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REVIEW
Cindy Neuzillet, Louis de Mestier, Benoît Rousseau, Olivier Mir, Mohamed Hebbar, Hemant M Kocher, Philippe Ruszniewski, Christophe Tournigand
Until the 1990s, cytotoxic chemotherapy has been the cornerstone of medical therapy for gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. Better understanding of the cancer cell molecular biology has led to the therapeutic revolution of targeted therapies, i.e. monoclonal antibodies or small molecule inhibitors directed against proteins that are specifically overexpressed or mutated in cancer cells. These agents, being more specific to cancer cells, were expected to be less toxic than conventional cytotoxic agents. However, their effects have sometimes been disappointing, due to intrinsic or acquired resistance mechanisms, or to an activity restricted to some tumour settings, illustrating the importance of patient selection and early identification of predictive biomarkers of response to these therapies...
July 16, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723169/nanoantenna-enhanced-infrared-spectroscopic-chemical-imaging
#2
Lucca Kühner, Mario Hentschel, Ute Zschieschang, Hagen Klauk, Jochen Vogt, Christian Huck, Harald Giessen, Frank Neubrech
Spectroscopic infrared chemical imaging is ideally suited for label-free and spatially resolved characterization of molecular species, but often suffers from low infrared absorption cross sections. Here, we overcome this limitation by utilizing confined electromagnetic near-fields of resonantly excited plasmonic nanoantennas, which enhance the molecular absorption by orders of magnitude. In the experiments, we evaporate microstructured chemical patterns of C60 and pentacene with nanometer thickness on top of homogeneous arrays of tailored nanoantennas...
May 26, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713172/poxylation-as-an-alternative-stealth-coating-for-biomedical-applications
#3
Herdis Bludau, Anna E Czapar, Andrzej S Pitek, Sourabh Shukla, Rainer Jordan, Nicole F Steinmetz
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymers are currently used in a variety of medical formulations to reduce toxicity, minimize immune interactions and improve pharmacokinetics. Despite its widespread use however, the presence of anti-PEG antibodies indicates that this polymer has the potential to be immunogenic and antigenic. Here we present an alternative polymer, poly(2-oxazoline) (POx) for stealth applications, specifically shielding of a proteinaceous nanoparticle from recognition by the immune system. Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) was used as our testbed due to its potential for use as a nanocarrier for drug delivery and molecular imaging applications...
March 2017: European Polymer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709114/isolated-pachymeningeal-metastasis-from-breast-cancer-clinical-features-and-prognostic-factors
#4
Mi Hwa Heo, Yoo Jin Cho, Hee Kyung Kim, Ji-Yeon Kim, Yeon Hee Park
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical features and prognoses of patients with isolated pachymeningeal metastasis (IPM) from breast cancer. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of all patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) treated from January 2009 to August 2016. Eligibility criteria included diagnosis of pachymeningeal metastasis based on brain magnetic resonance imaging and histologic diagnosis of primary breast cancer. We excluded patients with concomitant parenchymal or leptomeningeal metastases...
July 11, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701281/editorial-for-the-special-issue-of-computational-methods-for-molecular-imaging-for-computerized-medical-imaging-and-graphics
#5
EDITORIAL
Kuangyu Shi, Fei Gao, Nassir Navab, Julia Schnabel, Pengcheng Shi, Sibylle I Ziegler
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 4, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693198/pulmonary-toxicity-generated-from-radiotherapeutic-treatment-of-thoracic-malignancies
#6
Guodong Deng, Ning Liang, Jian Xie, Hui Luo, Lili Qiao, Jingxin Zhang, Dawei Wang, Jiandong Zhang
Radiation-induced lung injury (RILI) remains a major obstacle for thoracic radiotherapy for the treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer and lymphoma. It is the principal dose-limiting complication, and can markedly impair the therapeutic ratio as well as a patient's quality of life. The current review presents the relevant concepts associated with RILI, including the pathogenic mechanisms and the potential treatment strategies, so as to achieve a general understanding of this issue. RILI comprises an acute radiation pneumonitis phase and subsequent late lung fibrosis...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691070/molecular-local-and-network-level-basis-for-the-enhanced-stiffness-of-hydrogel-networks-formed-from-coassembled-racemic-peptides-predictions-from-pauling-and-corey
#7
Katelyn Nagy-Smith, Peter J Beltramo, Eric Moore, Robert Tycko, Eric M Furst, Joel P Schneider
Hydrogels prepared from self-assembling peptides are promising materials for medical applications, and using both l- and d-peptide isomers in a gel's formulation provides an intuitive way to control the proteolytic degradation of an implanted material. In the course of developing gels for delivery applications, we discovered that a racemic mixture of the mirror-image β-hairpin peptides, named MAX1 and DMAX1, provides a fibrillar hydrogel that is four times more rigid than gels formed by either peptide alone-a puzzling observation...
