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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650313/molecular-mechanisms-and-epidemiology-of-resistance-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae-in-the-middle-east-region
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Grace El Moujaber, Marwan Osman, Rayane Rafei, Fouad Dabboussi, Monzer Hamze
PURPOSE: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a commensal bacterium that normally colonizes the human nasopharyngeal cavity. Once disseminated, it can cause several diseases, ranging from non-invasive infections such as acute otitis media and sinusitis through to invasive infections with higher mortality, including meningitis and septicaemia. Since the identification of the first S. pneumoniae strain with decreased susceptibility to penicillin in the 1960s, antibiotic resistance among S. pneumoniae has increased disturbingly and the mechanisms of resistance have begun to unfold...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650001/brodalumab-the-first-anti-il-17-receptor-agent-for-psoriasis
#2
L Puig
Psoriasis is a chronic immune-mediated inflammatory skin disease in which the alteration of the interleukin-23 (IL-23)/IL-17 cytokine axis appears to be crucial from a pathogenetic perspective. This has been confirmed by the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies blocking IL-17A, such as secukinumab and ixekizumab. Brodalumab is a human anti-IL-17 receptor A (IL-17RA) monoclonal antibody that inhibits the biological activity of IL-17A, IL-17F and other IL-17 isoforms, and has been approved (210 mg s.c. at weeks 0, 1, 2 and every 2 weeks thereafter) for the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris, psoriatic arthritis, pustular psoriasis and psoriatic erythroderma in Japan (Lumicef)...
May 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648911/influence-of-bimaxillary-surgery-on-pharyngeal-airway-in-class-iii-deformities-and-effect-on-sleep-apnea-a-stop-bang-questionnaire-and-cone-beam-computed-tomography-study
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Narayan H Gandedkar, Chai Kiat Chng, Yong Chen Por, Vincent Kok Leng Yeow, Andrew Ow Tjin Chiew, Seah Tian Ee
PURPOSE: To evaluate pharyngeal airway space (PAS; nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, and total airway) volume and the correlation of an obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and hypopnea syndrome screening questionnaire (STOP-BANG) with various mandibular setbacks during bimaxillary surgery and compare these findings with an age- and gender-matched skeletal Class I control group. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was composed of patients with skeletal Class III discrepancy who underwent bimaxillary jaw surgery and were assessed with STOP-BANG score, cephalometry, and cone-beam computed tomography (of the PAS)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647983/-spectrum-and-case-fatality-of-inpatients-with-malignant-tumors-from-1995-to-2014-in-shenzhen-city
#4
X B Wang, L C Hong, Y Z Wei, X Fu, X Q Bao, J Zhang, G Hu, S H Wu, J Q Cheng
Objective: To analyze the epidemiological features, spectrum and case fatality of malignant tumor patients in Shenzhen city, to provide evidence for the development of prevention and treatment strategies on malignant tumor in Shenzhen. Methods: All the hospitalized malignant tumor patients including deaths, were monitored from 1995 to 2014 in Shenzhen, and data was analyzed by SPSS 20.0 software. Results: There were 160 988 inpatients of malignant tumors between 1995 and 2014 in Shenzhen. The top three hospitalized tumors were lung (13...
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647899/value-of-contrast-enhanced-mri-in-the-differentiation-between-nasopharyngeal-lymphoid-hyperplasia-and-t1-stage-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#5
Ming-Liang Wang, Xiao-Er Wei, Meng-Meng Yu, Wen-Bin Li
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the value of contrast-enhanced MRI in differentiation between benign nasopharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia (NPLH) and T1 stage nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS: Eighty-six NPLH patients and 38 T1 stage NPC patients who underwent a contrast-enhanced MRI and an endoscopic biopsy were included. The patients' symptoms and MRI features of nasopharyngeal mucosal thickening like location, symmetry, nasopharyngeal bubble, superficial mucus, nasopharyngeal retention cysts, serrated protrusions, contrast-enhancement type were documented...
