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November 2016: Nursing
Roberta Kaplow, Karen Iyere
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November 2016: Nursing
Matthew D Seftel, John Kuruvilla, Tom Kouroukis, Versha Banerji, Graeme Fraser, Michael Crump, Rajat Kumar, Haji I Chalchal, Muhammad Salim, Rob C Laister, Susan Crocker, Spencer B Gibson, Marcia Toguchi, John F Lyons, Hao Xu, Jean Powers, Joana Sederias, Lesley Seymour, Annette E Hay
AT7519M is a small molecule inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases 1, 2, 4, 5, and 9 with in vitro activity against lymphoid malignancies. In two concurrent Phase II trials, we evaluated AT7519M in relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) using the recommended Phase II dosing of 27 mg/m(2) twice weekly for 2 of every 3 weeks. Primary objective was objective response rate (ORR). Nineteen patients were accrued (7 CLL, 12 MCL). Four CLL patients achieved stable disease (SD)...
October 17, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
V Gurewich
The interesting article on the antifibrinolytic effect of Factor XIII by Rijken et al [1] was predicated on the assumption that fibrinolysis is mediated only by tPA, since that is what was studied. However, there is evidence that this common assumption should be put into question. In a study published almost thirty years ago, we showed that whereas spontaneous lysis of platelet poor plasma clots was mediated by tPA, that of platelet-rich plasma clots, with which this article was concerned, could not be abolished by tPA antibody, but instead was abolished by the addition of uPA antibody...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
D C Rijken, S Abdul, J J M C Malfliet, F W G Leebeek, S Uitte de Willige
We thank Dr. Gurewich [1] for his critical evaluation of the impact of our recently published article on factor XIII [2]. This article describes that mechanical compaction or platelet-mediated retraction of plasma clots is essential to fully reveal the antifibrinolytic effect of factor XIII on tPA-induced plasma clot lysis. Dr. Gurewich argues that we cannot assume that these results are applicable to endogenous fibrinolysis in vivo, because endogenous fibrinolysis does depend not only on tPA, but also on uPA...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Seiya Urae, Kayori Tsuruoka, Sayaka Kuroya, Yugo Shibagaki
Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) is a metabolic disorder that is generally associated with a malignancy leading to hyperuricemia, hyperphosphatemia, and acute kidney injury. On the other hand, we sometimes encounter these phenomena in nonmalignant disease, which has been referred to as tumor lysis-like syndrome in some studies. We herein experienced a case in which tumor lysis-like syndrome occurred in the course of therapy for eosinophilic disease of the lung, a nonmalignant disease. Even in nonmalignant disease, massive cell lysis induced by therapy can cause phenomena such as TLS or tumor lysis-like syndrome...
2016: Internal Medicine
Roshan Agarwala, Akash Batta, Varun Suryadevera, Vivek Kumar, Vishal Sharma, Surinder Singh Rana
Tumour lysis syndrome is an oncological emergency which is usually seen following chemotherapy for rapidly proliferating haematological malignancies. Spontaneous tumour lysis syndrome is rare in solid tumour and even rarer with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Tumour lysis syndrome in the setting of HCC is usually reported as a consequence of therapeutic interventions like sorafenib administration or trans-arterial chemoembolization. We report about a case of a young lady with chronic hepatitis B related HCC who developed spontaneous tumour lysis syndrome and presented with hypocalcemic tetany...
October 12, 2016: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
Yuan Wei, Wei Qiu, Xue-Dong Zhou, Xin Zheng, Ke-Ke Zhang, Shi-Da Wang, Yu-Qing Li, Lei Cheng, Ji-Yao Li, Xin Xu, Ming-Yun Li
D-alanine (D-Ala) is an essential amino acid that has a key role in bacterial cell wall synthesis. Alanine racemase (Alr) is a unique enzyme that interconverts L-alanine and D-alanine in most bacteria, making this enzyme a potential target for antimicrobial drug development. Streptococcus mutans is a major causative factor of dental caries. The factors involved in the survival, virulence and interspecies interactions of S. mutans could be exploited as potential targets for caries control. The current study aimed to investigate the physiological role of Alr in S...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Oral Science
Dimitri Chérier, Sean Giacomucci, Delphine Patin, Ahmed Bouhss, Thierry Touzé, Didier Blanot, Dominique Mengin-Lecreulx, Hélène Barreteau
Colicins are bacterial toxins produced by some Escherichia coli strains. They exhibit either enzymatic or pore-forming activity towards a very limited number of bacterial species, due to the high specificity of their reception and translocation systems. Yet, we succeeded in making the colicin M homologue from Pectobacterium carotovorum, pectocin M1 (PcaM1), capable of inhibiting E. coli cell growth by bypassing these reception and translocation steps. This goal was achieved through periplasmic expression of this pectocin...
