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Yoichi Kato
We assessed the efficacy of WT1 class I peptide and WT1 class II peptide pulsed dendritic cell(DC)therapy for a wide range of advanced cancers. This retrospective study included 60 advanced cancer patients who were vaccinated 5times or more in this clinic between September 2013 and December 2015. The clinical response was examined. This treatment was approved by the ethics panel at this institution. Sixty patients were injected an average of 6.15times with dendritic cells(DCs) (2.6×10 / 7 cells/injection)...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Maria Vadalà, Julio Cesar Morales-Medina, Annamaria Vallelunga, Beniamino Palmieri, Carmen Laurino, Tommaso Iannitti
Cancer is one of the most common causes of death worldwide. Available treatments are associated with numerous side effects and only a low percentage of patients achieve complete remission. Therefore, there is a strong need for new therapeutic strategies. In this regard, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy presents several potential advantages including non-invasiveness, safety, lack of toxicity for non-cancerous cells, and the possibility of being combined with other available therapies. Indeed, PEMF stimulation has already been used in the context of various cancer types including skin, breast, prostate, hepatocellular, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, bladder, thyroid, and colon cancer in vitro and in vivo...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Arianna Pompilio, Valentina Crocetta, Dipankar Ghosh, Malabika Chakrabarti, Giovanni Gherardi, Luca Agostino Vitali, Ersilia Fiscarelli, Giovanni Di Bonaventura
The present study was carried out to understand the adaptive strategies developed by Stenotrophomonas maltophilia for chronic colonization of the cystic fibrosis (CF) lung. For this purpose, 13 temporally isolated strains from a single CF patient chronically infected over a 10-year period were systematically characterized for growth rate, biofilm formation, motility, mutation frequencies, antibiotic resistance, and pathogenicity. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) showed over time the presence of two distinct groups, each consisting of two different pulsotypes...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
J Solek-Pastuszka, M Sawicki, W Iwańczuk, R Bohatyrewicz
Polish brain death (BD) criteria established in 2007 are currently under review and therefore all reports about any problems noticed during diagnostic attempts are being carefully analyzed. According to information from intensive care units, patients with poor baseline lung function often do not tolerate ventilator disconnection during the apnea test (AT) despite previous preoxygenation and catheter O2 insufflation. Abortion of AT because of decrease of saturation as measured by pulse oximetry is quite common...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Christine Gonzales, Hikari A I Yoshihara, Nahzli Dilek, Julie Leignadier, Melita Irving, Pascal Mieville, Lothar Helm, Olivier Michielin, Juerg Schwitter
BACKGROUND: 19F-MRI and 19F-MRS can identify specific cell types after in-vitro or in-vivo 19F-labeling. Knowledge on the potential to track in-vitro 19F-labeled immune cells in tumor models by 19F-MRI/MRS is scarce. AIM: To study 19F-based MR techniques for in-vivo tracking of adoptively transferred immune cells after in-vitro 19F-labeling, i.e. to detect and monitor their migration non-invasively in melanoma-bearing mice. METHODS: Splenocytes (SP) were labeled in-vitro with a perfluorocarbon (PFC) and IV-injected into non-tumor bearing mice...
2016: PloS One
Jana Ambrozic, Gabrijela Brzan Simenc, Katja Prokselj, Natasa Tul, Marta Cvijic, Miha Lucovnik
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate lung and cardiac ultrasound for assessment of fluid tolerance and fluid responsiveness in severe preeclamptic patients before and after delivery. METHODS: Severe preeclampsia patients and healthy term controls were included in the study. Lung ultrasound Echo Comet Score (ECS) was obtained using the 28-rib interspaces technique. Echocardiographic E/e' ratio, measured by pulsed wave and tissue Doppler, respectively, was used as a marker of diastolic left ventricular function...
October 13, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Neville D Gai, Ashkan A Malayeri, David A Bluemke
PURPOSE: To develop and assess a new technique for three-dimensional (3D) full lung T1 and T2* mapping using a single free breathing scan during a clinically feasible time. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 3D stack of dual-echo ultrashort echo time (UTE) radial acquisition interleaved with and without a WET (water suppression enhanced through T1 effects) saturation pulse was used to map T1 and T2* simultaneously in a single scan. Correction for modulation due to multiple views per segment was derived...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
J G Toffaletti, C R Rackley
Although part of a common "blood gas" test panel with pH and pCO2, the pO2, %O2Hb, and related parameters are independently used to detect and monitor oxygen deficits from a variety of causes. Measurement of blood gases and cooximetry may be done by laboratory analyzers, point of care testing, noninvasive pulse oximetry, and transcutaneous blood gases. The specimen type and mode of monitoring oxygenation that are chosen may be based on a combination of urgency, practicality, clinical need, and therapeutic objectives...
