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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891819/factors-influencing-successful-lumbar-puncture-in-alzheimer-research
#1
Krista L Moulder, Lilah M Besser, Duane Beekly, Kaj Blennow, Walter Kukull, John C Morris
OBJECTIVE: Lumbar puncture (LP) is increasingly common in Alzheimer disease research; however, agreement to undergo LP varies. We sought to determine factors influencing LP consent at Alzheimer's Disease Centers (ADCs) in the United States. METHODS: A 3-part survey was distributed to each ADC: (1) ADC LP Experience; (2) LP Requestor Experience; and (3) Patient LP Experience (both Initial and Follow-up). In all, 64 LP Requestor, 579 Patient/Initial, and 404 Patient/Follow-up surveys were collected...
September 7, 2017: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856569/pharmacokinetics-of-cromolyn-and-ibuprofen-in-healthy-elderly-volunteers
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David Brazier, Robert Perry, Jim Keane, Katie Barrett, David R Elmaleh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The combination of cromolyn and ibuprofen is being investigated as a treatment for early Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study investigated the pharmacokinetics, safety, and tolerability of cromolyn and ibuprofen co-administration in healthy elderly adult volunteers. METHODS: In this open-labeled study, 26 subjects, aged 55-75 years, received co-administration of inhaled cromolyn (single dose 17.1 mg; double dose 34.2 mg total) and oral ibuprofen (single dose 10 mg; double dose 20 mg total)...
August 30, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819990/effects-of-maternal-high-fat-diet-and-sedentary-lifestyle-on-susceptibility-of-adult-offspring-to-ozone-exposure-in-rats
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C J Gordon, P M Phillips, A F M Johnstone, J Schmid, M C Schladweiler, A Ledbetter, S J Snow, U P Kodavanti
Epidemiological and experimental data suggest that obesity exacerbates the health effects of air pollutants such as ozone (O3). Maternal inactivity and calorically rich diets lead to offspring that show signs of obesity. Exacerbated O3 susceptibility of offspring could thus be manifested by maternal obesity. Thirty-day-old female Long-Evans rats were fed a control (CD) or high-fat (HF) (60% calories) diet for 6 wks and then bred. GD1 rats were then housed with a running wheel (RW) or without a wheel (SED) until parturition, creating four groups of offspring: CD-SED, CD-RW, HF-SED and HF-RW...
August 18, 2017: Inhalation Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815614/resveratrol-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Christine Sawda, Charbel Moussa, R Scott Turner
The amyloid hypothesis suggests that the progressive accumulation and deposition of central nervous system (CNS) amyloid with aging is the proximate cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus, targeting molecular mechanisms of aging may be a viable treatment approach. Caloric restriction prevents diseases of aging, including AD, in animal models, perhaps by activation of sirtuins. The sirtuins (e.g., mammalian SIRT1) are deacetylases that link energy balance (NAD(+) /NADH) to regulation of gene transcription. Resveratrol is a potent activator of SIRT1, and thus may mimic caloric restriction to prevent diseases of aging...
August 16, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812547/lung-epithelial-cells-therapeutically-inducible-effectors-of-antimicrobial-defense
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REVIEW
M M Leiva-Juárez, J K Kolls, S E Evans
Lung epithelial cells are increasingly recognized to be active effectors of microbial defense, contributing to both innate and adaptive immune function in the lower respiratory tract. As immune sentinels, lung epithelial cells detect diverse pathogens through an ample repertoire of membrane-bound, endosomal, and cytosolic pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs). The highly plastic epithelial barrier responds to detected threats via modulation of paracellular flux, intercellular communications, mucin production, and periciliary fluid composition...
