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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922781/toxicity-of-extended-adjuvant-therapy-with-aromatase-inhibitors-in-early-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hadar Goldvaser, Tristan A Barnes, Boštjan Šeruga, David W Cescon, Alberto Ocaña, Domen Ribnikar, Eitan Amir
Background: A number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have reported improvement in breast cancer outcomes from extending treatment with aromatase inhibitors (AIs) beyond the initial five years after diagnosis. However, the toxicity profile of extended AIs is uncertain. Methods: We identified RCTs that compared extended AIs to placebo or no treatment using MEDLINE and a review of abstracts from key conferences between 2013 and 2016. Odds ratios (ORs), 95% confidence intervals (CIs), absolute risks, and the number needed to harm (NNH) were computed for prespecified safety and tolerability outcomes including cardiovascular events, bone fractures, second cancers (excluding new breast cancer), treatment discontinuation for adverse events, and death without recurrence...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922758/the-role-of-arabidopsis-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-genes-in-response-to-high-temperature-and-stress-combinations
#2
Junyi Zhao, Tagnon D Missihoun, Dorothea Bartels
Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDH) are a family of enzymes that are involved in plant metabolism and contribute to aldehyde homeostasis to eliminate toxic aldehydes. The ALDH enzymes produce NADPH and NADH in their enzymatic reactions and thus contribute to balancing redox equivalents. Previous studies showed that Arabidopsis ALDH genes are expressed in response to high salinity, dehydration, oxidative stress, or heavy metals, suggesting important roles in environmental adaptation. However, the role of ALDH genes in high temperature and stress combinations (heat stress combined with dehydration, wounding, or salt stress) is unclear...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922729/lithium-induced-oxidative-damage-and-inflammation-in-the-rat-s-heart-protective-effect-of-grape-seed-and-skin-extract
#3
Ali Mezni, Hanène Aoua, Olfa Khazri, Ferid Limam, Ezzeddine Aouani
Lithium (Li) is a relevant mood stabilizer metal for the treatment of bipolar disorder (BD), as it protects from both depression and mania and reduces the risk of suicide. However, Lihas some clinical concerns as a narrow therapeutic index requiring routine monitoring of the serum level. The present study was designed to analyze the cardio-toxic side effect of Li and the ability of grape seed and skin extract (GSSE) to protect the heart against such toxicity. After 30days of exposure to Li (0, 2, 5 and 100mg/kg bw) and prevention with GSSE (4000mg/kg bw), rats were killed by decapitation and their heart processed for Li-induced oxidative stress...
September 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922724/oyster-ostrea-plicatula-gmelin-polysaccharides-intervention-ameliorates-cyclophosphamide-induced-genotoxicity-and-hepatotoxicity-in-mice-via-the-nrf2-are-pathway
#4
Shuting Lin, Gengxin Hao, Min Long, Fei Lai, Qingqin Li, Yongmei Xiong, Yan Tian, Dong Lai
In this study, we explored the protective effects of oyster (Ostrea plicatula Gmelin) polysaccharides (OPS) against genotoxicity and liver injury induced by cyclophosphamide (CP) in BALB/c mice. OPS was administered to mice at doses of 100 and 200mg/kg for 7 consecutive days, then 50mg/kg CP was injected via abdomen. Then mice were sacrificed and samples were collected. Bone marrow micronuclei (MN) and polychromatic erythrocytes (PCE): normochromatic erythrocytes (NCE) ratio were calculated to evaluate CP induced genetic toxicity...
September 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922717/magnetic-nanoparticle-loaded-alginate-beads-for-local-micro-actuation-of-in-vitro-tissue-constructs
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Awatef M Alshehri, Otto C Wilson, Bishnu Dahal, John Philip, Xiaolong Luo, Christopher B Raub
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) self-align and transduce magnetic force, two properties which lead to promising applications in cell and tissue engineering. However, the toxicity of MNPs to cells which uptake them is a major impediment to applications in engineered tissue constructs. To address this problem, MNPs were embedded in millimeter-scale alginate beads, coated with glutaraldehyde cross-linked chitosan, and loaded in acellular and MDA-MB-231 cancer cell-seeded collagen hydrogels, providing local micro-actuation under an external magnetic field...
