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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720549/evolutionary-basis-of-a-new-approach-for-the-treatment-of-malignant-brain-tumors-from-mice-to-humans
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Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro
Glioma cells are one of the most aggressive and malignant tumors. Following initial surgery, and radio-chemotherapy they progress rapidly, so that patients' median survival remains under two years. They invade throughout the brain, which makes them difficult to treat, and are universally lethal. Though total resection is always attempted it is not curative. Standard of care in 2016 comprises surgical resection, radiotherapy and chemotherapy (temozolomide). Median survival is currently ~14-20months post-diagnosis though it can be higher in high complexity medical university centers, or during clinical trials...
July 15, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711628/enteric-glia-regulate-gastrointestinal-motility-but-are-not-required-for-maintenance-of-the-epithelium-in-mice
#2
Meenakshi Rao, Daniella Rastelli, Lauren Dong, Sophia Chiu, Wanda Setlik, Michael D Gershon, Gabriel Corfas
BACKGROUND & AIMS: When the glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) promoter is used to express cellular toxins that eliminate glia in mice, intestinal epithelial permeability and proliferation increase; this led to the concept that glia are required for maintenance of the gastrointestinal epithelium. Many enteric glia, however, particularly in the mucosa, do not express GFAP. In contrast, virtually all enteric glia express proteolipid protein 1 (PLP1). We investigated whether elimination of PLP1-expressing cells compromises epithelial maintenance or gastrointestinal motility...
July 12, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704950/structure-activity-relationships-of-acyclic-selenopurine-nucleosides-as-antiviral-agents
#3
Pramod K Sahu, Tamima Umme, Jinha Yu, Gyudong Kim, Shuhao Qu, Siddhi D Naik, Lak Shin Jeong
A series of acyclic selenopurine nucleosides 3a-f and 4a-g were synthesized based on the bioisosteric rationale between oxygen and selenium, and then evaluated for antiviral activity. Among the compounds tested, seleno-acyclovir (4a) exhibited the most potent anti-herpes simplex virus (HSV)-1 (EC50 = 1.47 µM) and HSV-2 (EC50 = 6.34 µM) activities without cytotoxicity up to 100 µM, while 2,6-diaminopurine derivatives 4e-g exhibited significant anti-human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) activity, which is slightly more potent than the guanine derivative 4d, indicating that they might act as prodrugs of seleno-ganciclovir (4d)...
July 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699311/ganciclovir-resistant-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-abdominal-solid-organ-transplant-recipients-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
#4
K E Rolling, M R Jorgenson, J L Fose, D A Mandelbrot, R R Redfield, J A Smith
Ganciclovir-resistant cytomegalovirus (GR-CMV) is emerging as a significant infection in the abdominal transplant population. GR-CMV is difficult to manage, and treatment options are limited. We report a descriptive case series of 15 patients who had documented GR-CMV at our center and review the literature on treatment of GR-CMV. The first case in this series was detected in 2012; the majority of cases occurred after January 1, 2014, with approximately 50% occurring in 2015. UL97 and UL54 viral genome mutations were present in 100% and 40% of CMV-infected patients, respectively...
July 12, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663679/cytomegalovirus-infection-in-liver-transplant-recipients-current-approach-to-diagnosis-and-management
#5
REVIEW
Sanjay K Yadav, Sanjiv Saigal, Narendra S Choudhary, Sujit Saha, Navin Kumar, Arvinder S Soin
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the most common viral infection in liver transplant recipients, affecting post-transplant patients and graft survival. Recent advances in diagnosis and management of CMV have led to marked reduction in incidence, severity, and its associated morbidity and mortality. CMV DNA assay is the most commonly used laboratory parameter to diagnose and monitor CMV infection. Current evidence suggests that both pre-emptive and universal prophylaxis approaches are equally justified in liver transplant recipients...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660653/cytomegalovirus-infection-in-hematologic-malignancy-settings-other-than-the-allogeneic-transplant
#6
REVIEW
F Marchesi, F Pimpinelli, F Ensoli, A Mengarelli
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in clinical settings other than the allogeneic transplant represents a poorly explored issue. Thus, we performed a comprehensive review of the medical literature about CMV infection in patients undergoing autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant and in other nontransplant-related hematologic patients. In autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant, a CMV reactivation is reported to occur in up to 41% of CMV seropositive patients, when a prospective monitoring of antigenemia and/or viremia by polymerase chain reaction was adopted...
June 29, 2017: Hematological Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657962/a-common-anti-cytomegalovirus-drug-ganciclovir-inhibits-hiv-1-replication-in-human-tissues-ex-vivo
#7
Christophe Vanpouille, Jean A Bernatchez, Andrea Lisco, Anush Arakelyan, Elisa Saba, Matthias Götte, Leonid Margolis
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common HIV-1 copathogen. Since CMV infection is an important contributor to immune activation, the driving force of HIV disease, an anti-CMV strategy might be beneficial to HIV-infected patients. Shin et al. (J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2014; 65:251-258) reported that anti-CMV therapy with valganciclovir in coinfected individuals results in a decrease of HIV viral load that is not accompanied by a decrease of immune activation. This suggests an alternative mechanism for HIV inhibition other than suppression of CMV-mediated inflammation...
