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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822046/body-mass-index-and-clinical-response-to-intravenous-or-subcutaneous-abatacept-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino, Rieke Alten, Eduardo Mysler, Manuela Le Bars, June Ye, Bindu Murthy, Julia Heitzmann, Radu Vadanici, Gianfranco Ferraccioli
This post hoc analysis of ACQUIRE (NCT00559585) explored the effect of baseline body mass index (BMI) on the pharmacokinetics of and clinical response to subcutaneous (SC) or intravenous (IV) abatacept in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). ACQUIRE was a phase 3b, 6-month, double-blind, double-dummy study in which patients with RA were randomized (1:1) to SC (fixed - dose; 125 mg/week) or IV (weight-tiered; ~ 10 mg/kg/month) abatacept plus methotrexate. In this analysis, minimum abatacept plasma concentration (Cmin) was measured at 3 and 6 months, and clinical remission over 6 months was assessed by Disease Activity Score 28 (C-reactive protein; DAS28 [CRP], < 2...
August 18, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821984/nonassociation-of-homocysteine-gene-polymorphisms-with-treatment-outcome-in-south-indian-tamil-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#2
Niveditha Muralidharan, Reena Gulati, Durga Prasanna Misra, Vir S Negi
The aim of the study was to look for any association of MTR 2756A>G and MTRR 66A>G gene polymorphisms with clinical phenotype, methotrexate (MTX) treatment response, and MTX-induced adverse events in South Indian Tamil patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A total of 335 patients with RA were investigated. MTR 2756A>G gene polymorphism was analyzed by PCR-RFLP, and MTRR 66A>G SNP was analyzed by TaqMan 5' nuclease assay. The allele frequencies were compared with HapMap groups. MTR 2756G allele was found to be associated with risk of developing RA...
August 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821463/lymphatic-transport-and-lymph-node-targeting-of-methotrexate-conjugated-pegylated-dendrimers-is-enhanced-by-reducing-the-length-of-the-drug-linker-or-masking-interactions-with-the-injection-site
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Gemma M Ryan, Victoria M McLeod, Dharmini Mehta, Brian D Kelly, Pauline C Stanislawski, David J Owen, Lisa M Kaminskas, Christopher J H Porter
Drug conjugation to dendrimer-based delivery systems has been shown to enhance delivery to the lymphatic system after subcutaneous administration. Dendrimer interaction with components of the interstitium at the injection site, however, may prevent drainage from the injection site. The current study sought to vary the length of a linker employed to conjugate methotrexate (MTX) to a PEGylated dendrimer, in an attempt to reduce MTX interaction with interstitial binding sites and enhance lymphatic drainage. Dendrimers with shorter linkers resulted in higher lymphatic drainage, presumably via shielding of interaction sites by the PEG mantle, but were not retained in lymph nodes...
