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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738608/a-fast-bioanalytical-method-based-on-microextraction-by-packed-sorbent-and-uplc-ms-ms-for-determining-new-psychoactive-substances-in-oral-fluid
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A M Ares, P Fernández, M Regenjo, A M Fernández, A M Carro, R A Lorenzo
The emergence in recent years of potentially dangerous new psychoactive substances (NPS) that are not under international control has led to the development of multi-analyte procedures for their unequivocal quantification. A fast ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method (UPLC-MS/MS), in combination with a sample pretreatment based on microextraction by packed sorbent (MEPS), was for the first time used in this work for the simultaneous determination of NPS in oral fluid. This matrix is an effective alternative to typical biological samples for drug control in substitution therapy programs, and also for the prevention and reduction of traffic accidents...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738540/regulatory-players-of-dna-damage-repair-mechanisms-role-in-cancer-chemoresistance
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REVIEW
Kunnathur Murugesan Sakthivel, Sreedharan Hariharan
DNA damaging agents are most common in chemotherapeutic molecules that act against cancer. However, cancer cells possess inherent biological features to overcome DNA damages by activating various distinct repair mechanisms and pathways. Importantly, various oncogenes, cancer stem cells (CSCs), hypoxic environment, transcription factors and bystander signaling that are activated in the cancer cells influence DNA repair, thereby effectively repairing the DNA damage. Repaired cancer cells often become more resistance to further therapy and results in disease recurrence...
July 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737994/impact-of-a-patient-support-program-on-patient-adherence-to-adalimumab-and-direct-medical-costs-in-crohn-s-disease-ulcerative-colitis-rheumatoid-arthritis-psoriasis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis
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David T Rubin, Manish Mittal, Matthew Davis, Scott Johnson, Jingdong Chao, Martha Skup
BACKGROUND: AbbVie provides a free-to-patient patient support program (PSP) to assist adalimumab-treated patients with medication costs, nurse support, injection training, pen disposal, and medication reminders. The impact of these services on patient adherence to adalimumab and direct medical costs associated with autoimmune disease has not been assessed. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the relationship between participation in a PSP and outcomes (adalimumab adherence, persistence, and direct medical costs) in patients initiating adalimumab treatment...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737988/patterns-of-care-for-biologic-dosing-outliers-and-nonoutliers-in-biologic-naive-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#4
Thomas Delate, Roxanne Meyer, Daniel Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Although most biologic medications for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have recommended fixed dosing, actual biologic dosing may vary among real-world patients, since some patients can receive higher (high-dose outliers) or lower (low-dose outliers) doses than what is recommended in medication package inserts. OBJECTIVE: To describe the patterns of care for biologic-dosing outliers and nonoutliers in biologic-naive patients with RA. METHODS: This was a retrospective, longitudinal cohort study of patients with RA who were not pregnant and were aged ≥ 18 and < 90 years from an integrated health care delivery system...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737829/expression-profile-of-circular-rnas-in-human-gastric-cancer-tissues
#5
You-Sheng Huang, Na Jie, Ke-Jian Zou, Yang Weng
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) represent a newly identified class of non‑coding RNA molecules, which interfere with gene transcription by adsorbing microRNAs (miRNAs). CircRNAs serve important roles in disease development and have the potential to serve as a novel class of biomarkers for clinical diagnosis. However, the role of circRNAs in the occurrence and development of gastric cancer (GC) remains unclear. In the present study, the expression profiles of circRNAs were compared between GC and adjacent normal tissues using a circRNA microarray, following which quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) was used to confirm the results of the circRNA microarray...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737745/electromagnetized-gold-nanoparticles-mediate-direct-lineage-reprogramming-into-induced-dopamine-neurons-in-vivo-for-parkinson-s-disease-therapy
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Junsang Yoo, Euiyeon Lee, Hee Young Kim, Dong-Ho Youn, Junghyun Jung, Hongwon Kim, Yujung Chang, Wonwoong Lee, Jaein Shin, Soonbong Baek, Wonhee Jang, Won Jun, Soochan Kim, Jongki Hong, Hi-Joon Park, Christopher J Lengner, Sang Hyun Moh, Youngeun Kwon, Jongpil Kim
Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are physical energy fields generated by electrically charged objects, and specific ranges of EMF can influence numerous biological processes, which include the control of cell fate and plasticity. In this study, we show that electromagnetized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in the presence of specific EMF conditions facilitate an efficient direct lineage reprogramming to induced dopamine neurons in vitro and in vivo. Remarkably, electromagnetic stimulation leads to a specific activation of the histone acetyltransferase Brd2, which results in histone H3K27 acetylation and a robust activation of neuron-specific genes...
