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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434163/biomarkers-of-epileptogenesis-the-focus-on-glia-and-cognitive-dysfunctions
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Annamaria Vezzani, Rosaria Pascente, Teresa Ravizza
The need to find measures that reliably predict the onset of epilepsy after injurious events or how the patient will respond to anti-seizure drugs led to intensive pre-clinical and clinical research to discover non-invasive biomarkers that could increase the sensitivity of existing clinical indicators. The use of experimental models of epileptogenesis and of drug-resistance is instrumental to select the most promising approaches to explore such biomarkers in the pre-clinical setting for further clinical validation...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434126/relapse-of-nephrotic-syndrome-during-post-rituximab-peripheral-blood-b-lymphocyte-depletion
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Mai Sato, Koichi Kamei, Masao Ogura, Kenji Ishikura, Shuichi Ito
BACKGROUND: Rituximab is effective against complicated childhood steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS). Peripheral blood B-lymphocyte (B-cell) depletion is strongly correlated with persistent remission, relapse rarely occurring during B-cell depletion; however, we have encountered several such patients. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the characteristics and clinical course of 82 patients with SDNS treated with rituximab from January 2007 to December 2012 in our institution...
April 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434073/direct-downregulation-of-b-cell-translocation-gene-3-by-microrna-93-is-required-for-desensitizing-esophageal-cancer-to-radiotherapy
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Hujun Cui, Shengqiang Zhang, Hongbo Zhou, Ling Guo
BACKGROUND: Esophageal squamous carcinoma (ESC) is one of the most fatal malignancies worldwide with increasing occurrences yet poor outcome. MicroRNAs were reported to play roles in ESC. AIMS: We aimed to understand how miRNAs affect the radiotherapy resistance of ESC. METHODS: MicroRNA assays, real-time PCR, and Western blot were performed for expression analysis of miR-93 and BTG3. Luciferase activity assay was conducted with mutated B-cell translocation gene 3 (BTG3) 3'-UTR sequence in the 3' end of luciferase sequence with miR-93 inhibitor...
April 22, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433926/discredited-legacy-stigma-and-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-in-northwestern-portugal
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Álvaro Mendes, Liliana Sousa, Jorge Sequeiros, Angus Clarke
RATIONALE: Genetic inherited conditions may result in feelings of stigmatisation, mainly because of visible physical appearance and its transmissibility to offspring. OBJECTIVE: This article reports accounts of stigmatisation from Portuguese patients affected by the inherited neurodegenerative disease, familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), living in the largest cluster of patients worldwide. METHOD: We draw on semi-structured interviews conducted with individuals at-risk or affected by FAP, recruited through the national patients' association, about their experiences of stigmatisation related to the illness...
April 15, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433739/dual-functional-drug-liposomes-in-treatment-of-resistant-cancers
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REVIEW
Li-Min Mu, Rui-Jun Ju, Rui Liu, Ying-Zi Bu, Jing-Ying Zhang, Xue-Qi Li, Fan Zeng, Wan-Liang Lu
Efficacy of regular chemotherapy is significantly hampered by multidrug resistance (MDR) and severe systemic toxicity. The reduced toxicity has been evidenced after administration of drug liposomes, consisting of the first generation of regular drug liposomes, the second generation of long-circulation drug liposomes, and the third generation of targeting drug liposomes. However, MDR of cancers remains as an unsolved issue. The objectives of this article are to review the dual-functional drug liposomes, which demonstrate the potential in overcoming MDR...
