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L J Li, Y M Liu, Y M Wang, F Zhou, H Li, X Q Xing, X D Han, L Chen, C X Zhang, J X Wang, B Liu, L J Suo, G H Yu, G Q Wang, X X Yao, Y Xiao, X L Zhu, C X Xue, X J Cui, B Cao
Objective: To explore the clinical features, etiological features and prognostic risk factors of long-term glucocorticoid users with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Methods: A retrospective study included 100 long-term glucocorticoid users with CAP (G-CAP group) from 11 hospitals of China between January 2014 and December 2014, while 100 non-immunocompromised patients with community-acquired pneumonia were enrolled as controls (nICH-CAP group). Characteristics including age, gender, underlying diseases, corticosteroids, symptoms, disease severity, imaging manifestations, etiology, respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation, whether the application of vasoactive drugs, antibiotics application, hospital mortality rate between the two groups were compared, and the prognostic factors of G-CAP were investigated using Logistic regression...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Daniel A Culver, Jan C Grutters
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
Ramadan Abdelaziz, Yasser Abd El-Rahman, Sophie Wilhelm
Chromite is widely distributed in the east and southeast of Afghanistan, especially in Logar Province. Chromite mineralization is podiform-type and is hosted in the stratigraphically lowest ultramafic rocks of the Logar Ophiolite Complex. This ophiolite complex represents a remnant of an early Cretaceous oceanic crust that was thrusted over a late Permian to Mid-Jurassic platform-type sequence of the Kabul Terrane during the Himalayan Orogeny. The ultramafic rocks are composed mainly of dunite and harzburgite, which are variably serpentinized...
February 2018: Heliyon
Yang Dong, Dan Yang, Yuchi Han, Wei Cheng, Jiayu Sun, Ke Wan, Hong Liu, Andreas Greiser, Xiaoyue Zhou, Yucheng Chen
Background: Diffuse myocardial fibrosis is a common pathological process in many cardiovascular diseases. In order to determine disease, we must have standard normal imaging values. We investigated myocardial interstitial fibrosis of the left ventricle (LV) in a healthy population of Chinese adults and explored the impact of gender, age, and other physiological factors using a T1 mapping technique of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). Materials and Methods: We recruited 69 healthy adult Chinese subjects (35 males; age 18-76)...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Ping Chen, Decai Qiao, Xiaoli Liu
BACKGROUND This study investigates the effects and mechanism of sulfur dioxide (SO2) inhalation and exercise on rat myocardial collagen fiber. MATERIAL AND METHODS The rats were randomly divided into 4 groups: a control group (RG), an exercise group (EG), an SO2 pollution group (SRG), and an SO2 pollution and exercise group (SEG). Body weight, cardiac index, and left ventricular index in each group were compared. The myocardial hydroxyproline (Hyp) concentration was determined by pepsin acid hydrolysis. The interstitial myocardial collagen expression was measured by Sirius Red F3B in saturated carbazotic acid...
March 21, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Ronny Kalash, Scott M Glaser, Balasubramanya Rangaswamy, Zachary D Horne, Hayeon Kim, Christopher Houser, Sushil Beriwal
PURPOSE: To investigate the correlation between positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) response and outcome in the era of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based planning and to assess whether the addition of diffusion-weighted MRI (DW-MRI) could more accurately classify treatment response and prognosis. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A retrospective chart review identified 244 consecutive patients with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage IB1-IVA cervical cancer treated with concurrent chemoradiation, including high-dose-rate image-based brachytherapy, between 2007 and 2016...
February 6, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Andreas Weber, Mareike Barth, Jessica Isabel Selig, Silja Raschke, Konstantinos Dakaras, Alexander Hof, Julia Hesse, Jürgen Schrader, Artur Lichtenberg, Payam Akhyari
Calcific aortic valve disease is an active disease process with lipoprotein deposition, chronic inflammation, and progressive leaflet degeneration. Expression of ectonucleotidases, a group of membrane-bound enzymes that regulate the metabolism of ATP and its metabolites, may coregulate the degeneration process of valvular interstitial cells (VICs). The aim of this study was to investigate the role of the enzymes of the purinergic system in the degeneration process of VICs. Ovine VICs were cultivated in vitro under different prodegenerative conditions and treated with inhibitors of ectonucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase 1 (CD39)/ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 1 (ENPP1), and 5'-nucleotidase (CD73), as well as with adenosine and adenosine receptor agonists...
