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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445503/therapeutic-efficacy-of-artemether-lumefantrine-against-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-a-high-transmission-area-in-northwest-ethiopia
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Michael Teklemariam, Ashenafi Assefa, Moges Kassa, Hussien Mohammed, Hassen Mamo
Malaria, particularly due to Plasmodium falciparum, remains a major public health threat in Ethiopia. Artemether-lumefantine (AL) has been the first-line antimalarial drug against uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria in the country since 2004. Regular monitoring of antimalarial drugs is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help early detection of drug resistant strains of the parasite and contain their rapid spread. The objective of this study was to assess the therapeutic efficacy of AL in a high-transmission setting in Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445469/phylogenetic-ctdna-analysis-depicts-early-stage-lung-cancer-evolution
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Christopher Abbosh, Nicolai J Birkbak, Gareth A Wilson, Mariam Jamal-Hanjani, Tudor Constantin, Raheleh Salari, John Le Quesne, David A Moore, Selvaraju Veeriah, Rachel Rosenthal, Teresa Marafioti, Eser Kirkizlar, Thomas B K Watkins, Nicholas McGranahan, Sophia Ward, Luke Martinson, Joan Riley, Francesco Fraioli, Maise Al Bakir, Eva GrÖnroos, Francisco Zambrana, Raymondo Endozo, Wenya Linda Bi, Fiona M Fennessy, Nicole Sponer, Diana Johnson, Joanne Laycock, Seema Shafi, Justyna Czyzewska-Khan, Andrew Rowan, Tim Chambers, Nik Matthews, Samra Turajlic, Crispin Hiley, Siow Ming Lee, Martin D Forster, Tanya Ahmad, Mary Falzon, Elaine Borg, David Lawrence, Martin Hayward, Shyam Kolvekar, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Sam M Janes, Ricky Thakrar, Asia Ahmed, Fiona Blackhall, Yvonne Summers, Dina Hafez, Ashwini Naik, Apratim Ganguly, Stephanie Kareht, Rajesh Shah, Leena Joseph, Anne Marie Quinn, Phil Crosbie, Babu Naidu, Gary Middleton, Gerald Langman, Simon Trotter, Marianne Nicolson, Hardy Remmen, Keith Kerr, Mahendran Chetty, Lesley Gomersall, Dean A Fennell, Apostolos Nakas, Sridhar Rathinam, Girija Anand, Sajid Khan, Peter Russell, Veni Ezhil, Babikir Ismail, Melanie Irvin-Sellers, Vineet Prakash, Jason F Lester, Malgorzata Kornaszewska, Richard Attanoos, Haydn Adams, Helen Davies, Dahmane Oukrif, Ayse U Akarca, John A Hartley, Helen L Lowe, Sara Lock, Natasha Iles, Harriet Bell, Yenting Ngai, Greg Elgar, Zoltan Szallasi, Roland F Schwarz, Javier Herrero, Aengus Stewart, Sergio A Quezada, Peter Van Loo, Caroline Dive, C Jimmy Lin, Matthew Rabinowitz, Hugo Jwl Aerts, Allan Hackshaw, Jacqui A Shaw, Bernhard G Zimmermann, Charles Swanton
The early detection of relapse following primary surgery for non-small cell lung cancer and the characterization of emerging subclones seeding metastatic sites might offer new therapeutic approaches to limit tumor recurrence. The potential to non-invasively track tumor evolutionary dynamics in ctDNA of early-stage lung cancer is not established. Here we conduct a tumour-specific phylogenetic approach to ctDNA profiling in the first 100 TRACERx (TRAcking non-small cell lung Cancer Evolution through therapy (Rx)) study participants, including one patient co-recruited to the PEACE (Posthumous Evaluation of Advanced Cancer Environment) post-mortem study...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445264/incremental-cost-of-nosocomial-bacteremia-according-to-the-focus-of-infection-and-antibiotic-sensitivity-of-the-causative-microorganism-in-a-university-hospital
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Marta Riu, Pietro Chiarello, Roser Terradas, Maria Sala, Enric Garcia-Alzorriz, Xavier Castells, Santiago Grau, Francesc Cots
To estimate the incremental cost of nosocomial bacteremia according to the causative focus and classified by the antibiotic sensitivity of the microorganism.Patients admitted to Hospital del Mar in Barcelona from 2005 to 2012 were included. We analyzed the total hospital costs of patients with nosocomial bacteremia caused by microorganisms with a high prevalence and, often, with multidrug-resistance. A control group was defined by selecting patients without bacteremia in the same diagnosis-related group.Our hospital has a cost accounting system (full-costing) that uses activity-based criteria to estimate per-patient costs...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445258/renal-vascular-calcification-and-response-to-renal-nerve-denervation-in-resistant-hypertension
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Annemiek F Hoogerwaard, Mark R de Jong, Ahmet Adiyaman, Jaap Jan J Smit, Peter P H M Delnoy, Jan-Evert Heeg, Boudewijn A A M van Hasselt, Anand R Ramdat Misier, Arif Elvan
