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Ines van Dooren, Kenn Foubert, Sebastiaan Bijttebier, Mart Theunis, Stefaniya Velichkova, Magda Claeys, Luc Pieters, Vassiliki Exarchou, Sandra Apers
Stone diseases present a major health problem in the Western society, since both urinary and biliary stones occur with a relatively high prevalence of 10-12 % and 10-20 %, respectively, and demonstrate a high recurrence rate. At the moment treatment is mainly based on interventional procedures, or prophylactic and dissolution therapy. However, many of the current drugs cause severe side effects, and therefore, there is an increasing interest in natural medicines. At the moment no registered herbal medicinal products are available for treatment of gallstones...
October 24, 2016: Planta Medica
Maria Inês Dias, Lillian Barros, Patricia Morales, Montaña Cámara, Maria José Alves, M Beatriz P P Oliveira, Celestino Santos-Buelga, Isabel C F R Ferreira
Wild Fragaria vesca L. fruits were studied regarding nutritional and phytochemical compounds, and also antioxidant, antibacterial and biofilm formation inhibition activities. The fruits are good sources of carbohydrates (e.g., sucrose), soluble dietary fiber and polyunsaturated fatty acids, mainly linoleic and linolenic acids, as well as other components such as citric and succinic acids, and vitamins B9 and E (mainly γ-tocopherol). Significant amounts of soluble sugars, citric acid and some amounts of ascorbic acid, vitamins B9 and E (only α-tocopherol) were found also in the infusions...
October 24, 2016: Food & Function
Amal H Hamza, Widad M Al-Bishri, Laila A Damiati, Hanaa H Ahmed
BACKGROUND: The progresses made in stem cell therapy offer an innovative approach and exhibit great potential for the repair of damaged organs and tissues. This study was conducted with a view to find the mechanisms responsible for the effectiveness of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) in the suppression of diabetes and experimentally-induced diabetic nephropathy. METHODS: To realize this objective, diabetic and diabetic nephropathy subject groups that underwent MSC treatment were studied through numerous biochemistry and molecular genetics analyses...
October 23, 2016: Renal Failure
Paul R Harmatz, Eugen Mengel, Tarekegn Geberhiwot, Nicole Muschol, Christian J Hendriksz, Barbara K Burton, Elisabeth Jameson, Kenneth I Berger, Andrea Jester, Marsha Treadwell, Zlatko Sisic, Celeste Decker
Efficacy and safety of elosulfase alfa enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) were assessed in an open-label, phase 2, multi-national study in Morquio A patients aged ≥5 years unable to walk ≥30 meters in the 6-min walk test. Patients received elosulfase alfa 2.0 mg/kg/week intravenously for 48 weeks. Efficacy measures were functional dexterity, pinch/grip strength, mobility in a modified timed 25-foot walk, pain, quality of life, respiratory function, and urine keratan sulfate (KS). Safety/tolerability was also assessed...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
A S Vidane, A O Pinheiro, J B Casals, D Passarelli, McFns Hage, R S Bueno, D S Martins, C E Ambrósio
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common clinical condition in domestic cats, characterized by tubulointerstitial, vascular and glomerular inflammation and severe fibrosis. Studies in rodent model of induced CKD have shown a decrease and stabilization of the clinical condition. In this study was evaluated the safety and effect of intrarenal and intravenous infusion of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs) derived from feline amniotic membrane in cats with naturally occurring CKD. Cat AMSCs were harvested after mechanical and enzymatic digestion of amnion...
October 23, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Anke Theil, Carmen Wilhelm, Matthias Kuhn, Andreas Petzold, Sebastian Tuve, Uta Oelschlägel, Andreas Dahl, Martin Bornhäuser, Ezio Bonifacio, Anne Eugster
T regulatory cell (Treg) therapy has been exploited in autoimmune disease, solid organ transplantation and in efforts to prevent or treat graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). However, our knowledge on in vivo persistence of transfused Treg is limited. Whether Treg transfusion leads to notable changes in the overall Treg repertoire and or whether longevity of Treg in the periphery is restricted to certain clones is unknown. Here we use T cell receptor alpha chain sequencing (TCRα-NGS) to monitor changes in the repertoire of Treg upon polyclonal expansion and after subsequent adoptive transfer...
