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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440486/synergistic-antitumor-effects-of-cdk-inhibitor-sns%C3%A2-032-and-an-oncolytic-adenovirus-co%C3%A2-expressing-trail-and-smac-in-pancreatic-cancer
#1
Yun Ge, Wen Lei, Yingyu Ma, Yigang Wang, Buyun Wei, Xiaoyi Chen, Guoqing Ru, Xianglei He, Xiaozhou Mou, Shibing Wang
Gene therapy using oncolytic adenoviruses is a novel approach for human cancer therapeutics. The current study aimed to investigate whether the combined use of an adenovirus expressing tumor necrosis factor‑related apoptosis‑inducing ligand (TRAIL) and second mitochondria‑derived activator of caspase (Smac) upon caspase activation (ZD55‑TRAIL‑IETD‑Smac) and cyclin‑dependent kinase (CDK) inhibitor SNS‑032 will synergistically reinforce their anti‑pancreatic cancer activities. The experiments in vitro demonstrated that SNS‑032 enhances ZD55‑TRAIL‑IETD‑Smac‑induced apoptosis and causes marked pancreatic cancer cell death...
April 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436486/muscle-wasting-and-cachexia-in-heart-failure-mechanisms-and-therapies
#2
REVIEW
Stephan von Haehling, Nicole Ebner, Marcelo R Dos Santos, Jochen Springer, Stefan D Anker
Body wasting is a serious complication that affects a large proportion of patients with heart failure. Muscle wasting, also known as sarcopenia, is the loss of muscle mass and strength, whereas cachexia describes loss of weight. After reaching guideline-recommended doses of heart failure therapies, the most promising approach to treating body wasting seems to be combined therapy that includes exercise, nutritional counselling, and drug treatment. Nutritional considerations include avoiding excessive salt and fluid intake, and replenishment of deficiencies in trace elements...
April 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424060/effects-of-a-combination-treatment-of-kd5040-and-l-dopa-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Sora Ahn, Taek-Jin Song, Seong-Uk Park, Songhee Jeon, Jongpil Kim, Joo-Young Oh, Jaehwan Jang, Sanhwa Hong, Min-A Song, Hye-Seoung Shin, Young-Rim Jung, Hi-Joon Park
BACKGROUND: Although the dopamine precursor L-3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine ( l -dopa) remains the gold standard pharmacological therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), long-term treatment with this drug has been known to result in several adverse effects, including l -dopa-induced dyskinesia (LID). Recently, our group reported that KD5040, a modified herbal remedy, had neuroprotective effects in both in vitro and in vivo models of PD. Thus, the present study investigated whether KD5040 would have synergistic effects with l -dopa and antidyskinetic effects caused by l -dopa as well...
April 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420989/fda-facilitated-regulatory-pathways-visualizing-their-characteristics-development-and-authorization-timelines
#4
Lawrence Liberti, Magda Bujar, Alasdair Breckenridge, Jarno Hoekman, Neil McAuslane, Pieter Stolk, Hubert Leufkens
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has four facilitated regulatory pathways (FRPs): Fast Track (FT), Breakthrough Therapy (BTD), Priority Review (PR), and Accelerated Approval (AA). Only PR specifies an expedited review timeline (6 months). We sought to determine to what extent the combination of two or more FRPs influenced development and approval times. We developed a "metro map" to illustrate FRP elements and their influence on review times. We assessed 125 new active substances (approved January 2013 to December 2015) 74 of which used one or more FRPs...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397148/the-correct-diagnosis-and-therapeutic-management-of-tear-dysfunction-recommendations-of-the-p-i-c-a-s-s-o-board
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REVIEW
Maurizio Rolando, Emilia Cantera, Rita Mencucci, Pierangela Rubino, Pasquale Aragona
PURPOSE: To describe a standard approach to manage tear dysfunction (TD), in order to obtain a clinically favourable outcome. TD is a highly prevalent, yet largely underdiagnosed, condition that affects from 5 to 30% of the population above 50 years old. Left untreated, TD is associated with eye discomfort and ocular surface disease, substantially affecting quality of life. Although the prevalence of this problem is increasing significantly, a standard approach to its prevention and treatment is not available yet...
