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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213005/is-clarithromycin-a-potential-treatment-for-cachexia-in-people-with-lung-cancer-a-feasibility-study
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Sarah Awan, Vincent Crosby, Vanessa Potter, Ivo Hennig, David Baldwin, Mehluli Ndlovu, Sharon Paradine, Andrew Wilcock
Clarithromycin may improve cachexia and survival in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but adequately controlled data are lacking. This study was undertaken primarily to inform the feasibility and scale of a phase III trial. Eligible consenting patients with stage IV NSCLC and cachexia were to be randomized to receive either clarithromycin 250mg twice daily or placebo for eight weeks. Aspects of trial feasibility recorded included numbers eligible, approached and recruited, together with adherence and completion of treatment and assessments...
February 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212050/volume-controlled-ventilation-does-not-prevent-injurious-inflation-during-spontaneous-effort
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Takeshi Yoshida, Susumu Nakahashi, Maria Aparecida Miyuki Nakamura, Yukiko Koyama, Rollin Roldan, Vinicius Torsani, Roberta R De Santis, Susimeire Gomes, Akinori Uchiyama, Marcelo B P Amato, Brian P Kavanagh, Yuji Fujino
RATIONALE: Spontaneous breathing during mechanical ventilation increases transpulmonary pressure and tidal volume, and worsens lung injury. Intuitively, controlling tidal volume and transpulmonary pressure might limit injury from added spontaneous effort. OBJECTIVES: To test the hypothesis that during spontaneous effort in injured lungs, tidal volume and transpulmonary pressure limitation by volume-controlled ventilation results in less injurious patterns of inflation...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209994/reversal-of-the-apoptotic-resistance-of-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-towards-trail-by-natural-product-toosendanin
#3
Xin Li, Ming You, Yong-Jian Liu, Lin Ma, Pei-Pei Jin, Ri Zhou, Zhao-Xin Zhang, Baojin Hua, Xiao-Jun Ji, Xiao-Ying Cheng, Fangzhou Yin, Yan Chen, Wu Yin
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) selectively triggers cancer cell death via its association with death receptors on the cell membrane, but exerts negligible side effects on normal cells. However, some non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) patients exhibited resistance to TRAIL treatment in clinical trials, and the mechanism varies. In this study, we described for the first time that toosendanin (TSN), a triterpenoid derivative used in Chinese medicine for pain management, could significantly sensitize human primary NSCLC cells or NSCLC cell lines to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis both in vitro and in vivo, while showing low toxicity against human primary cells or tissues...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209039/-the-value-of-fractionated-exhaled-nitric-oxide-in-the-diagnosis-of-asthma-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-overlap-syndrome
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D D Deng, A Y Zhou, Q C Shuang, P Chen
Objective: To explore the diagnostic value of fractionated exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) measurement in patients with asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD) overlap syndrome (ACOS). Methods: Eighty-one patients with ACOS, 76 patients with asthma, 82 patients with COPD and 39 healthy non-smoking subjects were recruited in the study. Naku Lun breath analyzer was used to measure the level of FeNO in the 4 groups. Pulmonary function was also measured. The ROC curve was used to differentiate ACOS from patients with COPD...
February 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207279/angiotensin-converting-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-and-longitudinal-change-in-percent-emphysema-on-computed-tomography-the-mesa-lung-study
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Megha A Parikh, Carrie P Aaron, Eric A Hoffman, Joseph E Schwartz, Jaime Madrigano, John H M Austin, Ravi Kalhan, Gina Lovasi, Karol Watson, Karen Hinckley Stukovsky, R Graham Barr
RATIONALE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Emphysema on computed tomography (CT) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients with and without spirometrically defined COPD but no available medications target emphysema.  Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) and endothelial dysfunction are implicated in emphysema pathogenesis, and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) inhibit TGF-β, improve endothelial function and restore airspace architecture in murine models...