October 8, 2016: Antibiotics
Takuya Kaji, Motoki Murai, Hiroaki Itoh, Jyunichiro Yasukawa, Hiroshi Hamamoto, Kazuhisa Sekimizu, Masayuki Inoue
Lysocin E (1) is a structurally complex 37-membered depsipeptide comprising 12 amino-acid residues with an N-methylated amide and an ester linkage. Compound 1 binds to menaquinone (MK) in the bacterial membrane to exert its potent bactericidal activity. To decipher the biologically important functionalities within this unique antibiotic, we performed a comprehensive structure-activity relationship (SAR) study by systematically changing the side-chain structures of l-Thr-1, d-Arg-2, N-Me-d-Phe-5, d-Arg-7, l-Glu-8, and d-Trp-10...
October 14, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Meghan Zuck, Tisha Ellis, Anthony Venida, Kevin Hybiske
The precise strategies that intracellular pathogens use to exit host cells have a direct impact on their ability to disseminate within a host, transmit to new hosts, and engage or avoid immune responses. The obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis exits the host cell by two distinct exit strategies, lysis and extrusion. The defining characteristics of extrusions, and advantages gained by Chlamydia within this unique double-membrane structure are not well understood. Here, we define extrusions as being largely devoid of host organelles, comprised mostly of Chlamydia elementary bodies, and containing phosphatidylserine on the outer surface of the extrusion membrane...
October 14, 2016: Cellular Microbiology
Casey Stamereilers, Lucy LeBlanc, Diane Yost, Penny S Amy, Philippos K Tsourkas
American Foulbrood Disease, caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae, is one of the most destructive diseases of the honeybee, Apis mellifera. Our group recently published the sequences of 9 new phages with the ability to infect and lyse P. larvae. Here, we characterize the genomes of these P. larvae phages, compare them to each other and to other sequenced P. larvae phages, and putatively identify protein function. The phage genomes are 38-45 kb in size and contain 68-86 genes, most of which appear to be unique to P...
July 2016: Bacteriophage
Selvin Sundar Raj Mani, Thomas Kodiatte, Manjeera Jagannati
Plasmablastic lymphoma is a rare entity accounting for around 2.7% of all AIDS-related lymphomas. The oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract are the most common sites involved. We report a case of a 34-year-old HIV-positive woman with a rare presentation of cutaneous nodules all over the body. Due to overwhelming tumour burden, she developed tumour lysis syndrome during her hospital stay and succumbed to the illness.
October 13, 2016: International Journal of STD & AIDS
Ronald Bush, Peggy Bush
INTRODUCTION: This study was designed to determine by histological evaluation and clinical correlation the most effective sclerosant concentration of Sotradecol® (sodium tetradecyl sulfate) and Asclera® (polidocanol) for the treatment of leg telangiectasia. METHODS: Histological studies were completed on 40 patients, all of whom were female with a mean age of 53. After sclerotherapy with varying concentrations of sclerosant solutions for the treatment of 0.8 mm and 1 mm leg telangiectasia, histological specimens were examined for the following criteria: luminal changes, subintimal changes, smooth muscle wall alterations, and vessel wall integrity...
