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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319287/iatrogenic-thyrotoxicosis-and-the-role-of-therapeutic-plasma-exchange
#1
Kabeer K Shah, Michael M Mbughuni, Edwin A Burgstaler, Darci R Block, Jeffrey L Winters
Thyroid storm or severe thyrotoxicosis results from extreme thyroid hormone elevation. Therapy includes medical management to prevent hormone production, release, recycling, and peripheral conversion while stabilizing adrenergic tone. Thyroid dysfunction is the usual cause but it can be due to excessive thyroid hormone ingestion. Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) has been used to rapidly remove protein-bound thyroid hormone. American Society for Apheresis guidelines make a weak recommendation to perform TPE in selected patients in the treatment of thyrotoxicosis based on low quality evidence...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317872/preclinical-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-pharmacokinetics-and-immunogenicity-of-js-001-a-programmed-cell-death-protein-1-pd-1-monoclonal-antibody
#2
Jie Fu, Fang Wang, Li-Hou Dong, Jing Zhang, Cheng-Lian Deng, Xue-Li Wang, Xin-Yao Xie, Jing Zhang, Ruo-Xian Deng, Li-Bo Zhang, Hai Wu, Hui Feng, Bo Chen, Hai-Feng Song
JS-001 is the first monoclonal antibody (mAb) against programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) approved by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) into the clinical trails. To date, however, no pre-clinical pharmacological and pharmacokinetic (PK) data are available. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of JS-001 and conducted a preclinical PK study, including the monitoring of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs). We found that JS-001 specifically bound to PD-1 antigen with an EC50 of 21 nmol/L, and competently blocked the binding of PD-1 antigen to PD-L1 and PD-L2 with IC50 of 3...
March 20, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316139/changes-in-body-composition-and-metabolic-profile-during-interleukin-6-inhibition-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Anne Tournadre, Bruno Pereira, Fréderic Dutheil, Charlotte Giraud, Daniel Courteix, Vincent Sapin, Thomas Frayssac, Sylvain Mathieu, Sandrine Malochet-Guinamand, Martin Soubrier
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by increased mortality associated with cardiometabolic disorders including dyslipidaemia, insulin resistance, and cachectic obesity. Tumour necrosis factor inhibitors and interleukin 6 receptor blocker licensed for the treatment of RA decrease inflammation and could thus improve cardiovascular risk, but their effects on body composition and metabolic profile need to be clarified. We investigated the effects of tocilizumab (TCZ), a humanized anti-interleukin 6 receptor antibody, on body composition and metabolic profile in patients treated for RA...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315922/superior-perioperative-analgesia-with-combined-femoral-obturator-sciatic-nerve-block-in-comparison-with-posterior-lumbar-plexus-and-sciatic-nerve-block-for-acl-reconstructive-surgery
#4
Metaxia Bareka, Michael Hantes, Eleni Arnaoutoglou, George Vretzakis
PURPOSE: The purpose of this randomized controlled study is to compare and evaluate the intraoperative and post-operative outcome of PLPS nerve block and that of femoral, obturator and sciatic (FOS) nerve block as a method of anaesthesia, in performing ACL reconstruction. METHODS: Patients referred for elective arthroscopic ACL reconstruction using hamstring autograft were divided in two groups. The first group received combined femoral-obturator-sciatic nerve block (FOS Group) under dual guidance, whereas the second group received posterior lumbar plexus block under neurostimulation and sciatic nerve block (PLPS Group) under dual guidance...
March 18, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315684/bcl6-mediates-the-effects-of-gastrodin-on-promoting-m2-like-macrophage-polarization-and-protecting-against-oxidative-stress-induced-apoptosis-and-cell-death-in-macrophages
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Jing Jia, Xiaojie Shi, Xiaoqian Jing, Jianguo Li, Jie Gao, Mengya Liu, Chi-Iou Lin, Xinzhi Guo, Qian Hua
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood disability worldwide, yet biomarkers for predicting CP are lacking. By subjecting peripheral blood samples from 62 CP patients and 30 healthy controls to Affymetrix GeneChip(®) PrimeView™ HumanGene Expression Microarray analysis, we identified the novel biomarker B-cell lymphoma 6 (BCL6) as the most upregulated gene in the CP samples. Gastrodin is a traditional Chinese medicine and bioactive compound that promotes adductor angle release, as well as gross and fine motor performance by increasing Gross Motor Function Measure-66 and Fine Motor Function Measure-45 scores...
