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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719912/crocin-protects-podocytes-against-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-induced-by-high-glucose-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Sutong Li, Xiaoxia Liu, Jie Lei, Junle Yang, Puxun Tian, Yi Gao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a microangiopathic disease characterized by excessive urinary albumin excretion, which occurs in 30% of patients with diabetes mellitus. It is the second leading cause of end-stage renal diseases in China. Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) is reported to be closely correlated with the inflammation underlying diabetes-associated renal damage. Crocin, a plant-derived compound, has antioxidant properties that may inhibit NF-κB. METHODS: In the present study, we used a conditionally immortalized mouse podocyte cell line to explore whether crocin could effectively block albuminuria...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674857/an-uncommon-case-of-intermittent-pourfour-du-petit-syndrome-associated-with-acute-angle-closure-glaucoma-successfully-treated-by-laser-iridotomy
#2
Roberta Farci, Pietro Emanuele Napoli, Maurizio Fossarello
PURPOSE: To describe a case of acute angle-closure glaucoma secondary to intermittent mydriasis related to Pourfour du Petit Syndrome caused by tracheal deviation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 70-year-old Caucasian woman visited the Emergency Room of the University Eye Clinic complaining of blurring of vision and difficulty to move superior eyelid in her right eye. Examination revealed reactive mydriasis, and upper lid retraction on the right side. The rest of the ophthalmological examination was normal, and a cranial computed tomography (CT) did not identify any abnormalities...
July 3, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674835/photodynamic-therapy-in-chronic-central-serous-chorioretinopathy-with-subretinal-fluid-outside-the-fovea
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Elon H C van Dijk, Greet Dijkman, Camiel J F Boon
PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in patients with chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (cCSC), in whom subretinal fluid (SRF) was solely present outside the foveal area. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 16 eyes of 15 cCSC patients who received half-dose PDT because of notable subjective visual complaints due to the presence of extrafoveal SRF, were included. An ophthalmic examination was performed before treatment, including Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study best-corrected visual acuity measurement, applanation tonometry, slit-lamp examination, and indirect ophthalmoscopy, followed by multimodal imaging, including fundus photography, fundus autofluorescence, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT), enhanced-depth imaging OCT of the choroid, fluorescein angiography, and indocyanine green angiography...
July 3, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662943/discovery-of-novel-antimycobacterial-drug-therapy-in-biofilm-of-pathogenic-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-keratitis
#4
Thet Tun Aung, Wei Hong Jeff Chor, Joey Kuok Hoong Yam, Michael Givskov, Liang Yang, Roger W Beuerman
PURPOSE: The potential of slow-growing mycobacteria to form biofilms in human tissues contributes to the problem of establishing an effective treatment strategy. The purpose of this study was to examine new antibiotic strategies to enhance current treatment options for these infections. METHODS: Sensitivities of Mycobacterium fortuitum ATCC 49404 and Mycobacterium chelonae ATCC 35752 were evaluated for different antimicrobials singly and in combination using broth microdilution and FICI (Fractional Inhibitory Concentration Index) synergy screening...
June 26, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643798/topical-administration-of-esculetin-as-a-potential-therapy-for-experimental-dry-eye-syndrome
#5
D Jiang, X Liu, J Hu
PurposeIn this study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of topical Esculetin for dry eye rabbits through the ocular tests, inflammatory factor levels and specific phosphorylated protein expressions of ERK1/2 singnal pathway.Patients and methodsThirty-two healthy adult male New Zealand white rabbits were chosen for the study. DES models were established after removing of the main lacrimal gland, Harderian gland and nictitating membrane in the left eyes and randomly divided into group DES control, group CsA, group Esculetin and group Esculetin combined with CsA (C&E), meanwhile the right eyes served as group Normal control...
