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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528528/ustekinumab-a-review-in-moderate-to-severe-crohn-s-disease
#1
Yvette N Lamb, Sean T Duggan
Ustekinumab (Stelara(®)) has been recently approved in the EU and the USA as intravenous induction and subcutaneous maintenance therapy for adult patients with moderately to severely active Crohn's disease who have failed or were intolerant to treatment with immunomodulators, corticosteroids or at least one tumour necrosis factor (TNF) antagonist. Ustekinumab, a monoclonal antibody to the shared p40 subunit of the proinflammatory interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23 cytokines, has a unique mechanism of action distinct from that of TNF antagonists...
May 20, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528521/myeloid-populations-in-systemic-autoimmune-diseases
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María Morell, Nieves Varela, Concepción Marañón
Systemic autoimmune diseases (SADs) encompass a wide spectrum of clinical signs as a reflection of their complex physiopathology. A variety of mechanisms related with the innate immune system are in the origin of the loss of self-tolerance in these diseases, and for most of them, the myeloid leukocytes are key actors. Monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, and neutrophils are first-line immune effectors located in the interface between innate and adaptive immunity. They are crucial in the organization of the local and systemic responses to damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) and determine the intensity, orientation, and duration of the local immune response through the expression of chemokines, costimulatory or protolerogenic factors...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528504/assessment-of-trace-metal-accumulation-in-native-mussels-brachidontes-rodriguezii-from-a-south-american-temperate-estuary
#3
Natalia Sol Buzzi, Ana Laura Oliva, Andrés Hugo Arias, Jorge Eduardo Marcovecchio
The present work provides the first results in heavy metal bioaccumulation in the autochthonous mussel Brachidontes rodriguezii from the Bahía Blanca Estuary (Argentina), one of the most important coastal environments of South America, subjected to different anthropogenic pressure. The study is based on the detection of Cd, Cu, Pb, Mn, and Fe in mussels' soft tissue and sediments' fine fraction by means of inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), in order to analyze the potential relationship between both components of the aquatic system...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528415/oxidative-stress-in-shellfish-sinonovacula-constricta-exposed-to-the-water-accommodated-fraction-of-zero-sulfur-diesel-oil-and-pinghu-crude-oil
#4
Mei Jiang, Lei Li, Yingren Li, Gongming Shen, Xinqiang Shen
This study investigated the oxidative stress of the water accommodated fraction (WAF) of zero sulfur diesel oil and Pinghu crude oil on Sinonovacula constricta, respectively. The oxidative stress of oil pollutants on organisms was measured by typical antioxidases, such as SOD, CAT, GST, and POD. Toxicity was quantitatively evaluated by combining IBR (integrated biomarker responses). Results demonstrated that different concentrations of oil caused different degrees of induction to the four antioxidases. Compared with the control group, all test groups presented enzyme induction or inhibition during exposure period...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528413/dissolved-platinum-concentrations-in-coastal-seawater-boso-to-sanriku-areas-japan
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Asami Suzuki Mashio, Hajime Obata, Toshitaka Gamo
Platinum, one of the rarest elements in the earth's crust, is now widely used in a range of products, such as catalytic converters in automobiles and anticancer drugs. Increasing use and dispersal of platinum has the potential to affect aquatic environments. Platinum concentrations in open ocean seawater have been found to be very low (approximately 0.2 pmol/L); however, Pt distributions and biogeochemical cycles in coastal areas are unknown. In this study, we investigated Pt concentrations in coastal waters between the Boso and Sanriku areas, Japan, after the 2011 tsunami...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528367/evaluating-the-role-of-autologous-mesenchymal-stem-cell-seeded-on-decellularized-pericardium-in-the-treatment-of-myocardial-infarction-an-animal-study
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Abdol-Mohammad Kajbafzadeh, Seyed Hossein Ahmadi Tafti, Reza Khorramirouz, Shabnam Sabetkish, Seyedeh Maryam Kameli, Saghar Orangian, Shahram Rabbani, Nasim Oveisi, Marziyeh Golmohammadi, Zeynab Kashani
Inappropriate left ventricular remodeling following myocardial infarction (MI) can result in subsequent severe dysfunction. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that decellularized pericardium (DP) or seeded pericardial patch with autologous adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) could be safely used in a MI scar and could improve heart function. Twelve rabbits were randomly divided into three equal groups. Four weeks after MI induction by ligation of the left anterior descending artery in 12 rabbits, animals of G1 (n = 4) received DP patch with labeled ADMSCs...
