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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926887/the-application-of-genomics-in-diabetes-barriers-to-discovery-and-implementation
#1
James S Floyd, Bruce M Psaty
The emerging availability of genomic and electronic health data in large populations is a powerful tool for research that has drawn interest in bringing precision medicine to diabetes. In this article, we discuss the potential application of genomics to the prediction, prevention, and treatment of diabetes, and we use examples from other areas of medicine to illustrate some of the challenges involved in conducting genomics research in human populations and implementing findings in practice. At this time, a major barrier to the application of genomics in diabetes care is the lack of actionable genomic findings...
November 2016: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925870/hydrogen-sulfide-enhances-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-differentiation-from-human-tooth-under-normal-and-glucotoxic-conditions
#2
Ioan Valentin Matei, Hisataka Ii, Ken Yaegaki
AIM: Glucotoxicity obstructs pancreatic differentiation from adult stem cells. The aim was to develop a novel protocol for differentiation of dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) into pancreatic β cells and determine the effect of H2S on glucotoxicity. MATERIALS & METHODS: DPSCs were differentiated with media containing 5.5 or 25.0 mM glucose, exposed to 1 ng/ml H2S. Glucotoxicity, expression of β-cell markers, INS, PDX1 and GLUT2, and PI3K/AKT pathway were assessed...
December 7, 2016: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925305/extracellular-matrix-in-epitheliochorial-endotheliochorial-and-haemochorial-placentation-and-its-potential-application-for-regenerative-medicine
#3
REVIEW
Ara da Anunciação, A M Mess, D Orechio, B A Aguiar, P O Favaron, M A Miglino
A placenta is defined as structural approximation of maternal and foetal tissues to perform physiological exchange. Associated processes of differentiation and the establishment of its cells take place within the extracellular matrix (ECM) that provides a rich environment of collagens, fibronectins, cytokines and other components. Placental ECM is promising for tissue regeneration purposes, because it has immune tolerance capacities that may cause only minimal rejections of transplants with immunological differences between donor and recipient...
December 7, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925238/danshen-enhanced-cardioprotective-effect-of-cardioplegia-on-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-a-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-model
#4
Wei Wei, Yiwei Liu, Qiang Zhang, Yangming Wang, Xiaoling Zhang, Hao Zhang
Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is unavoidable during cardioplegic arrest and open-heart surgery. Danshen is one of the most popular traditional herbal medicines in China, which has entered the Food and Drug Administration-approved phase III clinical trial. This study was aimed to develop a human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) model to mimic I/R injury and evaluate the cardioprotective effect of regular cardioplegic solution with Danshen. hiPSC-CMs were cultured with the crystalloid cardioplegic solution (Thomas group) and Thomas solution with 2 or 10 µg/mL Danshen (Thomas plus Danshen groups)...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925188/a-human-3d-in-vitro-model-to-assess-the-relationship-between-osteoporosis-and-dissemination-to-bone-of-breast-cancer-tumour-cells
#5
F Salamanna, V Borsari, S Brogini, P Torricelli, S Cepollaro, M Cadossi, M Fini
Despite consistent improvements in diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for breast cancer, up to 40% of patients will develop bone metastases. To reduce the morbidity and complications related with bone metastases, it is imperative to reduce their etiological factors. Osteoporosis, being characterized by a sudden estrogen deficiency, may provide a favorable condition for bone metastasis. This work, using a humanized 3D in vitro model, aims at evaluating the relationship between osteoporosis and breast cancer-derived bone metastases...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924687/the-fluad-case-in-italy-could-it-have-been-dealt-differently
#6
Miriam Levi, Ersilia Sinisgalli, Chiara Lorini, Francesca Santomauro, Martina Chellini, Paolo Bonanni
During the influenza vaccination campaign 2014-2015, the reporting of three deaths within 48 hours of vaccination with Fluad brought the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) to pronounce the withdrawal of two batches of vaccine, based on the precautionary principle. Investigations by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, the National Institute of Health, and by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), the committee at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) responsible for monitoring and assessing the safety profiles of human drugs, concluded that there was a lack of causality between the reported deaths and the vaccines administered...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924064/toward-the-use-of-precision-medicine-for-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#7
REVIEW
Wang Gong, Yandi Xiao, Zihao Wei, Yao Yuan, Min Qiu, Chongkui Sun, Xin Zeng, Xinhua Liang, Mingye Feng, Qianming Chen
Precision medicine is a new strategy that aims at preventing and treating human diseases by focusing on individual variations in people's genes, environment and lifestyle. Precision medicine has been used for cancer diagnosis and treatment and shows evident clinical efficacy. Rapid developments in molecular biology, genetics and sequencing technologies, as well as computational technology, has enabled the establishment of "big data", such as the Human Genome Project, which provides a basis for precision medicine...