June 23, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630794/a-case-of-presumed-tuberculosis-uveitis-with-occlusive-vasculitis-from-an-endemic-region
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Berna Başarır, Yalçın Karaküçük, Çiğdem Altan, Banu Şatana, Bulut Ocak, Aslı İnal
In this report, we present a case with presumed unilateral tuberculosis uveitis from an endemic region. A 23-year-old male presented with decreased vision in his left eye for 15 days. Visual acuities were 1.0 in his right eye and 0.3 in his left eye. Ophthalmologic examination was normal for the right eye. Slit-lamp examination revealed 2+ cells in the vitreous without anterior chamber reaction in his left eye. Fundus examination revealed occlusive vasculitis and granuloma. His history revealed that he had a respiratory infection with fever 3 months ago while visiting his native country, Rwanda, and was treated with non-specific antibiotic therapy...
June 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615841/cobboldia-elephantis-cobbold-1866-larval-infestation-in-an-indian-elephant-elephas-maximus
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Ananda K Javare Gowda, N K Dharanesha, P Giridhar, S M Byre Gowda
In the present study, post-mortem was conducted on a female elephant aged about 37 years died at Rajeev Gandhi National Park, Hunsur, Mathigoodu Elephant Camp, Karnataka state. The animal suffered with diarrhoea, anorexia, dehydration and was unable to walk for about one week before death and was treated with antibiotics and fluid therapy for three days. The post-mortem examination revealed that, the gastric mucosa was severely congested, hyperaemic and numerous stomach bots attached to the mucosa. The bots were recovered from the gastric mucosa and processed for species identification...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575522/identification-of-biomarker-sets-for-predicting-the-efficacy-of-sublingual-immunotherapy-against-pollen-induced-allergic-rhinitis
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Minoru Gotoh, Osamu Kaminuma, Akihiro Nakaya, Kazufumi Katayama, Yuji Motoi, Nobumasa Watanabe, Mayumi Saeki, Tomoe Nishimura, Noriko Kitamura, Kazuko Yamaoka, Kimihiro Okubo, Takachika Hiroi
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is effective against allergic rhinitis, although a substantial proportion of individuals is refractory. Herein, we describe a predictive modality to reliably identify SLIT non-responders. We conducted a 2-year clinical study in 193 adult patients with Japanese cedar pollinosis, with biweekly administration of 2000 Japanese allergy units of cedar pollen extract as the maintenance dose. After identifying high-responder (HR) patients with improved severity scores and non-responder (NR) patients with unchanged or exacerbated symptoms, differences in 33 HR and 34 NR patients were evaluated in terms of peripheral blood cellular profiles by flow cytometry and serum factors by ELISA and cytokine bead array, both pre- and post-SLIT...
June 2, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574219/optimization-of-the-dosimetric-leaf-gap-for-use-in-planning-vmat-treatments-of-spine-sabr-cases
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Nigel D Middlebrook, Bess Sutherland, Tanya Kairn
The dosimetric leaf gap (DLG) is a beam configuration parameter used in the Varian Eclipse treatment planning system, to model the effects of rounded MLC leaf ends. Measuring the DLG using the conventional sliding-slit technique has been shown to be produce questionable results for some volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) treatments. This study therefore investigated the use of radiochromic film measurements to optimize the DLG specifically for the purpose of producing accurate VMAT plans using a flattening-filter-free (FFF) beam, for use in treating vertebral targets using a stereotactic (SABR, also known as SBRT) fractionation schedule...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546303/intraocular-minocycline-for-the-treatment-of-ocular-pythiosis
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Fátima Ros Castellar, Carmen Sobrino Jiménez, Almudena del Hierro Zarzuelo, Alicia Herrero Ambrosio, Ana Boto de Los Bueis
PURPOSE: A case of ocular pythiosis successfully treated with surgery and intraocular and oral minocycline is reported. SUMMARY: A 30-year-old man who wore corrective contact lenses traveled to Brazil and Colombia where he swam in salt and fresh waters while wearing contact lenses. He sought treatment at an emergency department after 2 weeks of suffering with a painful corneal ulcer, redness, and loss of vision in his right eye that had been treated at other centers with ophthalmic moxifloxacin for 10 days and with fortified topical antibiotics (amikacin and vancomycin) for 2 days...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536985/anterior-segment-optical-coherence-tomography-and-retained-vegetal-intraocular-foreign-body-masquerading-as-chronic-anterior-uveitis
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Anis Mahmoud, Riadh Messaoud, Fatma Abid, Imen Ksiaa, Melek Bouzayene, Moncef Khairallah
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this single case report was to report the use of anterior segment optical coherence tomography for the diagnosis and management of a retained vegetal intraocular foreign body. RESULTS: A 23-year-old otherwise healthy male presented with a progressive vision loss in the right eye (RE). He reported a mild ocular trauma with a tree leaf 1 year ago followed by recurrent episodes of redness and pain in the RE that partially resolved after a self-medication with topical steroids...
