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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212562/overexpression-of-mir-29a-reduces-the-oncogenic-properties-of-glioblastoma-stem-cells-by-downregulating-quaking-gene-isoform-6
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Zhuo Xi, Ping Wang, Yixue Xue, Chao Shang, Xiaobai Liu, Jun Ma, Zhiqing Li, Zhen Li, Min Bao, Yunhui Liu
Glioblastoma is the most common type of malignant primary brain tumor and has high recurrence and lethality rates. Glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs), a subpopulation of glioblastoma cells, may promote rapid tumor recurrence and therapy resistance. Because altered microRNA (miR) expression in GSCs may lead to glioblastoma progression, we assessed the effects of miR-29a expression on the oncogenic behavior of GSCs. MiR-29a expression was lower in GSCs than non-GSCs, and overexpression of miR-29a in GSCs inhibited cell proliferation, migration and invasion, but promoted apoptosis...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212411/lack-of-impact-of-pre-existing-t97a-hiv-1-integrase-mutation-on-integrase-strand-transfer-inhibitor-resistance-and-treatment-outcome
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Michael E Abram, Renee R Ram, Nicolas A Margot, Tiffany L Barnes, Kirsten L White, Christian Callebaut, Michael D Miller
T97A is an HIV-1 integrase polymorphism associated with integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI) resistance. Using pooled data from 16 clinical studies, we investigated the prevalence of T97A (pre-existing and emergent) and its impact on INSTI susceptibility and treatment response in INSTI-naive patients who enrolled on elvitegravir (EVG)- or raltegravir (RAL)-based regimens. Prior to INSTI-based therapy, primary INSTI resistance-associated mutations (RAMs) were absent and T97A pre-existed infrequently (1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212371/circulating-tumor-cells-in-prostate-cancer-beyond-enumeration
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Jie-Fu Chen, Yi-Tsung Lu, Shirley Cheng, Hsian-Rong Tseng, Robert A Figlin, Edwin M Posadas
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are a population of rare cancer cells that have detached from the primary tumor and/or metastatic lesions and entered the peripheral circulation. Enumeration of CTCs has demonstrated value as a prognostic biomarker, and newer studies have pointed to information beyond enumeration that is of critical importance in prostate cancer. Technologic advances that permit examination of the morphology, function, and molecular content of CTCs have made it possible to measure these factors as part of liquid biopsy...
January 2017: Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology: H&O
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211573/the-cationic-small-molecule-gw4869-is-cytotoxic-to-high-phosphatidylserine-expressing-myeloma-cells
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Slavica Vuckovic, Kate Vandyke, David A Rickards, Padraig McCauley Winter, Simon H J Brown, Todd W Mitchell, Jun Liu, Jun Lu, Philip W Askenase, Elizabeth Yuriev, Ben Capuano, Paul A Ramsland, Geoffrey R Hill, Andrew C W Zannettino, Andrew T Hutchinson
We have discovered that a small cationic molecule, GW4869, is cytotoxic to a subset of myeloma cell lines and primary myeloma plasma cells. Biochemical analysis revealed that GW4869 binds to anionic phospholipids such as phosphatidylserine - a lipid normally confined to the intracellular side of the cell membrane. However, interestingly, phosphatidylserine was expressed on the surface of all myeloma cell lines tested (n = 12) and 9/15 primary myeloma samples. Notably, the level of phosphatidylserine expression correlated well with sensitivity to GW4869...