August 16, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802766/a-phase-i-trial-of-intraperitoneal-gen-1-an-il-12-plasmid-formulated-with-peg-pei-cholesterol-lipopolymer-administered-with-pegylated-liposomal-doxorubicin-in-patients-with-recurrent-or-persistent-epithelial-ovarian-fallopian-tube-or-primary-peritoneal-cancers
#6
REVIEW
Premal H Thaker, William E Brady, Heather A Lankes, Kunle Odunsi, William H Bradley, Kathleen N Moore, Carolyn Y Muller, Khursheed Anwer, Russell J Schilder, Ronald D Alvarez, Paula M Fracasso
OBJECTIVE: The study's purpose was to assess safety and efficacy of escalating doses of weekly GEN-1 with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) in patients with recurrent or persistent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancers (EOC). METHODS: Patients had persistent or recurrent platinum-resistant EOC. The trial was a standard 3+3 phase I dose escalation design with patients receiving intravenous PLD 40mg/m(2) (dose level 1 and 2) or 50mg/m(2) (dose level 3) every 28days and intraperitoneal GEN-1 at 24mg/m(2) (dose level 1) or 36mg/m(2) (dose level 2 and 3) on days 1, 8, 15, and 22 of a 28day cycle...
August 9, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743290/pneumatosis-intestinalis-with-a-benign-clinical-course-a-report-of-two-cases
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Aya Takase, Nobuhiro Akuzawa, Hiroshi Naitoh, Jun Aoki
BACKGROUND: Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) is a rare condition characterized by the presence of gas within the gastrointestinal tract wall. Most cases of PI have a benign clinical course, although some have serious outcomes. Mechanical stress on or bacterial infection of the gastrointestinal tract wall may be responsible for the onset of PI, but the detailed mechanism of PI pathogenesis is still unclear. Here, we describe two Japanese patients presenting with benign PI. CASE PRESENTATION: Case 1, a 37-year-old previously healthy male patient, had a 1-week history of abdominal pain, and case 2, a 78-year-old female diabetic patient, had a 2-week history of voglibose treatment and abdominal pain...
July 25, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714258/renal-neuroendocrine-control-of-desiccation-and-cold-tolerance-by-drosophila-suzukii
#8
Selim Terhzaz, Lucy Alford, Joseph Gc Yeoh, Richard Marley, Anthony J Dornan, Julian At Dow, Shireen A Davies
BACKGROUND: Neuropeptides are central to the regulation of physiological and behavioural processes in insects, directly impacting cold and desiccation survival. However, little is known about the control mechanisms governing these responses in Drosophila suzukii. The close phylogenetic relationship of D. suzukii with Drosophila melanogaster allows, through genomic and functional studies, an insight into the mechanisms directing stress tolerance in D. suzukii. RESULTS: Capability (Capa), leucokinin (LK), diuretic hormone 44 (DH44 ) and DH31 neuropeptides demonstrated a high level of conservation between D...
July 17, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713203/solvatochromic-fluorescent-probes-for-recognition-of-human-serum-albumin-in-aqueous-solution-insights-into-structure-property-relationship
#9
Bin Liu, Xiaoman Bi, Lucas McDonald, Yi Pang, Danqing Liu, Chengjun Pan, Lei Wang
Human serum albumin (HSA) as the most abundant protein in human blood plasma, serves many physiological functions. The dysregulation of HSA in serum or in urine is associated with various diseases, such as cirrhosis of liver, multiple myeloma, and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, to quantify HSA in body fluids with high selectivity and sensitivity is of great significance for disease diagnosis and preventive medicine. We herein developed a series of amide-functionalized flavonoids probes, 1-3, for recognition of human serum albumin...
November 29, 2016: Sensors and Actuators. B, Chemical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694395/use-of-tolvaptan-in-patients-hospitalized-for-worsening-chronic-heart-failure-with-severe-hyponatremia-the-initial-experience-at-a-single-center-in-turkey
#10
Saim Sağ, Aysel Aydın Kaderli, Abdülmecit Yıldız, Bülent Cuma Gül, Bülent Özdemir, İbrahim Baran, Sümeyye Güllülü, Ali Aydınlar, Yüksel Çavuşoğlu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy and safety of tolvaptan for severe hyponatremia (SH) in hypervolemic heart failure (HF) patients within daily clinical practice. METHODS: We restrospectively reviewed our database on tolvaptan as an add-on treatment in hypervolemic patients admitted to our clinic due to deterioration of HF and having hyponatremia resistant to standard therapy. Severe hyponatremia was defined as serum sodium concentration ≤125 mEq/L...
