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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088061/galectins-emerging-regulatory-checkpoints-linking-tumor-immunity-and-angiogenesis
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REVIEW
Santiago P Méndez-Huergo, Ada G Blidner, Gabriel A Rabinovich
Immune checkpoints, a plethora of inhibitory pathways aimed at maintaining immune cell homeostasis, may be co-opted by cancer cells to evade immune destruction. Therapies targeting immune checkpoints have reached a momentum yielding significant clinical benefits in patients with various malignancies by unleashing anti-tumor immunity. Galectins, a family of glycan-binding proteins, have emerged as novel regulatory checkpoints that promote immune evasive programs by inducing T-cell exhaustion, limiting T-cell survival, favoring expansion of regulatory T cells, de-activating natural killer cells and polarizing myeloid cells toward an immunosuppressive phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087125/hydroxy-carboxylic-acid-receptor-actions-in-metabolism
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REVIEW
Stefan Offermanns
Lactic acid, the ketone body 3-hydroxy-butyric acid, also known as β-hydroxybutyrate, and the β-oxidation intermediate 3-hydroxy-octanoic acid are hydroxy-carboxylic acids (HCAs) that serve as intermediates of energy metabolism. However, they also regulate cellular functions, in part by directly activating the G protein-coupled receptors HCA1/GPR81, HCA2/GPR109A, and HCA3/GPR109B. During the past decade, it has become clear that HCA receptors help to maintain homeostasis under changing metabolic and dietary conditions, by controlling metabolic, immune, and other body functions...
January 10, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081246/nitrosothiol-trapping-based-proteomic-analysis-of-s-nitrosylation-in-human-lung-carcinoma-cells
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Shani Ben-Lulu, Tamar Ziv, Pnina Weisman-Shomer, Moran Benhar
Nitrosylation of cysteines residues (S-nitrosylation) mediates many of the cellular effects of nitric oxide in normal and diseased cells. Recent research indicates that S-nitrosylation of certain proteins could play a role in tumor progression and responsiveness to therapy. However, the protein targets of S-nitrosylation in cancer cells remain largely unidentified. In this study, we used our recently developed nitrosothiol trapping approach to explore the nitrosoproteome of human A549 lung carcinoma cells treated with S-nitrosocysteine or pro-inflammatory cytokines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081158/-i-do-not-take-my-medicine-while-hiding-a-longitudinal-qualitative-assessment-of-hiv-discordant-couples-beliefs-in-discordance-and-art-as-prevention-in-uganda
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Rachel King, Jiho Kim, Mastula Nanfuka, Murisho Shafic, Maureen Nyonyitono, Florence Galenda, David Moore
BACKGROUND: HIV negative members of serostatus discordant couples are at high risk for HIV acquisition, but few interventions are in place to target them in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: In this study, we interviewed 28 couples, 3 times over a period of one year to understand their perceptions and attitudes around discordance, their relationship dynamics, their HIV risk behaviour, their beliefs and attitudes about antiretroviral therapy (ART) and their views of the community perceptions of discordance and treatment for HIV...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080136/isoniazid-a-review-of-characteristics-properties-and-analytical-methods
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Guilherme Felipe Dos Santos Fernandes, Hérida Regina Nunes Salgado, Jean Leandro Dos Santos
Isoniazid is a synthetic antimicrobial and one of the most important first-line drugs used in the treatment of tuberculosis. Since it was introduced in the therapy in 1952, the drug remains at the front line of the antituberculosis treatment mainly due to its potency and high selectivity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Pharmaceutical analysis and therapeutic drug monitoring of isoniazid in both, pharmaceuticals and biological samples, plays an important role to comprehend aspects regarding to bioavailability, bioequivalence and therapeutic monitoring during patients following-up...
January 12, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079912/intravenous-immunoglobulin-in-the-treatment-of-primary-immunodeficiency-diseases
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Deirdre De Ranieri, Nana Sarkoah Fenny
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has been used as antibody replacement therapy in primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDDs) for more than 50 years. Its role as a therapeutic agent has expanded over the past couple of decades as its anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory mechanisms of action have been elucidated. It is now used "off-label" to treat other autoimmune diseases. This article focuses on the role of IVIG in the treatment of PIDDs characterized by absent or deficient antibody production. Replacement doses are given on a monthly basis in these conditions as a prophylactic measure to prevent acute and serious bacterial infections...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079003/colorectal-cancer-chemotherapy-the-evolution-of-treatment-and-new-approaches
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Rachel M McQuade, Vanesa Stojanovska, Joel C Bornstein, Kulmira Nurgali
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one the greatest contributors to cancer related mortality. Although 5 year survival rate for patients at the early stage of CRC (stages I and II) is above 60%, more than 50% of patients are diagnosed at or beyond stage III when distant metastasis has already occurred, in which case 5 year survival rate drops to 10%. Chemotherapeutic intervention coupled with surgery is the backbone of metastatic CRC treatment and the only means of enhanced survival. For decades following its discovery, an antimetabolite 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) was the only chemotherapeutic agent available to successfully improve 12 month survival in CRC patients...
