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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938607/hgfl-mediated-ron-signaling-supports-breast-cancer-stem-cell-phenotypes-via-activation-of-non-canonical-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Sasha J Ruiz-Torres, Nancy M Benight, Rebekah A Karns, Elyse E Lower, Jun-Lin Guan, Susan E Waltz
Breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs), which drive tumor progression, recurrence, and metastasis, are considered a major challenge for breast cancer treatments, thus the discovery of novel pathways regulating BCSC maintenance remains essential to develop new strategies to effectively target this population and combat disease mortality. The HGFL-RON signaling is overexpressed in human breast cancers and is associated with increased breast cancer progression, metastasis, and poor prognosis. Here, we report that overexpression of RON/MST1R and HGFL/MST1 in cell lines and primary tumors increases BCSC self-renewal, numbers, and tumorigenic potential after syngeneic transplantation...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938393/ilizarov-treatment-protocols-in-the-management-of-infected-nonunion-of-the-tibia
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Martin McNally, Jamie Ferguson, Raj Kugan, David Stubbs
OBJECTIVES: We present a treatment algorithm comprising 4 Ilizarov methods in managing infected tibial nonunion, using nonunion mobility and segmental defect size to govern treatment choice. DESIGN: Decision protocol analysis study. SETTING: A university-affiliated teaching hospital. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-nine patients were treated with 1 of 4 Ilizarov protocols. All patients had undergone at least one previous operation, 38 had associated limb deformity, and 49 had nonviable nonunions...
October 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937998/selection-of-dna-aptamers-specific-for-live-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Jennifer Soundy, Darren Day
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen that causes significant morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients, particular cystic fibrosis sufferers, burns victims, diabetics and neonates. It thrives in moist places where it forms biofilms that are exceedingly difficult to eradicate on hospital surfaces, in water supplies and implanted biomaterials. Using a live cell SELEX approach we selected DNA aptamers to P. aeruginosa grown as biofilms in microfluidic cells. From a pool of aptamer candidates showing tight binding a stem-loop structure was identified as being important for binding...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937624/therapeutic-mechanisms-of-vernonia-amygdalina-delile-in-the-treatment-of-prostate-cancer
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William Johnson, Paul B Tchounwou, Clement G Yedjou
Prostate cancer patients have been suffering from limited treatment options due to late diagnosis, poor drug tolerance, and multi-drug resistance to almost all the current drug treatments. Therefore, it is important to seek a new alternative therapeutic medicine that can effectively prevent the disease and even eradicate the progression and metastasis of prostate cancer. Vernonia amygdalina Delile (VAD) is a common edible vegetable in Cameroon that has been used as a traditional medicine for some human diseases...
September 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937021/optimized-high-dose-amoxicillin-proton-pump-inhibitor-dual-therapies-fail-to-achieve-high-cure-rates-in-china
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Jia-Li Hu, Jun Yang, Yin-Bin Zhou, Ping Li, Ran Han, Dian-Chun Fang
Background\Aim: Quadruple daily administration of proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy achieves potent acid inhibition, and combined with amoxicillin, with its pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic characteristics, may be efficient for Helicobacter pylori eradication. We compared the efficacy of two optimized high-dose dual therapies with a bismuth-containing quadruple regimen for treating H. pylori infection. Rabeprazole dosages for H. pylori eradication were also evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Treatment-naive and H...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936226/challenges-in-modeling-complexity-of-neglected-tropical-diseases-a-review-of-dynamics-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-resource-limited-settings
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REVIEW
Swati DebRoy, Olivia Prosper, Austin Mishoe, Anuj Mubayi
OBJECTIVES: Neglected tropical diseases (NTD), account for a large proportion of the global disease burden, and their control faces several challenges including diminishing human and financial resources for those distressed from such diseases. Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), the second-largest parasitic killer (after malaria) and an NTD affects poor populations and causes considerable cost to the affected individuals. Mathematical models can serve as a critical and cost-effective tool for understanding VL dynamics, however, complex array of socio-economic factors affecting its dynamics need to be identified and appropriately incorporated within a dynamical modeling framework...
2017: Emerging Themes in Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934421/a-zebrafish-model-of-mycobacterium-leprae-granulomatous-infection
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Cressida A Madigan, James Cameron, Lalita Ramakrishnan
Understanding the pathogenesis of leprosy granulomas has been hindered by a paucity of tractable experimental animal models. Mycobacterium leprae, which causes leprosy, grows optimally at approximately 30°C, so we sought to model granulomatous disease in the ectothermic zebrafish. We found that noncaseating granulomas develop rapidly and eventually eradicate infection. rag1 mutant zebrafish, which lack lymphocytes, also form noncaseating granulomas with similar kinetics, but these control infection more slowly...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934369/in-vivo-activation-of-latent-hiv-with-a-synthetic-bryostatin-analog-effects-both-latent-cell-kick-and-kill-in-strategy-for-virus-eradication
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Matthew D Marsden, Brian A Loy, Xiaomeng Wu, Christina M Ramirez, Adam J Schrier, Danielle Murray, Akira Shimizu, Steven M Ryckbosch, Katherine E Near, Tae-Wook Chun, Paul A Wender, Jerome A Zack
The ability of HIV to establish a long-lived latent infection within resting CD4+ T cells leads to persistence and episodic resupply of the virus in patients treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART), thereby preventing eradication of the disease. Protein kinase C (PKC) modulators such as bryostatin 1 can activate these latently infected cells, potentially leading to their elimination by virus-mediated cytopathic effects, the host's immune response and/or therapeutic strategies targeting cells actively expressing virus...