July 17, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737602/treatment-of-congenital-thrombotic-thrombocytopenia-purpura-a-new-paradigm
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Louis M Aledort, Tammuella C Singleton, Paula J Ulsh
Congenital thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura (cTTP) is a very rare disorder worldwide. Standard treatment of recognized cases has been to administer fresh frozen plasma as the source of ADAMTS13, to replenish the absent ADAMTS13 enzyme. An alternative source, a plasma-derived factor VIII concentrate used for hemophilia A, and found to contain this enzyme, was reported to be effective in 1 patient in the United States. We now report details on a US cohort of 8 cTTP patients who have been successfully treated for varying periods with a marketed antihemophilic factor concentrate Koate-DVI...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737478/family-matters-how-myc-family-oncogenes-impact-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Johannes Brägelmann, Stefanie Böhm, Matthew R Guthrie, Gurkan Mollaoglu, Trudy G Oliver, Martin L Sos
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is one of the most deadly cancers and currently lacks effective targeted treatment options. Recent advances in the molecular characterization of SCLC has provided novel insight into the biology of this disease and raises hope for a paradigm shift in the treatment of SCLC. We and others have identified activation of MYC as a driver of susceptibility to Aurora kinase inhibition in SCLC cells and tumors that translates into a therapeutic option for the targeted treatment of MYC-driven SCLC...
July 24, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737214/decline-in-cellular-function-of-aged-mouse-c-kit-cardiac-progenitor-cells
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Alessandra Castaldi, Ramsinh Mansinh Dodia, Amabel M Orogo, Cristina M Zambrano, Rita H Najor, Åsa B Gustafsson, Joan Heller Brown, Nicole H Purcell
Therapeutic use of c-kit(+) cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) is being evaluated for regenerative therapy in older patients with ischemic heart failure. Our understanding of the biology of these CPCs has however, largely come from studies of young cells and animal models. In the present study we examined characteristics of CPCs isolated from young (3 months) and aged (24 month) mice that could underlie the diverse outcomes reported for CPC-based therapeutics. We observed morphological differences and altered senescence indicated by increased senescence associated markers β-galactosidase and p16 mRNA in aged CPCs...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736830/pcsk9-in-context-a-contemporary-review-of-an-important-biological-target-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Michael M Page, Gerald F Watts
Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) and the identification of its critical role in lipoprotein metabolism has rapidly led to the development of PCSK9 inhibition with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). PCSK9 mAbs are already in limited clinical use and are the subject of major cardiovascular outcomes trials, which if universally positive could see much wider clinical application of these agents. Patients with familial hypercholesterolaemia are the most obvious candidates for these drugs, but other patients with elevated cardiovascular risk, statin intolerance or hyperlipoproteinaemia(a) may also benefit...
July 24, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736778/facile-synthesis-of-black-phosphorus-au-nanocomposites-for-enhanced-photothermal-cancer-therapy-and-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-analysis
#11
Guangcun Yang, Zhiming Liu, Yi Li, Yuqing Hou, Xixi Fei, Chengkang Su, Songmao Wang, Zhengfei Zhuang, Zhouyi Guo
Black phosphorus (BP), a new type of two-dimensional nanomaterial, has attracted crucial attention in recent years owing to its excellent properties and great potential in various chemical, physical, and biological fields. In this study, BP nanosheets loaded with Au nanoparticles (BP-Au NSs) are obtained by a one-step facile synthetic method. The Au nanostructures can not only enhance the photothermal efficiency of the nanocomposites, but also endow BP-Au NSs with the potential to act as effective surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates for Raman biodetection...
