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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822199/-progress-on-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-ethnodrugs
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Xiu-Ping Zhou, Lu Han, Yun-Yun Ye, Rui-Zhou Wang, Yue-Ming Zhang, Chang-Cai Bai
Rheumatoid arthritis(RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease, belonging to the "Arthromyodynia (Bi Zheng)" category in traditional Chinese medicine. However, the ethnomedicine has a unique understanding of RA, with a long-term clinical experience accumulation and significant efficacy in the treatment of RA, and it has now become one of the important means in treatment of RA. On the basis of literature research, the understanding of RA and commonly used Tibetan medicine, Mongolian medicine, Hui medicine and other herbs and preparations were reviewed in this paper, with the aim of providing a reference for its clinical treatment of RA and research and development of innovative drugs...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822176/-cerebral-microangiopathy-of-diabetes
#2
REVIEW
Yuan Li, Ke-Wu Zeng, Xue-Mei Wang
Diabetes mellitus, a kind of chronic metabolic disease, has become one of major threats to human health with an increasing incidence. As a basic pathology of chronic complications related to diabetes mellitus, cerebral microangiopathy is mainly found in patients with Alzheimer's disease and lacunar infarction, and becomes one of the main reasons of death and disability in diabetic patients. The pathogenesis of cerebral microangiopathy is complicated, involving such signal pathways as metabolic abnormalities of polyol, saccharification hyperactivity, oxidative stress, abnormal transport of amyloid-β across blood-brain barrier and protein kinase C activation...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822010/vitrification-of-human-immature-oocytes-before-and-after-in-vitro-maturation-a-review
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REVIEW
Mohammad Ali Khalili, Abbas Shahedi, Sareh Ashourzadeh, Stefania Annarita Nottola, Guido Macchiarelli, Maria Grazia Palmerini
The use of immature oocytes subjected to in vitro maturation (IVM) opens interesting perspectives for fertility preservation where ovarian reserves are damaged by pathologies or therapies, as in PCO/PCOS and cancer patients. Human oocyte cryopreservation may offer some advantages compared to embryo freezing, such as fertility preservation in women at risk of losing fertility due to oncological treatment or chronic disease, egg donation and postponing childbirth. It also eliminates religious and/or other ethical, legal, and moral concerns of embryo freezing...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821968/near-adult-height-in-male-kidney-transplant-recipients-started-on-growth-hormone-treatment-in-late-puberty
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Silvia Gil, Mariana Aziz, Marta Adragna, Marta Monteverde, Alicia Belgorosky
BACKGROUND: Growth retardation and its impact on adult height is considered to be one of the most common complications in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Treatment with recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) has been effective in improving growth in kidney transplantation (KTx) patients, but little data are available on adult height in patients who began rhGh treatment in late puberty. METHODS: Near-adult height was evaluated in 13 KTx patients treated with rhGH [growth hormone group (GHGr); dose 9...
August 18, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821873/tnf-%C3%AE-induced-inflammation-stimulates-apolipoprotein-a4-via-activation-of-tnfr2-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-in-kidney-tubular-cells
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Hyung Ho Lee, Young In Cho, Sook Young Kim, Young Eun Yoon, Kyung Sup Kim, Sung Joon Hong, Woong Kyu Han
Apo-A4 expression was increased in tissues from chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients compared to that in normal kidney tissue. We determined the association of apo-A4 and its regulatory signals following acute kidney injury and elucidated the effects of apo-A4 on cell signaling pathways related to kidney injury in vitro and in vivo. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, which causes inflammatory cell injury, induced significantly increased expression of apo-A4 protein levels, and these levels were related to pro-inflammatory acute kidney injury in human kidney cells...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821865/identification-of-bacterial-biofilm-and-the-staphylococcus-aureus-derived-protease-staphopain-on-the-skin-surface-of-patients-with-atopic-dermatitis
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Andreas Sonesson, Kornelia Przybyszewska, Sigrid Eriksson, Matthias Mörgelin, Sven Kjellström, Julia Davies, Jan Potempa, Artur Schmidtchen
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by an impaired epidermal barrier, dysregulation of innate and adaptive immunity, and a high susceptibility to bacterial colonization and infection. In the present study, bacterial biofilm was visualized by electron microscopy at the surface of AD skin. Correspondingly, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) isolates from lesional skin of patients with AD, produced a substantial amount of biofilm in vitro. S. aureus biofilms showed less susceptibility to killing by the antimicrobial peptide LL-37 when compared with results obtained using planktonic cells...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821830/disease-syndrome-combination-modeling-metabolomic-strategy-for-the-pathogenesis-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Shasha Li, Peng Xu, Ling Han, Wei Mao, Yiming Wang, Guoan Luo, Nizhi Yang