January 11, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075383/soluble-fibre-meal-challenge-reduces-airway-inflammation-and-expression-of-gpr43-and-gpr41-in-asthma
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Isabel Halnes, Katherine J Baines, Bronwyn S Berthon, Lesley K MacDonald-Wicks, Peter G Gibson, Lisa G Wood
Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are produced following the fermentation of soluble fibre by gut bacteria. In animal models, both dietary fibre and SCFAs have demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects via the activation of free fatty acid receptors, such as G protein-coupled receptor 41 and 43 (GPR41 and GPR43). This pilot study examined the acute effect of a single dose of soluble fibre on airway inflammation-including changes in gene expression of free fatty acid receptors-in asthma. Adults with stable asthma consumed a soluble fibre meal (n = 17) containing 3...
January 10, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073063/self-assembled-micelles-based-on-chondroitin-sulfate-poly-d-l-lactideco-glycolide-block-copolymers-for-doxorubicin-delivery
#9
Hui Zhang, Jiangkang Xu, Liang Xing, Jianbo Ji, Aihua Yu, Guangxi Zhai
Doxorubicin (DOX) is one of the most common chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of various cancers, but its clinical usage is limited by dose-dependent cardiotoxicity. We have recently synthesized a series of Chondroitin sulfate/poly (d,l-lactideco-glycolide) block copolymers (Chs-b-PLGA) with different length of hydrophobic block by an end-to-end coupling strategy. The structure of the amphiphilic block copolymers with low critical micelle concentration (∼28mg/L) were confirmed by (1)H NMR. The copolymers could self-assemble into stable micelles in aqueous environment with homogeneous size distribution and negative zeta potential...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070819/inducing-polyclonal-eag1-specific-antibodies-by-vaccination-with-a-linear-epitope-immunogen-and-its-relation-to-breast-tumorigenesis
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Zhandong Li, Ketong Zhu, Xin Gong, Steven Vasilescu, Yu Sun, Kaiqing Hong, Hao Li, Lin Li, Yaming Shan
Ether à-go-go 1 (KCNH1, Kv10.1) (Eag1) is a voltage-gated potassium channel, which is commonly overexpressed in tested breast cancer patients. This occurrence makes it a potential molecular marker and a promising tool for breast cancer diagnosis and therapy. In order to explore protective or specific polyclonal antibodies for further research, potential linear epitopes from Eag1 were collected by sequence alignment. The sequence was synthesized and then coupled to the carrier protein keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) for animal immunization...
January 9, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069384/regulation-of-cancerous-progression-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-by-mir-34c-3p-via-modulation-of-map3k2-signaling-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
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Jiang Wu, Wei-Zhi Li, Mei-Ling Huang, Hong-Liang Wei, Ting Wang, Jing Fan, Nan-Lin Li, Rui Ling
Emerging but limited data have evidenced an essential involvement of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the development and progression of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), which empowers these small regulators as an innovative therapeutic approach, especially for this unique tumor subgroup still lacking an efficient and specific therapeutic target. Herein, we reported the down-regulation of miR-34c-3p level in TNBC tissues, and its expression was closely associated with estrogen receptor alpha (ERα), but not other receptors, in well-characterized breast cancer (BCa) cells...
January 6, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067927/dependence-of-the-ce-iii-ce-iv-ratio-on-intracellular-localization-in-ceria-nanoparticles-internalized-by-human-cells
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Daniela Ferraro, Ilenia G Tredici, Paolo Ghigna, Hiram Castillio-Michel, Andrea Falqui, Cristiano Di Benedetto, Giancarla Alberti, Vittorio Ricci, Umberto Anselmi-Tamburini, Patrizia Sommi
CeO2 nanoparticles (CNPs) have been investigated as promising antioxidant agents with significant activity in the therapy of diseases involving free radicals or oxidative stress. However, the exact mechanism responsible for CNP activity has not been completely elucidated. In particular, in situ evidence of modification of the oxidative state of CNPs in human cells and their evolution during cell internalization and subsequent intracellular distribution has never been presented. In this study we investigated modification of the Ce(iii)/Ce(iv) ratio following internalization in human cells by X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES)...
January 9, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064520/menopause-hormone-therapy-and-diabetes
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C A Stuenkel
Over the past three decades, the prevalence of diabetes has increased four-fold. Coupled with the global obesity epidemic and aging of the world's population, a perfect metabolic storm is brewing. The influence of menopause and exogenous estrogen and progestogens must be included in this equation. In this review, criteria for diagnosing diabetes and recommendations for screening are described. The reported effects of menopause on diabetes risk in healthy women are reviewed as well as the relationship between established diabetes and the timing of menopause...
