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Idiopathic pulmonary disease

Lijiang Ma, Wendy K Chung
Group 1 pulmonary hypertension or pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease characterized by proliferation and occlusion of small pulmonary arterioles, leading to progressive elevation of pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance, and right ventricular failure. Historically it has been associated with a high mortality rate, although over the last decade, treatment has improved survival. PAH includes idiopathic PAH (IPAH), heritable PAH (HPAH), and PAH associated with certain medical conditions...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Margaret L Salisbury, David A Lynch, Edwin J R van Beek, Ella A Kazerooni, Junfeng Guo, Meng Xia, Susan Murray, Kevin J Anstrom, Eric Yow, Fernando J Martinez, Eric A Hoffman, Kevin R Flaherty
RATIONALE: Adaptive Multiple Features Method (AMFM) lung texture analysis software recognizes high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) patterns. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated AMFM and visual quantification of HRCT patterns and their relationship with disease progression in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. METHODS: IPF patients in a clinical trial of prednisone, azathioprine, and N-acetylcysteine underwent HRCT at study start and finish. Proportion of lung occupied by ground glass, ground glass-reticular (GGR), honeycombing, emphysema, and normal were measured by AMFM and 3 radiologists, documenting baseline disease extent and post-baseline change...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Denis E O'Donnell, J Alberto Neder, Ingrid Harle, Onofre Moran-Mendoza
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is one of the most common forms of interstitial lung disease, with a median survival time of two to five years. Most patients with IPF experience chronic breathlessness, which is closely linked to poor perceived quality of life and significant restriction of daily activities; therefore, effective management of this distressing symptom is a major goal of patient care. Areas covered: This report summarizes the physiology of IPF during rest and exercise, outlines current concepts of the mechanisms of breathlessness, and provides a physiological rationale for optimal management of individual patient...
October 21, 2016: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
Makoto Ikejiri, Hideo Wada, Norikazu Yamada, Maki Nakamura, Naoki Fujimoto, Kaname Nakatani, Akimasa Matsuda, Yosihito Ogihara, Takeshi Matsumoto, Yuki Kamimoto, Tomoaki Ikeda, Naoyuki Katayama, Masaaki Ito
Congenital thrombophilia which is characterized by deficiencies in proteins such as antithrombin (AT), protein C (PC) and protein S (PS), is a major cause of venous thromboembolism (VTE). A total of 130 patients with VTE were evaluated for congenital thrombophilia based on the activity of AT, PC, or PS. Fifteen VTE patients with congenital AT deficiency (11.5 %), 16 with congenital PC deficiency (12.3 %) and eight with congenital PS deficiency (6.2 %) were diagnosed using DNA analysis. The frequency of congenital AT deficiency was significantly higher in subjects with pregnancy-related and idiopathic VTE than in those with VTE due to other causes, and congenital PC and PS deficiency were frequently associated with idiopathic VTE...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Shingo Matsushima, Junichi Ishiyama
MicroRNAs play an important role in the development and progression of various diseases, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Although the accumulation of aberrant fibroblasts resistant to apoptosis is a hallmark in IPF lungs, the mechanism regulating apoptosis susceptibility is not fully understood. Here, we investigated the role of miR-29, which is the most downregulated microRNA in IPF lungs and is also known as a regulator of extracellular matrix (ECM), in the mechanism of apoptosis resistance. We found that functional inhibition of miR-29c caused resistance to Fas-mediated apoptosis in lung fibroblasts...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Steffen T Simon, Irene J Higginson, Sara Booth, Richard Harding, Vera Weingärtner, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in Issue 1, 2010, on 'Benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in advanced malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults'. Breathlessness is one of the most common symptoms experienced in the advanced stages of malignant and non-malignant disease. Benzodiazepines are widely used for the relief of breathlessness in advanced diseases and are regularly recommended in the literature. At the time of the previously published Cochrane review, there was no evidence for a beneficial effect of benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in people with advanced cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)...
October 20, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Argyris Tzouvelekis, Jose D Herazo-Maya, Martin Slade, Jen-Hwa Chu, Giuseppe Deiuliis, Changwan Ryu, Qin Li, Koji Sakamoto, Gabriel Ibarra, Hongyi Pan, Mridu Gulati, Danielle Antin-Ozerkis, Erica L Herzog, Naftali Kaminski
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive disease with poor prognosis and variable clinical course. Although matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7) is emerging as an important IPF biomarker, reproducibility across studies is unclear. We aimed to determine whether a previously reported prognostic threshold for MMP-7 was predictive of mortality in an independent cohort of IPF patients. METHODS: MMP-7 concentrations obtained from heparinized plasma samples were determined by ELISA in 97 patients with IPF and 41 healthy controls...