February 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203436/chest-physiotherapy-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-without-pneumonia-a-narrative-review
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Herbert D Spapen, Jouke De Regt, Patrick M Honoré
A beneficial adjuvant role of chest physiotherapy (CPT) to promote airway clearance, alveolar recruitment, and ventilation/perfusion matching in mechanically ventilated (MV) patients with pneumonia or relapsing lung atelectasis is commonly accepted. However, doubt prevails regarding the usefulness of applying routine CPT in MV subjects with no such lung diseases. In-depth narrative review based on a literature search for prospective randomized trials comparing CPT with a non-CPT strategy in adult patients ventilated for at least 48 h...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203072/-real-life-inhaled-corticosteroid-withdrawal-in-copd-a-subgroup-analysis-of-daccord
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Claus Vogelmeier, Heinrich Worth, Roland Buhl, Carl-Peter Criée, Nadine S Lossi, Claudia Mailänder, Peter Kardos
Many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) receive inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) without a clear indication, and thus, the impact of ICS withdrawal on disease control is of great interest. DACCORD is a prospective, noninterventional 2-year study in the primary and secondary care throughout Germany. A subgroup of patients were taking ICS prior to entry - 1,022 patients continued to receive ICS for 2 years; physicians withdrew ICS on entry in 236 patients. Data from these two subgroups were analyzed to evaluate the impact of ICS withdrawal...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202390/systemic-injection-of-rpe65-programmed-bone-marrow-derived-cells-prevents-progression-of-chronic-retinal-degeneration
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Xiaoping Qi, S Louise Pay, Yuanqing Yan, James Thomas, Alfred S Lewin, Lung-Ji Chang, Maria B Grant, Michael E Boulton
Bone marrow stem and progenitor cells can differentiate into a range of non-hematopoietic cell types, including retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)-like cells. In this study, we programmed bone marrow-derived cells (BMDCs) ex vivo by inserting a stable RPE65 transgene using a lentiviral vector. We tested the efficacy of systemically administered RPE65-programmed BMDCs to prevent visual loss in the superoxide dismutase 2 knockdown (Sod2 KD) mouse model of age-related macular degeneration. Here, we present evidence that these RPE65-programmed BMDCs are recruited to the subretinal space, where they repopulate the RPE layer, preserve the photoreceptor layer, retain the thickness of the neural retina, reduce lipofuscin granule formation, and suppress microgliosis...
February 12, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198990/corticosteroids-and-hip-fracture-risk-in-elderly-respiratory-patients-epic-greece-cohort
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Anna Karakatsani, Michail Katsoulis, Eleni Klinaki, Antonia Trichopoulou
INTRODUCTION: In an ageing population the prevalence of osteoporosis and chronic respiratory diseases is expected to increase in the near future. Interestingly, several forms of corticosteroids, drugs implicated in osteoporosis pathogenesis, are prescribed to respiratory patients without taking into consideration their age and risk for osteoporotic fractures. The aim of this study was to investigate the risk for hip fracture of the elder individuals who are taking corticosteroids for respiratory disease, including inhalers...
