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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550457/treatment-of-juvenile-dermatomyositis-an-update
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REVIEW
Charalampia Papadopoulou, Lucy R Wedderburn
The idiopathic inflammatory myopathies of childhood consist of a heterogeneous group of autoimmune diseases characterised by proximal muscle weakness and pathognomonic skin rashes. The overall prognosis of juvenile myositis has improved significantly over recent years, but the long-term outcome differs substantially from patient to patient, suggestive of distinct clinical phenotypes with variable responses to treatment. High doses of corticosteroids remain the cornerstone of therapy along with other immunosuppressant therapies depending on disease severity and response...
May 26, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549709/ct-guided-bone-biopsies-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-factors-predictive-of-maximum-tumor-yield
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Michael G Holmes, Erik Foss, Gabby Joseph, Adam Foye, Brooke Beckett, Daria Motamedi, Jack Youngren, George V Thomas, Jiaoti Huang, Rahul Aggarwal, Joshi J Alumkal, Tomasz M Beer, Eric J Small, Thomas M Link
PURPOSE: To evaluate the success rate of CT-guided bone biopsies in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) and to investigate associated technical, imaging, and clinical parameters affecting diagnostic yields. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty CT-guided bone biopsy specimens were obtained from 72 men (median age, 68 y; range, 49-89 y) enrolled in a multicenter trial to identify mechanisms of resistance in mCRPC. Successful biopsy was determined by histologic confirmation of tumor cells and successful isolation of RNA for molecular analysis...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546942/magnetic-nanoparticles-conjugated-with-rpe-cell-mcp-1-antibody-vegf-antibody-compounds-for-the-targeted-therapy-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-hypothesis
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Zhao-Jiang Du, Peng Li, Li Wang
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly throughout the world. Treatment of AMD utilizing retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) transplantation represents a promising therapy. However, simplex RPE transplantation can only replace the diseased RPE cells, but has no abilities to stop the development of AMD. It has been indicated that oxidization triggers the development of AMD by inducing the dysfunction and degeneration of RPE cells, which results in the upregulation of local monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) expression...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545899/multiple-brain-abscesses-due-to-enterobacter-cloacae-in-an-immune-competent-child
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Arushi Gahlot Saini, Vinay Rathore, Chirag Kumar Ahuja, Rajesh Chhabra, Pankaj C Vaidya, Pratibha Singhi
Brain abscesses due to Enterobacteriaceae in immune-competent children are rare, and those due to Enterobacter cloacae are even rarer. We report an interesting case of community-acquired E. cloacae neuroinfection resulting in multiple brain abscesses in a young child with no underlying risk-factors. A 10 year-old-boy presented with low-grade fever, headache, neck pain and progressive deterioration of sensorium. On examination, he was conscious but drowsy with photophobia, normal fundii, meningeal signs, mild hypertonia, brisk muscle stretch reflexes and extensor plantar responses...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545358/molecular-imaging-of-tumor-angiogenesis-and-therapeutic-effects-with-dual-bioluminescence
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Ran Wang, Kaiyue Zhang, Hongyan Tao, Wei Du, Di Wang, Ziwei Huang, Manqian Zhou, Yang Xu, Yuebing Wang, Na Liu, Hui Wang, Zongjin Li
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis is critical for the growth of tumor by supplying nutrients and oxygen that exacerbates the metastasis and progression of cancer. Noninvasive imaging of angiogenesis during the tumor therapeutic processes may provide novel opportunities for image-guided tumor management. OBJECTIVE: Here, we want to develop a mouse animal model for assessing cancer progression and angiogenesis in the same individuals by molecular imaging. METHODS: Breast cancer model was developed with mouse breast cancer cell line 4T1 carrying a reporter system encoding a triple fusion (TF) reporter gene consisting of renilla luciferase (Rluc), red fluorescent protein (RFP) and herpes simplex virus truncated thymidine kinase (HSV-ttk) in transgenic mice, which expressed firefly luciferase (Fluc) under the promoter of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (Vegfr2-luc)...
May 23, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545003/adaptation-specialization-and-coevolution-within-phytobiomes
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REVIEW
David A Baltrus
Growth patterns of individual plants and evolutionary trajectories of plant communities are intimately linked with and are critically affected by host-associated microbiomes. Research across systems has begun to shed light on how these phytobiomes are established under laboratory and natural conditions, and have cultivated hope that a better understanding of the governing principles for host-microbe interactions can guide attempts to engineer microbiomes to boost agricultural yields. One important, yet relatively understudied, parameter in regards to phytobiome membership is the degree to which specialization and coevolution between plant species and microbes provides structure to these communities...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544305/a-practical-guide-for-evaluating-gonadal-germ-cell-tumor-predisposition-in-differences-of-sex-development
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REVIEW
Louise C Pyle, Katherine L Nathanson
Differences of Sex Development (DSD) includes a wide spectrum of etiologies and phenotypes. A subset of individuals with DSDs are predisposed to gonadal germ cell tumor (GCT). In this setting, GCT risk varies widely, depending on the DSD molecular etiology and penetrance. Prognostication based on molecular diagnosis remains challenging, as natural history data specific to recently identified molecular causes of DSD is lacking. In this review, we provide a framework for the clinical geneticist to consider GCT tumor risk in the patient with DSD...
