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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723867/prediction-of-severe-toxicity-in-adult-patients-under-treatment-with-5-fluorouracil-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Carolina Vázquez, María Orlova, Federico Angriman, José N Minatta, Paula Scibona, María A Verzura, Esteban G Jáuregui, Heidy Díaz de Arce, María G Pallotta, Waldo H Belloso
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) has long been used for the treatment of gastrointestinal tumors harboring interindividual variability in both the pharmacokinetic and the pharmacogenetic profiles, which in turn may lead to life-threatening toxicities. We carried out a prospective cohort study of adult patients initiating treatment with 5-FU between 2013 and 2015. Primary exposures of interest were the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase single nucleotide polymorphism in exons 4 and 7 and 5'-untranslated region-thymidylate synthase VNTR genotypes, in addition to baseline clinical and demographic variables...
July 18, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723643/methyltransferase-g9a-promotes-cervical-cancer-angiogenesis-and-decreases-patient-survival
#2
Ruey-Jien Chen, Chia-Tung Shun, Men-Luh Yen, Chia-Hung Chou, Ming-Chieh Lin
Research suggests that the epigenetic regulator G9a, a H3K9 histone methyltransferase, is involved in cancer invasion and metastasis. Here we show that G9a is linked to cancer angiogenesis and poor patient survival. Invasive cervical cancer has a higher G9a expression than cancer precursors or normal epithelium. Pharmacological inhibition and genetic silencing of G9a suppresses H3K9 methylation, cancer cell proliferation, angiogenesis, and cancer cell invasion/migration, but not apoptosis. Microarray and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analyses reveal that G9a induces a cohort of angiogenic factors that include angiogenin, interleukin-8, and C-X-C motif chemokine ligand 16...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723287/advanced-renal-cell-carcinoma-role-of-the-radiologist-in-the-era-of-precision-medicine
#3
Atul B Shinagare, Katherine M Krajewski, Marta Braschi-Amirfarzan, Nikhil H Ramaiya
For the past decade, advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has been at the forefront of oncologic innovation. Our rapidly evolving understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of RCC has revolutionized the management of advanced RCC; 10 novel molecular targeted agents and immune checkpoint inhibitor have received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for treatment of advanced RCC in a little over a decade. Amid this progress, imaging has assumed a central role in metastatic surveillance and follow-up of advanced RCC...
August 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722623/the-use-of-xenosurveillance-to-detect-human-bacteria-parasites-and-viruses-in-mosquito-bloodmeals
#4
Joseph R Fauver, Alex Gendernalik, James Weger-Lucarelli, Nathan D Grubaugh, Doug E Brackney, Brian D Foy, Gregory D Ebel
Infectious disease surveillance is hindered by several factors, including limited infrastructure and geographic isolation of many resource-poor regions. In addition, the complexities of sample acquisition, processing, and analysis, even in developed regions, can be rate limiting. Therefore, new strategies to survey human populations for emerging pathogens are necessary. Xenosurveillance is a method that utilizes mosquitoes as sampling devices to search for genetic signatures of pathogens in vertebrates. Previously we demonstrated that xenosurveillance can detect viral RNA in both laboratory and field settings...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722367/-next-generation-sequencing-a-diagnostic-tool-for-inherited-immune-defects
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Stéphanie Droz-Georget, Orbicia Riccio, Béryl Royer-Bertrand, Andrea Superti-Furga, Fabio Candotti
Establishing the definitive diagnosis in the case of inherited immune defects (IID) is often challenging because the clinical features can be heterogeneous, atypical and overlapping different disease entities. The next generation sequencing technology (NGS) allows identifying genetic variants that are responsible for the observed clinical presentations. The use of NGS applied to the genes mutated in IIDs or known to be involved in the development, differentiation and regulation of the immune system allows to target hundreds of relevant genes in well characterized patients suspected of carrying inherited immune defects...