2017: Adv Respir Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197383/analysis-of-the-prognostic-role-of-an-immune-checkpoint-score-in-resected-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
#10
Marta Usó, Eloísa Jantus-Lewintre, Silvia Calabuig-Fariñas, Ana Blasco, Eva García Del Olmo, Ricardo Guijarro, Miguel Martorell, Carlos Camps, Rafael Sirera
Tumors develop mechanisms to recruit tolerogenic immune cells and to induce the expression of molecules that act as immune checkpoints. This regulation of the immune microenvironment favors immune tolerance to the neoplastic cells. In this study, we have investigated the prognostic role of immune-checkpoint expression markers in a cohort of resectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. RNA was isolated from fresh-frozen lung specimens (tumor and normal lung) (n = 178). RTqPCR was performed to analyze the relative expression of 20 immune-related genes that were normalized by the use of endogenous genes selected by GeNorm algorithm...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193364/application-of-carbon-nanosorbent-for-prime-pass-through-cleanup-of-10-selected-local-anesthetic-drugs-in-human-plasma-samples
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Jian-Bo Ma, Li-Ming Zhao, Qiu-Hong Rui, Yu-Feng Liao, Yan-Min Chen, Jin Xu, Yan Zhu, Yong-Gang Zhao
A novel PRiME (process, robustness, improvements, matrix effects, ease of use) pass-through cleanup procedure has been developed to improve the existing commercially available designs. Carbon nanosorbents, i.e., magnetic modified carboxyl-graphene (Mag-CG) and magnetic modified carboxyl-carbon nanotubes (Mag-CCNTs), have been synthesised and evaluated in PRiME pass-through cleanup procedure for human plasma prior to analysis of 10 selected local anesthetic drugs by liquid chromatography-tandem quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
April 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193223/malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde-maa-adducted-surfactant-protein-induced-lung-inflammation-is-mediated-through-scavenger-receptor-a-sr-a1
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Muna Sapkota, Jane M DeVasure, Kusum K Kharbanda, Todd A Wyatt
BACKGROUND: Co-exposure to cigarette smoke and alcohol leads to the generation of high concentrations of acetaldehyde and malondialdehyde in the lung. These aldehydes being highly electrophilic in nature react with biologically relevant proteins such as surfactant protein D (SPD) through a Schiff base reaction to generate SPD adducted malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde adduct (SPD-MAA) in mouse lung. SPD-MAA results in an increase in lung pro-inflammatory chemokine, keratinocyte chemoattractant (KC), and the recruitment of lung lavage neutrophils...
February 13, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188833/metabolomic-profiling-of-lung-function-in-costa-rican-children-with-asthma
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Rachel S Kelly, Yamini Virkud, Rachel Giorgio, Juan C Celedón, Scott T Weiss, Jessica Lasky-Su
BACKGROUND: The development of novel therapeutics and treatment regimens for the management of asthma is hindered by an incomplete understanding of its heterogeneous nature and pathophysiology. Metabolomics can provide an integrated and global profile of a biological system in a dysregulated state, making it a valuable tool to identify biomarkers along the disease development pathway and to understand the biological mechanisms driving that pathway. METHODS: Liquid Chromatography-Mass spectrometry metabolomic profiling was conducted on plasma samples provided at recruitment for 380 children with asthma from the 'Genetic Epidemiology of Asthma in Costa Rica Cohort'...
February 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188769/lifetime-cancer-risk-and-combined-oral-contraceptives-the-royal-college-of-general-practitioners-oral-contraception-study
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Lisa Iversen, Selvaraj Sivasubramaniam, Amanda J Lee, Shona Fielding, Philip C Hannaford
BACKGROUND: Oral contraceptives have been used by hundreds of millions of women around the world. Important questions remain regarding the very long-term cancer risks associated with oral contraception. Despite previous research important questions remain about the safety of these contraceptives: i) how long do endometrial, ovarian and colorectal cancer benefits persist for? ii) does combined oral contraceptive use during the reproductive years produce new cancer risks later in life? and iii) what is the overall balance of cancer among past users as they enter the later stages of their lives? OBJECTIVES: To examine the very long-term cancer risks or benefits associated with use of combined oral contraceptives, including the estimated overall life-time balance...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188224/lung-pericyte-like-cells-are-functional-immune-sentinel-cells
#15
Chi F Hung, Kristen L Mittelsteadt, Rena Brauer, Bonnie L McKinney, Teal S Hallstrand, William C Parks, Peter Chen, Lynn M Schnapp, W Conrad Liles, Jeremy S Duffield, William A Altemeier
Pericytes are perivascular PDGFRβ+ stromal cells required for vasculogenesis and maintenance of microvascular homeostasis in many organs. Because of their unique juxtaposition to microvascular endothelium, lung PDGFRβ+ cells are well situated to detect pro-inflammatory molecules released following epithelial injury and promote acute inflammatory responses. Thus, we hypothesized that these cells represent an unrecognized immune surveillance or injury-sentinel interstitial cell. To evaluate this hypothesis, we isolated PDGFRβ+ cells from murine lung and demonstrated that they have characteristics consistent with a pericyte population (referred to as pericyte-like cells for simplicity hereafter)...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187947/partial-restoration-of-cftr-function-in-cftr-null-mice-following-targeted-cell-replacement-therapy
#16
Pascal Duchesneau, Rickvinder Besla, Mathieu F Derouet, Li Guo, Golnaz Karoubi, Amanda Silberberg, Amy P Wong, Thomas K Waddell
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a fatal recessive genetic disorder caused by a mutation in the gene encoding CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein. Alteration in CFTR leads to thick airway mucus and bacterial infection. Cell therapy has been proposed for CFTR restoration, but efficacy has been limited by low engraftment levels. In our previous studies, we have shown that using a pre-conditioning regimen in combination with optimization of cell number and time of delivery, we could obtain greater bone marrow cell (BMC) retention in the lung...
