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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434195/use-of-isavuconazole-in-a-patient-with-voriconazole-induced-qtc-prolongation
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Tracy P Trang, Alexandra M Hanretty, Charles Langelier, Katherine Yang
A 22-year-old woman with cystic fibrosis developed QTc-interval prolongation following lung transplantation in the setting of voriconazole therapy. After the discontinuation of voriconazole and initiation of isavuconazole, her QTc interval normalized. This case highlights the unique property of QTc interval shortening by isavuconazole among the triazole antifungals. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
April 23, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434122/the-status-of-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-systemic-sclerosis-is-associated-with-irf5-stat4-irak1-and-ctgf-polymorphisms
#2
Wenjie Zhao, Xiaoyang Yue, Kuai Liu, Junfeng Zheng, Runda Huang, Jun Zou, Gabriela Riemekasten, Frank Petersen, Xinhua Yu
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is one of the leading causes of death in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. Although all SSc patients are characterized by autoimmunity, only part of them suffer from PF, suggesting that beside autoimmunity, some additional factors are involved in the initiation of PF in SSc. In this study, we aimed to identify genetic polymorphisms associated with the status of PF in SSc. We performed that an exhaustive search of the PubMed database was performed to identify eligible studies. Then, a comprehensive meta-analysis was performed by comparing PF(+)-SSc and PF(-)-SSc patients to identify genetic polymorphisms associated with the status of PF in SSc...
April 22, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433893/cytokine-profile-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-an-observation
#3
Dejan Baskic, Vuk R Vukovic, Suzana Popovic, Predrag Djurdjevic, Milan Zaric, Ivana Nikolic, Ivanka Zelen, Marina Mitrovic, Dusko Avramovic, Zeljko Mijailovic
The data addressing cytokine profile in chronically infected HCV patients are conflicting, ranging from Th1 or Th2 cytokine prevalence to the expression of both types of cytokines. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate cytokine profile in these patients. Cytokine sera levels in HCV patients and healthy controls were evaluated using 13plex FlowCytomix Multiplex. Median values of both proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines were lower in HCV patients then in controls. In addition, the number of subjects producing detectable quantities of cytokines was significantly lower in the group of HCV patients...
April 20, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433831/ultrasonography-of-the-transverse-movement-and-deformation-of-the-median-nerve-and-its-relationships-with-electrophysiological-severity-in-the-early-stages-of-carpal-tunnel-syndrome
#4
Donghwi Park
BACKGROUND: To date, there have been conflicting suggestions regarding theinitial pathogenesis of CTS.It has been characterized as either inflammation of the median nerve caused by compression ornon-inflammatory fibrosis of the subsynovial connective tissue (SSCT). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the initialpathogenesis of CTS, we compared the deformation and displacement of the median nerve in accordance with the electrophysiological severity between patients with CTS (via Bland`s scale) and healthy controls...
April 19, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433659/carbonic-anhydrase-xii-functions-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Abdul Waheed, William S Sly
Human CAXII was initially identified as a cancer marker in different cancers and tumors. Expression of CAXII is regulated by hypoxia and estrogen receptors. CAXII expression has been also detected in several tissues, whereas in cancer and tumor tissues its expression is several fold higher. In brain tumors, an alternatively spliced form of CAXII is expressed. Higher expression of CAXII in breast cancer is indicative of lower grade disease. CAXII plays a key role in several physiological functions. Mutation in the CAXII gene causes cystic fibrosis-like syndrome and salt wasting disease...