June 28, 2017: ACS Central Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690357/federating-heterogeneous-datasets-to-enhance-data-sharing-and-experiment-reproducibility
#8
Juan C Prieto, Beatriz Paniagua, Marilia S Yatabe, Antonio C O Ruellas, Liana Fattori, Luciana Muniz, Martin Styner, Lucia Cevidanes
Recent studies have demonstrated the difficulties to replicate scientific findings and/or experiments published in past.(1) The effects seen in the replicated experiments were smaller than previously reported. Some of the explanations for these findings include the complexity of the experimental design and the pressure on researches to report positive findings. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) suggests that every study considered for publication must submit a plan to share the de-identified patient data no later than 6 months after publication...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686121/surgical-and-molecular-considerations-in-the-treatment-of-pediatric-thalamopeduncular-tumors
#9
Ryan P Lee, Kimberly A Foster, Jock C Lillard, Paul Klimo, David W Ellison, Brent Orr, Frederick A Boop
OBJECTIVE Thalamopeduncular tumors are a group of pediatric low-grade gliomas that arise at the interface of the thalamus and brainstem peduncle. They typically occur within the first 2 decades of life, presenting with progressive spastic hemiparesis. Treatment strategies, including surgical intervention, have varied significantly. The authors present their experience in the treatment of 13 children, ages 2-15 years, with non-neurofibromatosis-related pilocytic astrocytomas located in the thalamopeduncular region...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683785/mesenteric-cysts-and-mesenteric-venous-thrombosis-leading-to-intestinal-necrosis-in-pregnancy-managed-with-laparotomy-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
Aris Giannos, Sofoklis Stavrou, Nikolaos Goumalatsos, George Fragkoulidis, Eleni Chra, Dimitrios Argiropoulos, Dimitrios Loutradis, Peter Drakakis
BACKGROUND: Mesenteric cyst is a rare clinical entity especially in pregnancy; therefore, few cases have been reported in the literature. The standard method of their treatment is surgical excision either with laparotomy or laparoscopy. In addition, mesenteric vein thrombosis is a rare and life-threatening condition in pregnancy and needs immediate treatment because it can lead to intestinal necrotic ischemia. This is the first report of the coexistence of mesenteric cysts and mesenteric vein thrombosis during gestation...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680541/understanding-the-cellular-and-molecular-alterations-in-ptsd-brains-the-necessity-of-post-mortem-brain-tissue
#11
EDITORIAL
Geertje M de Lange
The personal, social and economic burden of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is high and therapeutic approaches are only partially effective. Therefore, there is an urgent need to understand the cellular and molecular alterations in PTSD brains in order to design more effective treatment strategies. Although brain imaging strategies have considerably improved our understanding of PTSD, these strategies cannot identify molecular and cellular changes. Post-mortem examination of the brain is a crucial strategy to advance our understanding of the underlying neuropathology, neurochemistry and molecular pathways of PTSD...
2017: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675208/novel-bifunctional-data-chelator-for-quick-access-to-site-directed-pet-68-ga-radiotracers-preclinical-proof-of-principle-with-tyr-3-octreotide
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Berthold A Nock, Aikaterini Kaloudi, Johannes Nagel, Jean-Philippe Sinnes, Frank Roesch, Theodosia Maina
Molecular imaging of tumors with the PET radionuclide (68)Ga has gained momentum in clinical oncology due to the expanding availability of commercial (68)Ge/(68)Ga-generators in combination with state-of-the-art PET/CT and PET/MRI hybrid imaging systems. Concurrently, interesting peptide-based or small-size vectors have been developed for theranostic use in cancer patients. Owing to the short half-life of (68)Ga (t1/2 = 67.7 min) and the sensitivity of many targeting biomolecules, labeling and kit reconstitution in mild conditions allowing for quick access to ready-for-injection PET-tracers are highly desirable...
July 4, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669654/hydrogen-gas-inhalation-treatment-in-acute-cerebral-infarction-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-study-on-safety-and-neuroprotection
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Hirohisa Ono, Yoji Nishijima, Shigeo Ohta, Masaki Sakamoto, Kazunori Kinone, Tohru Horikosi, Mituyuki Tamaki, Hirosi Takeshita, Tomoko Futatuki, Wataru Ohishi, Taichi Ishiguro, Saori Okamoto, Shou Ishii, Hiroko Takanami
BACKGROUND: Molecular hydrogen (H2) acts as a therapeutic antioxidant. Inhalation of H2 gas (1-4%) was effective for the improvement of cerebral infarction in multiple animal experiments. Thus, for actual applications, a randomized controlled clinical study is desired to evaluate the effects of inhalation of H2 gas. Here, we evaluate the H2 treatment on acute cerebral infarction. METHODS: Through this randomized controlled clinical study, we assessed the safety and effectiveness of H2 treatment in patients with cerebral infarction in an acute stage with mild- to moderate-severity National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores (NIHSS = 2-6)...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664189/insertion-into-lipid-bilayer-of-truncated-phlip-%C3%A2-peptide
#14
Dhammika Weerakkody, Oleg A Andreev, Yana K Reshetnyak
The investigation of pH-dependent membrane-associated folding has both fundamental interest and practical applications for targeting of acidic tumors and specific delivery of therapeutic molecules across membrane of cancer cells. We and others investigated molecular mechanism and medical uses of class of water soluble membrane peptides, pH (Low) Insertion Peptides (pHLIP(®) peptides). Here we employed optical spectroscopy methods to study interactions of the truncated pHLIP(®) peptide (Short pHLIP(®)) with lipid bilayer of membrane...
