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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231567/innate-lung-defense-during-invasive-aspergillosis-new-mechanisms
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Jaleesa M Garth, Chad Steele
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is one of the most difficult to treat and, consequently, one of the most lethal fungal infections known to man. Continued use of immunosuppressive agents during chemotherapy and organ transplantation often leads to the development of neutropenia, the primary risk factor for IA. However, IA is also becoming more appreciated in chronic diseases associated with corticosteroid therapy. The innate immune response to Aspergillus fumigatus, the primary agent in IA, plays a pivotal role in the recognition and elimination of organisms from the pulmonary system...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231500/silver-nanoparticle-embedded-graphene-oxide-methotrexate-for-targeted-cancer-treatment
#2
Raj Kumar Thapa, Jae Hee Kim, Jee-Heon Jeong, Beom Soo Shin, Han-Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
Combination therapies are widely investigated cancer treatment modalities. Carbon based systems such as graphene oxide (GO), plasmonic nanoparticles such as silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), and the folate analog, methotrexate (MTX), have been separately studied for their potential anticancer effects. In this study, we combined these systems to develop AgNPs-embedded GO with conjugated MTX (MTX-GO/AgNPs) and studied their folate receptor-targeted anticancer effects. Results revealed successful formation of AgNPs on GO along with MTX conjugation as suggested by UV/visible, TEM, AFM, FTIR, and XRD analysis...
February 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231276/alterations-in-cellular-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-elvitegravir-in-response-to-ethanol-exposure-in-hiv-1-infected-monocytic-u1-cells
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Narasimha M Midde, Namita Sinha, Pradeep B Lukka, Bernd Meibohm, Santosh Kumar
Ethanol consumption is negatively associated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence and general health in HIV positive individuals. Previously, we demonstrated ethanol-mediated alterations to metabolism of elvitegravir (EVG) in human liver microsomes. In the current study, we investigated ethanol influence on the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions of EVG in HIV infected monocytic (U1) cells. U1 cells were treated with 5 μM EVG, 2 μM Cobicistat (COBI), a booster drug, and 20 mM ethanol for up to 24 hours...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230726/cvd-and-oxidative-stress
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REVIEW
Karla Cervantes Gracia, Daniel Llanas-Cornejo, Holger Husi
Nowadays, it is known that oxidative stress plays at least two roles within the cell, the generation of cellular damage and the involvement in several signaling pathways in its balanced normal state. So far, a substantial amount of time and effort has been expended in the search for a clear link between cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the effects of oxidative stress. Here, we present an overview of the different sources and types of reactive oxygen species in CVD, highlight the relationship between CVD and oxidative stress and discuss the most prominent molecules that play an important role in CVD pathophysiology...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230630/update-on-the-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-and-its-relevance-to-schizophrenia
#5
Lily Van, Erik Boot, Anne S Bassett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Schizophrenia occurs in ∼25% of individuals with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS), the strongest known molecular genetic risk factor for schizophrenia. This review highlights recent literature in 22q11.2DS as it pertains to psychosis and schizophrenia. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in noninvasive prenatal testing allow for early detection of 22q11.2DS in utero, whereas premature birth has been shown to be a significant risk factor for development of psychotic illness in 22q11...
February 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230061/neurofibromatosis-type-1
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REVIEW
David H Gutmann, Rosalie E Ferner, Robert H Listernick, Bruce R Korf, Pamela L Wolters, Kimberly J Johnson
Neurofibromatosis type 1 is a complex autosomal dominant disorder caused by germline mutations in the NF1 tumour suppressor gene. Nearly all individuals with neurofibromatosis type 1 develop pigmentary lesions (café-au-lait macules, skinfold freckling and Lisch nodules) and dermal neurofibromas. Some individuals develop skeletal abnormalities (scoliosis, tibial pseudarthrosis and orbital dysplasia), brain tumours (optic pathway gliomas and glioblastoma), peripheral nerve tumours (spinal neurofibromas, plexiform neurofibromas and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours), learning disabilities, attention deficits, and social and behavioural problems, which can negatively affect quality of life...
