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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394330/thymosin-%C3%AE-1-represents-a-potential-potent-single-molecule-based-therapy-for-cystic-fibrosis
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Luigina Romani, Vasilis Oikonomou, Silvia Moretti, Rossana G Iannitti, Maria Cristina D'Adamo, Valeria R Villella, Marilena Pariano, Luigi Sforna, Monica Borghi, Marina M Bellet, Francesca Fallarino, Maria Teresa Pallotta, Giuseppe Servillo, Eleonora Ferrari, Paolo Puccetti, Guido Kroemer, Mauro Pessia, Luigi Maiuri, Allan L Goldstein, Enrico Garaci
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by mutations in the gene encoding the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) that compromise its chloride channel activity. The most common mutation, p.Phe508del, results in the production of a misfolded CFTR protein, which has residual channel activity but is prematurely degraded. Because of the inherent complexity of the pathogenetic mechanisms involved in CF, which include impaired chloride permeability and persistent lung inflammation, a multidrug approach is required for efficacious CF therapy...
April 10, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391016/fasting-biases-%C3%AE-opioid-receptors-toward-%C3%AE-arrestin2-dependent-signaling-in-the-accumbens-shell
#2
Simona Scheggi, Alberto Ferrari, Teresa Pelliccia, Paola Devoto, Maria Graziella De Montis, Carla Gambarana
The μ-opioid receptor (MOR) and dopamine D1 receptor are co-expressed in the medium spiny neurons of striatal areas and the signaling pathways activated by these two receptors are in functional competition. However, in certain conditions an integrated response mediated by the dopamine D1 receptor transduction system is observed. In mice, morphine administration induces hypermotility and this response has been described in terms of a β-arrestin2-dependent mechanism that favors prevalent dopamine D1 receptor activation...
April 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341462/asthma-management-in-a-specialist-setting-results-of-an-italian-respiratory-society-survey
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Fulvio Braido, Baiardini Ilaria, Pietro Alleri, Elena Bacci, Carlo Barbetta, Michela Bellocchia, Alida Benfante, Francesco Blasi, Caterina Bucca, Maria Teresa Busceti, Stefano Centanni, Maria Cristina Colanardi, Marco Contoli, Angelo Corsico, Maria D 'Amato, Fabiano Di Marco, Dottorini Marco, Marta Ferrari, Giovanni Florio, Alessandro Giuseppe Fois, Maria Pia Foschino Barbaro, Garuti Silvia, Giuseppe Girbino, Amelia Grosso, Manuela Latorre, Sara Maniscalco, Francesco Mazza, Carlo Mereu, Giorgia Molinengo, Josuel Ora, Pierluigi Paggiaro, Vincenzo Patella, Girolamo Pelaia, Pietro Pirina, Alfio Proietto, Paola Rogliani, Pierachille Santus, Nicola Scichilone, Francesca Simioli, Paolo Solidoro, Silvia Terraneo, Umberto Zuccon, Giorgio Walter Canonica
BACKGROUND: Asthma considerably impairs patients' quality of life and increases healthcare costs. Severity, morbidity, and degree of disease control are the major drivers of its clinical and economic impact. National scientific societies are required to monitor the application of international guidelines and to adopt strategies to improve disease control and better allocate resources. AIM: to provide a detailed picture of the characteristics of asthma patients and modalities of asthma management by specialists in Italy and to develop recommendations for the daily management of asthma in a specialist setting...
March 21, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285268/cardiac-manifestations-of-parasitic-diseases
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REVIEW
Maria Carmo P Nunes, Milton Henriques Guimarães Júnior, Adriana Costa Diamantino, Claudio Leo Gelape, Teresa Cristina Abreu Ferrari
The heart may be affected directly or indirectly by a variety of protozoa and helminths. This involvement may manifest in different ways, but the syndromes resulting from impairment of the myocardium and pericardium are the most frequent. The myocardium may be invaded by parasites that trigger local inflammatory response with subsequent myocarditis or cardiomyopathy, as occurs in Chagas disease, African trypanosomiasis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis and infection with free-living amoebae. In amoebiasis and echinococcosis, the pericardium is the structure most frequently involved with consequent pericardial effusion, acute pericarditis, cardiac tamponade or constrictive pericarditis...
