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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353467/high-resolution-melting-analysis-for-rapid-detection-of-pik3ca-gene-mutations-in-bladder-cancer-a-mutated-target-for-cancer-therapy
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Zahra Ousati Ashtiani, Abdol Rasoul Mehrsai, Mohammad Reza Pourmand, Gholam Reza Pourmand
PURPOSE: PIK3CA gene mutations have clinical importance and their presence is associated with therapy response. They are also considered as a molecule for targeted therapy. As regards to their importance, genetic variation within a population as well as among different populations, this study was conducted to detect common mutations of exons 9 and 20 and other probable mutations in PIK3CA gene as well as their frequencies in Iranian bladder cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Paired tumor and adjacent normal tissues samples were obtained from 50 bladder cancer patients...
January 21, 2018: Urology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353398/new-strategies-of-arv-the-road-to-simplification
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REVIEW
Rosa de Miguel Buckley, Rocio Montejano, Natalia Stella-Ascariz, Jose R Arribas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Simplification of antiretroviral therapy is a strategy aiming to reduce pill burden, drug interactions, and toxicity. This review focuses on the most recent and important studies evaluating a reduction on the number of drugs for HIV treatment, both in naive and virologically suppressed patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Interesting studies have been performed in the past years testing dual therapy and monotherapy, with variable rates of virological control...
January 20, 2018: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352846/the-janus-kinase-inhibitor-tofacitinib-inhibits-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-gliostatin-expression-in-rheumatoid-fibroblast-like-synoviocytes
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Yohei Kawaguchi, Yuko Waguri-Nagaya, Naoe Tatematsu, Yusuke Oguri, Masaaki Kobayashi, Masahiro Nozaki, Kiyofumi Asai, Mineyoshi Aoyama, Takanobu Otsuka
OBJECTIVES: Gliostatin (GLS) is known to have angiogenic and arthritogenic activity, and GLS expression levels in serum from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are significantly correlated with the disease activity. Tofacitinib is a novel oral Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor and is effective in treating RA. However, the mechanism of action of tofacitinib in fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) has not been elucidated. The purpose of this study was to investigate the modulatory effects of tofacitinib on serum GLS levels in patients with RA and GLS production in FLSs derived from patients with RA...
January 15, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352742/cambogin-suppresses-dextran-sulphate-sodium-induced-colitis-by-enhancing-treg-cell-stability-and-function
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Yue Lu, Na-Mi Kim, Yi-Wen Jiang, Hong Zhang, Dan Zheng, Fu-Xiang Zhu, Rui Liang, Bin Li, Hong-Xi Xu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic and relapsing inflammatory disorder of gastrointestinal tract, and the dysfunction of immune regulation plays a critical role in IBD. Reflecting the limited use of current drugs and therapies for IBD treatment, it is necessary to explore novel drugs or therapies for this disease. We investigated the effect of cambogin in a mouse model of dextran sulphate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis and whether cambogin attenuates inflammation via Treg-cell-mediated immune modulation...
January 20, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352717/should-we-use-cell-of-origin-and-dual-protein-expression-in-treating-dlbcl
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REVIEW
Peter A Riedell, Sonali M Smith
Treatment outcomes in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) following standard R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) therapy is highly variable and dependent on a number of clinical, biologic, and genetic features. The identification of molecular heterogeneity via gene expression profiling dichotomizes patients based on the cell of origin (COO) model into germinal center B-cell-like (GCB) and activated B-cell-like (ABC) subsets, with ABC-DLBCL having a worse outcome...
December 24, 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352713/clinical-variables-associated-with-overall-survival-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-patients-treated-with-sipuleucel-t-immunotherapy
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Xiao X Wei, Jaselle Perry, Emily Chang, Li Zhang, Robert A Hiatt, Charles J Ryan, Eric J Small, Lawrence Fong
BACKGROUND: Sipuleucel-T is an autologous cell-based cancer immunotherapy for men with asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Its approval by the Food and Drug Administration was based on demonstration of an overall survival (OS) benefit in randomized placebo-controlled phase III trials. However, treatment was associated with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) decline in only a small minority of patients. Understanding the clinical factors that are associated with OS could help guide treatment decisions, including patient selection and the timing of sipuleucel-T relative to other therapies...
December 27, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352662/distinct-progression-patterns-of-brain-disease-in-infantile-and-juvenile-gangliosidoses-volumetric-quantitative-mri-study
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Igor Nestrasil, Alia Ahmed, Josephine M Utz, Kyle Rudser, Chester B Whitley, Jeanine R Jarnes-Utz
BACKGROUND: GM1-gangliosidosis and GM2-gangliosidosis (Tay-Sachs disease and Sandhoff disease) are unrelenting heritable neurodegenerative conditions of lysosomal ganglioside accumulation. Although progressive brain atrophy is characteristic, longitudinal quantification of specific brain structures has not been systematically studied. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this longitudinal study has been to quantify and track brain MRI volume changes, including specific structure volume changes, at different times in disease progression of childhood gangliosidoses, and to explore quantitative brain MRI volumetry (qMRI) as a non-invasive marker of disease progression for future treatment trials...