April 10, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391045/luteolin-inhibits-colorectal-cancer-cell-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-by-suppressing-creb1-expression-revealed-by-comparative-proteomics-study
#6
Yuan Liu, Tingyuan Lang, Bingwei Jin, Feng Chen, Yi Zhang, Roger W Beuerman, Lei Zhou, Zhiqi Zhang
The cyclic AMP (cAMP) response element binding protein 1 (CREB1) is a promising target for cancer therapy. Here, we report that luteolin, a natural product, inhibits the expression of CREB1 at the transcriptional level and blocks epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of colorectal cancer cells. Treatment of colorectal cancer cells with luteolin induced mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition, reduced the expressions of mesenchymal markers and inhibited cell mobility in vitro. Through comparison of the proteomic profile of HCT-116 cells with and without luteolin treatment, we identified 366 differentially expressed proteins...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385173/novel-augmentation-strategies-in-major-depression
#7
Klaus Martiny
Hypothesis The hypotheses of all the four included studies share the common idea that it is possible to augment the effect of antidepressant drug treatment by applying different interventions and with each intervention attain a clinically meaningful better effect compared to a control condition, and with minor side effects, thus improving the short- and medium-term outcome in major depression. Procedures Study design The basic study design has been the double blind randomised controlled trial (RCT). In the light therapy study, all patients were treated with sertraline for the whole of the study duration...
April 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367415/effects-of-electromagnetic-stimulation-on-gene-expression-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-repair-of-bone-lesions
#8
Maryam Jazayeri, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, Nooshin Haghighipour, Bahram Bolouri, Fereshteh Mirahmadi, Mehdi Farokhi
OBJECTIVE: Most people experience bone damage and bone disorders during their lifetimes. The use of autografts is a suitable way for injury recovery and healing. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are key players in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Their proliferation potential and multipotent differentiation ability enable MSCs to be considered as appropriate cells for therapy and clinical applications. Differentiation of stem cells depends on their microenvironment and biophysical stimulations...
April 2017: Cell Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359286/the-double-edged-sword-of-re-expression-of-genes-by-hypomethylating-agents-from-viral-mimicry-to-exploitation-as-priming-agents-for-targeted-immune-checkpoint-modulation
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REVIEW
Florian Wolff, Michael Leisch, Richard Greil, Angela Risch, Lisa Pleyer
Hypomethylating agents (HMAs) have been widely used over the last decade, approved for use in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The proposed central mechanism of action of HMAs, is the reversal of aberrant methylation in tumor cells, thus reactivating CpG-island promoters and leading to (re)expression of tumor suppressor genes. Recent investigations into the mode of action of azacitidine (AZA) and decitabine (DAC) have revealed new molecular mechanisms that impinge on tumor immunity via induction of an interferon response, through activation of endogenous retroviral elements (ERVs) that are normally epigenetically silenced...
March 31, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346436/detailed-comparison-of-retroviral-vectors-and-promoter-configurations-for-stable-and-high-transgene-expression-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#10
D Hoffmann, J W Schott, F K Geis, L Lange, F-J Müller, D Lenz, D Zychlinski, D Steinemann, M Morgan, T Moritz, A Schambach
Correction of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) upon gene delivery through retroviral vectors offers new treatment perspectives for monogenetic diseases. Gene-modified iPSC clones can be screened for safe integration sites and differentiated into transplantable cells of interest. However, the current bottleneck is epigenetic vector silencing. In order to identify the most suitable retroviral expression system in iPSC, we systematically compared vectors from different retroviral genera, different promoters and their combination with ubiquitous chromatin opening elements (UCOE), and several envelope pseudotypes...
