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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667553/car-t-cell-therapy-a-new-era-in-cancer-immunotherapy
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Miliotou N Androulla, Papadopoulou C Lefkothea
BACKGROUND: Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Over the years, a number of conventional cytotoxic approaches for neoplastic diseases has been developed. However, due to their limited effectiveness in accordance with the heterogeneity of cancer cells, there is a constant search for therapeutic approaches with improved outcome, such as immunotherapy that utilizes and enhances the normal capacity of the patient's immune system. METHODS: Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy involves genetic modification of patient's autologous T-cells to express a CAR specific for a tumor antigen, following by ex vivo cell expansion and re-infusion back to the patient...
April 17, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667349/asb1-differential-methylation-in-ischaemic-cardiomyopathy-relationship-with-left-ventricular-performance-in-end-stage-heart-failure-patients
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Ana Ortega, Estefanía Tarazón, Carolina Gil-Cayuela, Luis Martínez-Dolz, Francisca Lago, José Ramón González-Juanatey, Juan Sandoval, Manuel Portolés, Esther Roselló-Lletí, Miguel Rivera
AIMS: Ischaemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) leads to impaired contraction and ventricular dysfunction, causing high rates of morbidity and mortality. Epigenomics allows the identification of epigenetic signatures in human diseases. We analyse the differential epigenetic patterns of the ASB gene family in ICM patients and relate these alterations to their haemodynamic and functional status. METHODS AND RESULTS: Epigenomic analysis was carried out using 16 left ventricular (LV) tissue samples, eight from ICM patients undergoing heart transplantation and eight from control (CNT) subjects without cardiac disease...
April 17, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666072/left-ventricular-assist-device-inflow-cannula-angle-and-thrombosis-risk
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Venkat Keshav Chivukula, Jennifer A Beckman, Anthony R Prisco, Todd Dardas, Shin Lin, Jason W Smith, Nahush A Mokadam, Alberto Aliseda, Claudius Mahr
BACKGROUND: As heart failure prevalence continues to increase in the setting of a static donor supply, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy for end-stage heart failure continues to grow. Anecdotal evidence suggests that malalignment of the LVAD inflow cannula may increase thrombosis risk, but this effect has not been explored mechanistically or quantified statistically. Our objective is to elucidate the impact of surgical angulation of the inflow cannula on thrombogenicity. METHODS AND RESULTS: Unsteady computational fluid dynamics is used in conjunction with computational modeling and virtual surgery to model flow through the left ventricle for 5 different inflow cannula angulations...
April 2018: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665860/the-use-of-cangrelor-with-heparin-for-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-in-a-patient-with-acute-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia
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Yan K Gernhofer, Michael Ross, Swapnil Khoche, Victor Pretorius
BACKGROUND: Optimal anticoagulation strategy for cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in end-stage heart failure patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) requiring left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation remains uncertain. Presently, there are no large-scale randomized studies comparing outcomes of alternative anticoagulation strategies for CPB in this patient population. A novel antiplatelet agent - cangrelor, which is a potent P2Y12 inhibitor with robust antiplatelet efficacy, rapid reversibility, and measurable drug effect, has become available since 2015...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665840/effects-of-cyclosporine-a-pretreatment-of-deceased-organ-donors-on-kidney-graft-function-cis-a-rein-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#5
Jean-Christophe Orban, Eric Fontaine, Elisabeth Cassuto, Karine Baumstarck, Marc Leone, Jean-Michel Constantin, Carole Ichai
BACKGROUND: Renal transplantation represents the treatment of choice of end-stage kidney disease. Delayed graft function (DGF) remains the most frequent complication after this procedure, reaching more than 30%. Its prevention is essential as it impedes early- and long-term prognosis of transplantation. Numerous pharmacological interventions aiming to prevent ischemia-reperfusion injuries failed to reduce the rate of DGF. We hypothesize that cyclosporine as an early preconditioning procedure in donors would be associated with decreased DGF...
April 17, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664231/oxidative-stress-in-the-pathogenesis-of-systemic-scleroderma-an-overview
#6
REVIEW
Rosa Vona, Antonello Giovannetti, Lucrezia Gambardella, Walter Malorni, Donatella Pietraforte, Elisabetta Straface
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare disorder of the connective tissue characterized by fibrosis of the skin, skeletal muscles and visceral organs. Additional manifestations include activation of the immune system and vascular injury. SSc causes disability and death as the result of end-stage organ failure. Two clinical subsets of the SSc are accepted: limited cutaneous SSc (lc-SSc) and diffuse cutaneous SSc (dc-SSc). At present, the aetiology and pathogenesis of SSc remain obscure, and consequently, disease outcome is unpredictable...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663994/-predictive-value-of-early-phrase-echocardiography-and-cardiac-biological-markers-in-patients-with-severe-sepsis-a-five-year-single-center-retrospective-study
#7
Xuefeng Zang, Wei Chen, Bo Sheng, Lei Zhao, Xuyun Gu, Jie Zhen, Ping Liu
OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive value of early phrase echocardiography and cardiac biomarkers in patients with severe sepsis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of severe septic patients (patients with acute coronary syndrome and end stage renal disease were excluded) in department of intensive care unit of Capital Medical University Affiliated Beijing Shijitan Hospital from January 2013 to December 2017 was conducted. The acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHE II) score, N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), cardiac troponin I (cTnI), myoglobin (MYO), creatine kinase (CK), MB isoenzyme of creatine kinase (CK-MB) within 6 hours after admission, and bedside echocardiography indexes [left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), the ratio of the peak blood flow velocity in the early stage of the mitral valve and the peak blood flow rate of the mitral valve (E/A ratio)] within 6 hours after diagnosis were recorded...