Renal sympathetic nerve denervation (RDN) is accepted as a treatment option for patients with resistant hypertension. However, results on decline in ambulatory blood pressure (BP) measurement (ABPM) are conflicting. The high rate of nonresponders may be related to increased systemic vascular stiffness rather than sympathetic overdrive. A single center, prospective registry including 26 patients with treatment resistant hypertension who underwent RDN at the Isala Hospital in the Netherlands. Renal perivascular calcium scores were obtained from noncontrast computed tomography scans...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445233/preclinical-models-for-translational-sarcoma-research
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Rainer Hamacher, Sebastian Bauer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Sarcoma is a basket term for mesenchymal tumors for which more than 75 genetically and histologically distinct subtypes are recognized. Therapeutic progress has largely been achieved with classical chemotherapeutic drugs that were tested in empirical clinical trials. However, outcome in metastatic patients remains poor and with few exceptions numerous trials have failed or only provided limited improvement in recent years. RECENT FINDINGS: Given the genomic heterogeneity, preclinical model systems will be indispensable to identify new molecular targets and to prioritize drugs and drug combinations...
April 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444644/ponatinib-in-japanese-patients-with-philadelphia-chromosome-positive-leukemia-a-phase-1-2-study
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Arinobu Tojo, Taiichi Kyo, Kazuhito Yamamoto, Hirohisa Nakamae, Naoto Takahashi, Yukio Kobayashi, Tetsuzo Tauchi, Shinichiro Okamoto, Koichi Miyamura, Kiyohiko Hatake, Hiromi Iwasaki, Itaru Matsumura, Noriko Usui, Tomoki Naoe, Meera Tugnait, Narayana I Narasimhan, Stephanie Lustgarten, Heinrich Farin, Frank Haluska, Kazuma Ohyashiki
In this ongoing Phase 1/2 study (NCT01667133), we evaluated ponatinib and assessed its recommended dose in Japanese patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) resistant/intolerant to dasatinib or nilotinib, or with Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph(+)ALL) resistant/intolerant to ≥1 tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). The primary endpoints were safety of the recommended dose (Phase 1) and major cytogenetic response (MCyR) by 12 months in chronic-phase CML (CP-CML) patients or major hematologic response (MaHR) by 6 months in patients with advanced phase disease (Phase 2)...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444622/a-brief-review-of-the-management-of-platinum-resistant-platinum-refractory-ovarian-cancer
#7
REVIEW
Bryan Oronsky, Carolyn M Ray, Alexander I Spira, Jane B Trepel, Corey A Carter, Hope M Cottrill
Ovarian cancer, which ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, is the most lethal gynecologic malignancy. Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the most common histologic type, with the 5-year survival for all stages estimated at 45.6%. This rate increases to more than 70% in the minority of patients who are diagnosed at an early stage, but declines to 35% in the vast majority of patients diagnosed at advanced stage. Recurrent EOC is incurable. Platinum sensitivity (or lack thereof) is a major determinant of prognosis...
June 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444111/pattern-recognition-receptors-immune-targets-to-enhance-cancer-immunotherapy
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T Shekarian, S Valsesia-Wittmann, J Brody, M C Michallet, S Depil, C Caux, A Marabelle
Durable tumor responses and significant levels of disease control rates have been described in more than 20 advanced/metastatic cancer types with B7-family immune checkpoint-targeted anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1, and anti-PD-L1 monoclonal antibodies. These results and the recent approvals of ipilimumab, pembrolizumab, nivolumab and atezolizumab are currently revolutionizing the way we envision the future of cancer care. However these clinical benefits are not observed in all cancer types and in every patient. Therefore, our clinical challenge is to identify therapeutic strategies which could overcome the primary and secondary resistances to these novel cancer immunotherapies...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444009/-antituberculosis-drug-resistance-in-the-border-of-brazil-with-paraguay-and-bolivia
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Marli Marques, Eunice Atsuko Totumi Cunha, Maria do Socorro Nantua Evangelista, Paulo Cesar Basta, Ana Maria Campos Marques, Julio Croda, Sonia Maria Oliveira de Andrade
Objective: To estimate the rate of drug resistance among pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) cases in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, and specifically in the border areas with Paraguay and Bolivia, as well as to identify associated risk factors. Method: The present cross-sectional, epidemiological study focused on PTB cases recorded between January 2007 and December 2010 in the State Reportable Disease Information System with results of susceptibility tests to rifampicin, isoniazid, ethambutol, and streptomycin...