April 20, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328098/plasma-exchange-successfully-treated-macrophage-activation-syndrome-in-rheumatoid-factor-positive-polyarticular-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-with-combined-pneumonia
#11
Lianjie Shi, Fanlei Hu, Chuanhui Xu, Huaqun Zhu, Di Qie, Chuanjie Yuan, Yuhong Tao, Hanmin Liu
Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is one of the serious complications associated with rheumatic diseases, especially systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA). Here we describe a 9-year-old girl with rheumatoid factor (RF)-positive polyarticular JIA, not sJIA, combined with pneumonia who was successfully treated by plasma exchange. She was diagnosed with RF-positive polyarticular JIA based on positive RF and multiple joint swelling and tenderness 3 years ago. She was admitted in our hospital with myalgia for 2 days and a high fever for half a day...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327079/patterns-of-practice-in-community-mental-health-treatment-of-adult-depression
#12
Cara C Lewis, C Nathan Marti, Brigid R Marriott, Kelli Scott, David Ayer
OBJECTIVE: Community mental health therapists often endorse an eclectic orientation, but few studies reveal how therapists utilize elements of evidence-based psychotherapies. This study aimed to characterize treatment as usual patterns of practice among therapists treating depressed adults in community mental health settings. METHOD: Therapists (N = 165) from the USA's largest not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health services completed surveys assessing their demographics and practice element use with depressed adult clients...
March 22, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323624/conventional-or-natural-pharmacotherapy-and-the-prevalence-of-anxiety-and-depression-during-menopause
#13
Dorota Kopciuch, Anna Paczkowska, Tomasz Zaprutko, Michał Michalak, Elżbieta Nowakowska
Context • Psychoneurological symptoms are present in nearly all women in the perimenopausal period. Key elements of care in the period may include hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Alternatively, phytoestrogens, antidepressant pharmacotherapy, or a combination of hormonal and antidepressant therapies may be recommended. Objective • The study intended to verify whether women who are menopausal believe that a reduction in their symptoms of anxiety and depression depends on the type of pharmacotherapy used...
March 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319573/vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-maturation-stage-and-ki-67-index-are-diagnostic-biomarkers-for-pathologic-grade-of-ovarian-teratoma
#14
Masako Hongo-Kohama, Atsushi Kurata, Hirotsugu Hashimoto, Koji Fujita, Hajime Horiuchi, Toshitaka Nagao, Masahiko Kuroda
Although immature teratoma of the ovary is a rare disease, its pathologic grading, especially between low-grade (grade 1) and high-grade (grade 2 or 3) immature teratomas, is important for optimal therapy and prognosis. This grading, however, is currently solely dependent on quantitation of neuroepithelial components as judged by subjective assessments. As we have recently successfully studied the maturation of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in other organs using an h-caldesmon to α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) ratio, we decided to use this ratio to investigate a potential link between teratoma grade and SMC maturation, in combination with Ki-67 index...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292832/functional-organization-of-vestibulo-ocular-responses-in-abducens-motoneurons
#15
Haike Dietrich, Stefan Glasauer, Hans Straka
Vestibulo-ocular reflexes (VORs) are the dominating contributors to gaze stabilization in all vertebrates. During horizontal head movements, abducens motoneurons form the final element of the reflex arc that integrates visuovestibular inputs into temporally precise motor commands for the lateral rectus eye muscle. Here, we studied a possible differentiation of abducens motoneurons into subtypes by evaluating their morphology, discharge properties, and synaptic pharmacology in semi-intact in vitro preparations of larval Xenopus laevis Extracellular nerve recordings during sinusoidal head motion revealed a continuum of resting rates and activation thresholds during vestibular stimulation...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292291/traditional-arabic-islamic-medicine-validation-and-empirical-assessment-of-a-conceptual-model-in-qatar
#16
Sara N AlRawi, Amal Khidir, Maha S Elnashar, Huda A Abdelrahim, Amal K Killawi, Maya M Hammoud, Michael D Fetters
BACKGROUND: Evidence indicates traditional medicine is no longer only used for the healthcare of the poor, its prevalence is also increasing in countries where allopathic medicine is predominant in the healthcare system. While these healing practices have been utilized for thousands of years in the Arabian Gulf, only recently has a theoretical model been developed illustrating the linkages and components of such practices articulated as Traditional Arabic & Islamic Medicine (TAIM). Despite previous theoretical work presenting development of the TAIM model, empirical support has been lacking...
