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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537004/mek-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-and-solid-tumors
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REVIEW
Antonio M Grimaldi, Ester Simeone, Lucia Festino, Vito Vanella, Martina Strudel, Paolo A Ascierto
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade is an intracellular signaling pathway involved in the regulation of cellular proliferation and the survival of tumor cells. Several different mutations, involving BRAF or NRAS, exert an oncogenic effect by activating the MAPK pathway, resulting in an increase in cellular proliferation. These mutations have become targets for new therapeutic strategies in melanoma and other cancers. Selective MEK inhibitors have the ability to inhibit growth and induce cell death in BRAF- and NRAS-mutant melanoma cell lines...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533964/lygistorrhinidae-diptera-bibionomorpha-sciaroidea-in-early-eocene-cambay-amber
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Frauke Stebner, Hukam Singh, Jes Rust, David A Grimaldi
One new genus and three new species of Lygistorrhinidae in early Eocene Cambay amber from India are described, which significantly increases our knowledge about this group in the Eocene. Lygistorrhina indica n. sp. is the oldest fossil known from this extant genus. Indorrhina sahnii n. gen. et sp. shows morphological similarities to each of the two extant genera Lygistorrhina and Asiorrhina. Palaeognoriste orientale is the third species known from a group that has only been recorded from Eocene Baltic amber before...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532646/the-novel-psen1-m84v-mutation-associated-to-frontal-dysexecutive-syndrome-spastic-paraparesis-and-cerebellar-atrophy-in-a-dominant-alzheimer-s-disease-family
#3
Maura Gallo, Francesca Frangipane, Chiara Cupidi, Matteo De Bartolo, Sabina Turone, Camilla Ferrari, Benedetta Nacmias, Giuliana Grimaldi, Valentina Laganà, Rosanna Colao, Livia Bernardi, Maria Anfossi, Maria Elena Conidi, Franca Vasso, Sabrina Anna Maria Curcio, Maria Mirabelli, Nicoletta Smirne, Giusi Torchia, Maria Gabriella Muraca, Gianfranco Puccio, Raffaele Di Lorenzo, Maristella Piccininni, Andrea Tedde, Raffaele Giovanni Maletta, Sandro Sorbi, Amalia Cecilia Bruni
We identified the novel PSEN1 pathogenic mutation M84V in 3 patients belonging to a large kindred affected by autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease (AD). The clinical phenotype was characterized by early onset dementia in 14 affected subjects over 3 generations. Detailed clinical, imaging and genetic assessment was performed. We highlighted the presence of unusual symptoms such as frontal executive syndrome, psychosis and spastic paraparesis in these patients. Spastic paraparesis has been reported in other PSEN1 mutations in adjacent codons, suggesting that the position of the genetic defect may affect the clinical expression, although this phenotype can occur in mutations throughout the whole PSEN1 gene...
April 27, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517240/imaging-after-treatment-in-uterine-malignancies-spectrum-of-normal-findings-and-most-common-complications
#4
REVIEW
Maura Miccò, Anna Maria Telesca, Benedetta Gui, Pier Paolo Grimaldi, Francesco Cambi, Maria Giulia Marini, Anna Lia Valentini, Lorenzo Bonomo
Uterine malignancies account for the majority of gynaecologic cancers. Different treatment options are available depending on histology, disease grade and stage. Hysterectomy is the most frequent surgical procedure. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy (CRT) represents the preferred therapeutic choice for locally advanced uterine and cervical malignancies. Imaging of the female pelvis following these treatments is particularly challenging due to alteration of the normal anatomy. Radiologists should be familiar with both the expected post-treatment imaging findings and the imaging features of possible complications to make the correct interpretation and avoid possible pitfalls...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503716/dietary-inflammatory-index-and-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-risk-in-an-italian-case-control-study
#5
Nitin Shivappa, James R Hébert, Martina Taborelli, Maurizio Montella, Massimo Libra, Antonella Zucchetto, Anna Crispo, Maria Grimaldi, Carlo La Vecchia, Diego Serraino, Jerry Polesel
BACKGROUND: While dietary factors have been shown to play an important etiologic role in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), little is known about the association between inflammatory properties of diet and NHL risk. METHODS: We explored the association between the dietary inflammatory index (DII) and NHL risk in a multicenter Italian case-control study conducted between 1999 and 2014. Cases were 536 subjects with incident, histologically confirmed NHL from three areas in Italy...