December 20, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352300/5-aminosalicylic-acid-improves-lipid-profile-in-mice-fed-a-high-fat-cholesterol-diet-through-its-dual-effects-on-intestinal-ppar%C3%AE-and-ppar%C3%AE
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Zheng Wang, Debby Koonen, Marten Hofker, Zhijun Bao
Obesity is associated with a series of metabolic complications, including dyslipidemia and insulin resistance (IR) that lack effective therapies. In recent years, intestinal inflammation has been suggested to contribute to obesity related metabolic syndrome and targeting gut inflammation with 5-ASA improves diet induced IR, however, its role in dyslipidemia is unknown and has never been explored. In the present study, we reported for the first time that administration of 5-ASA for 12 weeks significantly improved lipid profile by repressing plasma triglycerides and free cholesterol levels in mice fed high-fat cholesterol diet (HFC)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352243/nucleolin-and-erbb2-inhibition-reduces-tumorigenicity-of-erbb2-positive-breast-cancer
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Eya Wolfson, Shira Solomon, Eran Schmukler, Yona Goldshmit, Ronit Pinkas-Kramarski
ErbB2, a member of the ErbB family of receptor tyrosine kinases, is an essential player in the cell's growth and proliferation signaling pathways. Amplification or overexpression of ErbB2 is observed in ∼30% of breast cancer patients, and often drives cellular transformation and cancer development. Recently, we have shown that ErbB2 interacts with the nuclear-cytoplasmic shuttling protein nucleolin, an interaction which enhances cell transformation in vitro, and increases mortality risk and disease progression rate in human breast cancer patients...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352211/hdl-nanoparticles-targeting-sonic-hedgehog-subtype-medulloblastoma
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Jonathan B Bell, Jonathan S Rink, Frank Eckerdt, Jessica Clymer, Stewart Goldman, C Shad Thaxton, Leonidas C Platanias
Medulloblastoma is the most common paediatric malignant brain cancer and there is a need for new targeted therapeutic approaches to more effectively treat these malignant tumours, which can be divided into four molecular subtypes. Here, we focus on targeting sonic hedgehog (SHH) subtype medulloblastoma, which accounts for approximately 25% of all cases. The SHH subtype relies upon cholesterol signalling for tumour growth and maintenance of tumour-initiating cancer stem cells (CSCs). To target cholesterol signalling, we employed biomimetic high-density lipoprotein nanoparticles (HDL NPs) which bind to the HDL receptor, scavenger receptor type B-1 (SCARB1), depriving cells of natural HDL and their cholesterol cargo...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352138/mir-663-sustains-nsclc-by-inhibiting-mitochondrial-outer-membrane-permeabilization-momp-through-puma-bbc3-and-btg2
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Micol E Fiori, Lidia Villanova, Chiara Barbini, Maria Laura De Angelis, Ruggero De Maria
Treatment of lung cancer is an unmet need as it accounts for the majority of cancer deaths worldwide. The development of new therapies urges the identification of potential targets. MicroRNAs' expression is often deregulated in cancer and their modulation has been proposed as a successful strategy to interfere with tumor cell growth and spread. We recently reported on an unbiased high-content approach to identify miRNAs regulating cell proliferation and tumorigenesis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Here we studied the oncogenic role of miR-663 in NSCLC biology and analyzed the therapeutic potential of miR-663 targeting...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351936/intravitreal-bevacizumab-for-postviral-fever-retinitis-a-novel-approach-for-early-resolution-of-macular-oedema
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Rohan Chawla, Dheepak M Sundar, Prasad Gupta, Kanhaiya Mittal
Severe macular oedema causing marked loss of vision is seen in cases of retinitis developing postviral fever. The use of antivascular endothelial growth factor agents for macular oedema and submacular fluid secondary to viral retinitis has not been studied or well established in the past. We report a case series of two patients of postviral retinitis with severe macular oedema resistant to steroid therapy, treated with intravitreal bevacizumab. The patients showed significant symptomatic improvement in the visual acuity...
