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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934030/metabolomic-analysis-of-n-acetylcysteine-protection-of-injury-from-gadolinium-dtpa-contrast-agent-in-rats-with-chronic-renal-failure
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Chuanling Wan, Rong Xue, Youyang Zhan, Yijie Wu, Xiaojing Li, Fengkui Pei
Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) are frequently used to enhance the diagnostic efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging. On the other hand, the association between GBCA administration in patients with advanced renal disease and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) was also noted. NSF is a systemic disorder characterized by widespread tissue fibrosis that may lead to death. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) protects rats from injury induced by gadolinium-based contrast agents, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear...
September 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934015/initial-clinical-experience-with-dual-agent-relaxation-contrast-for-isolated-lymphatic-channel-mapping
#2
Beth Ripley, Gregory J Wilson, Neeraj Lalwani, Noah Briller, Peter C Neligan, Jeffrey H Maki
Purpose To evaluate the clinical performance of dual-agent relaxation contrast (DARC) magnetic resonance (MR) lymphangiography compared with that of conventional MR lymphangiography in the creation of isolated lymphatic maps in patients with secondary lymphedema. Materials and Methods This retrospective study was approved by the institutional review board. The diagnostic quality of 42 DARC MR lymphangiographic studies was compared with that of 42 conventional MR lymphangiographic studies. Two independent readers rated venous contamination as absent, mild, or moderate to severe...
September 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933797/perivascular-perfusion-on-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-ceus-is-associated-with-inflammation-in-patients-with-acute-deep-vein-thrombosis
#3
Mathias Kaspar, Stephan Imfeld, Sasan Partovi, Markus Aschwanden, Thomas Baldi, Alexander Dikkes, Deborah R Vogt, Dimitrios A Tsakiris, Daniel Staub
Background Inflammatory processes of the venous wall in acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) play a role in thrombus formation and resolution. However, direct evaluation of the perivascular inflammation is currently not feasible. Objective To assess perivascular perfusion in acute proximal DVT using contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) reflecting perivenous inflammation and its association with systemic inflammatory markers in a single-centre, prospective observational study. Patients/Methods Twenty patients with proximal DVT underwent CEUS imaging in the thrombosed and contralateral popliteal vein at baseline and after 2 weeks and 3 months...
September 21, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933795/microfluidic-production-of-nanoscale-perfluorocarbon-droplets-as-liquid-contrast-agents-for-ultrasound-imaging
#4
Xiaonan Xu, Ruyuan Song, Minghao He, Chuan Peng, Miao Yu, Youmin Hou, Huihe Qiu, Ruhai Zou, Shuhuai Yao
Liquid perfluorocarbon (PFC) nanodroplets may have a better chance to extravasate through inter-endothelial gaps (400-800 nm) into tumor interstitium for extravascular imaging, which holds promise as an innovative strategy for imaging-guided drug delivery, early diagnosis of cancer and minimally invasive treatment of cancer. Currently available emulsion technologies still face challenges in reducing droplet sizes from the microscale to the nanoscale. To control size and ensure monodispersity of PFC nanodroplets, we developed a flame-shaped glass capillary and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) hybrid device that creates a concentric flow of the dispersed phase enclosed by the focusing continuous phase at the cross-junction...
September 21, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933481/bowl-shaped-deformation-in-a-planar-aromatic-polycycle-upon-reduction-li-and-na-separated-dianions-of-the-aromatic-polycycle-5-6-11-12-di-o-phenylene-tetracene
#5
T Wombacher, R Goddard, C W Lehmann, J J Schneider
Herein we report the synthesis and crystal structures of three light alkali metal salts of the dianion of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon 5,6:11,12-di-o-phenylenetetracene (LDOPT). The compounds are obtained by reaction of LDOPT with an excess of lithium or sodium metal in different O-donor solvents (DME, diglyme) and crystallize as naked, solvated-cation separated dianions exhibiting no interaction between the alkali metal ion and the aromatic π-system of LDOPT. Depending on the aprotic etheral solvent and the hardness of the alkaline metal agent a significant structural perturbation of the conjugated carbon framework of LDOPT is observed resulting in a bowl shaped curvature of the anionic π-perimeter, in contrast to its fully planar neutral state...