July 17, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656174/human-cytomegalovirus-infected-glioblastoma-cells-display-stem-cell-like-phenotypes
#8
Che Liu, Paul A Clark, John S Kuo, Robert F Kalejta
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common brain tumor in adults. Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) genomes are present in GBM tumors, yielding hope that antiviral treatments could prove therapeutic and improve the poor prognosis of GBM patients. We discovered that GBM cells infected in vitro with HCMV display properties of cancer stem cells. HCMV-infected GBM cells grow more slowly than mock-infected controls, demonstrate a higher capacity for self-renewal determined by a sphere formation assay, and display resistance to the chemotherapeutic drug temozolomide...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653462/no-effect-of-treatment-with-intravenous-ganciclovir-on-epstein-barr-virus-viremia-demonstrated-after-pediatric-liver-transplantation
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Anniken B Østensen, Truls Sanengen, Ellen Holter, Pål-Dag Line, Runar Almaas
EBV after pediatric LT is a risk factor for PTLD. We wanted to evaluate the effect of intravenous ganciclovir on EBV viremia and to identify risk factors for chronic EBV viremia. All pediatric patients who underwent LT in Norway from 2002 until 2015 were reviewed. Twenty-two of 38 patients with viremia were treated with intravenous ganciclovir for a median of 22 (21-38) days. Treated and untreated patients were not different with respect to EBV seroconversion prior to transplantation or age at transplantation, but treated patients had significantly earlier viremia after transplantation (P=...
June 26, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650593/hhv-6-in-liver-transplantation-a-literature-review
#10
REVIEW
Tuan L Phan, Irmeli Lautenschlager, Raymund R Razonable, Flor M Munoz
Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6A and HHV-6B) can cause primary infection or reactivate from latency in liver transplant recipients, which can result in a variety of clinical syndromes, including fever, hepatitis, encephalitis, and higher rates of graft dysfunction as well as indirect effects including increased risks of mortality, CMV disease, hepatitis C progression and greater fibrosis scores. Although HHV-6 infection is currently diagnosed by quantifying viral DNA in plasma or blood, biopsy to demonstrate histopathologic effects of HHV-6 remains the gold standard for diagnosis of end-organ disease...
June 26, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649563/symptomatic-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-children-of-seropositive-women
#11
Ines Mack, Marie-Anne Burckhardt, Ulrich Heininger, Friederike Prüfer, Sven Schulzke, Sven Wellmann
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most frequent congenital virus infection worldwide. The risk of congenital CMV (cCMV) transmission is highest in seronegative women who acquire primary CMV infection during pregnancy. A growing body of evidence indicates that secondary CMV infections in pregnant women with preconceptual immunity (either through reactivation of latent virus or re-infection with a new strain of CMV) contribute to a much greater proportion of symptomatic cCMV than was previously thought. Here, we describe a case of symptomatic cCMV infection in the newborn of a woman with proven immunity prior to pregnancy...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638769/deeper-insight-into-the-six-step-domino-reaction-of-aldehydes-with-malononitrile-and-evaluation-of-antiviral-and-antimalarial-activities-of-the-obtained-bicyclic-products
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Christina M Bock, Gangajji Parameshwarappa, Simon Bönisch, Walter Bauer, Corina Hutterer, Maria Leidenberger, Oliver Friedrich, Manfred Marschall, Barbara Kappes, Andreas Görling, Svetlana B Tsogoeva
The straightforward and efficient synthesis of complex aza- and carbobicyclic compounds, which are of importance for medicinal chemistry, is a challenge for modern chemical methodology. An unprecedented metal-free six-step domino reaction of aldehydes with malononitrile was presented in our previous study to provide, in a single operation, these bicyclic nitrogen-containing molecules. Presented here is a deeper investigation of this atom-economical domino process by extending the scope of aldehydes, performing post-modifications of domino products, applying bifunctional organocatalysts and comprehensive NMR studies of selected domino products...
June 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637474/arsenic-trioxide-inhibits-ebv-reactivation-and-promotes-cell-death-in-ebv-positive-lymphoma-cells
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Qinyan Yin, Mark Sides, Christopher H Parsons, Erik K Flemington, Joseph A Lasky
BACKGROUND: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is associated with hematopoietic malignancies, such as Burkitt's lymphoma, post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorder, and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The current approach for EBV-associated lymphoma involves chemotherapy to eradicate cancer cells, however, normal cells may be injured and organ dysfunction may occur with currently employed regimens. This research is focused on employing arsenic trioxide (ATO) as EBV-specific cancer therapy takes advantage of the fact the EBV resides within the malignant cells...