July 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682030/-hemodialysis-and-cardiovascular-outcome
#11
Laura Panicali, Fabiana Brigante, Elena Mancini
Hemodialysis patients often present multiple comorbidities and have a high mortality rate (15-20% per year), mostly due to cardiovascular events. Besides predisposing pathological conditions related to uremia (heart failure, coronary heart disease, left ventricular hypertrophy, arrhythmias), they also have specific risk factors linked to the hemodialysis (HD) treatment in itself: chronic inflammation, fluid overload, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, arterovenous fistula. These factors may affect the hemodynamic compensatory systems (vascular refilling, arteriolar and venous tone, autonomic nervous system response) to fluid removal, with high risk of intra-dialysis hypotension (IDH) episodes or arrhythmic events...
March 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651977/dexamethasone-intravenous-immunoglobulin-and-rituximab-combination-immunotherapy-for-pediatric-opsoclonus-myoclonus-syndrome
#12
Michael R Pranzatelli, Elizabeth D Tate
BACKGROUND: Although pulse-dose dexamethasone is increasingly favored for treating pediatric opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome (OMS), and multimodal immunotherapy is associated with improved clinical response, there have been no neuroimmunologic studies of dexamethasone-based multimodal disease-modifying therapy. METHODS: In this observational retrospective study, 19 children with OMS (with or without associated neuroblastoma) underwent multibiomarker evaluation for neuroinflammation...
August 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646272/rhesus-cochlear-and-vestibular-functions-are-preserved-after-inner-ear-injection-of-saline-volume-sufficient-for-gene-therapy-delivery
#13
Chenkai Dai, Mohamed Lehar, Daniel Q Sun, Lani Swarthout Rvt, John P Carey, Tim MacLachlan, Doug Brough, Hinrich Staecker, Alexandra M Della Santina, Timothy E Hullar, Charles C Della Santina
Sensorineural losses of hearing and vestibular sensation due to hair cell dysfunction are among the most common disabilities. Recent preclinical research demonstrates that treatment of the inner ear with a variety of compounds, including gene therapy agents, may elicit regeneration and/or repair of hair cells in animals exposed to ototoxic medications or other insults to the inner ear. Delivery of gene therapy may also offer a means for treatment of hereditary hearing loss. However, injection of a fluid volume sufficient to deliver an adequate dose of a pharmacologic agent could, in theory, cause inner ear trauma that compromises functional outcome...
August 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622913/targeting-urate-to-reduce-oxidative-stress-in-parkinson-disease
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REVIEW
Grace F Crotty, Alberto Ascherio, Michael A Schwarzschild
Oxidative stress has been implicated as a core contributor to the initiation and progression of multiple neurological diseases. Genetic and environmental factors can produce oxidative stress through mitochondrial dysfunction leading to the degeneration of dopaminergic and other neurons underlying Parkinson disease (PD). Although clinical trials of antioxidants have thus far failed to demonstrate slowed progression of PD, oxidative stress remains a compelling target. Rather than prompting abandonment of antioxidant strategies, these failures have raised the bar for justifying drug and dosing selections and for improving study designs to test for disease modification by antioxidants...
June 13, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614294/human-fetal-dendritic-cells-promote-prenatal-t-cell-immune-suppression-through-arginase-2
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Naomi McGovern, Amanda Shin, Gillian Low, Donovan Low, Kaibo Duan, Leong Jing Yao, Rasha Msallam, Ivy Low, Nurhidaya Binte Shadan, Hermi R Sumatoh, Erin Soon, Josephine Lum, Esther Mok, Sandra Hubert, Peter See, Edwin Huang Kunxiang, Yie Hou Lee, Baptiste Janela, Mahesh Choolani, Citra Nurfarah Zaini Mattar, Yiping Fan, Tony Kiat Hon Lim, Dedrick Kok Hong Chan, Ker-Kan Tan, John Kit Chung Tam, Christopher Schuster, Adelheid Elbe-Bürger, Xiao-Nong Wang, Venetia Bigley, Matthew Collin, Muzlifah Haniffa, Andreas Schlitzer, Michael Poidinger, Salvatore Albani, Anis Larbi, Evan W Newell, Jerry Kok Yen Chan, Florent Ginhoux
During gestation the developing human fetus is exposed to a diverse range of potentially immune-stimulatory molecules including semi-allogeneic antigens from maternal cells, substances from ingested amniotic fluid, food antigens, and microbes. Yet the capacity of the fetal immune system, including antigen-presenting cells, to detect and respond to such stimuli remains unclear. In particular, dendritic cells, which are crucial for effective immunity and tolerance, remain poorly characterized in the developing fetus...