December 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500230/conjunctival-lymphangiectasia-associated-with-classic-fabry-disease
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Melanie D Sivley, Eric L Wallace, David G Warnock, William J Benjamin
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease (FD) is a treatable multisystem disease caused by a defect in the alpha-galactosidase gene. Ocular signs of FD, including corneal verticillata, are among the earliest diagnostic findings. Conjunctival lymphangiectasia (CL) has not previously been associated with FD. METHODS: We examined the eyes of a cohort of 13 adult patients, eight men and five women, with documented classic FD, all treated with enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham between February 2014 and April 2015...
May 12, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489722/bilateral-herpetic-keratitis-after-bilateral-intravitreal-bevacizumab-for-exudative-macular-degeneration
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Angeline M Derham, Eric Chen, Vatinee Y Bunya, Ronan E OʼMalley
PURPOSE: To report a case of bilateral herpetic epithelial keratitis after bilateral intravitreal bevacizumab injections for the treatment of exudative age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: A 66-year-old man with diabetes and an extensive history of bilateral anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatments for exudative age-related macular degeneration received an intravitreal bevacizumab injection in the right eye and triple therapy (bevacizumab, photodynamic therapy, and triamcinolone acetonide) in the left eye...
July 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486314/cellular-therapy-with-human-autologous-adipose-derived-adult-stem-cells-for-advanced-keratoconus
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Jorge L Alió Del Barrio, Mona El Zarif, María P de Miguel, Albert Azaar, Norman Makdissy, Walid Harb, Ibrahim El Achkar, Francisco Arnalich, Jorge L Alió
PURPOSE: The aim of this phase 1 study was to preliminarily evaluate the safety and efficacy of autologous adipose-derived adult stem cell (ADASC) implantation within the corneal stroma of patients with advanced keratoconus. METHODS: Five consecutive patients were selected. Autologous ADASCs were obtained by elective liposuction. ADASCs (3 × 10) contained in 1 mL saline were injected into the corneal stroma through a femtosecond-assisted 9.5-mm diameter lamellar pocket under topical anesthesia...
May 8, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484690/subcutaneous-and-sublingual-immunotherapy-in-allergic-asthma-in-children
#15
REVIEW
Sophia Tsabouri, Antigoni Mavroudi, Gavriela Feketea, George V Guibas
This review presents up-to-date understanding of immunotherapy in the treatment of children with allergic asthma. The principal types of allergen immunotherapy (AIT) are subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). Both of them are indicated for patients with allergic rhinitis and/or asthma, who have evidence of clinically relevant allergen-specific IgE, and significant symptoms despite reasonable avoidance measures and/or maximal medical therapy. Studies have shown a significant decrease in asthma symptom scores and in the use of rescue medication, and a preventive effect on asthma onset...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477325/clinical-practice-a-proposed-standardized-ophthalmological-assessment-for-patients-with-cystinosis
#16
REVIEW
Anne-Marie Pinxten, Minh-Tri Hua, Jennifer Simpson, Katharina Hohenfellner, Elena Levtchenko, Ingele Casteels
Cystinosis is a rare autosomal recessive disease with an incidence of approximately 1 case per 100,000-200,000 live births. Over the years, gaining in-depth knowledge of the disease has led to vast improvement in patient life expectancy. However, debilitating, extra-renal manifestations such as eye disease, in particular corneal crystal deposition and its associated photophobia, still occur frequently, regardless of patient age and notwithstanding the increased implementation of systemic therapy. Ophthalmological assessment has not yet been standardized...