February 17, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211216/low-dose-eplerenone-treatment-decreases-aortic-stiffness-in-patients-with-resistant-hypertension
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Tatjana Kalizki, Bernhard M W Schmidt, Ulrike Raff, Annemarie Reinold, Thomas K Schwarz, Markus P Schneider, Roland E Schmieder, Andreas Schneider
Vascular damage is aggravated in animal models of hypertension with mineralocorticoid (MR) excess and in hypertensive patients with primary hyperaldosteronism. MR antagonism has shown to provide effective blood pressure (BP)-control in patients with treatment resistant hypertension (TRH), but the concurrent effects on the vasculature have not been examined. In a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled parallel-group study, 51 patients with TRH received either eplerenone 50 mg or placebo for 6 months together with additional antihypertensives titrated to achieve a BP target of <140/90 mm Hg...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210981/assessing-common-bean-cultivars-for-resistance-to-the-soybean-looper-chrysodeixis-includens-lepidoptera-noctuidae
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R Morando, E L L Baldin, P L Cruz, A L Lourenção
The soybean looper Chrysodeixis includens (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is known as an important pest of leguminous plants worldwide. In Brazil, this pest species is gaining importance to producers of the common bean Phaseolus vulgaris L. (Fabaceae) because it limits field production of the crop. Chemical control is still the primary method of insect control. However, due to the possible harmful effects of pesticides to humans and the environment, alternative and less aggressive practices are being investigated...
February 16, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210888/double-carbapenem-combination-as-salvage-therapy-for-untreatable-infections-by-kpc-2-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae
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M Souli, I Karaiskos, A Masgala, L Galani, E Barmpouti, H Giamarellou
We report our experience using the double-carbapenem combination as salvage therapy for patients with untreatable infections caused by KPC-2- producing Klebsiella pneumoniae. A total of 27 patients in two institutions in Athens, Greece suffering from complicated urinary tract infections (16) with or without secondary bacteraemia (four and 12 respectively), primary (six) or catheter-related bloodstream infections (two), HAP or VAP (two) and external ventricular drainage infection (one) were treated exclusively with ertapenem and high-dose prolonged infusion meropenem because in-vitro active antimicrobials were unavailable (19) or failed (four) or were contraindicated (six)...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210463/frequency-of-inducible-clindamycin-resistance-among-gram-positive-cocci-in-a-tertiary-hospital-tehran-iran
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Hiva Saffar, Afsaneh Rajabiani, Alireza Abdollahi, Shirin Habibi, Zohreh Baseri
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Accurate designation of antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of the infecting microorganisms is an important crucial factor in making appropriate therapeutic decisions. Macrolide, lincosamide and streptogramin B antibiotics are in a family, reserved as an alternative approach in treatment of resistant Gram positive cocci. Amongst them, clindamycin has been considered as the preferred agent due to its excellent pharmacokinetic properties. The inducible resistance to clindamycin in Gram positive staphylococci and streptococci cannot be recognized by routine broth or agar based susceptibility tests and D-zone testing is necessary...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210352/risk-of-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-among-children-found-to-be-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-usa300-carriers
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Lilly Cheng Immergluck, Shabnam Jain, Susan M Ray, Robert Mayberry, Sarah Satola, Trisha Chan Parker, Keming Yuan, Anaam Mohammed, Robert C Jerris
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to examine community-associated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) carriage and infections and determine risk factors associated specifically with MRSA USA300. METHODS: We conducted a case control study in a pediatric emergency department. Nasal and axillary swabs were collected, and participants were interviewed for risk factors. The primary outcome was the proportion of S. aureus carriers among those presenting with and without a skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI)...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210246/prospects-of-in-vivo-incorporation-of-non-canonical-amino-acids-for-the-chemical-diversification-of-antimicrobial-peptides
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Tobias Baumann, Jessica H Nickling, Maike Bartholomae, Andrius Buivydas, Oscar P Kuipers, Nediljko Budisa
The incorporation of non-canonical amino acids (ncAA) is an elegant way for the chemical diversification of recombinantly produced antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). Residue- and site-specific installation methods in several bacterial production hosts hold great promise for the generation of new-to-nature AMPs, and can contribute to tackle the ongoing emergence of antibiotic resistance in pathogens. Especially from a pharmacological point of view, desirable improvements span pH and protease resistance, solubility, oral availability and circulation half-life...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210015/frequency-of-bacterial-samples-from-patients-with-chronic-acquired-nasolacrimal-duct-obstruction
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Kourosh Shahraki, Ali Makateb, Keyvan Shirzadi, Keivan Khosravifard
INTRODUCTION: Dacryocystitis is an infection of lacremical sac due to obstruction of nasolacrimal duct which has primary or secondary causes. Idiopathic inflammatory obstruction is the primary cause. Trauma, infection, inflammation, neoplasia, and mechanical obstruction are secondary one. AIM: The objective of this study is determination of bacterial samples from patients with chronic acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was contained 90 patients with dacryocystitis from 2010 to 2011, in Besat hospital...
