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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449009/the-prognostic-value-of-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-contrast-agent-transfer-constant-k-trans-in-cervical-cancer-is-explained-by-plasma-flow-rather-than-vessel-permeability
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Ben R Dickie, Chris J Rose, Lucy E Kershaw, Stephanie B Withey, Bernadette M Carrington, Susan E Davidson, Gillian Hutchison, Catharine M L West
BACKGROUND: The microvascular contrast agent transfer constant K(trans) has shown prognostic value in cervical cancer patients treated with chemoradiotherapy. This study aims to determine whether this is explained by the contribution to K(trans) of plasma flow (Fp), vessel permeability surface-area product (PS), or a combination of both. METHODS: Pre-treatment dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) data from 36 patients were analysed using the two-compartment exchange model...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448910/exposure-to-2-2-4-4-tetrabromodiphenyl-ether-at-late-gestation-modulates-placental-signaling-molecules-in-the-mouse-model
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Yun Zhu, Yan Qin Tan, Lai K Leung
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are flame retardants generally employed in manufacturing household items. Surface water may remove and carry these chemicals to the drainage upon disposal of the items, and ultimately the chemicals enter our food chain. 2,2',4,4'-Tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) is a PBDE congener commonly found in contaminated seafood. The placenta is the site of nutrient exchange and is responsible for reproductive hormone secretion during pregnancy. In the present study, pregnant ICR mice were given p...
April 22, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445600/caplacizumab-reduces-the-frequency-of-major-thromboembolic-events-exacerbations-and-death-in-patients-with-acquired-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura
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F Peyvandi, M Scully, J A Kremer Hovinga, P Knöbl, S Cataland, K De Beuf, F Callewaert, H De Winter, R K Zeldin
BACKGROUND: Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP) is a life-threatening autoimmune thrombotic microangiopathy. In spite of treatment with plasma exchange and immunosuppression, patients remain at risk for thrombotic complications, exacerbations and death. In the Phase II TITAN study, treatment with caplacizumab, an anti-vWF Nanobody(®) , was shown to reduce the time to confirmed platelet count normalization and exacerbations during treatment. OBJECTIVE: The clinical benefit of caplacizumab was further investigated in a post-hoc analysis of the incidence of major thromboembolic events and exacerbations during the study drug treatment period and TTP-related death during the study...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444411/-acute-liver-failure
#4
A Koch, C Trautwein, F Tacke
Acute liver failure (ALF) is a rare, but life-threatening disease that is characterized by the acute onset of jaundice, coagulopathy, and hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in patients without pre-existing liver disease. Main causes in Germany are drug toxicity, acetaminophen overdose, and viral hepatitis (A, B, E). For the initial assessment of patients with ALF and the diagnostic algorithm, the early detection of HE, exclusion of liver cirrhosis, immediate diagnosis of the underlying etiology, and evaluation for the necessity of liver transplantation (LT) are critical...
April 25, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443091/natural-killer-group-2d-ligand-depletion-reconstitutes-natural-killer-cell-immunosurveillance-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Sandra Weil, Stefanie Memmer, Axel Lechner, Volker Huppert, Ariane Giannattasio, Tamara Becker, Andreas Müller-Runte, Karen Lampe, Dirk Beutner, Alexander Quaas, Ralf Schubert, Eva Herrmann, Alexander Steinle, Ulrike Koehl, Lutz Walter, Michael S von Bergwelt-Baildon, Joachim Koch
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is a highly heterogeneous and aggressive tumor originating from the epithelial lining of the upper aero-digestive tract accounting for 300,000 annual deaths worldwide due to failure of current therapies. The natural killer group 2D (NKG2D) receptors on natural killer (NK) cells and several T cell subsets play an important role for immunosurveillance of HNSCC and are thus targeted by tumor immune evasion strategies in particular by shedding of various NKG2D ligands (NKG2DLs)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442598/ethylene-regulates-differential-growth-via-big-arf-gef-dependent-post-golgi-secretory-trafficking-in-arabidopsis
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Kristoffer Jonsson, Yohann Boutté, Rajesh Kumar Singh, Delphine Gendre, Rishikesh Bhalerao
During early seedling development, the shoot apical meristem is protected from damage as the seedling emerges from soil by the formation of apical hook. Hook formation requires differential growth across the epidermis below the meristem in the hypocotyl. The plant hormones ethylene and auxin play key roles during apical hook development by controlling differential growth. We provide genetic and cell biological evidence for the role of ADP-ribosylation factor 1 (ARF1)-GTPase and its effector ARF-guanine-exchange factors (GEF)s of the BFA-inhibited GEF (BIG) family and GNOM in ethylene- and auxin-mediated control of hook development...