May 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231331/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-mscs-induce-ex-vivo-proliferation-and-erythroid-commitment-of-cord-blood-haematopoietic-stem-cells-cb-cd34-cells
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Simone Perucca, Andrea Di Palma, Pier Paolo Piccaluga, Claudia Gemelli, Elisa Zoratti, Giulio Bassi, Edoardo Giacopuzzi, Andrea Lojacono, Giuseppe Borsani, Enrico Tagliafico, Maria Teresa Scupoli, Simona Bernardi, Camilla Zanaglio, Federica Cattina, Valeria Cancelli, Michele Malagola, Mauro Krampera, Mirella Marini, Camillo Almici, Sergio Ferrari, Domenico Russo
A human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cell (MSCs) and cord blood-derived CD34+ stem cell co-culture system was set up in order to evaluate the proliferative and differentiative effects induced by MSCs on CD34+ stem cells, and the reciprocal influences on gene expression profiles. After 10 days of co-culture, non-adherent (SN-fraction) and adherent (AD-fraction) CD34+ stem cells were collected and analysed separately. In the presence of MSCs, a significant increase in CD34+ cell number was observed (fold increase = 14...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219620/brain-structural-correlates-of-executive-and-social-cognition-profiles-in-behavioral-variant-frontotemporal-dementia-and-elderly-bipolar-disorder
#6
Sandra Baez, Clara Pinasco, María Roca, Jesica Ferrari, Blas Couto, Indira García-Cordero, Agustín Ibañez, Francy Cruz, Pablo Reyes, Diana Matallana, Facundo Manes, Marcelo Cetcovich, Teresa Torralva
An early stage of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) often displays a mix of behavioral disturbances and personality changes hindering a differential diagnosis from elderly bipolar disorder (BD), making this process a big challenge. However, no studies have compared these pathologies from neuropsychological and neuroanatomical perspectives. The aim of the present study was to compare the executive functions (EF) and social cognition profiles as well as the structural neuroimaging of bvFTD and elderly patients with BD...
February 17, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190616/plasma-levels-of-vasostatin-1-a-chromogranin-a-fragment-are-associated-with-carotid-artery-maximum-stenosis-a-pilot-study
#7
Tiziana Bachetti, Alberto Ferrari Bardile, Teresa Lucia Aloi, Barbara Colombo, Emma Assi, Giuseppina Savino, Andrea Vercelli, Roberto Colombo, Angelo Corti
BACKGROUND: Chromogranin A (CgA), a circulating protein released by the neuroendocrine system, can regulate vascular physiology and angiogenesis. Full-length CgA (CgA1-439) and its fragment CgA1-76 (called vasostatin-1, VS-1) preserve the physiological integrity of the endothelial barrier function and are antiangiogenic, whereas CgA1-373 is proangiogenic. We investigated whether these polypeptides are altered in patients with various degrees of carotid artery atherosclerosis. METHODS: We studied 81 patients with carotid artery atherosclerosis, asymptomatic for cerebrovascular diseases...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151888/pediatric-hodgkin-lymphoma-predictive-value-of-interim-18f-fdg-pet-ct-in-therapy-response-assessment
#8
Cristina Ferrari, Artor Niccoli Asabella, Nunzio Merenda, Corinna Altini, Margherita Fanelli, Paola Muggeo, Francesco De Leonardis, Teresa Perillo, Nicola Santoro, Giuseppe Rubini
We investigated the prognostic value of interim F-FDG PET/CT (PET-2) in pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma (pHL), evaluating both visual and semiquantitative analysis.Thirty pHL patients (age ≤16) underwent serial F-FDG PET/CT: at baseline (PET-0), after 2 cycles of chemotherapy (PET-2) and at the end of first-line chemotherapy (PET-T). PET response assessment was carried out visually according to the Deauville Score (DS), as well as semiquantitatively by using the semiquantitative parameters reduction from PET-0 to PET-2 (ΔΣSUVmax0-2, ΔΣSUVmean0-2)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080965/feeling-learning-from-and-being-aware-of-inner-states-interoceptive-dimensions-in-neurodegeneration-and-stroke
