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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166504/moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-treatment-challenges-through-the-era-of-biological-drugs
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Júlia Vide, Sofia Magina
Biological therapy has revolutionized moderate to severe psoriasis treatment. However, despite being more effective than conventional systemic treatments, some patients do not respond or lose response to biotechnological treatments or develop drug-antibodies, interfering with its safety and efficacy. There are also clinical forms of the disease and patient profiles for which is pending further scientific evidence for more sustained therapeutic interventions. The continuous and more detailed knowledge of psoriasis pathophysiology has allowed identifying new therapeutic targets, which is expected to help overcome the challenges of individualized psoriasis treatment...
September 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165794/leptomeningeal-metastasis-from-systemic-cancer-review-and-update-on-management
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REVIEW
Nancy Wang, Mia S Bertalan, Priscilla K Brastianos
Leptomeningeal metastasis is an uncommon and typically late complication of cancer with a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Diagnosis is often challenging, with nonspecific presenting symptoms ranging from headache and confusion to focal neurologic deficits, such as cranial nerve palsies. Standard diagnostic evaluation involves a neurologic examination, magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and spine with gadolinium, and cytologic evaluation of the cerebral spinal fluid. Therapy entails a multimodal approach focused on palliation with surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy, which may be administered systemically or directly into the cerebral spinal fluid...
November 22, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165391/micrornas-associated-with-von-hippel-lindau-pathway-in-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Lisa-Maria Schanza, Maximilian Seles, Michael Stotz, Johannes Fosselteder, Georg C Hutterer, Martin Pichler, Verena Stiegelbauer
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are the most common renal neoplasia and can be divided into three main histologic subtypes, among which clear cell RCC is by far the most common form of kidney cancer. Despite substantial advances over the last decade in the understanding of RCC biology, surgical treatments, and targeted and immuno-therapies in the metastatic setting, the prognosis for advanced RCC patients remains poor. One of the major problems with RCC treatment strategies is inherent or acquired resistance towards therapeutic agents over time...
November 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164929/psychosis-as-a-sequelae-of-paraneoplastic-syndrome-in-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-a-psycho-neuroendocrine-interface
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Christiana M Wilkins, Victoria L Johnson, Rachel E Fargason, Badari Birur
In 2013 more than 150,000 Americans died from all types of lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) represents about 13% of all lung cancers and is notoriously associated with paraneoplastic syndromes (PNS). Here we present an interesting case of psychosis associated with one such PNS-- ectopic Cushing syndrome of SCLC. A 56 year old African-American male with no prior psychiatric history who was diagnosed with SCLC two months prior, presented to the ER for treatment of a right arm laceration he sustained while fighting off attackers, with high concern these individuals may have been part of hallucinatory experiences and well-systematized persecutory delusions regarding his wife...
November 22, 2017: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164924/towards-enhanced-pet-quantification-in-clinical-oncology
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Habib Zaidi, Nicolas Karakatsanis
Positron emission tomography (PET) has, since its inception, established itself as the imaging modality of choice for the in vivo quantitative assessment of molecular targets in a wide range of biochemical processes underlying tumour physiology. PET image quantification enables to ascertain a direct link between the time-varying activity concentration in organs/tissues and the fundamental parameters portraying the biological processes at the cellular level being assessed. However, the quantitative potential of PET may be affected by a number of factors related to physical effects, hardware and software system specifications, tracer kinetics, motion, scan protocol design and limitations in current image-derived PET metrics...
November 22, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164650/market-share-and-costs-of-biologic-therapies-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease-in-the-usa
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H Yu, D MacIsaac, J J Wong, Z M Sellers, A A Wren, R Bensen, C Kin, K T Park
BACKGROUND: Real-world data quantifying the costs of increasing use of biologics in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are unknown. AIM: To determine the outpatient IBD drug utilization trends, relative market share, and costs in the USA during a 9-year period. METHODS: The Truven MarketScan(®) Database was analysed for patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) during 2007-2015. National drug codes were used to identify prescription drugs; Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System J-codes were used to capture biologic out-patient infusions...
November 22, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164272/signaling-pathways-and-mesenchymal-transition-in-pediatric-high-grade-glioma
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REVIEW
Michaël H Meel, Sophie A Schaper, Gertjan J L Kaspers, Esther Hulleman
Pediatric high-grade gliomas (pHGG), including diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG), are the most lethal types of cancer in children. In recent years, it has become evident that these tumors are driven by epigenetic events, mainly mutations involving genes encoding Histone 3, setting them apart from their adult counterparts. These tumors are exceptionally resistant to chemotherapy and respond only temporarily to radiotherapy. Moreover, their delicate location and diffuse growth pattern make complete surgical resection impossible...