May 25, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542423/plasmid-free-crispr-cas9-genome-editing-in-plasmodium-falciparum-confirms-mutations-conferring-resistance-to-the-dihydroisoquinolone-clinical-candidate-sj733
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Emily D Crawford, Jenai Quan, Jeremy A Horst, Daniel Ebert, Wesley Wu, Joseph L DeRisi
Genetic manipulation of the deadly malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum remains challenging, but the rise of CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing tools is increasing the feasibility of altering this parasite's genome in order to study its biology. Of particular interest is the investigation of drug targets and drug resistance mechanisms, which have major implications for fighting malaria. We present a new method for introducing drug resistance mutations in P. falciparum without the use of plasmids or the need for cloning homologous recombination templates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542329/novel-agoshrna-molecules-for-silencing-of-the-ccr5-co-receptor-for-hiv-1-infection
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Elena Herrera-Carrillo, Ben Berkhout
Allogeneic transplantation of blood stem cells from a CCR5-Δ32 homozygous donor to an HIV-infected individual, the "Berlin patient", led to a cure. Since then there has been a search for approaches that mimic this intervention in a gene therapy setting. RNA interference (RNAi) has evolved as a powerful tool to regulate gene expression in a sequence-specific manner and can be used to inactivate the CCR5 mRNA. Short hairpin RNA (shRNA) molecules can impair CCR5 expression, but these molecules may cause unintended side effects and they will not be processed in cells that lack Dicer, such as monocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541957/the-cutting-edge-of-retinopathy-of-prematurity-care-expanding-the-boundaries-of-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Yoshihiro Yonekawa, Benjamin J Thomas, Aristomenis Thanos, Bozho Todorich, Kimberly A Drenser, Michael T Trese, Antonio Capone
PURPOSE: To discuss the latest advances and controversies in the diagnosis and care of infants with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). METHODS: Literature review. RESULTS: Retinopathy of prematurity remains a major global issue. Industrialized nations now treat profoundly premature infants with posterior and aggressive disease, and middle-income nations are experiencing ROP epidemics. Remote digital imaging may address the decreasing ratio of ROP providers to premature infants, in addition to improving patient care...
May 24, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539711/flavonoids-isolated-from-the-flowers-of-limonium-bicolor-and-their-in-vitro-antitumor-evaluation
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Jian Chen, Jiehui Teng, Li Ma, Haiying Tong, Bingru Ren, Linshan Wang, Weilin Li
BACKGROUND: Limonium bicolor, a halophytic species, can grow in saline or saline-alkali soil, is well known as a traditional Chinese medicine. Recently it attracted much attention for its treatment for cancer. OBJECTIVE: The present study was performed to evaluate this species from the phytochemical standpoint and the possible relationship between the antitumor activity and its natural products. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The chemical constituents from the flowers of L...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538836/establishment-of-patient-derived-tumor-xenograft-pdtx-models-using-samples-from-ct-guided-percutaneous-biopsy
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Y-P Zhuang, Y-P Zhu, H-Y Wang, L Sun, J Zhang, Y-P Hao, L Wang
This study aimed to investigate the feasibility of the establishment of a human cancer xenograft model using samples from computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous biopsy. Fresh tumor tissues obtained from 10 cancer patients by CT-guided percutaneous biopsy were subcutaneously inoculated into NOD-Prkdcem26Il2rgem26Nju (NCG) mice to establish human patient-derived tumor xenograft (PDTX) models. The formation of first and second generation xenografts was observed, and tumor volume was recorded over time. Tumor tissue consistency between the PDTX model and primary tumors in patients was compared using H&E staining and immunohistochemistry...
May 18, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537806/analytic-and-clinical-validation-of-an-ultrasensitive-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-egfr-mutation-analysis-with-circulating-tumor-dna
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Xiaowei Wang, Yunhua Gao, Bei Wang, Zhenrong Zhang, Chaoyang Liang, Hongxiang Feng, Yongqing Guo, Jiping Da, Minli Mo, Mengyun Zhang, Feng Ding, Zhao Chen, Hui Li, Deruo Liu
CONTEXT: - The mutation analysis of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has become a common test to guide therapeutic decision making for lung cancer. Molecular testing with circulating tumor DNA in plasma allows diagnosis of mutations when tumor tissue is not available as well as monitoring treatment response with repeat biopsies. OBJECTIVES: - To develop a timely and cost-effective assay that can accurately detect EGFR mutations in circulating tumor DNA and to evaluate the analytic and clinical performance of the assay...