September 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922714/atmospheric-levels-and-cytotoxicity-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-oxygenated-pahs-in-pm2-5-in-the-beijing-tianjin-hebei-region
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Xinyi Niu, Steven Sai Hang Ho, Kin Fai Ho, Yu Huang, Jian Sun, Qiyuan Wang, Yaqing Zhou, Zhuzi Zhao, Junji Cao
The chemical composition of PM2.5 and cellular effects from exposure to fine aerosol extracts were studied for samples collected in Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, and Hengshui, China in winter 2015. Effects of priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their oxygenated derivatives (OPAHs) in PM2.5 on cell cultures were a major focus of the study. Total quantified PAHs and OPAHs at Shijiazhuang and Hengshui were higher than at Beijing and Tianjin, and benz(a)anthracene, chrysene and 1,8-naphthalic anhydride were the most abundant species...
September 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922497/mutual-independence-of-alkaline-and-calcium-mediated-signalling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-refutes-the-existence-of-a-conserved-druggable-signalling-nexus
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Omar Loss, Margherita Bertuzzi, Yu Yan, Natalie Fedorova, Bethany L McCann, Darius Armstrong-James, Eduardo A Espeso, Nick D Read, William C Nierman, Elaine M Bignell
Functional coupling of calcium- and alkaline responsive signalling occurs in multiple fungi to afford efficient cation homeostasis. Host microenvironments exert alkaline stress and potentially toxic concentrations of Ca(2+) , such that highly conserved regulators of both calcium- (Crz) and pH- (PacC/Rim) responsive signalling are crucial for fungal pathogenicity. Drugs targeting calcineurin are potent antifungal agents but also perturb human immunity thereby negating their use as anti-infectives, abrogation of alkaline signalling has therefore been postulated as an adjunctive antifungal strategy...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922455/stem-cell-mobilization-in-patients-with-dialysis-dependent-multiple-myeloma-report-of-the-polish-multiple-myeloma-group
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Anna Waszczuk-Gajda, Joanna Drozd-Sokołowska, Piotr Boguradzki, Jarosław Dybko, Tomasz Wróbel, Grzegorz Władysław Basak, Krzysztof Mądry, Emilian Snarski, Grzegorz Charliński, Ewa Frączak, Joanna Matuszkiewicz-Rowińska, Marian Klinger, Hanna Augustyniak-Bartosik, Magdalena Krajewska, Paweł Żebrowski, Maria Król, Elżbieta Urbanowska, Artur Jurczyszyn, Michał Taszner, Wieslaw Wiktor Jędrzejczak, Jadwiga Dwilewicz-Trojaczek
INTRODUCTION: High-dose chemotherapy with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (auto-HSCT) improves the outcome of patients with multiple myeloma (MM). It seems that auto-HSCT is also a feasible therapeutic option in MM dialysis-dependent (MMDD) patients. However, to perform transplantation, a sufficient number of stem cells must be collected. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Given that data on mobilization of auto-HSC efficacy and safety in dialysis-dependent patients are limited, we report data from all Polish Centers belonging to the Polish Multiple Myeloma Group...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922384/effects-of-salinity-and-drought-on-growth-ionic-relations-compatible-solutes-and-activation-of-antioxidant-systems-in-oleander-nerium-oleander-l
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Dinesh Kumar, Mohamad Al Hassan, Miguel A Naranjo, Veena Agrawal, Monica Boscaiu, Oscar Vicente
Nerium oleander is an ornamental species of high aesthetic value, grown in arid and semi-arid regions because of its drought tolerance, which is also considered as relatively resistant to salt; yet the biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying oleander's stress tolerance remain largely unknown. To investigate these mechanisms, one-year-old oleander seedlings were exposed to 15 and 30 days of treatment with increasing salt concentrations, up to 800 mM NaCl, and to complete withholding of irrigation; growth parameters and biochemical markers characteristic of conserved stress-response pathways were then determined in stressed and control plants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922287/pregabalin-toxicity-manifesting-as-reversible-encephalopathy-with-continuous-triphasic-waves-in-electroencephalogram
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Mihir Parekh, Gopal Krishna Dash, Isthiaque Ahamed
A 74-year-old man with peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes presented with deliberate ingestion of 450 mg of pregabalin (PBG) over a period of 8 hours followed by altered mental status. A bedside electroencephalogram was performed to rule out nonconvulsive status epilepticus, which showed continuous triphasic waves (TWs) with slow background activity. He recovered after 48 hours of stopping PBG, and his repeat electroencephalogram after 72 hours did not show any TWs. We present a rare case of PBG-induced TWs thereby highlighting the extent of the etiologic spectrum of TWs and discussing the literature related to this association...