May 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528268/optimistic-honesty-understanding-surgeon-and-patient-perspectives-on-hopeful-communication-in-pancreatic-cancer-care
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Kim Blakely, Paul J Karanicolas, Frances C Wright, Lesley Gotlib Conn
BACKGROUND: Prognosis conversations between surgical oncologists and patients with pancreatic cancer are critically important and challenging. Surgeons and their patients often have discrepant understandings of prognosis despite extensive conversations. Little is known about how surgeons approach prognosis conversations with these patients; patients' experiences with these conversations are also not well understood. This qualitative study sought to better understand surgeon and patient perspectives on communication in pancreatic cancer care with a view toward improvement...
May 17, 2017: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528023/medication-management-activities-performed-by-informal-caregivers-of-older-adults
#8
Kevin A Look, Jamie A Stone
BACKGROUND: Medication management is commonly performed by informal caregivers, yet they are often unprepared and ill-equipped to manage complex medication regimens for their older adult care recipients. In order to develop interventions that will enhance the caregiver's ability to safely and confidently manage medications, it is critical to first understand caregiver challenges and unmet needs related to medication management. OBJECTIVES: To explore how informal caregivers manage medications for their older adult care recipients by identifying the activities involved in medication management and the tools or strategies used to facilitate these activities...
May 16, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527969/surgically-managed-clinical-stage-iiia-clinical-n2-lung-cancer-in-the%C3%A2-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-database
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Daniel Boffa, Felix G Fernandez, Sunghee Kim, Andrzej Kosinski, Mark W Onaitis, Patricia Cowper, Jeffrey P Jacobs, Cameron D Wright, Joe B Putnam, Anthony P Furnary
BACKGROUND: The role of surgical resection in patients with clinical stage IIIA-N2 positive (cIIIA-N2) lung cancer is controversial, partly because of the variability in short- and long-term outcomes. The objective of this study was to characterize the management of cIIIA-N2 lung cancer in The Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database (STS-GTSD). METHODS: The STS-GTSD was queried for patients who underwent operations for cIIIA-N2 lung cancer between 2002 and 2012...
May 17, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527956/comparison-of-the-induction-of-c-fos-egfp-and-fos-protein-in-the-rat-spinal-cord-and-hypothalamus-resulting-from-subcutaneous-capsaicin-or-formalin-injection
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Yasuhito Motojima, Takanori Matsuura, Mitsuhiro Yoshimura, Hirofumi Hashimoto, Reiko Saito, Hiromichi Ueno, Takashi Maruyama, Satomi Sonoda, Hitoshi Suzuki, Makoto Kawasaki, Hideo Ohnishi, Akinori Sakai, Yoichi Ueta
We evaluated whether a c-fos-enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) transgenic rat line, which expresses the c-fos and eGFP fusion gene, can be useful for the study of nociceptive pathways and processing. Capsaicin solution (15%) or formalin (5%) was subcutaneously injected bilaterally into the hind paws (100 μL per each paw) of adult male c-fos-eGFP transgenic or wild type rats. Control rats were injected with ethanol or physiological saline respectively. Transgenic and wild type rats were perfused at 1...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527913/von-willebrand-factor-deficiency-reduces-liver-fibrosis-in-mice
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Nikita Joshi, Anna K Kopec, Jessica L Ray, Holly Cline-Fedewa, Dafna J Groeneveld, Ton Lisman, James P Luyendyk
Liver diseases are associated with complex changes in the hemostatic system and elevated levels of the platelet-adhesive protein Von Willebrand factor (VWF) are reported in patients with acute and chronic liver damage. Although elevated levels of VWF are associated with fibrosis in the general population, the role of VWF in acute and chronic liver injury has not been examined in depth in experimental settings. We tested the hypothesis that VWF deficiency inhibits experimental liver injury and fibrosis. Wild-type (WT) and VWF-deficient mice were challenged with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) and the impact of VWF deficiency on acute liver injury and chronic liver fibrosis was determined...