April 19, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433634/dual-sphingosine-kinase-inhibitor-ski-ii-enhances-sensitivity-to-5-fluorouracil-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-via-suppression-of-osteopontin-and-fak-igf-1r-signalling
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Petra Grbčić, Ivana Tomljanović, Marko Klobučar, Sandra Kraljević Pavelić, Ksenija Lučin, Mirela Sedić
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths globally. Although 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is used as the first choice treatment for advanced HCC, it exerts poor efficacy and is associated with acquired and intrinsic resistance. Sphingosine kinases (Sphk) 1 and 2 play tumour-promoting roles in different cancer types including HCC and thus represent promising pharmacological targets. In the present study, we have investigated for the first time the anticancer efficacy and underlying molecular mechanisms of combined administration of 5-FU and dual Sphk1/Sphk2 inhibitor SKI-II (4-[[4-(4-chlorophenyl)-1,3-thiazol-2-yl]amino]phenol) in HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma cells...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433439/cardiac-amyloidosis-shows-decreased-diastolic-function-as-assessed-by-echocardiographic-parameterized-diastolic-filling
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Katrin Salman, Peter A Cain, Benjamin T Fitzgerald, Martin G Sundqvist, Martin Ugander
Cardiac amyloidosis is a rare but serious condition with poor survival. One of the early findings by echocardiography is impaired diastolic function, even before the development of cardiac symptoms. Early diagnosis is important, permitting initiation of treatment aimed at improving survival. The parameterized diastolic filling (PDF) formalism entails describing the left ventricular filling pattern during early diastole using the mathematical equation for the motion of a damped harmonic oscillator. We hypothesized that echocardiographic PDF analysis could detect differences in diastolic function between patients with amyloidosis and controls...
April 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433409/managing-anthelmintic-resistance-in-parascaris-spp-a-modelling-exercise
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Dave M Leathwick, Christian W Sauermann, Thomas Geurden, Martin K Nielsen
A previously described model for the dynamics of the parasitic stages of Parascaris spp. was modified to include eggs outside the host and the genetics of anthelmintic resistance before being used to address questions regarding the development of resistance. Three broad questions were addressed; i) How sustainable is the current common practice of treating foals monthly for their first year of life (i.e. 12 treatments/year)? ii) Does the timing of treatments have an effect on resistance development? (i.e. do certain treatments select for resistance more strongly than others?), and iii) How sustainable is the currently recommended strategy of targeting ascarid infections in foals with two treatments applied during the first five months of life? A range of variations within these broad questions were considered, such as the value in rotational deworming, whether larvicidal treatments are more selective for resistance, and whether combination anthelmintics should be introduced...
March 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433209/practical-recommendations-for-the-management-of-cardiovascular-risk-associated-with-atherogenic-dyslipidemia-with-special-attention-to-residual-risk-spanish-adaptation-of-a-european-consensus-of-experts
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Juan F Ascaso, Roberto Ferrari
This document has discussed clinical approaches to managing cardiovascular risk in clinical practice, with special focus on residual cardiovascular risk associated with lipid abnormalities, especially atherogenic dyslipidaemia (AD). A simplified definition of AD was proposed to enhance understanding of this condition, its prevalence and its impact on cardiovascular risk. AD can be defined by high fasting triglyceride levels (≥2.3mmol/L / ≥200mg/dL) and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c) levels (≤1,0 / 40 and ≤1,3mmol/L / 50mg/dL in men and women, respectively) in statin-treated patients at high cardiovascular risk...
April 19, 2017: Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433198/tumor-promoting-role-of-anti-tumor-macrophages-in-tumor-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Kuntal Kanti Goswami, Tithi Ghosh, Sarbari Ghosh, Madhurima Sarkar, Anamika Bose, Rathindranath Baral
Recent advances in tumor biology demand detailed analysis of the complex interaction of tumor cells with their adjacent microenvironment (tumor stroma) to understand the various mechanisms involved in tumor growth and metastasis. Mononuclear phagocytes or macrophages, a type of innate immune cells, defend the organism against infection and injury. On the otherhand, tumor associated macrophages (TAMs) constitute a significant part of the tumor-infiltrating immune cells, have been linked to the growth, angiogenesis, and metastasis of a variety of cancers, most likely through polarization of TAMs to the M2 (alternative) phenotype...