December 4, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924018/disgenet-a-comprehensive-platform-integrating-information-on-human-disease-associated-genes-and-variants
#8
Janet Piñero, Àlex Bravo, Núria Queralt-Rosinach, Alba Gutiérrez-Sacristán, Jordi Deu-Pons, Emilio Centeno, Javier García-García, Ferran Sanz, Laura I Furlong
The information about the genetic basis of human diseases lies at the heart of precision medicine and drug discovery. However, to realize its full potential to support these goals, several problems, such as fragmentation, heterogeneity, availability and different conceptualization of the data must be overcome. To provide the community with a resource free of these hurdles, we have developed DisGeNET (http://www.disgenet.org), one of the largest available collections of genes and variants involved in human diseases...
October 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923881/the-ligands-of-translocator-protein-inhibit-human-th1-responses-and-the-rejection-of-murine-skin-allografts
#9
Yannan Zhang, Sifei Yu, Xiaomin Li, Binyan Yang, Changyou Wu
The translocator protein (TSPO) ligands impacted inflammatory and immune responses. However, the exact effects of TSPO ligands on Th1 responses in vitro and in vivo are still unclear. In the current study, we found that TSPO ligands, FGIN1-27 and Ro5-4864, suppressed the cytokine production in a dose- dependent manner by purified human CD4(+) T cells from PBMCs after stimulation. TSPO ligands inhibited the production of IFN-γ by memory CD4(+) T cells and the differentiation of naïve CD4(+) T cells into Th1 cells via  suppressing the activity of the corresponding transcription factors as indicated by reduced expression of T-bet and downregulation of STAT1, STAT4 and STAT5 phosphorylation...
December 6, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923036/cotargeting-of-cyp-19-aromatase-and-emerging-pivotal-signalling-pathways-in-metastatic-breast-cancer
#10
REVIEW
Stine Daldorff, Randi Margit Ruud Mathiesen, Olav Erich Yri, Hilde Presterud Ødegård, Jürgen Geisler
Aromatase inhibition is one of the cornerstones of modern endocrine therapy of oestrogen receptor-positive (ER+) metastatic breast cancer (MBC). The nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitors anastrozole and letrozole, as well as the steroidal aromatase inactivator exemestane, are the preferred drugs and established worldwide in all clinical phases of the disease. However, although many patients suffering from MBC experience an initial stabilisation of their metastatic burden, drug resistance and disease progression occur frequently, following in general only a few months on treatment...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921262/a-new-era-of-disease-modeling-and-drug-discovery-using-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#11
REVIEW
Wonhee Suh
In 2006, Shinya Yamanaka first reported that in vitro reprogramming of somatic cells toward pluripotency was achieved by simple induction of specific transcription factors. Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology has since revolutionized the ways in which we explore the mechanisms of human diseases and develop therapeutics. Here, I describe the recent advances in human iPSC-based disease modeling and drug discovery and discuss the current challenges. Additionally, I outline potential future applications of human iPSCs in classifying patients based on their response to drugs in clinical trials and elucidating optimal patient-specific therapeutic strategies, which will contribute to reduced attrition rates and the development of precision medicine...
December 5, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920947/the-daniel-k-inouye-college-of-pharmacy-scripts-poha-berry-physalis-peruviana-with-potential-anti-inflammatory-and-cancer-prevention-activities
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Leng Chee Chang, Mayuramas Sang-Ngern, John M Pezzuto, Carolyn Ma
The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, during a historic event in Spring 2016, graduated the first two students in the Pacific region to earn a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. The college offers PhD programs in these five disciplines: Cancer Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, and Pharmacology. One of the Pharmacognosy dissertations focused on plant-derived natural products with potential anti-inflammatory and cancer chemopreventive activities...
November 2016: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920820/protective-effect-of-melissa-officinalis-extract-against-h2o2-induced-oxidative-stress-in-human-vascular-endothelial-cells
#13
Leila Safaeian, Seyyed Ebrahim Sajjadi, Shaghayegh Haghjooy Javanmard, Hossein Montazeri, Fariba Samani
Melissa officinalis L. is a medicinal plant with a large variety of pharmacological effects and traditional applications. This study aimed to evaluate the protective and antioxidant activities of the extract of M. officinalis aerial parts on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) under oxidative stress induced by H2O2. Cells were incubated with H2O2 (0.5 mM, 2 h) after pretreatment with M. officinalis extract (25-500 μg/mL). Cell viability was evaluated by 3-(4, 5- Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay...
October 2016: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920817/pharmacological-characterization-of-liquiritigenin-a-chiral-flavonoid-in-licorice
#14
Samaa Alrushaid, Neal M Davies, Stephanie E Martinez, Casey L Sayre
Liquiritigenin is a chiral flavonoid present in plant based food, nutraceuticals, and traditional medicines. It is also an important ingredient present in licorice. The purpose of this study is to explore the pharmacological activity of racemic liquiritigenin utilizing several in vitro assays with relevant roles in colon cancer and diabetes. Where possible, the pure enantiomers were tested to identify the stereospecific contribution to the activity. In vitro antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory activities (cyclooxygenase inhibition), antidiabetic activities (alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase inhibition) as well as cytochrome P450 (CYP450) inhibitory activities were assessed...
