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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434096/benefits-and-risks-of-a-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-peg-for-decompression-in-patients-with-malignant-gastrointestinal-obstruction
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Anne Dittrich, Barbara Schubert, Michael Kramer, Felicitas Lenz, Karin Kast, Ulrich Schuler, Markus K Schuler
PURPOSE: Gastrointestinal obstruction presents many burdens for patients with end-stage abdominal cancer, such as nausea and vomiting. Few detailed data on the efficacy of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) for decompression exists. This retrospective cohort study investigates the quantity of symptom relief realized with PEG and the corresponding complications. METHODS: Chart reviews of 75 patients with malignant gastrointestinal obstruction, who received a PEG for decompression, were performed...
April 22, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433969/gastrocolic-fistula-in-a-child-following-corrosive-acid-ingestion
#2
Aureen Ruby DCunha, Susan Jehangir
Gastrocolic fistulas in children are most commonly seen after placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. We present a 14-year-old girl who developed a gastrocolic fistula following accidental corrosive acid ingestion. On evaluation of her symptoms, a barium swallow identified the gastrocolic fistula. It healed spontaneously in 3 months. This was both unexpected and remarkable. To the best of our knowledge this is the first case of a gastrocolic fistula occurring following corrosive ingestion.
April 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433828/poly-cyclodextrin-cryogels-with-aligned-porous-structure-for-removal-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-from-water
#3
Fuat Topuz, Tamer Uyar
Cyclodextrins (CDs) are sugar-based cyclic oligosaccharides, which form inclusion complexes with small guest molecules through their hydrophobic cavity. Here we successfully synthesized highly porous poly-cyclodextrin (poly-CD) cryogels, which were produced under cryogenic conditions by the cross-linking of amine-functional CDs with PEG-based diepoxide cross-linker. The poly-CD cryogels showed aligned porous network structures owing to the directional freezing of the matrix, of which the pore size and architecture exposed variations depending on the composition of the reactants...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433809/biocorona-formation-on-gold-nanoparticles-modulates-human-proximal-tubule-kidney-cell-uptake-cytotoxicity-and-gene-expression
#4
M T Ortega, J E Riviere, K Choi, N A Monteiro-Riviere
Gold nanoparticles (AuNP) adsorb macromolecules to form a protein corona (PC) after systemic delivery, to which the kidney as the primary excretory organ is constantly exposed. The role of the PC on AuNP cell uptake and toxicity was investigated in vitro in human proximal tubule cells (HPTC) using 40 and 80nm branched polyethylenimine (BPEI), lipoic acid (LA) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) coated AuNP with or without (bare) PCs composed of human plasma (HP) or human serum albumin (HSA) for 0.25 to 24h. Time-dependent intracellular uptake, assessed by ICP-MS showed PC modulated cell uptake and cytotoxicity; with bare 40nm BPEI-AuNP showing the greatest responses...
April 19, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433740/xenotransplantation-of-layer-by-layer-encapsulated-non-human-primate-islets-with-a-specified-immunosuppressive-drug-protocol
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Muhammad R Haque, Jiwoong Kim, Hyojun Park, Han Sin Lee, Kyo Won Lee, Taslim A Al-Hilal, Jee-Heon Jeong, Cheol-Hee Ahn, Doo Sung Lee, Sung Joo Kim, Youngro Byun
Islet transplantation is as effective as but also less immunogenic than pancreas transplantation for the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus. However, as the complete elimination of immunogenicity still remains a major obstacle in islet transplantation, layer-by-layer encapsulation (LbL) of pancreatic islets using biocompatible polymers offers a rational approach to reducing host immune response towards transplanted islets. We investigated the effect of LbL of non-human primate (NHP) islets on reducing immunogenicity as a preclinical model since NHPs have close phylogenetic and immunological relationship with human...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433592/toxicity-assessment-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-on-cucurbita-pepo-l-under-well-watered-and-water-stressed-conditions
#6
Mehrnaz Hatami
The rapid increase in the production and application of various types of nanomaterials increases the possibility of their presence in total environment, which subsequently raises concerns about their potential threats to the first trophic level of organisms, specifically under varying environmental constraints. In this work, seeds of Cucurbita pepo L. were cultured in MS basal medium exposed to multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) at different concentrations (0, 125, 250, 500 and 1000μgmL(-1)) under two levels of water potential, well-watered (0MPa) and water stress (-1...