April 19, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433630/loss-of-murc-cavin-4-induces-jnk-and-mmp-9-activity-enhancement-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-exacerbates-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Kotaro Miyagawa, Takehiro Ogata, Tomomi Ueyama, Takeru Kasahara, Naohiko Nakanishi, Daisuke Naito, Takuya Taniguchi, Tetsuro Hamaoka, Naoki Maruyama, Masahiro Nishi, Taizo Kimura, Hiroyuki Yamada, Hiroki Aoki, Satoaki Matoba
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is relatively common in elderly patients with atherosclerosis. MURC (muscle-restricted coiled-coil protein)/Cavin-4 modulating the caveolae function of muscle cells is expressed in cardiomyocytes, skeletal muscle cells and smooth muscle cells. Here, we show a novel functional role of MURC/Cavin-4 in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and AAA development. Both wild-type (WT) and MURC/Cavin-4 knockout (MURC(-/-)) mice subjected to periaortic application of CaCl2 developed AAAs...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433566/%C3%AE-aminoisobutyric-acid-ameliorates-the-renal-fibrosis-in-mouse-obstructed-kidneys-via-inhibition-of-renal-fibroblast-activation-and-fibrosis
#7
Huijuan Wang, Jun Qian, Xiufen Zhao, Changing Xing, Bin Sun
Renal fibrosis is a hallmark feature of chronic kidney disease, which is reflected by proliferation and migration of interstitial fibroblasts and extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation. β-Aminoisobutyric acid (BAIBA) is recently demonstrated to exert a protective role from metabolic diseases. However, whether and how BAIBA on fibroblast activation and renal fibrosis response to angiotensin II (Ang II) remains largely obscure. Herein, we showed that BAIBA significantly depressed the proliferation and migration of NRK-49F cells in vitro...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433542/blockade-of-pdgf-receptors-by-crenolanib-has-therapeutic-effect-in-patient-fibroblasts-and-in-preclinical-models-of-systemic-sclerosis
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Katsunari Makino, Tomoko Makino, Lukasz Stawski, Julio C Mantero, Robert Lafyatis, Robert Simms, Maria Trojanowska
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a multi-organ fibrotic disease with few treatment options. Activated fibroblasts are the key effector cells in SSc responsible for the excessive production of collagen and the development of fibrosis. PDGF, a potent mitogen for cells of mesenchymal origin, has been implicated in the activation of SSc fibroblasts. Our aim was to examine the therapeutic potential of crenolanib, an inhibitor of PDGF receptor signaling, in cultured fibroblasts and in angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced skin and heart fibrosis...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433114/hepatic-features-of-wilson-disease
#9
Salih Boga, Aftab Ala, Michael L Schilsky
In Wilson disease (WD) defective AT7B function leads to biliary copper excretion and pathologic copper accumulation, particularly in liver and brain, where it induces cellular damage. Liver disease most often precedes neurologic or psychiatric manifestations. In most patients with neurologic or psychiatric symptoms there is some degree of liver disease at the time of disease presentation. Hepatic manifestations of WD can be extremely variable. Patients with clinically asymptomatic WD are often found by family screening or identified on routine laboratory testing...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433112/wilson-disease-liver-pathology
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Maciej Pronicki
The liver in Wilson disease may demonstrate a wide range of damage patterns. Some patients may present almost no detectable microscopic pathology, while others display lesions consistent with fulminant hepatitis or acute liver failure. Most liver biopsy specimens show moderate to severe steatosis, variable degree of portal and/or lobular inflammation, and fibrosis eventually progressing to cirrhosis. Additional findings include liver cell degeneration and ballooning, Mallory hyaline bodies, liver cell necrosis, and glycogenation of periportal hepatocytic nuclei...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433109/pathogenesis-of-wilson-disease
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Ivo Florin Scheiber, Radan Brůha, Petr Dušek
Wilson disease is an autosomal-recessive disorder originating from a genetic defect in the copper-transporting ATPase ATP7B that is required for biliary copper secretion and loading of ceruloplasmin with copper. Impaired ATP7B function in Wilson disease results in excessive accumulation of copper in liver, brain, and other tissues. Toxic copper deposits may induce oxidative stress, modify expression of genes, directly inhibit proteins, and impair mitochondrial function, leading to hepatic, neuropsychiatric, renal, musculoskeletal, and other symptoms...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433070/effects-of-nicorandil-on-renal-function-and-histopathology-in-rats-with-partial-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction
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Hayrettin Ozturk, Tulin Firat, Buket Kin Tekce, Fahri Yilmaz, Hulya Ozturk
To evaluate the effects of nicorandil in a rat kidney model of partial unilateral ureteral obstruction (PUUO). Thirty male rats were randomly divided into three groups as follows: (1) Group 1 (Sham-control), ureters of the rats were manipulated but not ligated; (2) Group 2 (PUUO-untreated), PUUO was performed with two-thirds of the left ureter embedded in the psoas muscle; and (3) Group 3 (PUUO-nicorandil treated). After PUUO was established, nicorandil (15 mg/kg/day) was administered by gastric lavage for 21 days to determine its effects on PUUO-induced histopathological-, functional-, and oxidative stress-induced changes...
May 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432469/renal-findings-in-patients-with-mulibrey-nanism
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Johanna Sivunen, Susann Karlberg, Jouko Lohi, Niklas Karlberg, Marita Lipsanen-Nyman, Hannu Jalanko
BACKGROUND: Mulibrey nanism (MUL) is a rare inherited disease caused by genetic defects affecting peroxisomal TRIM37 protein. MUL affects multiple organs, leading to growth retardation and early onset type 2 diabetes. We aimed to characterize the structure and function of kidneys and the urinary tract in a large cohort of Finnish MUL patients. METHODS: Ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and autopsy findings of the kidneys and urinary tract from 101 MUL patients were retrospectively analyzed...
April 22, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432448/resistance-to-radial-expansion-limits-muscle-strain-and-work
#14
E Azizi, A R Deslauriers, N C Holt, C E Eaton
The collagenous extracellular matrix (ECM) of skeletal muscle functions to transmit force, protect sensitive structures, and generate passive tension to resist stretch. The mechanical properties of the ECM change with age, atrophy, and neuromuscular pathologies, resulting in an increase in the relative amount of collagen and an increase in stiffness. Although numerous studies have focused on the effect of muscle fibrosis on passive muscle stiffness, few have examined how these structural changes may compromise contractile performance...
