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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911112/treatment-of-alpha-and-beta-herpesvirus-infections-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients
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C L Abad, R R Razonable
Human herpesviruses frequently cause infections in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients. Areas covered: We provide an overview of the clinical impact of alpha and beta herpesviruses and highlight the mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics, clinical indications, and adverse effects of antiviral drugs for the management of herpes simplex virus, varicella zoster virus and cytomegalovirus. We comprehensively evaluated key clinical trials that led to drug approval, and served as the foundation for management guidelines...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910963/daratumumab-monoclonal-antibody-therapy-to-treat-multiple-myeloma
#2
C Xia, M Ribeiro, S Scott, S Lonial
Daratumumab (Darzalex[TM]) is a human monoclonal antibody (MAb) that targets CD38; a surface protein highly expressed across multiple myeloma (MM) cells. Preclinical studies have shown daratumumab induces MM cell death through several mechanisms, including complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC), antibody-dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP), apoptosis upon secondary crosslinking and immunomodulatory effects via a decrease in immune suppressive cells. Daratumumab has a favorable toxicity profile and encouraging clinical activity as a single agent and in combination with lenalidomide in heavily pretreated, relapsed patients in whom other novel agents (such as bortezomib, thalidomide and lenalidomide) and stem cell transplant have already failed...
October 2016: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910927/novel-chemoimmunotherapeutic-strategy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-based-on-a-genome-wide-association-study
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Kaku Goto, Dorcas A Annan, Tomoko Morita, Wenwen Li, Ryosuke Muroyama, Yasuo Matsubara, Sayaka Ito, Ryo Nakagawa, Yasushi Tanoue, Masahisa Jinushi, Naoya Kato
Pharmacotherapeutic options are limited for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Recently, we identified the anti-tumor ligand MHC class I polypeptide-related sequence A (MICA) gene as a susceptibility gene for hepatitis C virus-induced HCC in a genome-wide association study (GWAS). To prove the concept of HCC immunotherapy based on the results of a GWAS, in the present study, we searched for drugs that could restore MICA expression. A screen of the FDA-approved drug library identified the anti-cancer agent vorinostat as the strongest hit, suggesting histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) as potent candidates...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910877/a-comprehensive-map-of-molecular-drug-targets
#4
Rita Santos, Oleg Ursu, Anna Gaulton, A Patrícia Bento, Ramesh S Donadi, Cristian G Bologa, Anneli Karlsson, Bissan Al-Lazikani, Anne Hersey, Tudor I Oprea, John P Overington
The success of mechanism-based drug discovery depends on the definition of the drug target. This definition becomes even more important as we try to link drug response to genetic variation, understand stratified clinical efficacy and safety, rationalize the differences between drugs in the same therapeutic class and predict drug utility in patient subgroups. However, drug targets are often poorly defined in the literature, both for launched drugs and for potential therapeutic agents in discovery and development...
December 2, 2016: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910858/immunosuppression-in-liver-tumors-opening-the-portal-to-effective-immunotherapy
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P Guha, J Reha, S C Katz
We have recently witnessed substantial progress with immunotherapy for selected diseases. Checkpoint inhibitors and chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR-T) cells are among the most promising agents. Whereas much of the early success with CAR-T cells has been demonstrated with hematological malignancies, important barriers remain for the application of CAR-T cell therapies for the management of metastatic solid tumors. The challenges are particularly apparent when considering primary and metastatic tumors in the liver...
December 2, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910750/antiretroviral-agents-looking-for-the-best-possible-chemotherapeutic-options-to-conquer-hiv
#6
Tahir Farooq, Arruje Hameed, Kanwal Rehman, Muhammad Ibrahim, Muhammad Imran Qadir, Muhammad Sajid Hamid Akash
For the last thirty years, ongoing efforts have revolutionized the antiretroviral therapy, which changed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections from terrifying lethal diseases to chronic conditions. However, many challenges, like emergence of drug resistance, limited the scope of activity of currently existing anti-HIV agents. Quite often severe side effects and lifelong dependency are the major concerns of present era. All these issues have compelled the scientists to reconsider and refine the current therapies and also contemplate the pivotal priorities for the developments of novel therapeutic paradigms...
2016: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910739/overview-on-therapeutic-applications-of-microparticulate-drug-delivery-systems
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Swarna Bale, Amit Khurana, A Shiva Shankar Reddy, Mandip Singh, Chandraiah Godugu
Research in novel drug delivery systems is being explored competitively in order to attain maximum therapeutic effect while minimizing the adverse effects. Despite several advancements in pharmaceutical formulations, one of the major challenges still persisting is sustained drug release. Microencapsulation enacts as an intelligent approach with a strong therapeutic impact and is in demand globally in medical technology due to its specific and attractive properties, including biocompatibility, stability, target specificity, uniform encapsulation, better compliance, and controlled and sustained release patterns that are responsible for diminishing the toxicity and dosage frequency...
