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Babita Saigal, Laura Guerra
BACKGROUND: A common class-specific toxicity of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors is stomatitis. Some patients experience a severe form of mTOR inhibitor-associated stomatitis (mIAS) that can have a negative effect on nutritional status, compromise quality of life, and potentially lead to nonadherence, reducing the efficacy of cancer therapy. OBJECTIVES: This article aims to address an unmet need for education about mIAS among oncology nurses and patients and to share findings about everolimus-related stomatitis from the SWISH trial...
April 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Anikó Maráz, Adrienn Cserháti, Gabriella Uhercsák, Éva Szilágyi, Zoltán Varga, János Révész, Renáta Kószó, Linda Varga, Zsuzsanna Kahán
BACKGROUND: In patients with metastatic renal cell cancer, based on limited evidence, increased sunitinib exposure is associated with better outcome. The survival and toxicity data of patients receiving individualized dose escalated sunitinib therapy as compared to standard management were analyzed in this study. METHODS: From July 2013, the data of metastatic renal cell cancer patients with slight progression but still a stable disease according to RECIST 1.1 criteria treated with an escalated dose of sunitinib (first level: 62...
March 15, 2018: BMC Cancer
David B Medeiros, Leonardo Perez de Souza, Werner C Antunes, Wagner L Araújo, Danilo M Daloso, Alisdair R Fernie
Sucrose has long been thought to play an osmolytic role in stomatal opening. However, recent evidence supports the idea that the role of sucrose in this process is primarily energetic. Here we used a combination of stomatal aperture assays coupled with kinetic [U-13 C]-sucrose isotope labelling experiments to confirm that sucrose is degraded during light-induced stomatal opening and to define the fate of the C released from sucrose breakdown. We additionally show that addition of sucrose in the medium did not enhance light-induced stomatal opening...
March 15, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
P Pramanik, Bidisha Chakrabarti, Arti Bhatia, S D Singh, A Maity, P Aggarwal, P Krishnan
An attempt has been made to study the effect of elevated temperature on soil hydrothermal regimes and winter wheat growth under simulated warming in temperature gradient tunnel (TGT). Results showed that bulk density (BDs) of 0, 0.9, and 2.5 °C were significantly different whereas BDs of 2.8 and 3.5 °C were not significantly different. Water filled pore space (WFPS) was maximum at 3.5 °C temperature rise and varied between 43.80 and 98.55%. Soil surface temperature (ST) at different dates of sowing increased with rise in sensor temperature and highest ST was observed at S5 sensors (3...
March 14, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Samuel H Taylor, Michael J Aspinwall, Chris J Blackman, Brendan Choat, David T Tissue, Oula Ghannoum
Atmospheric CO2 (ca) has increased since the last glacial period, increasing photosynthetic water use efficiency and improving plant productivity. Evolution of C4 photosynthesis at low ca led to decreased stomatal conductance (gs), which provided an advantage over C3 plants that may be reduced by rising ca. Using controlled environments, we determined how increasing ca affects C4 water use relative to C3 plants. Leaf gas exchange and mass per area (LMA) were measured for four C3 and four C4 annual, crop-related grasses at glacial (200), ambient (400), and super-ambient (640 µmol mol-1) ca...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Thomas Cahon, Robin Caillon, Sylvain Pincebourde
Arthropods at the surface of plants live in particular microclimatic conditions that can differ from atmospheric conditions. The temperature of plant leaves can deviate from air temperature, and leaf temperature influences the eco-physiology of small insects. The activity of insects feeding on leaf tissues, may, however, induce changes in leaf surface temperatures, but this effect was only rarely demonstrated. Using thermography analysis of leaf surfaces under controlled environmental conditions, we quantified the impact of presence of apple green aphids on the temperature distribution of apple leaves during early infestation...
March 14, 2018: Insects
Almut Prkno, Matthias Kaiser, Daniela Goerigk, Martin Pfeffer, Thomas W Vahlenkamp, Donata Hoffmann, Martin Beer, Alexander Starke
Cowpox virus (CPXV) infection is a reportable and potentially zoonotic disease that occurs sporadically in a variety of animals. During the past six decades, CPXV infection has been extensively researched and described in both domestic (cat, dog, horse, cattle) and zoo animals (e. g. elephant, rhinoceros, okapi). Of note, a review of the literature produced only three reports of CPXV in individual or small groups of South American camelids. The goal of this review was to describe the current knowledge as it relates to clinical features of CPXV infection in South American camelids and to compare the clinical manifestations with those described in other animal species...