February 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229423/patient-derived-and-intraoperatively-formed-biomaterial-for-tissue-engineering
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Shalmli U Joshi, Rares O Barbu, Melissa Carr-Reynolds, Brian Barnes, Syam P Nukavarapu
In this chapter, we introduce a completely intraoperative procedure for obtaining a patient-derived biomaterial in cell therapy and tissue engineering applications. An automated device for processing human peripheral-blood ensures a reproducible method for retrieving the patient's cellular-rich as well as cellular-poor plasma. By substituting calcium for animal-derived thrombin, we engineer a completely autologous hydrogel that eliminates the risk of disease transmission and lowers FDA regulation hurdles. Through this chapter, we will discuss a bedside protocol developed to prepare a patient-derived hydrogel...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229364/molecular-subtyping-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-closer-to-an-approach-of-precision-therapy
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REVIEW
Reem Karmali, Leo I Gordon
It has become clear that there is immense biological heterogeneity in diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Developing technology has allowed better characterization of patient subsets at a molecular level, allowing for a link of phenotype and clinical outcomes to oncogenic mechanisms and biologic signatures. Cell of origin and double hit status are able to identify aggressive subsets, with molecular profiling allowing for a clearer understanding of biologic pathways that contribute to cellular resistance to conventional treatment in these subsets...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228232/hormone-receptor-expression-profile-of-low-grade-serous-ovarian-cancers
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Marianna Buttarelli, Floriana Mascilini, Gian Franco Zannoni, Alessandra Ciucci, Enrica Martinelli, Flavia Filippetti, Giovanni Scambia, Gabriella Ferrandina, Daniela Gallo
OBJECTIVE: Low-grade serous ovarian carcinomas (LGSOCs) are a histological subtype of epithelial ovarian tumors, accounting for fewer than 5% of all cases of ovarian carcinoma. Due to the chemoresistant nature of this subtype a search for more effective systemic therapies is actively ongoing, hormonal therapy showing some degree of activity in this clinical setting. The present study ought to investigate the hormone receptor status of LGSOCs, as a strategy to provide molecular support for patient-tailored hormonal treatments...
February 20, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228090/cardioprotective-utility-of-urocortin-in-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-where-do-we-stand
#10
Craig Basman, Pratik Agrawal, Richard Knight, Louis Saravolatz, Chad McRee, Carol Chen-Scarabelli, Jagat Narula, Tiziano Scarabelli
There has been a constant pursuit for development of newer therapies which can contribute to the relatively nascent field of cardioprotection in the setting of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury. One novel cardioprotective agent among others, that has shown promising results in the limited number of research studies undertaken till now, is Urocortin. Urocortins are peptides belonging to the Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone family. Acting through a variety of downstream mechanisms, urocortin has been shown to alter cellular metabolism and modulate the mechanism of cell death occurring as a result of ischemia-reperfusion injury...
February 22, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228013/highly-efficient-and-safe-delivery-of-vegf-sirna-by-bio-reducible-fluorinated-peptide-dendrimers-for-cancer-therapy
#11
Xiaojun Cai, Haofang Zhu, Yanmei Zhang, Zhongwei Gu
RNA interference (RNAi) hold great promise in treating a wide range of diseases. However, it remains highly desirable to develop new delivery systems to circumvent complex extra- and intracellular barriers for successful clinical translation. Here, we report on a versatile polymeric vector, bio-reducible fluorinated peptide dendrimers (BFPD), for highly efficient and safe delivery of siRNA. In virtue of skillfully integrated all of the unique features of reversible cross-linking, fluorination and peptide dendrimers, this novel vector can surmount almost all extra- and intracellular barriers associated with local siRNA delivery through highly improved physiological stability and serum resistance, significantly increased intratumoral enrichment, cellular uptake, as well as successful facilitation of endosomal escape and cytosolic siRNA release...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228012/investigation-of-thermally-induced-cellular-ablation-and-heat-response-triggered-by-planar-mos2-based-nanocomposite
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Shinya Ariyasu, Jing Mu, Xiao Zhang, Ying Huang, Edwin K L Yeow, Hua Zhang, Bengang Xing
In comparison to conventional tumor treatment methods, photothermal therapy (PTT) is one of the innovative therapeutic strategies that employs light to produce the localized heat for targeted ablation of cancer cells. Among various kinds of heat generation nanomaterials, transition metal dichalcogenide nanosheets, especially-molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) have recently been investigated as one of the promising PTT candidates because of their strong absorbance in the near-infrared (NIR) tissue transparency window and excellent photothermal conversion capability...