2016: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
Yoko Karube, Yoshiyuki Ito, Morimichi Nishihira, Takashi Inoue, Osamu Araki, Sumiko Maeda, Satoshi Kobayashi, Masayuki Chida
A 58-year-old male underwent right lung transplantation from a brain-dead donor, after which acute rejection developed that was resistant to steroid pulse therapy. Rabbit-derived anti-thymocyte globulin (rATG) therapy was successful for controlling the rejection. However, following that therapy, the patient was affected by an opportunistic infection and suffered from repeated empyema. It is important to pay attention to immunosuppressive agent levels in blood following treatment, because ATG is a potent immunosuppressive drug and its effects can continue for more than 6 months after administration...
October 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Konstantin Tamarov, Wujun Xu, Liubov Osminkina, Sergey Zinovyev, Pasi Soininen, Andrey Kudryavtsev, Maxim Gongalsky, Azha Gaydarova, Ale Närvänen, Victor Timoshenko, Vesa-Pekka Lehto
: One critical functionality of the carrier system utilized in targeted drug delivery is its ability to trigger the release of the therapeutic cargo once the carrier has reached its target. External triggering is an alluring approach as it can be applied in a precise spatiotemporal manner. In the present study, we achieved external triggering through the porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles (NPs) by providing a pulse of infrared or radiofrequency radiation. The NPs were grafted with a temperature responsive polymer whose critical temperature was tailored to be slightly above 37°C...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Simon Endes, Seraina Caviezel, Emmanuel Schaffner, Julia Dratva, Christian Schindler, Nino Künzli, Martin Bachler, Siegfried Wassertheurer, Nicole Probst-Hensch, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There is a lack of evidence concerning associations between novel parameters of arterial stiffness as cardiovascular risk markers and traditional structural and functional vascular biomarkers in a population-based Caucasian cohort. We examined these associations in the second follow-up of the Swiss Cohort Study on Air Pollution and Lung and Heart Diseases in Adults (SAPALDIA 3). METHODS: Arterial stiffness was measured oscillometrically by pulse wave analysis to derive the cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI), brachial-ankle (baPWV) and aortic pulse wave velocity (aPWV), and amplitude of the forward and backward wave...
2016: PloS One
Ranjani Somayaji, John C Lam, Michael G Surette, Barbara Waddell, Harvey R Rabin, Christopher D Sibley, Swathi Purighalla, Michael D Parkins
RATIONALE: Epidemic Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) plays an important role in cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease. A novel strain, the 'Prairie Epidemic Strain' (PES), has been identified in up to 30% of patients in Prairie-based Canadian CF centres. OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence, prevalence and long-term clinical impact of PES infection. METHODS: A cohort of adults with CF was followed from 1980 to 2014 where bacteria isolated from clinical encounters were prospectively collected...
September 28, 2016: Thorax
J Ambrozic, K Prokselj, M Lucovnik
INTRODUCTION: The ability to judge intravascular volume is fundamental in the management of patients with severe preeclampsia. Insufficient intravascular volume can result in decreased oxygen delivery to tissues and exacerbates organ dysfunction. On the other hand, fluid excesses can lead to fluid extravasation and pulmonary edema. Outside of pregnancy, transthoracic echocardiography and lung ultrasonography have become important diagnostic and monitoring tools in critically ill patients...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Kuang-Cheng Chan, Chun-Yu Wu, Ming-Hui Hung, Po-Huang Lee, Ya-Jung Cheng
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Postoperative acute lung injury (ALI) after liver transplantation is clinically relevant and common. The perioperative thoracic fluid indices changes as well as the association with ALI in liver transplantation have not been thoroughly investigated. METHODS: A total of 52 consecutive adult recipients for elective living donor liver transplantation were enrolled. Each recipient received the same perioperative care plan. Thoracic fluid indices, including the cardiac index, intrathoracic blood volume index (ITBVI), extravascular lung water index (EVLWI), and pulmonary vascular permeability index (PVPI), were obtained at seven time points (pretransplantation, anhepatic phase, 30 minutes after reperfusion, 2 hours after reperfusion, and postoperative days 1-3) using the pulse contour cardiac output system...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
O O Olujimi, G R E E Ana, O O Ogunseye, V T Fabunmi
Charcoal production is often accompanied with gaseous and particulate emission into the atmosphere and occupationally exposed workers could be affected. This cross sectional comparative study was carried out to assess the levels of carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5) generated during the phases of charcoal production and their relationship with certain biomarkers among charcoal workers (subjects) and non-charcoal workers (controls) such as carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb), forced expiratory volume in the first second of expiration (FEV1), peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) and body mass index (BMI) in Igbo-Ora, Oyo State and Alabata, Ogun State, which are two of the major hubs of charcoal production in South Western Nigeria...
