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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107750/effect-of-clinically-approved-hdac-inhibitors-on-plasmodium-leishmania-and-schistosoma-parasite-growth
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Ming Jang Chua, Megan S J Arnold, Weijun Xu, Julien Lancelot, Suzanne Lamotte, Gerald F Späth, Eric Prina, Raymond J Pierce, David P Fairlie, Tina S Skinner-Adams, Katherine T Andrews
Malaria, schistosomiasis and leishmaniases are among the most prevalent tropical parasitic diseases and each requires new innovative treatments. Targeting essential parasite pathways, such as those that regulate gene expression and cell cycle progression, is a key strategy for discovering new drug leads. In this study, four clinically approved anti-cancer drugs (Vorinostat, Belinostat, Panobinostat and Romidepsin) that target histone/lysine deacetylase enzymes were examined for in vitro activity against Plasmodium knowlesi, Schistosoma mansoni, Leishmania amazonensis and L...
December 23, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107703/how-universal-is-coverage-and-access-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-for-chagas-disease-in-colombia-a-health-systems-analysis
#2
Zulma M Cucunubá, Jennifer M Manne-Goehler, Diana Díaz, Pierre Nouvellet, Oscar Bernal, Andrea Marchiol, María-Gloria Basáñez, Lesong Conteh
Limited access to Chagas disease diagnosis and treatment is a major obstacle to reaching the 2020 World Health Organization milestones of delivering care to all infected and ill patients. Colombia has been identified as a health system in transition, reporting one of the highest levels of health insurance coverage in Latin America. We explore if and how this high level of coverage extends to those with Chagas disease, a traditionally marginalised population. Using a mixed methods approach, we calculate coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment of Chagas...
January 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107700/comparative-pharmacokinetics-of-eight-major-bioactive-components-in-normal-and-bacterial-diarrhea-mini-pigs-after-oral-administration-of-gegen-qinlian-decoction
#3
Xiao Ling, Yuqiang Xiang, Qingfa Tang, Feilong Chen, Xiaomei Tan
Healthy animals are most widely used in current pharmacokinetic(PK) studies. However, neglecting the effects of specific diseases on drug absorption results in the PK parameters of those experiments not accurately reflecting in vivo drug concentration changes during treatment. In this study, an E. coli infective diarrheal minipig model was applied to explore the pharmacokinetics of Gegen Qinlian decoction (GQD). A simple and rapid ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to determine the concentrations of the eight GQD components in minipig plasma after intragastric administration of GQD...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107607/epidemiology-update-for-hepatitis-c-virus-and-hepatitis-b-virus-in-end-stage-renal-disease-in-france-r%C3%A3-seau-epid%C3%A3-miologique-et-information-en-n%C3%A3-phrologie-registry
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Corinne Isnard Bagnis, Cécile Couchoud, Marc Bowens, Ayman Sarraj, Gilbert Deray, Jérôme Tourret, Patrice Cacoub, Sophie Tezenas du Montcel
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Risk for HCV/HBV infection is increased in ESRD patients. We generate updated epidemiological data. METHODS: Based on the National French registry for ESRD, we extracted data for patients who started dialysis or preemptive transplantation between January, 2005 and December, 2013. A positive serum HBs Ag and/or a positive HCV RNA defined HBV and HCV infections, respectively. RESULTS: 72,948 patients were included among which 62...