April 20, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443817/childhood-sustained-hypercalcemia-a-diagnostic-challenge
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Nisa Eda Çullas İlarslan, Zeynep Şıklar, Merih Berberoğlu
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to call attention to hypercalcemia, a rare finding in children, which carries the potential of leading serious complications without proper intervention. METHODS: Diagnosis, treatment and clinical course of children with sustained hypercalcemia between 2006-2016 were reviewed. Group 1 (PTH-dependent) consisted of patients with high/unsupressed PTH level and Group 2 (PTH-independent) included cases with normal/supressed PTH level. RESULTS: Twenty patients (11 male, 9 female) with a median age of 6,25 (0,03-17,88) years were evaluated...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443475/microrna-140-5p-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-by-regulating-vegfa-mmp2-signaling-in-glioma
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Yuan Hu, Yanyan Li, Chun Wu, Liang Zhou, Xiaoxiao Han, Qingyue Wang, Xueshun Xie, Youxin Zhou, Ziwei Du
Glioma is the most common primary malignant tumor of the central nervous system, which results in both a poor prognosis and outcome because of the aggressive progression of disease, growth and resistance to surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. MiR-140-5p is a small, non-coding single-stranded RNA molecule, which was previously studied in the settings of human tongue cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, and colorectal cancer. However, detailed data that formally demonstrate the contribution of miR-140-5p to glioma development are missing...
April 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443279/analogs-of-the-frog-skin-antimicrobial-peptide-temporin-1tb-exhibit-a-wider-spectrum-of-activity-and-a-stronger-antibiofilm-potential-as-compared-to-the-parental-peptide
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Lucia Grassi, Giuseppantonio Maisetta, Giuseppe Maccari, Semih Esin, Giovanna Batoni
The frog skin-derived peptide Temporin 1Tb (TB) has gained increasing attention as novel antimicrobial agent for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant and/or biofilm-mediated infections. Nevertheless, such a peptide possesses a preferential spectrum of action against Gram-positive bacteria. In order to improve the therapeutic potential of TB, the present study evaluated the antibacterial and antibiofilm activities of two TB analogs against medically relevant bacterial species. Of the two analogs, TB_KKG6A has been previously described in the literature, while TB_L1FK is a new analog designed by us through statistical-based computational strategies...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443249/francisella-tularensis-susceptibility-to-antibiotics-a-comprehensive-review-of-the-data-obtained-in-vitro-and-in-animal-models
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REVIEW
Yvan Caspar, Max Maurin
The antibiotic classes that are recommended for tularaemia treatment are the aminoglycosides, the fluoroquinolones and the tetracyclines. However, cure rates vary between 60 and 100% depending on the antibiotic used, the time to appropriate antibiotic therapy setup and its duration, and the presence of complications, such as lymph node suppuration. Thus, antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) of F. tularensis strains remains of primary importance for detection of the emergence of antibiotic resistances to first-line drugs, and to test new therapeutic alternatives...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442834/parathyroidectomy-decreases-insulin-resistance-index-in-patients-with-primary-hyperparathyroidism
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Cevdet Duran, Barıs Sevinc, Orkide Kutlu, Omer Karahan
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) has been considered a cause of insulin resistance (IR) and impaired glucose metabolism. However, there are conflicting results related with the recovery of insulin resistance in patients with PHPT following curative parathyroidectomy. Our aim is to evaluate the effects of curative parathyroidectomy on IR in patients with PHPT. This is a prospective interventional study. Twenty-one consecutive patients with symptomatic PHPT were included into the study. All patients underwent parathyroidectomy...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442693/ab-interno-schlemm-s-canal-surgery
#15
Brian A Francis, Handan Akil, Benjamin B Bert
