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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550816/designing-an-hcv-vaccine-a-unique-convergence-of-prevention-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Christopher M Walker
Direct acting antivirals can cure chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection but whether they will reduce global liver disease burden is uncertain. Most chronic infections are undiagnosed and transmission has increased in recent years. The first trial of a preventive vaccine is now underway in humans at risk for HCV infection. It will test the novel hypothesis that T cell-mediated immunity alone can prevent persistent HCV infection. Another vaccine that elicits neutralizing antibodies is at an advanced stage of development...
May 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550802/mechanism-of-action-of-three-newly-registered-drugs-for-multiple-sclerosis-treatment
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REVIEW
Kaja Kasarełło, Agnieszka Cudnoch-Jędrzejewska, Andrzej Członkowski, Dagmara Mirowska-Guzel
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of suspected autoimmune origin leading to neurodegeneration. The disease pathomechanism is considered to be primarily based on neuroinflammation directed against myelin antigens caused by autoreactive T cells. MS etiology remains still unknown, which makes it difficult to create an efficient therapy, therefore, MS treatment targets mechanisms involved in disease pathology. In this review, we present the mechanism of action of three newly registered drugs for MS. Dimethyl fumarate (DMF) is an agent presenting a broad spectrum of action...
February 22, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550795/thrombocytopenia-associated-with-tavi-the-summary-of-possible-causes
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Maciej Mitrosz, Malgorzata Chlabicz, Katarzyna Hapaniuk, Karol A Kaminski, Bozena Sobkowicz, Jaroslaw Piszcz, Slawomir Dobrzycki, Wlodzimierz J Musial, Tomasz Hirnle, Agnieszka M Tycinska
Thrombocytopenia (TP) following transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) procedure is a common phenomenon but the underlying mechanisms are neither well known nor described. Postinterventional severe TP is related to worse early and late outcome. Moreover, the statement of enhanced platelet and coagulation activation might justify even stronger antiplatelet and anticoagulation therapy following TAVI procedure. Thus, the examination of the pathomechanisms responsible for TP post TAVI seems to be crucial...
May 24, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550787/apocrine-sweat-gland-adenocarcinoma-a-rare-case-report-and-review
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Arthur Paredes Gatti, Luiza Tonello, William Pfaffenzeller, Fernando Oliveira Savóia, Diego Inácio Goergen, Rodrigo De Pieri Coan, Uirá Fernandes Teixeira, Fábio Luiz Waechter, Paulo Roberto Ott Fontes
INTRODUCTION: Primary apocrine sweat gland carcinoma (PASGC) is an extremely rare neoplasia whose management and treatment are still evolving. The only curative therapy is wide local excision. Many patients have metastasis at the time of the diagnosis, mainly because this neoplasm has been misdiagnosed as some benign skin lesions. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We herein report a case of a 72-year-old-man with PASGC affecting the axilla and regional lymph nodes that underwent surgical resection and lymphadenectomy at our Institution...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550753/catalase-loaded-cisplatin-prodrug-constructed-liposomes-to-overcome-tumor-hypoxia-for-enhanced-chemo-radiotherapy-of-cancer
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Rui Zhang, Xuejiao Song, Chao Liang, Xuan Yi, Guosheng Song, Yu Chao, Yu Yang, Kai Yang, Liangzhu Feng, Zhuang Liu
Aiming at improved therapeutic efficacies, the combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy (chemo-radiotherapy) has been widely studied and applied in clinic. However, the hostile characteristics of tumor microenvironment such as hypoxia often limit the efficacies in both types of cancer therapies. Herein, catalase (CAT), an antioxidant enzyme, is encapsulated inside liposomes constituted by cisplatin (IV)-prodrug-conjugated phospholipid, forming CAT@Pt (IV)-liposome for enhanced chemo-radiotherapy of cancer...
May 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550735/clarithromycin-inhibits-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-muc5ac-mucin-gene-expression-via-the-mkp-1-p38mapk-dependent-pathway
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Said Ahmad Shah, Hajime Ishinaga, Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Clarithromycin is a 14-membered macrolide antibiotic. Low-dose, long-term macrolide therapy is effective in patients with chronic airway diseases, such as diffuse panbronchitis, chronic bronchitis, and chronic sinusitis. However, the mechanism underlying this clinical efficacy remains unclear. The dual specificity phosphatase MKP-1 (MAPK phosphatase-1), also called DUSP (dual specificity phosphatase-1), was initially identified as an in vitro ERK-specific phosphatase, but depending on the cell type, it can also dephosphorylate other members of the MAPK family, such as p38 and JNK, and thus suppress downstream signaling of these kinases...