May 13, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497847/pathogenesis-clinical-manifestations-and-management-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-toxicity
#6
Alessandro Inno, Giulio Metro, Paolo Bironzo, Antonio M Grimaldi, Elisabetta Grego, Vincenzo Di Nunno, Virginia Picasso, Francesco Massari, Stefania Gori
Immune checkpoint inhibitors have emerged as an effective treatment for several tumor types and their use in clinical practice is expected to further increase in the immediate future. Although these agents are well tolerated, they are associated with a peculiar spectrum of toxicity, which is immune mediated and may potentially affect every organ. However, immune-related adverse events are mostly reversible if promptly diagnosed and adequately treated. Therefore, it is crucial that medical oncologists know how to diagnose and treat immune-related adverse events...
May 8, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497843/heart-failure-pilot-transcriptomic-analysis-of-cardiac-tissue-by-rna-sequencing
#7
Concetta Schiano, Valerio Costa, Marianna Aprile, Vincenzo Grimaldi, Ciro Maiello, Roberta Esposito, Andrea Soricelli, Vittorio Colantuoni, Francesco Donatelli, Alfredo Ciccodicola, Claudio Napoli
BACKGROUND: Despite left ventricular (LV) dysfunction contributing to mortality in chronic heart failure (HF), the molecular mechanisms of LV failure continues to remain poorly understood and myocardial biomarkers have yet to be identified. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate specific transcriptome changes occurring in cardiac tissues of patients with HF compared to healthy condition patients to improve diagnosis and possible treatment of affected subjects. METHODS: Unlike other studies, only dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) (n = 2) and restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) (n = 2) patients who did not report family history of the disease were selected with the aim of obtaining a homogeneous population for the study...
May 12, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497284/exercise-interventions-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-groin-pain-and-injury-in-athletes-a-critical-and-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Paula C Charlton, Michael K Drew, Benjamin F Mentiplay, Alison Grimaldi, Ross A Clark
BACKGROUND: Groin injury is a common musculoskeletal complaint for athletes competing in a variety of sports. The extent to which exercise interventions incorporating external load are an appropriate option for the treatment and prevention of groin injury in athletes is not yet clear. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to describe and evaluate exercise therapy interventions and outcomes for the treatment and prevention of groin injury with specific attention to application of external load...
May 12, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493071/nontraumatic-large-bowel-perforation-spectrum-of-etiologies-and-ct-findings
#9
REVIEW
Kunal Kothari, Barak Friedman, Gregory M Grimaldi, John J Hines
Large bowel perforation is an abdominal emergency that results from a wide range of etiologies. Computed tomography is the most reliable modality in detecting the site of large bowel perforation. The diagnosis is made by identifying direct CT findings such as extraluminal gas or contrast and discontinuity along the bowel wall. Indirect CT findings can help support the diagnosis, and include bowel wall thickening, pericolic fat stranding, abnormal bowel wall enhancement, abscess, and a feculent collection adjacent to the bowel...
May 10, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481884/new-advances-in-dpyd-genotype-and-risk-of-severe-toxicity-under-capecitabine
#10
Marie-Christine Etienne-Grimaldi, Jean-Christophe Boyer, Christophe Beroud, Litaty Mbatchi, André van Kuilenburg, Christine Bobin-Dubigeon, Fabienne Thomas, Etienne Chatelut, Jean-Louis Merlin, Frédéric Pinguet, Christophe Ferrand, Judith Meijer, Alexandre Evrard, Laurence Llorca, Gilles Romieu, Philippe Follana, Thomas Bachelot, Loic Chaigneau, Xavier Pivot, Véronique Dieras, Rémy Largillier, Mireille Mousseau, Anthony Goncalves, Henri Roché, Jacques Bonneterre, Véronique Servent, Nadine Dohollou, Yann Château, Emmanuel Chamorey, Jean-Pierre Desvignes, David Salgado, Jean-Marc Ferrero, Gérard Milano
BACKGROUND: Deficiency in dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) enzyme is the main cause of severe and lethal fluoropyrimidine-related toxicity. Various approaches have been developed for DPD-deficiency screening, including DPYD genotyping and phenotyping. The goal of this prospective observational study was to perform exhaustive exome DPYD sequencing and to examine relationships between DPYD variants and toxicity in advanced breast cancer patients receiving capecitabine. METHODS: Two-hundred forty-three patients were analysed (88...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467338/a-case-of-extramammary-inguinal-paget-disease-in-a-male-patient-surgical-treatment-with-an-abdominal-advancement-cutaneous-flap
#11
Andrea Sisti, Juri Tassinari, Roberto Cuomo, Luca Milonia, Giuseppe Nisi, Cesare Brandi, Carlo D'Aniello, Luca Grimaldi
Extramammary Paget disease (EMPD) is a rare neoplasm. The clinical case of a 55-year-old man with a two-year history of a pruritic, painless erythematous skin rash on the inguinal region and scrotum is described. After a delay due to improper diagnosis and improper treatments, the patient came to the attention of the Division of plastic surgery. He underwent a punch biopsy and the pathology report came back as EMPD. Surgical excision was carried out, and an abdominal advancement cutaneous flap was performed for the defect repair...