April 5, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722124/pancreatic-undifferentiated-carcinoma-with-osteoclast-like-giant-cells-is-genetically-similar-to-but-clinically-distinct-from-conventional-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Claudio Luchini, Antonio Pea, Gemma Lionheart, Andrea Mafficini, Alessia Nottegar, Nicola Veronese, Peter Chianchiano, Lodewijk A A Brosens, Michaël Noë, G Johan A Offerhaus, Raluca Yonescu, Yi Ning, Giuseppe Malleo, Giulio Riva, Paola Piccoli, Ivana Cataldo, Paola Capelli, Giuseppe Zamboni, Aldo Scarpa, Laura D Wood
Undifferentiated carcinoma of the pancreas with osteoclast-like giant cells (UCOGC) is currently considered a morphologically and clinically distinct variant of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). In this study, we report clinical and pathological features of a series of 22 UCOGC, including the whole exome sequencing of 8 UCOGC. We observed that 60% of the UCOGC contained a well-defined epithelial component and that patients with pure UCOGC had a significantly better prognosis than did those with an UCOGC with an associated epithelial neoplasm...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721930/pharmacoresistant-epileptic-eyelid-twitching-in-a-child-with-a-mutation-in-syngap1
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Tetsuya Okazaki, Yoshiaki Saito, Rika Hiraiwa, Shinji Saitoh, Masachika Kai, Kaori Adachi, Yoko Nishimura, Eiji Nanba, Yoshihiro Maegaki
SYNGAP1 gene mutation has been associated with epilepsy which is often drug resistant, with seizure types including eyelid myoclonia. However, detailed descriptions, including ictal video-EEG, have not been reported. We report the case of a 4-year-old boy who developed recurrent epileptic eyelid twitching at 1 year and 5 months of age. Seizures gradually increased in frequency to more than 50 times per day and manifested with upward eye deviation, motion arrest, loss of consciousness, and eyelid twitching lasting for five seconds...
July 19, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721912/exosomes-and-exosomal-micrornas-in-prostate-cancer-radiation-therapy
#8
REVIEW
Bijaya Malla, Kathrin Zaugg, Erik Vassella, Daniel M Aebersold, Alan Dal Pra
Despite current risk stratification systems using traditional clinicopathologic factors, many localized and locally advanced prostate cancers fail radical treatment (ie, radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy with or without androgen deprivation therapy). Therefore, a pressing need exists for enhanced methods of disease stratification through novel prognostic and predictive tools that can reliably be applied in clinical practice. Exosomes are 50- to 150-nm small vesicles released by cancer cells that reflect the genetic and nongenetic materials of parent cancer cells...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721832/biomarkers-associated-with-bleeding-risk-in-the-setting-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Skevos Sideris, Stefanos Archontakis, George Latsios, George Lazaros, Konstantinos Toutouzas, Eleftherios Tsiamis, Manolis Vavuranakis, Charalampos Vlachopoulos, Konstantinos Gatzoulis, Konstantinos Tsioufis, Dimitris Tousoulis
Background Prevention of thromboembolic disease, mainly stroke, with oral anticoagulants remains a major therapeutic goal in patients with atrial fibrillation. Unfortunately, despite the high efficacy, anticoagulant therapy is associated with a significant risk of, frequently catastrophic, hemorrhagic complications. Among different clinical and laboratory parameters related to an increased risk of bleeding, several biological markers have been recognized and various risk scores for bleeding have been developed...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721831/transient-production-of-recombinant-pharmaceutical-proteins-in-plants-evolution-and-perspectives
#10
Lilya Kopertekh, Joachim Schiemann
During the last two decades the production of pharmaceutical proteins in plants evolved from proof of concept to established technology adopted by several biotechnological companies. This progress is particularly based on intensive research starting stable genetic transformation and moving to transient expression. Due to its advantages in yield and speed of protein production transient expression platforms became leading plant-based manufacturing technology. Current transient expression methods rely on Agrobacterium-mediated delivery of expression vectors into plant cells...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721825/biomarkers-associated-with-stroke-risk-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Adam Ioannou, Nikolaos Papageorgiou, Debbie Falconer, Onkar Rehal, Emma Sewart, Effimia Zacharia, Konstantinos Toutouzas, Charalampos Vlachopoulos, Gerasimos Siasos, Constantinos Tsioufis, Dimitris Tousoulis
