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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538671/engineering-exosomes-for-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Katie E Gilligan, Róisín M Dwyer
There remains an urgent need for novel therapeutic strategies to treat metastatic cancer, which results in over 8 million deaths annually worldwide. Following secretion, exosomes are naturally taken up by cells, and capable of the stable transfer of drugs, therapeutic microRNAs and proteins. As knowledge of the biogenesis, release and uptake of exosomes continues to evolve, and thus also has interest in these extracellular vesicles as potential tumor-targeted vehicles for cancer therapy. The ability to engineer exosome content and migratory itinerary holds tremendous promise...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538612/scleral-contact-lenses-in-an-academic-oculoplastics-clinic-epidemiology-and-emerging-considerations
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Harinder S Chahal, Marcela Estrada, Christine W Sindt, Jacob A Boehme, Mark A Greiner, Jeffrey A Nerad, Keith D Carter, Richard C Allen, Erin M Shriver
PURPOSE: To describe the role and efficacy of scleral contact lenses (SCLs) in the treatment of progressive keratopathy in patients who have undergone periocular surgical procedures, to investigate the financial impact of these surgical interventions, and to demonstrate the role of oculoplastic surgery in improving scleral contact lens fit. METHODS: A retrospective medical record review was performed to identify patients who both received SCLs and were examined by the oculoplastics service at the University of Iowa between January 1990 and December 2015...
May 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538190/post-traumatic-inferior-vena-cava-thrombosis-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Amine Chakroun, Mohamed Said Nakhli, Mohamed Kahloul, Mohamed Amine Harrathi, Walid Naija
INTRODUCTION: Post traumatic inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis is a rare and not well described entity with nonspecific clinical presentation. It remains a therapeutic challenge in traumatic context because of haemorrhagic risk due to anticoagulation. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of IVC thrombosis in an 18 year-old man who presented with liver injury following a traffic crash. The thrombosis was incidentally diagnosed on admission by computed tomography...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537934/alternative-treatments-for-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria-beyond-the-guideline-algorithm
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Gino A Vena, Marcus Maurer, Nicoletta Cassano, Torsten Zuberbier
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The international EAACI/GALEN/EDF/WAO guideline suggests a stepwise approach for the therapeutic management of chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), outlined in an algorithm. The aim of this article is to summarize and review the evidence available on alternative treatment options for CSU outside of this algorithm. RECENT FINDINGS: Although CSU is a common disease, there are a limited number of high-quality studies, and only antihistamines and omalizumab are licensed for its treatment...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535570/a-novel-combination-of-percutaneous-endoscopic-lumbar-discectomy-and-epiduroscopic-laser-neural-decompression-for-down-migrated-disc-herniation
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Kyung-Chul Choi, Dong Chan Lee, Choon-Keun Park
Although percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) is an effective treatment for herniated discs, its application in a disc with extensive migration is still challenging. As such, epiduroscopic laser neural decompression (ELND) provides a new view of the epidural space as well as an alternative treatment for a herniated disc and epidural fibrosis. In this paper the authors introduce the novel combination of PELD and ELND for high grade down-migrated disc herniation.An 87-year old woman presented with severe pain radiating down her leg due to high grade down-migrated disc herniation at L4-5...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535556/feasibility-of-percutaneous-lumbar-discectomy-combined-with-percutaneous-cementoplasty-for-symptomatic-lumbar-disc-herniation-with-modic-type-i-endplate-changes
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Qing-Hua Tian, Ying-Ying Lu, Xi-Qi Sun, Tao Wang, Chun-Gen Wu, Ming-Hua Li, Sheng Cheng-Ying
BACKGROUND: Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation with Modic type I endplate changes is complex and challenging, requiring systemic and local therapies which include conservative therapy, epidural infiltrations, percutaneous therapeutic techniques, and surgical options. The clinical management of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation involving Modic type I endplate changes is uniquely challenging because it requires alleviating pain caused by both the herniated disc and the endplate osteochondritis...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535451/a-novel-carbohydrate-labeling-method-utilizing-transfer-hydrogenation-mediated-reductive-amination
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Zsuzsanna Kovács, Gábor Papp, Henrietta Horváth, Ferenc Joó, András Guttman
One of the most frequently used high-resolution glycan analysis methods in the biopharmaceutical and biomedical fields is capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence (CE-LIF) detection. Glycans are usually labeled by reductive amination with a charged fluorophore containing a primary amine, which reacts with the aldehyde group at the reducing end of the glycan structures. In this reaction, first a Schiff base is formed that is reduced to form a stable conjugate by a hydrogenation reagent, such as sodium cyanoborohydride...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535332/interventions-for-treating-anxiety-after-stroke