November 21, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164052/development-of-novel-patient-derived-xenografts-from-breast-cancer-brain-metastases
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María J Contreras-Zárate, D Ryan Ormond, Austin E Gillen, Colton Hanna, Nicole L Day, Natalie J Serkova, Britta M Jacobsen, Susan M Edgerton, Ann D Thor, Virginia F Borges, Kevin O Lillehei, Michael W Graner, Peter Kabos, Diana M Cittelly
Brain metastases are an increasing burden among breast cancer patients, particularly for those with HER2(+) and triple negative (TN) subtypes. Mechanistic insight into the pathophysiology of brain metastases and preclinical validation of therapies has relied almost exclusively on intracardiac injection of brain-homing cells derived from highly aggressive TN MDA-MB-231 and HER2(+) BT474 breast cancer cell lines. Yet, these well characterized models are far from representing the tumor heterogeneity observed clinically and, due to their fast progression in vivo, their suitability to validate therapies for established brain metastasis remains limited...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164002/biological-therapy-in-arthritis-patients-with-hepatitis-b-or-c-infection-a-multicenter-retrospective-case-series
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Sultana Abdulaziz, Hussein Halabi, Mohammed A Omair, Suzan Attar, Abdullah Alghamdi, Mohammed Shabrawishi, Abdulwahab Neyazi, Haneen Alnazzawi, Nuha Meraiani, Hani Almoallim
Objective: Reactivation of viral hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) has been reported in various case reports of patients with arthritis on biological therapy. The objective of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics and outcomes of arthritis patients with HBV or HCV treated with biological therapy. Material and Methods: This is a retrospective case series including all patients above 13 years of age with arthritis patients from four centers in Saudi Arabia with concurrent chronic viral hepatitis infection (HBV or HCV) who received biological agents in the rheumatology clinics during their course of their disease from duration of the disease onset until last outpatient visit up to November 2015...
September 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163787/neural-crest-derived-progenitor-cells-contribute-to-tumor-stroma-and-aggressiveness-in-stage-4-m-neuroblastoma
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Pedro Linares-Clemente, Diana Aguilar-Morante, Ismael Rodríguez-Prieto, Gema Ramírez, Carmen de Torres, Vicente Santamaría, Diego Pascual-Vaca, Ana Colmenero-Repiso, Francisco M Vega, Jaume Mora, Rosa Cabello, Catalina Márquez, Eloy Rivas, Ricardo Pardal
Pediatric tumors arise upon oncogenic transformation of stem/progenitor cells during embryonic development. Given this scenario, the existence of non-tumorigenic stem cells included within the aberrant tumoral niche, with a potential role in tumor biology, is an intriguing and unstudied possibility. Here, we describe the presence and function of non-tumorigenic neural crest-derived progenitor cells in aggressive neuroblastoma (NB) tumors. These cells differentiate into neural crest typical mesectodermal derivatives, giving rise to tumor stroma and promoting proliferation and tumor aggressiveness...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163692/clinical-significance-and-biological-role-of-wnt10a-in-ovarian-cancer
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Ping Li, Wenlian Liu, Qian Xu, Changxiu Wang
Ovarian cancer is one of the five most malignant types of cancer in females, and the only currently effective therapy is surgical resection combined with chemotherapy. Wnt family member 10A (Wnt10a) has previously been identified to serve an oncogenic function in several tumor types, and was revealed to have clinical significance in renal cell carcinoma; however, there is still only limited information regarding the function of Wnt10a in the carcinogenesis of ovarian cancer. The present study identified increased expression levels of Wnt10a in two cell lines, SKOV3 and A2780, using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163685/expression-of-cancer-testis-antigens-mage-a-mage-c1-gage-and-ctag1b-in-benign-and-malignant-thyroid-diseases
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Daniel Hardy Melo, Rui Celso Martins Mamede, Luciano Neder, Wilson Araújo Silva, Mateus Camargo Barros-Filho, Luiz Paulo Kowalski, Clóvis Antonio Lopes Pinto, Marco Antônio Zago, David Livingstone Alves Figueiredo, Achim A Jungbluth
Despite considerable advances in the understanding of thyroid gland biology, correctly diagnosing thyroid nodules and treating high-grade thyroid carcinoma remains challenging. Cancer/testis (CT) antigens have emerged as potential diagnostic tools as well as targets of potential cancer vaccinations. In the present study, a total of 117 patients who underwent surgical therapy for thyroid disease were available for analysis. The expression levels of melanoma-associated antigen (MAGE) A, MAGE-C1/CT7, cancer/testis antigen 1B (CTAG1B) and G antigen (GAGE) were analyzed by immunohistochemistry...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163528/the-role-of-transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-in-the-progression-of-hiv-aids-and-development-of-non-aids-defining-fibrotic-disorders
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REVIEW
Annette J Theron, Ronald Anderson, Theresa M Rossouw, Helen C Steel
Even after attainment of sustained viral suppression following implementation of highly active antiretroviral therapy, HIV-infected persons continue to experience persistent, low-grade, systemic inflammation. Among other mechanisms, this appears to result from ongoing microbial translocation from a damaged gastrointestinal tract. This HIV-related chronic inflammatory response is paralleled by counteracting, but only partially effective, biological anti-inflammatory processes. Paradoxically, however, this anti-inflammatory response not only exacerbates immunosuppression but also predisposes for development of non-AIDS-related, non-communicable disorders...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163527/engineered-tolerance-tailoring-development-function-and-antigen-specificity-of-regulatory-t-cells