March 20, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Olivier Castagna, Sébastien de Maistre, Bruno Schmid, Delphine Caudal, Jacques Regnard
In healthy divers, the occurrence of immersion pulmonary oedema (IPE) is commonly caused by contributory factors including strenuous exercise, cold water and negative-pressure breathing. Contrary to this established paradigm, this case reports on a 26-year-old, well-trained combat swimmer who succumbed to acute IPE during static immersion in temperate (21°C) water, while using a front-mounted counterlung rebreather. The incident occurred during repeated depth-controlled ascent practice at the French military diving school...
March 31, 2018: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
Eiichi Yamamoto, Kenji Hyodo, Takuya Suzuki, Hiroshi Ishihara, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Masaru Kato
PURPOSE: To simulate the stimuli-responsive and stoichiometrically controlled doxorubicin (DOX) release from liposomes in in vivo tumor interstitial fluid (TIF), the effect of ammonia concentration and pH on the DOX release from liposomes in human plasma at 37°C was quantitatively evaluated in vitro and the release rate was calculated as a function of ammonia concentration and pH. METHODS: Human plasma samples spiked with DOX-loaded PEGylated liposomes (PLD) or Doxil® , containing ammonia (0...
March 19, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Antonella Sorrentino, Silvia Trotta, Anna Pia Colucci, Lucia Aventaggiato, Andrea Marzullo, Biagio Solarino
"Krokodil" is a home-made opioid drug obtained by synthesizing desomorphine from codeine and combining it with other low-cost additives. Initially introduced in the former Soviet countries, it was then imported to Western Europe as a heroin substitute. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an Italian case of lethal krokodil abuse, that occurred in a 39-year-old man, who died suddenly after transportation to the Emergency Department (ED) for hyperthermia associated with sweating, dyspnoea and tachycardia...
March 19, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Hiroaki Murata, Kenzou Koyama, Yasunobu Takezawa, Yasunori Nishigaki
The present study reports a rare case of radiation recall pneumonitis attributed to ifosfamide that was used as a single antitumor agent for a recurrent malignant soft tissue tumor, arising from the chest wall. A 74-year-old man, who had a mass in his right upper chest wall, underwent surgical excision under the diagnosis of chronic expanding hematoma. He was referred to the present hospital with a recurrent tumor as the excised tumor was diagnosed as undifferentiated high-grade sarcoma. The extension of the tumor following previous surgery was aggressive and the tumor margins were unclear on magnetic resonance imaging...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Yunlei Zhang, Wei Ji, Lian He, Yiyan Chen, Xuezhi Ding, Yunjun Sun, Shengbiao Hu, Huijun Yang, Weitao Huang, Youming Zhang, Fei Liu, Liqiu Xia
Purpose: Systemic administration of free chemotherapeutic drugs leads to severe toxic effects, and physiological characteristics of solid tumors restrain the drugs from reaching the hypoxic regions. E. coli Nissle 1917 (EcN) has been known to penetrate the barrier and proliferate in the interface between the viable and necrotic regions of tumors. This study aimed to fabricate a nanoscale minicell via genetic engineering of EcN for targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs to the hypoxic regions of tumors for cancer therapy...
2018: Theranostics
Mongkon Charoenpitakchai, Kulachet Wiwatwarayos, Nattapon Jaisupa, Muhamad Rusdi Ahmad Rusmili, Supachoke Mangmool, Wayne C Hodgson, Chetana Ruangpratheep, Lawan Chanhome, Janeyuth Chaisakul
Background: Envenoming by kraits (genus Bungarus ) is a medically significant issue in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Malayan krait ( Bungarus candidus ) venom is known to contain highly potent neurotoxins. In recent years, there have been reports on the non-neurotoxic activities of krait venom that include myotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. However, research on such non-neurotoxicity activities of Malayan krait venom is extremely limited. Thus, the aim of the present study was to determine the myotoxic, cytotoxic and nephrotoxic activities of B...