October 12, 2016: Phlebology
Charlotte A Huber, Hanna E Sidjabat, Hosam M Zowawi, David Kvaskoff, Sarah Reed, John F McNamara, Kate L McCarthy, Patrick Harris, Benjamin Toh, Alexander M Wailan, David L Paterson
It has been described that the sensitivity of the Carba NP test may be low in the case of OXA-48-like carbapenamases and mass spectrometry based methods as well as a colorimetry based method have been described as alternatives. We evaluated 84 Enterobacteriaceae isolates including 31 OXA-48-like producing isolates and 13 isolates that produced either an imipenemase (IMP; n=8), New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM; n=3), or Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC; n=2), as well as 40 carbapenemase negative Enterobacteriaceae isolates...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
K Divakar, M Suryia Prabha, G Nandhinidevi, Pennathur Gautam
The simultaneous production of intracellular esterase and extracellular protease from the strain Lysinibacillus fusiformis AU01 was studied in detail. The production was carried out both under batch and fedbatch mode. The maximum yield of intracellular esterase and protease was obtained under full oxygen saturation at the beginning of the fermentation. The data was fitted to the Luedeking-Piret model and it was shown that the enzyme (both esterase and protease) production was growth-associated. A decrease in intracellular esterase and increase in the extracellular esterase was observed during late stationary phase...
October 13, 2016: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Benedetta Pignoloni, Cinzia Fionda, Valentina Dell'Oste, Anna Luganini, Marco Cippitelli, Alessandra Zingoni, Santo Landolfo, Giorgio Gribaudo, Angela Santoni, Cristina Cerboni
Elimination of virus-infected cells by cytotoxic lymphocytes is triggered by activating receptors, among which NKG2D and DNAM-1/CD226 play an important role. Their ligands, that is, MHC class I-related chain (MIC) A/B and UL16-binding proteins (ULBP)1-6 (NKG2D ligand), Nectin-2/CD112, and poliovirus receptor (PVR)/CD155 (DNAM-1 ligand), are often induced on virus-infected cells, although some viruses, including human CMV (HCMV), can block their expression. In this study, we report that infection of different cell types with laboratory or low-passage HCMV strains upregulated MICA, ULBP3, and PVR, with NKG2D and DNAM-1 playing a role in NK cell-mediated lysis of infected cells...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Gamze Isitman, Alexandra Tremblay-McLean, Irene Lisovsky, Julie Bruneau, Bertrand Lebouché, Jean-Pierre Routy, Nicole F Bernard
Natural Killer (NK) cell education, which requires the engagement of inhibitory NK cell receptors (iNKRs) by their ligands, is important for generating self-tolerant functional NK cells. While the potency of NK cell education is directly related to their functional potential upon stimulation with HLA null cells, the influence of NK cell education on the potency of the antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) function of NK cells is unclear. ADCC occurs when the Fc portion of an immunoglobulin G antibody bridges the CD16 Fc receptor on NK cells and antigen on target cells, resulting in NK cell activation, cytotoxic granule release, and target cell lysis...
2016: PloS One
Bibek Parajuli, Kriti Acharya, Reina Yu, Brendon Ngo, Adel A Rashad, Cameron F Abrams, Irwin M Chaiken
We recently reported discovery of a recombinant chimera, denoted DAVEI (Dual Acting Virucidal Entry Inhibitor), which is able to selectively cause specific and potent lytic inactivation of both pseudotyped and fully infectious HIV-1 virions. The chimera is composed of the lectin cyanovirin-N (CVN) fused to the 20-residue membrane-proximal external region (MPER) of HIV-1 gp41. Since the Env gp120-binding CVN domain on its own is not lytic, we sought here to determine how the MPER(DAVEI) domain is able to endow the chimera with virolytic activity...
October 12, 2016: Biochemistry
Ursula I Tuor, Min Qiao, Manasi Sule, Melissa Morgunov, Tadeusz Foniok
Stroke is a major cause of disability in adults and children. Recently, we have developed an adult rat model of minor stroke containing a peri-infarct region with a modest T2 increase and mild ischemic damage. We hypothesized that a neonatal minor stroke with mild peri-ischemic changes could also be produced, but with potential ontogenic differences. Using our minor photothrombosis method, we produced a range of severities of ischemic lesions (mini, minor, moderate and severe) within magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) slices of adult and neonatal rats...
October 12, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
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