February 23, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227912/a-hybrid-discrete-continuous-model-of-in-vitro-spheroid-tumor-growth-and-drug-response
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Giorgos Tzedakis, Evangelos Liapis, Eleftheria Tzamali, Giannis Zacharakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Giorgos Tzedakis, Evangelos Liapis, Eleftheria Tzamali, Giannis Zacharakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Giannis Zacharakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Evangelos Liapis, Giorgos Tzedakis, Eleftheria Tzamali
Anti-cancer therapy efficacy in solid tumors mainly depends on drug transportation through the vasculature system and the extracellular matrix, on diffusion gradients and clonal heterogeneity within the tumor mass, as well as on the responses of the individual tumor cells to drugs and their interactions with each other and their local microenvironment. In this work, we develop a mathematical predictive model for tumor growth and drug response based on 3D spheroids experiments that possess several in vivo features of tumors and are considered better for drug screening...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227865/a-dce-mri-imaging-based-model-for-simulation-of-vascular-tumour-growth
#14
Thais Roque, Veerle Kersemans, Sean Smart, Danny Allen, Julia A Schnabel, Michael Chappell, Thais Roque, Veerle Kersemans, Sean Smart, Danny Allen, Julia A Schnabel, Michael Chappell, Sean Smart, Michael Chappell, Veerle Kersemans, Danny Allen, Julia A Schnabel, Thais Roque
Imaging-based modelling of tumour growth can serve as a powerful tool to understand and predict tumour evolution and its response to therapy. The purpose of this study was to introduce, calibrate and evaluate a multi-scale model of vascular tumour growth. The model allows for proliferation, death and spatial spread of tumour cells as well as for new vessel creation. Both the calibration and the evaluation of the tumour growth model were performed using pre-clinical longitudinal time series of dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of colon carcinoma...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226463/cardiac-katp-channel-modulation-by-16hz-magnetic-fields-a-theoretical-study
#15
Yuval Aharonovich, Mickey Scheinowitz, Sharon Zlochiver, Yuval Aharonovich, Mickey Scheinowitz, Sharon Zlochiver, Yuval Aharonovich, Sharon Zlochiver, Mickey Scheinowitz
Heart exposure to 16Hz magnetic fields (MFs) was shown to be cardio-protective for diseased hearts; still, the mechanism of this effect is unknown. We hypothesize that a possible one mechanism is an increased trans-membrane KATP channel open probability due to modulation of the degree of dissociation between K(+) ions, having a resonance frequency of 16Hz, and the channel selectivity filter. The Fan-Makielski Markovian KATP channel model was adopted, and the MF bio-effect was manifested by modulating the open probability of the channel using the predictive MF bio-effect parameter based on Binhi's quantum mechanics model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226462/effects-and-underlying-mechanisms-of-refractory-period-pacing-on-repolarization-dynamics-in-the-human-heart
#16
Diogo Santos, Michele Orini, Xin Zhou, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Ben Hanson, Peter Taggart, Martin Hayward, Blanca Rodriguez, Pier Lambiase, Diogo Santos, Michele Orini, Xin Zhou, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Ben Hanson, Peter Taggart, Martin Hayward, Blanca Rodriguez, Pier Lambiase, Ben Hanson, Diogo Santos, Martin Hayward, Pier Lambiase, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Blanca Rodriguez, Michele Orini, Xin Zhou, Peter Taggart
