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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828626/dissolution-test-of-tacrolimus-capsule-effects-of-filtration-and-glass-adsorption
#1
Kui Zeng, Zongming Gao, Michael Trehy, Wenlei Jiang
Tacrolimus is a potent, narrow therapeutic index, immunosuppressive drug used to avoid organ rejection in patients that have undergone organ transplantation. Dissolution tests are widely used to evaluate drug product quality and performance. Analysis of tacrolimus during dissolution testing is sensitive to several factors, such as sample solution storage time and container material. The filtration process, tacrolimus glass adsorption, and sample solution storage time are found to impact the tacrolimus dissolution results...
August 21, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807509/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-angiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-infective-endocarditis-and-cardiac-device-infection-in-adult-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-and-prosthetic-material
#2
María N Pizzi, L Dos-Subirà, Albert Roque, Nuria Fernández-Hidalgo, Hug Cuéllar-Calabria, Antonia Pijuan Domènech, María T Gonzàlez-Alujas, M T Subirana-Domènech, B Miranda-Barrio, Ignacio Ferreira-González, Juan J González-López, Albert Igual, Olga Maisterra-Santos, David García-Dorado, Joan Castell-Conesa, Benito Almirante, Manuel Escobar Amores, Pilar Tornos, Santiago Aguadé-Bruix
OBJECTIVES: Infective endocarditis (IE) and cardiac device infection (CDI) are a major complication in the growing number of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) reaching adulthood. We aimed to evaluate the added value of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT angiography (PET/CTA) in the diagnosis of IE-CDI in adults with CHD and intravascular or intracardiac prosthetic material, in whom echocardiography (ECHO) and modified Duke Criteria (DC) have limitations because of the patients' complex anatomy...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801186/interim-results-from-the-catnon-trial-eortc-study-26053-22054-of-treatment-with-concurrent-and-adjuvant-temozolomide-for-1p-19q-non-co-deleted-anaplastic-glioma-a-phase-3-randomised-open-label-intergroup-study
#3
Martin J van den Bent, Brigitta Baumert, Sara C Erridge, Michael A Vogelbaum, Anna K Nowak, Marc Sanson, Alba Ariela Brandes, Paul M Clement, Jean Francais Baurain, Warren P Mason, Helen Wheeler, Olivier L Chinot, Sanjeev Gill, Matthew Griffin, David G Brachman, Walter Taal, Roberta Rudà, Michael Weller, Catherine McBain, Jaap Reijneveld, Roelien H Enting, Damien C Weber, Thierry Lesimple, Susan Clenton, Anja Gijtenbeek, Sarah Pascoe, Ulrich Herrlinger, Peter Hau, Frederic Dhermain, Irene van Heuvel, Roger Stupp, Ken Aldape, Robert B Jenkins, Hendrikus Jan Dubbink, Winand N M Dinjens, Pieter Wesseling, Sarah Nuyens, Vassilis Golfinopoulos, Thierry Gorlia, Wolfgang Wick, Johan M Kros
BACKGROUND: The role of temozolomide chemotherapy in newly diagnosed 1p/19q non-co-deleted anaplastic gliomas, which are associated with lower sensitivity to chemotherapy and worse prognosis than 1p/19q co-deleted tumours, is unclear. We assessed the use of radiotherapy with concurrent and adjuvant temozolomide in adults with non-co-deleted anaplastic gliomas. METHODS: This was a phase 3, randomised, open-label study with a 2 × 2 factorial design. Eligible patients were aged 18 years or older and had newly diagnosed non-co-deleted anaplastic glioma with WHO performance status scores of 0-2...