April 21, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432134/tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling-and-tissue-fibrosis
#15
Kevin K Kim, Dean Sheppard, Harold A Chapman
Activation of TGF-β1 initiates a program of temporary collagen accumulation important to wound repair in many organs. However, the outcome of temporary extracellular matrix strengthening all too frequently morphs into progressive fibrosis, contributing to morbidity and mortality worldwide. To avoid this maladaptive outcome, TGF-β1 signaling is regulated at numerous levels and intimately connected to feedback signals that limit accumulation. Here, we examine the current understanding of the core functions of TGF-β1 in promoting collagen accumulation, parallel pathways that promote physiological repair, and pathological triggers that tip the balance toward progressive fibrosis...
April 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432094/the-use-of-synthetic-hybrid-strains-to-determine-the-role-of-replicon-3-in-virulence-of-the-burkholderia-cepacia-complex
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Kirsty Agnoli, Roman Freitag, Margarida C Gomes, Christian Jenul, Angela Suppiger, Olga Mannweiler, Carmen Frauenknecht, Daniel Janser, Annette C Vergunst, Leo Eberl
The Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) displays a wealth of metabolic diversity with great biotechnological potential, but the utilisation of these bacteria is limited by their opportunistic pathogenicity to humans. The third replicon of the Bcc, megaplasmid pC3 (0.5 to 1.4 Mb, previously chromosome 3), is important for various phenotypes, including virulence, antifungal and proteolytic activities, and the utilization of certain substrates. Approximately half of plasmid pC3 is well-conserved throughout sequenced Bcc members, while the other half is not...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432072/translocase-of-inner-membrane-50-functions-as-a-novel-protective-regulator-of-pathological-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Kai Tang, Yifan Zhao, Hailing Li, Mengyun Zhu, Weiming Li, Weijing Liu, Guofu Zhu, Dachun Xu, Wenhui Peng, Ya-Wei Xu
BACKGROUND: Translocase of inner membrane 50 (TIM50) is a member of the translocase of inner membrane (TIM) complex in the mitochondria. Previous research has demonstrated the role of TIM50 in the regulation of oxidative stress and cardiac morphology. However, the role of TIM50 in pathological cardiac hypertrophy remains unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: In the present study we found that the expression of TIM50 was downregulated in hypertrophic hearts. Using genetic loss-of-function animal models, we demonstrated that TIM50 deficiency increased heart and cardiomyocyte size with more severe cardiac fibrosis compared with wild-type littermates...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432060/toll-like-receptor-2-tlr2-dominance-over-tlr4-in-stressful-conditions-for-its-detrimental-role-in-the-heart
#18
Ashim K Bagchi, Gauri Akolkar, Soma Mandal, Prathapan Ayyappan, Xi Yang, Pawan K Singal
It has been suggested that toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) promotes interleukin-10 (IL-10)-mediated cardiac cell survival while another receptor, TLR2, from the same family is detrimental. Here we examined the interactive role of these two innate signaling molecules under stressful conditions including interleukin-10 knockout (IL-10(-/-)) mice, global ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rat hearts and in-vitro shRNA experimental models in presence or absence of IL-10 (10ng/ml). Circulating and myocardial levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) as well as apoptosis and fibrosis were higher in IL-10(-/-) mice...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431936/galectin-3-mediates-the-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-induced-right-ventricular-remodeling-through-interacting-with-nadph-oxidase-4
#19
Jingni He, Xiaohui Li, Hui Luo, Tangzhiming Li, Lin Zhao, Qiangqiang Qi, Yuwei Liu, Zaixin Yu
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disorder that affects both pulmonary vasculature and the heart. The response of the right ventricle (RV) to the increased afterload is an important determinant of the PAH final outcome. Galectin-3 (Gal-3), a novel biomarker in left cardiac remodeling, takes part in multiple pathophysiological processes including the inflammation, fibrosis, immunity, and oxidative stress. The levels of Gal-3 are elevated in PAH patients, although the exact mechanisms underlie the PAH-induced right ventricular structural changes remain unclear...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431892/a-humanized-hla-dr4-mouse-model-for-autoimmune-myocarditis
#20
M Emrah Şelli, Anita C Thomas, David C Wraith, Andrew C Newby
Myocarditis, the principal cause of dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure in young adults, is associated with autoimmunity to human cardiac α-myosin (hCAM) and the DR4 allele of human major histocompatibility II (MHCII). We developed an hCAM-induced myocarditis model in human HLA-DR4 transgenic mice that lack all mouse MHCII genes, demonstrating that immunization for 3weeks significantly increased splenic T-cell proliferative responses and titres of IgG1 and IgG2c antibodies, abolished weight gain, provoked cardiac inflammation and significantly impaired cardiac output and fractional shortening, by echocardiography, compared to adjuvant-injected mice...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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