April 24, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442064/nutrient-restriction-in-early-ovine-pregnancy-stimulates-c-type-natriuretic-peptide-production
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Sengodi Madhavan, Timothy C R Prickett, Eric A Espiner, Graham K Barrell
C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP), a paracrine growth factor promoting vasodilation and angiogenesis, is upregulated in human and ovine pregnancy in response to vascular stress or nutrient restriction (NR) in late gestation. Postulating that maternal plasma CNP products are increased by modest NR (50% of metabolisable energy requirement) early in pregnancy, and further enhanced by litter size, we studied serial changes of maternal plasma CNP in pregnant ewes receiving a normal (NC, n=12) or restricted (NR, n=13) diet from Day 30 to Day 93 or 94 of gestation...
March 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441046/characterization-of-long-term-elution-of-platinum-from-carboplatin-impregnated-calcium-sulfate-hemihydrate-beads-in-vitro-by-two-distinct-sample-collection-methods
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Rachel J Tulipan, Heidi Phillips, Laura D Garrett, Levent Dirikolu, Mark A Mitchell
OBJECTIVE To characterize long-term elution of platinum from carboplatin-impregnated calcium sulfate hemihydrate (CI-CSH) beads in vitro by comparing 2 distinct sample collection methods designed to mimic 2 in vivo environments. SAMPLES 162 CI-CSH beads containing 4.6 mg of carboplatin (2.4 mg of platinum/bead). PROCEDURES For method 1, which mimicked an in vivo environment with rapid and complete fluid exchange, each of 3 plastic 10-mL conical tubes contained 3 CI-CSH beads and 5 mL of PBS solution. Eluent samples were obtained by evacuation of all fluid at 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 12 hours and 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 26, and 30 days...
May 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439919/motor-polyradiculopathy-during-pembrolizumab-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma
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Maria Sepúlveda, Eugenia Martinez-Hernandez, Lydia Gaba, Ivan Victoria, Nuria Sola-Valls, Neus Falgàs, Jordi Casanova-Molla, Francesc Graus
INTRODUCTION: Pembrolizumab, a monoclonal antibody directed against the immune checkpoint PD-1 (programmed cell death-1 receptor), has improved survival in patients with advanced melanoma. Neuromuscular immune-mediated side effects have been rarely reported. METHODS: We describe a 44-year-old man with metastatic melanoma who presented with progressive muscle weakness after 23 doses of pembrolizumab. RESULTS: The patient developed asymmetric, proximal muscle weakness and atrophy in all four limbs...
April 25, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439485/treatment-of-atypical-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-in-the-era-of-eculizumab
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Rawaa Ebrahem, Salam Kadhem, Quoc Truong
Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) is the triad of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia (MAHA), thrombocytopenia, and acute kidney injury (AKI); the main cause of multi-organ failure is related to thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). Atypical HUS (aHUS) is a disease of uncontrolled complement activation associated with a high mortality rate and most cases progress to end-stage renal disease. About 50% of patients with this syndrome carry mutations in genes that encode complement proteins. Also, aHUS constitutes an over-activation of the complement pathway which is either inherited, acquired, or both...