June 24, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645926/nasopharyngeal-glial-heterotopia-with-delayed-postoperative-meningitis
#6
Kenichi Maeda, Kenji Furuno, Pin Fee Chong, Takato Morioka
A male infant, who underwent radical resection of a large glial heterotopia at the nasopharynx at 8 days, developed delayed postoperative bacterial meningitis at 9 months. Neuroradiological examination clearly demonstrated that meningitis had occurred because of the intracranial and extracranial connections, which were scarcely seen in the perioperative period. A transsphenoidal extension of hypothalamic hamartoma is possible because the connection started from the right optic nerve, running through the transsphenoidal canal in the sphenoid bone and terminating at the recurrent mass in the nasopharyngeal region...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645717/surveillance-of-pneumococcal-colonization-and-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-reveals-shift-in-prevalent-carriage-serotypes-in-massachusetts-children-to-relatively-low-invasiveness
#7
I Yildirim, B A Little, J Finkelstein, G Lee, W P Hanage, K Shea, S I Pelton
BACKGROUND: Following the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV), overall nasopharyngeal colonization rates have not changed significantly, however a dramatic and sustained decline in invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in children was observed in every setting where the PCVs were implemented. We aimed to describe the differences in invasive disease potential of serotypes that are common colonizers in pre- and post-vaccine eras in order to provide further insight in our understanding of dynamic epidemiology of pneumococcal diseases...
June 20, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645257/relationship-between-nasopharyngeal-and-bronchoalveolar-microbial-communities-in-clinically-healthy-feedlot-cattle
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Mohamed M Zeineldin, James F Lowe, Elsbeth D Grimmer, Maria R C de Godoy, Mohamed M Ghanem, Yassein M Abd El-Raof, Brian M Aldridge
BACKGROUND: The importance of upper airway structure in the susceptibility of the lower respiratory tract to colonization with potential pathogens is well established. With the advent of rapid, high throughput, next generation sequencing, there is a growing appreciation of the importance of commensal microbial populations in maintaining mucosal health, and a realization that bacteria colonize anatomical locations that were previously considered to be sterile. While upper respiratory tract microbial populations have been described, there are currently no published studies describing the normal microbial populations of the bovine lower respiratory tract...
June 23, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645117/diagnosis-of-nonexophytic-nasopharyngeal-lesion-with-endoscopy-guided-core-needle-biopsy-after-narrow-band-imaging
#9
Min Li, Shenhong Qu, Yangda Qin, Jinlong Lu, Shuilian Yu, Guiping Lan, Jingjin Wen, Yong Yang, Yongfeng Si
BACKGROUND: Due to the obstruction of the surrounding structures or stiff mucosa, the primary and recurrent nonexophytic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NE-NPC) patients are difficult to be diagnosed histologically by traditional forceps biopsy. RESULTS: All the 15 cases had adequate biopsy for histological diagnosis. There were 5 cases of primary and 7 cases of recurrent NE-NPC, and 3 cases of inflammatory lesion. The histopathological diagnosis was consistent with the follow-up visit...
June 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644947/acoustic-rhinometry-for-evaluation-of-velopharyngeal-function-in-preschool-children-post-palatoplasty
#10
Fan Li, Hongtao Wang, Yiyang Chen, Wenli Wu
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of acoustic rhinometry for the evaluation of velopharyngeal function in preschool children by detecting changes in nasal cavity volume (NV) and minimal cross-sectional area (MCSA) after palatoplasty. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-one preschool children with incomplete cleft palate who underwent Sommerlad palatoplasty were examined by acoustic rhinometry. MCSA, distance of the MCSA from the nostril (DMCA), NV, and nasopharyngeal volume (NPV) were measured...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644386/capsaicin-induces-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-human-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-cells-by-downregulating-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway
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Yu-Tsai Lin, Hung-Chen Wang, Yi-Chiang Hsu, Chung-Lung Cho, Ming-Yu Yang, Chih-Yen Chien
Capsaicin is a potential chemotherapeutic agent for different human cancers. In Southeast China, nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) has the highest incidence of all cancers, but final treatment outcomes are unsatisfactory. However, there is a lack of information regarding the anticancer activity of capsaicin in NPC cells, and its effects on the signaling transduction pathways related to apoptosis and autophagy remain unclear. In the present study, the precise mechanisms by which capsaicin exerts anti-proliferative effects, cell cycle arrest, autophagy and apoptosis were investigated in NPC-TW01 cells...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640471/prognostic-significance-of-cystic-lymph-nodal-metastasis-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Yohanes Ting, Jeremy Chee, Tze Choong Charn, Kwok Seng Loh, Chih Ching Choong, Eric Ting, Chwee Ming Lim
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of cystic lymph nodal metastasis (CLNM) and its prognostic value in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted on 257 patients with NPC, analyzing the presence of CLNM on MRI or CT scans. Oncologic outcomes were performed using the Kaplan-Meier analysis. RESULTS: One hundred eleven patients (43.2%) had CLNM at diagnosis. Overall, patients with CLNM had a poorer disease-specific survival (DSS; P < ...
