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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109975/dna-damage-response-in-patients-with-pediatric-acute-lymphoid-leukemia-during-induction-therapy
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Júlia Plentz Portich, Rafael Pereira Dos Santos, Nathalia Kersting, Karolina Brochado Jorge, Pietro Rebelo Casagrande, Gabriela Dos Santos Costa, Jéssica Maria Gonçalves Dias Cionek, Danielly Brufatto Olguins, Marialva Sinigaglia, Franciele Faccio Busatto, Jenifer Saffi, Sharbel Weidner Maluf, Jiseh Fagundes Loss, Algemir Lunardi Brunetto, Rafael Roesler, Caroline Brunetto de Farias
Predicting the individual response to chemotherapy is a crucial challenge in cancer treatment. DNA damage caused by antitumor therapies evokes different repair mechanisms responses, such as Nucleotide Excision Repair (NER), whose components are being studied as prognosis biomarkers and target therapies. However, few reports have addressed DNA damages in pediatric Acute Lymphoid Leukemia (ALL). Hence, we conducted an observational follow-up study with pediatric patients to assess DNA damage (by Comet Assay) and gene expression from NER pathway during chemotherapy induction...
January 11, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108035/feline-hepatic-lipidosis
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REVIEW
Chiara Valtolina, Robert P Favier
Feline hepatic lipidosis (FHL) is a common and potentially fatal liver disorder. Although the pathophysiologic mechanisms of FHL remain elusive, there is an imbalance between the influx of fatty acids from peripheral fat stores into the liver, de novo liposynthesis, and the rate of hepatic oxidation and dispersal of hepatic TAG via excretion of very-low density lipoproteins. The diagnosis of FHL is based on anamnestic, clinical, and clinicopathologic findings, associated with diagnostic imaging of the liver, and cytology, or histological examination of liver biopsies...
January 18, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106896/the-2016-bowman-lecture-conjunctival-curses-scarring-conjunctivitis-30-years-on
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J K Dart
This review is in two sections. The first section summarises 35 conditions, both common and infrequent, causing cicatrising conjunctivitis. Guidelines for making a diagnosis are given together with the use of diagnostic tests, including direct and indirect immunofluorescence, and their interpretation. The second section evaluates our knowledge of ocular mucous membrane pemphigoid, which is the commonest cause of cicatrizing conjunctivitis in most developed countries. The clinical characteristics, demographics, and clinical signs of the disease are described...
January 20, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105610/antithyroid-drug-induced-agranulocytosis-state-of-the-art-on-diagnosis-and-management
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Nuno Vicente, Luís Cardoso, Luísa Barros, Francisco Carrilho
Agranulocytosis is a rare but serious complication of antithyroid drug therapy, and an up-to-date understanding of this topic is important. Both direct toxicity and immune-mediated responses have been described as possible mechanisms. Some major susceptibility loci have recently been identified, which may lead the diagnosis of agranulocytosis into a genomic era. Onset is acute and patients present with symptoms and signs of infection together with high fever. Clinical suspicion is pivotal and should prompt blood sampling...
January 19, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102878/pulmonary-hypertension-associated-with-left-sided-heart-disease
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Micha Tobias Maeder, Otto D Schoch, Rebekka Kleiner, Lucas Joerg, Daniel Weilenmann, Swiss Society For Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension associated with left-sided heart disease (PH-LHD) is the most common type of pulmonary hypertension. In patients with left-sided heart disease, the presence of pulmonary hypertension is typically a marker of more advanced disease, more severe symptoms, and worse prognosis. In contrast to pulmonary arterial hypertension, PH-LHD is characterised by an elevated pulmonary artery wedge pressure (postcapillary pulmonary hypertension) without or with an additional precapillary component (isolated postcapillary versus combined postcapillary and precapillary pulmonary hypertension)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099689/effectiveness-and-safety-of-procalcitonin-evaluation-for-reducing-mortality-in-adults-with-sepsis-severe-sepsis-or-septic-shock
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REVIEW
Brenda Ng Andriolo, Regis B Andriolo, Reinaldo Salomão, Álvaro N Atallah
BACKGROUND: Serum procalcitonin (PCT) evaluation has been proposed for early diagnosis and accurate staging and to guide decisions regarding patients with sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock, with possible reduction in mortality. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of serum PCT evaluation for reducing mortality and duration of antimicrobial therapy in adults with sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; 2015, Issue 7); MEDLINE (1950 to July 2015); Embase (Ovid SP, 1980 to July 2015); Latin American Caribbean Health Sciences Literature (LILACS via BIREME, 1982 to July 2015); and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL; EBSCO host, 1982 to July 2015), and trial registers (ISRCTN registry, ClinicalTrials...
