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Shuo Zhang, Xuelei Ma, Chenjing Zhu, Li Liu, Guoping Wang, Xia Yuan
Targeting immune cells or factors are effective for patients with solid tumors. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are known to have immunosuppressive functions, and the levels of MDSCs in patients with solid tumor are assumed to have prognostic values. This meta-analysis aimed at evaluating the relationship between MDSCs and the prognosis of patients with solid tumors. We searched articles in PUBMED and EMBASE comprehensively, updated to March 2016. Eight studies with 442 patients were included in the meta-analysis...
2016: PloS One
M Rieck, A F Schumacher-Schuh, V Altmann, S M Callegari-Jacques, C R M Rieder, M H Hutz
Levodopa is the most used drug to treat motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, dopaminergic side effects such as nausea and vomiting may occur. Several evidences indicate a major role for dopamine receptors D2 (DRD2) and D3 (DRD3) in emetic activity. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship of DRD2 rs1799732 and DRD3 rs6280 gene polymorphisms with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms induced by levodopa in PD patients. Two hundred and seventeen PD patients on levodopa therapy were investigated...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacogenomics Journal
Anna M Randi, Mike A Laffan
The recent discovery that von Willebrand factor (VWF) regulates blood vessel formation has opened a novel perspective on the function of this complex protein. VWF was discovered as a key component of haemostasis, capturing platelets at sites of endothelial damage and synthesized in megakaryocytes and endothelial cells (EC). In recent years, novel functions and binding partners have been identified for VWF. The finding that loss of VWF in EC results in enhanced, possibly dysfunctional angiogenesis is consistent with the clinical observations that in some patients with Von Willebrand disease (VWD), vascular malformations can cause severe gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Yuri Jeong, Min-Ho Shin, Sang Min Yoon, Gi-Won Song, Ki-Hun Kim, Chul-Soo Ahn, Deok-Bog Moon, Shin Hwang, Jin-Hong Park, Jong Hoon Kim, Sung-Gyu Lee
PURPOSE: The study aims to analyze the oncologic outcomes of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) after combined transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) and radiotherapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with major vascular invasion. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 17 HCC patients with major vascular invasion who underwent LDLT after combined treatment modality between May 2007 and September 2014. The LDLT timing was determined by the surgeons depending on the disease status and liver function...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Younghwan Kim, Yo-Han Park, Shin Hwang, Ki-Hun Kim, Chul-Soo Ahn, Deok-Bog Moon, Tae-Yong Ha, Gi-Won Song, Dong-Hwan Jung, Gil-Chun Park, Sung-Gyu Lee
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic role of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (DCP) in predicting hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with advanced liver cirrhosis (LC) awaiting liver transplantation (LT). MATERIAL AND METHODS During a study period of 10 years, 2074 adult LT recipients were identified. They were divided into 2 groups: HCC (n=970; 46.8%) and non-HCC (n=1104; 53.2%). They were stratified into 5 categories according to model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) scores: <10 (n=464), ≥10 and <15 (n=632), ≥15 and <20 (n=355), ≥20 and <30 (n=340), and ≥30 (n=283)...
October 25, 2016: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Andrea Szentesi, Emese Tóth, Emese Bálint, Júlia Fanczal, Tamara Madácsy, Dorottya Laczkó, Imre Ignáth, Anita Balázs, Petra Pallagi, József Maléth, Zoltán Rakonczay, Balázs Kui, Dóra Illés, Katalin Márta, Ágnes Blaskó, Alexandra Demcsák, Andrea Párniczky, Gabriella Pár, Szilárd Gódi, Dóra Mosztbacher, Ákos Szücs, Adrienn Halász, Ferenc Izbéki, Nelli Farkas, Péter Hegyi
OBJECTIVE: Biomedical investment trends in 2015 show a huge decrease of investment in gastroenterology. Since academic research usually provides the basis for industrial research and development (R&D), our aim was to understand research trends in the field of gastroenterology over the last 50 years and identify the most endangered areas. METHODS: We searched for PubMed hits for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases for the 1965-2015 period. Overall, 1,554,325 articles were analyzed...