March 23, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438080/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-in-pregnancy-a-case-report
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Misai Hukuimwe, Tawanda T Matsa, Muchabayiwa F Gidiri
Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare condition in pregnancy which is characterised by symmetrical progressive ascending polyneuropathy. A case of a 16-year-old nulliparous woman who presented with rapidly progressive limb paralysis following an upper respiratory tract infection a week prior to presentation is discussed. She was intubated as she had developed respiratory failure and managed in the intensive care unit by a multidisciplinary team. Plasma exchange and intravenous immunoglobulin were not readily available so she was managed conservatively...
April 1, 2017: Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436274/depletion-of-hdl3-high-density-lipoprotein-and-altered-functionality-of-hdl2-in-blood-from-sickle-cell-patients
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Eric Soupene, Sandra K Larkin, Frans A Kuypers
In sickle cell disease (SCD), alterations of cholesterol metabolism is in part related to abnormal levels and activity of plasma proteins such as lecithin cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT), and apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-I). In addition, the size distribution of ApoA-I high density lipoproteins (HDL) differs from normal blood. The ratio of the amount of HDL2 particle relative to the smaller higher density pre-β HDL (HDL3) particle was shifted toward HDL2. This lipoprotein imbalance is exacerbated during acute vaso-occlusive episodes (VOE) as the relative levels of HDL3 decrease...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436106/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-as-part-of-multimodal-treatment-of-acquired-hemophilia-in-a-patient-with-concurrent-acute-intracerebral-bleed-and-pulmonary-embolism
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Geoffrey D Wool, David Chapel, Angela Treml, Jonathan L Miller
BACKGROUND: Autoantibodies against Factor VIII (FVIII) define the rare but life-threatening bleeding disorder acquired hemophilia A (AHA). Correction of FVIII deficiency and eradication of the factor inhibitor are the ultimate therapeutic goals in this disorder. Bypassing agents such as recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) or FVIII inhibitor bypassing agent are often used to control coagulopathy before the inhibitor is eradicated. Bypassing agents carry a risk of thrombosis, however. CASE REPORT: We report a patient with newly diagnosed AHA and thalamic bleed who additionally had active atrial fibrillation and developed a segmental pulmonary embolism, limiting tolerable rFVIIa dosage...
April 24, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433749/novel-sulphur-containing-imatinib-metabolites-found-by-untargeted-lc-hrms-analysis
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Ivo Vrobel, David Friedecký, Edgar Faber, Lukáš Najdekr, Kateřina Mičová, Radana Karlíková, Tomáš Adam
Untargeted metabolite profiling using high-resolution mass spectrometry coupled with liquid chromatography (LC-HRMS), followed by data analysis with the Compound Discoverer 2.0™ software, was used to study the metabolism of imatinib in humans with chronic myeloid leukemia. Plasma samples from control (drug-free) and patient (treated with imatinib) groups were analyzed in full-scan mode and the unknown ions occurring only in the patient group were then, as potential imatinib metabolites, subjected to multi-stage fragmentation in order to elucidate their structure...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432691/tenapanor-administration-and-the-activity-of-the-h-coupled-transporter-pept1-in-healthy-volunteers
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Susanne Johansson, David P Rosenbaum, Johan Palm, Bergur Stefansson, Mikael Knutsson, Eleanor A Lisbon, Constanze Hilgendorf
AIM: Tenapanor (RDX5791/AZD1722), an inhibitor of gastrointestinal Na(+) /H(+) exchanger NHE3, is being evaluated for the treatment of patients with constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome and the treatment of hyperphosphataemia in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis. By reducing intestinal H(+) secretion, inhibition of NHE3 by tenapanor could indirectly affect H(+) -coupled transporter activity, leading to drug-drug interactions. We investigated the effect of tenapanor on the activity of the H(+) -coupled peptide transporter PepT1 via assessment of the pharmacokinetics of cefadroxil - a compound transported by PepT1 - in healthy volunteers...