March 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287131/separation-of-nuclear-isomers-for-cancer-therapeutic-radionuclides-based-on-nuclear-decay-after-effects
#17
R Bhardwaj, A van der Meer, S K Das, M de Bruin, J Gascon, H T Wolterbeek, A G Denkova, P Serra-Crespo
(177)Lu has sprung as a promising radionuclide for targeted therapy. The low soft tissue penetration of its β(-) emission results in very efficient energy deposition in small-size tumours. Because of this, (177)Lu is used in the treatment of neuroendocrine tumours and is also clinically approved for prostate cancer therapy. In this work, we report a separation method that achieves the challenging separation of the physically and chemically identical nuclear isomers, (177m)Lu and (177)Lu. The separation method combines the nuclear after-effects of the nuclear decay, the use of a very stable chemical complex and a chromatographic separation...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286727/a-novel-combination-of-four-flavonoids-derived-from-astragali-radix-relieves-the-symptoms-of-cyclophosphamide-induced-anemic-rats
#18
Li Zhang, Amy G W Gong, Kashif Riaz, Jun Y Deng, Chih M Ho, Huang Q Lin, Tina T X Dong, Yi-Kuen Lee, Karl W K Tsim
By using a feedback system control scheme, the best combination of formononetin, ononin, calycosin, and calycosin-7-O-β-d-glucoside derived from Astragali Radix was shown to activate a hypoxia response element, a regulator for erythropoietin (EPO) transcription, in kidney fibroblast. In cyclophosphamide-induced anemic rats, the treatment of combined flavonoids, or EPO, improved the levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, hemoglobin, and hematocrit. In addition, the altered levels of antioxidant capacity, super oxidase dismutase, and malondialdehyde, triggered in anemic rats, were restored to control levels by the treatment of flavonoids...
March 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282575/sorafenib-combined-with-her-2-targeted-vaccination-can-promote-effective-t-cell-immunity-in-vivo
#19
Melek M E Sunay, Jeremy B Foote, James M Leatherman, Justin P Edwards, Todd D Armstrong, Christopher J Nirschl, Jessica Hicks, Leisha A Emens
The tumor microenvironment (TME) is established and maintained through complex interactions between tumor cells and host stromal elements. Therefore, therapies that target multiple cellular components of the tumor may be most effective. Sorafenib, a multi-kinase inhibitor, alters signaling pathways in both tumor cells and host stromal cells. Thus, we explored the potential immune-modulating effects of sorafenib in a murine HER-2-(neu) overexpressing breast tumor model alone and in combination with a HER-2 targeted granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF)-secreting vaccine (3T3neuGM)...
March 7, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279217/hypofibrinolysis-in-diabetes-a-therapeutic-target-for-the-reduction-of-cardiovascular-risk
#20
REVIEW
Katherine Kearney, Darren Tomlinson, Kerrie Smith, Ramzi Ajjan
An enhanced thrombotic environment and premature atherosclerosis are key factors for the increased cardiovascular risk in diabetes. The occlusive vascular thrombus, formed secondary to interactions between platelets and coagulation proteins, is composed of a skeleton of fibrin fibres with cellular elements embedded in this network. Diabetes is characterised by quantitative and qualitative changes in coagulation proteins, which collectively increase resistance to fibrinolysis, consequently augmenting thrombosis risk...
March 9, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
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