2018: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
Ge Li-Sha, Liu Li, Zhou De-Pu, Shi Zhe-Wei, Gu Xiaohong, Chen Guang-Yi, Li Jia, Lin Jia-Feng, Chu Maoping, Li Yue-Chun
This study was designed to explore the effects of ivabradine on cardiomyocyte apoptosis in a murine model of chronic viral myocarditis (CVMC). Mice were inoculated intraperitoneally with Coxsackievirus B3 at days 1, 14, and 28, respectively. On day 42, the mice were gavaged with ivabradine for 30 days until the 72nd day. The heart of infected mice was dilated and a large number of interstitial fibroblasts infiltrated into the myocardium on day 42. Compared with the untreated CVMC mice, mice treated with ivabradine showed a significant reduction in heart rate and less impairment of left ventricular function on day 72...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Tom Verbiest, Rosemary Finnon, Natalie Brown, Lourdes Cruz-Garcia, Paul Finnon, Grainne O'Brien, Eleanor Ross, Simon Bouffler, Cheryl L Scudamore, Christophe Badie
Epidemiological studies have demonstrated an increased leukemia incidence following ionizing radiation exposure, but to date, the target cells and underlying mechanisms of radiation leukemogenesis remain largely unidentified. We engineered a mouse model carrying a different fluorescent marker on each chromosome 2, located inside the minimum deleted region occurring after radiation exposure and recognized as the first leukemogenic event. Using this tailored model, we report that following radiation exposure, more than half of asymptomatic CBA Sfpi1 GFP/mCh mice presented with expanding clones of preleukemic hematopoietic cells harboring a hemizygous interstitial deletion of chromosome 2...
March 3, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Sang Hoon Lee, Jong Sun Park, Song Yee Kim, Dong Soon Kim, Young Whan Kim, Man Pyo Chung, Soo Taek Uh, Choon Sik Park, Sung Woo Park, Sung Hwan Jeong, Yong Bum Park, Hong Lyeol Lee, Jong Wook Shin, Eun Joo Lee, Jin Hwa Lee, Yangin Jegal, Hyun Kyung Lee, Yong Hyun Kim, Jin Woo Song, Moo Suk Park
The clinical course of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is difficult to predict, partly owing to its heterogeneity. Composite physiologic index (CPI) and gender-age-physiology (GAP) models are easy-to-use predictors of IPF progression. This study aimed to compare the predictive values of these two models. From 2003 to 2007, the Korean Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Study Group surveyed ILD patients using the 2002 ATS/ERS criteria. A total of 832 patients with IPF were enrolled in this study. CPI was calculated as follows: 91...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Eugenia Roupakia, Georgios Markopoulos, Evangelos Kolettas
Liu and colleagues investigated the expression of matrix matalloproteinases (MMPs) in human periodontal ligament fibroblasts (hPDLFs) regulated by interleukin-12 (IL-12), a cytokine implicated in inflammatory and immune responses. They showed that IL-12 activates canonical NF-kappaB signalling leading to increased expression of MMP-1 (Interstitial collagenase), MMP-3 (stromelysin 1) and MMP-13 (collagenase 3), and to a smaller reduction in the expression of MMP-2 (gelatinase A) and MMP-9 (gelatinase B) at both mRNA and protein levels, with corresponding changes in the secreted levels of these extracellular matrix-remodelling and immune regulatory metalloproteinases...
March 19, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Claudia Valenzuela, Vincent Cottin, Julio Ancochea
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2018: Archivos de Bronconeumología
Shuyi Wang, Jun Ren
Alcoholism is accompanied with a high incidence of cardiac morbidity and mortality due to the development of alcoholic cardiomyopathy, manifested as dilation of one or both ventricles, reduced ventricular wall thickness, myofibrillary disarray, interstitial fibrosis, hypertrophy and contractile dysfunction. Several theories have been postulated for the etiology of alcoholic cardiomyopathy including ethanol/acetaldehyde toxicity, mitochondrial production of reactive oxygen species, oxidative injury, apoptosis, impaired myofilament Ca2+ sensitivity and protein synthesis, altered fatty acid extraction and deposition, as well as accelerated protein catabolism...
March 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Thais Mauad, Felipe B P do Nascimento, Marisa Dolhnikoff, Milena C M Picka, Paulo H N Saldiva
BACKGROUND: Mortality related to asthma has decreased worldwide since the introduction of inhaled corticosteroid therapy in the past decades. However, there are still some asthma fatalities identified mainly in populations with less access to regular treatment. Pulmonary interstitial emphysema due to alveolar rupture has been rarely described as a complication of an acute severe asthma attack, and its identification in pathological analysis can be difficult. Previous studies reported the association of pulmonary interstitial emphysema and bronchial ductal gland ectasia in asthma...
March 20, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
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