October 24, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Martin Uhl, Stefan Schwab, Thomas Efferth
A 52-year-old male patient was treated with standard radiochemotherapy with temozolomide for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). After worsening of his clinical condition, further tumor-specific treatment was unlikely to be successful, and the patient seeked help from an alternative practitioner, who administered a combination of dichloroacetate (DCA) and artesunate (ART). A few days later, the patient showed clinical and laboratory signs of liver damage and bone marrow toxicity (leukopenia, thrombocytopenia). Despite successful restoration of laboratory parameters upon symptomatic treatment, the patient died 10 days after the infusion...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Yang Yu, Yu-Feng Zhou, Xiao Li, Mei-Ren Chen, Gui-Lin Qiao, Jian Sun, Xiao-Ping Liao, Ya-Hong Liu
This work aimed to characterize the mammary gland pharmacokinetics of cefquinome after an intramammary administration and integrate pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic model. The pharmacokinetic profiles of cefquinome in gland tissue were measured using high performance liquid chromatograph. Therapeutic regimens covered various dosages ranging from 25 to 800 μg/gland and multiple dosing intervals of 8, 12, and 24 h. The in vivo bacterial killing activity elevated when dosage increased or when dosing intervals were shortened...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
P S Dalvi, J A Chalmers, V Luo, D-Yd Han, L Wellhauser, Y Liu, D Q Tran, J Castel, S Luquet, M B Wheeler, D D Belsham
BACKGROUND: Consumption of dietary fat is one of the key factors leading to obesity. High-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity is characterized by induction of inflammation in the hypothalamus; however, the temporal regulation of proinflammatory markers and their impact on hypothalamic appetite-regulating neuropeptide Y/agouti-related peptide (NPY/AgRP) neurons remains undefined. METHODS: Mice were injected with an acute lipid infusion for 24 h or fed a HFD over 8-20 weeks...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Liting Deng, Wan-Hung Lee, Zhili Xu, Alexandros Makriyannis, Andrea G Hohmann
Neuropathic pain impacts approximately 3-4.5% of the global population and remains an unresolved health problem. The management of neuropathic pain has two distinct goals-prevention of development and control of established neuropathic pain. We examined the impact of both prophylactic and therapeutic treatments with the tricyclic antidepressant desipramine on the development and maintenance of toxic neuropathic pain induced by the chemotherapeutic agent paclitaxel. We also investigated the involvement of endogenous analgesic (i...
October 20, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Eliza Pelrine, Sara Diana Pasik, Leyla Bayat, Debora Goldschmiedt, Elizabeth P Bauer
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely prescribed to treat anxiety and depression, yet they paradoxically increase anxiety during initial treatment. Acute administration of these drugs prior to learning can also enhance Pavlovian cued fear conditioning. This potentiation has been previously reported to depend upon the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST). Here, using temporary inactivation, we confirmed that the BNST is not necessary for the acquisition of cued or contextual fear memory...
October 20, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Leo F Buckley, Enrique Seoane-Vazquez, Judy W M Cheng, Ahmed Aldemerdash, Irene M Cooper, Lina Matta, Danika S Medina, Mandeep R Mehra, Kristina Navarro-Velez, Elaine L Shea, Joanne R Weintraub, Lynne W Stevenson, Akshay S Desai
Innovative treatment strategies for decompensated heart failure (HF) are required to achieve cost savings and improvements in outcomes. We developed a decision analytic model from a hospital perspective to compare 2 strategies for the treatment of decompensated HF, ambulatory diuretic infusion therapy, and hospitalization (standard care), with respect to total HF hospitalizations and costs. The ambulatory diuretic therapy strategy included outpatient treatment with high doses of intravenous loop diuretics in a specialized HF unit whereas standard care included hospitalization for intravenous loop diuretic therapy...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Safinaz Karabayirli, Onder Surgit, Hulya Kasikara, Cemile Koca Bicer, Merve Ergin, Ruveyda Irem Demircioglu, Bunyamin Muslu
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to explore the differences in oxidative stress during anesthesia with desflurane/N2O or propofol/remifentanil in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy and additionally to evaluate the differential effects of desflurane and propofol on ischemic preconditioning (IP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred patients were randomly allocated to four groups. For anesthesia maintenance, the inhalation group (Group I) and the inhalation plus IP group (Group IIP) received desflurane at an end-tidal concentration of 4-6 vol% in oxygen/N2O, and the TIVA group (Group T) and TIVA plus IP group (Group TIP) received infusions of propofol and remifentanil...
October 24, 2016: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
Lisette Del Corso, Lucia Biale, Emanuele Luigi Parodi, Rodolfo Russo, Rosa Filiberti, Eleonora Arboscello
BACKGROUND: Deferasirox (DFX) is used to reduce iron levels in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) who develop iron overload after chronic red blood cell infusions. However, DFX can be associated with renal and gastrointestinal toxicities, which may cause treatment interruption or discontinuation. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness and safety of DFX in patients with MDS. METHODS: This multicenter, retrospective, observational study was conducted at two hospitals in Italy...
