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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449505/pulmonary-vein-stump-thrombosis-after-left-pneumonectomy-diagnosed-based-on-a-high-plasma-d-dimer-level-a-case-report
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Tomohiro Kamori, Gouji Toyokawa, Tatsuro Okamoto, Yuka Kozuma, Taichi Matsubara, Naoki Haratake, Shinkichi Takamori, Takaki Akamine, Kazuki Takada, Masakazu Katsura, Fumihiro Shoji, Yoshihiko Maehara
A 69-year-old man with locally advanced squamous cell lung cancer in the left hilum underwent left upper sleeve lobectomy following neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy with an S-1/cisplatin regimen. On postoperative day (POD) 5, the chest X-ray findings deteriorated, and computed tomography (CT) images showed pulmonary congestion of the left residual lung. We then performed emergent left completion pneumonectomy. Although the Postoperative course after re-operation was uneventful, and the patient was scheduled to be discharged on POD 12 when the serum creatinine level and plasma D-dimer level increased to 1...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449468/pulmonary-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-versus-igg4-related-inflammatory-pseudotumor-differential-diagnosis-based-on-a-case-series
#2
Longfei Zhu, Jian Li, Chengwu Liu, Wenshuang Ding, Feng Lin, Chenglin Guo, Lunxu Liu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) has been considered as a synonym for inflammatory pseudotumor (IPT) for a long time. Recent studies have indicated that IMT and IgG4-related IPT are distinct diseases. However, no consensus criteria have been recommended. Here we propose a set of criteria for the differential diagnosis. METHODS: Twenty-six archived IMT and IgG4-related IPT samples were examined for histological characteristics and the expression of IgG, IgG4, SMA and ALK-1...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448952/sepsis-and-septic-shock-pathogenesis-and-treatment-perspectives
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REVIEW
Hayk Minasyan
The majority of bacteremias do not develop to sepsis: bacteria are cleared from the bloodstream. Oxygen released from erythrocytes and humoral immunity kill bacteria in the bloodstream. Sepsis develops if bacteria are resistant to oxidation and proliferate in erythrocytes. Bacteria provoke oxygen release from erythrocytes to arterial blood. Abundant release of oxygen to the plasma triggers a cascade of events that cause: 1. oxygen delivery failure to cells; 2. oxidation of plasma components that impairs humoral regulation and inactivates immune complexes; 3...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448869/immunomodulatory-activities-of-phlorizin-metabolites-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-raw264-7-cells
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Ya Zhao, ChunPing Liu, XiaoPing Lai, ShaoZhen Hou, Xing Zeng, Xiong Li
The immunomodulatory effects of two new phlorizin metabolites, phloretin 4-O-β-d-glucuronide (1), 6-methoxyl-phloretin-2-O-β-d-glucuronide (2), together with phloretin-2-O-β-d-glucuronide (3) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophage cells were determined. 1-3 (1-5μg/ml) significantly inhibited the production of NO (p<0.01). At the concentration of 5μg/ml, 2 and 3 further inhibited iNOS mRNA expression (p<0.01 or 0.05), and 1-3 inhibited iNOS protein expression (p<0.01). Conversely, they all promoted the proinflammatory cytokine TNF-α mRNA expression (p<0...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448816/protective-effect-of-artemisinin-on-chronic-alcohol-induced-liver-damage-in-mice
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Xiaoyan Zhao, Liqing Wang, Hao Zhang, Duoduo Zhang, Zhihao Zhang, Jie Zhang
The liver disease related to chronic alcohol consumption is one of the leading causes of death for alcoholics. The efficient drug to ameliorate the alcoholic liver injury was needed urgently. The present study was performed to investigate whether artemisinin possessed the protective effect against chronic alcohol consumption. 50 male Kunming mice were divided into 5 groups: control group (C): 10ml/kg saline+10ml/kg saline, alcohol group (A): 10ml/kg 56%(v/v) alcohol+10ml/kg saline, low dose group of artemisinin (L): 10ml/kg 56%(v/v) alcohol+30mg/kg/day artemisinin, medium dose group of artemisinin (M): 10ml/kg 56%(v/v) alcohol+60mg/kg/day artemisinin, high dose group of artemisinin (H): 10ml/kg 56%(v/v) alcohol+120mg/kg/day artemisinin...