#9
Indira García-Cordero, Lucas Sedeño, Laura de la Fuente, Andrea Slachevsky, Gonzalo Forno, Francisco Klein, Patricia Lillo, Jesica Ferrari, Clara Rodriguez, Julian Bustin, Teresa Torralva, Sandra Baez, Adrian Yoris, Sol Esteves, Margherita Melloni, Paula Salamone, David Huepe, Facundo Manes, Adolfo M García, Agustín Ibañez
Interoception is a complex process encompassing multiple dimensions, such as accuracy, learning and awareness. Here, we examined whether each of those dimensions relies on specialized neural regions distributed throughout the vast interoceptive network. To this end, we obtained relevant measures of cardiac interoception in healthy subjects and patients offering contrastive lesion models of neurodegeneration and focal brain damage: behavioural variant fronto-temporal dementia (bvFTD), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and fronto-insular stroke...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040484/development-of-an-experimental-model-of-schistosomal-myeloradiculopathy
#10
Tiago Pinheiro Vaz de Carvalho, Teresa Cristina Abreu Ferrari, Josimari Melo de Santana, Victor Antônio Santos Viana, José Aislan Correia Santos, Wheverton Correia do Nascimento, Kamilla Mayara Lucas da Cruz, Karina Conceição Gomes Machado de Araújo
Schistosomal myeloradiculopathy (SMR) is a severe form of presentation of schistosomiasis in which Schistosoma spp. affect the spinal cord. The aims of the present study were to develop an animal model of SMR caused by S. mansoni, to characterize both sensory and motor abnormalities in the infected animals, and to investigate the relationship of the sensory, motor and histological findings with the progression of the infection over time. Mechanical sensitivity and behavioral tests were performed followed by euthanasia in male Wistar rats divided into six groups of five animals each, on days 5, 10, 20 and 30 after infection of S...
March 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027830/erratum-to-systematic-versus-on-demand-early-palliative-care-a-randomised-clinical-trial-assessing-quality-of-care-and-treatment-aggressiveness-near-the-end-of-life-eur-j-cancer-69-2016-110-118
#11
Marco Maltoni, Emanuela Scarpi, Monia Dall'Agata, Stefania Schiavon, Claudia Biasini, Carla Codecà, Chiara Maria Broglia, Elisabetta Sansoni, Roberto Bortolussi, Ferdinando Garetto, Luisa Fioretto, Maria Teresa Cattaneo, Alice Giacobino, Massimo Luzzani, Giovanna Luchena, Sara Alquati, Silvia Quadrini, Vittorina Zagonel, Luigi Cavanna, Daris Ferrari, Paolo Pedrazzoli, Giovanni Luca Frassineti, Antonella Galiano, Andrea Casadei Gardini, Manlio Monti, Oriana Nanni
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 24, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939857/blockade-of-the-il-1r1-tlr4-pathway-mediates-disease-modification-therapeutic-effects-in-a-model-of-acquired-epilepsy
#12
Valentina Iori, Anand M Iyer, Teresa Ravizza, Luca Beltrame, Lara Paracchini, Sergio Marchini, Milica Cerovic, Cameron Hill, Mariella Ferrari, Massimo Zucchetti, Monica Molteni, Carlo Rossetti, Riccardo Brambilla, H Steve White, Maurizio D'Incalci, Eleonora Aronica, Annamaria Vezzani
We recently discovered that forebrain activation of the IL-1 receptor/Toll-like receptor (IL-1R1/TLR4) innate immunity signal plays a pivotal role in neuronal hyperexcitability underlying seizures in rodents. Since this pathway is activated in neurons and glia in human epileptogenic foci, it represents a potential target for developing drugs interfering with the mechanisms of epileptogenesis that lead to spontaneous seizures. The lack of such drugs represents a major unmet clinical need. We tested therefore novel therapies inhibiting the IL-1R1/TLR4 signaling in an established murine model of acquired epilepsy...