August 15, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819543/diosmin-attenuates-methotrexate-induced-hepatic-renal-and-cardiac-injury-a-biochemical-and-histopathological-study-in-mice
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Mohamed M Abdel-Daim, Hesham A Khalifa, Abdelrahman Ibrahim Abushouk, Mohamed A Dkhil, Saleh A Al-Quraishy
The current study was designed to investigate the beneficial role of diosmin, a biologically active flavonoid, against methotrexate- (MTX-) induced hepatic, renal, and cardiac injuries in mice. Male Swiss albino mice received a single intraperitoneal injection of MTX (at 20 mg/kg, body weight) either alone or in combination with oral diosmin (at 50 or 100 mg/kg body weight, for 10 days). Serum was used to evaluate tissue injury markers, while hepatic, renal, and cardiac tissue samples were obtained for determination of antioxidant activity as well as histopathological examination...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817201/exposure-response-modeling-and-power-analysis-of-components-of-acr-response-criteria-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-part-2-continuous-model
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Liang Li, Yi Zhang, Lian Ma, Ping Ji, Sarah Yim, Badrul A Chowdhury, Suresh Doddapaneni, Jiang Liu, Yaning Wang, Chandrahas Sahajwalla
Population pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) models were developed to quantitate the exposure-response relationships using continuous longitudinal data on American College of Rheumatology (ACR) subcomponents, that is, tender-joint count (TJC), swollen-joint count (SJC), C-reactive protein, patient's assessment of pain, patient's global assessment of disease activity, physician's global assessment of disease activity, and patient's assessment of physical function for 5 biologics approved for use in rheumatoid arthritis...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817199/exposure-response-modeling-and-power-analysis-of-components-of-acr-response-criteria-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-part-1-binary-model
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Liang Li, Yi Zhang, Lian Ma, Ping Ji, Sarah Yim, Badrul Chowdhury, Suresh Doddapaneni, Jiang Liu, Yaning Wang, Chandrahas Sahajwalla
American College of Rheumatology (ACR) response criteria is used to assess improvement in tender and swollen joint counts and in 3 of the 5 core measures (acute-phase reactant, physician global assessment, patient global assessment, pain, and physical function). From the clinical trial data on 5 approved biological products for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, population pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic models were developed to quantitatively describe the relationship between exposure and response rates of 3 individual components of ACR response criteria...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816983/characteristics-of-turkish-patients-with-elderly-onset-psoriatic-arthritis-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#7
Senol Kobak, Fidan Yildiz, Ahmet Karaarslan, Huseyin Semiz, Mehmet Orman
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflamatory disease characterized with axial and peripheral joints involvement. It rarely affects patients older than 65 years old.The purpose of this study is to compare and evaluate the demographic, clinical and laboratory features of elderly-onset psoriatic arthritis (EOPsA) and young-onset (YOPsA) patients.A total of 180 patients diagnosed with PsA according to CASPAR criteria and followed-up in single center were included in this study. The patients with initial symptoms started after age 65 were accepted as EOPsA...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816932/postmenopausal-choriocarcinoma-a-rare-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Na Guo, Rutie Yin, Qingli Li, Liang Song, Danqing Wang
OBJECTIVE: Choriocarcinoma is rare in postmenopausal women, and an early diagnosis contributes to a potential cure. METHODS: We report a rare case of a postmenopausal woman with choriocarcinoma. The 61-year-old patient presented with irregular vaginal bleeding, 11 years after menopause and 30 years after the birth of the last child. RESULTS: Radiological investigation found a 3-cm mass on the lower left part of the vaginal wall, and also bilateral lung nodules...
August 14, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816803/induction-methotrexate-cisplatin-and-5-fluorouracil-versus-cisplatin-and-5-fluorouracil-followed-by-radiotherapy-in-pediatric-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-a-retrospective-analysis-in-a-tertiary-cancer-center
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Abdelatif Al Mousa, Ramiz Abu-Hijlih, Ahmed Salem, Iyad Sultan, Layth Mula-Hussain, Taleb Ismael, Issa Mohamad