September 2017: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921992/a-mechanistic-understanding-of-the-synergistic-potential-of-azole-fungicides-in-the-aquatic-invertebrate-gammarus-pulex
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Andrea Rösch, Michele Gottardi, Caroline Vignet, Nina Cedergreen, Juliane Hollender
Azole fungicides are known inhibitors of the important enzyme class cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (CYPs), thereby influencing the detoxification of co-occurring substances via biotransformation. This synergism in mixtures containing an azole has mostly been studied by effect measurements, while the underlying mechanism has been less well investigated. In this study, six azole fungicides (cyproconazole, epoxiconazole, ketoconazole, prochloraz, propiconazole and tebuconazole) were selected to investigate their synergistic potential and their CYP inhibition strength in the aquatic invertebrate Gammarus pulex...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921991/direct-palladium-catalyzed-carbonylative-transformation-of-allylic-alcohols-and-related-derivatives
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Fu-Peng Wu, Jin-Bao Peng, Lu-Yang Fu, Xinxin Qi, Xiao-Feng Wu
A direct, palladium-catalyzed, carbonylative transformation of allylic alcohols for the synthesis of β,γ-unsaturated carboxylic acids has been developed. With formic acid as the CO source, various allylic alcohols were conveniently transformed into the corresponding β,γ-unsaturated carboxylic acids with excellent linear and (E)-selectivity. The reaction was performed under mild conditions; toxic CO gas manipulation and high-pressure equipment were avoided in this procedure.
September 18, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921946/biomimetic-magnetosomes-as-versatile-artificial-antigen-presenting-cells-to-potentiate-t-cell-based-anticancer-therapy
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Qianmei Zhang, Wei Wei, Peiling Wang, Liping Zuo, Feng Li, Jin Xu, Xiaobo Xi, Xiaoyong Gao, Guanghui Ma, Hai-Yan Xie
Adoptive T-cell transfer for cancer therapy relies on both effective ex vivo T cell expansion and in vivo targeting performance. One promising but challenging method for accomplishing this purpose is to construct multifunctional artificial antigen-presenting cells (aAPCs). We herein developed biomimetic magnetosomes as versatile aAPCs, wherein magnetic nanoclusters were coated with azide-engineered leucocyte membranes and then decorated with T-cell stimuli through copper-free click chemistry. These novel nano aAPCs not only exhibited high performance for antigen-specific cytotoxic T cell (CTL) expansion and stimulation but also visually and effectively guided reinfused CTLs to tumor tissues through magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic control...
September 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921896/evaluating-potential-risks-of-food-allergy-and-toxicity-of-soy-leghemoglobin-expressed-in-pichia-pastoris
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Yuan Jin, Xiaoyun He, Kwame Andoh-Kumi, Rachel Z Fraser, Mei Lu, Richard E Goodman
SCOPE: The Soybean (Glycine max) leghemoglobin c2 (LegHb) gene was introduced into Pichia pastoris yeast for sustainable production of a heme-carrying protein, for organoleptic use in plant-based meat. The potential allergenicity and toxicity of LegHb and 17 Pichia host-proteins each representing ≥1% of total protein in production batches were evaluated by literature review, bioinformatics sequence comparisons to known allergens or toxins, and in vitro pepsin digestion. METHODS AND RESULTS: Literature searches found no evidence of allergenicity or toxicity for these proteins...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921887/chemical-components-biological-activities-and-toxicological-evaluation-of-the-fruit-aril-of-two-precious-plant-species-from-genus-taxus
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Na Li, Zheng Pan, Dan Zhang, Huaxing Wang, Bao Yu, Shengping Zhao, Jiajia Guo, Jianwei Wang, Ling Yao, Weiguo Cao
The fruit (aril) of the endangered genus Taxus plants is an abandoned herbal resource. Traditionally, people enthusiasticly focus on its bark, its renewable, tremendous arils fall into the soil with seeds after they are mature. The present research investigated the fruit of two species from the genus Taxus, Taxus chinensis var. mairei and Taxus media, with regards to their antioxidant and antihyperglycaemic activities, safety, and bioactive constituents. Results showed that T. chinensis var. mairei and T. media both had certain biological activities with T...