2016: Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910191/tintelnotia-a-new-genus-in-phaeosphaeriaceae-harbouring-agents-of-cornea-and-nail-infections-in-humans
#8
S A Ahmed, W Hofmüller, M Seibold, G S de Hoog, H Harak, I Tammer, A D van Diepeningen, W Behrens-Baumann
Phaeosphaeriaceae is a family in the order Pleosporales containing numerous plant pathogens, endophytes, lichenised fungi, and environmental saprobes. A novel genus, Tintelnotia is introduced containing two species, one of which caused an eye infection and several nail infections in humans. All species of Tintelnotia produce conidia in soft pycnidia with a wide ostiole. The generic type species is T. opuntiae causing necrotic spots on cactus plants. The isolates of the human opportunist T. destructans showed variable susceptibility pattern to a panel of common antifungal agents...
December 1, 2016: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910030/recurrent-cytogenetic-abnormalities-in-non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-and-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#9
Edmond S K Ma
Characteristic chromosomal translocations are found to be associated with subtypes of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), for example t(8;14)(q24;q32) and Burkitt lymphoma, t(14;18)(q32;q21) and follicular lymphoma, and t(11;14)(q13;q32) in mantle cell lymphoma. Only few recurrent cytogenetic aberrations have been identified in the T-cell NHL and the best known is the ALK gene translocation t(2;5)(p23;q35) in anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Since lymph node or other tissue is seldom submitted for conventional cytogenetics study, alternative approaches for translocation detection are polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909541/validation-of-the-has-bled-tool-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-receiving-rivaroxaban
#10
Gorman Ew, Perkel D, Dennis D, Yates J, Heidel Re, Wortham D
Background: Atrial fibrillation (Afib) patients are at an increased risk of stroke. Patients at moderate to high risk of stroke typically receive antithrombotics, placing them at an increased risk of bleeding. The HAS-BLED tool has been validated in Afib patients receiving warfarin for prediction of major bleeding events. Although HAS-BLED has been researched in patients receiving warfarin, this tool has not been validated with the novel anticoagulant rivaroxaban. Methods: The trial design was retrospective case-control approved by the Institutional Review Board at University of Tennessee Medical Center...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909409/3-5-3-triiodo-l-thyronine-and-3-5-diiodo-l-thyronine-affected-metabolic-pathways-in-liver-of-ldl-receptor-deficient-mice
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Maria Moreno, Elena Silvestri, Maria Coppola, Ira J Goldberg, Li-Shin Huang, Anna M Salzano, Fulvio D'Angelo, Joel R Ehrenkranz, Fernando Goglia
3,5,3'-triiodo-L-thyronine (T3) and 3,5-diiodo-L-thyronine (T2), when administered to a model of familial hypercholesterolemia, i.e., low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLr)-knockout (Ldlr(-/-)) mice fed with a Western type diet (WTD), dramatically reduce circulating total and very low-density lipoprotein/LDL cholesterol with decreased liver apolipoprotein B (ApoB) production. The aim of the study was to highlight putative molecular mechanisms to manage cholesterol levels in the absence of LDLr. A comprehensive comparative profiling of changes in expression of soluble proteins in livers from Ldlr(-/-) mice treated with either T3 or T2 was performed...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909220/role-of-serum-free-light-chain-assay-in-the-detection-of-early-relapse-and-prediction-of-prognosis-after-relapse-in-multiple-myeloma-patients-treated-upfront-with-novel-agents
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Paola Tacchetti, Annalisa Pezzi, Elena Zamagni, Lucia Pantani, Serena Rocchi, Beatrice Anna Zannetti, Katia Mancuso, Ilaria Rizzello, Michele Cavo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909053/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-ca2-depletion-differentially-modulate-the-sterol-regulatory-protein-pcsk9-to-control-lipid-metabolism
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Paul Lebeau, Ali Al-Hashimi, Sudesh Sood, Sarka Lhotak, Pei Yu, Gabriel Gyulay, Guillaume Pare, S R Wayne Chen, Bernardo Trigatti, Annik Pratt, Nabil Seidah, Richard C Austin
Accumulating evidence implicates endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress as a mediator of impaired lipid metabolism, thereby contributing to fatty liver disease and atherosclerosis. Previous studies demonstrated that ER stress can activate the sterol regulatory element-binding protein-2 (SREBP2), an ER localized transcription factor that directly upregulates sterol-regulatory genes, including PCSK9. Given that PCSK9 contributes to atherosclerosis by targeting low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor (LDLR) degradation, our present study investigates a novel mechanism by which ER stress plays a role in lipid metabolism by examining its ability to modulate PCSK9 expression...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908881/pre-clinical-studies-of-gilteritinib-a-next-generation-flt3-inhibitor
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Lauren Y Lee, Daniela Hernandez, Trivikram Rajkhowa, Samuel C Smith, Jayant Ranganathan Raman, Bao Nguyen, Donald Small, Mark Levis
Activating mutations in the receptor tyrosine kinase FLT3 comprise approximately one-third of genetic lesions in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and are associated with a poor prognosis. Internal tandem duplication (FLT3-ITD) mutations in particular are associated with a high relapse rate. Although FLT3 tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) appear to improve clinical outcomes for patients with FLT3-ITD AML, the development of early-generation FLT3 TKIs has been impeded by several obstacles such as low potency and selectivity, myelosuppression, and the emergence of resistance-conferring point mutations...