April 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663722/homozygous-missense-mybpc3-pro873his-mutation-associated-with-increased-risk-for-heart-failure-development-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Antheia Kissopoulou, Cecilia Trinks, Anna Green, Jan-Erik Karlsson, Jon Jonasson, Cecilia Gunnarsson
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a primary autosomal-dominant disorder of the myocardium with variable expressivity and penetrance. Occasionally, homozygous sarcomere genetic variants emerge while genotyping HCM patients. In these cases, a more severe HCM phenotype is generally seen. Here, we report a case of HCM that was diagnosed clinically at 39 years of age. Initial symptoms were shortness of breath during exertion. Successively, he developed a wide array of severe clinical manifestations, which progressed to an ominous end-stage heart failure that resulted in heart transplantation...
April 16, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663071/cyclosporine-a-responsive-congenital-nephrotic-syndrome-with-single-heterozygous-variants-in-nphs1-nphs2-and-plce1
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Anna Eichinger, Sabine Ponsel, Carsten Bergmann, Roman Günthner, Julia Hoefele, Kerstin Amann, Bärbel Lange-Sperandio
BACKGROUND: Congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS) is primarily a monogenetic disease, with the majority of cases due to changes in five different genes: the nephrin (NPHS1), podocin (NPHS2), Wilms tumor 1 (WT1), laminin ß2 (LAMB2), and phospholipase C epsilon 1 (PLCE1, NPHS3) gene. Usually CNS is not responsive to immunosuppressive therapy, but treatment with ACE inhibitors, AT1 receptor blockade and/or indomethacin can reduce proteinuria. If the disease progresses to end-stage renal disease, kidney transplantation is the therapy of choice...
April 16, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662810/clinical-results-of-arteriovenous-fistulas-constructed-using-autologous-vessels-in-end-stage-renal-disease-patients-on-hemodialysis
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Ki Tae Kim, Jae Wook Ryu, Pil Won Seo, Kyoung Min Ryu
Background: For hemodialysis patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), it is important to construct an efficient vascular access with a superior patency rate. This study investigated the factors influencing the efficiency of arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) constructed using an autologous vessel and evaluated the necessity of ultrasonography as a preoperative tool for AVF construction. Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed of 250 patients in whom an AVF was constructed using an autologous vessel due to ESRD at our institution from January 2009 to April 2016...
April 2018: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662779/finite-element-analysis-of-biomechanical-effects-of-total-ankle-arthroplasty-on-the-foot
#11
Yan Wang, Zengyong Li, Duo Wai-Chi Wong, Cheng-Kung Cheng, Ming Zhang
Background: Total ankle arthroplasty is gaining popularity as an alternation to ankle arthrodesis for end-stage ankle arthritis. Owing to the complex anatomical characteristics of the ankle joint, total ankle arthroplasty has higher failure rates. Biomechanical exploration of the effects of total ankle arthroplasty on the foot and ankle is imperative for the precaution of postoperative complications. The objectives of this study are (1) to investigate the biomechanical differences of the foot and ankle between the foot with total ankle arthroplasty and the intact foot and (2) to investigate the performance of the three-component ankle prosthesis...
January 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Translation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662119/impact-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-the-risk-of-end-stage-renal-disease-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#12
Ming-Yan Jiang, Jyh-Chang Hwang, I-Jung Feng
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients are associated with insulin resistance and are at higher risk to develop diabetes mellitus (DM). SLE and DM could lead to renal failure respectively. However, it is unknown whether DM increases the risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in SLE patients. This study aimed to evaluate potential synergistic effect of DM on SLE patients for development of ESRD. We conducted this study by using National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan. We recruited SLE patients with newly-diagnosed DM as the study cohort...
April 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661541/ckd-and-esrd-in-us-hispanics
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REVIEW
Nisa Desai, Claudia M Lora, James P Lash, Ana C Ricardo
Hispanics are the largest racial/ethnic minority group in the United States, and they experience a substantial burden of kidney disease. Although the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is similar or slightly lower in Hispanics than non-Hispanic whites, the age- and sex-adjusted prevalence rate of end-stage renal disease is almost 50% higher in Hispanics compared with non-Hispanic whites. This has been attributed in part to faster CKD progression among Hispanics. Furthermore, Hispanic ethnicity has been associated with a greater prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors, including obesity and diabetes, as well as CKD-related complications...
