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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782847/optogenetic-induction-of-colonic-motility-in-mice
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Timothy J Hibberd, Jing Feng, Jialie Luo, Pu Yang, Vijay K Samineni, Robert W Gereau, Nigel Kelley, Hongzhen Hu, Nick J Spencer
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Strategies are needed to increase gastrointestinal transit without systemic pharmacologic agents. We investigated whether optogenetics, focal application of light to control enteric nervous system excitability, could be used to evoke propagating contractions and increase colonic transit in mice. METHODS: We generated transgenic mice with Cre-mediated expression of light-sensitive channelrhodopsin-2 (CHR2) in calretinin neurons (CAL-ChR2 Cre+ mice); Cre- littermates served as controls...
May 18, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782633/macrothrombocytopenia-renal-dysfunction-and-nephrotic-syndrome-in-a-young-male-patient-a-case-report-of-myh9-related-disease
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Gabriela Sevignani, Giovana Memari Pavanelli, Sibele Sauzem Milano, Bianca Ramos Ferronato, Maria Aparecida Pachaly, Hae Ii Cheong, Mauricio de Carvalho, Fellype Carvalho Barreto
MYH9-related disease is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations of the MYH9 gene, which encodes the non-muscle myosin heavy chain IIA on chromosome 22q12. It is characterized by congenital macrothrombocytopenia, bleeding tendency, hearing loss, and cataracts. Nephropathy occurs in approximately 30% of MYH9-related disease in a male patient carrier of a de novo missense mutation in exon 1 of the MYH9 gene [c.287C > T; p.Ser(TCG)96(TTG)Leu]. He presented all phenotypic manifestations of the disease, but cataracts...
May 17, 2018: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782549/sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-2-facilitates-pulmonary-fibrosis-through-potentiating-il-13-pathway-in-macrophages
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Juanjuan Zhao, Yasuo Okamoto, Yuya Asano, Kazuhiro Ishimaru, Sho Aki, Kazuaki Yoshioka, Noriko Takuwa, Takashi Wada, Yutaka Inagaki, Chiaki Takahashi, Takumi Nishiuchi, Yoh Takuwa
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a devastating disease with poor prognosis. The pathogenic role of the lysophospholipid mediator sphingosine-1-phosphate and its receptor S1PR2 in lung fibrosis is unknown. We show here that genetic deletion of S1pr2 strikingly attenuated lung fibrosis induced by repeated injections of bleomycin in mice. We observed by using S1pr2LacZ/+ mice that S1PR2 was expressed in alveolar macrophages, vascular endothelial cells and alveolar epithelial cells in the lung and that S1PR2-expressing cells accumulated in the fibrotic legions...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782380/negative-modulation-of-spinal-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor-mediated-antinociception-by-the-%C3%A2%C2%B5-opioid-receptor-at-selective-doses-of-pentazocine
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Douglas L Robinson, Subodh Nag, Sukhbir S Mokha
The mixed-action κ-opioid receptor (KOR) agonist, pentazocine, binds to both KOR and the µ-opioid receptor (MOR). Racemic (±)-pentazocine and (-)-pentazocine, each administered systemically, have been shown to produce antinociception in various animal models. In contrast, racemic (±)-pentazocine failed to produce antinociception when administered intrathecally (i.t.). However, whether spinal activation of KOR and MOR by (-)-pentazocine produces antinociception and the relative contribution of KOR and MOR in mediating antinociception remain unknown...
May 18, 2018: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782330/a-transgenic-mouse-model-for-hla-b-57-01-linked-abacavir-drug-tolerance-and-reactivity
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Marco Cardone, Karla Garcia, Mulualem E Tilahun, Lisa F Boyd, Sintayehu Gebreyohannes, Masahide Yano, Gregory Roderiquez, Adovi D Akue, Leslie Juengst, Elliot Mattson, Suryatheja Ananthula, Kannan Natarajan, Montserrat Puig, David H Margulies, Michael A Norcross
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a major obstacle to drug development, and some of these, including hypersensitivity reactions to the HIV reverse transcriptase inhibitor abacavir (ABC), are associated with HLA alleles, particularly HLA-B*57:01. However, not all HLA-B*57:01+ patients develop ADRs, suggesting that in addition to the HLA genetic risk, other factors may influence the outcome of the response to the drug. To study HLA-linked ADRs in vivo, we generated HLA-B*57:01-Tg mice and show that, although ABC activated Tg mouse CD8+ T cells in vitro in a HLA-B*57:01-dependent manner, the drug was tolerated in vivo...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782011/a-preclinical-mouse-model-of-osteosarcoma-to-define-the-extracellular-vesicle-mediated-communication-between-tumor-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Tonny Lagerweij, Maria Pérez-Lanzón, S Rubina Baglio
Within the tumor microenvironment, resident or recruited mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) contribute to malignant progression in multiple cancer types. Under the influence of specific environmental signals, these adult stem cells can release paracrine mediators leading to accelerated tumor growth and metastasis. Defining the crosstalk between tumor and MSCs is of primary importance to understand the mechanisms underlying cancer progression and identify novel targets for therapeutic intervention. Cancer cells produce high amounts of extracellular vesicles (EVs), which can profoundly affect the behavior of target cells in the tumor microenvironment or at distant sites...