December 1, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908797/molecular-detection-and-characterization-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-b-genotypes-circulating-in-pakistani-children
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Uzma Bashir, Nadia Nisar, Nayab Mahmood, Muhammad Masroor Alam, Hajra Sadia, Syed Sohail Zahoor Zaidi
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the major cause of acute lower respiratory tract infections in young children, but very little is known about its epidemiology and circulating genotypes in Pakistan. This study analyzed the epidemiological and molecular characteristics of RSV B genotypes in Pakistani children below 5years with acute respiratory tract infections (ARIs) during three consecutive winter seasons from 2010 to 2013. A total of 1941 samples were analyzed for RSV infection by real time PCR and 24% (472/1941) samples were found positive out of which 22...
November 28, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908784/cisplatin-induced-mitochondrial-dysfunction-is-associated-with-impaired-cognitive-function-in-rats
#16
Naomi Lomeli, Kaijun Di, Jennifer Czerniawski, John F Guzowski, Daniela A Bota
PURPOSE: Chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment (CRCI) is commonly reported following the administration of chemotherapeutic agents and comprises a wide variety of neurological problems. No effective treatments for CRCI are currently available. Here we examined the mechanisms involving cisplatin-induced hippocampal damage following cisplatin administration in a rat model and in cultured rat hippocampal neurons and neural stem/progenitor cells (NSC). We also assessed the protective effects of the antioxidant, N-acetylcysteine in mitigating these damages...
November 28, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908580/antimicrobial-activity-of-novel-4h-4-oxoquinolizine-compounds-against-extensively-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-strains
#17
Seok Hyeon Na, Hyejin Jeon, Yoo Jeong Kim, Hyo Il Kwon, Gati Noble Selasi, Asiimwe Nicholas, Chang-Soo Yun, Sang Ho Lee, Je Chul Lee
The aim of this study was to screen lead compounds exhibiting potent in vitro antimicrobial activity against multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii strains from a library of chemical compounds. In a high-throughput screening analysis of 7520 compounds representative of 340,000 small molecules, two 4H-4-oxoquinolizine compounds were the most active against A. baumannii ATCC 17978. Subsequent selection and analysis of 70 4H-4-oxoquinolizine compounds revealed that the top 7 compounds were extremely active against extensively drug-resistant (XDR) A...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908271/host-directed-therapeutics-against-mycobacterial-infections
#18
Haruaki Tomioka, Chiaki Sano, Yutaka Tatano
The high incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the world, especially in developing countries, the resurgence of TB in industrialized countries, and the global increase in the prevalence of Mycobacterium avium complex infections in immunocompromised hosts have prompted the quest for novel antimycobacterial drugs. However, the development of such antimicrobial chemotherapeutics is currently making very slow progress even with using the bioinformatics-based methodology for drug design. It thus appears that devising improved administration protocols for clinical treatment against intractable mycobacterial infections using existing chemotherapeutics is more practical than awaiting the development of new antimycobacterial drugs...
December 2, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907855/lc-ms-ms-assay-for-the-quantitation-of-the-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-neratinib-in-human-plasma
#19
Brian F Kiesel, Robert A Parise, Alvin Wong, Kiana Keyvanjah, Samuel Jacobs, Jan H Beumer
Neratinib is an orally available tyrosine kinase inhibitor targeting HER2 (ERBB2) and EGFR (ERBB). It is being clinically evaluated for the treatment of breast and other solid tumors types as a single agent or in combination with other chemotherapies. In support of several phase I/II clinical trials investigating neratinib combinations, we developed and validated a novel LC-MS/MS assay for the quantification of neratinib in 100μL of human plasma with a stable isotopic internal standard. Analytes were extracted from plasma using protein precipitation and evaporation of the resulting supernatant followed by resuspension...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907248/mycobacterium-ulcerans-toxin-mycolactone-may-enhance-host-seeking-and-oviposition-behavior-by-aedes-aegypti-l-diptera-culicidae
#20
M L Sanders, H R Jordan, C Serewis-Pond, L Zheng, M E Benbow, P L Small, J K Tomberlin
The ecological functions of many toxins continue to remain unknown for those produced by environmental pathogens. Mycobacterium ulcerans, the causative agent of the neglected tropical disease, Buruli ulcer, produces a cytotoxic macrolide, mycolactone, whose function(s) in the environment remains elusive. Through a series of dual-choice behavior assays, we show that mycolactone may be an interkingdom cue for the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, seeking blood-meals as well as oviposition sites. Results provide novel insight into the evolution between bacteria and potential vectors...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
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