January 20, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107589/serum-lincrna-p21-as-a-potential-biomarker-of-liver-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients
#5
Fujun Yu, Guangyao Zhou, Kate Huang, XuFei Fan, Guojun Li, Bicheng Chen, Peihong Dong, Jianjian Zheng
Serum long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as promising biomarkers for various human diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using serum long intergenic non-coding RNA-p21 (lincRNA-p21) as a biomarker for chronic hepatitis B patients. Serum lincRNA-p21 levels were quantified using real-time PCR in 417 CHB patients and 363 healthy controls. The promoter methylation level of lincRNA-p21 was detected using bisulfite-sequencing analysis in primary hepatic stellate cells (HSCs)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107583/chronic-hepatitis-c-and-chronic-kidney-disease-advances-limitations-and-unchartered-territories
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Manuel Mendizabal, K Rajender Reddy
Over the past few years, treatment options for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have evolved dramatically. The current approved interferon-free direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens have been shown to be safe and effective with sustained virologic response (SVR) rates of >90% in most patients. Unique issues yet remain such as the challenges in patients with impaired renal function or decompensated cirrhosis. Patients with stage 4-5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a higher prevalence of HCV infection compared with the general population...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107570/efficacy-and-safety-of-interleukin-17-antagonists-in-patients-with-plaque-psoriasis-a-meta-analysis-from-phase-3-randomized-controlled-trails
#7
Dan Wu, Si-Yuan Hou, Shuai Zhao, Lin-Xin Hou, Ting Jiao, Nan-Nan Xu, Ning Zhang
BACKGROUND: The interleukin-17 (IL-17) cytokine pathway plays a key role in the development of psoriasis. Antibodies targeting IL-17 or blocking its receptor may be a new therapeutic approach for psoriasis. To assist treatment selection in daily practice it is essential to understand the benefit and risk profile of IL-17 antagonists. OBJECTIVE: We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of IL-17 antagonists in patients with psoriasis. METHODS: We searched a number of databases for relevant randomized clinical trials (RCTs) published before May 2016...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107552/reflections-on-the-history-of-indoor-air-science-focusing-on-the-last-50-years
#8
Jan Sundell
The scientific articles and Indoor Air conference publications of the indoor air sciences (IAS) during the last 50 years are summarized. In total 7524 presentations, from 79 countries, have been made at Indoor Air conferences held between 1978 (49 presentations) and 2014 (1049 presentations). In the Web of Science 26,992 articles on indoor air research (with the word "indoor" as a search term) have been found (as of 1 Jan 2016) of which 70% were published during the last 10 years. The modern scientific history started in the 1970s with a question: "did indoor air pose a threat to health as did outdoor air?" Soon it was recognized that indoor air is more important, from a health point of view, than outdoor air...
January 20, 2017: Indoor Air
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107512/nonstructural-5a-protein-of-hepatitis-c-virus-interferes-with-toll-like-receptor-signaling-and-suppresses-the-interferon-response-in-mouse-liver
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Takeya Tsutsumi, Kazuya Okushin, Kenichiro Enooku, Hidetaka Fujinaga, Kyoji Moriya, Hiroshi Yotsuyanagi, Hideki Aizaki, Tetsuro Suzuki, Yoshiharu Matsuura, Kazuhiko Koike
The hepatitis C virus nonstructural protein NS5A is involved in resistance to the host immune response, as well as the viral lifecycle such as replication and maturation. Here, we established transgenic mice expressing NS5A protein in the liver and examined innate immune responses against lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in vivo. Intrahepatic gene expression levels of cytokines such as interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-α, and interferon-γ were significantly suppressed after LPS injection in the transgenic mouse liver...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107471/high-serum-lipopolysaccharide-binding-protein-level-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-viral-infection-is-reduced-by-anti-viral-treatments
#10
Hsiao-Ching Nien, Shih-Jer Hsu, Tung-Hung Su, Po-Jen Yang, Jin-Chuan Sheu, Jin-Town Wang, Lu-Ping Chow, Chi-Ling Chen, Jia-Horng Kao, Wei-Shiung Yang