February 2018: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
Motohiro Tamiya, Hidekazu Suzuki, Takayuki Shiroyama, Ayako Tanaka, Naoko Morishita, Norio Okamoto, Kenichi Sakai, Hironori Shigeoka, Kunimitsu Kawahara, Tomonori Hirashima
Background Bevacizumab (Bev) is generally well-tolerated, and Bev-associated intestinal perforation (BAP) is a rare albeit serious side effect in cases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Therefore, the present study aimed to identify clinical predictors of BAP to help predict and manage the development of life-threatening intestinal complications among patients receiving Bev. Methods This retrospective study evaluated demographic, clinical, and treatment factors for patients with NSCLC who were treated with Bev between February 2010 and August 2015 at our center...
March 14, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
Ulla Lantto, Sallamaaria Kettunen, Terhi Tapiainen, Petri Koivunen, Matti Uhari, Marjo Renko
OBJECTIVES: To compare the long-term morbidity of patients with periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome treated by tonsillectomy (TE) in childhood to that of matched controls. METHODS: We identified 132 PFAPA patients from the medical records treated by TE in 1987-2007 in Oulu University Hospital, Finland. Altogether 119 patients participated the follow-up study and 94 were clinically examined on average 9.0 years after TE...
February 27, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Katharine L Cary, Jarmila Pittermann
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The pygmy forest, a plant community of severely stunted conifers and ericaceous angiosperms, occurs on patches of highly acidic, nutrient-poor soils along the coast of Northern California, USA. This system is an excellent opportunity to study the effect of severe nutrient deficiency on leaf physiology in a naturally-occurring ecosystem. In this study, we seek to understand the physiological mechanisms stunting the plants' growth and their implications for whole plant function...
January 2018: American Journal of Botany
Marcel Fuchs, Cecilia Stanghellini
Current research seeking to relate between ambient water vapor deficit (D) and foliage conductance (gF ) derives a canopy conductance (gW ) from measured transpiration by inverting the coupled transpiration model to yield gW  = m - n ln(D) where m and n are fitting parameters. In contrast, this paper demonstrates that the relation between coupled gW and D is gW  = AP/D + B, where P is the barometric pressure, A is the radiative term, and B is the convective term coefficient of the Penman-Monteith equation...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Biometeorology
Jovan Nikolic, Laura Belot, Hélène Raux, Pierre Legrand, Yves Gaudin, Aurélie A Albertini
Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) is an oncolytic rhabdovirus and its glycoprotein G is widely used to pseudotype other viruses for gene therapy. Low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDL-R) serves as a major entry receptor for VSV. Here we report two crystal structures of VSV G in complex with two distinct cysteine-rich domains (CR2 and CR3) of LDL-R, showing that their binding sites on G are identical. We identify two basic residues on G, which are essential for its interaction with CR2 and CR3. Mutating these residues abolishes VSV infectivity even though VSV can use alternative receptors, indicating that all VSV receptors are members of the LDL-R family...
March 12, 2018: Nature Communications
Gabriela L Müller, María V Lara, Pablo Oitaven, Carlos S Andreo, Verónica G Maurino, María F Drincovich
Severe droughts are predicted for the twenty-first century, which contrast with the increased demand for plant materials. Thus, to sustain future generations, a great challenge is to improve crop yield and water use efficiency (WUE), which is the carbon gained per water lost. Here, expression of maize NADP-malic enzyme (NADP-ME) in the guard and vascular companion cells of Nicotiana tabacum results in enhanced WUE, earlier flowering and shorter life cycle. Transgenic lines exhibit reduced stomatal aperture than wild-type (WT)...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Zong-Sheng Yuan, Fang Liu, Bao-Gui Xie, Guo-Fang Zhang
The research results of the growth-promoting effects of endophytic bacteria on Phyllostachys edulis indicated that the growth-promoting endophytic bacteria could improve photosynthesis in P. edulis leaves. The photosynthetic rate, transpiration rate, and the stomatal conductance in P. edulis treated with endophytic bacteria were all higher than in the control group. Endophytic bacteria could also increase the chlorophyll content and the protective enzyme activities in P. edulis, improving their reactions to the adverse environmental conditions...