Conventional disease animal models have limitations on the conformity to the actual clinical situation. Disease-syndrome combination (DS) modeling may provide a more efficient strategy for biomedicine research. Disease model and DS model of renal fibrosis in chronic kidney disease were established by ligating the left ureter and by ligating unilateral ureteral combined with exhaustive swimming, respectively. Serum metabolomics was conducted to evaluate disease model and DS model by using ultra performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821730/infiltration-of-m1-but-not-m2-macrophages-is-impaired-after-unilateral-ureter-obstruction-in-nrf2-deficient-mice
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Yuji Sogawa, Hajime Nagasu, Shigeki Iwase, Chieko Ihoriya, Seiji Itano, Atsushi Uchida, Kengo Kidokoro, Shun'ichiro Taniguchi, Masafumi Takahashi, Minoru Satoh, Tamaki Sasaki, Takafumi Suzuki, Masayuki Yamamoto, Tiffany Horng, Naoki Kashihara
Chronic inflammation can be a major driver of the failure of a variety of organs, including chronic kidney disease (CKD). The NLR family pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome has been shown to play a pivotal role in inflammation in a mouse kidney disease model. Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), the master transcription factor for anti-oxidant responses, has also been implicated in inflammasome activation under physiological conditions. However, the mechanism underlying inflammasome activation in CKD remains elusive...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821644/calpain-dependent-degradation-of-nucleoporins-contributes-to-motor-neuron-death-in-a-mouse-model-of-chronic-excitotoxicity
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Kaori Sugiyama, Tomomi Aida, Masatoshi Nomura, Ryoichi Takayanagi, Hanns U Zeilhofer, Kohichi Tanaka
Glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity induces neuronal death by altering various intracellular signaling pathways and is implicated as a common pathogenic pathway in many neurodegenerative diseases. In the case of motor neuron disease, there is significant evidence to suggest that overactivation of AMPA receptors due to deficiencies in the expression and function of glial glutamate transporter GLT1 and GLAST plays an important role in the mechanisms of neuronal death. However, a causal role for glial glutamate transporter dysfunction in motor neuron death remains unknown...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821617/janus-kinase-3-regulates-adherens-junction-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-through-beta-catenin
#10
Jayshree Mishra, Jugal Kishore Das, Narendra Kumar
Compromise in adherens junction (AJ) is associated with several chronic inflammatory diseases. Previously we reported that Janus kinase-3, a non-receptor tyrosine kinase plays a crucial role in AJ formation through its interaction with beta-catenin. In this report, we characterize the structural determinants responsible for Jak3 interactions with beta-catenin and determine the functional implications of previously unknown tyrosine residues on beta-catenin phosphorylated by Jak3. We demonstrate that Jak3 auto-phosphorylation was the rate- limiting step during Jak3 trans-phosphorylation of beta-catenin where Jak3 directly phosphorylated three tyrosine residues viz...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821567/chronic-spinal-cord-changes-in-a-high-fat-diet-fed-male-rat-model-of-thoracic-spinal-contusion
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Redin A Spann, William J Lawson, Raymond J Grill, Michael R Garrett, Bernadette E Grayson
Individuals that suffer injury to the spinal cord can result in long-term, debilitating sequelae. Spinal cord injured patients have increased risk for the development of metabolic disease which can further hinder the effectiveness of treatments to rehabilitate the cord and improve quality of life. In the present study, we sought to understand the impact of high-fat diet induced obesity on spinal cord injury (SCI) by examining transcriptome changes in the area of the injury and rostral and caudal to site of damage 12 weeks after injury...
August 18, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821553/epidemiology-of-discordance-between-symptoms-and-signs-of-dry-eye
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Erin S Ong, Elizabeth R Felix, Roy C Levitt, William J Feuer, Constantine D Sarantopoulos, Anat Galor
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The frequent lack of association between dry eye (DE) symptoms and signs leads to challenges in diagnosing and assessing the disease. METHODS: Participants underwent ocular surface examinations to evaluate signs of disease and completed questionnaires to assess ocular symptoms, psychological status and medication use. To assess nociceptive system integrity, quantitative sensory testing (QST), including vibratory and thermal threshold measures and temporal summation of pain were obtained at the forearm and forehead...
August 18, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821532/cross-phenotype-association-mapping-of-the-mhc-identifies-genetic-variants-that-differentiate-psoriatic-arthritis-from-psoriasis
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John Bowes, James Ashcroft, Nick Dand, Farideh Jalali-Najafabadi, Eftychia Bellou, Pauline Ho, Helena Marzo-Ortega, Philip S Helliwell, Marie Feletar, Anthony W Ryan, David J Kane, Eleanor Korendowych, Michael A Simpson, Jonathan Packham, Ross McManus, Matthew A Brown, Catherine H Smith, Jonathan N Barker, Neil McHugh, Oliver FitzGerald, Richard B Warren, Anne Barton
OBJECTIVES: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis, with a strong heritable component, affecting patients with psoriasis. Here we attempt to identify genetic variants within the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) that differentiate patients with PsA from patients with cutaneous psoriasis alone (PsC). METHODS: 2808 patients with PsC, 1945 patients with PsA and 8920 population controls were genotyped. We imputed SNPs, amino acids and classical HLA alleles across the MHC and tested for association with PsA compared to population controls and the PsC patient group...