December 9, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852256/health-conditions-of-inmates-in-italy
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Fabio Voller, Caterina Silvestri, Gianrocco Martino, Eleonora Fanti, Giorgio Bazzerla, Fabio Ferrari, Marco Grignani, Sandro Libianchi, Antonio Maria Pagano, Franco Scarpa, Cristina Stasi, Teresa Di Fiandra
BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown that prison is characterized by a higher prevalence of chronic diseases than unconfined settings. The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics and health of inmates, focusing on internal diseases. METHODS: We designed a specific clinical record using the Python programming language. We considered all of the diagnoses according to the ICD-9-CM. RESULTS: Of a total of 17,086 inmates, 15,751 were enrolled in our study (M = 14,835; F = 869), corresponding to 92...
November 16, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821313/systematic-versus-on-demand-early-palliative-care-a-randomised-clinical-trial-assessing-quality-of-care-and-treatment-aggressiveness-near-the-end-of-life
#14
Marco Maltoni, Emanuela Scarpi, Monia Dall'Agata, Stefania Schiavon, Claudia Biasini, Carla Codecà, Chiara Maria Broglia, Elisabetta Sansoni, Roberto Bortolussi, Ferdinando Garetto, Luisa Fioretto, Maria Teresa Cattaneo, Alice Giacobino, Massimo Luzzani, Giovanna Luchena, Sara Alquati, Silvia Quadrini, Vittorina Zagonel, Luigi Cavanna, Daris Ferrari, Paolo Pedrazzoli, Giovanni Luca Frassineti, Antonella Galiano, Andrea Casadei Gardini, Manlio Monti, Oriana Nanni
AIM: Early palliative care (EPC) in oncology has shown sparse evidence of a positive impact on patient outcomes, quality of care outcomes and costs. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data for this secondary analysis were taken from a trial of 207 outpatients with metastatic pancreatic cancer randomly assigned to receive standard cancer care plus on-demand EPC (standard arm) or standard cancer care plus systematic EPC (interventional arm). After 20 months' follow-up, 149 (80%) had died...
December 2016: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788995/persistent-fever-after-pacemaker-lead-extraction
#15
Maria Carmo Pereira Nunes, Túlio Pinho Navarro, Mariana de Braga Lima Carvalho, Nicole de Paula Aarão Faleiro Maia, Ricardo Jayme Procópio, Teresa Cristina Abreu Ferrari
The implant indication of cardiac electronic devices continues to expand; therefore, we have observed increasing complications related to their removal. We describe the case of a patient who presented with prolonged bloodstream infection after having undergone removal of a pacemaker. After extensive workup for fever of unknown origin and antibiotic therapy without any improvement, it was possible to demonstrate a foreign body in the right subclavian vein and superior vena cava corresponding to the distal part of the right ventricular lead...
May 2016: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742577/comparison-of-the-tolerability-profile-of-controlled-release-oral-morphine-and-oxycodone-for-cancer-pain-treatment-an-open-label-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Ernesto Zecca, Cinzia Brunelli, Paola Bracchi, Giuseppe Biancofiore, Carlo De Sangro, Roberto Bortolussi, Luigi Montanari, Marco Maltoni, Cecilia Moro, Ugo Colonna, Gabriele Finco, Maria Teresa Roy, Vittorio Ferrari, Oscar Alabiso, Giovanni Rosti, Stein Kaasa, Augusto Caraceni
CONTEXT: Oxycodone and morphine are recommended as first-choice opioids for moderate/severe cancer pain, but evidence about their relative tolerability has significant methodological limitations. OBJECTIVES: This study was mainly aimed at comparing the risk of developing adverse events (AEs) with controlled-release oral morphine vs. oxycodone; secondary aims were comparing their analgesic efficacy and testing heterogeneity in tolerability across different age and renal function subgroups...