January 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094768/bcl-w-has-a-fundamental-role-in-b-cell-survival-and-lymphomagenesis
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Clare M Adams, Annette S Kim, Ramkrishna Mitra, John K Choi, Jerald Z Gong, Christine M Eischen
Compromised apoptotic signaling is a prerequisite for tumorigenesis. The design of effective therapies for cancer treatment depends on a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms that govern cell survival. The antiapoptotic proteins of the BCL-2 family are key regulators of cell survival and are frequently overexpressed in malignancies, leading to increased cancer cell survival. Unlike BCL-2 and BCL-XL, the closest antiapoptotic relative BCL-W is required for spermatogenesis, but was considered dispensable for all other cell types...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091934/roles-of-plasmablasts-and-b-cells-in-igg4-related-disease-implications-for-therapy-and-early-treatment-outcomes
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Marco Lanzillotta, Emanuel Della-Torre, John H Stone
High serum IgG4 concentrations are a striking feature of many patients with IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD). Blood levels of IgG4 often reach ten, twenty, and even thirty or more times higher than the upper limit of normal. Under the proper clinical circumstances, the finding of an elevated serum IgG4 concentration serves as a useful biomarker for the diagnosis of this condition. This serum IgG4 elevation quickly called attention to the possibility of therapies targeting cells of the B lymphocyte lineage. In addition, a greater understanding of the cellular mechanisms that underpin IgG4-RD has identified peripheral blood plasmablasts as a promising biomarker for this disease...
January 7, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091345/propofol-as-a-risk-factor-for-icu-acquired-weakness-in-septic-patients-with-acute-respiratory-failure
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Peter A Abdelmalik, Goran Rakocevic
BACKGROUND: Critical illness polyneuropathy (CIN) and critical illness myopathy (CIM), together "ICU-Acquired weakness (ICUAW)," occur frequently in septic patients. One of the proposed mechanisms for ICUAW includes prolonged inactivation of sodium channels. Propofol, used commonly in patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF), primarily acts via enhancement of GABAergic transmission but may also increase sodium channel inactivation, suggesting a potential interaction. METHODS: Electronic medical records and EMG reports of patients with ICUAW and a diagnosis of either sepsis, septicaemia, severe sepsis, or septic shock, concurrent with a diagnosis of acute respiratory failure (ARF), were retrospectively analyzed in a single center university hospital...
January 16, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079113/congenital-hearing-loss
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Anna M H Korver, Richard J H Smith, Guy Van Camp, Mark R Schleiss, Maria A K Bitner-Glindzicz, Lawrence R Lustig, Shin-Ichi Usami, An N Boudewyns
Congenital hearing loss (hearing loss that is present at birth) is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in children. In the majority of developed countries, neonatal hearing screening programmes enable early detection; early intervention will prevent delays in speech and language development and has long-lasting beneficial effects on social and emotional development and quality of life. A diagnosis of hearing loss is usually followed by a search for an underlying aetiology. Congenital hearing loss might be attributed to environmental and prenatal factors, which prevail in low-income settings; congenital infections, particularly cytomegalovirus infection, are also a common risk factor for hearing loss...
January 12, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078319/gut-microbiota-inflammation-and-colorectal-cancer
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Jun Sun, Ikuko Kato
Although genes contribute to colorectal cancer, the gut microbiota are an important player. Accumulating evidence suggests that chronic infection and the ensuing inflammation contributes to tumor initiation and tumor progression. A variety of bacterial species and tumor-promoting virulence mechanisms have been investigated. Significant advances have been made in understanding the composition and functional capabilities of the gut microbiota and its roles in cancer. In the current review, we discuss the novel roles of microbiota in the progression of colon cancer...
June 2016: Genes & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067178/histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-colorectal-cancer-recent-progress-and-future-prospects
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Avineesh Singh, Preeti Patel, Vijay K Patel, Deepak K Jain, Ravichandran Veerasamy, Prabodh C Sharma, Harish Rajak
Colorectal cancer is a devastating disease with a dismal prognosis which is heavily hampered by delayed diagnosis. Surgical resection, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are the curative options. Due to few therapeutic treatments available i.e., mono and combination therapy and development of resistance towards drug response, novel and efficacious therapy is urgently needed. Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACIs) are emerging class of therapeutic agents having potential anticancer activity with minimal toxicity for different types of malignancies in preclinical studies...
January 9, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067062/developments-in-pharmacotherapy-for-treating-metastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Antonio Rossi, Paola Claudia Sacco, Giuseppe Santabarbara, Assunta Sgambato, Francesca Casaluce, Giovanni Palazzolo, Paolo Maione, Cesare Gridelli
Most patients with non-small cell lung (NSCLC), including squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and large cell carcinoma, have advanced disease at diagnosis and systemic therapy is the standard-of-care. About 20% of Caucasian patients are affected by an oncogene-addicted advanced NSCLC for which correspondent inhibitors are available. Areas covered: The main state-of-the-art synthetic anticancer drugs in the groups of chemotherapeutics, epidermal growth factor receptor and anaplastic lymphoma kinase tyrosine kinase inhibitors for NSCLC treatment, are reviewed and discussed from phase III randomized practice-changing trials onwards...