September 18, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921839/hepatoblastoma-in-children-aged-less-than-six-months-at-diagnosis-a-report-from-the-siopel-group
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Patrizia Dall'Igna, Laurence Brugieres, Anne Sanlaville Christin, Rudolf Maibach, Michela Casanova, Rita Alaggio, Jean de Ville de Goyet, Jozsef Zsiros, Bruce Morland, Piotr Czauderna, Margaret Childs, Daniel C Aronson, Sophie Branchereau, Penelope Brock, Giorgio Perilongo
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical characteristics, treatment, and survival of children, who were diagnosed with hepatoblastoma (HB) in their first 6 months of age, enrolled in the SIOPEL 2 and 3 protocols. METHODS: Seventy-nine patients, treated between 1994 and 2006, were analyzed after stratification into three age groups: <1 month, between 1 and 3 months, and between 3 and 6 months. All received preoperative chemotherapy. RESULTS: Clinical characteristics were similar in both trials: 4 patients had pulmonary metastases at diagnosis, 4 had α-fetoprotein <100 ng/ml, 68 were operated by partial hepatectomy, and 7 received liver transplant...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921818/blinatumomab-activity-in-a-patient-with-down-syndrome-b-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Aman Wadhwa, Matthew A Kutny, Ana C Xavier
Persistent minimal residual disease (MRD) after consolidation may indicate chemotherapy insensitivity in B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BP-ALL). Given the strong association of MRD and outcome in non-Down syndrome (non-DS) BP-ALL, it is likely that MRD levels are also of prognostic significance in DS BP-ALL. We report here the successful use of blinatumomab, a bispecific T-cell engager antibody construct, in a patient with DS BP-ALL and persistent MRD at the end of consolidation. Blinatumomab has been shown to have excellent results in patients with relapsed/refractory BP-ALL...
September 17, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921781/valganciclovir-vgcv-followed-by-cytomegalovirus-cmv-hyperimmune-globulin-compared-to-vgcv-for-200-days-in-abdominal-organ-transplant-recipients-at-high-risk-for-cmv-infection-a-prospective-randomized-pilot-study
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James N Fleming, David J Taber, Nicole A Weimert, Satish Nadig, John W McGillicuddy, Charles F Bratton, Prabhakar K Baliga, Kenneth D Chavin
BACKGROUND: With the advent of effective antivirals against cytomegalovirus (CMV), use of CMV hyperimmune globulin has decreased. Although antiviral prophylaxis in patients at high risk for CMV is effective, many patients still have late infection, never developing antibodies sufficient to achieve immunity. Utilizing a combination of antiviral and CMV immunoglobulin G may allow patients to achieve immunity and decrease late CMV infections. METHODS: This was a prospective randomized, open-label, pilot study comparing valganciclovir (VGCV) prophylaxis for 200 days vs VGCV for 100 days followed by CMV HIG in abdominal transplant recipients at high risk for CMV...
September 16, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921749/functional-specific-t-cell-expansion-after-first-cytomegalovirus-reactivation-predicts-viremia-control-in-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
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Miriam Ciáurriz, Lorea Beloki, Amaya Zabalza, Eva Bandrés, Cristina Mansilla, Estela Pérez-Valderrama, Mercedes Lachén, Mercedes Rodríguez-Calvillo, Natalia Ramírez, Eduardo Olavarría
BACKGROUND: The use of preemptive antiviral therapy to prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (allo-HSCT) recipients might result in over-treatment, inducing drug-related toxicity and viral resistance. A search for predictive markers is needed, to determine requirement for antiviral therapy. Clinical follow-up, in combination with the use of streptamers (STs) and cytokine-intracellular staining, could help to identify patients at high risk for CMV reactivations...
September 16, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921723/effect-of-prophylactic-cefalexin-treatment-on-the-development-of-bacterial-infection-in-acute-radiation-induced-dermatitis-in-dogs-a-blinded-randomized-controlled-prospective-clinical-trial
#20
Michele A Keyerleber, Lluís Ferrer
BACKGROUND: Acute radiation-induced dermatitis (ARID) is a common sequela of radiation therapy and carries the risk of secondary bacterial skin infection. No standard of care exists for managing canine ARID and evidence-based guidelines are lacking; however, prophylactic use of antibiotics is common. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of prophylactic cefalexin on the prevalence and severity of bacterial infection in canine ARID. ANIMALS: Seventeen dogs treated with definitive-intent radiotherapy...
September 18, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
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