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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646406/podocytes-and-the-quest-for-precision-medicines-for-kidney-diseases
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REVIEW
Peter Mundel
In this review, I describe a 30-year journey in the quest for precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. In 1987, when I started my reseach career, most scientists studying glomerular disease biology were focused on mesangial cells. The crucial role of the podocyte in many kidney diseases characterized by proteinuria, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and diabetic nephropathy, had not yet been recognized. We were not aware of genetic causes or drivers of kidney diseases nor of molecular markers and cell culture systems for mechanistic studies of podocyte biology...
June 23, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646240/delineating-function-and-connectivity-of-optokinetic-hubs-in-the-cerebellum-and-the-brainstem
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Ria Maxine Ruehl, Carolin Hinkel, Thomas Bauermann, Peter Zu Eulenburg
Optokinetic eye movements are crucial for keeping a stable image on the retina during movements of the head. These eye movements can be differentiated into a cortically generated response (optokinetic look nystagmus) and the highly reflexive optokinetic stare nystagmus, which is controlled by circuits in the brainstem and cerebellum. The contributions of these infratentorial networks and their functional connectivity with the cortical eye fields are still poorly understood in humans. To map ocular motor centres in the cerebellum and brainstem, we studied stare nystagmus using small-field optokinetic stimuli in the horizontal and vertical directions in 22 healthy subjects...
June 23, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646078/stereospecific-metabolism-of-r-and-s-warfarin-by-human-hepatic-cytosolic-reductases
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Dustyn A Barnette, Bryce Johnson, Dakota L Pouncey, Robert Nshimiyimana, Linda Desrochers, Thomas E Goodwin, Grover Paul Miller
Coumadin (rac-warfarin) is the most commonly used anticoagulant in the world, yet its clinical use is often challenging due to a narrow therapeutic range and inter-individual variations in response. A critical contributor to the uncertainty is variability in warfarin metabolism, which includes mostly oxidative but also reductive pathways. Reduction of each warfarin enantiomer yields two warfarin alcohol isomers, and the corresponding four alcohols retain varying levels of anticoagulant activity. Studies on the kinetics of warfarin reduction have often lacked resolution of parent drug enantiomers and suffered from co-elution of pairs of alcohol metabolites; thus, those studies fail to establish the importance of individual, stereospecific reductive pathways...
June 23, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645941/a-first-time-in-human-study-of-gsk2636771-a-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-beta-selective-inhibitor-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors
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Joaquin Mateo, Gopinath Ganji, Charlotte Lemech, Howard A Burris, Sae-Won Han, Karen E Swales, Shaun Decordova, Maurice P DeYoung, Deborah A Smith, Shanker Kalyana-Sundaram, Jiuhua Wu, Monica Motwani, Rakesh Kumar, Jerry M Tolson, Sun Young Rha, Hyun Cheol Chung, Joseph Paul Eder, Sunil Sharma, Yung-Jue Bang, Jeffrey R Infante, Li Yan, Johann S de Bono, Hendrik-Tobias Arkenau
The phosphoinositide 3 kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (AKT) pathway is commonly activated in several tumor types. Selective targeting of p110β could result in successful pathway inhibition while avoiding the on and off target effects of pan-PI3K inhibitors. GSK2636771 is a potent, orally bioavailable, adenosine triphosphate-competitive, selective inhibitor of PI3Kβ.<br /><br />Experimental Design: <p>We evaluated the safety, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and antitumor activity of GSK2636771 to define the recommended Phase II dose (RP2D)...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645776/selective-inhibition-of-flt3-by-gilteritinib-in-relapsed-or-refractory-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-a-multicentre-first-in-human-open-label-phase-1-2-study
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Alexander E Perl, Jessica K Altman, Jorge Cortes, Catherine Smith, Mark Litzow, Maria R Baer, David Claxton, Harry P Erba, Stan Gill, Stuart Goldberg, Joseph G Jurcic, Richard A Larson, Chaofeng Liu, Ellen Ritchie, Gary Schiller, Alexander I Spira, Stephen A Strickland, Raoul Tibes, Celalettin Ustun, Eunice S Wang, Robert Stuart, Christoph Röllig, Andreas Neubauer, Giovanni Martinelli, Erkut Bahceci, Mark Levis
BACKGROUND: Internal tandem duplication mutations in FLT3 are common in acute myeloid leukaemia and are associated with rapid relapse and short overall survival. The clinical benefit of FLT3 inhibitors in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia has been limited by rapid generation of resistance mutations, particularly in codon Asp835 (D835). We aimed to assess the highly selective oral FLT3 inhibitor gilteritinib in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukaemia. METHODS: In this phase 1-2 trial, we enrolled patients aged 18 years or older with acute myeloid leukaemia who either were refractory to induction therapy or had relapsed after achieving remission with previous treatment...
