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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079851/corticosteroid-and-cyclophosphamide-in-acute-exacerbation-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-single-center-experience-and-literature-review
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Luca Novelli, Roberto Ruggiero, Federica De Giacomi, Alice Biffi, Paola Faverio, Luca Bilucaglia, Silvia Gamberini, Grazia Messinesi, Alberto Pesci
Acute Exacerbation (AEx) is a frequent and severe complication of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). In the absence of consensus regarding treatment, studies evaluating the efficacy of specific therapies, such as corticosteroids and immunosuppresant agents, are needed. In this case series we evaluated the outcome in terms of survival of intravenous pulse doses of high-dose corticosteroid (methylprednisolone 1000 mg per day for 3 consecutive days) followed by montlhy cyclophosphamide administration (maximum 6 doses) in a cohort of patients with AEx-IPF referred to the Respiratory Unit, San Gerardo University Hospital, Monza, Italy, from 2009 to 2013...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077142/steroid-withdrawal-after-renal-transplantation-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Maria C Haller, Michael Kammer, Alexander Kainz, Heather J Baer, Georg Heinze, Rainer Oberbauer
BACKGROUND: Immunosuppressive regimens in renal transplantation frequently contain corticosteroids, but many centers withdraw steroids as a consequence of unwanted side effects of steroids. The optimal timing to withdraw steroids after transplantation, however, remains unclear. The aim of this study was to determine an optimal time point following kidney transplantation that is associated with reduced mortality without jeopardizing the allograft to allow safe discontinuation of steroids...
January 12, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075154/survivorship-after-meniscal-allograft-transplantation-according-to-articular-cartilage-status
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Bum-Sik Lee, Seong-Il Bin, Jong-Min Kim, Won-Kyeong Kim, Jun Weon Choi
BACKGROUND: Clinical outcomes after meniscal allograft transplantation (MAT) in arthritic knees are unclear, and objective estimates of graft survival according to the articular cartilage status have not been performed. HYPOTHESIS: MAT should provide clinical benefits in knees with high-grade cartilage damage, but their graft survivorship should be inferior to that in knees with low-grade chondral degeneration after MAT. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071839/life-after-a-lung-transplant-a-balance-of-joy-and-challenges
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Jytte Graarup, Elin Lindberg Mogensen, Malene Missel, Selina Kikkenborg Berg
PURPOSE: To describe patients' experiences throughout the first four months post lung transplant. BACKGROUND: Health professionals are familiar with the fact that patients' average survival after a lung transplant is about seven years and that 74% of these patients reject new organs within the first two years. By contrast, knowledge of these patients' perspectives after lung transplantation is scant. DESIGN/METHOD: A qualitative study was conducted between May, 2013 and May, 2014 in which 26 interviewees participated - four months post-transplant - based on a semi-structured interview guide...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060446/successful-treatment-of-donor-derived-hepatitis-c-viral-infection-in-three-transplant-recipients-from-a-donor-at-increased-risk-for-bloodborne-pathogens
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Ashesh P Shah, Andrew Cameron, Pooja Singh, Adam M Frank, Jonathan M Fenkel
We report here the successful treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmitted from a nucleic acid testing (NAT)-negative donor to 3 HCV-negative recipients - 2 renal transplants and 1 liver. Both renal recipients underwent standard deceased-donor renal transplantation with immediate graft function. The liver recipient underwent standard orthotopic liver transplantation and recovered uneventfully. The donor was a 39-year-old woman with a terminal serum creatinine of 0.7 mg/dL. She was high risk for bloodborne pathogens, based upon a history of sexual contact with an HCV-infected male partner...
January 6, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059853/a-review-of-serious-adverse-effects-under-treatment-with-checkpoint-inhibitors
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Lucie Heinzerling, Simone M Goldinger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this article is to raise awareness of physicians for the serious side-effects of immune-checkpoint blocking antibodies. As checkpoint inhibitors can induce severe side-effects and are increasingly being used also in subspecialties besides dermatology and oncology, with less experience with these drugs available, knowledge has to be spread. Early recognition and adequate management is essential. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent reports on side-effects document cases of serious side-effects involving all organ systems...
January 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057509/promoting-bioengineered-tooth-innervation-using-nanostructured-and-hybrid-scaffolds
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S Kuchler-Bopp, A Larrea, L Petry, Y Idoux-Gillet, V Sebastian, A Ferrandon, P Schwinté, M Arruebo, N Benkirane-Jessel
: The innervation of teeth mediated by axons originating from the trigeminal ganglia is essential for their function and protection. Immunosuppressive therapy using Cyclosporine A (CsA) was found to accelerate the innervation of transplanted tissues and particularly that of bioengineered teeth. To avoid the CsA side effects, we report in this study the preparation of CsA loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles, their embedding on polycaprolactone (PCL)-based scaffolds and their possible use as templates for the innervation of bioengineered teeth...