In primary open-angle glaucoma, the site of greatest resistance to aqueous outflow is thought to be the trabecular meshwork (TM) and inner wall of Schlemm's canal. Augmentation of the conventional (trabecular) outflow pathway can facilitate physiologic outflow and subsequently lower intraocular pressure. The most recent approach to enhancing the conventional outflow pathway is via an internal approach to the TM and Schlemm's canal. Ab interno Schlemm's canal surgery includes 4 novel surgical approaches: (1) removal of the TM and inner wall of Schlemm's canal by an internal approach (ab interno trabeculectomy), (2) implantation of a microstent to bypass the TM, (3) disruption of the TM and inner wall of Schlemm's canal via an internal approach (ab interno trabeculotomy), and (4) dilation of Schlemm's canal via an internal approach (ab interno canaloplasty)...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442545/peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-agonists-attenuate-biofilm-formation-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#16
Brahmchetna Bedi, Nicholas M Maurice, Vincent T Ciavatta, K Sabrina Lynn, Zhihong Yuan, Samuel A Molina, Myungsoo Joo, William R Tyor, Joanna B Goldberg, Michael H Koval, C Michael Hart, Ruxana T Sadikot
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a significant contributor to recalcitrant multidrug- resistant infections, especially in immunocompromised and hospitalized patients. The pathogenic profile of P. aeruginosa is related to its ability to secrete a variety of virulence factors and to promote biofilm formation. Quorum sensing (QS) is a mechanism wherein P. aeruginosa secretes small diffusible molecules, specifically acyl homo serine lactones, such as N-(3-oxo-dodecanoyl)-l-homoserine lactone (3O-C12-HSL), that promote biofilm formation and virulence via interbacterial communication...
April 25, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442342/methionine-sulfoxide-reductase-a-protects-hepatocytes-against-acetaminophen-induced-toxicity-via-regulation-of-thioredoxin-reductase-1-expression
#17
Mahendra Pratap Singh, Geun-Hee Kwak, Ki Young Kim, Hwa-Young Kim
Thioredoxin reductase 1 (TXNRD1) is associated with susceptibility to acetaminophen (APAP)-induced liver damage. Methionine sulfoxide reductase A (MsrA) is an antioxidant and protein repair enzyme that specifically catalyzes the reduction of methionine S-sulfoxide residues. We have previously shown that MsrA deficiency exacerbates acute liver injury induced by APAP. In this study, we used primary hepatocytes to investigate the underlying mechanism of the protective effect of MsrA against APAP-induced hepatotoxicity...
April 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442298/how-to-study-and-overcome-tumor-heterogeneity-with-circulating-biomarkers-the-breast-cancer-case
#18
REVIEW
Valentina Appierto, Serena Di Cosimo, Carolina Reduzzi, Valentina Pala, Vera Cappelletti, Maria Grazia Daidone
Breast cancer ranks first among female cancer-related deaths in Western countries. As the primary tumor can often be controlled by surgical resection, the survival of women with breast cancer is closely linked to the incidence of distant metastases. Molecular screening by next generation sequencing highlighted the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of solid tumors as well as the clonal evolution of cancer cells during progression and under treatment pressure. Such findings question whether an optimal assessment of disease progression and a screening for druggable mutations should be based on molecular features of primary or recurrent/metastatic lesions and therefore represent a crucial element for failure or success of personalized medicine...
April 22, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442019/-progress-of-c-met-signaling-pathway-and-tkis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#19
Xiaoqing Yu, Yanjun Xu, Yun Fan
c-MET is considered a promising oncogenic driver in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) after the discovery of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK). MET activation including gene mutation, amplification and protein overexpression, all of these are potential therapeutic targets and are associated with poor prognosis. Clinical evidence suggests a role for MET activation as both a primary oncogenic driver in subsets of lung cancer, and as a secondary driver of acquired resistance to EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)...
April 20, 2017: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440900/phosphoglycerate-dehydrogenase-phgdh-deficiency-without-epilepsy-mimicking-primary-microcephaly
#20
Antoine Poli, Yoann Vial, Damien Haye, Sandrine Passemard, Manuel Schiff, Hala Nasser, Catherine Delanoe, Emma Cuadro, Rémi Kom, Narcisse Elanga, Anne Favre, Séverine Drunat, Alain Verloes
Phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PHGDH) deficiency (OMIM 256520) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder of serine synthesis, with mostly severe congenital microcephaly, caused by mutations in the PHGDH gene. Fourteen patients reported to date show severe, early onset, drug resistant epilepsy. In a cohort of patients referred for primary microcephaly, compound heterozygosity for two unreported variants in PHGDG was identified by exome sequencing in a pair of sibs who died aged 4.5 months and 4.5 years. They had severe neurological involvement with congenital microcephaly, disorganized EEG, and progressive spasticity, but never had seizures...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
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