September 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934180/notes-from-the-field-travel-associated-melioidosis-and-resulting-laboratory-exposures-united-states-2016
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Patrick K Mitchell, Colin Campbell, Martha P Montgomery, Julie Paoline, Christopher Wilbur, Leah Posivak-Khouly, Kristin Garafalo, Mindy Elrod, Lindy Liu, Andre Weltman
In mid-July 2016, a Pennsylvania resident aged 15 years who had recently returned from Thailand was treated by a pediatrician for sore throat, fever, and bilateral thigh abscesses at the sites of mosquito bites (Figure). She had traveled to northeast Thailand with nine other teens as part of an 18-day service-oriented trip run by an Ohio-based youth tour company that arranges travel to Thailand for approximately 500 persons annually. This trip included construction and agricultural activities and recreational mud exposures...
September 22, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934110/a-recombinant-measles-vaccine-with-enhanced-resistance-to-passive-immunity
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Emily Julik, Jorge Reyes-Del Valle
Current measles vaccines suffer from poor effectiveness in young infants due primarily to the inhibitory effect of residual maternal immunity on vaccine responses. The development of a measles vaccine that resists such passive immunity would strongly contribute to the stalled effort toward measles eradication. In this concise communication, we show that a measles virus (MV) with enhanced hemagglutinin (H) expression and incorporation, termed MVvac2-H2, retained its enhanced immunogenicity, previously established in older mice, when administered to very young, genetically modified, MV-susceptible mice in the presence of passive anti-measles immunity...
September 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933660/vaccination-among-polish-university-students-knowledge-beliefs-and-anti-vaccination-attitudes
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Michał Konrad Zarobkiewicz, Aleksandra Zimecka, Tomasz Zuzak, Dominika Cieślak, Jacek Roliński, Ewelina Grywalska
Anti-vaccination movement has existed as long as the vaccines themselves, but its mode of action and social influences evolved over time. Such attitude with no doubt has negative impact on vaccination rates and eradication of infectious diseases. In this study, we used an online survey to examine vaccination attitudes of Polish university students of various degree and specialties. A total of 1,386 questionnaires were completed, among them 617 from students attending medical schools and 769 from students of non-medical schools...
September 21, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933536/a-bimetallic-silver-neodymium-theranostic-nanoparticle-with-multimodal-nir-mri-ct-imaging-and-combined-chemo-photothermal-therapy
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Sandeep K Mishra, S Kannan
An engineered metallic nanostructure is an excellent candidate for "theranosis" of cancer, having intrinsic properties of multimodal imaging and therapy. Toward this target, the development of silver-neodymium bimetallic nanoparticles (Ag-Nd BNPs) via microwave-assisted polyol synthesis is presented. The resultant Ag-Nd BNPs exhibit good monodispersity with average size of 10 nm, fluorescence in the near-infrared (NIR) region, and magnetic properties. The Ag-Nd BNPs also validate MRI, CT, and NIR trimodal imaging ability and enunciate valuable temperature response upon irradiation under a NIR laser...
September 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933243/drug-targets-in-dormant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-can-the-conquest-against-tuberculosis-become-a-reality
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Vivek Kumar Gupta, M Madhan Kumar, Dharmendra Singh, Deepa Bisht, Shweta Sharma
Targeting M. tuberculosis (Mtb) in latent form of infection is a major obstacle and big challenge in tuberculosis (TB) eradication by current chemotherapy. A better understanding of the physiology of Mtb and of the metabolic state of the bacillus during the dormancy, is a primary need in finding drug targets against non replicating persistent (NRP) form of the Mtb. Identification of potential drug targets against dormant state of Mtb is critically important to achieve the goal of complete eradication for shortening of anti-TB therapy...
September 21, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932963/echocardiographic-screening-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-american-samoa
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Jennifer H Huang, Michael Favazza, Arthur Legg, Kathryn W Holmes, Laurie Armsby, Ipuniuesea Eliapo-Unutoa, Thomas Pilgrim, Erin J Madriago
While rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a treatable disease nearly eradicated in the United States, it remains the most common form of acquired heart disease in the developing world. This study used echocardiographic screening to determine the prevalence of RHD in children in American Samoa. Screening took place at a subset of local schools. Private schools were recruited and public schools underwent cluster randomization based on population density. We collected survey information and performed a limited physical examination and echocardiogram using the World Heart Federation protocol for consented school children aged 5-18 years old...