October 19, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Sharon L I Wong, Maria B Sukkar
Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is a matricellular protein which regulates interactions between cells and their surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM), and thus governs fundamental cellular functions such as cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. SPARC also regulates the expression and activity of numerous growth factors and matrix metalloproteinases essential for ECM degradation and turnover. Studies in SPARC-null mice have revealed a critical role for SPARC in tissue development, injury and repair, and in the regulation of the immune response...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Naoyuki Kuse, Shinji Abe, Hiroki Hayashi, Koichiro Kamio, Yoshinobu Saito, Jiro Usuki, Arata Azuma, Shoji Kudoh, Akihiko Gemma
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: There is growing evidence for anti-inflammatory activities of macrolides in chronic respiratory diseases, such as diffuse panbronchiolitis, cystic fibrosis, or chronic bronchitis. The long-term effect of macrolides in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is unknown. This study was aimed to investigate the effect of macrolide therapy on the frequency of acute exacerbation (AE) and the mortality in IPF. METHODS: A total 52 IPF patients who were treated by combination of conventional agents with or without macrolides were retrospectively reviewed...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Martina Doubková, Michal Karpíšek, Jiri Mazoch, Jana Skřičková, Michael Doubek
BACKGROUND: Identification of serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) biomarkers may facilitate diagnosis and prognostication in various lung disorders. OBJECTIVE: Serum and BALF levels of surfactant protein A (SP-A), surfactant protein D (SP-D), Clara cell protein 16 (CC16), S100 protein, trefoil factor 3 (TFF3), and prostatic secretory protein 94 (PSP94) were evaluated in 94 consecutive patients (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF; n=18), sarcoidosis (n=25), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; n=51)), and in 155 healthy controls...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Masato Nishimura, Toshiko Tokoro, Satoru Yamazaki, Tetsuya Hashimoto, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Toshihiko Ono
BACKGROUND: We examined the prevalence, prognosis, and effect of endothelin receptor antagonists on survival in end-stage kidney disease patients with idiopathic pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: We investigated 1988 end-stage kidney disease patients in Toujinkai Hospital from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2014. Pulmonary hypertension was screened by symptoms (dyspnea, hypotension, or near syncope) and echocardiography, and diagnosed by computed tomography with enhancement, pulmonary flow scintigraphy, and right heart catheterization...
October 19, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Sang Hoon Lee, Song Yee Kim, Dong Soon Kim, Young Whan Kim, Man Pyo Chung, Soo Taek Uh, Choon Sik Park, Sung Hwan Jeong, Yong Bum Park, Hong Lyeol Lee, Jong Wook Shin, Eun Joo Lee, Jin Hwa Lee, Yangin Jegal, Hyun Kyung Lee, Yong Hyun Kim, Jin Woo Song, Sung Woo Park, Moo Suk Park
BACKGROUND: The clinical course of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) varies widely. Although the GAP model is useful for predicting mortality, survivals have not yet been validated for each GAP score. We aimed to elucidate how prognosis is related to GAP score and GAP stage in IPF patients. METHODS: The Korean Interstitial Lung Disease Study Group conducted a national survey to evaluate various characteristics in IPF patients from 2003 to 2007. Patients were diagnosed according to the 2002 criteria of the ATS/ERS...