January 2, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051797/%C3%A2-sofosbuvir-and-daclatasvir-in-mono-and-hiv-coinfected-patients-with-recurrent-hepatitis-c-after-liver-transplant
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Lluís Castells, Jordi Llaneras, Isabel Campos-Varela, Itxarone Bilbao, Manel Crespo, Oscar Len, Francisco Rodríguez-Frías, Ramon Charco, Teresa Salcedo, Juan Ignacio Esteban, Rafael Esteban-Mur
:  Background and aims. Pegylated interferon (Peg-INF) and ribavirin (RBV) based therapy is suboptimal and poorly tolerated. We evaluated the safety, tolerability and efficacy of a 24-week course of sofosbuvir plus daclatasvir without ribavirin for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) recurrence after liver transplantation (LT) in both HCV-monoinfected and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-HCV coinfected patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 22 consecutive adult LT recipients (16 monoinfected and 6 coinfected with HIV) who received a 24-week course of sofosbuvir plus daclatasvir treatment under an international compassionate access program...
January 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039159/gut-microbiota-differs-between-children-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-healthy-siblings-in-taxonomic-and-functional-composition-a-metagenomic-analysis
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Rebecca Luise Knoll, Kristoffer Forslund, Jens Roat Kultima, Claudius U Meyer, Ulrike Kullmer, Shinichi Sunagawa, Peer Bork, Stephan Gehring
Current treatment for pediatric IBD patients is often ineffective, with serious side effects. Manipulating the gut microbiota via fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is an emerging treatment approach but remains controversial. We aimed to assess the composition of the fecal microbiome through a comparison of pediatric IBD patients to their healthy siblings, evaluating risks and prospects for FMT in this setting. A Case-Control (Sibling) Study was conducted analyzing fecal samples of six children with Crohn's Disease (CD), six children with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and 12 healthy siblings by metagenomic sequencing...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035084/sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-modulators-and-drug-discovery
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REVIEW
Soo-Jin Park, Dong-Soon Im
Initial discovery on sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) as an intracellular second messenger was faced unexpectedly with roles of S1P as a first messenger, which subsequently resulted in cloning of its G protein-coupled receptors, S1P₁₋₅. The molecular identification of S1P receptors opened up a new avenue for pathophysiological research on this lipid mediator. Cellular and molecular in vitro studies and in vivo studies on gene deficient mice have elucidated cellular signaling pathways and the pathophysiological meanings of S1P receptors...
January 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033292/bortezomib-followed-by-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-in-a-patient-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Junru Liu, Juan Li, Meilan Chen, Lifen Kuang
RATIONALE AND PATIENTS CONCERNS: Despite the introduction of varied disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and biological agents, a substantial proportion of patients remain untreatable. We report a 56-year-old Chinese female patient with a case of refractory rheumatoid arthritis (RA) complicated with multiple myeloma (MM) who was treated successfully with Bortezomib followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). DIAGNOSIS AND INTERVENTIONS: We report a 56-year-old Chinese female patient who was diagnosed as RA complicating with MM...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027652/melatonin-ameliorates-busulfan-induced-spermatogonial-stem-cell-oxidative-apoptosis-in-mouse-testes
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Bo Li, Xin He, Mengru Zhuang, Bowen Niu, Chongyang Wu, Hailong Mu, Furong Tang, Yanhua Cui, Weishuai Liu, Baoyu Zhao, Sha Peng, Guangpeng Li, Jinlian Hua
AIMS: Many men endure immunosuppressive or anticancer treatments that contain alkylating agents prior to the age of sexual maturity, especially the increasing number of preadolescent males who undergo busulfan treatment for myeloablative conditioning prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Prior to sperm production, there are no sperm available for cryopreservation. Thus, it is necessary to identify a solution to ameliorate the busulfan-induced damage of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs)...
December 27, 2016: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024485/-therapeutic-efficacy-of-vicp-l-asp-tki-on-adult-patients-with-b-all
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Ming-Fang Shen, Ju-Ying Wei, Wen-Juan Yu, Jing-Han Wang, Hong-Yan Tong, Hai-Tao Meng, Wen-Yuan Mai, Wen-Bin Qian, Jie Jin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of VICP+L-ASP/TKI on adult patients with B-ALL and to explore the influence factors. METHODS: Forty-one adult B-ALL patients treated with VICP+L-ASP/TKI from August 2008 to June 2014 were following-up. The complete remission(CR) rate, toxicity, overall survival(OS) and event free survival(EFS) after induction treatment were analyzed, the therapeutic outcome of patients between different risk stratification subgroups was compared, the influence of standardized consolidatory and maintaining treatment as well as allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation(allo-HSCT) on survival time was analyzed...
