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Wilfried Dinh, Barbara Albrecht-Küpper, Mihai Gheorghiade, Adriaan A Voors, Michael van der Laan, Hani N Sabbah
Adenosine exerts a variety of physiological effects by binding to cell surface G-protein-coupled receptor subtypes, namely, A1, A2a, A2b, and A3. The central physiological role of adenosine is to preclude tissue injury and promote repair in response to stress. In the heart, adenosine acts as a cytoprotective modulator, linking cardiac function to metabolic demand predominantly via activation of adenosine A1 receptors (A1Rs), which leads to inhibition of adenylate cyclase activity, modulation of protein kinase C, and opening of ATP-sensitive potassium channels...
October 22, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Aurélie Stallivieri, Ludovic Colombeau, Gulim Jetpisbayeva, Albert Moussaron, Bauyrzhan Myrzakhmetov, Philippe Arnoux, Samir Acherar, Régis Vanderesse, Céline Frochot
Recent researches in photodynamic therapy have focused on novel techniques to enhance tumour targeting of anticancer drugs and photosensitizers. Coupling a photosensitizer with folic acid could allow more effective targeting of folate receptors which are over-expressed on the surface of many tumour cells. In this study, different folic acid-OEG-conjugated photosensitizers were synthesized, characterized and their photophysical properties were evaluated. The introduction of an OEG does not significantly improve the hydrophilicity of the FA-porphyrin...
October 10, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Mulugeta Dile Worke, Lealem Meseret Bezabih, Mulat Adefris Woldetasdik
BACKGROUND: Contraception helps to prevent unplanned pregnancies among human immune virus positive women. The contraceptive utilization status and associated factors were not well addressed in the study area. Therefore, this study aimed to assess utilization of contraceptives and associated factors among human immune virus positive reproductive age group women appearing at anti-retroviral therapy clinic at the University of Gondar Hospital, North West Ethiopia. METHOD: An institution based cross-sectional study was conducted among 397 systematically selected HIV positive reproductive age women who visited ART unit of the University of Gondar teaching referral hospital from January 8-20, 2014...
October 21, 2016: BMC Women's Health
Yi Wang, Yao-Xin Lin, Sheng-Lin Qiao, Hong-Wei An, Yang Ma, Zeng-Ying Qiao, R P Yeshan J Rajapaksha, Hao Wang
Immunotherapy has shown a promising effect for a variety of cancers. However, the immune treatment efficiency of solid tumor is limited due to barely infiltration of immune cells in solid tumor. Researchers realized conversion of tumor supportive macrophages to tumor against ones was an effective method to induce the functional reverse of macrophage and contributed to the subsequent antitumor response. The current challenge in the field is that while making use of cytokines usually coupled with poor-distribution and systemic side effects...
October 4, 2016: Biomaterials
Bette K Kleinschmidt-DeMasters
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Most pituitary region masses are pituitary adenomas; however, when other sellar region masses are encountered by clinicians or pathologists, the differential diagnosis can be broad. This review will focus on updates for pituitary adenomas, as well as briefly discuss some of these other entities: Rathke cleft cyst, hypophysitis, craniopharyngioma, pituicytoma, and spindle cell oncocytoma. RECENT FINDINGS: The use of new immunohistochemical (IHC) tools for assessing transcription factors, pituitary transcription factor-1, steroidogenic factor-1, and the not-yet-widely available Tpit IHC have provided insights into origin particularly of clinically silent and even hormone-negative pituitary adenomas...
October 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
Thomas Viereckel, Sylvie Dumas, Casey J A Smith-Anttila, Bianca Vlcek, Zisis Bimpisidis, Malin C Lagerström, Åsa Konradsson-Geuken, Åsa Wallén-Mackenzie
The ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) of the midbrain are associated with Parkinson's disease (PD), schizophrenia, mood disorders and addiction. Based on the recently unraveled heterogeneity within the VTA and SNc, where glutamate, GABA and co-releasing neurons have been found to co-exist with the classical dopamine neurons, there is a compelling need for identification of gene expression patterns that represent this heterogeneity and that are of value for development of human therapies...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Nobuyuki Murakoshi, Kazutaka Aonuma
Drug treatment and/or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation are the most widely accepted first-line therapies for channelopathic patients who have recurrent syncope, sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT), or documented ventricular fibrillation (VF), or are survivors of cardiac arrest. In recent years, there have been significant advances in mapping techniques and ablation technology, coupled with better understanding of the mechanisms of ventricular tachyarrhythmia in channelopathies. Catheter ablation has provided important insights into the role of the Purkinje network and the right ventricular outflow tract in the initiation and perpetuation of VT/VF, and has evolved as a promising treatment modality for ventricular tachyarrhythmia even in channelopathies...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Julia O Reynolds, Ann P Quick, Qiongling Wang, David L Beavers, Leonne E Philippen, Jordan Showell, Giselle Barreto-Torres, Donna J Thuerauf, Shirin Doroudgar, Christopher C Glembotski, Xander H T Wehrens
BACKGROUND: Junctophilin-2 (JPH2) is the primary structural protein for the coupling of transverse (T)-tubule associated cardiac L-type Ca channels and type-2 ryanodine receptors on the sarcoplasmic reticulum within junctional membrane complexes (JMCs) in cardiomyocytes. Effective signaling between these channels ensures adequate Ca-induced Ca release required for normal cardiac contractility. Disruption of JMC subcellular domains, a common feature of failing hearts, has been attributed to JPH2 downregulation...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Jianfeng Wang, Yunze Xu, Yun Zou, Liangsong Zhu, Baijun Dong, Jiwei Huang, Yonghui Chen, Wei Xue, Yiran Huang, Wen Kong, Jin Zhang
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a common urologic tumor with a poor prognosis. Cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1), which is a G protein-coupled receptor, has recently been reported to participate in the genesis and development of various cancers. However, the exact role of CB1 in RCC is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the role of CB1 in RCC cell lines and RCC prognosis, thus underlying its potential as a therapeutic target. Immunohistochemistry and western blots were performed to investigate the expression of CB1 in RCC tissues and to determine its clinicopathological significance in RCC patients...
