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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092723/pertuzumab-and-breast-cancer-another-piece-in-the-anti-her2-puzzle
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Dr Lorenzo Gerratana, Dr Marta Bonotto, Dr Claudia Bozza, Dr Elena Ongaro, Dr Valentina Fanotto, Dr Giacomo Pelizzari, Prof Fabio Puglisi
The mechanism of action of pertuzumab, a recombinant anti-HER2 humanized monoclonal antibody, is complementary to trastuzumab's. On June 8, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved the combination of pertuzumab with trastuzumab and docetaxel as first-line treatment of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Furthermore, pertuzumab is the first drug to be approved in the neoadjuvant setting using a pathological complete response as an endpoint. Areas covered: The review provides insights into the main mechanisms of action of pertuzumab...
January 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092670/neuropilin-1-is-upregulated-in-the-adaptive-response-of-prostate-tumors-to-androgen-targeted-therapies-and-is-prognostic-of-metastatic-progression-and-patient-mortality
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B W C Tse, M Volpert, E Ratther, N Stylianou, M Nouri, K McGowan, M L Lehman, S J McPherson, M Roshan-Moniri, M S Butler, J Caradec, C Y Gregory-Evans, J McGovern, R Das, M Takhar, N Erho, M Alshalafa, E Davicioni, E M Schaeffer, R B Jenkins, A E Ross, R J Karnes, R B Den, L Fazli, P A Gregory, M E Gleave, E D Williams, P S Rennie, R Buttyan, J H Gunter, L A Selth, P J Russell, C C Nelson, B G Hollier
Recent evidence has implicated the transmembrane co-receptor neuropilin-1 (NRP1) in cancer progression. Primarily known as a regulator of neuronal guidance and angiogenesis, NRP1 is also expressed in multiple human malignancies, where it promotes tumor angiogenesis. However, non-angiogenic roles of NRP1 in tumor progression remain poorly characterized. In this study, we define NRP1 as an androgen-repressed gene whose expression is elevated during the adaptation of prostate tumors to androgen-targeted therapies (ATTs), and subsequent progression to metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC)...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092259/-first-case-of-chikungunya-fever-in-hermosillo-sonora-mexico
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Miguel Ángel Martínez-Medina, Ismael Antonio Cañedo-Dorame
The Chikungunya is an arbovirus first described during a 1952 outbreak of febrile exantematic disease in southern Tanganyika (now Tanzania). It is a virus within the alphavirus genus of the Togaviridae family, it is usually transmitted to humans by Aedes mosquitoes. Typically, the disease manifests as acute onset of fever and joint pains. This study describes the clinical characteristics the first imported case infected with chikungunya fever (CHIK) in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. We report the case of a 30 years old man seen in our emergency department due to fever, polyarthralgia, rash and headache...
January 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091963/pilot-test-of-survey-to-assess-dental-and-dental-hygiene-student-human-papillomavirus-related-oropharyngeal-cancer-knowledge-perceptions-and-clinical-practices
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Holdunn Rutkoski, Brynn Fowler, Ryan Mooney, Lisa Pappas, Barbara L Dixon, Lilliam M Pinzon, James Winkler, Deanna Kepka
This was the first study to develop and pilot test an assessment tool for the examination of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) knowledge, perceptions, and clinical practices of oral health students. An interdisciplinary team developed the tool using surveys that examined this topic in other populations. The tool was then pilot tested at two different dental programs. Results from the pilot informed revisions to the final version of the tool. Of the 46 student participants, 18 were first-year dental hygiene and 28 were first-year dental students...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089771/extended-therapeutic-window-for-post-exposure-treatment-of-ricin-intoxication-conferred-by-the-use-of-high-affinity-antibodies
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Tal Noy-Porat, Ron Alcalay, Eyal Epstein, Tamar Sabo, Chanoch Kronman, Ohad Mazor
The plant toxin ricin is considered a potential bioterror agent against which there is no available antidote. To date, neutralizing antibodies are the most promising post-exposure treatment for ricin intoxication, yet so far they were shown to be effective only when given within several hours post exposure. As part of an ongoing effort to develop efficient ricin-countermeasures, we tested whether high-affinity antibodies that were previously isolated from immunized non-human primates, may confer effective post-exposure therapy for ricin-intoxicated mice treated at late time-points after exposure...