April 13, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433153/polyethylenimine-kappa-carrageenan-micro-arc-oxidation-coating-for-passivation-of-magnesium-alloy
#11
A Golshirazi, M Kharaziha, M A Golozar
The aim of this study was to combine micro-arc oxidation (MAO) and self-assembly technique to improve corrosion resistivity of AZ91 alloy. While a silicate-fluoride electrolyte was adopted for MAO treatment, polyethylenimine (PEI)/kappa carrageenan (KC) self-assembly coating was applied as the second coating layer. Resulted demonstrated the formation of forsterite-fluoride containing MAO coating on AZ91 alloy depending on the voltage and time of anodizing process. Addition of the second PEI/KC coating layer on MAO treated sample effectively enhanced the adhesive strength of MAO coated sample due to filling the pores with polymers and increase in the mechanical interlocking of coating to the substrate...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433077/development-and-clinical-utility-of-a-blood-based-test-service-for-the-rapid-identification-of-actionable-mutations-in-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma
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Hestia Mellert, Trudi Foreman, Leisa Jackson, Dianna Maar, Scott Thurston, Kristina Koch, Amanda Weaver, Samantha Cooper, Nicholas Dupuis, Ubaradka G Sathyanarayana, Jakkie Greer, Westen Hahn, Dawne Shelton, Paula Stonemetz, Gary A Pestano
Nearly 80% of cancer patients do not have genetic mutation results available at initial oncology consultation; up to 25% of patients begin treatment before receiving their results. These factors hinder the ability to pursue optimal treatment strategies. This study validates a blood-based genome-testing service that provides accurate results within 72 hours. We focused on targetable variants in advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma-epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR) variant L858R, exon 19 deletion (ΔE746-A750), and T790M; GTPase Kirsten ras gene (KRAS) variants G12C/D/V; and echinoderm microtubule associated protein like and 4 anaplastic lymphoma receptor tyrosine kinase fusion (EML4-ALK) transcripts 1/2/3...
May 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432886/evaluation-of-biochar-ultrafiltration-membrane-processes-for-humic-acid-removal-under-various-hydrodynamic-ph-ionic-strength-and-pressure-conditions
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Vaibhavi Shankar, Jiyong Heo, Yasir A J Al-Hamadani, Chang Min Park, Kyoung Hoon Chu, Yeomin Yoon
The performance of an ultrafiltration (UF)-biochar process was evaluated in comparison with a UF membrane process for the removal of humic acid (HA). Bench-scale UF experiments were conducted to study the rejection and flux trends under various hydrodynamic, pH, ionic strength, and pressure conditions. The resistance-in-series model was used to evaluate the processes and it showed that unlike stirred conditions, where low fouling resistance was observed (28.7 × 10(12) m(-1) to 32.5 × 10(12) m(-1)), higher values and comparable trends were obtained for UF-biochar and UF alone for unstirred conditions (28...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432878/in-vitro-susceptibility-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-to-vancomycin-daptomycin-linezolid-and-tedizolid
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Johanna Marcela Vanegas Múnera, Ana María Ocampo Ríos, Daniela Montoya Urrego, Judy Natalia Jiménez Quiceno
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of multidrug-resistant Gram-positive infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus remains as a clinical challenge due to emergence of new resistance mechanisms. Tedizolid is a next-generation oxazolidinone, recently approved for skin and soft tissues infections. We conducted a study to determine in vitro susceptibility to vancomycin, daptomycin, linezolid, and tedizolid in MRSA clinical isolates from adult patients with skin and soft tissue infections. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Methicillin-resistant S...
April 19, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432815/immunoassays-for-the-quantification-of-alk-and-phosphorylated-alk-support-the-evaluation-of-on-target-alk-inhibitors-in-neuroblastoma
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Elizabeth R Tucker, Jennifer R Tall, Laura S Danielson, Sharon Gowan, Yann Jamin, Simon P Robinson, Udai Banerji, Louis Chesler
Targeted inhibition of Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK) is a successful approach for the treatment of many ALK-aberrant malignancies, however the presence of resistant mutations necessitates both the development of more potent compounds and pharmacodynamic methods with which to determine their efficacy. We describe immunoassays designed to quantitate phosphorylation of ALK, and their use in preclinical models of neuroblastoma, a pediatric malignancy in which gain-of-function ALK mutations predict a poor overall outcome to conventional treatment...