Atrial fibrillation is associated with increased risk for cardioembolic stroke. The risk of cardioembolism is not adequately reduced with the administration of oral anticoagulants, since a number of patients continue to experience thromboembolic events despite receiving anti-thrombotic treatment. Several biomarkers have been proposed to predict cardioembolic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. Some of them are already used in the clinical practice, such as D-Dimers, Troponin and brain natriuretic peptide...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721744/entangled-local-biologies-genetic-risk-bodies-and-inequities-in-brazilian-cancer-genetics
#12
Sahra Gibbon
Engaging recent social science work examining the truth making claims of science and biomedicine, this paper explores how biology is being localised in Brazilian cancer genetics. It draws from ethnographic fieldwork in urban regions of southern Brazil working with and alongside patients, families and practitioners in cancer genetic clinics. It examines how different sorts of 'local biologies' are articulated in the context of research, clinical practice and among implicated patient communities and the way these can 'recursively' move across different spheres and scales of social action to extend and transform the meaning of the biological...
July 19, 2017: Anthropology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721719/imprinted-nanovelcro-microchips-for-isolation-and-characterization-of-circulating-fetal-trophoblasts-toward-noninvasive-prenatal-diagnostics
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Shuang Hou, Jie-Fu Chen, Min Song, Yazhen Zhu, Yu Jen Jan, Szu Hao Chen, Tzu-Hua Weng, Dean-An Ling, Shang-Fu Chen, Tracy Ro, An-Jou Liang, Tom Lee, Helen Jin, Man Li, Lian Liu, Yu-Sheng Hsiao, Peilin Chen, Hsiao-Hua Yu, Ming-Song Tsai, Margareta D Pisarska, Angela Chen, Li-Ching Chen, Hsian-Rong Tseng
Circulating fetal nucleated cells (CFNCs) in maternal blood offer an ideal source of fetal genomic DNA for noninvasive prenatal diagnostics (NIPD). We developed a class of nanoVelcro microchips to effectively enrich a subcategory of CFNCs, i.e., circulating trophoblasts (cTBs) from maternal blood, which can then be isolated with single-cell resolution by a laser capture microdissection (LCM) technique for downstream genetic testing. We first established a nanoimprinting fabrication process to prepare the LCM-compatible nanoVelcro substrates...
July 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721627/two-chinese-pedigrees-of-blau-syndrome-with-thirteen-affected-members
#14
REVIEW
Di Wu, Min Shen
Blau syndrome (BS) is a rare autosomal dominant autoinflammatory disease characterized by the clinical triad of dermatitis, arthritis, and uveitis. It is caused by mutations in nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-containing protein-2 (NOD2) gene. BS has been widely reported in Caucasians but cases documented in China are scarce. We reported two Chinese families with BS, which were by far the two largest pedigrees in the Chinese population. We identified two unrelated families with BS. The phenotypes and genotypes of these patients were reviewed and compared with previous cohorts...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721532/-chronic-cholestatic-liver-diseases-differential-diagnosis-pathogenesis-and-current-treatment-in-adults
#15
S Hohenester, U Beuers
In the long-term course chronic cholestasis regularly leads to fibrotic restructuring and ultimately to functional failure of the liver, independent of the cause. Cholestatic diseases are often clinically asymptomatic. In order to avoid progression, early diagnosis of the underlying disease and a targeted therapy are therefore decisive. The differential diagnoses of chronic cholestasis are broad; therefore, algorithms are of assistance in the diagnostic work-up. A better understanding of the pathogenesis is now leading to the development of new therapeutic agents in addition to ursodeoxycholic acid, which has long been known for its anticholestatic effects...