BACKGROUND: Lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) has been reported to associate with metabolic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Since chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with metabolic derangements, the relationship between LBP and HCV deserves additional studies. This study aimed to determine the serum LBP level in subjects with or without HCV infection and investigate the change of its level after anti-viral treatments with or without interferon...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107470/development-of-a-blocking-elisa-using-a-monoclonal-antibody-to-a-dominant-epitope-in-non-structural-protein-3a-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-as-a-matching-test-for-a-negative-marker-vaccine
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Yuanfang Fu, Pinghua Li, Yimei Cao, Na Wang, Pu Sun, Qian Shi, Xincheng Ji, Huifang Bao, Dong Li, Yingli Chen, Xingwen Bai, Xueqing Ma, Jing Zhang, Zengjun Lu, Zaixin Liu
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a devastating animal disease. Strategies for differentiation of infected from vaccinated animals (DIVA) remain very important for controlling disease. Development of an epitope-deleted marker vaccine and accompanying diagnostic method will improve the efficiency of DIVA. Here, a monoclonal antibody (Mab) was found to recognize a conserved "AEKNPLE" epitope spanning amino acids 109-115 of non-structural protein (NSP) 3A of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV; O/Tibet/CHA/99 strain), which could be deleted by a reverse-genetic procedure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107457/novel-analysis-of-immune-cells-from-nasal-microbiopsy-demonstrates-reliable-reproducible-data-for-immune-populations-and-superior-cytokine-detection-compared-to-nasal-wash
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Simon P Jochems, Katherine Piddock, Jamie Rylance, Hugh Adler, Beatriz F Carniel, Andrea Collins, Jenna F Gritzfeld, Carole Hancock, Helen Hill, Jesus Reiné, Alexandra Seddon, Carla Solórzano, Syba Sunny, Ashleigh Trimble, Angela D Wright, Seher Zaidi, Stephen B Gordon, Daniela M Ferreira
The morbidity and mortality related to respiratory tract diseases is enormous, with hundreds of millions of individuals afflicted and four million people dying each year. Understanding the immunological processes in the mucosa that govern outcome following pathogenic encounter could lead to novel therapies. There is a need to study responses at mucosal surfaces in humans for two reasons: (i) Immunological findings in mice, or other animals, often fail to translate to humans. (ii) Compartmentalization of the immune system dictates a need to study sites where pathogens reside...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107448/potential-of-endophytic-fungi-isolated-from-cotton-roots-for-biological-control-against-verticillium-wilt-disease
#13
Yuan Yuan, Hongjie Feng, Lingfei Wang, Zhifang Li, Yongqiang Shi, LiHong Zhao, Zili Feng, Heqin Zhu
Verticillium wilt is a soil-borne disease, and severely limits the development of cotton production. To investigate the role of endophytic fungi on Verticillium wilt, CEF-818 (Penicillium simplicissimum), CEF-714 (Leptosphaeria sp.), CEF-642 (Talaromyces flavus.) and CEF-193 (Acremonium sp.) isolated from cotton roots were used to assess their effects against cotton wilt disease caused by a defoliating V. dahliae strain Vd080. In the greenhouse, all treatments significantly reduced disease incidence and disease index, with the control efficacy ranging from 26% (CEF-642) to 67% (CEF-818) at 25 days (d) after inoculation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107447/a-software-tool-for-estimation-of-burden-of-infectious-diseases-in-europe-using-incidence-based-disability-adjusted-life-years
#14
Edoardo Colzani, Alessandro Cassini, Daniel Lewandowski, Marie-Josee J Mangen, Dietrich Plass, Scott A McDonald, Alies van Lier, Juanita A Haagsma, Guido Maringhini, Alessandro Pini, Piotr Kramarz, Mirjam E Kretzschmar
The burden of disease framework facilitates the assessment of the health impact of diseases through the use of summary measures of population health such as Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). However, calculating, interpreting and communicating the results of studies using this methodology poses a challenge. The aim of the Burden of Communicable Disease in Europe (BCoDE) project is to summarize the impact of communicable disease in the European Union and European Economic Area Member States (EU/EEA MS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107419/a-new-israeli-tobamovirus-isolate-infects-tomato-plants-harboring-tm-22-resistance-genes
#15
Neta Luria, Elisheva Smith, Victoria Reingold, Ilana Bekelman, Moshe Lapidot, Ilan Levin, Nadav Elad, Yehudit Tam, Noa Sela, Ahmad Abu-Ras, Nadav Ezra, Ami Haberman, Liron Yitzhak, Oded Lachman, Aviv Dombrovsky