March 10, 2018: Archives of Microbiology
Harpreet Singh, Amanda J Walker, Laleh Amiri-Kordestani, Joyce Cheng, Shenghui Tang, Pamela Balcazar, Kimberly Barnett-Ringgold, Todd R Palmby, Xianhua Cao, Nan Zheng, Qi Liu, Jingyu Yu, William F Pierce, Selena R Daniels, Rajeshwari Sridhara, Amna Ibrahim, Paul G Kluetz, Gideon M Blumenthal, Julia A Beaver, Richard Pazdur
On July 17, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved neratinib (NERLYNX, Puma Biotechnology, Inc) for the extended adjuvant treatment of adult patients with early-stage HER2-overexpressed/amplified breast cancer, to follow adjuvant trastuzumab-based therapy. Approval was based on data from ExteNET, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter trial. Women with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer and within two years of completing adjuvant trastuzumab were randomized to neratinib (n=1420) or placebo (n=1420) for one year...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Jasmine L Gowarty, Jon D Herrington
A promising drug, palbociclib, received accelerated approval as a first line treatment when used with the aromatase inhibitor, letrozole, for postmenopausal women with hormone receptor positive advanced or metastatic breast cancer. We report a case of a patient who presented with febrile neutropenia, grade 3 stomatitis with lip swelling, periorbital edema, and transaminitis while on palbociclib and verapamil. Labs normalized upon discontinuation of verapamil and our patient was able to continue treatment with palbociclib and letrozole...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
M Koray, B Atalay, S Akgul, F S Oguz, G Mumcu, A Saruhanoglu
Aim: Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) is an inflammatory condition of the oral mucosa. The etiology of RAS remains unclear. Calprotectin is a major cytoplasmic protein contained in granulocytes, monocytes/macrophages and epithelial cells, and its level is increased body fluids in some inflammatory diseases. The aim is to determine the relationship between salivary calprotectin and RAS. Material and Methods: In the cross-sectional study, 67 patients with active lesions of RAS (F/M: 43/24, mean age: 30...
March 2018: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
Guanghui Qian, Xiaohan Hu, Gen Li, Yueyue Ding, Liyan Zhu, Hui Zheng, Mei Li, Zhiheng Li, Jian Pan, Yiping Li, Gang Li, Chun Yang, Ying Liu, Yi Xie, Haitao Lv
Protein ubiquitination and deubiquitination enzymes are widely involved in innate immune responses. The ubiquitin specific protease 25 (USP25), a deubiquitinating enzyme, has been demonstrated to play an important role in virus infection and immunity. However, how USP25 is degraded and regulated by E3 ubiquitin ligases remains poorly understood. Here, we identified Smad ubiquitin regulatory factor 1(Smurf1) as a first novel E3 ubiquitin ligase of USP25. Smurf1 overexpression decreases USP25 protein turnover, and the E3 ligase enzymatic activity of Smurf1 is required for USP25 degradation...
March 5, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Ellen E Pflug, Nina Buchmann, Rolf T W Siegwolf, Marcus Schaub, Andreas Rigling, Matthias Arend
Drought is a major environmental constraint to trees, causing severe stress and thus adversely affecting their functional integrity. European beech ( Fagus sylvatica L.) is a key species in mesic forests that is commonly expected to suffer in a future climate with more intense and frequent droughts. Here, we assessed the seasonal response of leaf physiological characteristics of beech saplings to drought and drought release to investigate their potential to recover from the imposed stress and overcome previous limitations...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Taoufik Saleh Ksiksi, Shaijal Babu Thru Ppoyil, Abdul Rasheed Palakkott
Water stress has been reported to alter morphology and physiology of plants affecting chlorophyll content, stomatal size and density. In this study, drought stress mitigating effects of CO2 enrichment was assessed in greenhouse conditions in the hot climate of UAE. Commercially purchased maize ( Zea mays L.) and alfalfa ( Medicago sativa L.) were seeded in three different custom-built cage structures, inside a greenhouse. One cage was kept at 1000 ppm CO2 , the second at 700 ppm CO2 , and the third at ambient greenhouse CO2 environment (i...
March 2018: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
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