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Satoko Noguchi, Junichi Saito, Tomoyuki Kudo, Eiji Hashiba, Kazuyoshi Hirota
Background: We have reviewed four cases of Kawasaki disease treated with plasma exchange with 5% albumin in electrolyte-balanced solution, according to the recommended guidelines for Kawasaki disease in the intensive care unit, as their responses to intravenous immunoglobulin therapy were poor. Case presentation: The four cases were aged between 5 months and 3 years and weighted between 6.4 and 15.6 kg. The plasma levels of C-reactive protein were significantly decreased after plasma exchange ( p  < 0...
2018: JA Clin Rep
Z Merhi, E Buyuk, M J Cipolla
STUDY QUESTION: Does vitamin D attenuate the adverse effects of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) on steroidogenesis by human granulosa cells (GCs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: AGEs alter the expression of genes important in steroidogenesis while 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (vit D3) in vitro attenuates some of the actions of AGEs on steroidogenic gene expression, possibly by downregulating the expression of the pro-inflammatory cell membrane receptor for AGEs (RAGE). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Vitamin D attenuates the pro-inflammatory effects of AGEs in non-ovarian tissues...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Julia L Marcus, Leo B Hurley, Scott Chamberland, Jamila H Champsi, Laura C Gittleman, Daniel G Korn, Jennifer B Lai, Jennifer O Lam, Mary Patricia Pauly, Charles P Quesenberry, Joanna Ready, Varun Saxena, Suk Seo, David J Witt, Michael J Silverberg
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Treatment with the combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir for 12 weeks has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection; some patients can be treated with an 8-week course. Guidelines recommend a 12-week treatment course for black patients, but studies have not compared the effectiveness of 8 vs 12 weeks in black patients who are otherwise eligible for an 8-week treatment regimen. METHODS: We conducted an observational study of Kaiser Permanente Northern California members with HCV genotype 1 infection who were eligible for 8 weeks of treatment with ledipasvir and sofosbuvir (treatment-naïve, no cirrhosis, no HIV infection, level of HCV RNA <6 million IU/mL) and were treated for 8 or 12 weeks from October 2014 through December 2016...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
O El-Sherif, Z G Jiang, E B Tapper, K C Huang, A Zhong, A Osinusi, M Charlton, M Manns, N H Afdhal, K Mukamal, J McHutchison, D M Brainard, N Terrault, M P Curry
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Treatment with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents can reduce model for end-stage liver disease and Child-Pugh-Turcotte (CPT) scores in patients with decompensated cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV). However, many of these patients still die or require liver transplantation. We collected data on baseline features of patients and aimed to develop a scoring system to predict response to DAA therapy. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of data from 4 trials of the effects of sofosbuvir-based therapy in patients with HCV-associated decompensated cirrhosis (502 of CPT class B and 120 of CPT class C)...
March 10, 2018: Gastroenterology
Katyayani Tatiparti, Samaresh Sau, Kaustubh A Gawde, Arun K Iyer
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a difficult to treat disease due to the absence of the three unique receptors estrogen, progesterone and herceptin-2 (HER-2). To improve the current therapy and overcome the resistance of TNBC, there is unmet need to develop an effective targeted therapy. In this regard, one of the logical and economical approaches is to develop a tumor hypoxia-targeting drug formulation platform for selective delivery of payload to the drug-resistant and invasive cell population of TNBC tumors...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Chou-Yueh Chang, Horng-Rong Chang, Hsing-Chun Lin, Han-Hsin Chang
Objective Vegetarian diets have been shown to increase the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies, such as iron. As a number of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Taiwan are lacto-ovo vegetarians, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of different proportions and sources of protein in lacto-ovo vegetarian and omnivorous diets, as well as the influence of adequate dietary protein intake, on renal function and nutritional status of Taiwanese patients with stage 3 to stage 5 CKD. Methods This is a cross-sectional study...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Ramón C Hermida, Diana E Ayala, Artemio Mojón, José R Fernández
This trial investigated whether therapy with the entire daily dose of ≥1 hypertension medications at bedtime exerts a greater reduction in the risk of incident chronic kidney disease (CKD) than therapy with all medications upon awakening. We conducted a prospective, open-label, blinded endpoint trial of 2078 hypertensive patients without CKD (1017 men/1061 women, 53.6 ± 13.7 years of age) randomized to ingest all their prescribed hypertension medications upon awakening (n = 1041) or the entire daily dose of ≥1 of those medications at bedtime (n = 1037)...