May 17, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527900/hip-fracture-an-interruption-that-has-consequences-four-months-after-a-hip-fracture-a-qualitative-study
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Berit Gesar, Carina Baath, Hanne Hedin, Ami Hommel
BACKGROUND: Effects following a hip fracture often lead to functional disabilities and increased dependence on others. Although persons sustaining a hip fracture constitute a heterogeneous group in Swedish health care, they tend to be treated as a homogenous one. AIM: The aim of this study was to reveal how previously healthy people, aged 65 years and older, described how they had adapted to daily life four months after a hip fracture. METHOD: The follow-up interviews were performed by the first author four months after the hip fracture...
April 9, 2017: International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527896/molecular-characterization-and-expression-analyses-of-the-solea-senegalensis-interferon-stimulated-gene-15-isg15-following-nnv-infections
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Daniel Álvarez-Torres, Ana María Podadera, M Carmen Alonso, Isabel Bandín, Julia Béjar, Esther García-Rosado
Interferons are essential in fish resistance to viral infections. They induce interferon-stimulated genes, such as isg15. In this study, the Senegalese sole isg15 gene (ssisg15) has been characterized. As other isg15, ssisg15 contains a 402-bp intron sited in the 5'-UTR, and the full length cDNA is 1492-bp, including a 480-bp ORF. The expression analyses revealed basal levels of isg15 transcripts, and a clear induction after poly I:C injection, that reached maximum values in brain, head kidney and gills. The ssisg15 induction patterns were similar in RGNNV- and SJNNV-inoculated fish, whereas the reassortant (RG/SJ) isolate, which has higher replication fitness, triggered delayed but higher transcript levels...
May 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527889/enhanced-cardiomyogenic-induction-of-mouse-pluripotent-cells-by-cyclic-mechanical-stretch
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Akankshya Shradhanjali, Brandon D Riehl, Jeong Soon Lee, Ligyeom Ha, Jung Yul Lim
The cardiac milieu is mechanically active with spontaneous contraction beginning from early development and persistent through maturation and homeostasis, suggesting that mechanical loading may provide biomimetic myocardial developmental signal. In this study, we tested the role of cyclic mechanical stretch loading in the cardiomyogenesis of pluripotent murine embryonic (P19) stem cells. A Flexcell tension system was utilized to apply equiaxial stretch (12% strain, 1.25 Hz frequency) to P19 cell-derived embryoid bodies (EBs)...
May 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527875/magnolol-attenuates-the-inflammation-and-apoptosis-through-the-activation-of-sirt1-in-experimental-stroke-rats
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Dong-Quan Kou, Yan-Ling Jiang, Jia-Hua Qin, Yin-Hui Huang
BACKGROUND: Silent information regulator 1 (SIRT1), a histone deacetylase, plays a protective role in ischemic brain injury. Previous studies have shown that magnolol has a beneficial effect on ischemic stroke; however, the role of SIRT1 in the protective effect of magnolol against cerebral ischemia has not been investigated. METHODS: We used a middle cerebral artery occlusion model of stroke in rats. Before stroke induction, the rats received intraperitoneal injections of magnolol with or without the SIRT1 inhibitor, EX527...
January 10, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527764/differential-stress-response-of-saccharomyces-hybrids-revealed-by-monitoring-hsp104-aggregation-and-disaggregation
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Claudia Kempf, Klaus Lengeler, Jürgen Wendland
Proteotoxic stress may occur upon exposure of yeast cells to different stress conditions. The induction of stress response mechanisms is important for cells to adapt to changes in the environment and ensure survival. For example, during exposure to elevated temperatures the expression of heat shock proteins such as Hsp104 is induced in yeast. Hsp104 extracts misfolded proteins from aggregates to promote their refolding. We used an Hsp104-GFP reporter to analyze the stress profiles of Saccharomyces species hybrids...