January 18, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351916/pathways-impacted-by-genomic-alterations-in-pulmonary-carcinoid-tumors
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Michael K Asiedu, Charles F Thomas, Jie Dong, Sandra C Schulte Tomaszek, Prasidda Khadka, Zhifu Sun, Farhad Kosari, Jin Jen, Julian R Molina, George Vasmatzis, Rui Kuang, Marie Christine Aubry, Ping Yang, Dennis A Wigle
PURPOSE: Pulmonary carcinoid tumors account for up to 5% of all lung malignancies in adults, comprise 30% of all carcinoid malignancies, and are defined histologically as typical carcinoid (TC) and atypical carcinoid (AC) tumors. The role of specific genomic alterations in the pathogenesis of pulmonary carcinoid tumors remains poorly understood. We sought to identify genomic alterations and pathways that are deregulated in these tumors to find novel therapeutic targets for pulmonary carcinoid tumors...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351470/increased-pro-renin-receptor-expression-in-subfornical-organ-neurons-in-hypertensive-humans
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Silvana G Cooper, Darshan P Trivedi, Rieko Yamamoto, Caleb J Worker, Cheng-Yuan Feng, Jacob T Sorensen, Wei Yang, Zhenggang Xiong, Yumei Feng
The central nervous system plays an important role in essential hypertension in humans and in animal models of hypertension through modulation of sympathetic activity, and sodium and body fluid homeostasis. Data from animal models of hypertension suggest that the renin-angiotensin system in the subfornical organ (SFO) of the brain is critical for hypertension development. We recently reported that the brain (pro)renin receptor (PRR) is a novel component of the brain renin-angiotensin system and could be a key initiator of the pathogenesis of hypertension...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351189/the-role-of-cadaverine-synthesis-on-pneumococcal-capsule-and-protein-expression
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Mary F Nakamya, Moses B Ayoola, Seongbin Park, Leslie A Shack, Edwin Swiatlo, Bindu Nanduri
Invasive infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a commensal in the nasopharynx, pose significant risk to human health. Limited serotype coverage by the available polysaccharide-based conjugate vaccines coupled with increasing incidence of antibiotic resistance complicates therapeutic strategies. Bacterial physiology and metabolism that allows pathogens to adapt to the host are a promising avenue for the discovery of novel therapeutics. Intracellular polyamine concentrations are tightly regulated by biosynthesis, transport and degradation...
January 19, 2018: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351137/early-response-to-warfarin-initiation-and-the-risk-of-venous-thromboembolism-after-total-joint-arthroplasty
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Adam I Edelstein, Clara Terzaghi, Brandon Nudelman, Charles Qin, Mary Kwasny, David W Manning
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism chemoprophylaxis with warfarin is common after total joint arthroplasty. Early response to warfarin initiation has been theorized to engender a transient increase in the risk of venous thromboembolism. We hypothesized that a rapid rise in the international normalized ratio is a risk factor for venous thromboembolism after total joint arthroplasty. METHODS: This study was a retrospective analysis of Medicare patients undergoing elective total joint arthroplasty who were given nomogram-dosed warfarin for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351111/novel-bronchoscopic-management-of-airway-bleeding-with-absorbable-gelatin-and-thrombin-slurry
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A Rolando Peralta, Mohit Chawla, Robert P Lee
BACKGROUND: Airway bleeding, either spontaneous or as a result of bronchoscopy, is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Multiple bronchoscopic techniques are available to achieve complete hemostasis or as a bridge to definitive therapies. METHODS: We report our experience on the feasibility of endobronchial instillation of an absorbable gelatin and thrombin slurry (GTS) for the treatment of spontaneous hemoptysis and procedure-related bleeding. RESULTS: We identified 13 cases in which GTS was used for endobronchial hemostasis when standard bronchoscopic measures like cold saline, epinephrine, and in some cases balloon occlusion were not successful...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351106/the-role-of-patient-registries-for-rare-genetic-lipid-disorders
#18
David M Ng, Amanda J Hooper, Matthew I Bellgard, John R Burnett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review the role, utility and current status of patient registries for rare genetic lipid disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: The creation and maintenance of rare genetic lipid disorder patient registries is critical for disease monitoring, improving clinical best practice, facilitating research and enabling the development of novel therapeutics. An open-source disease registry platform, termed the Rare Disease Registry Framework, has been developed, optimized and deployed for homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350899/cyclam-modified-pei-for-combined-vegf-sirna-silencing-and-cxcr4-inhibition-to-treat-metastatic-breast-cancer
#19
Yiwen Zhou, Fei Yu, Feiran Zhang, Gang Chen, Kaikai Wang, Minjie Sun, Jing Li, David Oupický
Chemokine receptor CXCR4 plays an important role in cancer cell invasion and metastasis. Recent findings suggest that anti-VEGF therapies upregulate CXCR4 expression, which contributes to resistance to antiangiogenic therapies. Here, we report the development of novel derivatives of polyethylenimine (PEI) that effectively inhibit CXCR4 while delivering anti-VEGF siRNA. PEI was alkylated with different amounts of a CXCR4-binding cyclam derivative to prepare PEI-C. Modification with the cyclam derivatives resulted in a considerable decrease in cytotoxicity when compared with unmodified PEI...
January 19, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350743/facile-preparation-of-carbon-dot-supported-nanoflowers-for-efficient-photothermal-therapy-of-cancer-cells
#20
Changshun Hou, Shiqing Chen, Mengqi Wang
Herein, novel self-assembled red-emissive C-dots@Au nanoflowers were developed, and they demonstrated efficient photothermal properties under 750 nm laser irradiation. Moreover, C-dots@Au nanoflowers showed the ability of simultaneous photoacoustic and fluorescence imaging. Our study may provide a novel strategy for the efficient phototherapy of cancer cells based on C-dots.
January 19, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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