May 24, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550721/clinical-performance-of-the-veris-hcv-assay-for-hepatitis-c-virus-rna-quantification
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Laure Izquierdo, Corinne Prégermain, Corinne Hottelet, Gwenaëlle Decombe, Anne-Marie Roque-Afonso
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and treatment monitoring rely on detection/quantification of HCV RNA and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques are expected to equivalently quantify the different HCV genotypes. OBJECTIVE: The clinical performance of the VERIS HCV assay for HCV RNA quantification was compared to that of the Abbott RealTime HCV assay. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative concordance and quantitative comparison were evaluated on a first panel of 286 clinical samples containing HCV genotypes 1-6...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550714/adherence-to-oral-cancer-therapy-in-older-adults-the-international-society-of-geriatric-oncology-siog-taskforce-recommendations
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Anna Rachelle Mislang, Tanya M Wildes, Ravindran Kanesvaran, Capucine Baldini, Holly M Holmes, Ginah Nightingale, Annemarie Coolbrandt, Laura Biganzoli
There is an increasing trend towards using oral systemic therapy in patients with cancer. Compared to parenteral therapy, oral cancer agents offer convenience, have similar efficacy, and are preferred by patients, consequently making its use appealing in older adults. However, adherence is required to ensure its efficacy and to avoid compromising treatment outcomes, especially when the treatment goal is curative, or in case of symptomatic/rapidly progressing disease, where dose-intensity is important. This opens a new challenge for clinicians, as optimizing patient adherence is challenging, particularly due to lack of consensus and scarcity of available clinical evidence...
May 15, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550713/state-of-the-art-on-oocyte-cryopreservation-in-female-cancer-patients-a-critical-review-of-the-literature
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Claudia Massarotti, Paola Scaruffi, Matteo Lambertini, Valentino Remorgida, Lucia Del Mastro, Paola Anserini
During the last decades, important advances in therapeutic options have led to increased survival rates in cancer patients; however, cancer treatments are associated with several potential adverse effects including infertility in those diagnosed during their reproductive years. A proper discussion about fertility preservation options before the use of therapies with potential gonadotoxicity (i.e. oncofertility counseling) is standard of care and should be offered to all patients of childbearing age. Temporary ovarian suppression with LH-RH analogs, oocyte and embryo cryopreservation are standard strategies for fertility preservation in female cancer patients...
May 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550712/combined-immune-checkpoint-blockade-anti-pd-1-anti-ctla-4-evaluation-and-management-of-adverse-drug-reactions
#10
REVIEW
Jessica C Hassel, Lucie Heinzerling, Jens Aberle, Oliver Bähr, Thomas K Eigentler, Marc-Oliver Grimm, Victor Grünwald, Jan Leipe, Niels Reinmuth, Julia K Tietze, Jörg Trojan, Lisa Zimmer, Ralf Gutzmer
Combined immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) provides unprecedented efficacy gains in numerous cancer indications, with PD-1 inhibitor nivolumab plus CTLA-4 inhibitor ipilimumab in advanced melanoma as first-ever approved therapies for combined ICB. However, gains in efficacy must be balanced against a higher frequency and severity of adverse drug reactions (ADR). Because delays in diagnosis and management might result in symptom worsening and further complications, clinicians shall be well trained to identify ADR promptly and monitor patients adequately...
May 18, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550680/elemene-increases-autophagic-apoptosis-and-drug-sensitivity-in-human-cisplatin-ddp-resistant-lung-cancer-cell-line-spc-a-1-ddp-by-inducing-beclin-1-expression
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Kun Zhou, Liping Wang, Ruirui Cheng, Xia Liu, Shengya Mao, Yan Yan
Drug resistance is the major obstacle for the successful therapy of lung adenocarcinoma. It was suggested that ß-elemene, a major isoform of elemene, could reverse the drug resistance in lung cancer cells. However, the underlying mechanisms remains poorly known. Here, we aimed to investigate whether elemene is involved in the cisplatin (DDP)-resistance of lung adenocarcinoma cells and further explore the underlying mechanism. The results showed that human lung adenocarcinoma cell line SPC-A-1 and its DDP-resistant strain SPC-A-1/DDP had a similar sensitivity to elemene treatment...
May 23, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550660/achieving-smoking-cessation-in-individuals-with-schizophrenia-special-considerations
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REVIEW
Corinne Cather, Gladys N Pachas, Kristina M Cieslak, A Eden Evins
Premature mortality due to cardiovascular disease in those with schizophrenia is the largest lifespan disparity in the US and is growing; adults in the US with schizophrenia die, on average, 28 years earlier than those in the general population. The rate of smoking prevalence among individuals with schizophrenia is estimated to be from 64 to 79%. Smokers with schizophrenia have historically been excluded from most large nicotine-dependence treatment studies. However, converging evidence indicates that a majority of smokers with schizophrenia want to quit smoking, and that available pharmacotherapeutic smoking cessation aids are well tolerated by this population of smokers and are effective when combined with behavioral treatment...