April 13, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448716/phosphorylation-weakens-but-does-not-inhibit-membrane-binding-and-clustering-of-k-ras4b
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Si-Yu Zhang, Benjamin Sperlich, Fang-Yi Li, Samy Al-Ayoubi, Hong-Xue Chen, YuFen Zhao, Yan-Mei Li, Katrin Weise, Roland Winter, Yong-Xiang Chen
K-Ras4B is one of the most frequently mutated Ras isoforms in cancers. The signaling activity of K-Ras4B depends on its localization to the plasma membrane (PM), which is mainly mediated by its polybasic farnesylated C-terminus. On top of the constitutive cycles that maintain the PM enrichment of K-Ras4B, conditional phosphorylation at Ser181 located within this motif has been found to be involved in regulating K-Ras4B's cell distribution and signaling activity. However, discordant observations have undermined our understanding of the role this phosphorylation plays...
April 27, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448587/collection-of-cell-free-dna-for-genomic-analysis-of-solid-tumors-in-a-clinical-laboratory-setting
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Christopher K Raymond, Jennifer Hernandez, Reynold Karr, Kay Hill, Mark Li
The breadth of diagnostic procedures that utilize cell free DNA (cfDNA) from human plasma has increased dramatically in recent years. Here, we confirm that tumor-derived cfDNA fragments are similar in size distribution to cfDNA derived from normal tissues. Therefore, collection procedures optimized with healthy donor specimens are likely to be applicable to the diagnosis and monitoring of many different cancer types. We verify that the distribution and DNA sequences of fragmentation sites in cfDNA from both normal-germline and tumor-derived cfDNA are non-random...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448542/diminished-plasma-levels-of-common-%C3%AE-chain-cytokines-in-pulmonary-tuberculosis-and-reversal-following-treatment
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Nathella Pavan Kumar, Vaithilingam V Banurekha, Dina Nair, Subash Babu
BACKGROUND: The immune response to tuberculosis (TB) is T cell dependent. T cells are the major facilitators of protection and effector functions with CD4+ T cells being the most important players, followed by CD8+ T cells. The common γ-chain cytokines IL-2, IL-7, IL-15, and IL-21 play a vital role in peripheral T cell growth and survival. However, the role of common γ-chain cytokines in pulmonary TB (PTB) is poorly understood. AIM AND METHODS: To examine the association of circulating common γ-chain cytokines with TB disease or infection, we examined the systemic levels of IL-2, IL-7, IL-15, and IL-21 in individuals with PTB, latent TB (LTB) or no TB infection (NTB)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448535/alpha-1-antitrypsin-supplementation-improves-alveolar-macrophages-efferocytosis-and-phagocytosis-following-cigarette-smoke-exposure
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Karina A Serban, Daniela N Petrusca, Andrew Mikosz, Christophe Poirier, Angelia D Lockett, Lauren Saint, Matthew J Justice, Homer L Twigg, Michael A Campos, Irina Petrache
Cigarette smoking (CS), the main risk factor for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in developed countries, decreases alveolar macrophages (AM) clearance of both apoptotic cells and bacterial pathogens. This global deficit of AM engulfment may explain why active smokers have worse outcomes of COPD exacerbations, episodes characterized by airway infection and inflammation that carry high morbidity and healthcare cost. When administered as intravenous supplementation, the acute phase-reactant alpha-1 antitrypsin (A1AT) reduces the severity of COPD exacerbations in A1AT deficient (AATD) individuals and of bacterial pneumonia in murine models, but the effect of A1AT on AM scavenging functions has not been reported...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448526/human-alkaline-phosphatase-dephosphorylates-microbial-products-and-is-elevated-in-preterm-neonates-with-a-history-of-late-onset-sepsis
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Matthew Pettengill, Juan D Matute, Megan Tresenriter, Julie Hibbert, David Burgner, Peter Richmond, José Luis Millán, Al Ozonoff, Tobias Strunk, Andrew Currie, Ofer Levy
BACKGROUND: A host defense function for Alkaline phosphatases (ALPs) is suggested by the contribution of intestinal ALP to detoxifying bacterial lipopolysaccharide (endotoxin) in animal models in vivo and the elevation of ALP activity following treatment of human cells with inflammatory stimuli in vitro. However the activity of ALP in human plasma (primarily tissue-nonspecific ALP; TNAP) on lipopolysaccharide and other microbial products has not been assessed, nor has its expression been studied in preterm newborns, a vulnerable population at high risk of sepsis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448269/circulating-cell-free-micrornas-as-clinical-cancer-biomarkers
