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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636293/-treatment-of-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-novel-agents-and-role-of-local-therapy
#1
Louis Parisod, Rafael Duran, Alban Denys, Antonia Digklia
The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is increasing in Switzerland and its treatment is a challenge. The purpose of this article is to summarize the different therapeutic approaches in the metastatic stage, as well as the perspectives of targeted treatments and immunotherapy. Until recently, the only recognized therapeutic standard for these patients with metastatic CHC was sorafenib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. If the patient was to progress under sorafenib, no other recognized therapeutic option was available as second line...
May 17, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636173/patient-reported-outcome-measures-in-amblyopia-and-strabismus-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Sheela E Kumaran, Jyoti Khadka, Rod Baker, Konrad Pesudovs
BACKGROUND: Many patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) have been developed and/or used to measure the impact of amblyopia and strabismus on quality of life (QoL). Identifying the one with superior quality is important for evaluating the effectiveness of novel therapy for amblyopia and for directing improved clinical decision-making in adults considering strabismic surgery. Therefore, the aim of this review is to identify all PROMs previously developed/used to study the impact of amblyopia and/or strabismus on QoL and to appraise the quality and comprehensiveness of content of the disease-specific instruments...
June 21, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636149/photocatalytic-interaction-of-aminophylline-riboflavin-leads-to-ros-mediated-dna-damage-and-cell-death-a-novel-phototherapeutic-mechanism-for-cancer
#3
Saniyya Khan, Imrana Naseem
The accompanied tissue devastation and systemic toxicity of chemotherapy has shifted the quest for having an effective and palliative cancer therapy towards photodynamic therapy (PDT). Riboflavin (Rf), an essential micronutrient is emerging as a potent tool of PDT, due to its excellent photosensitizing properties. It can be used as an efficient adjuvant for various anticancer drugs. The hemolytic and proteolytic effect of photoilluminated aminophylline (Am), a xanthine derivative, and Rf is well documented in literature...
June 21, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635659/divergent-how-ige-axis-contributes-to-the-continuum-of-allergic-asthma-and-anti-ige-therapies
#4
REVIEW
Óscar Palomares, Silvia Sánchez-Ramón, Ignacio Dávila, Luis Prieto, Luis Pérez de Llano, Marta Lleonart, Christian Domingo, Antonio Nieto
Asthma is an airway disease characterised by chronic inflammation with intermittent or permanent symptoms including wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and cough, which vary in terms of their occurrence, frequency, and intensity. The most common associated feature in the airways of patients with asthma is airway inflammation. In recent decades, efforts have been made to characterise the heterogeneous clinical nature of asthma. The interest in improving the definitions of asthma phenotypes and endotypes is growing, although these classifications do not always correlate with prognosis nor are always appropriate therapeutic approaches...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635653/virtual-screening-against-phosphoglycerate-kinase-1-in-quest-of-novel-apoptosis-inhibitors
#5
Jie Xia, Bo Feng, Qianhang Shao, Yuhe Yuan, Xiang Simon Wang, Naihong Chen, Song Wu
Inhibition of apoptosis is a potential therapy to treat human diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease), stroke, and sepsis. Due to the lack of druggable targets, it remains a major challenge to discover apoptosis inhibitors. The recent repositioning of a marketed drug (i.e., terazosin) as an anti-apoptotic agent uncovered a novel target (i.e., human phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (hPgk1)). In this study, we developed a virtual screening (VS) pipeline based on the X-ray structure of Pgk1/terazosin complex and applied it to a screening campaign for potential anti-apoptotic agents...