July 24, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736756/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016 in Bethesda Maryland to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
June 2017: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736637/primary-and-acquired-resistance-to-biologic-therapies-in-gastrointestinal-cancers
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REVIEW
Sam J Lubner, Nataliya V Uboha, Dustin A Deming
Improvements in the understanding of cancer biology have led to therapeutic advances in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. Drugs which target the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathways have led the way in colon cancer. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) such as bevacizumab, ramucirumab, cetuximab, and panitumumab, have improved progression free survival and overall survival (OS) for colorectal cancers and were quickly adopted. Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) has demonstrated significant benefit for gastroesophageal cancers and in the setting of HER2 amplification, trastuzumab in combination with chemotherapy has become the standard of care...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736636/biological-agents-in-gastrointestinal-cancers-adverse-effects-and-their-management
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REVIEW
Nivedita Arora, Arjun Gupta, Preet Paul Singh
Biological therapy comprises agents that by virtue of their unique mechanisms of action, are able to specifically incite a response against or target malignant cells. They differ from conventional chemotherapy with regard to mechanisms of action, indications and side effect profile. Biologic agents have revolutionized therapy for a number of malignancies. In the setting of gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies, agents targeting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2/Neu) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) have proven to be invaluable additions to chemotherapy...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736632/biologics-in-bowel-cancer
#15
REVIEW
Marcus S Noel
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and second leading cause of cancer death with over 50,000 patients expected to die from their disease in 2017. For patients who present at diagnosis with advanced disease the standard treatment is systemic chemotherapy. Over the last decade a number of biologic therapies have emerged as viable treatment options for advance colorectal cancer. When these new drugs are combined with chemotherapy survival is prolonged, often without a detriment to quality of life...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736631/shifting-paradigm-of-developing-biologics-for-the-treatment-of-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma
#16
REVIEW
Ying Zeng, Agnieszka A Rucki, Xu Che, Lei Zheng
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is still widely considered as a deadly disease even though there are substantial therapeutic developments in the past decade. Using combinational chemotherapy regimens, represented by gemcitabine plus nab-paclitaxel and FOLFIRINOX, was able to improve overall survival in patients with advanced disease to a limited extent. It has been a challenge to develop targeted therapies that are focused on the neoplasm cells of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Recently, targeting the stroma and immune compartments of pancreatic adenocarcinoma has shown promising results...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736630/current-biologics-for-treatment-of-biliary-tract-cancers
#17
REVIEW
Diana Y Zhao, Kian-Huat Lim
Biliary tract cancers (BTC) is a group of malignancies that arise from the epithelial cells of the biliary tree. These cancers are typically classified by anatomic site of origin: intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (IHCC) and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (EHCC), and gallbladder cancer (GBC). To date, complete surgical resection remains the mainstay of treatment especially for earlier stage disease. Unfortunately, most patients present with advanced or metastatic disease, when systemic chemotherapy is the only treatment option...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736629/biologic-therapy-in-esophageal-and-gastric-malignancies-current-therapies-and-future-directions
#18
REVIEW
Pamela Samson, A Craig Lockhart
Biologic agents, including targeted antibodies as well as immunomodulators, are demonstrating unparalleled development and study across the entire spectrum of human malignancy. This review summarizes the current state of biologic therapies for esophageal, esophagogastric, and gastric malignancies, including those that target human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), c-Met, mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) and immunomodulators...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736627/personalized-and-precision-medicine-integrating-genomics-into-treatment-decisions-in-gastrointestinal-malignancies
#19
REVIEW
Trang H Au, Kai Wang, David Stenehjem, Ignacio Garrido-Laguna
The advent of next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies has advanced our understanding of the intrinsic biology of different gastrointestinal (GI) tumor types. The use of novel, more efficient sequencing platforms has improved turnaround times of sequencing results. This is providing real time opportunities to put precision medicine to the test. A number of early phase clinical trials are testing targeted therapies in unique molecularly characterized subsets of patients (baskets). While basket studies are gaining momentum, treatment failures serve to remind us that shifting from a histology-driven to a histology-agnostic approach is unlikely to be a failure-free strategy for a number of tumor types as recently learnt from vemurafenib failure in BRAF mutated metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC)...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736577/optimization-of-proximity-ligation-assay-pla-for-detection-of-protein-interactions-and-fusion-proteins-in-non-adherent-cells-application-to-pre-b-lymphocytes
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Lydie Debaize, Hélène Jakobczyk, Anne-Gaëlle Rio, Virginie Gandemer, Marie-Bérengère Troadec
BACKGROUND: Genetic abnormalities, including chromosomal translocations, are described for many hematological malignancies. From the clinical perspective, detection of chromosomal abnormalities is relevant not only for diagnostic and treatment purposes but also for prognostic risk assessment. From the translational research perspective, the identification of fusion proteins and protein interactions has allowed crucial breakthroughs in understanding the pathogenesis of malignancies and consequently major achievements in targeted therapy...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
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