrographic dynamics and biological/chemical reactions in the Baltic Sea...
September 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926808/active-pharmaceutical-ingredients-entering-the-aquatic-environment-from-wastewater-treatment-works-a-cause-for-concern
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Sean Comber, Mike Gardner, Pernilla Sörme, Dean Leverett, Brian Ellor
This work reports on the variation in wastewater treatment works (WwTW) influent concentrations of a wide variety of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), their removal efficiency, effluent concentrations and potential risks to the aquatic environment. The research is based on data generated from two large UK-wide WwTW monitoring programmes. Taking account of removal of parent compound from the aqueous phase during treatment in combination with estimates of dilution available it is possible to prioritise the APIs of greatest risk of exceeding estimates of predicted no effect concentrations (PNEC) in receiving waters for all WwTW in the UK...
September 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926763/synthesis-and-2d-qsar-studies-of-neolignan-based-diaryl-tetrahydrofuran-and-furan-analogues-with-remarkable-activity-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-assessment-of-the-trypanothione-reductase-activity
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Ana Paula Hartmann, Marcelo Rodrigues de Carvalho, Lilian Sibelle Campos Bernardes, Milena Hoehr de Moraes, Eduardo Borges de Melo, Carla Duque Lopes, Mario Steindel, João Santana da Silva, Ivone Carvalho
Two series of diaryl-tetrahydrofuran and -furan were synthesised and screened for anti-trypanosomal activity against trypomastigote and amastigote forms of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. Based on evidence that modification of a natural product may result in a more effective drug than the natural product itself, and using known neolignan inhibitors veraguensin 1 and grandisin 2 as templates to synthesise simpler analogues, remarkable anti-trypanosomal activity and selectivity were found for 3,5-dimethoxylated diaryl-furan 5c and 2,4-dimethoxylated diaryl-tetrahydrofuran 4e analogues with EC50 0...
September 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926719/exosomes-derived-from-embryonic-stem-cells-inhibit-doxorubicin-and-inflammation-induced-pyroptosis-in-muscle-cells
#14
Zahra Tavakoli Dargani, Reetu Singla, Taylor Johnson, Rakesh C Kukreja, Dinender Kumar Singla
Doxorubicin (Dox) is an effective anticancer drug. Unfortunately, it causes cardio and muscle toxicity due to increased oxidative stress and inflammation; however, it remains unknown whether Dox induces "pyroptosis"- an inflammation mediated cell death. We investigated whether Dox induces pyroptosis in mouse soleus muscle (Sol 8) cells in vitro and to show the protective effect of embryonic stem cells-exosomes (ES-exos) on pyroptosis. Doxorubicin and inflammation induced in vitro model was generated. Pyroptosis was confirmed using immunohistochemistry and western blotting of putative markers caspase-1, IL1β and pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-18...
September 19, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926637/selective-cytotoxicity-of-the-anti-diabetic-drug-metformin-in-glucose-deprived-chicken-dt40-cells
#15
Kei Kadoda, Takahito Moriwaki, Masataka Tsuda, Hiroyuki Sasanuma, Masamichi Ishiai, Minoru Takata, Hiroshi Ide, Shin-Ichiro Masunaga, Shunichi Takeda, Keizo Tano
Metformin is a biguanide drug that is widely used in the treatment of diabetes. Epidemiological studies have indicated that metformin exhibits anti-cancer activity. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying this activity currently remain unclear. We hypothesized that metformin is cytotoxic in a tumor-specific environment such as glucose deprivation and/or low oxygen (O2) tension. We herein demonstrated that metformin was highly cytotoxic under glucose-depleted, but not hypoxic (2% O2) conditions. In order to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of this selective cytotoxicity, we treated exposed DNA repair-deficient chicken DT40 cells with metformin under glucose-depleted conditions and measured cellular sensitivity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926630/efficacy-of-pentavalent-antimoniate-intralesional-infiltration-therapy-for-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-a-systematic-review
#16
Nayara Castelano Brito, Ana Rabello, Gláucia Fernandes Cota
BACKGROUND: The mainstays of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) treatment, in several world regions, are pentavalent antimony (Sbv) compounds administered parenterally, despite their recognized toxicity, which requires frequent laboratory monitoring and complicates their use in areas with scarce infrastructure. As result of these drawbacks, the WHO Expert Committee on leishmaniasis has expanded the recommendations for the use of local therapies, including Sbv intralesional infiltration (IL-Sbv), as CL therapy alternatives even in the New World...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926409/effects-of-concurrent-exposure-to-antiretrovirals-and-cotrimoxazole-prophylaxis-among-hiv-exposed-uninfected-infants
#17
Alexander C Ewing, Caroline C King, Jeffrey B Wiener, Charles S Chasela, Michael G Hudgens, Debbie Kamwendo, Gerald Tegha, Mina C Hosseinipour, Denise J Jamieson, Charles Van der Horst, Athena P Kourtis
BACKGROUND: Given the potential of Cotrimoxazole preventive therapy (CPT) to prevent bacterial and malarial infections in HIV exposed, uninfected (HEU) infants, it is important to evaluate the effects of its concurrent use with ARV agents that have overlapping toxicity profiles. METHODS: We used data from the Breastfeeding, Antiretrovirals and Nutrition-BAN study (2004-2010) to evaluate the association of CPT and ARV with hematologic measures (hemoglobin, neutrophil, and alanine aminotransferase levels) from 6 to 48 weeks of age in 2,006 HEU infants in Lilongwe, Malawi...
September 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926358/potentially-toxic-chemotherapy-in-secondary-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-patients-that-could-have-been-replaced-by-less-immunosuppressive-therapy
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September 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926356/development-of-bell-s-palsy-after-treatment-with-ipilimumab-and-nivolumab-for-metastatic-melanoma-a-case-report
#19
Julia M Zecchini, Sara Kim, Kendra Yum, Philip Friedlander
Ipilimumab is a human monoclonal antibody that targets cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4), and it is FDA approved for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma. Immune-related adverse events (irAEs) of gastrointestinal, dermatologic, and endocrine origin are commonly seen, ranging between 18% and 44%, with immune checkpoint inhibitors (anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD-1/PD-L1). Rare irAEs include neurological, renal, and hematologic toxicities. Bell's palsy is a form of neurological toxicity that presents as an idiopathic paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926342/recent-trends-in-the-industrial-use-and-emission-of-known-and-suspected-carcinogens-in-ontario-canada
#20
Catherine E Slavik, Sheila Kalenge, Paul A Demers
BACKGROUND: In 2010, Ontario, Canada's most populous province, implemented its Toxics Reduction Act, Ontario Regulation 455/09 (TRA), which requires four major manufacturing and mineral processing industry groups that already report releases of pollutants federally to the National Pollutant Release Inventory to additionally track, account and report their use and creation. The TRA was modeled after the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989, which has been very successful and reported significant reduction in toxic use and carcinogen release...
September 19, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
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