January 8, 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062365/assessment-of-new-generation-high-power-electronic-nicotine-delivery-system-as-thermal-aerosol-generation-device-for-inhaled-bronchodilators
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Jérémie Pourchez, Fabien de Oliveira, Sophie Perinel-Ragey, Thierry Basset, Jean-Michel Vergnon, Nathalie Prévôt
PURPOSE: A need remains for alternative devices for aerosol drug delivery that are low cost, convenient and easy to use for the patient, but also capable of producing small-sized aerosol particles. This study investigated the potential of recent high power electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) as aerosol generation devices for inhaled bronchodilators. METHODS: The particle size distribution was measured using a cascade impactor. The delivery of terbutaline sulfate, a current bronchodilator used for asthma or COPD therapy by inhalation, was studied...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061985/multiple-myeloma-epidemiology-and-survival-a-unique-malignancy
#15
REVIEW
Dickran Kazandjian
Multiple myeloma (MM), although a rare disease, is the second most common hematologic malignancy. It is found in the spectrum of plasma cell dyscrasias, which begins with monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance (MGUS) to overt plasma cell leukemia and extramedullary myeloma. MM is associated with significant morbidity due to its end-organ destruction. It is a disease of the older population and its incidence in the African American population is twice that of the European American population. Improvements in the treatment of MM in the past couple of decades, beginning with the use of autologous stem cell transplantation followed by availability of novel treatments such as immunomodulatory drugs (ImIDs) and proteasome inhibitors (PIs) has transformed the natural history of the disease leading to longer survival times...
December 2016: Seminars in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059859/pro-inflammatory-cytokines-mediate-gpcr-dysfunction
#16
Maradumane L Mohan, Neelakantan T Vasudevan, Sathyamangla V Naga Prasad
Pro-inflammatory reaction by the body occurs acutely in response to injury that is considered primarily beneficial. However, sustained pro-inflammatory cytokines observed with chronic pathologies such as metabolic syndrome, cancer, and arthritis are detrimental and in many cases is a major cardio-vascular risk factor. Pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleulin-1 (IL-1), IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) have long been implicated in cardiovascular risk and considered to be a major underlying cause for heart failure...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059608/near-future-of-tumor-immunology-anticipating-resistance-mechanisms-to-immunotherapies-a-big-challenge-for-clinical-trials
#17
João Paulo Portela Catani, Sandy Adjemian, Rachel P Riechelmann, Bryan E Strauss
The success of immunotherapies brings hope for the future of cancer treatment. Even so, we are faced with a new challenge, that of understanding which patients will respond initially and, possibly, develop resistance. The examination of the immune profile, especially approaches related to the immunoscore, may foretell which tumors will have a positive initial response. Ideally, the mutation load would also be analysed, helping to reveal tumor associated antigens that are predictive of an effective cytolytic attack...
January 6, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059131/dioscin-relieves-endotoxemia-induced-acute-neuro-inflammation-and-protect-neurogenesis-via-improving-5-ht-metabolism
#18
Rui Yang, Wei Chen, Ye Lu, Yingke Li, Hongli Du, Songyan Gao, Xin Dong, Hongbin Yuan
Sepsis, in addition to causing fatality, is an independent risk factor for cognitive impairment among sepsis survivors. The pathologic mechanism of endotoxemia induced acute neuro-inflammation still has not been fully understood. For the first time, we found the disruption of neurotransmitters 5-HT, impaired neurogenesis and activation of astrocytes coupled with concomitant neuro-inflammation were the potential pathogenesis of endotoxemia induced acute neuro-inflammation in sepsis survivors. In addition, dioscin a natural steroidal saponin isolated from Chinese medicinal herbs, enhanced the serotonergic system and produced anti-depressant effect by enhancing 5-HT levels in hippocampus...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058714/a-phytotherapic-approach-to-reduce-sperm-dna-fragmentation-in-patients-with-male-infertility
#19
Marco Capece, Giuseppe Romeo, Antonio Ruffo, Leo Romis, Salvatore Mordente, Giovanni Di Lauro
INTRODUCTION: Infertility affects 50 to 80 million (between 8 and 12% of couples). Male factor is a cause of infertility in almost half of the cases, mainly due to oligoasthenoteratozoospermia. DNA fragmentation is now considered an important factor in the aetiology of male infertility. We studied the effects on semen analysis and on DNA fragmentation of in vivo admnistration of Myo-Inositol and Tribulus Terrestris plus Alga Ecklonia plus Biovis (Tradafertil; Tradapharma Sagl, Swizerland) in men with previously diagnosed male infertility...
December 28, 2016: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057638/an-international-registry-of-survivors-with-hb-bart-s-hydrops-fetalis-syndrome
#20
Duantida Songdej, Christian Babbs, Douglas R Higgs
Hb Bart's Hydrops Fetalis Syndrome (BHFS) resulting from α(0)-thalassemia is considered a universally fatal disorder. However, over the last three decades improvements in intrauterine interventions and perinatal intensive care have resulted in increasing numbers of BHFS survivors. We have initiated an international registry containing information on 69 patients, of which 31 are previously unpublished. In this perspective we analyze the available clinical information to document the natural history of BHFS...
January 5, 2017: Blood
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