June 20, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645738/human-germline-hedgehog-pathway-mutations-predispose-to-fatty-liver
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Maria J Guillen Sacoto, Ariel F Martinez, Yu Abe, Paul Kruszka, Karin Weiss, Joshua L Everson, Ramon Bataller, David E Kleiner, Jerrold M Ward, Kathleen K Sulik, Robert J Lipinski, Benjamin D Solomon, Maximilian Muenke
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common form of liver disease. Activation of hedgehog (Hh) signaling has been implicated in the progression of NAFLD and proposed as a therapeutic target; however, the effects of Hh signaling inhibition have not been studied in humans with germline mutations affecting this pathway. METHODS: Patients with holoprosencephaly (HPE), a disorder associated with germline mutations disrupting Sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling, were clinically evaluated for NAFLD...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645267/a-rapid-and-quantitative-method-to-detect-human-circulating-tumor-cells-in-a-preclinical-animal-model
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Shih-Hsin Tu, Yi-Chen Hsieh, Li-Chi Huang, Chun-Yu Lin, Kai-Wen Hsu, Wen-Shyang Hsieh, Wei-Ming Chi, Chia-Hwa Lee
BACKGROUND: As cancer metastasis is the deadliest aspect of cancer, causing 90% of human deaths, evaluating the molecular mechanisms underlying this process is the major interest to those in the drug development field. Both therapeutic target identification and proof-of-concept experimentation in anti-cancer drug development require appropriate animal models, such as xenograft tumor transplantation in transgenic and knockout mice. In the progression of cancer metastasis, circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are the most critical factor in determining the prognosis of cancer patients...
June 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645219/pullulan-microbeads-si-hpmc-hydrogel-injectable-system-for-the-sustained-delivery-of-gdf-5-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-new-insight-into-intervertebral-disc-regenerative-medicine
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Nina Henry, Johann Clouet, Audrey Fragale, Louise Griveau, Claire Chédeville, Joëlle Véziers, Pierre Weiss, Jean Le Bideau, Jérôme Guicheux, Catherine Le Visage
Discogenic low back pain is considered a major health concern and no etiological treatments are today available to tackle this disease. To clinically address this issue at early stages, there is a rising interest in the stimulation of local cells by in situ injection of growth factors targeting intervertebral disc (IVD) degenerative process. Despite encouraging safety and tolerability results in clinic, growth factors efficacy may be further improved. To this end, the use of a delivery system allowing a sustained release, while protecting growth factors from degradation appears of particular interest...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644961/bisphenol-a-and-other-environmental-risk-factors-for-prostate-cancer-in-hong-kong
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Lap Ah Tse, Priscilla Ming Yi Lee, Wing Ming Ho, Augustine Tsan Lam, Man Kei Lee, Simon Siu Man Ng, Yonghua He, Ka-Sing Leung, Jennifer C Hartle, Howard Hu, Haidong Kan, Feng Wang, Chi Fai Ng
BACKGROUND: Environmental exposures are contributing factors to prostate cancer etiology, but these remain unclear. We aimed to document the associations between environmental risk factors and prostate cancer in Chinese, with special reference to bisphenol A (BPA). METHODS: We recruited 431 newly diagnosed prostate cancer cases and 402 age-matched controls from Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong. We obtained each participant's clinical data and epidemiological information on chronic BPA exposure and other environmental risk factors (e...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643922/speed-of-human-tooth-movement-in-growers-and-non-growers-selection-of-applied-stress-matters
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L R Iwasaki, Y Liu, H Liu, J C Nickel
OBJECTIVES: To test that the speed of tooth translation is not affected by stress magnitude and growth status. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: Advanced Education Orthodontic clinics at the Universities of Nebraska Medical Center and Missouri-Kansas City. Forty-six consenting subjects with orthodontic treatment plans involving maxillary first premolar extractions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This randomized split-mouth study used segmental mechanics with definitive posterior anchorage and individual vertical-loop maxillary canine retraction appliances and measured three-dimensional tooth movements...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643862/tumor-angiogenesis-revisited-regulators-and-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Roberto Ronca, Mohammed Benkheil, Stefania Mitola, Sofie Struyf, Sandra Liekens
Since Judah Folkman hypothesized in 1971 that angiogenesis is required for solid tumor growth, numerous studies have been conducted to unravel the angiogenesis process, analyze its role in primary tumor growth, metastasis and angiogenic diseases, and to develop inhibitors of proangiogenic factors. These studies have led in 2004 to the approval of the first antiangiogenic agent (bevacizumab, a humanized antibody targeting vascular endothelial growth factor) for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer...