June 22, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639229/pharmacokinetics-of-mhaa4549a-an-anti-influenza-a-monoclonal-antibody-in-healthy-subjects-challenged-with-influenza%C3%A2-a-virus-in-a-phase-iia-randomized-trial
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Rong Deng, Ai Ping Lee, Mauricio Maia, Jeremy J Lim, Tracy Burgess, Priscilla Horn, Michael A Derby, Elizabeth Newton, Jorge A Tavel, William D Hanley
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: MHAA4549A, a human anti-influenza immunoglobulin (Ig) G1 monoclonal antibody, is being developed to treat patients hospitalized for influenza A infection. This study examined the pharmacokinetics (PKs) of MHAA4549A in a phase IIa, randomized, double-blind, dose-ranging trial in healthy volunteers challenged with influenza A virus. METHODS: Serum PK data were collected from 60 subjects in three single-dose groups (400, 1200, or 3600 mg) who received MHAA4549A intravenously 24-36 h after inoculation with the influenza A virus...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639011/guselkumab-for-the-treatment-of-psoriasis-a-review-of-phase-iii-trials
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Mio Nakamura, Katherine Lee, Caleb Jeon, Sahil Sekhon, Ladan Afifi, Di Yan, Kristina Lee, Tina Bhutani
INTRODUCTION: Interleukin (IL)-23 inhibitors are a new class of biologics currently undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Phase III studies of guselkumab, an IL-23 receptor monoclonal antibody, are currently underway. METHODS: We summarize the available phase III results to date, establishing the efficacy and safety of guselkumab in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. RESULTS: Currently, there are available data of up to 48 weeks from two Phase III, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo- and comparator-controlled clinical trials, VOYAGE 1 and VOYAGE 2...
June 21, 2017: Dermatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638740/tumor-cells-pd-l1-expression-as-a-favorable-prognosis-factor-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients-with-pre-existing-intratumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes
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Qian Zhu, Mu-Yan Cai, Chang-Long Chen, Hao Hu, Huan-Xin Lin, Min Li, De-Sheng Weng, Jing-Jing Zhao, Ling Guo, Jian-Chuan Xia
Programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression represents a mechanism of immune escape by inhibiting T cell immunity. This study systematically evaluated the expression of PD-L1, spatial distribution of CD3(+) immune cells and the relationship of both factors to survival in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients. A total of 209 NPC patients treated between 1991 and 2000 were included. Pairs of TMAs were immunohistochemically stained with PD-L1 and CD3. Survival analysis was evaluated according to PD-L1 status and the spatial distribution of CD3(+) immune cells in the primary lesion microenvironment...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637989/hla-a-26-a-30-and-hla-drb1-10-could-be-predictors-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-risk-in-high-risk-tunisian-families
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Nehla Mokni-Baizig, Yosr Gorgi, Mohamed Elghourabi, Mouna Makhlouf, Hamouda Boussen, Said Gritli, Michèle Elmay, Amor Gamoudi, Ahmed Elmay
We investigated human leukocyte antigen (HLA) profiles for Tunisians with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), their families, and a sample of unrelated healthy Tunisians in order to identify HLA specificities associated with familial NPC. HLA-A, -B, and -DRB1 typing was successful for 36 NPC patients, 72 unaffected family members, and 130 community controls, and the chi square or Fisher exact test was used to compare allele frequencies between cases and controls. We observed a consistent protective effect of HLA-DRB1*10 on NPC development...
