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Lung fibrosis

Yi Jhen Wu, Yu Chiuan Wu, I-Fen Chen, Yi-Lung Wu, Chin Wen Chuang, Han Hsiang Huang, Shyh Ming Kuo
Astaxanthin (Asta), a xanthophyll carotenoid, has been reported to be a strong antioxidative agent and has anti-inflammatory, antitumor and free radical-scavenging activities. However, inadequate stability and water solubility results in its low bioavailability. This study incorporated Asta into hydrophilic hyaluronan nanoparticles (HAn) to produce Asta-HAn aggregates (AHAna) using an electrostatic field system and investigated the restorative effects of AHAna on retrorsine-CCl₄-induced liver fibrosis in rats in vivo...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Peter A Muller, Jennifer L Mueller, Michelle Mellenthin, Rashmi Murthy, Michael Capps, Brandie Wagner, Melody Alsaker, Robin Deterding, Scott D Sagel, Jordana Hoppe
Lung function monitoring by spiromety plays a critical role in the clinical care of pediatric cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, but many young children are unable to perform spirometry, and the outputs are often normal even in the presence of lung disease. Measures derived from electrical impedance tomography (EIT) images were studied for their utility as potential surrogates for spirometry in CF patients and to assess response to intravenous antibiotic treatment for acute pulmonary exacerbations (PEx) in a subset of patients...
March 22, 2018: Physiological Measurement
Tsukasa Okamoto, Susan K Mathai, Corinne E Hennessy, Laura A Hancock, Avram D Walts, Adrianne L Stefanski, Kevin K Brown, David A Lynch, Gregory P Cosgrove, Steve D Groshong, Carlyne D Cool, Marvin I Schwarz, Nirmal K Banda, Joshua M Thurman, Ivana V Yang, Vernon Michael Holers, David A Schwartz
The common gain-of-function MUC5B promoter variant (rs35705950) is the strongest risk factor for the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). While the role of complement in IPF is controversial, both MUC5B and the complement system play a role in lung host defense. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between C3 and MUC5B in patients with IPF and in bleomycin-induced lung injury in mice. To do this, we evaluated C3 gene expression in whole lung tissue from 300 subjects with IPF and 175 healthy controls...
March 22, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
L Daniel Maxim, Mark J Utell
This literature review on refractory ceramic fibers (RCF) summarizes relevant information on manufacturing, processing, applications, occupational exposure, toxicology and epidemiology studies. Rodent toxicology studies conducted in the 1980s showed that RCF caused fibrosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Interpretation of these studies was difficult for various reasons (e.g. overload in chronic inhalation bioassays), but spurred the development of a comprehensive product stewardship program under EPA and later OSHA oversight...
March 22, 2018: Inhalation Toxicology
Elisabetta Balestro, Paolo Solidoro, Piercarlo Parigi, Massimo Boffini, Alessandro Lucianetti, Federico Rea
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, fatal disease that can only be cured by lung transplantation. Pharmacological agents play a role in preserving lung function and prolonging survival until a suitable donor organ becomes available. However, data on the effects of newer antifibrotic therapies on lung transplantation outcomes in IPF patients are lacking. The nine patients included in this case series were treated with nintedanib 150 mg twice daily for 3-30 (mean 13 ± 9) months before lung transplant surgery...
May 2018: Respirology Case Reports
Jason J Gokey, Anusha Sridharan, Yan Xu, Jenna Green, Gianni Carraro, Barry R Stripp, Anne-Karina T Perl, Jeffrey A Whitsett
Hippo/YAP signaling plays pleiotropic roles in the regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation during organogenesis and tissue repair. Herein we demonstrate increased YAP activity in respiratory epithelial cells in lungs of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a common, lethal form of interstitial lung disease (ILD). Immunofluorescence staining in IPF epithelial cells demonstrated increased nuclear YAP and loss of MST1/2. Bioinformatic analyses of epithelial cell RNA profiles predicted increased activity of YAP and increased canonical mTOR/PI3K/AKT signaling in IPF...
March 22, 2018: JCI Insight
Marina Macedo-Viñas, David W Denning
We aimed to estimate for the first time the burden of fungal infections in Uruguay. Data on population characteristics and underlying conditions were extracted from the National Statistics Institute, the World Bank, national registries, and published articles. When no data existed, risk populations were used to estimate frequencies extrapolating from the literature. Population structure (inhabitants): total 3,444,006; 73% adults; 35% women younger than 50 years. Size of populations at risk (total cases per year): HIV infected 12,000; acute myeloid leukemia 126; hematopoietic stem cell transplantation 30; solid organ transplants 134; COPD 272,006; asthma in adults 223,431; cystic fibrosis in adults 48; tuberculosis 613; lung cancer 1400...