June 23, 2017: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643723/management-of-a-case-of-candida-albicans-endogenous-endophthalmitis-with-intravitreal-caspofungin
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Harshali Manish Yadav, Boben Thomas, Cherian Thampy, Tandava Krishnan Panaknti
We report a case of Candida albicans endogenous endophthalmitis treated with intravitreal caspofungin. The patient was a known case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia on chemotherapy and presented to us with features suggestive of endogenous endophthalmitis. He was treated initially with intravenous (IV) caspofungin and intravitreal amphotericin B. Patients condition worsened after IV caspofungin was replaced by amphotericin B necessitating a core vitrectomy. The patient was given the option of off-label caspofungin intravitreal injection for which the patient consented...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642820/intratumorally-injected-pro-inflammatory-allogeneic-dendritic-cells-as-immune-enhancers-a-first-in-human-study-in-unfavourable-risk-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Anna Laurell, Maria Lönnemark, Einar Brekkan, Anders Magnusson, Anna Tolf, Anna Carin Wallgren, Bengt Andersson, Lars Adamson, Rolf Kiessling, Alex Karlsson-Parra
BACKGROUND: Accumulating pre-clinical data indicate that the efficient induction of antigen-specific cytotoxic CD8+ T cells characterizing viral infections is caused by cross-priming where initially infected DCs produce an unique set of inflammatory factors that recruit and activate non-infected bystander DCs. Our DC-based immunotherapy concept is guided by such bystander view and accordingly, we have developed a cellular adjuvant consisting of pre-activated allogeneic DCs producing high levels of DC-recruiting and DC-activating factors...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642759/biodistribution-and-efficacy-of-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-following-intranodal-administration-in-experimental-colitis
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Mercedes Lopez-Santalla, Pablo Mancheño-Corvo, Amelia Escolano, Ramon Menta, Olga DelaRosa, Jose Luis Abad, Dirk Büscher, Juan M Redondo, Juan A Bueren, Wilfried Dalemans, Eleuterio Lombardo, Marina I Garin
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have a large potential in cell therapy for treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, thanks to their immunomodulatory properties. The encouraging results in animal models have initiated the translation of MSC therapy to clinical trials. In cell therapy protocols with MSCs, administered intravenously, several studies have shown that a small proportion of infused MSCs can traffic to the draining lymph nodes (LNs). This is accompanied with an increase of different types of regulatory immune cells in the LNs, suggesting the importance of migration of MSCs to the LNs in order to contribute to immunomodulatory response...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642080/impact-of-juvenile-chronic-stress-on-adult-cortico-accumbal-function-implications-for-cognition-and-addiction
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REVIEW
Michael J Watt, Matthew A Weber, Shaydel R Davies, Gina L Forster
Repeated exposure to stress during childhood is associated with increased risk for neuropsychiatric illness, substance use disorders and other behavioral problems in adulthood. However, it is not clear how chronic childhood stress can lead to emergence of such a wide range of symptoms and disorders in later life. One possible explanation lies in stress-induced disruption to the development of specific brain regions associated with executive function and reward processing, deficits in which are common to the disorders promoted by childhood stress...