April 22, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432648/rationale-for-new-checkpoint-inhibitor-combinations-in-melanoma-therapy
#16
Mario Mandalà, Carlo Tondini, Barbara Merelli, Daniela Massi
The use of monoclonal antibodies that block immunologic checkpoints, which mediate adaptive immune resistance, has revolutionized the treatment of metastatic melanoma patients. Specifically, targeting single immune suppressive molecules such as cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4), or programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) expressed on T cells or its primary ligand, programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1), resulted in pronounced clinical benefit for a subset of melanoma patients. Although single-agent immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy has demonstrated promising clinical activity in metastatic melanoma patients, there is still a significant proportion of patients who show primary resistance to these therapies...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432645/efficacy-of-lomitapide-in-the-treatment-of-familial-homozygous-hypercholesterolemia-results-of-a-real-world-clinical-experience-in-italy
#17
Laura D'Erasmo, Angelo Baldassare Cefalù, Davide Noto, Antonina Giammanco, Maurizio Averna, Paolo Pintus, Paolo Medde, Giovanni Battista Vigna, Cesare Sirtori, Laura Calabresi, Chiara Pavanello, Marco Bucci, Carlo Sabbà, Patrizia Suppressa, Francesco Natale, Paolo Calabrò, Tiziana Sampietro, Federico Bigazzi, Francesco Sbrana, Katia Bonomo, Fulvio Sileo, Marcello Arca
INTRODUCTION: Homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia (HoFH) is a rare form of inherited dyslipidemia resistant to conventional cholesterol-lowering medications so that lipoprotein apheresis (LA) is usually required. Lomitapide has been approved for the treatment of HoFH. The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefits of lomitapide in HoFH patients followed with the usual clinical care. METHODS: Clinical and biochemical data were retrospectively collected in 15 HoFH patients (10 with mutations in the LDLR gene and 5 in the LDLRAP1 gene) treated for at least 6 months with lomitapide in addition to lipid-lowering therapies (LLT) in different Lipid Clinics across Italy...
April 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432607/impact-of-the-medical-specialty-on-knowledge-regarding-multidrug-resistant-organisms-and-strategies-toward-antimicrobial-stewardship
#18
Steffen Lebentrau, Christian Gilfrich, Malte W Vetterlein, Harald Schumacher, Philipp J Spachmann, Sabine D Brookman-May, Hans M Fritsche, Martin Schostak, Florian M Wagenlehner, Maximilian Burger, Matthias May
PURPOSE: Evidence is scarce on subject-specific knowledge of multidrug-resistant organisms and rational use of antibiotics. We aimed at evaluating attitude, perception, and knowledge about multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) and antibiotic prescribing among urologists versus other medical specialties. METHODS: Within the MR2-study (Multiinstitutional Reconnaissance of practice with MultiResistant bacteria), a questionnaire was conducted targeting general surgeons, internists, gynecologists, and urologists in 18 German hospitals...
April 21, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432589/expression-and-function-of-abcg2-and-xiap-in-glioblastomas
#19
Ivette F Emery, Archana Gopalan, Stephanie Wood, Kin-Hoe Chow, Chiara Battelli, Joshy George, Hagen Blaszyk, Jeffrey Florman, Kyuson Yun
Despite multimodal treatment that includes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, virtually all glioblastomas (GBM) recur, indicating that these interventions are insufficient to eradicate all malignant cells. To identify potential new therapeutic targets in GBMs, we examined the expression and function of proteins that are associated with therapy resistance and cancer cell survival. We measured the expression of eight such proteins in 50 GBM samples by immunohistochemistry and analyzed patient survival. We report that GBM patients with high expression of ABCG2 (also called BCRP) or XIAP at the protein level had worse survival than those with low expression...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432472/anti-infective-and-anti-inflammatory-pharmacotherapies
#20
Mark I Rosenblatt
Ocular infection and inflammation are common and are associated with myriad ocular conditions ranging from mild disease to blinding conditions. There are numerous anti-invectives with spectra against inciting pathogens. Given the potential for ocular infections to rapidly progress initial broad spectrum therapy is usually required, with therapy tailored as microbiological identification and sensitivities become available. The emergence of antibiotic resistance has become a major health problem. Anti-inflammatory therapy can be institutes to prevent ocular symptoms and end-organ damage...
April 22, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
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