October 18, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Mohammad B Hossain, Rehnuma Shifat, David G Johnson, Mark T Bedford, Konrad R Gabrusiewicz, Nahir Cortes-Santiago, Xuemei Luo, Zhimin Lu, Ravesanker Ezhilarasan, Erik P Sulman, Hong Jiang, Shawn S C Li, Frederick F Lang, Jessica Tyler, Mien-Chie Hung, Juan Fueyo, Candelaria Gomez-Manzano
DNA repair pathways enable cancer cells to survive DNA damage induced after genotoxic therapies. Tyrosine kinase receptors (TKRs) have been reported as regulators of the DNA repair machinery. TIE2 is a TKR overexpressed in human gliomas at levels that correlate with the degree of increasing malignancy. Following ionizing radiation, TIE2 translocates to the nucleus, conferring cells with an enhanced nonhomologous end-joining mechanism of DNA repair that results in a radioresistant phenotype. Nuclear TIE2 binds to key components of DNA repair and phosphorylates H4 at tyrosine 51, which, in turn, is recognized by the proto-oncogene ABL1, indicating a role for nuclear TIE2 as a sensor for genotoxic stress by action as a histone modifier...
April 2016: Science Advances
Erika Vacchelli, Norma Bloy, Fernando Aranda, Aitziber Buqué, Isabelle Cremer, Sandra Demaria, Alexander Eggermont, Silvia Chiara Formenti, Wolf Hervé Fridman, Jitka Fucikova, Jérôme Galon, Radek Spisek, Eric Tartour, Laurence Zitvogel, Guido Kroemer, Lorenzo Galluzzi
Malignant cells succumbing to some forms of radiation therapy are particularly immunogenic and hence can initiate a therapeutically relevant adaptive immune response. This reflects the intrinsic antigenicity of malignant cells (which often synthesize a high number of potentially reactive neo-antigens) coupled with the ability of radiation therapy to boost the adjuvanticity of cell death as it stimulates the release of endogenous adjuvants from dying cells. Thus, radiation therapy has been intensively investigated for its capacity to improve the therapeutic profile of several anticancer immunotherapies, including (but not limited to) checkpoint blockers, anticancer vaccines, oncolytic viruses, Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists, cytokines, and several small molecules with immunostimulatory effects...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Martin Kuete, HongFang Yuan, Aude Laure Tchoua Kemayou, Emmanuel Ancel Songo, Fan Yang, XiuLan Ma, ChengLiang Xiong, HuiPing Zhang
BACKGROUND: Integration of family planning services (FPS) into human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care for HIV-infected women is an important aspect of the global prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) strategy. We assessed the integration of FPS into routine care of HIV-infected mothers by evaluating the uptake and barriers of contraception and PMTCT services. METHODS: We conducted an interventional study using the interrupted time series approach in the health care facilities located in Yaounde, Cameroon...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
Ruixin Ma, Qiongying Wang, Ningyin Li, Yang Zhao, Xu Zhao, Heng Yu, Jing Yu
OBJECTIVE: Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) is more likely to reflect the patient's underlying blood pressure (BP), than measurements in the clinic. HBPM coupled with titration of medications under the guidance of doctors, is a viable intervention to control hypertension. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether HBPM can increase the safety of the combination therapy of three or more different classes of antihypertensive drugs. DESIGN AND METHOD: We enrolled patients with severe (grade 3) hypertension, whose BP remain uncontrolled under combination treatment with standard doze of an angiotensin II receptor blocker and hydrochlorothiazide...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Masatsugu Horiuchi
Hypertensive patients have greater chances of such cardiovascular events as stroke, coronary heart disease, heart or renal failure, peripheral artery disease, and dementia. It is also well recognized that diabetes increases the cardiovascular risks in concert with hypertension. Therefore, main goals for an innovation of anti-hypertensive therapy would be to achieve further risk reduction by targeting the functional, metabolic, and structural alterations associated with hypertension. Professors Dzau and Braunwald et al proposed the concept of "the cardiovascular disease continuum" in 1991, and that hypertension may trigger the chain of events, leading to end-stage heart disease; however, this concept was quite new at that time, and there was some discussion whether "the cardiovascular disease continuum" is true or not...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Wen-Shuo Kuo, Chia-Yuan Chang, Hua-Han Chen, Chih-Li Lilian Hsu, Jiu-Yao Wang, Hui-Fang Kao, Lawrence Chao-Shan Chou, Yi-Chun Chen, Shean-Jen Chen, Wen-Tsan Chang, Shih-Wen Tseng, Ping-Ching Wu, Ying-Chih Pu
A graphene quantum dot (GQD) used as the photosensitizer with high two-photon absorption in the near-infrared region, a large absolute cross section of two-photon excitation (TPE), strong two-photon luminescence and impressive two-photon stability could be used for dual modality two-photon photodynamic therapy (PDT) and two-photon bioimaging with an ultrashot pulse laser (or defined as TPE). In this study, a GQD efficiently generated reactive oxygen species coupled with TPE, which highly increased the effective PDT ability of both gram-positive and -negative bacteria, with ultra-low energy and an extremely short photoexcitation time generated by TPE...