April 13, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661437/development-of-routine-dental-care-for-liver-transplant-outpatients
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S V Nascimento, A M Gonzalez, B Aguiar Roza, C F M G Pimentel, J Schirmer, S Mucci, D C Abranches
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation has become commonplace for patients with end-stage liver disease. The liver is a bodily organ of great importance, and its dysfunction can cause significant complications throughout the body. Patients with hepatic disease should be able to acquire knowledge of the physiology of the liver via the dental profession, and it is also necessary to modify some aspects of dental treatment even in healthy patients. Problems such as excessive bleeding and hepatotoxicity caused by some of the drugs used in dental treatment can lead to a decrease in systemic health...
April 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661436/model-for-end-stage-liver-disease-score-before-hepatic-transplantation-and-root-mean-square-of-the-diaphragmatic-domes-affect-postoperative-extubation-time
#15
R P Duarte, A M O da Silva, R M Tonella, L S R Ratti, I F S F Boin
INTRODUCTION: The liver transplantation procedure, in addition to its prolonged surgical time, also predisposes to complications such as changes in respiratory mechanics, lung volumes, and gas exchange. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to verify if clinical factors related to the recipient, namely immediate pretransplant Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score, surgical time, and root square metric (RMS) of the diaphragmatic domes, affect the extubation time after liver transplantation...
April 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661433/better-selection-criteria-with-prognostic-factors-for-liver-transplantation
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L S Nacif, R S Pinheiro, V Rocha-Santos, V M Barbosa, A P de Moura Dias, R B Martino, R A Macedo, L Ducatti, L Haddad, F Galvão, W Andraus, L Carneiro D' Albuquerque
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation has evolved significantly in recent years, with each advancement part of the effort toward increasing patient and graft survival as well as quality of life. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prognostic factors and selection criteria for liver transplantation. METHODS: Our study was a statistical analysis, logistic regression, and survival evaluation of a total of 80 liver transplants that were performed between June 1, 2016 and September 24, 2016...
April 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661431/stratifying-mortality-in-a-model-for-end-stage-liver-disease-waiting-list-a-brazilian-single-center-study
#17
R B Martino, D R Waisberg, A P M Dias, V B S Inoue, R M Arantes, L B P Haddad, W Andraus, L D Lopes, F H F Galvão, A T W Song, L A C D'Albuquerque
BACKGROUND: The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) system reliably predicts mortality in cirrhotic patients. However, the etiology of liver disease and presence of portal vein thrombosis are not directly taken into account in MELD score. Its impact on the outcomes of patients on the waiting list is still unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate mortality and access to transplantation regarding etiology of liver disease and portal vein thrombosis (PVT). METHODS: A total of 465 adult patients on the liver waiting list from August 2015 to August 2016 were followed up until August 2017...
April 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661430/access-to-liver-transplantation-in-different-abo-blood-groups-and-exceptions-points-in-a-model-for-end-stage-liver-disease-allocation-system-a-brazilian-single-center-study
#18
R B Martino, D R Waisberg, A P M Dias, V B S Inoue, R M Arantes, L B P Haddad, V Rocha-Santos, R S N Pinheiro, L S Nacif, L A C D'Albuquerque
BACKGROUND: In the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) system, patients with "MELD exceptions" points may have unfair privilege in the competition for liver grafts. Furthermore, organ distribution following identical ABO blood types may also result in unjust organ allocation. The aim of this study was to investigate access to liver transplantation in a tertiary Brazilian center, regarding "MELD exceptions" situations and among ABO-blood groups. METHODS: A total of 465 adult patients on the liver waitlist from August 2015 to August 2016 were followed up until August 2017...
April 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661346/drug-eluting-stents-versus-bare-metal-stents-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease
#19
Yushu Wang, Sui Zhu, Peijuan Gao, Yucheng Chen, Qing Zhang
BACKGROUND: The clinical outcomes of drug-eluting stents versus bare-metal stents in end-stage renal disease patients remains controversial. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search of Pubmed, Embase and Cochrane Library from January 2000 until November 2016 was conducted to identify relevant articles. We pooled the odds ratios (OR) from individual studies and conducted heterogeneity, quality assessment and publication bias analyses. RESULTS: A total of 18 studies with 44,194 patients were identified...
April 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661345/dass21-a-useful-tool-in-the-psychological-profile-evaluation-of-dialysis-patients
#20
Wen Jiun Liu, Ramli Musa, Thian Fook Chew, Christopher Thiam Seong Lim, Zaki Morad, Mohamad Adam Bin Bujang
BACKGROUND: The effect of dialysis treatment is complex, with both clinical and socio-psychological effects. In this study, we aimed to assess the psychological status of this growing population of end-stage renal disease. METHODS: Using the Short Form of Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS21) questionnaire, we aimed (1) to measure the psychological states of hemodialysis (HD) or peritoneal dialysis (PD) subjects from 15 sites, (2) to compare DASS21 scores between HD and PD, and (3) to identify the associated demographic and medical factors of better psychological states...
April 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
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