October 18, 2016: Respiratory Research
Zhan Liang, Leslie A Hoffman, Mehdi Nouraie, Daniel J Kass, Michael P Donahoe, Kevin F Gibson, Melissa I Saul, Kathleen O Lindell
BACKGROUND: Palliative care has been recommended as a means to assist patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in managing symptom burden and advanced care planning. Timing of referral is important because although most patients display a gradually progressive course, a minority experience acute deterioration, an outcome associated with high mortality. AIM: To describe characteristics of IPF patients referred to a specialty lung disease center over a 10-year period who experienced acute deterioration and subsequent intensive care unit (ICU) admission, including frequency and timing of referral to palliative care...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
ByungSu Yoo
Hypertension is the most common risk factor for systolic and diastolic heart failure. Based on population-attributable risks, hypertension has the greatest impact on the development of heart failure, accounting for 39% of HF events in men and 59% in women. Higher blood pressure, longer duration of hypertension and older age are associated with higher incidence of heart failure however, long term control of hypertension reduces the risk of heart failure. Thus current guideline pointed the hypertension as the single most important modifiable risk factor for heart failure...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Crystal N Marconett, Beiyun Zhou, Mitsuhiro Sunohara, Tiffany M Pouldar, HongJun Wang, Yixin Liu, Megan E Rieger, Evelyn Tran, Per Flodby, Kimberly D Siegmund, Edward D Crandall, Ite A Laird-Offringa, Zea Borok
Diseases involving the distal lung alveolar epithelium include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and lung adenocarcinoma. Accurate labeling of specific cell types is critical for determining the contribution of each to pathogenesis of these diseases. The distal lung alveolar epithelium is comprised of two cell types, alveolar epithelial type 1 (AT1) and type 2 (AT2) cells. While cell type-specific markers, most prominently surfactant protein C (SFTPC), have allowed detailed lineage tracing studies of AT2 cell differentiation and their roles in disease, studies of AT1 cells have been hampered by lack of genes with expression unique to AT1 cells...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Tetsuro Sawata, Masashi Bando, Masayuki Nakayama, Naoko Mato, Hideaki Yamasawa, Yukihiko Sugiyama
Objective The influence of smoking on the pathogenesis and clinical course of interstitial pneumonia has recently attracted attention. To clarify the influence of smoking on the clinical patient characteristics and therapeutic effects in patients with interstitial pneumonia presenting with a non-specific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) pattern, we compared the clinical patient characteristics and therapeutic effects in smokers and nonsmokers in this study. Methods We divided 31 NSIP (16 idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia and 15 collagen vascular disease-associated nonspecific interstitial pneumonia) patients into smoker and non-smoker groups for each case...
2016: Internal Medicine
Argyrios Tzouvelekis, Guoying Yu, Christian Lacks Lino Cardenas, Jose D Herazo-Maya, Rong Wang, Tony Woolard, Yi Zhang, Koji Sakamoto, Hojin Lee, Jae-Sung Yi, Giuseppe DeIuliis, Nikolaos Xylourgidis, Farida Ahangari, Patty J Lee, Vassilis Aidinis, Erica L Herzog, Robert Homer, Anton M Bennett, Naftali Kaminski
RATIONALE: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic fatal lung disease with dismal prognosis and no cure. The potential role of the ubiquitously expressed SH2 domain-containing-tyrosine phosphatase (SHP2) as a therapeutic target has not been studied in IPF Objectives: To determine the expression, mechanistic role and potential therapeutic utility of SHP2 in Pulmonary Fibrosis Methods: The effects of SHP2 overexpression and inhibition on fibroblast response to pro-fibrotic stimuli were analyzed in-vitro in primary human and mouse lung fibroblasts...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
K P Suraj, Neethu K Kumar, E Jyothi, Kiran Vishnu Narayan, G Biju
BACKGROUND: But so far there is no proven pharmacological treatment for Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). As trials investigating different agents with different mechanisms of actions are going on, encouraging results have led to the licensing of the first IPF-specific drug, Pirfenidone. OBJECTIVE: To assess the proportion of IPF among interstitial lung disease patients and to assess their treatment response to Pirfenidone. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All consecutive patients attending the outpatient department from 1st January 2012 to 30th June 2012 with a proven diagnosis of Interstitial lung Disease (ILD) were included in this longitudinal cohort study...
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Kaisa Rajala, Juho T Lehto, M Saarinen, E Sutinen, T Saarto, M Myllärniemi
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive disease with median survival from 2 to 7 years. Palliative care is an important part of patients´ care as lung transplantation is not an option for the majority of patients. The aim of this study was to describe treatment practices, decision-making and symptoms during end-of-life care of IPF patients. METHODS: We identified 59 deceased patients from a national prospective IPF cohort study (FinnishIPF) and analyzed retrospectively their health care documentation during the 6 months that preceded death...
October 12, 2016: BMC Palliative Care
Aya Yamamura
 Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) is a progressive and fatal disease of unidentified pathogenesis. IPAH is pathologically characterized as sustained vasoconstriction and vascular remodeling of the pulmonary artery. In pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), an increase in cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]cyt) triggers vasoconstriction and stimulates cell proliferation leading to vascular remodeling. However, dihydropyridine-type voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channel blockers are only effective in very few patients with IPAH (<10%)...
2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
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