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REVIEW
Peter Knapp, C Alexia Campbell Burton, John Holmes, Jenni Murray, David Gillespie, C Elizabeth Lightbody, Caroline L Watkins, Ho-Yan Y Chun, Sharon R Lewis
BACKGROUND: Approximately 20% of stroke patients experience clinically significant levels of anxiety at some point after stroke. Physicians can treat these patients with antidepressants or other anxiety-reducing drugs, or both, or they can provide psychological therapy. This review looks at available evidence for these interventions. This is an update of the review first published in October 2011. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to assess the effectiveness of pharmaceutical, psychological, complementary, or alternative therapeutic interventions in treating stroke patients with anxiety disorders or symptoms...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535105/the-importance-of-economic-perspective-and-quantitative-approaches-in-oncology-value-frameworks-of-drug-selection-and-shared-decision-making
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A Reginald Waldeck, Marc F Botteman, Richard E White, Ben A van Hout
The debate around value in oncology drug selection has been prominent in recent years, and several professional bodies have furthered this debate by advocating for so-called value frameworks. Herein, we provide a viewpoint on these value frameworks, emphasizing the need to consider 4 key aspects: (1) the economic underpinnings of value; (2) the importance of the perspective adopted in the valuation; (3) the importance of the difference between absolute and relative measures of risk and measuring patient preferences; and (4) the recognition of multiple quality-of-life (QoL) domains, and the aggregation and valuation of those domains, through utilities within a multicriteria decision analysis, may allow prioritization of QoL above the tallying of safety events, particularly in a value framework focusing on the individual patient...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534317/wt1-alternative-splicing-role-of-its-isoforms-in-neuroblastoma
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REVIEW
Daniela Maria Rasà, Agata Grazia D'Amico, Grazia Maugeri, Sebastiano Cavallaro, Velia D'Agata
Wilms tumor 1 (WT1), a tumor suppressor gene, was originally identified in the homonymous renal neoplasm but is also involved in other cancers. Its function is still unclear, since it acts both as a pro- and an anti-oncogene. At least 14 WT1 transcriptional variants have been described; yet most investigations have focused on a small number of isoforms. We describe their structural features and review the evidence of their involvement in cancer with emphasis on neuroblastoma. In future, full characterization of all WT1 isoforms is expected to identify new molecular tumor markers and/or therapeutic targets...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534197/pcmt1-ameliorates-neuronal-apoptosis-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-mst1-after-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats
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Ligen Shi, Ammar Al-Baadani, Keren Zhou, Anwen Shao, Shenbin Xu, Sheng Chen, Jianmin Zhang
Mammalian sterile 20-like kinase 1 (MST1) is found to promote neuronal apoptosis. Protein-L-isoaspartate (D-aspartate) O-methyltransferase (PCMT1), an anti-apoptosis factor, was recently identified as an MST1-interacting protein. This study aims to explore the potential role of PCMT1 in reducing MST1-induced neuronal apoptosis after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) in rats. One hundred ninety-eight male Sprague-Dawley rats were used. An exogenous PCMT1 agonist, CGP 3466B, was injected subcutaneously 1 h after the SAH induced by endovascular perforation...
May 22, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533928/leucine-nicotinic-acid-synergy-stimulates-ampk-sirt1-signaling-and-regulates-lipid-metabolism-and-lifespan-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-hyperlipidemia-and-atherosclerosis-in-mice
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Antje Bruckbauer, Jheelam Banerjee, Quiang Cao, Xin Cui, Jia Jing, Lin Zha, Fenfen Li, Bingzhong Xue, Hang Shi, Michael B Zemel
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Nicotinic acid (NA), a lipid-lowering drug, serves as a source of NAD(+), the cofactor for Sirt1. Leucine (Leu) stimulates the AMPK/Sirt1 axis and amplifies the effects of other AMPK/Sirt1 activating compounds. Therefore, we tested the interactive effects of leucine and low dose NA on AMPK/Sirt1 signaling and downstream effects of lipid metabolism in cell culture, C. elegans and mice. METHODS: LDL-receptor knockout mice were fed an atherogenic Western diet supplemented with leucine (24 g/kg diet) and sub-therapeutic NA combinations (50 mg/kg diet and 250 mg/kg diet) or low therapeutic NA (1000 mg/kg diet) for 8 weeks to evaluate markers of hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis...
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533658/checkpoint-inhibitors-in-gastrointestinal-cancers-expectations-and-reality
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EDITORIAL
Hampig Raphael Kourie, Samer Tabchi, Marwan Ghosn
Immune checkpoint inhibitors represent revolutionary anti-cancer agents, being rapidly approved in different malignancies and settings. Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers represent a wide variety of tumors with specific characteristics and different responses to various therapeutic alternatives; while some are chemo-sensitive others are chemo-resistant and only respond to more aggressive cytotoxic regimens, targeted therapies or a combination of both. Preliminary results of immune checkpoint inhibitors in some GI cancers are promising, namely in hepatocellular carcinoma, anal cancers and microsatellite instability high colorectal cancers...