September 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933183/an-update-on-nanoparticle-based-contrast-agents-in-medical-imaging
#6
Neda Naseri, Elham Ajorlou, Fatemeh Asghari, Younes Pilehvar-Soltanahmadi
Despite the great value of current exogenous contrast agents for providing main diagnostic information, they still have certain drawbacks such as short blood half life, nonspecific biodistribution, fast clearance, slight renal toxicity and poor contrast in fat patients. Nanoparticles (NPs) are used as novel contrast agents that represent a promising strategy for the non invasive diagnosis. As a platform, nanoparticulates are compatible for developing targeted contrast agents. Advances in nanotechnology will provide enhanced sensitivity and specificity for tumor imaging enabling earlier detection of metastases...
September 21, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932875/-severe-cutaneous-drug-reactions-in-children
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REVIEW
M Mockenhaupt
Among severe drug reactions in children, besides Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), a specific form of hypersensitivity syndrome which is nowadays known as "drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms" (DRESS) has to be mentioned. Whereas SJS/TEN is considered one reaction entity of different severity, DRESS has to be distinguished from SJS/TEN but also from other severe exanthems due to multiorgan involvement. Although SJS/TEN is generally referred to as a drug reaction, only about 75% of all cases are actually caused by medications and in children it is only about 50%...
September 20, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932707/neisseria-gonorrhoeae-challenge-increases-matrix-metalloproteinase-8-expression-in-fallopian-tube-explants
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Natalia E Juica, Paula I Rodas, Paula Solar, Paula Borda, Renato Vargas, Cristobal Muñoz, Rodolfo Paredes, Myron Christodoulides, Luis A Velasquez
Background:Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Ngo) is the etiological agent of gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted infection that initially infects the female lower genital tract. In untreated women, the bacteria can ascend to the upper genital reproductive tract and infect the fallopian tube (FTs), which is associated with salpingitis and can lead to impaired FT function and infertility. The extracellular matrix (ECM) plays an important role in cell migration and differentiation in the female genital tract, and some pathogens modify the ECM to establish successful infections...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932684/value-of-combining-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-and-optoacoustic-tomography-for-hypoxia-imaging
#9
Anant Shah, Nigel Bush, Gary Box, Suzanne Eccles, Jeffrey Bamber
Optoacoustic imaging (OAI) can detect haemoglobin and assess its oxygenation. However, the lack of a haemoglobin signal need not indicate a lack of perfusion. This study uses a novel method to assist the co-registration of optoacoustic images with dynamic contrast enhanced ultrasound (DCE-US) images to demonstrate, in preclinical tumour models, the value of combining haemoglobin imaging with a perfusion imaging method, showing that a lack of a haemoglobin signal does not necessarily indicate an absence of perfusion...
December 2017: Photoacoustics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932195/hydroxysafflor-yellow-a-attenuates-the-apoptosis-of-peripheral-blood-cd4-t-lymphocytes-in-a-murine-model-of-sepsis
#10
Jinping Wang, Ping Wang, Shuiqing Gui, Yun Li, Runhua Chen, Renqing Zeng, Peiyan Zhao, Hanwei Wu, Zheyu Huang, Jianlong Wu
Sepsis is generally considered as a severe condition of inflammation that leads to lymphocyte apoptosis and multiple organ dysfunction. Hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) exerts anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects in infectious diseases. However, the therapeutic effect of HSYA on polymicrobial sepsis remains unknown. This study was undertaken to investigate the therapeutic effects and the mechanisms of action of HSYA on immunosuppression in a murine model of sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932122/gadobutrol-in-india-a-comprehensive-review-of-safety-and-efficacy
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REVIEW
Jan Endrikat, Nicoletta Anzalone
Gadobutrol is a gadolinium (Gd)-based contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In India, gadobutrol is approved for MRI of the central nervous system (CNS), liver, kidneys, breast and for MR angiography for patients 2 years and older. The standard dose for all age groups is 0.1 mmol/kg body weight. The safety profile has been demonstrated in 42 clinical phase 2 to 4 studies (>6800 patients), 7 observational studies, and by assessing pharmacovigilance data of 29 million applications. Furthermore, studies in children, adults, and elderly and in patients with impaired liver or kidney function did not show any increased adverse event rate...