January 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088839/pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-modeling-of-the-pde4-inhibitor-tak-648-in-type-2-diabetes-early-translational-approaches-for-human-dose-prediction
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N Plock, S Vollert, M Mayer, G Hanauer, G Lahu
TAK-648 is a PDE4 inhibitor with demonstrated preclinical antidiabetic properties. Our objective was to develop a translational pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) model for human type 2 diabetes (T2D) dose prediction using HbA1c results from a db/db mouse study. Estimated parameters in combination with tPDE4i values calculated for the clinical roflumilast dose of 500 μg were used to translate preclinical effects of TAK-648 to required exposure in humans. A first-in-human study with single TAK-648 doses of 0...
January 15, 2017: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088342/nanoparticle-standards-for-immuno-based-quantitation-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-oligomers-in-diagnostics-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-other-synucleopathies
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Yvonne Herrmann, Tuyen Bujnicki, Christian Zafiu, Andreas Kulawik, Katja Kühbach, Luriano Peters, Judith Fabig, Johannes Willbold, Oliver Bannach, Dieter Willbold
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that is characterized by symptoms such as rigor, tremor and bradykinesia. A reliable and early diagnosis could improve the development of early therapeutic strategies before death of dopaminergic neurons leads to the first clinical symptoms. The sFIDA (surface-based fluorescence intensity distribution analysis) assay is a highly sensitive method to determine the concentration of α-synuclein (α-syn) oligomers, which are presumably the major toxic isoform of α-syn and potentially the most direct biomarker for PD...
January 11, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087116/application-of-whole-exome-sequencing-in-elucidating-the-phenotype-and-genotype-spectrum-of-junctional-epidermolysis-bullosa-a-preliminary-experience-of-a-tertiary-care-centre-in-india
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Vamsi K Yenamandra, Shamsudheen K Vellarikkal, Manoj Kumar, Madhumita R Chowdhury, Rijith Jayarajan, Ankit Verma, Vinod Scaria, Sridhar Sivasubbu, Subrata B Ray, Amit K Dinda, Madhulika Kabra, Punit Kaur, Vinod K Sharma, Gomathy Sethuraman
BACKGROUND: Junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) is a diverse group of genodermatoses associated with extreme skin fragility. Despite several well-characterized genetic studies, molecular diagnosis of this heterogeneous group is still challenging. Recent advances in the field of genomics have seen the successful implementation of whole exome sequencing (WES) as a fast and efficient diagnostic strategy in several genodermatoses. OBJECTIVE: In view of the scarcity and need of molecular studies for JEB in India, we sought to explore the potential of WES in understanding the mutational spectrum of this rare, in certain subtypes lethal, sub-group of EB...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087075/cellular-transcriptional-response-to-zirconia-based-implant-materials
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Brigitte Altmann, Kerstin Rabel, Ralf J Kohal, Susanne Proksch, Pascal Tomakidi, Erik Adolfsson, Falk Bernsmann, Paola Palmero, Tobias Fürderer, Thorsten Steinberg
OBJECTIVE: To adequately address clinically important issues such as osseointegration and soft tissue integration, we screened for the direct biological cell response by culturing human osteoblasts and gingival fibroblasts on novel zirconia-based dental implant biomaterials and subjecting them to transcriptional analysis. METHODS: Biomaterials used for osteoblasts involved micro-roughened surfaces made of a new type of ceria-stabilized zirconia composite with two different topographies, zirconium dioxide, and yttria-stabilized zirconia (control)...
January 10, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086943/a-lifestyle-intervention-among-elderly-men-on-active-surveillance-for-non-aggressive-prostate-cancer-a-randomised-feasibility-study-with-whole-grain-rye-and-exercise
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Anne Kirstine Eriksen, Rikke Dalgaard Hansen, Michael Borre, Ryan Godsk Larsen, Jeppe Munthe Jensen, Kristian Overgaard, Mette Borre, Cecilie Kyrø, Rikard Landberg, Anja Olsen, Anne Tjønneland
BACKGROUND: The prognosis for men with non-aggressive prostate cancer is good, and several studies have investigated the impact of lifestyle changes including physical activity and diet on the prognosis. Despite positive results in animal studies and a few human interventions with whole-grain rye on markers of prostate cancer progression, the feasibility of trials investigating such dietary changes in combination with physical activity remains largely unstudied. The primary aim was to investigate the feasibility of an intervention with high whole-grain rye intake and vigorous physical activity for 6 months in men diagnosed with prostate cancer...