June 29, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601684/b-cells-control-maternofetal-priming-of-allergy-and-tolerance-in-a-murine-model-of-allergic-airway-inflammation
#16
Christine Happle, Adan Chari Jirmo, Almut Meyer-Bahlburg, Anika Habener, Heinz Gerd Hoymann, Christian Hennig, Jelena Skuljec, Gesine Hansen
BACKGROUND: Allergic asthma is a chronic lung disease resulting from inappropriate immune responses to environmental antigens. Early tolerance induction is an attractive approach for primary prevention of asthma. OBJECTIVE: We analysed the mechanisms of perinatal tolerance induction to allergens with particular focus on the role of B cells in preconceptional and early intrauterine immune priming. METHODS: Wild type (WT) and B cell deficient mice received ovalbumin (OVA) intranasally before mating...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589527/targeting-the-tumor-stroma-the-biology-and-clinical-development-of-pegylated-recombinant-human-hyaluronidase-pegph20
#17
REVIEW
Kit Man Wong, Kathryn J Horton, Andrew L Coveler, Sunil R Hingorani, William P Harris
The tumor stroma is increasingly recognized as a key player in tumorigenesis through its effects on cell signaling, immune responses, and access of therapeutic agents. A major component of the extracellular matrix is hyaluronic acid (HA), which raises the interstitial gel fluid pressure within tumors and reduces drug delivery to malignant cells, and has been most extensively studied in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). Pegylated recombinant human hyaluronidase (PEGPH20) is a novel agent that degrades HA and normalizes IFP to enhance the delivery of cytotoxic agents...
July 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578851/cold-tolerance-and-biochemical-response-of-unfed-dermacentor-silvarum-ticks-to-low-temperature
#18
Tianhong Wang, Xiaolong Yang, Qingying Jia, Na Dong, Hui Wang, Yonghong Hu, Zhijun Yu, Jingze Liu
The important pathogen vector Dermacentor silvarum is widely distributed in China. However, the tick's adaptation to low winter temperatures remains poorly understood. We therefore investigated the cold hardiness and physiological and biochemical responses of D. silvarum ticks exposed to low temperatures. The results indicated that the lower lethal temperatures (LT50s) for larvae, nymphs, females and males were -16.9°C, -15.8°C, -20.0°C and -20.1°C, respectively. The discriminating temperatures (resulting in 20% survival) for larvae, nymphs, females and males were -18...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560706/local-hemodynamic-differences-between-commercially-available-y-grafts-and-traditional-fontan-baffles-under-simulated-exercise-conditions-implications-for-exercise-tolerance
#19
Phillip M Trusty, Zhenglun Wei, Michael Tree, Kirk R Kanter, Mark A Fogel, Ajit P Yoganathan, Timothy C Slesnick
Fontan completion, resulting in a total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC), is accomplished using a lateral tunnel (LT), extracardiac conduit (ECC), or recently a bifurcated Y-graft. The local energetic differences between these graft types have not been substantially analyzed under exercise conditions. The present study evaluates the energetic performance of Y-grafts under simulated exercise conditions, compares their performance to the previous LT/ECC Fontan options, and discusses implications for exercise tolerance and hemodynamic predictability...
May 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554143/comparison-of-gene-expression-of-toll-like-receptors-and-cytokines-between-piau-and-commercial-line-landrace%C3%A3-large-white-crossbred-pigs-vaccinated-against-pasteurella-multocida-type-d
#20
Katiene Régia Silva Sousa, André Mauric Frossard Ribeiro, Waleska de Melo Ferreira Dantas, Leandro Licursi de Oliveira, Eliane Gasparino, Simone Eliza Facioni Guimarães
We aimed to compare Toll-like receptors (TLR) and cytokines expression in local Piau breed and a Commercial line (Landrace×Large White crossbred) pigs in response to vaccination against Pasteurella multocida type D. Seronegative gilts for Pasteurella multocida type D and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae were used, from which peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were collected in four time points (T0, T1, T2 and T3; before and after each vaccination dose). For bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cells (BALF), we set groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated animals for both genetic groups...
May 22, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
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