2017: Journal of Oral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637806/the-pneumococcal-serotype-15c-capsule-is-partially-o-acetylated-and-allows-for-limited-evasion-of-ppv23-elicited-anti-serotype-15b-antibodies
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Brady L Spencer, Anukul T Shenoy, Carlos J Orihuela, Moon H Nahm
As a species, Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) utilizes a diverse array of capsular polysaccharides to evade the host. In contrast to large variations in sugar composition and linkage formation, O-acetylation is a subtle capsular modification that nonetheless has a large impact on capsular shielding and recognition of the capsule by vaccine-elicited antibodies. Serotype 15B, which is included in the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23), encodes the putative O-acetyltransferase gene wciZ...
June 21, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637758/genome-wide-analysis-of-eighteen-epstein-barr-viruses-isolated-from-primary-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-biopsies
#18
Chaofeng Tu, Zhaoyang Zeng, Peng Qi, Xiayu Li, Zhengyuan Yu, Can Guo, Fang Xiong, Bo Xiang, Ming Zhou, Zhaojian Gong, Qianjin Liao, Jianjun Yu, Yi He, Wenling Zhang, Xiaoling Li, Yong Li, Guiyuan Li, Wei Xiong
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a ubiquitous gamma-herpesvirus that is highly prevalent in almost all human populations, and is associated with many human cancers such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), Hodgkin's disease, and gastric carcinoma. However, in these EBV-associated cancers, only NPC exhibits remarkable ethnic and geographic distribution. We hypothesized that EBV genomic variations might contribute to the pathogenesis of different human cancers in different geographic areas. In this study, we collected 18 NPC biopsies from the Hunan Province in Southern China and de novo assembled 18 NPC biopsy specimen-derived EBV (NPC-EBV) genomes, designated as HN1 to HN18...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636992/acetylsalicylic-acid-inhibits-the-growth-of-melanoma-tumors-via-sox2-dependent-paf-r-independent-signaling-pathway
#19
Anita Thyagarajan, Jeremiah Saylae, Ravi P Sahu
Acquired resistance to standard therapies remains a serious challenge, requiring novel therapeutic approaches that incorporate potential factors involved in tumor resistance. As cancers including melanoma express inflammatory cyclooxygenases generating prostaglandins implicated in tumor growth, we investigated mechanism of anti-inflammatory drug, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) which has been shown to inhibit various tumor types, however, its effects against highly aggressive melanoma model are unclear. Given our reports that an activation of platelet-activating factor-receptor (PAF-R) augments the growth and impede efficacies of therapeutic agents in experimental melanoma, we also sought to determine if PAF-R mediates anti-melanoma activity of ASA...
June 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636855/efficacy-of-recombinant-influenza-vaccine-in-adults-50-years-of-age-or-older
#20
Lisa M Dunkle, Ruvim Izikson, Peter Patriarca, Karen L Goldenthal, Derek Muse, Janice Callahan, Manon M J Cox
BACKGROUND: Improved influenza vaccines are needed to control seasonal epidemics. This trial compared the protective efficacy in older adults of a quadrivalent, recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV4) with a standard-dose, egg-grown, quadrivalent, inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV4) during the A/H3N2-predominant 2014-2015 influenza season, when antigenic mismatch between circulating and vaccine influenza strains resulted in the reduced effectiveness of many licensed vaccines. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial of RIV4 (45 μg of recombinant hemagglutinin [HA] per strain, 180 μg of protein per dose) versus standard-dose IIV4 (15 μg of HA per strain, 60 μg of protein per dose) to compare the relative vaccine efficacy against reverse-transcriptase polymerase-chain-reaction (RT-PCR)-confirmed, protocol-defined, influenza-like illness caused by any influenza strain starting 14 days or more after vaccination in adults who were 50 years of age or older...
June 22, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
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