April 28, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445135/micrornas-in-prostate-cancer-an-overview
#12
REVIEW
Daniela Vanacore, Mariarosaria Boccellino, Sabrina Rossetti, Carla Cavaliere, Carmine D'Aniello, Rossella Di Franco, Francesco Jacopo Romano, Micaela Montanari, Elvira La Mantia, Raffaele Piscitelli, Flavia Nocerino, Francesca Cappuccio, Giovanni Grimaldi, Alessandro Izzo, Luigi Castaldo, Maria Filomena Pepe, Maria Gabriella Malzone, Gelsomina Iovane, Gianluca Ametrano, Paola Stiuso, Lucio Quagliuolo, Daniela Barberio, Sisto Perdonà, Paolo Muto, Maurizio Montella, Piera Maiolino, Bianca Maria Veneziani, Gerardo Botti, Michele Caraglia, Gaetano Facchini
Prostate cancer is the second highest cause of cancer mortality after lung tumours. In USA it affects about 2.8 million men and the incidence increases with age in many countries. Therefore, early diagnosis is a very important step for patient clinical evaluation and for a selective and efficient therapy. The study of miRNAs' functions and molecular mechanisms has brought new knowledge in biological processes of cancer. In prostate cancer there is a deregulation of several miRNAs that may function as tumour suppressors or oncogenes...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441954/electrochemotherapy-efficacy-evaluation-for-treatment-of-locally-advanced-stage-iii-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-a-22-cases-retrospective-analysis
#13
Gianluca Di Monta, Corrado Caracò, Ester Simeone, Antonio Maria Grimaldi, Ugo Marone, Massimiliano Di Marzo, Vito Vanella, Lucia Festino, Marco Palla, Stefano Mori, Nicola Mozzillo, Paolo Antonio Ascierto
BACKGROUND: Extensive squamous cell carcinoma has few therapeutic options. In such cases, electrochemotherapy involving electroporation combined with antineoplastic drug appears to be a new potential option and may be considered as an alternative treatment. The aim of this retrospective single-center study was to evaluate electrochemotherapy efficacy in treatment of locally advanced stage III squamous cell carcinoma, in which surgical procedures would have entailed wide tissue sacrifice...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432270/discriminating-between-virilizing-ovary-tumors-and-ovary-hyperthecosis-in-postmenopausal-women-clinical-data-hormonal-profiles-and-image-studies
#14
Viviane Dos Reis Vieira Yance, José Antonio Miguel Marcondes, Michelle Patrocíneo Rocha, Cristiano Roberto Grimaldi Barcellos, Wagner Silva Dantas, Ana Flavia Assis Avila, Ronaldo Hueb Baroni, Filomena Marino Carvalho, Sylvia Asaka Yamashita Hayashida, Berenice Bilharinho Mendonça, Sorahia Domenice
The presence of virilizing signs associated with high serum androgen levels in postmenopausal women is rare. Virilizing ovarian tumors (VOTs) and ovarian stromal hyperthecosis (OH) are the most common etiologies in virilized postmenopausal women. The differential diagnosis between these two conditions is often difficult. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the contribution of clinical features, hormonal profiles and radiological studies to the differential diagnosis of VOT and OH. DESIGN: A retrospective study...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431496/the-phylogeny-of-fossil-whip-spiders
#15
Russell J Garwood, Jason A Dunlop, Brian J Knecht, Thomas A Hegna
BACKGROUND: Arachnids are a highly successful group of land-dwelling arthropods. They are major contributors to modern terrestrial ecosystems, and have a deep evolutionary history. Whip spiders (Arachnida, Amblypygi), are one of the smaller arachnid orders with ca. 190 living species. Here we restudy one of the oldest fossil representatives of the group, Graeophonus anglicus Pocock, 1911 from the Late Carboniferous (Duckmantian, ca. 315 Ma) British Middle Coal Measures of the West Midlands, UK...