December 2016: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209994/reversal-of-the-apoptotic-resistance-of-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-towards-trail-by-natural-product-toosendanin
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Xin Li, Ming You, Yong-Jian Liu, Lin Ma, Pei-Pei Jin, Ri Zhou, Zhao-Xin Zhang, Baojin Hua, Xiao-Jun Ji, Xiao-Ying Cheng, Fangzhou Yin, Yan Chen, Wu Yin
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) selectively triggers cancer cell death via its association with death receptors on the cell membrane, but exerts negligible side effects on normal cells. However, some non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) patients exhibited resistance to TRAIL treatment in clinical trials, and the mechanism varies. In this study, we described for the first time that toosendanin (TSN), a triterpenoid derivative used in Chinese medicine for pain management, could significantly sensitize human primary NSCLC cells or NSCLC cell lines to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis both in vitro and in vivo, while showing low toxicity against human primary cells or tissues...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209778/role-for-dithiolopyrrolones-in-disrupting-bacterial-metal-homeostasis
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Andrew N Chan, Anthony L Shiver, Walter J Wever, Sayyeda Zeenat A Razvi, Matthew F Traxler, Bo Li
Natural products harbor unique and complex structures that provide valuable antibiotic scaffolds. With an increase in antibiotic resistance, natural products once again hold promise for new antimicrobial therapies, especially those with unique scaffolds that have been overlooked due to a lack of understanding of how they function. Dithiolopyrrolones (DTPs) are an underexplored class of disulfide-containing natural products, which exhibit potent antimicrobial activities against multidrug-resistant pathogens...
February 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209746/a-phase-ii-randomized-trial-go27827-of-first-line-folfox-plus-bevacizumab-with-or-without-the-met-inhibitor-onartuzumab-in-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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Johanna C Bendell, Howard Hochster, Lowell L Hart, Irfan Firdaus, Joseph R Mace, Joshua J McFarlane, Mark Kozloff, Daniel Catenacci, Jessie J Hsu, Stephen P Hack, David S Shames, See-Chun Phan, Hartmut Koeppen, Allen L Cohn
BACKGROUND: Dysregulated hepatocyte growth factor/mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) signaling is associated with poor prognosis and resistance to vascular endothelial growth factor inhibition in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). We report outcomes from a double-blind, multicenter phase II trial of the MET inhibitor onartuzumab in combination with mFOLFOX-6 and bevacizumab for mCRC (GO27827; NCT01418222). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients were randomized 1:1 to receive onartuzumab (10 mg/kg intravenously [IV]) or placebo plus mFOLFOX-6 and bevacizumab (5 mg/kg IV)...
February 16, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209137/transcriptional-analysis-of-defense-mechanisms-in-upland-tetraploid-switchgrass-to-greenbugs
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Teresa Donze-Reiner, Nathan A Palmer, Erin D Scully, Travis J Prochaska, Kyle G Koch, Tiffany Heng-Moss, Jeffrey D Bradshaw, Paul Twigg, Keenan Amundsen, Scott E Sattler, Gautam Sarath
BACKGROUND: Aphid infestation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has the potential to reduce yields and biomass quality. Although switchgrass-greenbug (Schizaphis graminum; GB) interactions have been studied at the whole plant level, little information is available on plant defense responses at the molecular level. RESULTS: The global transcriptomic response of switchgrass cv Summer to GB was monitored by RNA-Seq in infested and control (uninfested) plants harvested at 5, 10, and 15 days after infestation (DAI)...