August 18, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821468/design-and-development-of-a-stepped-care-behavioral-intervention-to-support-parents-of-young-children-newly-diagnosed-with-type-1-diabetes
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Marisa E Hilliard, Carrie Tully, Maureen Monaghan, Jichuan Wang, Randi Streisand
One of the most common chronic conditions of childhood, the prevalence of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in young children is increasing. Early childhood development complicates optimal T1D management and glycemic outcomes. Parents are at risk for elevated psychological distress, especially immediately following diagnosis. Few empirically supported interventions are available to support parents and promote optimal T1D management during this vulnerable period. This paper reports on the development and study design of First STEPS: Study of Type 1 in Early childhood and Parenting Support...
August 15, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821454/low-dose-anti-thymocyte-globulin-for-graft-versus-host-disease-prophylaxis-in-matched-unrelated-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant
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A Bryant, R Mallick, L Huebsch, D Allan, H Atkins, G Anstee, M Sabloff, N Scrivens, D Maze, C Bredeson, N Kekre
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHCT). Prophylactic in-vivo T-Cell depletion with antithymocyte globulin (ATG) has been associated with decreased GVHD rates many alloHCT settings. Despite decades of clinical study, optimal ATG dosing has not been established. Understanding that higher rates of GVHD are observed with matched unrelated (MUD) versus matched related donor (MRD) alloHCT, at our institution MUD alloHSCT recipients have historically had low dose thymoglobulin (total dose 2...
August 15, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821440/apelin-protects-against-liver-x-receptor-mediated-steatosis-through-ampk-and-ppar%C3%AE-in-human-and-mouse-hepatocytes
#16
Jin Huang, Saeromi Kang, Soo-Jin Park, Dong-Soon Im
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most commonly occurring chronic liver disease, and hepatic steatosis, a condition defined as extensive lipid accumulation in hepatocytes, is associated with liver dysfunction and metabolic diseases, such as, obesity and type II diabetes. Apelin is an adipokine that acts on a G protein-coupled receptor named APJ, and has been established to play pivotal roles in various physiological conditions. However, the function of apelin in hepatocytes has not been fully investigated...
August 15, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820959/takinib-a-selective-tak1-inhibitor-broadens-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibition-for-cancer-and-autoimmune-disease
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Juliane Totzke, Deepak Gurbani, Rene Raphemot, Philip F Hughes, Khaldon Bodoor, David A Carlson, David R Loiselle, Asim K Bera, Liesl S Eibschutz, Marisha M Perkins, Amber L Eubanks, Phillip L Campbell, David A Fox, Kenneth D Westover, Timothy A J Haystead, Emily R Derbyshire
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) has both positive and negative roles in human disease. In certain cancers, TNF-α is infused locally to promote tumor regression, but dose-limiting inflammatory effects limit broader utility. In autoimmune disease, anti-TNF-α antibodies control inflammation in most patients, but these benefits are offset during chronic treatment. TAK1 acts as a key mediator between survival and cell death in TNF-α-mediated signaling. Here, we describe Takinib, a potent and selective TAK1 inhibitor that induces apoptosis following TNF-α stimulation in cell models of rheumatoid arthritis and metastatic breast cancer...
August 17, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820944/exploration-of-macroporous-polymeric-sponges-as-drug-carriers
#18
Gaigai Duan, Amir R Reza Bagheri, Shaohua Jiang, Jacob Golenser, Seema Agarwal, Andreas Greiner
Achieving high drug loading capacity and controlling drug delivery are two main challenges related to drug carriers. In this study, polymeric macroporous sponges with very high pore volume and large porosity are introduced as a new-type of drug carrier. Due to the high pore volume (285 and 166 cm3/g for the sponges with densities of 3.5 and 6.0 mg/cm3, respectively), the sponges exhibit very high drug loading capacities with average values of 1870 ± 114 and 2697 ± 73 mg/g in the present study, which is much higher than the meso and microporous drug carriers (< 1500 mg/g)...
August 18, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820797/postoperative-renal-dysfunction-after-noncardiac-surgery
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Suvi T Vaara, Rinaldo Bellomo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The narrative review aims to discuss recent results and important knowledge gaps regarding acute kidney injury (AKI) in postoperative patients undergone major noncardiac surgery. RECENT FINDINGS: Postoperative AKI affects approximately one-fifth of patients after major surgery, but the incidence varies according to the type of surgery. Preexisting chronic kidney disease is a major risk factor for postoperative AKI. It carries a substantial risk for postoperative adverse outcomes, as well as long-term mortality and morbidity...
August 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820786/models-of-care-delivery-for-patients-with-parkinson-disease-living-in-rural-areas
#20
Kristin A Schuller, Brooke Vaughan, Ian Wright
The elderly who suffer from chronic conditions have an increasingly difficult time accessing health care in rural areas compared with their healthy counterparts who seek and utilize less specialty care. Parkinson disease affects approximately 0.3% to 5% of the elderly population. However, a large portion of that population has difficulty accessing health care. The purpose of this study was to obtain an understanding of the access to care issues for patients with Parkinson disease and review solutions to aid their provision of care...
October 2017: Family & Community Health
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