August 8, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800205/wide-field-color-imaging-of-scatter-based-tissue-contrast-using-both-high-spatial-frequency-illumination-and-cross-polarization-gating
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Mackenzie L Carlson, David M McClatchy, Jason R Gunn, Jonathan T Elliott, Keith D Paulsen, Stephen C Kanick, Brian W Pogue
This study characterizes the scatter-specific tissue contrast that can be obtained by high spatial frequency (HSF) domain imaging and cross-polarization (CP) imaging, using a standard color imaging system, and how combining them may be beneficial. Both HSF and CP approaches are known to modulate the sensitivity of epi-illumination reflectance images between diffuse multiply-scattered and superficially backscattered photons, providing enhanced contrast from microstructure and composition than what is achieved by standard wide-field imaging...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798678/striatal-neuropeptides-enhance-selection-and-rejection-of-sequential-actions
#5
David Buxton, Enrico Bracci, Paul G Overton, Kevin Gurney
The striatum is the primary input nucleus for the basal ganglia, and receives glutamatergic afferents from the cortex. Under the hypothesis that basal ganglia perform action selection, these cortical afferents encode potential "action requests." Previous studies have suggested the striatum may utilize a mutually inhibitory network of medium spiny neurons (MSNs) to filter these requests so that only those of high salience are selected. However, the mechanisms enabling the striatum to perform clean, rapid switching between distinct actions that form part of a learned action sequence are still poorly understood...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795150/the-effects-of-tacrolimus-on-t-cell-proliferation-are-short-lived-a-pilot-analysis-of-immune-function-testing
#6
Benjamin L Laskin, Jing Jiao, H Jorge Baluarte, Sandra Amaral, Susan L Furth, Tatiana Akimova, Wayne W Hancock, Matthew H Levine, Peter P Reese, Ulf H Beier
BACKGROUND: Optimal immunosuppression after organ transplant should balance the risks of rejection, infection, and malignancy while minimizing barriers to adherence including frequent or time-sensitive dosing. There is currently no reliable immune function assay to directly measure the degree of immunosuppression after transplantation. METHODS: We developed an immune function assay to mea//sure T-cell proliferation after exposure to immunosuppression in vivo. We tested the assay in mice, and then piloted the approach using single time point samples, 11 pediatric kidney transplant recipients prescribed tacrolimus, mycophenolate, and prednisone 6 months to 5 years posttransplant, with no history of rejection, opportunistic infection, or cancer...
August 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790330/the-matrikine-acetylated-proline-glycine-proline-couples-vascular-inflammation-and-acute-cardiac-rejection
#7
Gregory A Payne, Jindong Li, Xin Xu, Patricia Jackson, Hongwei Qin, David M Pollock, J Michael Wells, Suzanne Oparil, Massoud Leesar, Rakesh P Patel, J Edwin Blalock, Amit Gaggar
The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a dynamic, bioactive structure critical to organ development, structure and function. Excessive remodeling of the ECM is a hallmark of a variety of inflammatory conditions including vascular disease. Endothelin-1 (ET1) synthesis is understood to promote cardiovascular diseases including acute cardiac transplant rejection; however, the contribution of ECM-derived chemokines (matrikines) to vascular inflammation remains poorly understood. Herein we report that the matrikine acetylated Pro-Gly-Pro (PGP) stimulates vascular inflammation through activation of endothelial CXC Chemokine Receptor 2 (CXCR2) and production of endothelin-1 both in vitro and in vivo...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777489/refinement-of-humoral-immune-monitoring-in-kidney-transplantation-the-role-of-hidden-alloreactive-memory-b-cells
#8
REVIEW
Sergi Luque, Marc Lúcia, Oriol Bestard
The advent of novel sensitive assays assessing circulating anti-HLA antibodies has allowed recognizing humoral alloimmunity as the main immune-mediated mechanism responsible of allograft rejection and graft loss in kidney transplantation. However, current immune-monitoring techniques, exclusively focusing on circulating anti-HLA antibodies, may underestimate the magnitude of humoral immune response as they exclude the memory B-cell (mBC) pool. Different biological compartments are involved in the intricate mechanisms triggering humoral alloimmune responses even in absence of detectable circulating alloantbodies...
August 4, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770278/an-unbiased-in-vivo-functional-genomics-screening-approach-in-mice-identifies-novel-tumor-cell-based-regulators-of-immune-rejection
#9
Casey W Shuptrine, Reham Ajina, Elana J Fertig, Sandra A Jablonski, H Kim Lyerly, Zachary C Hartman, Louis M Weiner
The clinical successes of immune checkpoint therapies for cancer make it important to identify mechanisms of resistance to anti-tumor immune responses. Numerous resistance mechanisms have been identified employing studies of single genes or pathways, thereby parsing the tumor microenvironment complexity into tractable pieces. However, this limits the potential for novel gene discovery to in vivo immune attack. To address this challenge, we developed an unbiased in vivo genome-wide RNAi screening platform that leverages host immune selection in strains of immune-competent and immunodeficient mice to select for tumor cell-based genes that regulate in vivo sensitivity to immune attack...