March 12, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Junichi Hoshino, Takayuki Hamano, Masanori Abe, Takeshi Hasegawa, Atsushi Wada, Yoshifumi Ubara, Kenmei Takaichi, Masaaki Inaba, Shigeru Nakai, Ikuto Masakane
Background: For glycemic control in diabetic patients on dialysis it was unclear what level of glycated albumin (GA) was associated with the lowest mortality and GA's utility. Accordingly, we examined the difference in association between GA and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) with 1-year mortality in a cohort of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy. Methods: We examined 84 282 patients with prevalent diabetes who were on maintenance hemodialysis (HD) (female 30.3%; mean age 67...
March 8, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Xiaomeng Dai, Guoliang Pi, Sheng-Li Yang, George G Chen, Li-Ping Liu, Han-Hua Dong
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between the expression of PD-L1 and HIF-1α in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissue and further analyze the association with clinical parameters and the prognostic value of coexpression in HCC patients. METHODS: We assessed the expression of PD-L1 and HIF-1α by immunohistochemistry in tumor tissue from 90 HCC patients who underwent curative hepatectomy. The results were validated in an independent cohort of additional 90 HCC patients...
March 8, 2018: Translational Oncology
Tahereh Mohammadi Majd, Shiva Kalantari, Hadi Raeisi Shahraki, Mohsen Nafar, Afshin Almasi, Shiva Samavat, Mahmoud Parvin, Amirhossein Hashemian
Background: IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common primary glomerulonephritis diagnosed based on renal biopsy. Mesangial IgA deposits along with the proliferation of mesangial cells are the histologic hallmark of IgAN. Non-invasive diagnostic tools may help to prompt diagnosis and therapy. The discovery of potential and reliable urinary biomarkers for diagnosis of IgAN depends on applying robust and suitable models. Applying two multivariate modeling methods on a urine proteomic dataset obtained from IgAN patients, and comparison of the results of these methods were the purpose of this study...
March 10, 2018: Iranian Biomedical Journal
Alma L Saucedo-Yanez, Marlene M Perales-Quintana, David Paniagua-Vega, Concepcion Sanchez-Martinez, Paula Cordero-Perez, Noemi Waskman Minsky
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive condition characterized by a permanent and irreversible loss of renal function. In accordance to international guidelines, CKD clinical diagnosis methods are based on creatinine and albumin levels and glomerular filtration rate. Unfortunately, these parameters are scarcely affected in early stages, and its inherent intrinsic variability only allows for the identification of intermediate and advanced stages, when life expectancy has become shorter and treatment poses a significant financial investment...
March 6, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Huimin Tao, Yafeng Li, Tingting Wang, Changhui Zhou
Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of umbilical cord blood stem cells (USCs) transplantation combined with routine supportive therapy (RST) for liver cirrhosis (LC). Materials and methods: Clinical trials involved in this research were searched from Web of Science, PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Wanfang and CNKI database. Treatment effects, quality of life (QoL), adverse events and other outcome measures were extracted and evaluated...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Bhupesh Panwar, Suzanne E Judd, Virginia G Wadley, Nancy S Jenny, Virginia J Howard, Monika M Safford, Orlando M Gutiérrez
Importance: Higher circulating fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) concentrations are associated with cardiovascular disease events linked to heart failure, but associations of FGF23 with coronary heart disease (CHD) have been less consistent. Objective: To determine the association of plasma FGF23 concentrations with incident CHD and whether this association differs by race, sex, or chronic kidney disease status. Design, Setting, and Participants: We examined the association of FGF23 concentrations with incident CHD risk within the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke study, a prospective cohort of black and white adults 45 years and older enrolled between January 2003 and October 2007 with follow-up through December 31, 2011...
March 7, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Abraham Siika, Leanne McCabe, Mutsa Bwakura-Dangarembizi, Cissy Kityo, Jane Mallewa, Jay Berkley, Kath Maitland, Anna Griffiths, Keith Baleeta, Shepherd Mudzingwa, James Abach, Kusum Nathoo, Margaret J Thomason, Andrew J Prendergast, Ann Sarah Walker, Diana M Gibb
Background: Severely immunocompromised human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals have high mortality shortly after starting antiretroviral therapy (ART). We investigated predictors of early mortality and "late presenter" phenotypes. Methods: The Reduction of EArly MortaLITY (REALITY) trial enrolled ART-naive adults and children ≥5 years of age with CD4 counts <100 cells/µL initiating ART in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Kenya. Baseline predictors of mortality through 48 weeks were identified using Cox regression with backwards elimination (exit P > ...