March 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315339/elastic-microfibril-distribution-in-the-cornea-differences-between-normal-and-keratoconic-stroma
#6
Tomas L White, Philip N Lewis, Robert D Young, Koji Kitazawa, Tsutomu Inatomi, Shigeru Kinoshita, Keith M Meek
The optical and biomechanical properties of the cornea are largely governed by the collagen-rich stroma, a layer that represents approximately 90% of the total thickness. Within the stroma, the specific arrangement of superimposed lamellae provides the tissue with tensile strength, whilst the spatial arrangement of individual collagen fibrils within the lamellae confers transparency. In keratoconus, this precise stromal arrangement is lost, resulting in ectasia and visual impairment. In the normal cornea we previously characterised the three-dimensional arrangement of an elastic fiber network spanning the posterior cornea from limbus-to-limbus...
March 14, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304404/interactions-between-th1-cells-and-tregs-affect-regulation-of-hepatic-fibrosis-in-biliary-atresia-through-the-ifn-%C3%AE-stat1-pathway
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Jie Wen, Ying Zhou, Jun Wang, Jie Chen, Wenbo Yan, Jin Wu, Junkai Yan, Kejun Zhou, Yongtao Xiao, Yang Wang, Qiang Xia, Wei Cai
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) and CD4(+) T helper (Th) cells have important roles in bile duct injury of biliary atresia (BA). However, their impacts on liver fibrosis are undefined. Between 2013 and 2016, 146 patients with various stages of BA were enrolled in this study. Peripheral blood, liver biopsy and lymph node samples were collected. Flow cytometry, magnetic cell sorting and immunostaining were used to characterize lymphocytes from BA patients. Deficiency of Tregs was observed along with increased Th1, Th2 and Th17 frequencies in the peripheral blood and livers of BA patients...
March 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302178/laser-peripheral-iridotomy-versus-laser-peripheral-iridotomy-plus-laser-peripheral-iridoplasty-in-the-treatment-of-multi-mechanism-angle-closure-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Shida Chen, Jianhua Lv, Sujie Fan, Hong Zhang, Lin Xie, Ling Xu, Bing Jiang, Huipin Yuan, Yuanbo Liang, Shuning Li, Pingyan Chen, Xiulan Zhang, Ningli Wang
BACKGROUND: China has the largest burden of primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) worldwide. The mechanism of the angle closure is complex and includes pupillary block and non-pupillary block. Currently, opinion is that laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) alone is not sufficient to prevent disease progression. Laser peripheral iridoplasty (LPIP) is an alternative and effective way of widening the angle recess in eyes that are affected by primary angle closure (PAC). However, it is not known if greater benefit would be achieved using LPI plus LPIP for PAC with multiple mechanisms (MAC)...
March 17, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301890/kasuistik-late-onset-small-fiber-neuropathie-nach-kritischer-erkrankung
#9
Susanne Koch, Rabih Moshourab, Tobias Wollersheim, Claudia Spies, Thomas Fritzsche, Steffen Weber-Carstens
A 42-year-old patient presented with acute allodynia and hyperalgesia in her distal limbs, most severe in the innervation area of the ulnar nerve. The patient developed critical illness myopathy/polyneuropathy after septic shock 5 months prior to her presentation. After exclusion of differential diagnosis, "late onset small fiber neuropathy" after critical illness was diagnosed. Recent studies showed small fiber lesions during critical illness and in follow-up exams, where additionally neuropathic pain were proved...
March 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301400/the-role-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-in-peripheral-and-central-pain-mechanisms-including-migraine
#10
Smriti Iyengar, Michael H Ossipov, Kirk W Johnson
Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a 37-amino acid peptide found primarily in the C and Aδ sensory fibers arising from the dorsal root and trigeminal ganglia, as well as the central nervous system. Calcitonin gene-related peptide was found to play important roles in cardiovascular, digestive, and sensory functions. Although the vasodilatory properties of CGRP are well documented, its somatosensory function regarding modulation of neuronal sensitization and of enhanced pain has received considerable attention recently...