October 18, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Alicia M Waters, Laura L Stafman, Evan F Garner, Smitha Mruthyunjayappa, Jerry E Stewart, Gregory K Friedman, Jennifer M Coleman, James M Markert, G Yancey Gillespie, Elizabeth A Beierle
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a tumor of skeletal muscle origin, is the most common sarcoma of childhood. Despite multidrug chemotherapy regimens, surgical intervention, and radiation treatment, outcomes remain poor, especially in advanced disease, and novel therapies are needed for the treatment of these aggressive malignancies. Genetically engineered oncolytic viruses, such as herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV), are currently being explored as treatments for pediatric tumors. M002, an oncolytic HSV, has both copies of the γ134...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Elizabeth M Irungu, Renee Heffron, Nelly Mugo, Kenneth Ngure, Elly Katabira, Nulu Bulya, Elizabeth Bukusi, Josephine Odoyo, Stephen Asiimwe, Edna Tindimwebwa, Connie Celum, Jared M Baeten
BACKGROUND: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) reduce HIV-1 transmission within heterosexual HIV-1 serodiscordant couples. Prioritizing couples at highest HIV-1 transmission risk for ART and PrEP would maximize impact and minimize costs. METHODS: The Partners Demonstration Project is an open-label, delivery study of integrated PrEP and ART for HIV-1 prevention among high risk HIV-1 serodiscordant couples in Kenya and Uganda. We evaluated the feasibility of using a validated risk score that weighs a combination of easily measurable factors (age, children, marital status, male circumcision status, condom use, plasma HIV-1 levels) to identify couples at highest risk for HIV-1 transmission for enrollment...
October 17, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Chafiq Hamdouchi, Steven D Kahl, Anjana Patel Lewis, Guemalli R Cardona, Richard W Zink, Keyue Chen, Thomas E Eessalu, James V Ficorilli, Marialuisa C Marcelo, Keith A Otto, Kelly L Wilbur, Jayana P Lineswala, Jared L Piper, D Scott Coffey, Stephanie A Sweetana, Joseph V Haas, Dawn A Brooks, Edward J Pratt, Ruth M Belin, Mark A Deeg, Xiaosu Ma, Ellen A Cannady, Jason T Johnson, Nathan P Yumibe, Qi Chen, Pranab Maiti, Chahrzad Montrose-Rafizadeh, Yanyun Chen, Anne Reifel Miller
The G protein-coupled receptor 40 (GPR40) also known as Free Fatty Acid Receptor 1 (FFAR1) is highly expressed in pancreatic, islet cells and responds to endogenous fatty acids resulting in amplification of insulin secretion only in the presence of elevated glucose levels. Hypothesis driven structural modifications to endogenous FFAs, focused on breaking planarity and reducing lipophilicity, led to the identification of spiropiperidine and tetrahydroquinoline acid derivatives as GPR40 agonists with unique pharmacology, selectivity and pharmacokinetic properties...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Hinojal Zazo, Clara I Colino, Klaudia T Warzecha, Mareike Hoss, Uwe Gbureck, Christian Trautwein, Frank Tacke, José M Lanao, Matthias Bartneck
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continues to be a global pandemic and there is an urgent need for innovative treatment. Immune cells represent a major target of virus infection, but are also therapeutic targets. Currently, no antiretroviral therapy targets macrophages, which function as portal of entry and as major long-term deposit of HIV. It has been shown before that human macrophages efficiently internalize gold nanoparticles, a fact which might be used to target them with drug-nanoparticle conjugates...
October 17, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Terry K Morgan, Emilie Jensen, Jeong Lim, Russell Riggs
BACKGROUND: Intra-articular hyaluronic acid (HA) injection is an intermediate option between analgesics and knee joint replacement in patients with osteoarthritis (OA). Our objective was to test whether image-guided HA injections may improve knee OA outcomes after 6 months of treatment independent of potential covariates. METHODS: This is a retrospective case series with multivariate outcome-based analysis of 207 consecutive adult patients with mild to severe knee OA treated at a single out-patient clinic employing fluoroscopy-guided HA injections...
December 2015: Sports Medicine—Open
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