September 20, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932398/mid-calf-level-as-a-puncture-site-is-not-safe-enough-for-thermal-ablation-of-the-small-saphenous-vein
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Soner Sanioglu, Halit Yerebakan, Ali Ozgen, Huseyin O Ozdemir, Nurcan K Sancar, Mustafa B Farsak
BACKGROUND: Endovenous thermal ablation of the small saphenous vein carries a risk for sural nerve injury. Ablation above mid-calf level is recommended to avoid it. However, this strategy could not eradicate this complication. We present our results of consecutive 30 small saphenous vein thermal ablations which are performed after ultrasonographic identification of the sural nerve. METHODS: We studied 26 consecutive subjects with a total of 30 limbs. Ablation was performed proximal to the risk point by a 1470-nm diode laser...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932367/double-strain-probiotic-effect-on-helicobacter-pylori-infection-treatment-a-double-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mehdi Haghdoost, Sepehr Taghizadeh, Majid Montazer, Parinaz Poorshahverdi, Ali Ramouz, Sanam Fakour
BACKGROUND: A decreased rate of successful helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) infection treatment has revealed serious demand for more effective regimens to eradicate infection. Therefore, probiotics have recently been considered to increase the rate of antibiotic regimens efficacy in H. pylori infections. In current randomized controlled trial, we evaluated the effect of double strain probiotic combination with standard triple therapy (STT), in the eradication rate of H. pylori infection...
2017: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931823/bacterial-outer-membrane-vesicles-suppress-tumor-by-interferon-%C3%AE-mediated-antitumor-response
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Oh Youn Kim, Hyun Taek Park, Nhung Thi Hong Dinh, Seng Jin Choi, Jaewook Lee, Ji Hyun Kim, Seung-Woo Lee, Yong Song Gho
Gram-negative bacteria actively secrete outer membrane vesicles, spherical nano-meter-sized proteolipids enriched with outer membrane proteins, to the surroundings. Outer membrane vesicles have gained wide interests as non-living complex vaccines or delivery vehicles. However, no study has used outer membrane vesicles in treating cancer thus far. Here we investigate the potential of bacterial outer membrane vesicles as therapeutic agents to treat cancer via immunotherapy. Our results show remarkable capability of bacterial outer membrane vesicles to effectively induce long-term antitumor immune responses that can fully eradicate established tumors without notable adverse effects...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931802/hepatitis-c-virus-infection-increases-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-jnk-phosphorylation-and-accentuates-hepatocyte-lipoapoptosis
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Hiroko Takaki, Yuko Akazawa, Youko Kido, Mami Morishita, Takuya Honda, Hidetaka Shibata, Satoshi Miuma, Hisamitsu Miyaaki, Naota Taura, Hisayoshi Kondo, Kazuhiko Nakao
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and metabolic diseases including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) exhibit a complex interplay. Although free fatty acid-mediated apoptosis is a prominent feature of NASH, the impact of HCV infection on hepatocyte lipotoxicity has remained largely unexplored. The study aimed at identifying whether infection by HCV affected the apoptotic pathway in hepatocytes during fatty acid assault. MATERIAL AND METHODS OR6 cells, which are derived from human hepatocellular carcinoma Huh-7 cells and harbor a full-length HCV RNA genome replication system, were treated with palmitate...
September 21, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931755/combination-central-tolerance-and-peripheral-checkpoint-blockade-unleashes-antimelanoma-immunity
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Pearl Bakhru, Meng-Lei Zhu, Hsing-Hui Wang, Lee K Hong, Imran Khan, Maria Mouchess, Ajay S Gulati, Joshua Starmer, Yafei Hou, David Sailer, Sandra Lee, Fengmin Zhao, John M Kirkwood, Stergios Moschos, Lawrence Fong, Mark S Anderson, Maureen A Su
Blockade of immune checkpoint proteins (e.g., CTLA-4, PD-1) improves overall survival in advanced melanoma; however, therapeutic benefit is limited to only a subset of patients. Because checkpoint blockade acts by "removing the brakes" on effector T cells, the efficacy of checkpoint blockade may be constrained by the limited pool of melanoma-reactive T cells in the periphery. In the thymus, autoimmune regulator (Aire) promotes deletion of T cells reactive against self-antigens that are also expressed by tumors...
September 21, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930604/therapeutic-startegies-for-human-papillomavirus-infection-and-associated-cancers
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Alok Chandra Bharti, Tejveer Singh, Anjali Bhat, Deepti Pande, Mohit Jadli
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is linked to development of cancer of cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, ano-genital and non-genital oro-pharyngeal sites. HPV being a sexually transmitted virus infects both genders equally but with higher chances of pathological outcome in women. In the absence of organized screening programs, women report HPV-infected lesions at relatively advanced stages where they are subjected to standard treatments that are not HPV-specific. HPV infection-driven lesions usually take 10-20 years for malignant progression and are preceded by well-characterized pre-cancer stages...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
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