October 22, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
Changcheng Zheng, Baolin Tang, Xiaoyu Zhu, Xuhan Zhang, Lei Zhang, Liangquan Geng, Huilan Liu, Zimin Sun
The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of pre-engraftment bloodstream infections (BSIs) on the outcomes in acute leukemia patients undergoing myeloablative cord blood transplantation (CBT). A total of 226 acute leukemia patients who received unrelated CBT were enrolled in this study, and all these patients received an intensified myeloablative conditioning without ATG. Pre-engraftment BSIs occurred in 72 patients (31.9 %), and the median time of onset was 4.5 days after cord blood infusion, BSIs of gram-negative bacilli, and gram-positive cocci comprised of 63...
October 22, 2016: Annals of Hematology
Takayoshi Kato, Takeshi Yamamoto, Yoshihide Nakamura, Takuma Nanno, Go Fukui, Yoko Sufu, Yoriomi Hamada, Takako Maeda, Shigehiko Nishimura, Hironori Ishiguchi, Wakako Murakami, Masakazu Fukuda, Xiaojuan Xu, Akihiro Hino, Makoto Ono, Tetsuro Oda, Shinichi Okuda, Shigeki Kobayashi, Noritaka Koseki, Hiroyuki Kyushiki, Masafumi Yano
BACKGROUND: Calmodulin (CaM) is a key modulator of the channel gating function of the ryanodine receptor (RyR). OBJECTIVE: Here, we investigated the pathogenic role of RyR-bound CaM in diastolic Ca(2+) leakage from the sarcoplasmic reticulum and arrhythmogenesis in pressure-overloaded heart failure. METHODS: Pressure overload was induced in 12-week-old mice by transverse aortic constriction (TAC) using a 27-gauge needle. RESULTS: TAC operation for 8 weeks produced a significant increase in the left ventricular end-diastolic diameter, and frequent occurrence of lethal arrhythmias after infusion of epinephrine and caffeine in TAC mice...
October 19, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Monica Cabrero, Alejandro Martin, Javier Briones, Jorge Gayoso, Isidro Jarque, Javier López, Carlos Grande, Inmaculada Heras, Reyes Arranz, Teresa Bernal, Estefania Perez-Lopez, Oriana López-Godino, Eulogio Conde, Dolores Caballero
We designed a phase-II clinical trial including Y-90-ibritumomab-tiuxetan as part of a reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) allogeneic stem cell transplant (AlloSCT) in high-risk NHL (Clinical Trials Identifier: NCT00644371). Eligible patients were high-risk relapsed/refractory aggressive lymphoma. Conditioning regimen consisted of rituximab 250 mg (days -21 and -14), Y-90 ibritumomab IV (0.4 mCi/kg, day -14), fludarabine 30 mg/m(2) IV (days -3 and -2) plus melphalan 70 mg/m(2) IV (days -3 and -2) or one dose of melphalan and thiotepa 5 mg/kg (day -8)...
October 19, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Ying Wang, Wei Guo, Dawei Gao, Guoxing You, Bo Wang, Gan Chen, Lian Zhao, Jingxiang Zhao, Hong Zhou
BACKGROUND: Several kinds of crystalloid solutions have been used in the treatment of hemorrhagic shock (HS). Clinicians are faced with how to select the resuscitation fluids. The aim of the present study is to compare the effects of 3 crystalloid solutions, such as normal saline (NS), lactated Ringer's (LR), and Plasma-lyte A (PA), on acid-base status and intestine injury in rats subjected to HS. METHODS: Thirty Wistar rats were divided into 4 groups. The sham group had no blood withdrawal...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Danny Tsai, Penelope Stewart, Rajendra Goud, Stephen Gourley, Saliya Hewagama, Sushena Krishnaswamy, Steven C Wallis, Jeffrey Lipman, Jason A Roberts
Currently there are no pharmacokinetic (PK) data to guide antibiotic dosing in critically ill Australian Indigenous patients with severe sepsis. This study aimed to determine whether the population pharmacokinetics of meropenem were different between critically ill Australian Indigenous and critically ill Caucasian patients. Serial plasma and urine samples as well as clinical and demographic data were collected over two dosing intervals from critically ill Australian Indigenous patients. Plasma meropenem concentrations were assayed by validated chromatography...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
M J de Veth, V M Artegoitia, S R Campagna, H Lapierre, F Harte, C L Girard
The metabolites of choline have a central role in many mammalian biological processes, and choline supplementation to the periparturient dairy cow improves hepatic lipid metabolism. However, variability in responses to choline supplementation has highlighted a lack of understanding of choline absorption in the lactating dairy cow. Our objective was to determine net choline absorption by measuring net portal fluxes of choline and choline metabolites in cows receiving either dietary supplements of rumen-protected choline (RPC) or abomasal delivery of choline (ADC)...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
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