2016: PloS One
Truc T Pham, Shengli Meng, Yan Sun, Wenli Lv, Justin Bahl
A comprehensive monitoring strategy is vital for tracking the spread of mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), the leading cause of viral encephalitis in Asia. Virus detection consists of passive surveillance of primarily humans and swine, and/or active surveillance in mosquitoes, which may be a valuable proxy in providing insights into ecological processes underlying the spread and persistence of JEV. However, it has not been well characterized whether passive surveillance alone can capture the circulating genetic diversity to make reasonable inferences...
January 2016: Virus Evolution
Yong-Sik Bong, Shahin Assefnia, Therese Tuohy, Deborah W Neklason, Randall W Burt, Jaeil Ahn, Hao-Wen J Jiang, Stephen W Byers
Vitamin D is implicated in the etiology of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, usually characterized by alteration in the APC/β-catenin/TCF tumor suppressor pathway. The vitamin D receptor (VDR) is also implicated in cardiovascular and skin diseases as well as in immunity. Activated VDR can indirectly alter β-catenin nuclear localization and directly suppress β-catenin/TCF mediated transcriptional activity. We treated VDR null mice with the carcinogen azoxymethane (AOM) and generated mice bearing a mutated APC (hypomorph) on a VDR null background (Apc1638N/+Vdr-/-)...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Carlota Saldanha
Nitric oxide (NO) produced by endothelial cells interacts with erythrocyte through band 3 protein, being scavenged by haemoglobin. A signal transduction mechanism involving protein Gi and protein band 3 stimulates erythrocyte NO efflux when acetylcholine (ACh) binds to erythrocyte membrane acetylcholinesterase. Binding of normal plasma fibrinogen (Fib) levels, to erythrocyte membrane CD47 decreases the NO efflux. When high Fib concentration and ACh were present the efflux of NO from erythrocytes was normalized...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
F Moro, G F Zannoni, D Arciuolo, T Pasciuto, S Amoroso, F Mascilini, S Mainenti, G Scambia, A C Testa
OBJECTIVES: To describe clinical and ultrasound findings of mucinous ovarian tumors. METHODS: Patients with a histological diagnosis of mucinous ovarian tumor who had undergone preoperative ultrasound examination were retrospectively identified from a single ultrasound center. The histological examination was performed by the same pathologist in all cases. The masses were described using the terms and definitions of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis group...
August 12, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Jing Yu, Yue Zhang, Lai-Han Leung, Lian Liu, Fan Yang, Xiaojun Yao
Monoclonal antibodies and small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) directed against the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) or its receptors have been investigated in several studies for the treatment of advanced gastric cancer (GC). In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of angiogenesis inhibitors in advanced GC. We searched published randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing angiogenesis inhibitors with non-angiogenesis inhibitors for the treatment of GC. MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register were searched...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Matthias Buechter, Alisan Kahraman, Paul Manka, Guido Gerken, Christoph Jochum, Ali Canbay, Alexander Dechêne
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Portal hypertension (PH) is a common complication of chronic liver disease and results in esophageal and gastric variceal bleeding, which is associated with a high mortality rate. Measurement of the hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) is considered the gold standard for diagnosing PH and estimating the risk of varices and bleeding. In contrast, upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy (UGE) can reliably demonstrate the presence of varices and bleeding. Both measures are invasive, and HVPG is mainly restricted to tertiary centers...
October 19, 2016: Digestion
Kimberly N Weaver, Michael D Kappelman, Robert S Sandler, Christopher F Martin, Wenli Chen, Kristen Anton, Millie D Long
BACKGROUND: As variation in care has previously been linked to quality, we aimed to describe variations in inflammatory bowel diseases care by gastroenterology (GI) practice setting. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study within the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Partners and used bivariate analyses to compare patient characteristics by GI practice setting (GI-academic [GIA], GI-private, or GI-other). Regression models were used to describe the effects of provider type on steroid use, disease activity, and the quality of life...
November 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Stephanie M Dillon, Daniel N Frank, Cara C Wilson
HIV-1 infection is associated with substantial damage to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract resulting in structural impairment of the epithelial barrier and a disruption of intestinal homeostasis. The accompanying translocation of microbial products and potentially microbes themselves from the lumen into systemic circulation has been linked to immune activation, inflammation, and HIV-1 disease progression. The importance of microbial translocation in the setting of HIV-1 infection has led to a recent focus on understanding how the communities of microbes that make up the intestinal microbiome are altered during HIV-1 infection and how they interact with mucosal immune cells to contribute to inflammation...