June 2017: Ophthalmology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429128/endophthalmitis-associated-with-purpureocillium-lilacinum-during-infliximab-treatment-for-surgically-induced-necrotizing-scleritis-successfully-treated-with-27-gauge-vitrectomy
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Masaaki Yoshida, Shunji Yokokura, Hiroshi Kunikata, Naoko Takada, Kazuichi Maruyama, Masahiro Toyokawa, Kazushi Kashio, Mitsuo Kaku, Toru Nakazawa
PURPOSE: To report a case of endophthalmitis associated with Purpureocillium lilacinum (P. lilacinum) during infliximab treatment for surgically induced necrotizing scleritis, successfully treated with 27-gauge vitrectomy. METHODS: A single case report. RESULTS: A 71-year-old man who had undergone immunosuppressive therapy, including infliximab, for surgically induced necrotizing scleritis (SINS) in his left eye complained of visual disturbance and eye pain in the eye...
April 20, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406573/brief-report-robo1-regulates-the-migration-of-human-subventricular-zone-neural-progenitor-cells-during-development
#18
Hugo Guerrero-Cazares, Emily Lavell, Linda Chen, Paula Schiapparelli, Montserrat Lara-Velazquez, Vivian Capilla-Gonzalez, Anna Christina Clements, Gabrielle Drummond, Liron Noiman, Katrina Thaler, Anne Burke, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
Human neural progenitor cell (NPC) migration within the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the lateral ganglionic eminence is an active process throughout early brain development. The migration of human NPCs from the SVZ to the olfactory bulb during fetal stages resembles what occurs in adult rodents. As the human brain develops during infancy, this migratory stream is drastically reduced in cell number and becomes barely evident in adults. The mechanisms regulating human NPC migration are unknown. The Slit-Robo signaling pathway has been defined as a chemorepulsive cue involved in axon guidance and neuroblast migration in rodents...
July 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371482/additive-effects-and-safety-of-fixed-combination-therapy-with-1-brinzolamide-and-0-5-timolol-versus-1-dorzolamide-and-0-5-timolol-in-prostaglandin-treated-glaucoma-patients
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Makoto Aihara, Misato Adachi, Hiroshi Matsuo, Tetsuya Togano, Takeo Fukuchi, Noriyuki Sasaki
PURPOSE: To compare the additive effects and safety of 1% brinzolamide/0.5% timolol fixed combination (BTFC) versus the low-dose regimen of 1% dorzolamide/0.5% timolol fixed combination (DTFC) in patients with open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension (OAG/OH) following treatment with prostaglandin analogues (PGAs). METHODS: A prospective, randomized, double-masked, multicentre, parallel-group and active-controlled study included 201 Japanese OAG/OH patients who had been treated with PGA...
April 3, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360084/the-revitalisation-of-flexor-tendon-allografts-with-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-and-mechanical-stimulation-an-ex-vivo-model-revitalising-flexor-tendon-allografts
#20
J H Wu, A R Thoreson, A Gingery, K N An, S L Moran, P C Amadio, C Zhao
OBJECTIVES: The present study describes a novel technique for revitalising allogenic intrasynovial tendons by combining cell-based therapy and mechanical stimulation in an ex vivo canine model. METHODS: Specifically, canine flexor digitorum profundus tendons were used for this study and were divided into the following groups: (1) untreated, unprocessed normal tendon; (2) decellularised tendon; (3) bone marrow stromal cell (BMSC)-seeded tendon; and (4) BMSC-seeded and cyclically stretched tendon...
March 2017: Bone & Joint Research
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