April 21, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425520/an-innovative-chemical-strategy-for-pcr-free-genetic-detection-of-pathogens-by-an-integrated-electrochemical-biosensor
#16
S Petralia, E L Sciuto, M L Di Pietro, M Zimbone, M G Grimaldi, S Conoci
An innovative chemical strategy integrated in a miniaturized electrochemical device was developed for sensitive detection of a pathogen genome (HBV virus) without any amplification step. The results show a limit of detection comparable to the standard qRT-PCR method (20 copies per reaction), paving the way to future development of genetic PoC devices addressing automatized and low-cost molecular diagnostics.
April 20, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422368/safety-and-efficacy-of-pulmonary-vein-isolation-using-a-surround-flow-catheter-with-contact-force-measurement-capabilities-a-multicenter-registry
#17
Giuseppe Stabile, Paolo Di Donna, Vincenzo Schillaci, Antonio Di Monaco, Assunta Iuliano, Domenico Caponi, Francesco Urraro, Francesco Solimene, Massimo Grimaldi, Marco Scaglione
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary vein (PV) isolation is the cornerstone of catheter ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Surround flow and contact force (CF) measurement capabilities might enhance procedure efficacy and safety. We report on the safety and mid-term efficacy of a novel ablation catheter for PV isolation in patients with AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two hundred thirty-three consecutive patients (57±11 years, 76% males, 51% with structural heart disease) referred for paroxysmal (157) or persistent (76) AF, underwent PV isolation by a surround flow catheter with CF measurement capability in 4 centers...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422155/in-vitro-biocompatibility-study-of-sub-5%C3%A2-nm-silica-coated-magnetic-iron-oxide-fluorescent-nanoparticles-for-potential-biomedical-application
#18
Sabrina Foglia, Mario Ledda, Daniela Fioretti, Giovanna Iucci, Massimiliano Papi, Giovanni Capellini, Maria Grazia Lolli, Settimio Grimaldi, Monica Rinaldi, Antonella Lisi
Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs), for their intriguing properties, have attracted a great interest as they can be employed in many different biomedical applications. In this multidisciplinary study, we synthetized and characterized ultrafine 3 nm superparamagnetic water-dispersible nanoparticles. By a facile and inexpensive one-pot approach, nanoparticles were coated with a shell of silica and contemporarily functionalized with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) dye. The obtained sub-5 nm silica-coated magnetic iron oxide fluorescent (sub-5 SIO-Fl) nanoparticles were assayed for cellular uptake, biocompatibility and cytotoxicity in a human colon cancer cellular model...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419419/the-isoprenoid-derivative-n6-benzyladenosine-cm223-exerts-antitumor-effect-in-glioma-patient-derived-primary-cells-through-the-mevalonate-pathway
#19
Elena Ciaglia, Manuela Grimaldi, Mario Abate, Mario Scrima, Manuela Rodriquez, Chiara Laezza, Roberta Ranieri, Simona Pisanti, Pierangela Ciuffreda, Clementina Manera, Patrizia Gazzerro, Anna Maria D'Ursi, Maurizio Bifulco
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: N6-Isopentenyladenosine (i6A) is a modified nucleoside exerting in vitro and in vivo antiproliferative effects. We previously demonstrated that the i6A action is correlated to farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (FPPS) expression and activity, a key enzyme involved in the mevalonate (MVA) pathway, which is found aberrant in brain cancer. To develop new anti-glioma strategies, we looked for other valuable compounds exhibiting improved activity as compared to i6A. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: we designed and synthesized i6A derivatives characterized by the introduction of diverse chemical moieties in the N6 position of adenosine and tested for their efficacy in U87 and primary derived patient's glioma cell model...
April 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418837/rapamycin-promotes-differentiation-increasing-%C3%AE-iii-tubulin-neun-and-neurod-while-suppressing-nestin-expression-in-glioblastoma-cells
#20
Michela Ferrucci, Francesca Biagioni, Paola Lenzi, Stefano Gambardella, Rosangela Ferese, Maria Teresa Calierno, Alessandra Falleni, Alfonso Grimaldi, Alessandro Frati, Vincenzo Esposito, Cristina Limatola, Francesco Fornai
Glioblastoma cells feature mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) up-regulation which relates to a variety of effects such as: lower survival, higher infiltration, high stemness and radio- and chemo-resistance. Recently, it was demonstrated that mTOR may produce a gene shift leading to altered protein expression. Therefore, in the present study we administered different doses of the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin to explore whether the transcription of specific genes are modified. By using a variety of methods we demonstrate that rapamycin stimulates gene transcription related to neuronal differentiation while inhibiting stemness related genes such as nestin...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
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