April 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300835/geranylgeranyl-diphosphate-synthase-inhibition-induces-apoptosis-that-is-dependent-upon-ggpp-depletion-erk-phosphorylation-and-caspase-activation
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Sherry S Agabiti, Jin Li, Andrew J Wiemer
Bisphosphonates are diphosphate analogs that inhibit the intermediate enzymes of the mevalonate pathway. Here, we compared the effects of a farnesyl diphosphate synthase inhibitor, zoledronate, and a geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase (GGDPS) inhibitor, digeranyl bisphosphonate (DGBP), on lymphocytic leukemia cell proliferation and apoptosis. Both zoledronate and DGBP inhibited proliferation with DGBP doing so more potently. DGBP was markedly less toxic than zoledronate toward the viability of healthy human peripheral blood mononuclear cells...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299842/electroacupuncture-promotes-cns-dependent-release-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Tatiana E Salazar, Matthew R Richardson, Eleni Beli, Matthew S Ripsch, John George, Youngsook Kim, Yaqian Duan, Leni Moldovan, Yuanqing Yan, Ashay Bhatwadekar, Vaishnavi Jadhav, Jared A Smith, Susan McGorray, Alicia L Bertone, Dmitri O Traktuev, Keith L March, Luis M Colon-Perez, Keith Avin, Emily Sims, Julie A Mund, Jamie Case, Shaolin Deng, Min Su Kim, Bruce McDavitt, Michael E Boulton, Jeffrey Thinschmidt, Sergio Li Calzi, Stephanie D Fitz, Robyn K Fuchs, Stuart J Warden, Todd McKinley, Anantha Shekhar, Marcelo Febo, Phillip L Johnson, Lung Ji Chang, Zhanguo Gao, Mikhail G Kolonin, Song Lai, Jinfeng Ma, Xinzhong Dong, Fletcher A White, Huisheng Xie, Mervin C Yoder, Maria B Grant
Electro-acupuncture (EA) performed in rats and humans using front-limb acupuncture sites, LI-4 and LI-11, and Du-14 and Du-20 increased functional connectivity between the anterior hypothalamus and the amygdala and mobilized mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) into the systemic circulation. In human subjects, the source of the MSC was found to be primarily adipose tissue whereas in rodents the tissue sources were considered more heterogeneous. Pharmacological disinhibition of rat hypothalamus enhanced sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation and similarly resulted in a release of MSC into the circulation...
March 16, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299349/gabapentin-inhibits-protein-kinase-c-epsilon-translocation-in-cultured-sensory-neurons-with-additive-effects-when-coapplied-with-paracetamol-acetaminophen
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Vittorio Vellani, Chiara Giacomoni
Gabapentin is a well-established anticonvulsant drug which is also effective for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Although the exact mechanism leading to relief of allodynia and hyperalgesia caused by neuropathy is not known, the blocking effect of gabapentin on voltage-dependent calcium channels has been proposed to be involved. In order to further evaluate its analgesic mechanisms, we tested the efficacy of gabapentin on protein kinase C epsilon (PKCε) translocation in cultured peripheral neurons isolated from rat dorsal root ganglia (DRGs)...