April 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433435/fabric-phase-sorptive-extraction-as-a-reliable-tool-for-rapid-screening-and-detection-of-freshness-markers-in-oranges
#7
M Aznar, S Úbeda, C Nerin, A Kabir, K G Furton
A simple, fast and sensitive analyte extraction method based on fabric phase sorptive extraction (FPSE) followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and ultra-performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF-MS) analysis was developed for the analysis of 12 volatile compounds that represent most of the principal chemical families possessing different polarities and volatilities. Five FPSE media coated with different sol-gel sorbent chemistries having different polarities and selectivities were studied: long chain poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), short chain poly(tetrahydrofuran) (PTHF), Carbowax 20M (CW20M), short chain poly(dimethyl siloxane) (SC PDMS) and polyethylene glycol-polypropylene glycol-polyethylene glycol triblock copolymer (PEG-PPG-PEG)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433163/fabrication-of-schizophyllan-hydrogel-via-orthogonal-thiol-ene-photopolymerization
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Sora Lee, Hyunhyuk Tae, Chang Seok Ki
Schizophyllan (SPG) is a water soluble β-glucan, which is obtained from Schizophyllum commune. SPG has been widely explored with its unique properties such as triple helical structure, immune-modulation, and anti-tumoral activity. In this study, we tried to fabricate SPG hydrogel via thiol-ene photopolymerization. SPG-norbornene and SPG-thiol were synthesized from ultrasonicated SPG. Two types of SPG hydrogels (SPG and PEG/SPG hybrid) were formed via thiol-ene photo-click reaction. By controlling the SPG content and stoichiometric balance of norbornene and thiol groups, swelling ratio and shear elastic modulus of SPG hydrogel could be controlled in the range of 20-60 and 0...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432154/identification-of-the-septate-junction-protein-gliotactin-in-the-mosquito-aedes-aegypti-evidence-for-a-role-in-increased-paracellular-permeability-in-larvae
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Sima Jonusaite, Scott P Kelly, Andrew Donini
Septate junctions (SJs) regulate paracellular permeability across invertebrate epithelia. However, little is known about the function of SJ proteins in aquatic invertebrates. In this study, a role for the transmembrane SJ protein gliotactin (Gli) in the osmoregulatory strategies of larval mosquito (Aedes aegypti) was examined. Differences in gli transcript abundance were observed between the midgut, Malpighian tubules (MT), hindgut and anal papillae (AP) of A. aegypti, which are epithelia that participate in larval mosquito osmoregulation...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432066/adi-peg-20-depletes-arginine-to-induce-antitumor-activity
#10
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ADI-PEG 20 plus chemotherapy achieves partial responses in 7 of 9 patients with mesothelioma or NSCLC.
April 21, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431613/an-analysis-of-prognostic-factors-after-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-placement-in-japanese-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#11
Kazuaki Nagashima, Natsumi Furuta, Kouki Makioka, Yukio Fujita, Masaki Ikeda, Yoshio Ikeda
A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is an useful intervention for feeding of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients who have lost oral intake function. The aim of this study was to investigate the risk factors for early death and the survival after PEG placement. A total of 102 ALS patients who underwent PEG placement were enrolled in this study. Patients were divided into two groups; the poor prognosis group included patients who died or needed permanent mechanical ventilation within 30days after PEG placement, and the good prognosis group included patients who did not meet the criteria of the poor prognosis group...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431470/engineering-and-characterization-of-an-enzyme-replacement-therapy-for-classical-homocystinuria
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Tomas Majtan, Insun Park, Jan P Kraus
Homocystinuria due to loss of cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) causes accumulation of homocysteine and depletion of cysteine. Current treatments are suboptimal and thus the development of an enzyme replacement therapy based on PEGylated human truncated CBS (PEG-CBS) has been initiated. Attenuation of potency was observed, necessitating a screen of several PEG-CBS conjugates for their efficacy to correct and maintain the plasma metabolite profile of murine homocystinuria after repeated administrations interrupted with washouts...
April 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431329/stealth-recombinant-human-serum-albumin-nanoparticles-conjugating-5-fluorouracil-augmented-drug-delivery-and-cytotoxicity-in-human-colon-cancer-ht-29-cells
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Ankita Sharma, Amanpreet Kaur, Upendra Kumar Jain, Ramesh Chandra, Jitender Madan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a first-line chemotherapeutic drug in colorectal cancer. However, intravenous administration of 5-FU at the dose of 7-12mg/kg exhibits curbs like short half-life (20min) and toxic side-effects on bone marrow cells. Therefore, in present investigation, 5-FU was conjugated to poly (ethylene glycol) anchored recombinant human serum albumin nanoparticles (5-FU-rHSA-PEG-NPs) to improve the pharmacokinetic and therapeutic profiles. METHODS AND RESULTS: The mean particle size of 5-FU-rHSA-NPs was measured to be 44...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431328/effects-of-quantum-dots-on-the-ros-amount-of-liver-cancer-stem-cells
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Kunmeng Li, Chunhui Xia, Baiqi Wang, Hetao Chen, Tong Wang, Qian He, Hailong Cao, Yu Wang