December 2016: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018115/dangerous-dietary-supplements-garcinia-cambogia-associated-hepatic-failure-requiring-transplantation
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Keri E Lunsford, Adam S Bodzin, Diego C Reino, Hanlin L Wang, Ronald W Busuttil
Commercial dietary supplements are marketed as a panacea for the morbidly obese seeking sustainable weight-loss. Unfortunately, many claims cited by supplements are unsupported and inadequately regulated. Most concerning, however, are the associated harmful side effects, often unrecognized by consumers. Garcinia cambogia extract and Garcinia cambogia containing products are some of the most popular dietary supplements currently marketed for weight loss. Here, we report the first known case of fulminant hepatic failure associated with this dietary supplement...
December 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017834/indocyanine-green-fluorescence-imaging-in-hepatobiliary-surgery
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REVIEW
Ali Majlesara, Mohammad Golriz, Mohammadreza Hafezi, Arash Saffari, Esther Wild, Lena Maier-Hein, Beat P Müller-Stich, Arianeb Mehrabi
Indocyanine green (ICG) is a fluorescent dye that has been widely used for fluorescence imaging during hepatobiliary surgery. ICG is injected intravenously, selectively taken up by the liver, and then secreted into the bile. The catabolism and fluorescence properties of ICG permit a wide range of visualization methods in hepatobiliary surgery. We have characterized the applications of ICG during hepatobiliary surgery into: 1) liver mapping, 2) cholangiography, 3) tumor visualization, and 4) partial liver graft evaluation...
December 22, 2016: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012226/treg-therapy-in-transplantation-a-general-overview
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REVIEW
Marco Romano, Sim Lai Tung, Lesley Ann Smyth, Giovanna Lombardi
Solid organ transplantation remains the treatment of choice for end-stage organ failure. Whilst the short term outcomes post-transplant have improved in the last decades, chronic rejection and immunosuppressant side effects remain an ongoing concern. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a well-established procedure for the treatment of patients with haematological disorders. However, donor T-cells are continually primed and activated to react against the host causing graft-versus-host-disease (GvHD) that leads to tissue damages and death...
December 24, 2016: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011985/beeam-conditioning-with-bendamustine-replacing-bcnu-before-autologous-transplantation-is-safe-and-effective-in-lymphoma-patients
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Stefanie Gilli, Urban Novak, Behrouz Mansouri Taleghani, Gabriela M Baerlocher, Kurt Leibundgut, Yara Banz, Thilo Zander, Daniel Betticher, Thomas Egger, Daniel Rauch, Thomas Pabst
BEAM with BCNU is commonly used for conditioning treatment followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). However, pulmonary toxicity and availability issues associated with BCNU prompted us to evaluate bendamustine-replacing BCNU (BeEAM). We analyzed 39 lymphoma patients receiving BeEAM conditioning with 200 mg/m(2) bendamustine at days -7 and -6. The median duration until neutrophil recovery was 11 days, and 15 days for platelet recovery (>20 g/L). The most common grade 3/4 non-hematologic toxicities comprised mucosal side effects (27 pts...
December 24, 2016: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004589/an-update-on-the-safety-and-interactions-of-antifungal-drugs-in-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
#18
Corrado Girmenia, Anna Paola Iori
Invasive fungal diseases (IFDs) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Improvement in the management of IFDs have been achieved with the availability of new effective and safe antifungal drugs, however, many of these newer treatments have some limitations in their variable toxicity and unique predisposition for pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions. Areas covered: This article is an update of a previous review published in this journal evaluating the safety profile of the antifungal drugs...
December 26, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003932/allogeneic-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-in-dogs-with-keratoconjunctivitis-sicca
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Maura K W Bittencourt, Michele A Barros, João Flávio P Martins, Jose Paulo C Vasconcellos, Bruna P Morais, Celine Pompeia, Matheus Domingues Bittencourt, Karine Dos Santos Evangelho, Irina Kerkis, Cristiane V Wenceslau
Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) is a dysfunction in tear production associated with clinical signs, which include conjunctival hyperemia, ocular discharge, discomfort, pain, and, eventually, corneal vascularization and pigmentation. Immunosuppressive drugs are routinely administrated for long periods to treat KCS but with side effects and limited results. Evaluation of the clinical benefits of intralacrimal transplantation of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in dogs with mild-moderate and severe KCS was done...
December 3, 2016: Cell Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003191/calcineurin-inhibitor-cyclosporine-a-activates-renal-na-k-cl-cotransporters-via-local-and-systemic-mechanisms
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Katharina Ilse Blankenstein, Aljona Borschewski, Robert Labes, Alexander Paliege, Christin Boldt, James A McCormick, David H Ellison, Michael Bader, Sebastian Bachmann, Kerim Mutig
Calcineurin dephosphorylates NFAT transcription factors, thereby facilitating T-cell mediated immune responses. Calcineurin inhibitors are instrumental for immunosuppression after organ transplantation, but may cause side effects including hypertension and electrolyte disorders. Kidneys were recently shown to display activation of the furosemide-sensitive Na-K-2Cl cotransporter (NKCC2) of the thick ascending limb and the thiazide-sensitive Na-Cl cotransporter (NCC) of the distal convoluted tubule upon calcineurin inhibition using cyclosporin A (CsA)...
December 21, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
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