2016: SpringerPlus
Jing Liang, Xiaolin Liu, Qi Xie, Guoling Chen, Xingyu Li, Yanrui Jia, Beibei Yin, Xun Qu, Yan Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the antitumor effect of endostatin combined with tumor antigen-pulsed dendritic cell (DC)-T cell therapy on lung cancer. METHODS: Transplanted Lewis lung cancer (LLC) models of C57BL/6 mice were established by subcutaneous injection of LLC cells in left extremity axillary. Tumor antigen-pulsed DC-T cells from spleen cells and bone of mice were cultured in vitro. Tumor-bearing mice were randomly divided into three groups, including DC-T+endostatin group, DC-T group, and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) control group...
August 2016: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
T Pincez, L Calamy, Z Germont, A Lemoine, A-A Lopes, A Massiot, J Tencer, C Thivent, A Hadchouel
Acute and chronic pulmonary complications are frequent in sickle cell disease (SCD), with different spectrum and characteristics in children and adults. Chronic hypoxia is frequent and plays a role in several respiratory complications in SCD. Furthermore, hypoxia has been associated with a higher risk of cerebral ischemia. Despite differing oxygen affinity between hemoglobin A and S, standard pulse oximetry was shown to be accurate in diagnosing hypoxia in SCD patients. Whereas acute hypoxia management is similar to non-SCD patients, chronic hypoxia treatment is mainly based on a transfusion program rather than long-term oxygen therapy...
October 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Patryk J Woytala, Ewa Morgiel, Anna Łuczak, Katarzyna Czesak-Woytala, Piotr Wiland
BACKGROUND: The therapeutic effects of cyclophosphamide (CP) in the treatment of systemic rheumatic diseases are related to its immune suppressive activity. However effective, the application of CP is restricted due to multiple adverse effects. OBJECTIVES: This retrospective study was conducted to determine the frequency of adverse effects attributed to CP toxicity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved 65 patients (17 male; 48 female) receiving intravenous CP between October 2007 and December 2010...
May 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Masahiro Nitta, Akio Hoshi, Taro Higure, Yuki Shimizu, Nobuyuki Nakajima, Kazuya Hanai, Yoshiaki Kawamura, Toshiro Terachi
A 28-year-old man was hospitalized with advancing paraplegia. Under the diagnosis of Guillain-Barre syndrome, steroid pulse therapy was administered and plasmapheresis was performed. However, the paraplegia gradually progressed. Subsequently, a spinal cord tumor was revealed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The pathological diagnosis, obtained by open biopsy, confirmed a mixed germ cell tumor in the spinal cord. Multiple lung and lymph nodes metastases were also detected upon computed tomography, along with increased serum alpha-fetoprotein (33...
2016: Tokai Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine
Binglan Yu, Aron H Blaesi, Noel Casey, Grigory Raykhtsaum, Luca Zazzeron, Rosemary Jones, Alexander Morrese, Danil Dobrynin, Rajeev Malhotra, Donald B Bloch, Lee E Goldstein, Warren M Zapol
Inhalation of nitric oxide (NO) produces selective pulmonary vasodilation without dilating the systemic circulation. However, the current NO/N2 cylinder delivery system is cumbersome and expensive. We developed a lightweight, portable, and economical device to generate NO from air by pulsed electrical discharge. The objective of this study was to investigate and optimize the purity and safety of NO generated by this device. By using low temperature streamer discharges in the plasma generator, we produced therapeutic levels of NO with very low levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone...
August 31, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
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