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to compare treatment outcomes of methotrexate, cisplatin, and 5-fluorouracil (MPF) or cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil (PF) in pediatric NPC patients treated with sequential chemoradiotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 25 patients aged 18 years or below with stage II-IV NPC treated with IC using PF (n=16) or MPF (n=9) followed by radiotherapy between 2003 and 2009 were retrospectively reviewed. Radiotherapy dose was 61.2 to 66...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815865/bone-marrow-and-adipose-mesenchymal-stem-cells-attenuate-cardiac-fibrosis-induced-by-methotrexate-in-rats
#10
Ebtehal Mohammad Fikry, Wedad A Hassan, Amany M Gad
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are an ideal adult stem cell with capacity for self-renewal and differentiation with an extensive tissue distribution. The present study evaluates the therapeutic effects of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) or adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AD-MSCs) against the development of methotrexate (MTX)-induced cardiac fibrosis versus dexamethasone (DEX). Rats were allocated into five groups; group 1, received normal saline orally; group 2, received MTX (14 mg/kg/week for 2 weeks); groups 3 and 4, treated once with 2 × 10(6) cells of MTX + BM-MSCs and MTX + AD-MSCs, respectively; and group 5, MTX + DEX (0...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815320/inhibitory-growth-evaluation-and-apoptosis-induction-in-mcf-7-cancer-cells-by-new-5-aryl-2-butylthio-1-3-4-oxadiazole-derivatives
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Rashmin Khanam, Kamal Ahmad, Iram I Hejazi, Ibrar A Siddique, Vikash Kumar, Abdul Roouf Bhat, Amir Azam, Fareeda Athar
BACKGROUND: Cancer has become one of the global health issues and it is the life-threatening disease characterized by unrestrained growth of cells. Despite various advances being adopted by chemotherapeutic management, the use of the current anticancer drugs such as Doxorubicin, Asparginase, Methotrexate, Vincristine remains limited due to high toxicity, side effects and developing drug resistance. Apoptosis is a crucial cellular process and improper regulation of apoptotic signaling pathways may lead to cancer formation...
August 16, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814660/sustained-immune-tolerance-induction-in-enzyme-replacement-therapy-treated-crim-negative-patients-with-infantile-pompe-disease
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Zoheb B Kazi, Ankit K Desai, Kathryn L Berrier, R Bradley Troxler, Raymond Y Wang, Omar A Abdul-Rahman, Pranoot Tanpaiboon, Nancy J Mendelsohn, Eli Herskovitz, David Kronn, Michal Inbar-Feigenberg, Catherine Ward-Melver, Michelle Polan, Punita Gupta, Amy S Rosenberg, Priya S Kishnani
BACKGROUND: Cross-reactive immunological material-negative (CRIM-negative) infantile Pompe disease (IPD) patients develop an immune response against enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with alglucosidase alfa that nullifies ERT efficacy. Prophylactic immune tolerance induction (ITI) with rituximab, methotrexate, and IVIG successfully prevents development of deleterious rhGAA IgG antibodies; however, safety, likelihood of success, and long-term efficacy of ITI in a larger cohort remain unknown...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812149/-uveitis-in-spondyloarthritis
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M Rudwaleit, K Walscheid, A Heiligenhaus
Acute anterior uveitis (AAU) is the most frequent uveitis subtype. It is often associated with HLA-B27 and with inflammatory rheumatic diseases, in particular with spondyloarthritis (SpA), which itself is strongly associated with HLA-B27. About 40-60% of patients with AAU have an associated spondyloarthritis, and 20-40% of patients with spondyloarthritis also have uveitis. The incidence of AAU in patients with SpA clearly correlates with disease duration. The AAU has an acute onset, usually affects only one eye at a time, and shows a tendency for recurrence...
August 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812127/-uveitis-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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I Foeldvari, K Walscheid, A Heiligenhaus
BACKGROUND: Uveitis is the most common extra-articular manifestation of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). It occurs, according to German registry data, in around 12% of JIA patients and can lead to a loss of vision, especially in cases of delayed diagnosis and/or inadequate therapy. OBJECTIVE: A review of current aspects of diagnosis and therapy was carried out. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a review article of the current literature. RESULTS: The risk of uveitis is significantly elevated in patients with an oligoarticular course of JIA, ANA positivity and young age at onset of JIA...