December 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27727263/-burden-in-caregivers-of-psychiatric-patients-attending-psychodynamic-multifamily-groups-preliminary-results-of-an-empirical-study
#17
Maria Teresa Gargano, Grazia Serantoni, Fiorella Ceppi, Marco D'Alema, Luisella Ferraris, Paola Innocente, Fiorella Lanzi, Andrea Narracci, Federico Russo, Marcella Venier
AIM: The main aim of this study is to investigate the burden in relatives of psychiatric patients attending long-term psychodynamic multifamily groups (18 months) of some Mental Health Departments of Lazio Region. A further aim is to verify if the decrease of the burden and the group participation are associated with a reduction of psychiatric symptoms in patients. METHODS: The sample consisted of 13 patients (10 men and 3 women) with severe personality disorder with at least one psychotic episode and 42 caregivers (15 men and 27 women)...
July 2016: Rivista di Psichiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27499327/deciphering-variability-of-pkd1-and-pkd2-in-an-italian-cohort-of-643-patients-with-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-adpkd
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Paola Carrera, Silvia Calzavara, Riccardo Magistroni, Johan T den Dunnen, Francesca Rigo, Stefania Stenirri, Francesca Testa, Piergiorgio Messa, Roberta Cerutti, Francesco Scolari, Claudia Izzi, Alberto Edefonti, Susanna Negrisolo, Elisa Benetti, Maria Teresa Sciarrone Alibrandi, Paolo Manunta, Alessandra Boletta, Maurizio Ferrari
Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary kidney disease. We analysed PKD1 and PKD2, in a large cohort of 440 unrelated Italian patients with ADPKD and 203 relatives by direct sequencing and MLPA. Molecular and detailed phenotypic data have been collected and submitted to the PKD1/PKD2 LOVD database. This is the first large retrospective study in Italian patients, describing 701 variants, 249 (35.5%) already associated with ADPKD and 452 (64.5%) novel. According to the criteria adopted, the overall detection rate was 80% (352/440)...
2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27406979/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-guided-by-multimodality-cardiac-imaging
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Matteo Bertini, Donato Mele, Michele Malagù, Andrea Fiorencis, Tiziano Toselli, Francesca Casadei, Teresa Cannizzaro, Cristina Fragale, Alessandro Fucili, Elena Campagnolo, Giorgio Benea, Roberto Ferrari
AIMS: Up to 30-45% of implanted patients are non-responders to CRT. We evaluated the role of a 'CRT team' using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and longitudinal myocardial strain to identify the target area defined as the most delayed and viable region for LV pacing. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 100 heart failure patients candidates for CRT divided into two groups were enrolled. Group 1 consisted of 50 consecutive patients scheduled for CRT and prospectively included...
November 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27367724/beneficial-effect-of-synbiotic-supplementation-on-hepatic-steatosis-and-anthropometric-parameters-but-not-on-gut-permeability-in-a-population-with-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Silvia M Ferolla, Cláudia A Couto, Luciana Costa-Silva, Geyza N A Armiliato, Cristiano A S Pereira, Flaviano S Martins, Maria de Lourdes A Ferrari, Eduardo G Vilela, Henrique O G Torres, Aloísio S Cunha, Teresa C A Ferrari
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the most prevalent chronic liver disease in Western countries; it can progress to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis and hepatocarcinoma. The importance of gut-liver-adipose tissue axis has become evident and treatments targeting gut microbiota may improve inflammatory and metabolic parameters in NASH patients. In a randomized, controlled clinical trial, involving 50 biopsy-proven NASH patients, we investigated the effects of synbiotic supplementation on metabolic parameters, hepatic steatosis, intestinal permeability, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) serum levels...
June 28, 2016: Nutrients
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