2017: TheScientificWorldJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298794/anesthetic-implications-in-a-child-with-crouzon-syndrome
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Ajeet Kumar, Nitika Goel, Chandni Sinha, Abhishek Singh
Crouzon syndrome (CS) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder characterized by craniofacial dysostosis. Premature fusion of skull base leads to midfacial hypoplasia, shallow orbit, mandibular prognathism, overcrowding of upper teeth, high-arched palate, and upper airway obstruction. It is important for anesthesiologists managing such patients to recognize and avoid potential airway complications. Here, we present a case of a 10-year-old child with CS posted for ptosis correction surgery. Use of peripheral nerve blocks to cut down opioid requirement, inhalational induction, and maintenance are key aspects in successful management of such cases...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298772/effect-of-dexmedetomidine-as-an-adjuvant-to-0-75-ropivacaine-in-interscalene-brachial-plexus-block-using-nerve-stimulator-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-study
#15
H D Rashmi, H K Komala
BACKGROUND: Ropivacaine, a newer local anesthetic (LA), has been increasingly used nowadays in different concentrations for peripheral nerve blocks. It has lesser cardiac toxicity and higher safety margin when compared to bupivacaine. Dexmedetomidine, a novel α2 agonist, is widely used as adjuvant to LA in peripheral nerve blocks to decrease the time of onset and increase the duration of the block. In this study, we evaluated the effect of dexmedetomidine as an adjuvant with 0.75% ropivacaine for interscalene brachial plexus block using nerve stimulator...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298303/ampa-receptor-mediated-rapid-epscs-in-vestibular-calyx-afferents
#16
Matthew Edward Kirk, Frances L Meredith, Tim A Benke, Katherine J Rennie
In the vestibular periphery neurotransmission between hair cells and primary afferent nerves occurs via specialized ribbon synapses. Type I vestibular hair cells (HCI) make synaptic contacts with calyx terminals, which enclose most of the HCI basolateral surface. To probe synaptic transmission, whole cell patch clamp recordings were made from calyx afferent terminals isolated together with their mature HCI from gerbil crista. Neurotransmitter release was measured as excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) in voltage clamp...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292828/scrapper-selectively-contributes-to-spontaneous-release-and-presynaptic-long-term-potentiation-in-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex
#17
Kohei Koga, Ikuko Yao, Mitsutoshi Setou, Min Zhuo
SCRAPPER is an E3 ubiquitin ligase expressed in presynaptic terminals, neural cell body and dendrites of the hippocampus and cortex, which is coded by FBXL20 gene. SCRAPPER is known to regulate synaptic transmissions and long-term potentiation (LTP) in the hippocampus, but no report is available for the cortex. Here we show genetic evidence for critical roles of SCRAPPER in excitatory transmission and presynaptic LTP (pre-LTP) of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a critical cortical region for pain, anxiety and fear...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288683/chromatin-landscapes-and-genetic-risk-for-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
#18
Lisha Zhu, Kaiyu Jiang, Karstin Webber, Laiping Wong, Tao Liu, Yanmin Chen, James N Jarvis
BACKGROUND: The transcriptomes of peripheral blood cells in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) have distinct transcriptional aberrations that suggest impairment of transcriptional regulation. To gain a better understanding of this phenomenon, we studied known JIA genetic risk loci, the majority of which are located in non-coding regions, where transcription is regulated and coordinated on a genome-wide basis. We examined human neutrophils and CD4 primary T cells to identify genes and functional elements located within those risk loci...
March 14, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288050/pain-management-modalities-after-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-network-meta-analysis-of-170-randomized-controlled-trials
#19
Abdullah Sulieman Terkawi, Dimitris Mavridis, Daniel I Sessler, Megan S Nunemaker, Khaled S Doais, Rayan Sulieman Terkawi, Yazzed Sulieman Terkawi, Maria Petropoulou, Edward C Nemergut
BACKGROUND: Optimal analgesia for total knee arthroplasty remains challenging. Many modalities have been used, including peripheral nerve block, periarticular infiltration, and epidural analgesia. However, the relative efficacy of various modalities remains unknown. The authors aimed to quantify and rank order the efficacy of available analgesic modalities for various clinically important outcomes. METHODS: The authors searched multiple databases, each from inception until July 15, 2016...
March 13, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287634/immune-microenvironment-of-gliomas
#20
Anna Gieryng, Dominika Pszczolkowska, Kacper A Walentynowicz, Wenson D Rajan, Bozena Kaminska
High-grade gliomas are rapidly progressing tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) with a very poor prognosis despite extensive resection combined with radiation and/or chemotherapy. Histopathological and flow cytometry analyses of human and rodent experimental gliomas revealed heterogeneity of a tumor and its niche, composed of reactive astrocytes, endothelial cells, and numerous immune cells. Infiltrating immune cells consist of CNS resident (microglia) and peripheral macrophages, granulocytes, myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), and T lymphocytes...
March 13, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
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