May 6, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781504/epidural-versus-non-epidural-or-no-analgesia-for-pain-management-in-labour
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REVIEW
Millicent Anim-Somuah, Rebecca Md Smyth, Allan M Cyna, Anna Cuthbert
BACKGROUND: Epidural analgesia is a central nerve block technique achieved by injection of a local anaesthetic close to the nerves that transmit pain, and is widely used as a form of pain relief in labour. However, there are concerns about unintended adverse effects on the mother and infant. This is an update of an existing Cochrane Review (Epidural versus non-epidural or no analgesia in labour), last published in 2011. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of all types of epidural analgesia, including combined-spinal-epidural (CSE) on the mother and the baby, when compared with non-epidural or no pain relief during labour...
May 21, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781317/combination-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-her2-positive-breast-cancer-current-and-future-prospects
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Mariana Brandão, Noam F Pondé, Francesca Poggio, Nuria Kotecki, Mauren Salis, Matteo Lambertini, Evandro de Azambuja
HER2-positive disease is an aggressive subtype of breast cancer that has been revolutionized by anti-HER2 directed therapies. Multiple drugs have been developed and are currently in clinical use, including trastuzumab, lapatinib, pertuzumab, T-DM1 and neratinib, alone or combined in "dual HER2-blockade" regimens. Areas covered: A comprehensive literature review was performed regarding the current state and the future of combination regimens containing anti-HER2 agents, focusing on their efficacy, toxicity and cost-effectiveness...
May 21, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780751/metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-and-the-challenge-of-a-patient-with-chronic-kidney-disease-in-hemodialysis
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Joana Simões, Isabel Augusto, Sara Meireles, Lurdes Vendeira, Carlos Silva
At a time when the population shows increasing longevity, entities such as cancer and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are more frequently connected. In the United States, approximately 6% of the patients on hemodialysis have cancer. The challenge to manage oncologic patients with CKD in a hemodialytic program represents a great shortage of available information on the choice of the best drug, timing, dosage adjustments, dialysis method, and treatment safety. We present the case of a patient with prostate cancer and terminal CKD in hemodialysis, and the treatment sequence after the development of resistance to hormonal blockade therapy, which included docetaxel, enzalutamide, and radium-223...
April 2018: Autopsy & Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780710/can-we-use-interleukin-1%C3%AE-blockade-for-lung-cancer-treatment
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EDITORIAL
Adrian Gottschlich, Stefan Endres, Sebastian Kobold
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780690/an-update-on-the-treatment-of-pediatric-autoimmune-encephalitis
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Cory Stingl, Kathleen Cardinale, Heather Van Mater
Purpose of review: Autoimmune encephalitis (AE) is an increasingly recognized etiology for neuropsychiatric deficits that are highly responsive to immunotherapy. As a result, rheumatologists are often called upon to help with the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. The purpose of this review is to provide an update on the pharmacologic treatment of AE. Recent findings: To date, there are no prospective randomized placebo-controlled trials to guide treatment recommendations for AE...
March 2018: Current Treatment Options in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779777/interleukin-23-interleukin-17-axis-activated-by-mycobacterium-avium-complex-mac-is-attenuated-in-patients-with-mac-lung-disease
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Chin-Chung Shu, Jann-Yuan Wang, Ming-Fang Wu, Hsin-Chih Lai, Bor-Luen Chiang, Chong-Jen Yu
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)-lung disease (LD) is increasing in patients without human immunodeficiency virus infection. However, data on host vulnerability to MAC-related immune responses, and in particular the interleukin (IL)-23/IL-17 axis, are lacking. METHODS: We enrolled 50 patients with MAC-LD, 25 age-matched patients with tuberculosis (TB) and 25 controls. We measured levels of plasma cytokines, and studied IL-12/IL-17 responses in macrophage and lymphocyte activation to MAC...
May 2018: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779473/activation-of-the-cxcl16-cxcr6-axis-by-tnf-%C3%AE-contributes-to-ectopic-endometrial-stromal-cells-migration-and-invasion
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Yaoming Peng, Junyan Ma, Jun Lin
The activation of systemic and local inflammatory mechanisms, including elevated levels of chemokines and proinflammatory cytokines in endometriosis progression, is becoming more evident in the recent years. Here, we report the involvement of CXC chemokine 16 (CXCL16) and its sole receptor, CXC chemokine receptor 6 (CXCR6), in pathophysiology of endometriosis. Expression of CXCL16, but not CXCR6, was significantly upregulated in endometriotic lesions when compared to control endometrium. Additionally, serum CXCL16 was significantly elevated in women with endometriosis when compared to control group...