February 8, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187733/early-detection-of-copd-patients-in-gold-0-population-an-observational-non-interventional-cohort-study-marko-study
#17
Žarko Vrbica, Marina Labor, Ivan Gudelj, Slavica Labor, Iva Jurić, Davor Plavec
BACKGROUND: Main risk factor for the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is smoking, although only less than 1/3 of smokers develop clinically manifest COPD. COPD's progressive nature with high disability and mortality makes it plausible to detect it as early as possible thus allowing for an early intervention. The only tool for an early diagnosis that could be used on the global scale is spirometry, even though symptoms and deprivation of health related quality of life (HRQoL) precede relevant spirometric changes...
February 10, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187061/bronchopulmonary-disease-caused-by-flagellated-protozoa-infection-in-15-chinese-children
#18
Jinrong Liu, Shaogang Li, Huimin Li, Yimu Fan, Haiming Yang, Hui Xu, Yuelin Shen, Shunying Zhao
BACKGROUND: Bronchopulmonary disease caused by flagellated protozoa infection (BPFP) is thought to be rare in children but may be an emerging or underestimated disease, especially in developing countries. METHODS: In this study, we retrospectively reviewed records of 15 patients who presented with a cough, wheezing, or bronchopulmonary disease of unknown causes at admission and were finally diagnosed with BPFP from January 2014 to January 2015 were enrolled. Protozoa were observed in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid by light microscopy...
December 13, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186150/glcci1-rs37973-a-potential-genetic-predictor-of-therapeutic-response-to-inhaled-corticosteroids-in-chinese-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-patients
#19
Yuan Lei, Yiping Gao, Jinkun Chen, Miao Li, Xiaomei Wu, Qin Ning, Jianping Zhao, Weining Xiong, Yongjian Xu, Jungang Xie
Inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) are widely prescribed in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, little is known about predictors of ICSs therapeutic response. To investigate whether the variation in glucocorticoid-induced transcript 1 (GLCCI1) rs37973 is associated with ICS efficacy. A total of 204 clinically stable COPD patients were recruited and administered to inhaled fluticasone propionate/salmeterol combination (500/50 ug, twice daily) for 24 weeks. We genotyped the functional rs37973 and mainly assessed its effects on changes in lung function...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185985/activating-transcription-factor-3-represses-cigarette-smoke-induced-il6-and-il8-expression-via-suppressing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
#20
Yan-Ping Wu, Chao Cao, Yin-Fang Wu, Miao Li, Tian-Wen Lai, Chen Zhu, Yong Wang, Song-Min Ying, Zhi-Hua Chen, Hua-Hao Shen, Wen Li
Airway and lung inflammation is a fundamental hallmark of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3) has been reported to negatively regulate many pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. However, little is known about the impact of ATF3 on the inflammatory response of COPD. Since cigarette smoke (CS) is considered to be the most important risk factor in the etiology of COPD, we attempted to investigate the effects and molecular mechanisms of ATF3 in CS-induced inflammation...
February 6, 2017: Toxicology Letters
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