October 14, 2016: AIDS
Ahmed E Othman, Thomas K Eigentler, Georg Bier, Christina Pfannenberg, Hans Bösmüller, Christian Thiel, Claus Garbe, Konstantin Nikolaou, Bernhard Klumpp
OBJECTIVE: To assess the appearance of gastrointestinal melanoma metastases on CT and PET/CT and evaluate the diagnostic value of CT and PET/CT compared with surgery and histopathology. METHODS: We retrospectively included 41 consecutive patients (aged 56.1 ± 13.5 years) with gastrointestinal melanoma metastases who underwent preoperative imaging (CT: all, PET/CT: n = 24) and metastasectomy. Two blinded radiologists assessed CT and PET/CT for gastrointestinal metastases and complications...
October 17, 2016: European Radiology
Seul Gi Lee, Woo Kyung Lee, Hye Sun Lee, Jieun Moon, Cho Rok Lee, Sang Wook Kang, Jong Ju Jeong, Kee-Hyun Nam, Woong Youn Chung, Young Suk Jo, Jandee Lee
BACKGROUND: The 2015 American Thyroid Association (ATA) management guidelines for adult patients with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) propose the use of the modified initial risk stratification and response to therapy re-stratification systems. This study was conducted to validate the practicality of the revised guidelines for predicting tumor recurrence in patients with DTC. METHODS: Patients with papillary thyroid cancer (n=2425) who underwent total thyroidectomy with central neck node dissection with or without modified radical neck node dissection at a single institution between October 1985 and July 2009 were retrospectively enrolled...
October 17, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Laila Alawdah, Ahmad Nahari, Dayel Alshahrani, Musa Fagih, Shahid Ghazi, Abdulrahman Al-Hussaini
Gastrointestinal sarcoidosis is a rare disease with very limited data in children. Here we report the first pediatric case of successful treatment with infliximab. The first case was an 8-year-old Saudi girl who presented with fever, weight loss, and abdominal pain that was followed in a few months with hematemesis and development of hepatosplenomegaly. The second case was a 9-year-old Sudanese boy who manifested with vomiting, epigastric pain, and weight loss. On upper endoscopy, both cases demonstrated severe erosive nodular gastric mucosa...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
Keiju Aokage, Morihito Okada, Kenji Suzuki, Shogo Nomura, Shigeki Suzuki, Norifumi Tsubokawa, Takahiro Mimae, Aritoshi Hattori, Tomoyuki Hishida, Junji Yoshida, Masahiro Tsuboi
OBJECTIVE: Exclusion of patients with a history of other cancer treatment except in situ situation has been considered to be inevitable for clinical trials investigating survival outcome. However, there have been few reports confirming these influences on surgical outcome of lung cancer patients ever. METHODS: Multi-institutional, individual data from patients with non-small cell lung cancer resected between 2000 and 2013 were collected. The patients were divided into two groups: those with a history of gastrointestinal tract cancer (GI group) and those without any history (non-GI group)...
October 15, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Amanda J Kennedy, Peiran Yang, Cai Read, Rhoda E Kuc, Lucy Yang, Emily J A Taylor, Colin W Taylor, Janet J Maguire, Anthony P Davenport
BACKGROUND: Circulating levels of chemerin are significantly higher in hypertensive patients and positively correlate with blood pressure. Chemerin activates chemokine-like receptor 1 (CMKLR1 or ChemR23) and is proposed to activate the "orphan" G-protein-coupled receptor 1 (GPR1), which has been linked with hypertension. Our aim was to localize chemerin, CMKLR1, and GPR1 in the human vasculature and determine whether 1 or both of these receptors mediate vasoconstriction. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using immunohistochemistry and molecular biology in conduit arteries and veins and resistance vessels, we localized chemerin to endothelium, smooth muscle, and adventitia and found that CMKLR1 and GPR1 were widely expressed in smooth muscle...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Nurdan Tözün, Eser Vardareli
Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are the leading cause of mortality worldwide. These cancers are the end result of a complex interplay between gene and environment. Bacteria, parasites, and viruses have been implicated in some cancers. Recent data have put at focus the gut microbiome as the key player firing tumorigenesis. Experimental and human studies have provided evidence on the role of microbiota in cancer development. Although subject to changes in different settings such as antibiotic treatment, diet or lifestyle, our microbiome is quite stable and is capable of increasing susceptibility to cancer or decrease and halt its progression...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
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