August 2, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767349/igg-endopeptidase-in-highly-sensitized-patients-undergoing-transplantation
#10
MULTICENTER STUDY
Stanley C Jordan, Tomas Lorant, Jua Choi, Christian Kjellman, Lena Winstedt, Mats Bengtsson, Xiaohai Zhang, Torsten Eich, Mieko Toyoda, Britt-Marie Eriksson, Shili Ge, Alice Peng, Sofia Järnum, Kathryn J Wood, Torbjorn Lundgren, Lars Wennberg, Lars Bäckman, Erik Larsson, Rafael Villicana, Joe Kahwaji, Sabrina Louie, Alexis Kang, Mark Haas, Cynthia Nast, Ashley Vo, Gunnar Tufveson
BACKGROUND: Donor-specific antibodies create an immunologic barrier to transplantation. Current therapies to modify donor-specific antibodies are limited and ineffective in the most highly HLA-sensitized patients. The IgG-degrading enzyme derived from Streptococcus pyogenes (IdeS), an endopeptidase, cleaves human IgG into F(ab')2 and Fc fragments inhibiting complement-dependent cytotoxicity and antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity, which suggests that IdeS might be useful for desensitization...
August 3, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764688/developing-a-patient-decision-aid-for-the-treatment-of-women-with-early-stage-breast-cancer-the-struggle-between-simplicity-and-complexity
#11
W Savelberg, T van der Weijden, L Boersma, M Smidt, C Willekens, A Moser
BACKGROUND: A patient decision aid (PtDA) can support shared decision making (SDM) in preference-sensitive care, with more than one clinically applicable treatment option. The development of a PtDA is a complex process, involving several steps, such as designing, developing and testing the draft with all the stakeholders, known as alpha testing. This is followed by testing in 'real life' situations, known as beta testing, and then finalising the definite version. Our aim was developing and alpha testing a PtDA for primary treatment of early stage breast cancer, ensuring that the tool is considered relevant, valid and feasible by patients and professionals...
August 1, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760115/a-model-of-acute-antibody-mediated-renal-allograft-rejection-in-the-sensitized-rata
#12
Sharmila Ramessur Chandran, William R Mulley, John Kanellis, David J Nikolic-Paterson, Frank Y Ma
OBJECTIVES: Antibody-mediated rejection in transplant recipients with preexisting donor-specific antibodies is a challenging clinical situation. However, we lack suitable animal models to study this scenario. The aim of this study was to develop an animal model of acute antibody-mediated rejection of renal allografts in sensitized recipients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used major histocompatibility complex class I and II incompatible rat strains (Dark Agouti RT1av1 and Lewis RT1l), which develop aggressive rejection...
July 31, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752904/social-rank-and-rejection-sensitivity-as-mediators-of-the-relationship-between-insecure-attachment-and-disordered-eating
#13
Tara De Paoli, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Emma Halliwell, Francis Puccio, Isabel Krug
AIM: The current study assessed a new interpersonal model for eating disorders (EDs), in which interpersonal rejection sensitivity (RS), appearance-based RS and social rank were hypothesised to mediate the relationship between insecure attachment and disordered eating. METHOD: The sample comprised a clinical ED group (N = 122) and a control group (N = 622). Participants were asked to complete a number of self-report measures related to the variables of interest...
July 28, 2017: European Eating Disorders Review: the Journal of the Eating Disorders Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747095/simulation-based-sensitivity-analysis-for-non-ignorably-missing-data
#14
Peng Yin, Jian Q Shi
Sensitivity analysis is popular in dealing with missing data problems particularly for non-ignorable missingness, where full-likelihood method cannot be adopted. It analyses how sensitively the conclusions (output) may depend on assumptions or parameters (input) about missing data, i.e. missing data mechanism. We call models with the problem of uncertainty sensitivity models. To make conventional sensitivity analysis more useful in practice we need to define some simple and interpretable statistical quantities to assess the sensitivity models and make evidence based analysis...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747070/hooked-on-a-feeling-repetitive-cognition-and-internalizing-symptomatology-in-relation-to-autism-spectrum-symptomatology
#15
Elliot Gavin Keenan, Katherine Gotham, Matthew D Lerner
Repetitive cognition, including rumination such as that seen in depression, has been shown to correlate with depression symptoms in both typically developing individuals and individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Repetitive cognition is more common in autism spectrum disorder than in typically developing peers, as is depression; thus, this study evaluated the role of repetitive cognition in relation between autism spectrum symptomatology and depressive symptomatology. In all, 200 typically developing adults completed self-report questionnaires measuring autism spectrum symptomatology, different forms of repetitive cognition (general perseveration and depressive rumination), depression, and rejection sensitivity...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745139/role-of-mir-29-as-marker-of-risk-of-acute-rejection-after-heart-transplant
#16
S Guo, X Guo, S Wang, Q Nie, G Ni, C Wang
BACKGROUND: Circulating miRNAs are potential biomarkers of the pathogenesis of certain diseases and in monitoring therapeutic responses. We hypothesized that serum miR-29 can determine risk of acute cardiac allograft rejection. METHODS: Peripheral vein blood was collected from 50 healthy volunteers and 506 patients during post-transplant surveillance. Serum cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and miR-29 was detected by ELISA and qRT-PCR assay respectively. Rejection risk was defined as International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant score from leukocyte infiltration of an endomyocardial biopsy...