January 13, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086858/the-influence-of-adding-modified-zirconium-oxide-titanium-dioxide-nano-particles-on-mechanical-properties-of-orthodontic-adhesive-an-in-vitro-study
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Nayef H Felemban, Mohamed I Ebrahim
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this in-vitro study was to examine the effect of incorporating different concentrations of Zirconium oxide-Titanium dioxide (ZrO2-TiO2) nanoparticles, which can have antibacterial properties, on the mechanical properties of an orthodontic adhesive. METHODS: ZrO2-TiO2 (Zirconium oxide, HWNANO, Hongwu International Group Ltd, China) -Titanium dioxide, Nanoshell, USA) nanopowder were incorporated into orthodontic adhesive (Transbond XT, 3 M Unitek, Monrovia, USA) with different concentrations (0...
January 13, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081210/mutations-in-hyal2-encoding-hyaluronidase-2-cause-a-syndrome-of-orofacial-clefting-and-cor-triatriatum-sinister-in-humans-and-mice
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Martina M A Muggenthaler, Biswajit Chowdhury, S Naimul Hasan, Harold E Cross, Brian Mark, Gaurav V Harlalka, Michael A Patton, Miho Ishida, Elijah R Behr, Sanjay Sharma, Kenneth Zahka, Eissa Faqeih, Brian Blakley, Mike Jackson, Melissa Lees, Vernon Dolinsky, Leroy Cross, Philip Stanier, Claire Salter, Emma L Baple, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Andrew H Crosby, Barbara Triggs-Raine, Barry A Chioza
Orofacial clefting is amongst the most common of birth defects, with both genetic and environmental components. Although numerous studies have been undertaken to investigate the complexities of the genetic etiology of this heterogeneous condition, this factor remains incompletely understood. Here, we describe mutations in the HYAL2 gene as a cause of syndromic orofacial clefting. HYAL2, encoding hyaluronidase 2, degrades extracellular hyaluronan, a critical component of the developing heart and palatal shelf matrix...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081133/the-power-of-malaria-vaccine-trials-using-controlled-human-malaria-infection
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Luc E Coffeng, Cornelus C Hermsen, Robert W Sauerwein, Sake J de Vlas
Controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) in healthy human volunteers is an important and powerful tool in clinical malaria vaccine development. However, power calculations are essential to obtain meaningful estimates of protective efficacy, while minimizing the risk of adverse events. To optimize power calculations for CHMI-based malaria vaccine trials, we developed a novel non-linear statistical model for parasite kinetics as measured by qPCR, using data from mosquito-based CHMI experiments in 57 individuals...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078618/decreased-tap63-and-%C3%AE-np63-mrna-levels-in-most-human-pituitary-adenomas-are-correlated-with-notch3-jagged1-relative-expression
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Lisiane Cervieri Mezzomo, Frederico Giacomoni Pesce, Josenel Maria Barcelos Marçal, Taiana Haag, Nelson Pires Ferreira, Julia Fernanda Semmelmann Pereira Lima, Carolina Garcia Soares Leães, Miriam Costa Oliveira, Maria Beatriz da Fonte Kohek
Despite recent advances in molecular genetics, the pituitary adenoma initiation, development, progress, and the molecular basis of their unique features are still poorly understood. In this sense, it is proposed that stem cell could be involved in pituitary adenoma tumorigenesis. It is suggested that TP63 has important functions in stem cells, and it may have interplay of TP63 and Notch and its ligand Jagged in this process. This study aimed to evaluate the distinct expression of TP63 isoforms (TAp63 and ΔNp63), as well as its correlation with Notch3 receptor and its ligand Jagged1 in human pituitary adenomas at the messenger RNA (mRNA) level...
January 11, 2017: Endocrine Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078132/impressive-response-to-dual-braf-and-mek-inhibition-in-patients-with-braf-mutant-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma-2-case-reports-and-a-brief-review
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Viraj Lavingia, Marwan Fakih
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) typically presents at an advanced stage and is associated with a poor oncological outcome. The median survival for metastatic ICC is less than 1 year with standard chemotherapy. ICC is associated with distinct oncogenic drivers including IDH (isocitrate dehydrogenase), HER-2 (human epidermal growth factor 2), and BRAF (v-Raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B), which may benefit from matching targeted therapies. Hereby we report 2 cases of BRAF V600E refractory ICC treated with dual BRAF and MEK inhibitors (dabrafenib and trametinib) with excellent clinical and radiological response to therapy and with protracted duration of disease control...