March 18, 2018: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Hongyan Li, Heng Weng, Changqing Lan, Hongying Zhang, Xinhang Wang, Jianguang Pan, Lulu Chen, Jinbao Huang
The aim of this study was to compare the clinical features of patients with avian influenza A (H7N9) and influenza A (H1N1) complicated by acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).The clinical data of 18 cases of H7N9 and 26 cases of H1N1 with ARDS were collected and compared in the respiratory intensive care unit (RICU) of Fuzhou Pulmonary Hospital of Fujian from March 2014 to December 2016.Patients with H7N9 had a higher acute physiology and chronic health evaluation-II score (P < .05) and lung injury score (P < ...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jozef Dingemans, Hanneke Eyns, Julie Willekens, Pieter Monsieurs, Rob Van Houdt, Pierre Cornelis, Anne Malfroot, Aurélie Crabbé
High levels of shear stress can prevent and disrupt Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation in vitro. Intrapulmonary percussive ventilation (IPV) could be used to introduce shear stress into the lungs of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients to disrupt biofilms in vivo. We performed a first-of-its-kind pilot clinical study to evaluate short-term IPV therapy at medium (200 bursts per minute, bpm) and high frequency (400 bpm) as compared to autogenic drainage (AD) on lung function and the behavior of P. aeruginosa in the CF lung in four patients who are chronically colonized by P...
March 20, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Priya Kapoor, Philip Murphy
Objectives: To evaluate the effect of antibiotic combination therapy versus single therapy against cystic fibrosis strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa identified as common and rare among patient groups in different Irish hospitals. Methods: This study compares the susceptibility profiles of P. aeruginosa isolates from different cystic fibrosis (CF) clinics in Ireland, collected from 2004-2005. Strains were recovered in small numbers and typed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis...
March 2018: Heliyon
Marzia Dolcino, Andrea Pelosi, Piera Filomena Fiore, Giuseppe Patuzzo, Elisa Tinazzi, Claudio Lunardi, Antonio Puccetti
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare connective tissue disease characterized by three pathogenetic hallmarks: vasculopathy, dysregulation of the immune system, and fibrosis. A particular feature of SSc is the increased frequency of some types of malignancies, namely breast, lung, and hematological malignancies. Moreover, SSc may also be a paraneoplastic disease, again indicating a strong link between cancer and scleroderma. The reason of this association is still unknown; therefore, we aimed at investigating whether particular genetic or epigenetic factors may play a role in promoting cancer development in patients with SSc and whether some features are shared by the two conditions...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Josselin Bodilis, Elodie Denet, Elisabeth Brothier, Arnault Graindorge, Sabine Favre-Bonté, Sylvie Nazaret
The Burkholderia cenocepacia epidemic ET12 lineage belongs to the genomovar IIIA including the reference strain J2315, a highly transmissible epidemic B. cenocepacia lineage. Members of this lineage are able to cause lung infections in immunocompromised and cystic fibrosis patients. In this study, we describe the genome of F01, an environmental B. cenocepacia strain isolated from soil in Burkina Faso that is, to our knowledge, the most closely related strain to this epidemic lineage. A comparative genomic analysis was performed on this new isolate, in association with five clinical and one environmental B...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Bon-Hee Gu, Matthew C Madison, David Corry, Farrah Kheradmand
Multicellular organisms synthesize and renew components of their subcellular and scaffolding proteins, collectively known as the extracellular matrix molecules (ECMs). In the lung, ECMs maintain tensile strength, elasticity, and dictate the specialized function of multiple cell lineages. These functions are critical in lung homeostatic processes including cellular migration and proliferation during morphogenesis or in response to repair. Alterations in lung ECMs that expose cells to new cryptic fragments, generated in response to endogenous proteinases or exogenous toxins, are associated with the development of several common respiratory diseases...
March 17, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Jonathan T Ma, Christina Tang, Le Kang, Judith A Voynow, Bruce K Rubin
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) airway secretions are abnormal, contributing to decreased clearance and a cycle of infection and inflammation. CF sputum properties may predict disease progression. We hypothesized that sputum viscoelasticity and clearance abnormalities would inversely correlate with pulmonary function during exacerbation and that sputum properties would return to baseline after therapy. METHODS: We collected sputa longitudinally from 13 CF subjects with moderate to severe lung disease during both clinical stability and exacerbation...