July 18, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721524/human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes-for-investigation-of-disease-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-strategies-in-inherited-arrhythmia-syndromes-strengths-and-limitations
#16
Simona Casini, Arie O Verkerk, Carol Ann Remme
During the last two decades, significant progress has been made in the identification of genetic defects underlying inherited arrhythmia syndromes, which has provided some clinical benefit through elucidation of gene-specific arrhythmia triggers and treatment. However, for most arrhythmia syndromes, clinical management is hindered by insufficient knowledge of the functional consequences of the mutation in question, the pro-arrhythmic mechanisms involved, and hence the most optimal treatment strategy. Moreover, disease expressivity and sensitivity to therapeutic interventions often varies between mutations and/or patients, underlining the need for more individualized strategies...
July 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721466/the-moge-s-classification-for-cardiomyopathies-current-status-and-future-outlook
#17
REVIEW
Julian G Westphal, Angelos G Rigopoulos, Constantinos Bakogiannis, Sarah E Ludwig, Sophie Mavrogeni, Boris Bigalke, Torsten Doenst, Matthias Pauschinger, Carsten Tschöpe, P Christian Schulze, Michel Noutsias
Cardiomyopathies are complex diseases of multifactorial pathogenesis and have a high morbidity and mortality. Over the past decades, several revisions of classifications and definitions of cardiomyopathies have been proposed, primarily focusing on the phenotypic characterization of cardiomyopathies. The MOGE(S) classification system published in 2013 encompasses the classification of rapidly growing knowledge on genetic mutations, acquired causes (i.e., intramyocardial inflammation, viral infections), and further conditions involved in the induction of cardiomyopathies (e...
July 19, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721335/investigation-of-newborns-with-abnormal-results-in-a-newborn-screening-program-for-four-lysosomal-storage-diseases-in-brazil
#18
Heydy Bravo, Eurico Camargo Neto, Jaqueline Schulte, Jamile Pereira, Claudio Sampaio Filho, Fernanda Bittencourt, Fernanda Sebastião, Fernanda Bender, Ana Paula Scholz de Magalhães, Régis Guidobono, Franciele Barbosa Trapp, Kristiane Michelin-Tirelli, Carolina F M Souza, Diana Rojas Málaga, Gabriela Pasqualim, Ana Carolina Brusius-Facchin, Roberto Giugliani
Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) are genetic disorders, clinically heterogeneous, mainly caused by defects in genes encoding lysosomal enzymes that degrade macromolecules. Several LSDs already have specific therapies that may improve clinical outcomes, especially if introduced early in life. With this aim, screening methods have been established and newborn screening (NBS) for some LSDs has been developed. Such programs should include additional procedures for the confirmation (or not) of the cases that had an abnormal result in the initial screening...
September 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721208/new-perspectives-on-the-regulation-of-type-ii-inflammation-in-asthma
#19
REVIEW
Mireya Becerra-Díaz, Marsha Wills-Karp, Nicola M Heller
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs which has been thought to arise as a result of inappropriately directed T helper type-2 (Th2) immune responses of the lungs to otherwise innocuous inhaled antigens. Current asthma therapeutics are directed towards the amelioration of downstream consequences of type-2 immune responses (i.e. β-agonists) or broad-spectrum immunosuppression (i.e. corticosteroids). However, few approaches to date have been focused on the primary prevention of immune deviation...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721155/clinical-importance-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue
#20
Eszter Nagy, Adam L Jermendy, Bela Merkely, Pal Maurovich-Horvat
Different visceral fat compartments have several systemic effects and may play a role in the development of both insulin resistance and cardiovascular diseases. In the last couple of years special attention has been paid to the epicardial adipose tissue (EAT), which can be quantified by non-invasive cardiac imaging techniques. The epicardial fat is a unique fat compartment between the myocardium and the visceral pericardium sharing a common embryologic origin with the visceral fat depot. Epicardial adipose tissue has several specific roles, and its local effects on cardiac function are incorporated in the complex pathomechanism of coronary artery disease...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
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