January 8, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067012/venous-thromboembolism-in-pediatric-trauma-patients-ten-year-experience-and-long-term-follow-up-in-a-tertiary-care-center
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Christine M Leeper, Madhav Vissa, James D Cooper, Lynn M Malec, Barbara A Gaines
BACKGROUND: Pediatric trauma patients are at high risk for development of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Our objective is to describe incidence, risk factors, and timing of development of VTE, anticoagulation complications, and long-term VTE outcomes in a critically injured pediatric population. PROCEDURE: We did a retrospective review of pediatric (0-17 years) trauma admissions to intensive care unit from 2005 to 2014. Our center employs VTE screening and prevention protocols for high-risk patients based on hypercoagulable history, age, injuries, and medical interventions...
January 9, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065518/membranous-nephropathy-integrating-basic-science-into-improved-clinical-management
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REVIEW
Daniel C Cattran, Paul E Brenchley
Idiopathic membranous nephropathy (INM) remains a common cause of the nephrotic syndrome in adults. The autoimmune nature of IMN was clearly delineated in 2009 with the identification of the glomerular-deposited IgG to be a podocyte receptor, phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) in 70% to 75% of cases. This anti-PLA2R autoantibody, predominantly the IgG4 subclass, has been quantitated in serum using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and has been used to aid diagnosis and monitor response to immunosuppressive therapy...
January 5, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063002/gut-microbiota-and-colorectal-cancer
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REVIEW
R Gao, Z Gao, L Huang, H Qin
The gut microbiota is considered as a forgotten organ in human health and disease. It maintains gut homeostasis by various complex mechanisms. However, disruption of the gut microbiota has been confirmed to be related to gastrointestinal diseases such as colorectal cancer, as well as remote organs in many studies. Colorectal cancer is a multi-factorial and multi-stage involved disorder. The role for microorganisms that initiate and facilitate the process of colorectal cancer has become clear. The candidate pathogens have been identified by culture and next sequencing technology...
January 7, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062618/use-of-biomarkers-in-predicting-the-onset-monitoring-the-progression-and-risk-stratification-for-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
Benjamin M Scirica
BACKGROUND: As the worldwide prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) increases, it is even more important to develop cost-effective methods to predict and diagnose the onset of diabetes, monitor progression, and risk stratify patients in terms of subsequent cardiovascular and diabetes complications. CONTENT: Nonlaboratory clinical risk scores based on risk factors and anthropomorphic data can help identify patients at greatest risk of developing diabetes, but glycemic indices (hemoglobin A1c, fasting plasma glucose, and oral glucose tolerance tests) are the cornerstones for diagnosis, and the basis for monitoring therapy...
January 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060554/current-molecular-and-genetic-aspects-of-pancreatic-cancer-the-role-of-metastasis-associated-proteins-mta-a-review
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Efstathios T Pavlidis, Theodoros E Pavlidis
: Purpose/aim: To focus on current molecular and genetic aspects and MTA proteins, since pancreatic cancer is a lethal malignant with poor prognosis. Early diagnosis is essential step, contributing to potential curative resection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A PubMed search of relevant articles published up to August 2016 was performed to identify current information about pancreatic cancer regarding molecular biomarkers, with emphasis on carcinogenesis, novel therapeutic targets, and MTA proteins...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059841/insights-into-cardiorenal-interactions-in-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
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Feras M Bader, Nizar Attallah
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is one of the biggest challenges in the management of chronic heart failure. Despite the advances in medical and device therapy, high readmission and mortality rates continue to be a burden on healthcare systems worldwide. One of the strongest predictors of adverse outcomes in ADHF is renal dysfunction, referred to as cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) type 1. This review discusses some of the recently introduced findings related to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of this disorder...
January 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057057/is-platelet-transfusion-associated-with-hospital-acquired-infections-in-critically-ill-patients
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Cécile Aubron, Andrew W Flint, Michael Bailey, David Pilcher, Allen C Cheng, Colin Hegarty, Antony Martinelli, Michael C Reade, Rinaldo Bellomo, Zoe McQuilten
BACKGROUND: Platelets are commonly transfused to critically ill patients. Reports suggest an association between platelet transfusion and infection. However, there is no large study to have determined whether platelet transfusion in critically ill patients is associated with hospital-acquired infection. METHODS: We conducted a multi-centre study using prospectively maintained databases of two large academic intensive care units (ICUs) in Australia. Characteristics of patients who received platelets in ICUs between 2008 and 2014 were compared to those of patients who did not receive platelets...
January 6, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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