December 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076993/evaluation-of-clinical-and-serological-findings-for-diagnosis-of-cutaneous-anthrax-infection-after-an-outbreak
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Duygu Gulseren, Serap Süzük-Yıldız, Bekir Çelebi, Selçuk Kılıç
PURPOSE: Anthrax, caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, is one of the oldest documented infectious diseases in both livestock and humans.We aimed to evaluate clinical findings and risk factors of patients with cutaneous anthrax infection and report anti-lethal factor (LF) IgG and anti-protective antigene (PA) IgG titers in the serologic diagnosis of disease. METHODS: In this study, serum samples of 18 cutaneous anthrax patients were collected and anti-LF IgG and anti-PA IgG titers were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
January 11, 2017: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076332/lysosomal-acid-phosphatase-2-is-an-unfavorable-prognostic-factor-but-is-associated-with-better-survival-in-stage-ii-colorectal-cancer-patients-receiving-chemotherapy
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Yu-Chieh Lee, Chia-Yu Su, Yuan-Feng Lin, Chun-Mao Lin, Chih-Yeu Fang, Yen-Kuang Lin, Michael Hsiao, Chi-Long Chen
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the leading cancers worldwide. Surgery is the main therapeutic modality for stage II CRC. However, the implementation of adjuvant chemotherapy remains controversial and is not universally applied so far. In this study, we found that the protein expression of lysosomal acid phosphatase 2 (ACP2) was increased in CRC and that stage II CRC patients with high ACP2 expression showed a poorer outcome than those with low ACP2 expression (p = 0.004). To investigate this discrepancy, we analyzed the relation between ACP2 expression and several clinical cofactors...
January 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075482/human-induced-pluripotent-stem-hips-cells-from-urine-samples-a-non-integrative-and-feeder-free-reprogramming-strategy
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Clara Steichen, Karim Si-Tayeb, Fanny Wulkan, Thayane Crestani, Graça Rosas, Rafael Dariolli, Alexandre C Pereira, Jose E Krieger
Human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cell technology has already revolutionized some aspects of fundamental and applied research such as study of disease mechanisms and pharmacology screening. The first clinical trial using hiPS cell-derived cells began in Japan, only 10 years after the publication of the proof-of concept article. In this exciting context, strategies to generate hiPS cells have evolved quickly, tending towards non-invasive protocols to sample somatic cells combined with "safer" reprogramming strategies...
January 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075236/first-serological-evidence-of-west-nile-virus-in-horses-and-dogs-from-corsica-island-france
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Marianne Maquart, Mustapha Dahmani, Jean-Lou Marié, Patrick Gravier, Isabelle Leparc-Goffart, Bernard Davoust
West Nile virus (WNV) is widely distributed over the world, including Europe, Africa, and Asia and spread over the past two decades to North and South America. In the south of France, sporadic cases are frequently described and the virus is endemic in Italy with frequent cases and outbreaks. The aim of this study was to identify a possible WNV circulation in Corsica (French island in the Mediterranean Sea) in sheep, horses, and dogs as sentinel animals for the virus surveillance. In 2014, 386 blood samples were collected from 219 sheep, 96 horses, and 71 dogs, in 12 localities in Corsica, in the oriental coast of Corsica...
January 11, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075235/staphylococcus-pseudintermedius-human-infection-cases-in-spain-dog-to-human-transmission
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Carmen Lozano, Antonio Rezusta, Isabel Ferrer, Vanesa Pérez-Laguna, Myriam Zarazaga, Laura Ruiz-Ripa, María José Revillo, Carmen Torres
Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is an opportunistic pathogen that has been identified as infectious agent or colonizer mainly in dogs. S. pseudintermedius has been also detected in humans and more specifically in people in contact with dogs. In this study, the possible S. pseudintermedius pet-to-human transmission was analyzed in four clinical human cases. Two patients were dog owners and S. pseudintermedius was also detected as colonizer in these healthy animals. S. pseudintermedius isolates from patients and dogs of the same household showed identical pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns, sequence types (STs), and antimicrobial resistance phenotypes and genotypes, and were methicillin susceptible...
January 11, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
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