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REVIEW
Nicholas A J Dawson, Jens Vent-Schmidt, Megan K Levings
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are potent suppressors of immune responses and are currently being clinically tested for their potential to stop or control undesired immune responses in autoimmunity, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and solid organ transplantation. Current clinical approaches aim to boost Tregs in vivo either by using Treg-promoting small molecules/proteins and/or by adoptive transfer of expanded Tregs. However, the applicability of Treg-based immunotherapies continues to be hindered by technical limitations related to cell isolation and expansion of a pure, well-characterized, and targeted Treg product...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163516/restoring-natural-killer-cell-immunity-against-multiple-myeloma-in-the-era-of-new-drugs
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REVIEW
Gianfranco Pittari, Luca Vago, Moreno Festuccia, Chiara Bonini, Deena Mudawi, Luisa Giaccone, Benedetto Bruno
Transformed plasma cells in multiple myeloma (MM) are susceptible to natural killer (NK) cell-mediated killing via engagement of tumor ligands for NK activating receptors or "missing-self" recognition. Similar to other cancers, MM targets may elude NK cell immunosurveillance by reprogramming tumor microenvironment and editing cell surface antigen repertoire. Along disease continuum, these effects collectively result in a progressive decline of NK cell immunity, a phenomenon increasingly recognized as a critical determinant of MM progression...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162863/pulse-frequency-dependency-of-photobiomodulation-on-the-bioenergetic-functions-of-human-dental-pulp-stem-cells
#16
Hong Bae Kim, Ku Youn Baik, Pill-Hoon Choung, Jong Hoon Chung
Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy contributes to pain relief, wound healing, and tissue regeneration. The pulsed wave (PW) mode has been reported to be more effective than the continuous wave (CW) mode when applying PBM to many biological systems. However, the reason for the higher effectiveness of PW-PBM is poorly understood. Herein, we suggest using delayed luminescence (DL) as a reporter of mitochondrial activity after PBM treatment. DL originates mainly from mitochondrial electron transport chain systems, which produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP)...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162787/the-economics-of-biological-therapy-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-the-case-for-equality
#17
Christian Selinger, Barry Hall
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 31, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162647/a-unifying-biology-of-sex-steroid-induced-apoptosis-in-prostate-and-breast-cancers
#18
Philipp Y Maximov, Balkees Abderrahman, Ramona F Curpan, Yousef A Hawsawi, Ping Fan, V Craig Jordan
Prostate and breast cancer are the two cancers with the highest incidence in men and women, respectively. Here we focus on the known biology of acquired resistance to antihormone therapy of prostate and breast cancer and compare laboratory and clinical similarities in the evolution of the disease. Laboratory studies and clinical observations in prostate and breast cancer demonstrate that cell selection pathways occur during acquired resistance to antihormonal therapy. Following sex steroid deprivation, both prostate and breast cancer models show an initial increased acquired sensitivity to the growth potential of sex steroids...
November 21, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162577/cohort-profile-the-mayo-clinic-cohort-study-of-oophorectomy-and-aging-2-moa-2-in-olmsted-county-minnesota-usa
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Walter A Rocca, Liliana Gazzuola Rocca, Carin Y Smith, Brandon R Grossardt, Stephanie S Faubion, Lynne T Shuster, Elizabeth A Stewart, Michelle M Mielke, Kejal Kantarci, Virginia M Miller
PURPOSE: This cohort study was established to investigate the effects of unilateral and bilateral oophorectomy on the ageing processes in women. PARTICIPANTS: We used the records-linkage system of the Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP, http://www.rochesterproject.org) to identify 570 women who underwent unilateral oophorectomy and 1653 women who underwent bilateral oophorectomy in Olmsted County, Minnesota from 1988 through 2007 (20 years). Each woman was matched by age (±1 year) to a population-based referent woman who had not undergone any oophorectomy (570 referent women) or bilateral oophorectomy (1653 referent women)...
November 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162513/homeostatic-effect-of-laughter-on-diabetic-cardiovascular-complications-the-myth-turned-to-fact
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REVIEW
Mohamed H Noureldein, Assaad A Eid
AIMS: Laughter has been used for centuries to alleviate pain in morbid conditions. It was not until 1976 that scientists thought about laughter as a form of therapy that can modulate hormonal and immunological parameters that affect the outcome of many serious diseases. Moreover, Laughter therapy was shown to be beneficial in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) by delaying the onset of many diabetic complications. Laughter is also described to influence the cardiovascular and endothelial functions and thus may protect against diabetic cardiovascular complications...
November 18, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
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