May 24, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536844/evaluation-of-neurotensin-receptor-1-as-a-potential-imaging-target-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Xiaoqin Yin, Mengzhe Wang, Hui Wang, Huaifu Deng, Tingting He, Yue Tan, Zehua Zhu, Zhanhong Wu, Shuo Hu, Zibo Li
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest human malignancies and lack of effective diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Accumulating evidence suggests that the neurotensin (NT) and neurotensin receptors (NTRs) play key roles in pancreatic adenocarcinoma growth and survival. In this study, we not only evaluate the NTR1 expression in pancreatic cancer patient samples, but also explore the PET and fluorescence imaging of NTR1 expression in pancreatic cancer animal models. The NTR1 expression was evaluated by immunohistochemistry staining in clinical patient tissue samples with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, insulinoma, and pancreatitis...
May 23, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534999/mir-370-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-migration-by-targeting-egfr-in-gastric-cancer
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Tao Ning, Haiyang Zhang, Xinyi Wang, Shuang Li, Le Zhang, Ting Deng, Likun Zhou, Rui Liu, Xia Wang, Ming Bai, Shaohua Ge, Hongli Li, Dingzhi Huang, Guoguang Ying, Yi Ba
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is known to be overexpressed in ~30% of gastric cancer (GC) cases, and may serve as an effective biomarker for predicting the clinical benefit of anti-EGFR therapy. However, the mechanism underlying the regulation of EGFR expression remains unknown. Evidence indicates that post-transcriptional regulation may exist in the process of EGFR expression. In the present study, we aimed to explore whether miR-370 is involved in this process, and how it impacts the biological behaviors of GC cells...
May 23, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534795/choroid-neovascularization-growth-prediction-with-treatment-based-on-reaction-diffusion-model-in-3d-oct-images
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Shuxia Zhu, Fei Shi, Dehui Xiang, Weifang Zhu, Haoyu Chen, Xinjian Chen
Choroid neovascularization (CNV) is caused by new blood vessels growing in the choroid and penetrating the Bruch membrane. It is the major cause of vision disability in many retinal diseases. Though anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injection has proved to be effective for treating CNV, treatment planning is essential to ensure the efficacy while reducing the risk. For this purpose, we propose a CNV growth model based on longitudinal Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) images. The reaction-diffusion model is applied to simulate the growth and shrinkage of CNV volumes, and is solved by using finite element method (FEM)...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534424/the-bioassay-guided-isolation-of-antifungal-saponins-from-hosta-plantaginea-leaves
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Meng-Yue Wang, Ying Peng, Chong-Sheng Peng, Jiang-Yuan Qu, Xiao-Bo Li
Four new steroidal saponins hostaside Ⅰ (1), hostaside Ⅱ (2), hostaside Ⅲ (3), and hostaside Ⅳ (4), together with five known steroidal saponins (5-9), were isolated by the bioassay-guided fractionation from the leaves of Hosta plantaginea (Lam.) Aschers, a worldwide well-known ornamental plant. Hostasides Ⅰ and Ⅱ showed significant antifungal activities, and they could inhibit the growth of Candida albicans and Fusarium oxysporium with MIC values as low as 4 μg/ml.
May 23, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533086/spatio-temporal-pattern-of-neuronal-differentiation-in-the-drosophila-visual-system-a-user-s-guide-to-the-dynamic-morphology-of-the-developing-optic-lobe
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Kathy T Ngo, Ingrid Andrade, Volker Hartenstein
Visual information processing in animals with large image forming eyes is carried out in highly structured retinotopically ordered neuropils. Visual neuropils in Drosophila form the optic lobe, which consists of four serially arranged major subdivisions; the lamina, medulla, lobula and lobula plate; the latter three of these are further subdivided into multiple layers. The visual neuropils are formed by more than 100 different cell types, distributed and interconnected in an invariant highly regular pattern...
May 19, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531331/diagnostic-challenges-in-meningioma
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Martha Nowosielski, Nobert Galldiks, Sarah Iglseder, Philipp Kickingereder, Andreas von Deimling, Martin Bendszus, Wolfgang Wick, Felix Sahm
Advances in molecular profiling and the application of advanced imaging techniques are currently refreshing diagnostic considerations in meningioma patients. Not only technical refinements but also sophisticated histopathological and molecular studies have the potential to overcome some of the challenges during meningioma management. Exact tumor delineation, assessment of tumor growth and pathophysiological parameters were recently addressed by "advanced" magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography...
May 20, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530121/glucocorticoids-retain-bi-potent-fibroblast-progenitors-during-alveolar-septation-in-mice
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Stephen E McGowan, Diann M McCoy
Glucocorticoids have been widely used and exert pleiotropic effects on alveolar structure and function, but do not improve the long-term clinical outcomes for patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, emphysema, or interstitial lung diseases. Treatments which foster alveolar regeneration could substantially improve the long-term outcomes for such patients. One approach to alveolar regeneration is to stimulate and guide intrinsic alveolar progenitors along developmental pathways used during secondary septation...
May 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
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