March 4, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Li-Jie Xia, Yan-Ling Wu, Ji Ma, Fu-Chun Zhang
The primary objective of the treatment of malignant ascites in advanced stages is to alleviate symptoms using procedures such as diuresis, paracentesis of subretinal fluid and vena cava anastomosis. The effectiveness of systemic or intraperitoneal chemotherapy treatment is limited, and more efficacious therapies are required. The authors of the present study demonstrated that an antimicrobial peptide, cecropinXJ, isolated from the larvae of Bombyx mori, selectively inhibits the proliferation of gastric cancer cells...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Antonio Rodriguez-Poncelas, Joan Barrot-de la-Puente, Gabriel Coll de Tuero, Carles López-Arpí, Bogdan Vlacho, Flora Lopéz-Simarro, Xavier Mundet Tudurí, Josep Franch-Nadal
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess glycaemic control and prescribing practices of antihyperglycaemic treatment in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 aged 75 years or older. METHODS: We analysed data from health electronic records from 4,581 persons attended at primary healthcare centres of the Institut Català de la Salut (ICS), in the Girona Sud area of Catalonia, Spain, during 2013 and 2016. Variables such as age, gender, body mass index (BMI), diabetes duration, age at diabetes diagnosis, glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), creatinine, glomerular filtrate rate and the albumin/creatinine ratio in urine were collected...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Yuichi Uchino, Masafumi Watanabe, Munenori Takata, Eisuke Amiya, Kensuke Tsushima, Takeshi Adachi, Yukio Hiroi, Toshikazu Funazaki, Issei Komuro
BACKGROUND: We conducted a randomized, controlled trial to determine whether supplementation with oral branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) improves serum albumin and clinical outcomes in heart failure (HF) patients with hypoalbuminemia. METHODS AND RESULTS: We randomly assigned 18 in-hospital HF patients with serum albumin < 3.5 g/dL to receive oral BCAA granules (LIVACT® ) for 28 days during their hospital stay or until discharge (BCAA group; N = 9) or to receive no supplementation (controls; N = 9), in addition to recommended HF therapy...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
Jesus Vera-Aguilera, Agop Y Bedikian, Roland L Bassett, Wen-Jen Hwu, Kevin B Kim, Yong Qin, Suzanne Cain, Edwina W Washington, Michael A Davies, Sunil M Patel, Jade Homsi, Nicholas E Papadopoulos, Patrick Hwu, Sapna P Patel
OBJECTIVES: Hepatic arterial infusion (HAI) of cytotoxic chemotherapy is a strategy to deliver high dose of anticancer therapy to liver metastases that derive their blood supply from the hepatic artery. Metastatic melanoma (MM) has a high incidence of liver metastases, with uveal subtype in particular exhibiting a predilection for liver dissemination. Nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel) has demonstrated efficacy in MM and first-pass hepatic metabolism. Therefore, we hypothesized that HAI of nab-paclitaxel would deliver an effective dose of drug to the end organ of interest, with minimal systemic exposure...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
Zi-Ming Zhao, Jin Wang, Ugochukwu C Ugwuowo, Liming Wang, Jeffrey P Townsend
Background: Primary hepatic neuroendocrine carcinoma (PHNEC) is extremely rare. The diagnosis of PHNEC remains challenging-partly due to its rarity, and partly due to its lack of unique clinical features. Available treatment options for PHNEC include surgical resection of the liver tumor(s), radiotherapy, liver transplant, transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE), and administration of somatostatin analogues. Case presentation: We report two male PHNEC cases and discuss the diagnosis and treatment options...
2018: BMC Clinical Pathology
Heidi Kammerlander, Jan Nielsen, Jens Kjeldsen, Torben Knudsen, Kim Oren Gradel, Sonia Friedman, Bente Mertz Nørgård
Background: Fecal calprotectin (FC) is a biomarker used for assessing disease activity among IBD patients. Sparse knowledge exists as to whether FC correlates with clinical disease activity during pregnancy. Our aim was to assess FC and selected biomarkers in women with moderate-severe IBD and correlate them with clinical disease activity scores in pregnant women. Methods: We identified a nationwide cohort of 219 singleton pregnancies in women with moderate-severe disease (all treated with anti-tumor recrosis factor-α [anti-TNF-α] therapy during pregnancy), and we reviewed the medical records to extract clinical details and information on biomarkers...
February 28, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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