2017: Magnetic Resonance Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931768/study-of-hepatic-artery-cone-beam-imaging-by-low-rate-injection-in-iodinated-contrast-agent
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Mitsuru Osawa, Tadafumi Takano, Akihiko Hanawa, Yasuhiro Minami, Hiroshi Miura
PURPOSE: CT during hepatic arteriography (CTHA) of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) provides valid information in performing transcatheter arterial chemo-embolization (TACE). The usefulness of CTHA with the diluted contrast medium has been reported in some medical conferences. However, the operation becomes somehow complicated for the medical institutions that have angiography injectors with a single head. In this study, we aimed to investigate the clinical equivalence of low-rate injection method and diluted injection method...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931757/vista-comp-an-engineered-checkpoint-receptor-agonist-that-potently-suppresses-t-cell-mediated-immune-responses
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Aaron Prodeus, Aws Abdul-Wahid, Amanda Sparkes, Nicholas W Fischer, Marzena Cydzik, Nicholas Chiang, Mays Alwash, Alessandra Ferzoco, Nathalie Vacaresse, Michael Julius, Reginald M Gorczysnki, Jean Gariépy
V-domain immunoglobulin suppressor of T cell activation (VISTA) is a recently discovered immune checkpoint ligand that functions to suppress T cell activity. The therapeutic potential of activating this immune checkpoint pathway to reduce inflammatory responses remains untapped, largely due to the inability to derive agonists targeting its unknown receptor. A dimeric construct of the IgV domain of VISTA (VISTA-Fc) was shown to suppress the activation of T cells in vitro. However, this effect required its immobilization on a solid surface, suggesting that VISTA-Fc may display limited efficacy as a VISTA-receptor agonist in vivo...
September 21, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931653/combined-ox40l-and-mtor-blockade-controls-effector-t-cell-activation-while-preserving-treg-reconstitution-after-transplant
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Victor Tkachev, Scott N Furlan, Benjamin Watkins, Daniel J Hunt, Hengqi Betty Zheng, Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Kayla Betz, Melanie Brown, John B Schell, Katie Zeleski, Alison Yu, Ian Kirby, Sarah Cooley, Jeffrey S Miller, Bruce R Blazar, Duncan Casson, Phil Bland-Ward, Leslie S Kean
A critical question facing the field of transplantation is how to control effector T cell (Teff) activation while preserving regulatory T cell (Treg) function. Standard calcineurin inhibitor-based strategies can partially control Teffs, but breakthrough activation still occurs, and these agents are antagonistic to Treg function. Conversely, mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibition with sirolimus is more Treg-compatible but is inadequate to fully control Teff activation. In contrast, blockade of OX40L signaling has the capacity to partially control Teff activation despite maintaining Treg function...