June 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642057/novel-multifunctional-dental-cement-to-prevent-enamel-demineralization-near-orthodontic-brackets
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Yansong Ma, Ning Zhang, Michael D Weir, Yuxing Bai, Hockin H K Xu
OBJECTIVES: White spot lesions due to biofilm acid-induced enamel demineralization are prevalent in orthodontic treatments. The aim of this study was to develop a novel bioactive multifunctional cement with protein-repellent, antibacterial and remineralizing capabilities, and investigate the effects on enamel hardness and lesion depth in vitro for the first time. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 2-Methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC), dimethylaminohexadecyl methacrylate (DMAHDM), and nanoparticles of amorphous calcium phosphate (NACP) were incorporated into a resin-modified glass ionomer (RMGI)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642030/cyclic-mog35-55-ameliorates-clinical-and-neuropathological-features-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Athanasios Lourbopoulos, George Deraos, Minos-Timotheos Matsoukas, Olga Touloumi, Aggeliki Giannakopoulou, Hubert Kalbacher, Nikolaos Grigoriadis, Vasso Apostolopoulos, John Matsoukas
EAE is induced to susceptible mice using linear peptides of myelin proteins of the central nervous system. Specific peptide motifs within the peptide-binding groove of the MHC peptide-complex determines the affinity of the peptide in each animal and the consequent T-cell receptor recognition and activation of the cell. Altered peptide ligand (APL) vaccination is a novel approach based on an effort to induce T-cell tolerance or alter cytokine profile from pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory. In the present study we synthesized the MOG35-55 peptide and altered its 3-dimensional conformation to make it a cyclic one (c-MOG35-55)...
June 7, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641925/safety-pharmacokinetics-and-sialic-acid-production-after-oral-administration-of-n-acetylmannosamine-mannac-to-subjects-with-gne-myopathy
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Xin Xu, Amy Q Wang, Lea L Latham, Frank Celeste, Carla Ciccone, May Christine Malicdan, Barry Goldspiel, Pramod Terse, James Cradock, Nora Yang, Selwyn Yorke, John C McKew, William A Gahl, Marjan Huizing, Nuria Carrillo
GNE myopathy is a rare, autosomal recessive, inborn error of sialic acid metabolism, caused by mutations in GNE, the gene encoding UDP-N-acetyl-glucosamine-2-epimerase/N-acetylmannosamine kinase. The disease manifests as an adult-onset myopathy characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness and atrophy. There is no medical therapy available for this debilitating disease. Hyposialylation of muscle glycoproteins likely contributes to the pathophysiology of this disease. N-acetyl-D-mannosamine (ManNAc), an uncharged monosaccharide and the first committed precursor in the sialic acid biosynthetic pathway, is a therapeutic candidate that prevents muscle weakness in the mouse model of GNE myopathy...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640507/a-liver-specific-gene-expression-panel-predicts-the-differentiation-status-of-in-vitro-hepatocyte-models
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Dae-Soo Kim, Jea-Woon Ryu, Mi-Young Son, Jung-Hwa Oh, Kyung-Sook Chung, Sugi Lee, Jeong-Ju Lee, Jun-Ho Ahn, Ju-Sik Min, Jiwon Ahn, Hyun Mi Kang, Janghwan Kim, Cho-Rok Jung, Nam-Soon Kim, Hyun-Soo Cho
Alternative cell sources, such as three-dimensional organoids and induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cells, might provide a potentially effective approach for both drug development applications and clinical transplantation. For example, the development of cell sources for liver cell-based therapy has been increasingly needed, and liver transplantation is performed for the treatment for patients with severe end-stage liver disease. Differentiated liver cells and three-dimensional (3D) organoids are expected to provide new cell sources for tissue models and revolutionary clinical therapies...
June 22, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639949/comet-assay-in-evaluating-deoxyribonucleic-acid-damage-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Radka Hazuková, Martina Rezácová, Renata Köhlerová, Tomáš Tomek, Eva Cermáková, Jaromír Kocí, Miloslav Pleskot
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate whether out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) may induce severe DNA damage measured using comet assay in successfully resuscitated humans and to evaluate a short-term prognostic role. METHODS: In this prospective, controlled, blinded study (1/2013-1/2014), 41 patients (age, 63±14 years) successfully resuscitated from non traumatic OHCA and 10 healthy controls (age, 53±17 years) were enrolled. DNA damage [double-strand breaks (DSBs) and single-strand breaks (SSBs)] was measured using comet assay in peripheral lymphocytes sampled at admission...
June 22, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
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