An outbreak of a new disease infecting tomatoes occurred in October-November 2014 at the Ohad village in Southern Israel. Symptomatic plants showed a mosaic pattern on leaves accompanied occasionally by narrowing of leaves and yellow spotted fruit. The disease spread mechanically and rapidly reminiscent of tobamovirus infection. Epidemiological studies showed the spread of the disease in various growing areas, in the South and towards the Southeast and Northern parts of the country within a year. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis showed a single rod-like form characteristic to the Tobamovirus genus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107385/evaluating-the-significance-of-viscoelasticity-in-diagnosing-early-stage-liver-fibrosis-with-transient-elastography
#16
Jingxin Zhao, Fei Zhai, Jun Cheng, Qiong He, Jianwen Luo, Xueping Yang, Jinhua Shao, Huichun Xing
Transient elastography quantifies the propagation of a mechanically generated shear wave within a soft tissue, which can be used to characterize the elasticity and viscosity parameters of the tissue. The aim of our study was to combine numerical simulation and clinical assessment to define a viscoelastic index of liver tissue to improve the quality of early diagnosis of liver fibrosis. This is clinically relevant, as early fibrosis is reversible. We developed an idealized two-dimensional axisymmetric finite element model of the liver to evaluate the effects of different viscoelastic values on the propagation characteristics of the shear wave...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107347/whole-genome-amplification-and-reduced-representation-genome-sequencing-of-schistosoma-japonicum-miracidia
#17
Jonathan A Shortt, Daren C Card, Drew R Schield, Yang Liu, Bo Zhong, Todd A Castoe, Elizabeth J Carlton, David D Pollock
BACKGROUND: In areas where schistosomiasis control programs have been implemented, morbidity and prevalence have been greatly reduced. However, to sustain these reductions and move towards interruption of transmission, new tools for disease surveillance are needed. Genomic methods have the potential to help trace the sources of new infections, and allow us to monitor drug resistance. Large-scale genotyping efforts for schistosome species have been hindered by cost, limited numbers of established target loci, and the small amount of DNA obtained from miracidia, the life stage most readily acquired from humans...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107301/implementation-of-a-pediatric-orthopaedic-bundle-to-reduce-surgical-site-infections
#18
Jan Schriefer, James Sanders, Julie Michels, Kori Wolcott, Connor Ruddy, Jenna Hanson
Surgical site infections (SSIs) cost an estimated $27,288 per case. An analysis of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data at the University of Rochester Medical Center suggested that rates of SSIs could be lowered in comparison with both peers and baseline. The aim of this study was to reduce the number of SSIs to zero through the implementation of a "bundle" or a combination of practices. Meetings were held with the multidisciplinary care team that includes surgeons and staff from pediatric pharmacy, pediatric infectious diseases, anesthesia, and nursing to create a care bundle for all pediatric orthopaedic surgery patients...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107198/meta-analysis-of-the-actions-of-antithymocyte-globulin-in-patients-undergoing-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation
#19
Jiaojiao Yuan, Renzhi Pei, Wensi Su, Junjie Cao, Ying Lu
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a serious complication associated with allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). Antithymocyte globulin (ATG) is widely used prior to allo-HCT for GVHD prevention, though evidence of its efficacy remains unclear. We therefore identified nine randomized controlled trials (RCTs), enrolling 1089 patients (554 in the ATG group and 535 in the non-ATG group) to conduct a meta-analysis of the actions of ATG in allo-HCT. A relative risk or risk ratio (RR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated for each outcome...
January 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107024/the-host-response-in-sepsis-patients-developing-intensive-care-unit-acquired-secondary-infections
#20
Lonneke A van Vught, Maryse A Wiewel, Arie J Hoogendijk, Jos F Frencken, Brendon P Scicluna, Peter M C Klein Klouwenberg, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Rene Lutter, Janneke Horn, Marcus J Schultz, Marc M J Bonten, Olaf L Cremer, Tom van der Poll
RATIONALE: Sepsis can be complicated by secondary infections. We explored the possibility that sepsis patients developing a secondary infection while in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) display sustained inflammatory, vascular and procoagulant responses. OBJECTIVE: To compare systemic proinflammatory host responses in patients with sepsis who acquire a new infection with those who do not. METHODS: Consecutive sepsis patients with a length of ICU stay >48 hours were prospectively analyzed for the development of ICU-acquired infections...
January 20, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
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