June 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635650/the-application-of-heptamethine-cyanine-dye-dz-1-and-indocyanine-green-for-imaging-and-targeting-in-xenograft-models-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#6
Caiqin Zhang, Yong Zhao, He Zhang, Xue Chen, Ningning Zhao, Dengxu Tan, Hai Zhang, Changhong Shi
Near infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging has strong potential for widespread use in noninvasive tumor imaging. Indocyanine green (ICG) is the only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -approved NIRF dye for clinical diagnosis; however, it is unstable and poorly targets tumors. DZ-1 is a novel heptamethine cyanine NIRF dye, suitable for imaging and tumor targeting. Here, we compared the fluorescence intensity and metabolism of DZ-1 and ICG. Additionally, we assayed their specificities and abilities to target tumor cells, using cultured hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines, a nude mouse subcutaneous xenograft model of liver cancer, and a rabbit orthotopic transplantation model...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635637/a-short-term-biological-indicator-for-long-term-kidney-damage-after-radionuclide-therapy-in-mice
#7
Giovanni Pellegrini, Klaudia Siwowska, Stephanie Haller, Daniel J Antoine, Roger Schibli, Anja Kipar, Cristina Müller
Folate receptor (FR)-targeted radionuclide therapy using folate radioconjugates is of interest due to the expression of the FR in a variety of tumor types. The high renal accumulation of radiofolates presents, however, a risk of radionephropathy. A potential option to address this challenge would be to use radioprotectants, such as amifostine. Methods for early detection of kidney damage that-in this case-cannot be predicted based on dose estimations, would facilitate the development of novel therapies. The aim of this study was, therefore, to assess potentially changing levels of plasma and urine biomarkers and to determine DNA damage at an early stage after radiofolate application...
June 21, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635633/new-insights-in-thyroid-cancer-and-p53-family-proteins
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REVIEW
Livia Manzella, Stefania Stella, Maria Stella Pennisi, Elena Tirrò, Michele Massimino, Chiara Romano, Adriana Puma, Martina Tavarelli, Paolo Vigneri
Thyroid cancers are common endocrine malignancies that comprise tumors with different clinical and histological features. Indeed, papillary and follicular thyroid cancers are slow-growing, well-differentiated tumors, whereas anaplastic thyroid cancers are undifferentiated neoplasias that behave much more aggressively. Well-differentiated thyroid carcinomas are efficiently cured by surgery and radioiodine, unlike undifferentiated tumors that fail to uptake radioactive iodine and are usually resistant to chemotherapy...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635345/avatar-assisted-therapy-a-proof-of-concept-pilot-study-of-a-novel-technology-based-intervention-to-treat-substance-use-disorders
#9
Michael S Gordon, Steven B Carswell, Mary Schadegg, Kayla Mangen, Kelly Merkel, Susan Tangires, Frank J Vocci
BACKGROUND: Avatar-assisted therapy (AAT) is a novel and emerging technology that uses the Internet to enable clinicians and clients in substance abuse treatment to participate in group counseling sessions from separate and remote locations in real time through the use of avatars and virtual environments. OBJECTIVES: The current study is a pilot proof-of-concept feasibility study involving individuals in outpatient substance abuse treatment. This report addresses two questions: (1) are individuals who present for substance abuse treatment interested in receiving AAT and (2) what factors are associated with better treatment success...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635335/a-novel-synergetic-targeting-strategy-for-glioma-therapy-employing-borneol-combination-with-angiopep-2-modified-dox-loaded-pamam-dendrimer
#10
Shunping Han, Hongyue Zheng, Yanping Lu, Yue Sun, Anhao Huang, Weidong Fei, Xiaowei Shi, Xiuling Xu, Jingjing Li, Fanzhu Li
Glioma is the most common primary malignant brain tumor and the effect of chemotherapy is hampered by low permeability across the blood-brain-barrier (BBB). Borneol is a time-honored 'Guide' drug in traditional Chinese medicine and has been proved to be capable of promoting free drugs into the brain efficiently, but there are still risks that free drugs, especially anti-glioma drugs, may be disassembled and metabolized before penetrating the BBB and caused the whole brain distribution. The purpose of this paper was to investigate whether borneol intervention could facilitate the BBB penetration and assist glioma treatment by combining with doxorubicin (DOX) loaded PAMAM dendrimers drug delivery system modified with Angiopep-2 (a ligand of the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein, which overexpress both in the BBB and gliomas)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634727/safety-and-efficacy-of-chemosaturation-in-patients-with-primary-and-secondary-liver-tumors