February 16, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208750/the-consequences-of-chromosome-segregation-errors-in-mitosis-and-meiosis
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Tamara Potapova, Gary J Gorbsky
Mistakes during cell division frequently generate changes in chromosome content, producing aneuploid or polyploid progeny cells. Polyploid cells may then undergo abnormal division to generate aneuploid cells. Chromosome segregation errors may also involve fragments of whole chromosomes. A major consequence of segregation defects is change in the relative dosage of products from genes located on the missegregated chromosomes. Abnormal expression of transcriptional regulators can also impact genes on the properly segregated chromosomes...
February 8, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207995/impact-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-during-drug-induced-sleep-endoscopy
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Carlos Torre, Stanley Yung-Chuan Liu, Clete A Kushida, Vladimir Nekhendzy, Leh-Kiong Huon, Robson Capasso
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of the study was to understand the differential impact of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) on the location, degree, and pattern of airway collapse in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients utilizing Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy (DISE). STUDY DESIGN: Non-randomized trial. SETTING: University Medical Center. PARTICIPANTS: 15 consecutive OSA patients undergoing DISE. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: The patterns of airway collapse were videorecorded at baseline and under differential application of nasal CPAP (nCPAP) at 5,10, and 15 cm H2 O...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207505/efficacy-of-1st-line-bismuth-containing-quadruple-therapies-with-levofloxacin-or-clarithromycin-for-the-eradication-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-a-1-week-open-label-randomized-trial
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Jing Su, Xiaoying Zhou, Han Chen, Bo Hao, Weifeng Zhang, Guoxin Zhang
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present open-label, randomized control trial was to determine the clinical efficacy and safety of two 1-week bismuth-containing quadruple regimens and 1 levofloxacin-based triple regimen for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection in treatment-naive patients. The influence of susceptibility and host CYP2C19 polymorphisms on the efficacy was also evaluated. METHODS: Eligible patients were randomly to receive esomeprazole and colloidal bismuth pectin along with clarithromycin and amoxicillin (EBCA), esomeprazole and colloidal bismuth pectin along with levofloxacin and amoxicillin (EBLA), or esomeprazole along levofloxacin and amoxicillin (ELA) for 1 week...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206960/an-autocrine-paracrine-circuit-of-growth-differentiation-factor-gdf-15-has-a-role-for-maintenance-of-breast-cancer-stem-like-cells
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Asako Sasahara, Kana Tominaga, Tatsunori Nishimura, Masao Yano, Etsuko Kiyokawa, Miki Noguchi, Masakuni Noguchi, Hajime Kanauchi, Toshihisa Ogawa, Hiroshi Minato, Keiichiro Tada, Yasuyuki Seto, Arinobu Tojo, Noriko Gotoh
Cancer stem cells are thought to be responsible for tumor growth, recurrence, and resistance to conventional cancer therapy. However, it is still unclear how they are maintained in tumor tissues. Here, we show that the growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15), a member of the TGFβ family, may maintain cancer stem-like cells in breast cancer tissues by inducing its own expression in an autocrine/paracrine manner. We found that GDF15, but not TGFβ, increased tumor sphere formation in several breast cancer cell lines and patient-derived primary breast cancer cells...
February 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206871/swallowing-therapy-and-progressive-resistance-training-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-undergoing-radiotherapy-treatment-randomized-control-trial-protocol-and-preliminary-data
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Sara F Hajdú, Irene Wessel, Christoffer Johansen, Claus A Kristensen, Zahra T Kadkhoda, Christina C Plaschke, Susanne O Dalton
BACKGROUND: Head and neck cancer (HNC) patients are often challenged by treatment induced dysphagia and trismus. Traditionally, rehabilitation is initiated when loss of function has already occurred. There is increasing evidence that it is of benefit to patients to initiate an early rehabilitation process before and during treatment. HNC patients have a unique set of functional challenges such as pre- and post-treatment dysphagia, pain and weight loss. The aim of the trial is to investigate the effects of swallowing and mouth-opening exercises combined with progressive resistance training (PRT) during radiotherapy...
February 2017: Acta Oncologica
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