Liver cancer (LC) is a serious disease that threatens human lives. LC has a high recurrence rate and poor prognosis. LC stem cells (LCSCs) play critical roles in these processes. However, the mechanism remains unclear. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) can be used to determine cell apoptosis and proliferation. However, studies of the effects of exogenous nanomaterials on LCSC ROS changes are rarely reported. In this work, quantum dots (QDs) were prepared using a hydrothermal method, and QDs were further modified with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) using a chemical approach...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430448/structural-and-rheological-properties-of-temperature-responsive-amphiphilic-triblock-copolymers-in-aqueous-media
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Josefine Eilsø Nielsen, Kaizheng Zhu, Sverre Arne Sande, Lubomír Kováčik, Dušan Cmarko, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, Bo Nyström
Thermoresponsive amphiphilic biodegradable block copolymers of the type poly(-caprolactone-co-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(-caprolactone-co-lactide) (PCLA-PEGm-PCLA) have great potential for various biomedical applications. In the present study, we have surveyed the effects of PEG-spacer length (m=1000 and 1500), temperature, and polymer concentration on the self-assembling process to form supramolecular structures in aqueous solutions of the PCLA-PEGm-PCLA copolymer. This copolymer has a lower critical solution temperature, and the cloud point depends on both concentration and PEG-length...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430385/significant-reductions-in-alcohol-use-after-hepatitis-c-treatment-results-from-the-french-anrs-co13-hepavih-cohort
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Rod Knight, Perrine Roux, Antoine Vilotitch, Fabienne Marcellin, Eric Rosenthal, Laure Esterle, François Boué, David Rey, Lionel Piroth, Stéphanie Dominguez, Philippe Sogni, Dominique Salmon-Ceron, Bruno Spire, Maria Patrizia Carrieri
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Few data exist on changes to substance use patterns before and after hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment. We used longitudinal data of HIV-HCV co-infected individuals to examine whether receiving Peg-interferon (Peg-IFN)-based therapy irrespective of HCV clearance could modify tobacco, cannabis and alcohol use. DESIGN: A prospective cohort of HIV-HCV co-infected individuals was enrolled from 2006. Participants' clinical data were retrieved from medical records and socio-demographic and behavioral characteristics were collected by yearly self-administered questionnaires...
April 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429809/successful-pegylation-of-hollow-encapsulin-nanoparticles-from-rhodococcus-erythropolis-n771-without-affecting-their-disassembly-and-reassembly-properties
#17
Seiichi Sonotaki, Taku Takami, Keiichi Noguchi, Masafumi Odaka, Masafumi Yohda, Yoshihiko Murakami
We developed a hollow PEGylated encapsulin nanoparticle from Rhodococcus erythropolis N771. The hollow engineered encapsulin nanoparticles with His-Tag and Lys residues on the surface were constructed by means of genetic recombination. The Lys residues on the particle surface were successfully PEGylated with a PEG derivative, methoxy-PEG-SCM. Consequently, we demonstrated that the hollow PEGylated engineered encapsulin nanoparticle could successfully disassemble or reassemble even after PEGylation in the presence or absence of a protein denaturing agent...
April 21, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429764/fabrication-characterization-and-biological-evaluation-of-anti-her2-indocyanine-green-doxorubicin-encapsulated-peg-b-plga-copolymeric-nanoparticles-for-targeted-photochemotherapy-of-breast-cancer-cells
#18
Yu-Hsiang Lee, Da-Sheng Chang
In this study, we aimed to develop anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) indocyanine green (ICG)-doxorubicin (DOX)-encapsulated polyethylene glycol-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) diblock copolymeric nanoparticles (HIDPPNPs) to explore the co-administration of phototherapy and chemotherapy for HER2-overexpressing breast cancer, a highly aggressive and medicine-resistant breast carcinoma. The HIDPPNPs were fabricated using a solvent evaporation technique followed by carbodiimide-mediated antibody conjugation on the nanoparticle surface...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429685/interlayer-crosslinked-micelles-prepared-from-star-shaped-copolymers-via-click-chemistry-for-sustained-drug-release
#19
Xiaojin Zhang, Hongquan Wang, Yu Dai
To balance the stability and the particle size of polymeric micelles, star-shaped copolymers Hx-yne-N3-PEG containing both alkynyl and azido groups were synthesized from hyperbranched 2,2-bismethylolpropionic acid polyester (H20 with 16 hydroxyl, H30 with 32 hydroxyl, H40 with 64 hydroxyl) to develop interlayer-crosslinked micelles by click chemistry. The results of dynamic light scattering indicate that the crosslinking could enhance the stability of polymeric micelles. The crosslinked micelles are regular nanosized (approximately 20 nm) spheres observed by a transmission electron microscope...
April 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429225/design-of-chemical-conjugate-for-targeted-therapy-of-multiple-sclerosis-based-of-constant-fragment-of-human-antibody-heavy-chain-and-peptoid-analog-of-autoantigen-mog35-55
#20
Y A Lomakin, A V Stepanov, D S Balabashin, N A Ponomarenko, I V Smirnov, A A Belogurov
Elimination of B cells producing autoantibodies to neuroantigens is considered as beneficial in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) is a significant autoantigen in multiple sclerosis. It was shown that MOG-like peptoid AMogP3 can bind autoantibodies produced by pathological lymphocytes. We propose a structure of an innovative drug for targeted elimination of the pool of autoreactive B cells responsible for multiple sclerosis pathogenesis; this compound is a complex of peptoid AMogP3 with Fc fragment of human immunoglobulin...
April 21, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
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