#11
Martha M Kirstein, Steffen Marquardt, Nils Jedicke, Silke Marhenke, Wolfgang Koppert, Michael P Manns, Frank Wacker, Arndt Vogel
BACKGROUND: Chemosaturation with percutaneous hepatic perfusion (CS-PHP; hepatic CHEMOSAT(®) delivery system; Delcath Systems Inc, USA) is a novel medical device, which delivers high doses of melphalan directly to the liver in patients with primary and secondary liver tumors while limiting systemic toxicity through hemofiltration of the hepatic venous blood. The aim of this study was to analyze the safety and efficacy of the second-generation CS-PHP after 54 treatments at Hannover Medical School, Germany...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634681/microtubule-affinity-regulating-kinases-are-potential-druggable-targets-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Narendran Annadurai, Khushboo Agrawal, Petr Džubák, Marián Hajdúch, Viswanath Das
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects normal functions of the brain. Currently, AD is one of the leading causes of death in developed countries and the only one of the top ten diseases without a means to prevent, cure, or significantly slow down its progression. Therefore, newer therapeutic concepts are urgently needed to improve survival and the quality of life of AD patients. Microtubule affinity-regulating kinases (MARKs) regulate tau-microtubule binding and play a crucial role in neurons...
June 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634536/telavancin-a-novel-semisynthetic-lipoglycopeptide-agent-to-counter-the-challenge-of-resistant-gram-positive-pathogens
#13
REVIEW
Biswadeep Das, Chayna Sarkar, Debasmita Das, Amit Gupta, Arnav Kalra, Shubham Sahni
Telavancin (TD-6424), a semisynthetic lipoglycopeptide vancomycin-derivative, is a novel antimicrobial agent developed by Theravance for overcoming resistant Gram-positive bacterial infections, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) had approved telavancin in 2009 for the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSIs) caused by Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA (S. aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus anginosus group, or Enterococcus faecalis)...
March 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634402/enhanced-antiviral-and-antifibrotic-effects-of-short-hairpin-rnas-targeting-hbv-and-tgf-%C3%AE-in-hbv-persistent-mice
#14
Lei Ye, Fangming Kan, Tao Yan, Jiaqi Cao, Leiliang Zhang, Zhijian Wu, Wuping Li
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes acute and chronic liver infection, which may lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Current treatments including interferons and nucleotide analogs, have limited therapeutic effects, underscoring the need to identify effective therapeutic options to inhibit HBV replication and prevent complications. Previous animal models mimicking chronic HBV infection do not faithfully reflect disease progression in humans. Here, we used our established HBV-persistent mouse line with liver fibrosis to evaluate the efficacy of novel therapies...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634317/the-role-of-frontline-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-for-primary-plasma-cell-leukemia-a-retrospective-multicenter-study-kmm160
#15
Sung-Hoon Jung, Je-Jung Lee, Kihyun Kim, Cheolwon Suh, Dok Hyun Yoon, Chang-Ki Min, Sang Kyun Sohn, Chul Won Choi, Ho Sup Lee, Hyo Jung Kim, Ho-Jin Shin, Soo-Mee Bang, Sung-Soo Yoon, Seong Kyu Park, Ho-Young Yhim, Min Kyoung Kim, Jae-Cheol Jo, Yeung-Chul Mun, Jae Hoon Lee, Jin Seok Kim
Primary plasma cell leukemia (pPCL) is a rare and aggressive plasma cell neoplasm, with rapidly progressing clinical course. We evaluated the treatment status and survival outcomes of 69 Korean patients with pPCL. Of them, 59 patients were treated; 15 (25.4%) were treated initially with novel agent-based regimens with upfront autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT), 7 (11.9%) with conventional chemotherapy with upfront ASCT, 21 (35.6%) with novel agent-based regimens only, and 16 (27.1%) were treated with conventional chemotherapy alone...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634241/psl-produced-by-mucoid-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-contributes-to-the-establishment-of-biofilms-and-immune-evasion
#16
Christopher J Jones, Daniel J Wozniak
Despite years of research and clinical advances, chronic pulmonary infections with mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa remain the primary concern for cystic fibrosis patients. Much of the research on these strains has focused on the contributions of the polysaccharide alginate; however, it is becoming evident that the neutral polysaccharide Psl also contributes to biofilm formation and the maintenance of chronic infections. Here, we demonstrate that Psl produced by mucoid strains has significant roles in biofilm structure and evasion of immune effectors...