December 2016: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644570/clinical-and-genetic-analysis-of-patients-with-cherubism
#15
R A Machado, H A R Pontes, F R Pires, H M Silveira, A Bufalino, R Carlos, F M Tuji, D B M Alves, A R Santos-Silva, M A Lopes, H M Capistrano, R D Coletta, F P Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical and genetic features of patients with cherubism. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A descriptive analysis of 14 cases from 9 different families was carried out. Clinicopathological, imaging and follow-up data were retrieved from patients' medical files and correlated with the genetic profile of each patient. Genomic DNA isolated from buccal mucosa cells was subjected to direct sequencing analysis of the SH3BP2 gene. RESULTS: Females were more affected than males (8:6), and the mean age at diagnosis was 8...
June 23, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643307/-application-of-magnetic-resonance-in-non-operative-treatment-strategy-for-rectal-cancer
#16
Yi Wang, Gong Chen
The primary curative modality for localized rectal cancer is total mesorectal excision (TME). Local control rate of rectal cancer has been improved after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and even pathological complete response (pCR) has been demonstrated in a significant minority. Patients who achieve pCR to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy have an excellent prognosis compared with those without pCR. If the patients with complete response to neoadjuvant chemoradiation can be demonstrated by clinical findings and medical imaging (cCR), a non-operative management (NOM) strategy may be pursued to preserve sphincter function and avoid complications induced by TME, which is a new tendency in the treatment of rectal cancer in recent years...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643107/-microscopic-hematuria-reasonable-and-risk-adapted-diagnostic-evaluation
#17
REVIEW
N Löbig, F Wezel, T Martini, B Schröppel, C Bolenz
BACKGROUND: Microscopic hematuria that is not explained by an obvious underlying condition is a frequent and often an incidental finding that commonly triggers urological or nephrological evaluation. Potential underlying conditions range from benign to severe malignant diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A nonsystematic literature search was performed, focusing on potential urological and nephrological causes of hematuria. National and international guidelines were considered and diagnostic as well as follow-up strategies are discussed...
June 22, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640243/in-depth-investigations-of-adolescents-and-adults-with-holoprosencephaly-identify-unique-characteristics
#18
Karin Weiss, Paul Kruszka, Maria J Guillen Sacoto, Yonit A Addissie, Donald W Hadley, Casey K Hadsall, Bethany Stokes, Ping Hu, Erich Roessler, Beth Solomon, Edythe Wiggs, Audrey Thurm, Robert B Hufnagel, Wadih M Zein, Jin S Hahn, Elaine Stashinko, Eric Levey, Debbie Baldwin, Nancy J Clegg, Mauricio R Delgado, Maximilian Muenke
PurposeWith improved medical care, some individuals with holoprosencephaly (HPE) are surviving into adulthood. We investigated the clinical manifestations of adolescents and adults with HPE and explored the underlying molecular causes.MethodsParticipants included 20 subjects 15 years of age and older. Clinical assessments included dysmorphology exams, cognitive testing, swallowing studies, ophthalmic examination, and brain magnetic resonance imaging. Genetic testing included chromosomal microarray, Sanger sequencing for SHH, ZIC2, SIX3, and TGIF, and whole-exome sequencing (WES) of 10 trios...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633205/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
#19
EDITORIAL
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, Timothy J 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, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts from June 2 to 3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop NHLBI recommendations aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632200/the-beginning-and-development-of-the-theranostic-approach-in-nuclear-medicine-as-exemplified-by-the-radionuclide-pair-86-y-and-90-y
#20
Frank Rösch, Hans Herzog, Syed M Qaim
In the context of radiopharmacy and molecular imaging, the concept of theranostics entails a therapy-accompanying diagnosis with the aim of a patient-specific treatment. Using the adequate diagnostic radiopharmaceutical, the disease and the state of the disease are verified for an individual patient. The other way around, it verifies that the radiopharmaceutical in hand represents a target-specific and selective molecule: the "best one" for that individual patient. Transforming diagnostic imaging into quantitative dosimetric information, the optimum radioactivity (expressed in maximum radiation dose to the target tissue and tolerable dose to healthy organs) of the adequate radiotherapeutical is applied to that individual patient...
June 20, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
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