October 2016: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920619/the-swiss-master-in-chiropractic-medicine-curriculum-preparing-graduates-to-work-together-with-medicine-to-improve-patient-care
#15
B Kim Humphreys, Cynthia K Peterson
OBJECTIVE: In 2007, chiropractic became 1 of the 5 medical professions in Switzerland. This required a new chiropractic program that was fully integrated within a Swiss medical school. The purpose of this article was to discuss the Master in Chiropractic Medicine (MChiroMed) program at the University of Zürich, including advantages, opportunities, and challenges. DISCUSSION: In 2008, the MChiroMed program began with its first student cohort. The MChiroMed program is a 6-year Bologna model 2-cycle (bachelor and master) "spiral curriculum," with the first 4 years being fully integrated within the medical curriculum...
December 2016: Journal of Chiropractic Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920373/human-influences-on-evolution-and-the-ecological-and-societal-consequences
#16
Andrew P Hendry, Kiyoko M Gotanda, Erik I Svensson
Humans have dramatic, diverse and far-reaching influences on the evolution of other organisms. Numerous examples of this human-induced contemporary evolution have been reported in a number of 'contexts', including hunting, harvesting, fishing, agriculture, medicine, climate change, pollution, eutrophication, urbanization, habitat fragmentation, biological invasions and emerging/disappearing diseases. Although numerous papers, journal special issues and books have addressed each of these contexts individually, the time has come to consider them together and thereby seek important similarities and differences...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919783/the-potential-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-as-a-tool-to-study-skeletal-dysplasias-and-cartilage-related-pathologic-conditions
#17
REVIEW
Huan Liu, Lei Yang, Fang Fang Yu, Sen Wang, Cuiyan Wu, Chengjuan Qu, Xiong Guo, Mikko J Lammi
The development of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) technology has opened up new horizons for development of new research tools especially for skeletal dysplasias, which often lack human disease models. Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering could be the next areas to benefit from refinement of iPSC methods to repair focal cartilage defects, while applications for osteoarthritis (OA) and drug screening have evolved rather slowly. Although the advances in iPSC research of skeletal dysplasias and repair of focal cartilage lesions are not directly relevant to OA, they can be considered to pave the way to future prospects and solutions to OA research, too...
December 2, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919590/rebuttal-to-the-manuscript-by-r-j-porter-epires-d-16-00150
#18
D G A Kasteleijn-Nolst Trenité
Development of new effective medicines for patients, who continue to have seizures or experience unwanted side-effects, is an important goal. The human "Photosensitivity Model", a POC study, helps to achieve this goal by providing accurate PharmacoKinetic / PharmcoDynamic (PK/PD) data in epilepsy patients at a very early stage and in a highly controlled, standardized and safe setting (in- hospital video-EEG photic stimulation tests and single-dose AED administration). All information referred to in this rebuttal is based on evidence and not on personal communication...
November 27, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918106/cannabidiol-activates-neuronal-precursor-genes-in-human-gingival-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
#19
Thangavelu Soundara Rajan, Sabrina Giacoppo, Domenico Scionti, Francesca Diomede, Gianpaolo Grassi, Federica Pollastro, Adriano Piattelli, Placido Bramanti, Emanuela Mazzon, Oriana Trubiani
In the last years, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) from oral tissues have received considerable interest in regenerative medicine since they can be obtained with minimal invasive procedure and exhibit immunomodulatory properties. This study was aimed to investigate whether in vitro pre-treatment of MSCs obtained from human gingiva (hGMSCs) with Cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid component produced by the plant Cannabis sativa, may promote human gingiva derived MSCs to differentiate towards neuronal precursor cells...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917881/distinct-and-shared-determinants-of-cardiomyocyte-contractility-in-multi-lineage-competent-ethnically-diverse-human-ipscs
#20
Martin L Tomov, Zachary T Olmsted, Haluk Dogan, Eda Gongorurler, Maria Tsompana, Hasan H Otu, Michael Buck, Eun-Ah Chang, Jose Cibelli, Janet L Paluh
The realization of personalized medicine through human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology can be advanced by transcriptomics, epigenomics, and bioinformatics that inform on genetic pathways directing tissue development and function. When possible, population diversity should be included in new studies as resources become available. Previously we derived replicate iPSC lines of African American, Hispanic-Latino and Asian self-designated ethnically diverse (ED) origins with normal karyotype, verified teratoma formation, pluripotency biomarkers, and tri-lineage in vitro commitment...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
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