June 21, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637105/cytomegalovirus-gastric-ulcer-complicated-with-pyloric-obstruction-in-a-patient-with-ulcerative-colitis
#14
Sung Hwan Kang, Kee Myung Lee, Sung Jae Shin, Sun Kyo Lim, Jae Chul Hwang, Jin Hong Kim
In patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections could aggravate the course of IBD but it is difficult to distinguish CMV infection from IBD exacerbation endoscopically. Usually, CMV tends to localize to the colon and other organic involvements were reported very rare in the IBD patients. Herein, we report a case that CMV gastric ulcer complicated with pyloric obstruction in a patient with ulcerative colitis during ganciclovir therapy, which was resolved by surgical gastrojejunostomy with review of literature...
June 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632911/polymer-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles-as-non-viral-gene-delivery-reagents
#15
M Mar Encabo-Berzosa, Maria Sancho-Albero, Victor Sebastian, Silvia Irusta, Manuel Arruebo, Jesus Santamaria, Pilar Martín Duque
BACKGROUND: In this study we investigated the ability of PEG functionalized gold nanoparticles as non-viral vectors in the transfection of different cell lines, comparing them with commercial lipoplexes. METHODS: Positively charged gold nanoparticles were synthesized using PEI as reducing and stabilizer agent and its cytotoxicity reduced by its functionalization with PEG. We bound the nanoparticles to three plasmids with different sizes (4-40 kpb). The vector internalization was evaluated by confocal and electronic microscopy...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624190/expression-of-herpes-simplex-virus-thymidine-kinase-ganciclovir-by-rna-trans-splicing-induces-selective-killing-of-hiv-producing-cells
#16
Carin K Ingemarsdotter, Sushmita Poddar, Sarah Mercier, Volker Patzel, Andrew M L Lever
Antiviral strategies targeting hijacked cellular processes are less easily evaded by the virus than viral targets. If selective for viral functions, they can have a high therapeutic index. We used RNA trans-splicing to deliver the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase-ganciclovir (HSV-tk/GCV) cell suicide system into HIV-producing cells. Using an extensive in silico bioinformatics and RNA structural analysis approach, ten HIV RNA trans-splicing constructs were designed targeting eight different HIV splice donor or acceptor sites and were tested in cells expressing HIV...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583524/epidemiology-and-outcome-of-ganciclovir-resistant-cytomegalovirus-infection-after-solid-organ-transplantation-a-single-transplant-center-experience-in-thailand
#17
J Bruminhent, P Rotjanapan, S P Watcharananan
BACKGROUND: Data on drug-resistant cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in solid organ transplantation (SOT) are not often reported from resource-limited settings. We aimed to investigate the epidemiology and outcomes of this infection in SOT recipients at our institution. METHODS: This was a retrospective study conducted from January 2012 to May 2015. We included all SOT recipients who were suspected for drug-resistant CMV infection. Genotypic assay for UL97 gene mutation was analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction...
June 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552580/engineered-proteins-program-mammalian-cells-to-target-inflammatory-disease-sites
#18
Anam Qudrat, Abdullah Al Mosabbir, Kevin Truong
Disease sites in atherosclerosis and cancer feature cell masses (e.g., plaques/tumors), a low pH extracellular microenvironment, and various pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα). The ability to engineer a cell to seek TNFα sources allows for targeted therapeutic delivery. To accomplish this, here we introduced a system of proteins: an engineered TNFα chimeric receptor (named TNFR1chi), a previously engineered Ca(2+)-activated RhoA (named CaRQ), vesicular stomatitis virus glycoprotein G (VSVG), and thymidine kinase...
June 22, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545358/molecular-imaging-of-tumor-angiogenesis-and-therapeutic-effects-with-dual-bioluminescence
#19
Ran Wang, Kaiyue Zhang, Hongyan Tao, Wei Du, Di Wang, Ziwei Huang, Manqian Zhou, Yang Xu, Yuebing Wang, Na Liu, Hui Wang, Zongjin Li
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis is critical for the growth of tumor by supplying nutrients and oxygen that exacerbates the metastasis and progression of cancer. Noninvasive imaging of angiogenesis during the tumor therapeutic processes may provide novel opportunities for image-guided tumor management. OBJECTIVE: Here, we want to develop a mouse animal model for assessing cancer progression and angiogenesis in the same individuals by molecular imaging. METHODS: Breast cancer model was developed with mouse breast cancer cell line 4T1 carrying a reporter system encoding a triple fusion (TF) reporter gene consisting of renilla luciferase (Rluc), red fluorescent protein (RFP) and herpes simplex virus truncated thymidine kinase (HSV-ttk) in transgenic mice, which expressed firefly luciferase (Fluc) under the promoter of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (Vegfr2-luc)...
May 23, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513810/epstein-barr-virus-encephalitis-in-solid-organ-transplantation
#20
Jillian S Y S Y, Zhi Mei Low, Iain Abbott, Lani Shochet, John Kanellis, Richard A Kitching, Tony M Korman
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is typically associated with post transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) after solid organ and stem cell transplantation. However, it is rarely associated with neurological complications. We report a case of severe encephalitis complicating primary EBV infection six months post renal transplantation, and review the literature on EBV encephalitis in solid organ transplantation in adults. A 55-year-old male presented 6 months post cadaveric renal transplant with headache, fever and confusion...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
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