June 20, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634226/phostine-pst3-1a-targets-mgat5-and-inhibits-glioblastoma-initiating-cell-invasiveness-and-proliferation
#17
Zahra Hassani, Ali Saleh, Soumaya Turpault, Salim Khiati, Willy Morelle, Jacques Vignon, Jean-Philippe Hugnot, Emmanuelle Uro-Coste, Philippe Legrand, Marcel Delaforge, Séverine Loiseau, Ludovic Clarion, Marc Lecouvey, Jean-Noël Volle, David Virieux, Jean-Luc Pirat, Hugues Duffau, Norbert Bakalara
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common primary malignant brain tumor and accounts for a significant proportion of all primary brain tumors. Median survival after treatment is around 15 months. Remodeling of N-glycans by the N-acetylglucosamine glycosyltransferase (MGAT5) regulates tumoral development. Here, perturbation of MGAT5 enzymatic activity by the small-molecule inhibitor 3-Hydroxy-4,5-bis-benzyloxy-6-benzyloxymethyl-2-phenyl2-oxo-2λ5-[1,2]oxaphosphinane (PST3.1a) restrains GBM growth. In cell based assays it is demonstrated that PST3...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634159/a-role-for-the-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay-pathway-in-maintaining-genome-stability-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#18
Víctor González-Huici, Bin Wang, Anton Gartner
Ionizing radiation (IR) is commonly used in cancer therapy and is a main source of DNA double-strand-breaks (DSBs), one of the most toxic forms of DNA damage. We have used Caenorhabditis elegans as an invertebrate model to identify novel factors required for repair of DNA damage inflicted by IR. We have performed an unbiased genetic screen, finding that smg-1 mutations confer strong hypersensitivity to IR. SMG-1 is a phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K) kinase involved in mediating nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) of transcripts containing premature stop codons and related to the ATM and ATR kinases which are at the apex of DNA damage signalling pathways...
June 20, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634034/absence-of-%C3%AE-chain-in-keratinocytes-alters-chemokine-secretion-resulting-in-reduced-immune-cell-recruitment
#19
Karolin Nowak, Daniela Linzner, Adrian J Thrasher, Paul F Lambert, Wei Li Di, Siobhan O Burns
Loss of function mutations in the common gamma (γc) chain cytokine receptor subunit give rise to severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) characterised by lack of T and natural killer cells and infant death from infection. Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation or gene therapy offer cure but despite successful replacement of lymphoid immune lineages a long-term risk of severe cutaneous human papilloma virus (HPV) infections persists, possibly related to persistent γc-deficiency in other cell types. Here we demonstrate that keratinocytes, the only cell type directly infected by HPV, express functional γc and its co-receptors...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633979/zerumbone-modulates-cd1d-expression-and-lipid-antigen-presentation-pathway-in-breast-cancer-cells
#20
Ritis K Shyanti, Anuradha Sehrawat, Shivendra V Singh, J P N Mishra, Rana P Singh
Natural Killer T (NKT) cells based cancer immunotherapy is an evolving area of cancer therapy, but tumors escape from this treatment modality by altering CD1d expression and its antigen presentation pathway. Here, we have studied the relation of CD1d expression in various breast cancer cell lines to their viability and progression. We observed a novel phenomenon that CD1d expression level increases with the progressive stage of the cancer. A small molecule, zerumbone (ZER) caused down-regulation of CD1d that was accompanied by breast cancer cell growth in vitro...
June 17, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
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