July 26, 2017: British Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740496/evaluation-of-antigen-specific-igm-and-igg-production-during-an-in-vitro-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-culture-assay
#17
Yoshiko Matsuda, Ryoichi Imamura, Shiro Takahara
The recent attention given to diseases associated with memory B-cell (mBC)-produced antibodies (Abs) suggests the need for a similar in vitro assay to evaluate the functions of mBCs. Here, we cultured peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) with the intent to collect mBC-derived Abs in vitro and maintain their cell-cell contact-dependent interactions with helper T-cells. PBMCs were cultured with interleukin (IL)-21, CpG-oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN), phorbol myristate acetate (PMA), and phytohemagglutinin/leucoagglutinin (PHA-L) in 24-well flat-bottom plates (5 × 10(5) cells/well)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740356/social-interpretation-bias-in-children-and-adolescents-with-anxiety-disorders-psychometric-examination-of-the-self-report-of-ambiguous-social-situations-for-youth-sassy-scale
#18
Araceli Gonzalez, Michelle Rozenman, Audra K Langley, Philip C Kendall, Golda S Ginsburg, Scott Compton, John T Walkup, Boris Birmaher, Anne Marie Albano, John Piacentini
BACKGROUND: Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health problems in youth, and faulty interpretation bias has been positively linked to anxiety severity, even within anxiety-disordered youth. Quick, reliable assessment of interpretation bias may be useful in identifying youth with certain types of anxiety or assessing changes on cognitive bias during intervention. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the factor structure, reliability, and validity of the Self-report of Ambiguous Social Situations for Youth (SASSY) scale, a self-report measure developed to assess interpretation bias in youth...
June 2017: Child & Youth Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736013/outcomes-of-highly-sensitized-patients-undergoing-simultaneous-liver-and-kidney-transplantation-a-single-center-experience-with-desensitization
#19
J A Steggerda, A Kang, S-H Pan, V Sundaram, N N Nissen, A S Klein, T Todo, A Annamalai, A Vo, S C Jordan, I K Kim
BACKGROUND: Preformed donor-specific human leukocyte antigen antibodies (DSAs) in patients undergoing simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation (SLKT) are an independent risk factor for poorer patient and renal allograft survival. The outcomes of patients highly sensitized (HS) against HLA antigens undergoing SLKT and select HS SLKT recipients undergoing desensitization at a high-volume desensitization center were investigated. METHODS: Seventy-five patients undergoing SLKT at a high-volume desensitization center between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2015, were retrospectively reviewed...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735989/outcome-of-pretransplantation-therapeutic-plasma-exchange-in-highly-sensitized-deceased-donor-kidney-transplant-recipients
#20
P Tipjaiaue, A Ingsathit, P Kantachuvesiri, S Rattanasiri, D Thammanichanond, T Mongkolsuk, N Arpornsujaritkun, V Sumethkul, S Kantachuvesiri
BACKGROUND: Sensitization is associated with a high rate of post-transplantation rejection. A desensitization protocol using therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) was proposed to reduce anti-HLA antibody before transplantation, but there has been limited data regarding the efficacy of pretransplantation TPE in highly sensitized deceased-donor kidney transplantation (DDKT). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of 142 patients who received DDKT was conducted and divided into two groups: a high-panel-reactive antibody (PRA) >50% group and a low-PRA ≤50% group...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
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