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REVIEW
Virginie Armand-Labit, Anne Pradines
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding small RNAs that are master regulators of genic expression and consequently of many cellular processes. But their expression is often deregulated in human tumors leading to cancer development. Recently miRNAs were discovered in body fluids (serum, plasma and others) and their levels have often been reported to be altered in patients. Circulating miRNAs became one of the most promising biomarkers in oncology for early diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic response prediction. Here we describe the origins and roles of miRNAs, and summarize the most recent studies focusing on their usefulness as cancer biomarkers in lung, breast, colon, prostate, ovary cancers and melanoma...
April 27, 2017: Biomolecular Concepts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448198/boronic-acids-as-tools-to-study-plant-developmental-processes
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Michaela Matthes, Ramón A Torres-Ruiz
Boron (B) is an essential micronutrient for organisms. In plants, B is known to stabilise the cell wall by crosslinking Rhamnogalacturonan II through ester bonds formed with cis-diols of sugar moieties. However, B is believed to be required for additional functions such as stability and function of (plasma membrane) proteins involved in signal transduction pathways. We have recently shown that boronic acids, competitors of B, efficiently induce perfect phenocopies of monopteros mutants. This effect is enigmatic because like B, boronic acids should find numerous cellular targets and thus disturb many biological processes ending in a spectrum of unspecific embryo phenotypes...
April 27, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448171/novel-investigational-drugs-active-as-single-agents-in-multiple-myeloma
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Mattia D'Agostino, Marco Salvini, Antonio Palumbo, Alessandra Larocca, Francesca Gay
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a hematologic malignancy characterized by proliferation of malignant plasma cells. Patient outcome has improved markedly over the last decades due to the introduction of novel therapeutic agents such as bortezomib, thalidomide and lenalidomide. However, MM still remains largely incurable and patients eventually become refractory to available treatments. To address this unmet medical need, a variety of new molecules are currently being developed in preclinical models and/or are being investigated in clinical studies...
April 27, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448055/transient-expression-and-cellular-localization-of-recombinant-proteins-in-cultured-insect-cells
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Jeffrey A Fabrick, J Joe Hull
Heterologous protein expression systems are used for the production of recombinant proteins, the interpretation of cellular trafficking/localization, and the determination of the biochemical function of proteins at the sub-organismal level. Although baculovirus expression systems are increasingly used for protein production in numerous biotechnological, pharmaceutical, and industrial applications, nonlytic systems that do not involve viral infection have clear benefits but are often overlooked and underutilized...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447920/prolonged-circulation-and-increased-tumor-accumulation-of-liposomal-vincristine-in-a-mouse-model-of-rhabdomyosarcoma
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Maurizio Roveri, Alice Pfohl, Patricia Jaaks, Nagjie Alijaj, Jean-Christophe Leroux, Paola Luciani, Michele Bernasconi
AIM: Our goal was to improve vincristine (VCR) based rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) therapy by encapsulating the drug into liposomes. A targeting strategy was attempted to enhance tumor accumulation. MATERIALS & METHODS: VCR was loaded in control and peptide-decorated liposomes via an active method. The interaction of an RMS-specific peptide with the presumed target furin and the cellular uptake of both liposomal groups were studied in vitro. Pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of VCR-containing liposomes were assessed in an RMS xenograft mouse model...