Repolarization alternans is related to the initiation of life threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Experimental and computational studies suggest that the abolishment of alternans using dynamic pacing protocols may prevent abnormal heart rhythms. In a recent animal study, refractory period pacing (RPP) on every other beat has shown promising results in alternans reduction. However, the cellular mechanisms underlying this therapy and its efficiency in human patients remain unclear. In this study, in vivo unipolar electrograms acquired during RPP from 240 epicardial sites from one patient were analysed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226225/thymic-epithelial-cells
#17
Jakub Abramson, Graham Anderson
IntrathymicTcell development is a complex process that depends upon continuous guidance from thymus stromal cell microenvironments. The thymic epithelium within the thymic stroma comprises highly specialized cells with a high degree of anatomic, phenotypic, and functional heterogeneity. These properties are collectively required to bias thymocyte development toward production of self-tolerant and functionally competent T cells. The importance of thymic epithelial cells (TECs) is evidenced by clear links between their dysfunction and multiple diseases where autoimmunity and immunodeficiency are major components...
February 10, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225753/complement-drives-glucosylceramide-accumulation-and-tissue-inflammation-in-gaucher-disease
#18
Manoj K Pandey, Thomas A Burrow, Reena Rani, Lisa J Martin, David Witte, Kenneth D Setchell, Mary A Mckay, Albert F Magnusen, Wujuan Zhang, Benjamin Liou, Jörg Köhl, Gregory A Grabowski
Gaucher disease is caused by mutations in GBA1, which encodes the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase (GCase). GBA1 mutations drive extensive accumulation of glucosylceramide (GC) in multiple innate and adaptive immune cells in the spleen, liver, lung and bone marrow, often leading to chronic inflammation. The mechanisms that connect excess GC to tissue inflammation remain unknown. Here we show that activation of complement C5a and C5a receptor 1 (C5aR1) controls GC accumulation and the inflammatory response in experimental and clinical Gaucher disease...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225655/mnte-2-pyp-treatment-or-nox4-inhibition-protects-against-radiation-induced-damage-in-mouse-primary-prostate-fibroblasts-by-inhibiting-the-tgf-beta-1-signaling-pathway
#19
Arpita Chatterjee, Elizabeth A Kosmacek, Rebecca E Oberley-Deegan
Prostate cancer patients who undergo radiotherapy frequently suffer from side effects caused by radiation-induced damage to normal tissues adjacent to the tumor. Exposure of these normal cells during radiation treatment can result in tissue fibrosis and cellular senescence, which ultimately leads to postirradiation-related chronic complications including urinary urgency and frequency, erectile dysfunction, urethral stricture and incontinence. Radiation-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been reported as the most potent causative factor for radiation damage to normal tissue...
February 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225139/redox-and-light-responsive-alginate-nanoparticles-as-effective-drug-carriers-for-combinational-anticancer-therapy
#20
Chuangnian Zhang, Gaona Shi, Ju Zhang, Jinfeng Niu, Pingsheng Huang, Zhihong Wang, Yanming Wang, Weiwei Wang, Chen Li, Deling Kong
Nanoparticles have been extensively explored as effective means to deliver chemotherapeutic agents or photosensitizers for chemotherapy or photodynamic therapy (PDT) against cancer. In the present work, pheophorbide A (PheoA), a hydrophobic photosensitizer, was conjugated via a redox-sensitive disulfide linkage to alginate (PheoA-ALG). Anticancer agent, doxorubicin (DOX), was also loaded within the PheoA-ALG nanoparticles (DOX/PheoA-ALG NPs) and used as drug carriers for combinational antitumor treatment. The DOX/PheoA-ALG NPs were spherical in shape with a uniform diameter of approximately 210 nm...
February 22, 2017: Nanoscale
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