March 17, 2018: Chest
Eric Wei Chiang Chan, Siu Kuin Wong, Hung Tuck Chan
This short review provides an update of the anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties of casticin from Vitex species. Casticin is a polymethylflavone with three rings, an orthocatechol moiety, a double bond, two hydroxyl groups and four methoxyl groups. Casticin has been isolated from various tissues of plants in the Vitex genus: fruits and leaves of V. trifolia; aerial parts and seeds of V. agnus-castus and leaves of V. negundo. Studies have reported the antiproliferative and apoptotic activities of casticin from Vitex species...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Mary Jo Fidler, Cristina L Fhied, Joanna Roder, Sanjib Basu, Selina Sayidine, Ibtihaj Fughhi, Mark Pool, Marta Batus, Philip Bonomi, Jeffrey A Borgia
BACKGROUND: The VeriStrat test is a serum proteomic signature originally discovered in non-responders to second line gefitinib treatment and subsequently used to predict differential benefit from erlotinib versus chemotherapy in previously treated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Multiple studies highlight the clinical utility of the VeriStrat test, however, the mechanistic connection between VeriStrat-poor classification and poor prognosis in untreated and previously treated patients is still an active area of research...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
K Schneider
The radiographic technique of pediatric chest X‑rays is substantially different from that in adults. In nearly all cases ap/pa X‑rays are sufficient and lateral radiographs are rarely needed. In the first years of life the thymus may overshadow the heart, the great vessels and the lung hila. The most important anatomical structures essential for diagnosing pathological findings of the lungs and mediastinum are the trachea with the bifurcation and the main bronchi with the adjacent great vessels. For the assessment of distended lungs and intrathoracic consolidations, fundamental knowledge of the anatomy in childhood and malformations which can involve the airways, the lungs, the heart, as well as systemic and pulmonary vessels are indispensable...
March 19, 2018: Der Radiologe
Katerina M Antoniou, Konstantinos Karagiannis, Eliza Tsitoura, Eleni Bibaki, Ismini Lasithiotaki, Athanasia Proklou, Demetrios A Spandidos, Nikos Tzanakis
Mesenchymal stem (stromal) cells (MSCs) are multipotent stromal cells that have the ability to modulate immune response to tissue injury and promote repair in vivo . The therapeutic potential of ex vivo expanded MSCs are currently under investigation for a variety of chronic and acute lung diseases. This review summarizes the encouraging results regarding the safety of MSCs administration from recent and current clinical trials for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Sang Hoon Lee, Jong Sun Park, Song Yee Kim, Dong Soon Kim, Young Whan Kim, Man Pyo Chung, Soo Taek Uh, Choon Sik Park, Sung Woo Park, Sung Hwan Jeong, Yong Bum Park, Hong Lyeol Lee, Jong Wook Shin, Eun Joo Lee, Jin Hwa Lee, Yangin Jegal, Hyun Kyung Lee, Yong Hyun Kim, Jin Woo Song, Moo Suk Park
The clinical course of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is difficult to predict, partly owing to its heterogeneity. Composite physiologic index (CPI) and gender-age-physiology (GAP) models are easy-to-use predictors of IPF progression. This study aimed to compare the predictive values of these two models. From 2003 to 2007, the Korean Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Study Group surveyed ILD patients using the 2002 ATS/ERS criteria. A total of 832 patients with IPF were enrolled in this study. CPI was calculated as follows: 91...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mohamed Salla, Rodrigo Aguayo-Ortiz, Danmaliki Gaddafi Ibrahim, Alaa Zare, Ahmed Said, Jack Moore, Vrajeshkumar Pandya, Robin Manaloor, Sunny Fong, Anna R Blankstein, Spencer Gibson, Laura Ramos Garcia, Pascal Meier, Khushwant S Bhullar, Basil P Hubbard, Yahya Fiteh, Harissios Vliagoftis, Ing Swie Goping, Dion Brocks, Peter Hwang, Jose Carlos A Martinez Velazquez, Shairaz Baksh
Receptor interacting protein kinase 2 (RIP2 or RICK herein referred to as RIPK2) is linked to the pathogen pathway that activates NFkB and autophagic activation. Using molecular modeling (docking) and chemoinformatics analyses we utilized the RIPK2/ponatinib crystal structure and searched in chemical databases for small molecules exerting binding interactions similar to those exerted by ponatinib. The identified RIPK2 inhibitors potently inhibited the proliferation of cancer cells by > 70% as well as inhibition of NFkB activity...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
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