September 20, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930997/using-in-vivo-and-tissue-and-cell-explant-approaches-to-study-the-morphogenesis-and-pathogenesis-of-the-embryonic-and-perinatal-aorta
#15
Ashish Misra, Zhonghui Feng, Jiasheng Zhang, Zhi-Yin Lou, Daniel M Greif
The aorta is the largest artery in the body. The aortic wall is composed of an inner layer of endothelial cells, a middle layer of alternating elastic lamellae and smooth muscle cells (SMCs), and an outer layer of fibroblasts and extracellular matrix. In contrast to the widespread study of pathological models (e.g., atherosclerosis) in the adult aorta, much less is known about the embryonic and perinatal aorta. Here, we focus on SMCs and provide protocols for the analysis of the morphogenesis and pathogenesis of embryonic and perinatal aortic SMCs in normal development and disease...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929808/ethanol-gel-sclerotherapy-of-venous-malformations-effectiveness-and-safety
#16
Veronika I Teusch, Walter A Wohlgemuth, Simone Hammer, Armin P Piehler, René Müller-Wille, Holger Goessmann, Wibke Uller
OBJECTIVE: In the treatment of venous malformations, ethanol may be administered in a gelified form to increase local effects and reduce systemic ones. The purpose of this prospective study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a commercially available viscous ethanol gel in the treatment of venous malformations. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Thirty-one patients (mean age, 23.4 years; age range, 6.6-46.5 years) with venous malformations were prospectively scheduled for two ethanol-gel sclerotherapy sessions...
September 20, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929277/fluorescence-guided-surgery-in-the-combined-treatment-of-peritoneal-carcinomatosis-from-colorectal-cancer-preliminary-results-and-considerations
#17
Eva Lieto, Annamaria Auricchio, Francesca Cardella, Andrea Mabilia, Nicoletta Basile, Paolo Castellano, Michele Orditura, Gennaro Galizia
BACKGROUND: Indocyanine green (ICG) is a near-infrared fluorescent contrast agent, which preferentially accumulates in cancer tissue. The aim of our study was to investigate the role of fluorescence imaging (FI) with ICG (ICG-FI) for detecting peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) from colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: Four CRC patients with PC scheduled for cytoreductive surgery + hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy were enrolled in this prospective study. At a median time of 50 min after 0...
September 19, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928884/anti-melanoma-activities-of-haspin-inhibitor-chr-6494-deployed-as-a-single-agent-or-in-a-synergistic-combination-with-mek-inhibitor
#18
Lili Han, Peiling Wang, Yang Sun, Sijing Liu, Jun Dai
Background: Melanoma is a heterogeneous malignancy that presents an immense challenge in therapeutic development. Recent approaches targeting the oncogenic MAP kinase pathways have shown tremendous improvement in the overall survival of patients with advanced melanoma. However, there is still an urgent need for identification of new strategies to overcome drug resistances and to improve therapeutic efficacy. Haspin (Haploid Germ Cell-Specific Nuclear Protein Kinase) belongs to a selected group of mitotic kinases and is required for normal mitosis progression...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928130/roles-for-innate-immunity-in-combination-immunotherapies
#19
REVIEW
Kelly D Moynihan, Darrell J Irvine
Immunity to infectious agents involves a coordinated response of innate and adaptive immune cells working in concert, with many feed-forward and regulatory interactions between both arms of the immune system. In contrast, many therapeutic strategies to augment immunity against tumors have focused predominantly on stimulation of adaptive immunity. However, a growing appreciation of the potential contributions of innate immune effectors to antitumor immunity, especially in the context of combination immunotherapy, is leading to novel strategies to elicit a more integrated immune response against cancer...
September 19, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927789/anticancer-efficacy-of-p-dodecylaminophenol-against-high-risk-and-refractory-neuroblastoma-cells-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#20
Noriko Takahashi, Shunpei Koyama, Shinya Hasegawa, Masahiro Yamasaki, Masahiko Imai
Neuroblastoma is an aggressive and drug-resistant refractory cancer. The human high-risk neuroblastoma cell line, SK-N-AS (non-amplified N-myc) is derived from stromal cells and it is resistant to treatment with retinoic acid (1, RA), which is a chemotherapeutic agent used to induce neuronal cellular differentiation of neuroblastomas. We have developed p-dodecylaminophenol (3, p-DDAP), based on N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)retinamide (2, 4-HPR), a synthetic amide of 1, since 1 and 2 are associated with the side-effect of nyctalopia...
September 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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