April 22, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430499/bc8-silicon-si-iii-is-a-narrow-gap-semiconductor
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Haidong Zhang, Hanyu Liu, Kaya Wei, Oleksandr O Kurakevych, Yann Le Godec, Zhenxian Liu, Joshua Martin, Michael Guerrette, George S Nolas, Timothy A Strobel
Large-volume, phase-pure synthesis of BC8 silicon (Ia3[over ¯], cI16) has enabled bulk measurements of optical, electronic, and thermal properties. Unlike previous reports that conclude BC8-Si is semimetallic, we demonstrate that this phase is a direct band gap semiconductor with a very small energy gap and moderate carrier concentration and mobility at room temperature, based on far- and midinfrared optical spectroscopy, temperature-dependent electrical conductivity, Seebeck and heat capacity measurements...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429509/co2-permeability-and-carbonic-anhydrase-activity-of-rat-cardiomyocytes
#17
Mariela Arias-Hidalgo, Samer Al-Samir, Natalie Weber, Cornelia Geers-Knörr, Gerolf Gros, Volker Endeward
AIM: We determine here the CO2 permeability (PCO2 ) of plasma membranes of cardiomyocytes. These cells were chosen because heart possesses the highest rate of O2 -consumption/CO2 -production in the body. METHODS: Cardiomyocytes were isolated from rat hearts using the Langendorff technique. Cardiomyocyte suspensions exhibited a vitality of 2-14% and were studied by the previously described mass spectrometric (18) O-exchange-technique deriving PCO2 . We show by mass spectrometry and by carbonic anhydrase (CA)-staining that non-vital cardiomyocytes are free of CA and thus do not contribute to the mass spectrometric signal, which is determined exclusively by the fully functional vital cardiomyocytes...
April 20, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427710/clinical-outcomes-and-predictive-factors-related-to-good-outcomes-in-plasma-exchange-in-severe-attack-of-nmosd-and-long-extensive-transverse-myelitis-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Saharat Aungsumart, Metha Apiwattanakul
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive factors associated with good outcomes of plasma exchange in severe attacks through neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and long extensive transverse myelitis (LETM). In addition, to review the literature of predictive factors associated with the good outcomes of plasma exchange in central nervous system inflammatory demyelinating diseases (CNS IDDs). METHODS: Retrospective study in 27 episodes of severe acute attacks myelitis and optic neuritis in 24 patients, including 20 patients with NMOSD seropositive, 1 patient with NMOSD seronegative and 3 patients with LETM...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427692/treatment-resistant-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders-associated-with-toxocara-canis-infection-a-case-report
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Daisuke Kambe, Kayo Takeoka, Kenta Ogawa, Kosuke Doi, Haruhiko Maruyama, Ayako Yoshida, Toshihiko Suenaga, Takashi Kageyama
A 53-year-old woman was admitted to the department of neurology in Tenri Hospital because of progressive thoracic myelitis a month after she had eaten uncooked bovine liver. A previous episode of right optic neuritis and a positive test for serum anti-aquaporin-4 antibodies indicated a diagnosis of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders. Although the patient initially recovered with the reduction of anti-aquaporin-4 antibodies during treatment with intravenous methylprednisolone infusion and plasma exchange, her neurological symptoms deteriorated soon after the completion of plasma exchange...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427477/plasma-chitotriosidase-activity-versus-ccl18-level-for-assessing-type-i-gaucher-disease-severity-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-of-individual-participant-data
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Tatiana Raskovalova, Patrick B Deegan, Ruby Yang, Elena Pavlova, Jérome Stirnemann, José Labarère, Ari Zimran, Pramod K Mistry, Marc Berger
BACKGROUND: Gaucher disease (GD) is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder caused by deficiency in acid beta-glucosidase. GD exhibits a wide clinical spectrum of disease severity with an unpredictable natural course. Plasma chitotriosidase activity and CC chemokine ligand 18 (CCL18) have been exchangeably used for monitoring GD activity and response to enzyme replacement therapy in conjunction with clinical assessment. Yet, a large-scale head-to-head comparison of these two biomarkers is currently lacking...
April 20, 2017: Systematic Reviews
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