January 1, 2018: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779164/update-on-endothelin-receptor-antagonists-in-hypertension
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REVIEW
Michel Burnier
To review the most recent data on the development of endothelin receptor antagonists (ERAs) for the treatment of hypertension and the management of diabetic nephropathy RECENT FINDINGS: Recent reviews and meta-analyses of experimental and clinical data obtained with ERAs confirmed that endothelin receptor blockade is associated with significant decreases in blood pressure in essential hypertension but also in resistant hypertension. In addition, in patients with diabetic nephropathy, ERAs induce significant 30-40% decreases in albuminuria when administered on top of blockers of the renin-angiotensin system...
May 19, 2018: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778945/self-administration-of-the-synthetic-cathinone-mpdv-enhances-reward-function-via-a-nicotinic-receptor-dependent-mechanism
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Jean R Geste, Marjory Pompilus, Marcelo Febo, Adriaan W Bruijnzeel
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is an addictive synthetic drug with severe side effects. Previous studies have shown that MDPV has positive reinforcing properties. However, little is known about the effect of MDPV self-administration on the state of the brain reward system and the neuronal mechanisms by which MDPV mediates its effects. The goal of the present studies was to determine the effect of MDPV self-administration on reward function and the role of cholinergic neurotransmission in the reinforcing effects of MDPV...
May 9, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778944/activation-and-blockade-of-basolateral-amygdala-5-ht-6-receptor-produce-anxiolytic-like-behaviors-in-an-experimental-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#16
Yi-Na Sun, Lu Yao, Li-Bo Li, Yong Wang, Cheng-Xue Du, Yuan Guo, Jian Liu
Although the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and serotonin6 (5-HT6 ) receptor are involved in modulation of anxiety, their roles in Parkinson' disease (PD)-related anxiety are still unknown. Thus we perform this study to examine the involvement of BLA 5-HT6 receptor on anxiety in unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine-induced PD rats. The lesion of the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) induced anxiety-like behaviors, and decreased the basal firing rate of BLA glutamate neurons and dopamine (DA) levels in tissues of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), amygdala and ventral part of hippocampus (vHip) in rats...
May 17, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778874/simultaneous-determination-of-dihydrotestosterone-and-its-metabolites-in-mouse-sera-by-lc-ms-ms-with-chemical-derivatization
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Shashank Gorityala, Shuming Yang, Monica M Montano, Yan Xu
Androgens play a vital role in prostate cancer development, and their elimination and blockade are essential in the disease management. DHT is the key ligand for androgen receptor (AR) in the prostate. It is locally synthesized from testosterone. In the prostate, DHT is predominantly metabolized to α-diol and β-diol. Recent studies indicate that impaired DHT catabolism is associated with prostate cancer, signifying the necessity of a sensitive quantitative method for the determination of DHT and its metabolites...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778568/lnctic1-interacts-with-%C3%AE-catenin-to-drive-liver-tic-self-renewal-and-liver-tumorigenesis
#18
Zhenzhen Chen, Lintong Yao, Yating Liu, Pingping Zhu
Liver tumor-initiating cells (TICs) are drivers of liver tumorigenesis, and Wnt/β-catenin activation plays a principal role in the self-renewal of liver TICs. Despite a deep understanding of Wnt/β-catenin regulation, the roles of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in Wnt/β-catenin activation and liver TIC self-renewal are largely unknown. Here, we performed unbiased screening of lncRNAs in liver tumorigenesis and found lncTIC1 was highly expressed with liver tumorigenesis. LncTIC1 was also highly expressed in liver TICs and required for the self-renewal of liver TICs...
May 17, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777794/regulatory-t-cell-targeted-hybrid-nanoparticles-combined-with-immuno-checkpoint-blockage-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Wenquan Ou, Raj Kumar Thapa, Liyuan Jiang, Soe Zar Chi, Milan Gautam, Jae-Hoon Chang, Jee-Heon Jeong, Sae Kwang Ku, Han-Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
Immunosuppression in tumor microenvironments induced by regulatory T (Treg) cells is regarded a critical mechanism of tumor immune escape and poses a major impediment to cancer immunotherapy. In this study, we developed tLyp1 peptide-conjugated hybrid nanoparticles for targeting Treg cells in the tumor microenvironment. The tLyp1 peptide-modified hybrid nanoparticles presented good stability and effective targeting to Treg cells, and they enhanced the effect of imatinib in downregulating Treg cell suppression through inhibition of STAT3 and STAT5 phosphorylation...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777341/improvement-of-neurological-and-ocular-symptoms-of-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-after-the-introduction-of-infliximab
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REVIEW
Marko Barešić, Mirna Reihl, Mario Habek, Nenad Vukojević, Branimir Anić
Behçet's disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of unknown origin characterized by multiple organ involvement. The most common symptoms of Behçet's disease are recurrent oral and/or genital ulcerations in combination with symptoms affecting eyes, skin, central and peripheral nervous system, blood vessels and gastrointestinal tract. We present a 43-year-old female patient with the history of recurrent episodes of genital and oral ulcerations, elevated acute phase reactants and skin lesions. The diagnosis of Behçet's disease has been delayed (for more than 10 years) and reached only after she developed neurological and ocular symptoms...
May 17, 2018: Rheumatology International
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