May 26, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550590/exome-sequencing-identifies-candidate-genetic-modifiers-of-syndromic-and-familial-thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-severity
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Benjamin J Landis, Jeffrey A Schubert, Dongbing Lai, Anil G Jegga, Amy R Shikany, Tatiana Foroud, Stephanie M Ware, Robert B Hinton
Thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) is a genetic disease predisposing to aortic dissection. It is important to identify the genetic modifiers controlling penetrance and expressivity to improve clinical prognostication. Exome sequencing was performed in 27 subjects with syndromic or familial TAA presenting with extreme phenotypes (15 with severe TAA; 12 with mild or absent TAA). Family-based analysis of a subset of the cohort identified variants, genes, and pathways segregating with TAA severity among three families...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550548/-the-renaissance-of-hormonal-therapy
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REVIEW
Corinna Mann, Nina Rogenhofer, Sven Mahner, Christian J Thaler
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: MMW Fortschritte der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550530/rtms-ameliorates-ptsd-symptoms-in-rats-by-enhancing-glutamate-transmission-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-acc-via-the-pten-akt-signalling-pathway
#15
Gaohua Liu, Dayun Feng, Jian Wang, Haifeng Zhang, Zhengwu Peng, Min Cai, Jing Yang, Ruiguo Zhang, Huaning Wang, Shengxi Wu, Qingrong Tan
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a novel physiological therapy that has been adopted to clinically treat psychiatric disorders. Our previous study indicated the potential therapeutic effect of rTMS on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, the exact molecular mechanism is elusive. Currently, using the single prolonged stress (SPS) rat model for PTSD, we investigated the glutamatergic transmission and neural plasticity changes in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) after SPS induction and explored the protective effects and mechanism of rTMS treatment...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550492/microrna-889-is-downregulated-by-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-and-confers-resistance-to-natural-killer-cytotoxicity-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Haitao Xie, Qiugui Zhang, Hui Zhou, Jun Zhou, Ji Zhang, Yan Jiang, Jinghong Wang, Xianglin Meng, Leping Zeng, Xiaoxin Jiang
Major histocompatibility complex class I chain-related gene B (MICB) is expressed on tumor cells and participates in natural killer (NK) cell-mediated antitumor immune response through engagement with the NKG2D receptor. This study was undertaken to identify novel microRNA (miRNA) regulators of MICB and clarify their functions in NK cell-mediated cytotoxicity to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. Bioinformatic analysis and luciferase reporter assay were conducted to search for MICB-targeting miRNAs. Overexpression and knockdown experiments were performed to determine the roles of candidate miRNAs in the susceptibility of HCC cells to NK lysis...
May 26, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550490/the-use-of-temporary-fecal-diversion-in-colonic-and-perianal-crohn-s-disease-does-not-improve-outcomes
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Andrea C Bafford, Anastasiya Latushko, Natasha Hansraj, Guruprasad Jambaulikar, Leyla J Ghazi
AIMS: To determine whether temporary fecal diversion for refractory colonic and/or perianal Crohn's disease can lead to clinical remission and restoration of intestinal continuity after optimization of medical therapy. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed our prospectively maintained database of patients treated at the University of Maryland for Crohn's disease between May 2004 and July 2014. Patients with colonic, perianal, or colonic and perianal Crohn's disease, who had fecal diversion for control of medically refractory and/or severe disease, were included...
May 26, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550489/impedance-ph-monitoring-for-diagnosis-of-reflux-disease-new-perspectives
#18
REVIEW
Marzio Frazzoni, Nicola de Bortoli, Leonardo Frazzoni, Salvatore Tolone, Vincenzo Savarino, Edoardo Savarino
Heartburn is the most specific symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In clinical practice, heartburn relief by a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) trial does suffice to confirm GERD. However, an objective diagnosis of GERD is required before anti-reflux endoscopic or surgical interventions, independently from PPI response. Thus, since normal findings at upper endoscopy are detected in the majority of patients with heartburn, reflux monitoring is often required. When traditional catheter-based or wireless pH tests are used, reflux episodes are conventionally identified by pH drops below 4...
May 26, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550485/change-in-excitability-of-cortical-projection-after-modified-catheter-balloon-dilatation-therapy-in-brainstem-stroke-patients-with-dysphagia-a-prospective-controlled-study
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Xiaomei Wei, Fan Yu, Meng Dai, Chunqing Xie, Guifang Wan, Yujue Wang, Zulin Dou
Although the modified balloon dilatation therapy has been demonstrated to improve pharyngeal swallowing function post stroke, the underlying neural mechanisms of improvement are unknown. Our aims are (1) to investigate the effect of modified balloon dilatation on the excitability of corticobulbar projections to the submental muscle in dysphagic patients with brainstem stroke and (2) the relation between changes in excitability and pharyngeal kinematic modifications. Thirty patients with upper esophageal sphincter (UES) dysfunction due to unilateral brainstem stroke were recruited into two groups...
May 26, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550482/efficacy-of-rasagiline-and-selegiline-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-head-to-head-3-year-retrospective-case-control-study
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Emanuele Cereda, Roberto Cilia, Margherita Canesi, Silvana Tesei, Claudio Bruno Mariani, Anna Lena Zecchinelli, Gianni Pezzoli
Monoamine oxidase type B (MAO-B) inhibitors, such as selegiline and rasagiline, can be used as monotherapy or adjuvant therapy to levodopa in Parkinson's disease (PD). Data on long-term efficacy of MAO-B inhibitors are limited with no head-to-head comparison available to date. The aim of this case-control retrospective study was to analyze data from patients with PD attending the Parkinson Institute (Milan, Italy) over a 6-year period (2009-2015) and compare the effects of selegiline and rasagiline on levodopa treatment outcomes...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology
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