August 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810954/the-use-of-apremilast-to-treat-psoriasis-during-deployment
#15
Alexandra Rosenberg, Jon Meyerle
Psoriasis is a chronic immune-mediated dermatologic disorder affecting approximately 2% of the general population. Under current U.S. Army regulation, the diagnosis of psoriasis is a bar to enlistment or appointment and, if poorly controlled, is grounds for referral to a Medical Evaluation Board and potential discharge from military service, according to Army Regulation 40-501. However, between 2008 and 2015, over 3,600 soldiers sought care for psoriasis while deployed to combat theaters, indicating that psoriasis remains a significant medical concern in the U...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809429/dissection-of-the-module-network-implementation-lemontree-enhancements-towards-applications-in-metagenomics-and-translation-in-autoimmune-maladies
#16
Youtao Lu, Xiaoyuan Zhou, Christine Nardini
Under the current deluge of omics, module networks distinctively emerge as methods capable of not only identifying inherently coherent groups (modules), thus reducing dimensionality, but also hypothesizing cause-effect relationships between modules and their regulators. Module networks were first designed in the transcriptomic era and further exploited in the multi-omic context to assess (for example) miRNA regulation of gene expression. Despite a number of available implementations, expansion of module networks to other omics is constrained by a limited characterization of the solutions' (modules plus regulators) accuracy and stability - an immediate need for the better characterization of molecular biology complexity in silico...
August 15, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809129/effect-of-methotrexate-vitamin-b12-on-dna-methylation-as-a-potential-factor-in-leukemia-treatment-related-neurotoxicity
#17
Victoria J Forster, Alex McDonnell, Rachel Theobald, Jill A McKay
Methotrexate (MTX) is administered to treat childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It acts by inhibiting dihydrofolate reductase which reduces methyltetrahydrofolate, a key component in one carbon metabolism, thus reducing cell proliferation. Further perturbations to one carbon metabolism, such as reduced vitamin B12 levels via the use of nitrous oxide for sedation during childhood ALL treatment, may increase neurotoxicity risk. With B12 as an enzymatic cofactor, methyltetrahydrofolate is essential to produce methionine, which is critical for DNA methylation...
August 15, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808515/palpitations-as-a-presenting-feature-of-multisystem-sarcoidosis
#18
Richie Manikat, Julieta Gilson, Mahesh Krishnamurthy, Koroush Khalighi
Introduction: Sarcoidosis is described as a systemic condition characterized by non-caseating granulomas in multiple organs. In this report, we present an unusual manifestation of cardiac sarcoidosis and review management strategies. Case presentation: A 29-year-old African-American man presented with weight loss, fatigue, dyspnea, palpitations, night sweats, painless left eye redness and bilateral leg pain over the course of three months. His physical exam revealed left conjunctival congestion and bilateral crackles on auscultation...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808494/severe-fibrosing-mediastinitis-with-atypical-presentation-effective-control-with-novel-therapeutic-approach
#19
Abdulaziz Uthman Joury, Ahmad Amer Al Boukai, Tarek Seifaw Kashour
Fibrosing mediastinitis (FM), also known as sclerosing mediastinitis, is an uncommon but serious disease involving the mediastinal structures. A high index of suspicion is essential to establish the diagnosis of FM and starting the appropriate therapy for patients. Here, we report a case of a young female who presented with chest symptoms and subsequently underwent different laboratory and radiologic investigations and an excisional biopsy. The findings of these investigations were consistent with the diagnosis of idiopathic FM...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806666/doxorubicin-loaded-environmentally-friendly-carbon-dots-as-a-novel-drug-delivery-system-for-nucleus-targeted-cancer-therapy
#20
Yifang Yuan, Bin Guo, Liying Hao, Na Liu, Yunfeng Lin, Wushuang Guo, Xiaoguang Li, Bin Gu
Chemotherapy is widely applied against various kinds of carcinoma. Generally, chemotherapeutic agents, such as Doxorubicin (DOX), Paclitaxel (PTX), 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU), Methotrexate (MTX), and Vinblastine (VLB) are combined with a view to maximizing their efficacy. Unfortunately, chemotherapeutics are indiscriminate and also kill normal healthy cells, resulting in serious side effects. This non-productive and destructive distribution of chemotherapeutics is regarded as one of the largest problems associated with chemotherapy...
July 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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