July 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527763/aluminium-resistant-plant-growth-promoting-bacteria-induce-overexpression-of-aluminium-stress-related-genes-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-and-increase-the-ginseng-tolerance-against-aluminium-stress
#17
Mohamed El-Agamy Farh, Yeon-Ju Kim, Johan Sukweenadhi, Priyanka Singh, Deok-Chun Yang
Panax ginseng is an important cash crop in the Asian countries due to its pharmaceutical effects, however the plant is exposed to various abiotic stresses, lead to reduction of its quality. One of them is the Aluminum (Al) accumulation. Plant growth promoting bacteria which able to tolerate heavy metals has been considered as a new trend for supporting the growth of many crops in heavy metal occupied areas. In this study, twelve bacteria strains were isolated from rhizosphere of diseased Korean ginseng roots located in Gochang province, Republic of Korea and tested for their ability to grow in Al-embedded broth media...
July 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527742/bio-monitoring-of-metal-impact-on-metallothioneins-levels-in-the-gastropod-phorcus-turbinatus-born-1778-in-the-northeastern-and-the-eastern-coasts-of-tunisia
#18
Wafa Boulajfene, Evangelia Strogyloudi, Catsiki Vassiliki-Angelique, Ammar El Mlayah, Sabiha Tlig-Zouari
This work is an evaluation of metal contamination degree in Phorcus turbinatus and a monitoring of metals impact on metallothioneins functioning. The gastropod was sampled from six stations along the northeastern and eastern coasts of Tunisia during four seasons (2014-2015). Our results suggested that sedimentological metallic contents (Copper, Zinc and Cadmium) vary significantly depending on stations and not significantly according to seasons except for copper. Nevertheless, differences were no significant between stations and significant between seasons as for ambient factors, metallic intrinsic contents and metallothioneins rates...
May 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527704/anti-madcam-antibody-pf-00547659-for-ulcerative-colitis-turandot-a-phase-2-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Séverine Vermeire, William J Sandborn, Silvio Danese, Xavier Hébuterne, Bruce A Salzberg, Maria Klopocka, Dino Tarabar, Tomas Vanasek, Miloš Greguš, Paul A Hellstern, Joo Sung Kim, Miles P Sparrow, Kenneth J Gorelick, Michelle Hinz, Alaa Ahmad, Vivek Pradhan, Mina Hassan-Zahraee, Robert Clare, Fabio Cataldi, Walter Reinisch
BACKGROUND: PF-00547659 is a fully human monoclonal antibody that binds to human mucosal addressin cell adhesion molecule-1 (MAdCAM-1) to selectively reduce lymphocyte homing to the intestinal tract. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of PF-00547659 in patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. METHODS: This phase 2, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial recruited patients aged 18-65 years from 105 centres in 21 countries, with a history (≥3 months) of active ulcerative colitis extending more than 15 cm beyond the anal verge (with a total Mayo score ≥6 and a Mayo endoscopic subscore ≥2) who had failed or were intolerant to at least one conventional therapy...
May 17, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527664/a-new-hdv-mouse-model-identifies-mitochondrial-antiviral-signaling-protein-mavs-as-a-key-player-in-ifn-%C3%AE-induction
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Lester Suárez-Amarán, Carla Usai, Marianna Di Scala, Cristina Godoy, Yi Ni, Mirja Hommel, Laura Palomo, Víctor Segura, Cristina Olagüe, Africa Vales, Alicia Ruiz-Ripa, Maria Buti, Eduardo Salido, Jesús Prieto, Stephan Urban, Francisco Rodríguez-Frias, Rafael Aldabe, Gloria González-Aseguinolaza
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Studying hepatitis delta virus (HDV) and developing new treatments is hampered by the limited availability of small animal models. Here a description of a robust mouse model of HDV infection that mimics several important characteristics of the human disease is presented. METHODS: HDV- and HBV-replication competent genomes were delivered to the mouse liver using adeno-associated viruses (AAV) (AAV-HDV and AAV-HBV). Viral load, antigen expression and genomes were quantified at different time points after AAV injection...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
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