May 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533404/repression-of-phosphatidylinositol-transfer-protein-%C3%AE-ameliorates-the-pathology-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Natassia M Vieira, Janelle M Spinazzola, Matthew S Alexander, Yuri B Moreira, Genri Kawahara, Devin E Gibbs, Lillian C Mead, Sergio Verjovski-Almeida, Mayana Zatz, Louis M Kunkel
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive muscle wasting disease caused by X-linked inherited mutations in the DYSTROPHIN (DMD) gene. Absence of dystrophin protein from the sarcolemma causes severe muscle degeneration, fibrosis, and inflammation, ultimately leading to cardiorespiratory failure and premature death. Although there are several promising strategies under investigation to restore dystrophin protein expression, there is currently no cure for DMD, and identification of genetic modifiers as potential targets represents an alternative therapeutic strategy...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532589/erosive-pustular-dermatosis-of-the-leg-a-prospective-multicentre-observational-study-of-36-cases
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P Nicol, G Perceau, C Barbe, P Bernard
BACKGROUND: Erosive pustular dermatosis of the leg (EPDL) is a poorly understood entity first described by Lanigan and Cotteril in 1987. Its clinical diagnosis is based on exclusion since the physiopathology is unknown. The primary objective of this investigation was to specify the clinical aspects and outcomes in a prospective study. The secondary objectives were to describe associated diseases, the circumstances of occurrence, and the laboratory tests used. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a prospective study that included 45 patients selected by members of the Angiology-Dermatology Group of the SFD (French Dermatology Society) at 13 centres between 01/09/2013 and 31/10/2014...
May 19, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532252/chronic-subthreshold-cortical-stimulation-a-therapeutic-and-potentially-restorative-therapy-for-focal-epilepsy
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Brian Nils Lundstrom, Gregory A Worrell, Matt Stead, Jamie J Van Gompel
Approximately one third of patients with focal epilepsy continue to have ongoing seizures despite adequate trials of anti-seizure medications. Surgery to remove the epileptogenic zone remains the most efficacious treatment option for focal drug-resistant epilepsy. However, when cortical areas are eloquent or there are multiple epileptogenic zones, surgical resection is not an ideal approach. Cortical stimulation provides an attractive alternative. Area Covered: Here, the authors describe Chronic Subthreshold Cortical Stimulation (CSCS), which uses continuous intracranial electrical stimulation applied near the epileptogenic zone to lower seizure probability...
May 22, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532232/a-two-week-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-of-viola-odorata-echium-amoenum-and-physalis-alkekengi-mixture-in-symptomatic-benign-prostate-hyperplasia-bph-men
#17
Fatemeh Beiraghdar, Behzad Einollahi, Alireza Ghadyani, Yunes Panahi, Abbas Hadjiakhoondi, Mahdi Vazirian, Ali Salarytabar, Behrad Darvishi
CONTEXT: As an alternative approach, administration of phytotherapeutic agents in management of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), is rapidly growing each day. Different authors have indicated effectiveness of Viola odorata L. (Violaceae), Echium amoenum Fisch. & C.A.Mey. (Boraginaceae) and Physalis alkekengi L. (Solanaceae) in treatment of BPH. However, none have reported the beneficial outcomes of the mixture yet. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the therapeutical effects of V...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531316/a-comprehensive-method-to-quantify-adaptations-by-male-and-female-mice-with-hot-flashes-induced-by-the-neurokinin-b-receptor-agonist-senktide
#18
Ashley A Krull, Sarah A Larsen, Donald K Clifton, Genevieve Neal-Perry, Robert A Steiner
Vasomotor symptoms (VMS, or hot flashes) plague millions of reproductive age men and women who have natural or iatrogenic loss of sex steroid production. Many affected individuals are left without treatment options because of contraindications to hormone replacement therapy and the lack of equally effective non-hormonal alternatives. Moreover, development of safer, more effective therapies has been stymied by the lack of an animal model that recapitulates the hot flash phenomenon and enables direct testing of hypotheses regarding the pathophysiology underlying hot flashes...
May 22, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531172/experimental-evaluation-of-cryopreservative-solutions-to-maintain-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-infectivity-of-p-berghei-sporozoites
#19
Naresh Singh, Samantha J Barnes, Sandra Kennedy, John H Adams
The rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei is an excellent model organism for laboratory-based experimental evaluation of anti-malarial therapeutics prior to studies with human malaria parasites. The rodent model is especially important for evaluation of pre-erythrocytic (PE) stage therapies, especially as current efforts to develop new PE vaccines and drugs is limited by access to P. falciparum and P. vivax sporozoites. Developing a more effective method for cryopreservation of sporozoites would help improve access to sporozoites for laboratories lacking suitable insectary facilities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530395/rapid-detection-of-prosthetic-joint-infection-based-on-magnetically-assisted-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-ma-sers
#20
Ariana Fargasova, Anna Balzerova, Robert Prucek, Miroslava Htoutou Sedláková, Katerina Bogdanova, Jiri Gallo, Milan Kolar, Vaclav Ranc, Radek Zboril
Accurate and rapid diagnosis of prosthetic joint infection (PJI) is vital for rational and effective therapeutic management of this condition. Several diagnostic strategies have been developed for discriminating between infected and non-infected cases. However, none of them can reliably diagnose the whole spectrum of clinical presentations of PJI. Here we report a new method for PJI detection based on magnetically assisted surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (MA-SERS) using streptavidin-modified magnetic nanoparticles (MNP@Strep) whose surface is functionalized with suitable biotinylated antibodies and then coated with silver nanoparticles by self-assembly...
May 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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