April 27, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447898/splenic-epstein-barr-virus-associated-inflammatory-pseudotumor
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Chris Van Baeten, Jo Van Dorpe
Splenic inflammatory pseudotumor (IPT) is an uncommon lesion with an inflammatory morphologic aspect that often poses a diagnostic challenge. The etiology of IPT can be infectious, autoimmune, reactive, or neoplastic. Splenic Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated IPTs form a subset of splenic IPTs in which there is a spindle cell component infected by EBV. The best characterized and most frequent subgroup of splenic EBV-associated IPT is IPT-like follicular dendritic cell tumor. This review also focusses on EBV-associated splenic IPTs without follicular dendritic cell marker expression...
May 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447765/plasma-microrna-451-as-a-novel-hemolytic-marker-for-%C3%AE-0-thalassemia-hbe-disease
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Kamonlak Leecharoenkiat, Yuka Tanaka, Yasuko Harada, Porntip Chaichompoo, Orawan Sarakul, Yasunobu Abe, Duncan Richard Smith, Suthat Fucharoen, Saovaros Svasti, Tsukuru Umemura
In Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand, β0-thalassemia/hemoglobin E (HbE) disease is a common hereditary hematological disease. It is associated with pathophysiological processes, such as the intramedullary destruction of immature erythroid cells and peripheral hemolysis of mature red blood cells. MicroRNA (miR) sequences, which are short non-coding RNA that regulate gene expression in a suppressive manner, serve a crucial role in human erythropoiesis. In the present study, the plasma levels of the erythroid-expressed miRNAs, miR‑451 and miR‑155, were analyzed in 23 patients with β0-thalassemia/HbE and 16 control subjects...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447607/genome-wide-identification-characterization-and-expression-profile-of-aquaporin-gene-family-in-flax-linum-usitatissimum
#18
S M Shivaraj, Rupesh K Deshmukh, Rhitu Rai, Richard Bélanger, Pawan K Agrawal, Prasanta K Dash
Membrane intrinsic proteins (MIPs) form transmembrane channels and facilitate transport of myriad substrates across the cell membrane in many organisms. Majority of plant MIPs have water transporting ability and are commonly referred as aquaporins (AQPs). In the present study, we identified aquaporin coding genes in flax by genome-wide analysis, their structure, function and expression pattern by pan-genome exploration. Cross-genera phylogenetic analysis with known aquaporins from rice, arabidopsis, and poplar showed five subgroups of flax aquaporins representing 16 plasma membrane intrinsic proteins (PIPs), 17 tonoplast intrinsic proteins (TIPs), 13 NOD26-like intrinsic proteins (NIPs), 2 small basic intrinsic proteins (SIPs), and 3 uncharacterized intrinsic proteins (XIPs)...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446981/role-of-cxc-group-chemokines-in-lung-cancer-development-and-progression
#19
Artjoms Spaks
BACKGROUND: Clinical and translational research on lung cancer patients undergoing surgical treatment can provide valuable scientific data and unique opportunity to study tumor microenvironment. CXC chemokines, which are members of a big family of cytokines, are undoubtedly involved in tumor growth regulation and metastasizing pathways. For better understanding of CXC chemokine involvement in the process of carcinogenesis we have studied the cohort of early stage non-small cell lung cancer patients undergoing surgery with curative intent...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446767/two-photon-autofluorescence-lifetime-imaging-of-human-skin-papillary-dermis-in-vivo-assessment-of-blood-capillaries-and-structural-proteins-localization
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Evgeny A Shirshin, Yury I Gurfinkel, Alexander V Priezzhev, Victor V Fadeev, Juergen Lademann, Maxim E Darvin
The papillary dermis of human skin is responsible for its biomechanical properties and for supply of epidermis with chemicals. Dermis is mainly composed of structural protein molecules, including collagen and elastin, and contains blood capillaries. Connective tissue diseases, as well as cardiovascular complications have manifestations on the molecular level in the papillary dermis (e.g. alteration of collagen I and III content) and in the capillary structure. In this paper we assessed the molecular structure of internal and external regions of skin capillaries using two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) of endogenous compounds...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
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