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Yuichi Nomura, Yoshitaka Asano, Jun Shinoda, Hirohito Yano, Yuka Ikegame, Tomohiro Kawasaki, Noriyuki Nakayama, Takashi Maruyama, Yoshihiro Muragaki, Toru Iwama
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess whether dynamic PET with11 C-methionine (MET) (MET-PET) is useful in the diagnosis of brain tumors. METHODS: One hundred sixty patients with brain tumors (139 gliomas, 9 meningiomas, 4 hemangioblastomas and 8 primary central nervous system lymphomas [PCNSL]) underwent dynamic MET-PET with a 3-dimensional acquisition mode, and the maximum tumor MET-standardized uptake value (MET-SUV) was measured consecutively to construct a time-activity curve (TAC)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Hanny Al-Samkari, Rachael F Grace, Jean M Connors
Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is an autoimmune disorder resulting in potentially life-threating systemic thrombotic microangiopathy due to production of antibodies directed against the von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease ADAMTS13. Typically managed with plasma exchange, glucocorticoids, and the first-generation anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab, patients with multiple relapses or refractory disease present unique management challenges. We describe a case of a young woman with multiple relapses of TTP despite standard therapy who was treated with ofatumumab, a second-generation anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, after developing a severe hypersensitivity reaction to rituximab precluding its use...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Dereje Kebebe, Yuanyuan Liu, Yumei Wu, Maikhone Vilakhamxay, Zhidong Liu, Jiawei Li
Cancer has become one of the leading causes of mortality globally. The major challenges of conventional cancer therapy are the failure of most chemotherapeutic agents to accumulate selectively in tumor cells and their severe systemic side effects. In the past three decades, a number of drug delivery approaches have been discovered to overwhelm the obstacles. Among these, nanocarriers have gained much attention for their excellent and efficient drug delivery systems to improve specific tissue/organ/cell targeting...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
D H Palmer, Y T Ma, M Peck-Radosavljevic, P Ross, J Graham, L Fartoux, A Deptala, M Studeny, D Schnell, J Hocke, A-B Loembé, T Meyer
BACKGROUND: This multicentre, open-label, phase-I/randomised phase-II trial evaluated safety, pharmacokinetics, maximum-tolerated-dose (MTD) per dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs), and efficacy of nintedanib vs. sorafenib in European patients with unresectable advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (aHCC). METHODS: Phase I: Patients were stratified into two groups per baseline aminotransferase/alanine aminotransferase and Child-Pugh score; MTD was determined. Phase II: Patients were randomised 2:1 to nintedanib (MTD) or sorafenib (400-mg bid) in 28-day cycles until intolerance or disease progression...
March 22, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Carina Götestam Skorpen, Stian Lydersen, Inge-Margrethe Gilboe, Johan Fredrik Skomsvoll, Kjell Å Salvesen, Øyvind Palm, Hege Suorza Svean Koksvik, Bente Jakobsen, Marianne Wallenius
Objectives: To examine possible differences in the ability to get pregnant and time to pregnancy (TTP) in women with SLE and RA, and to study possible influencing factors. Methods: Data from RevNatus, a Norwegian nationwide prospective observational register including women with inflammatory rheumatic diseases when planning pregnancy or after conception, was used. We compared rate of achieved pregnancy, the pregnancy outcomes live birth or pregnancy loss, and TTP between women with SLE (n = 53) and women with RA (n = 180)...
March 14, 2018: Rheumatology
Kwang-Hyun Lee, Young-Hoon Jo, Sung-Jae Kim, Wan-Sun Choi, Chang-Hun Lee, Joo-Hak Kim
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome of autogenous palmaris longus grafting for extensor tendon ruptures of 2 or more fingers in rheumatoid hands and to identify the factors related to the clinical outcome. METHODS: Between 2000 and 2013, a total 41 patients with advanced rheumatoid arthritis and multiple extensor tendon ruptures reconstructed with autogenous palmaris longus tendon grafts were reviewed. Extension lag at the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint, total active motion (TAM), and fingertip-to-palm (TTP) distance were evaluated at final follow-up...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Shuangshuang Lu, Jiayi Wu, Yan Fang, Wei Wang, Yu Zong, Xiaosong Chen, Ou Huang, Jian-Rong He, Weiguo Chen, Yafen Li, Kunwei Shen, Li Zhu
Introduction: Approximately 5% of primary breast cancer patients present de novo stage IV breast cancer, for whom systematic therapy is the mainstream treatment. The role of surgical excision of the primary tumor has been controversial due to inconsistent results of relevant studies. Recently, with the reports of some relevant preclinical data, retrospective studies and randomized clinical trials, we've got more evidence to reexamine the issue. Based on those above, a literature review and meta-analysis was performed to determine whether surgery of the primary tumor could improve overall survival in the setting of stage IV breast cancer...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Shinichiro Morioka, Mika Ichikawa, Keita Mori, Hanako Kurai
BACKGROUND: Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) are the most common contaminants of blood cultures, however, we sometimes have difficulties in determining their clinical significance. It is still controversial that there is a significant difference between the contamination group and the true bacteraemia group in the time to positivity (TTP) of blood cultures. We validated the relationship between a TTP and the presence of CoNS bacteraemia in cancer patients by using an objective, non-judgmental definition for CoNS contamination...
March 16, 2018: Infectious Diseases
Kathryn A McInerney, Kristen A Hahn, Elizabeth E Hatch, Ellen M Mikkelsen, Anne Z Steiner, Kenneth J Rothman, Henrik T Sørensen, Thala M Snerum, Lauren A Wise
OBJECTIVE: To assess the extent to which lubricant use during intercourse is associated with time-to-pregnancy (TTP). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Denmark and North America. POPULATION: 6,467 women aged 18-49 years who were not using contraception or fertility treatment. METHODS: We pooled data from two ongoing prospective cohort studies of pregnancy planners in Denmark (2011-2017) and North America (2013-2017)...
March 15, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Joseph Tracey, Danny Arora, Christopher E Gross, Selene G Parekh
BACKGROUND: Third generation total talar prostheses (TTPs) are viable options for talar avascular necrosis (AVN) in the absence of neighboring joint pathology. The use of modern three-dimensional (3D) printing allows the production of custom implants that exactly mimic the patient's anatomy. The aim of this study is to determine the accuracy of 3D printing in reproducing a synthetic talus and, in doing so, restoring more normal anatomical relationships. We hypothesize that this mode of replication will restore and maintain normal radiographic alignment of the ankle, subtalar, and forefoot joints in the setting of talar AVN...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Jian Yin, Ran Li, Wenchao Liu, Yunchang Chen, Xin Zhang, Xifeng Li, Xuying He, Chuanzhi Duan
Early brain injury (EBI) following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) can lead to inflammation and neuronal dysfunction. There is a need for effective strategies to mitigate these effects and improve the outcome of patients who experience SAH. The mRNA-destabilizing protein tristetraprolin (TTP) is an anti-inflammatory factor that induces the decay of cytokine transcripts and has been implicated in diseases such as glioma. However, the mechanism of action of TTP in EBI after SAH is unclear. The present study investigated the effects of TTP regulation via phosphorylation in a rat model of SAH by protein phosphatase (PP)2A, which is a pleiotropic enzyme complex with multiple substrate phospho-proteins...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Neda Mostofizadeh, Serajaddin Arefnia, Mahin Hashemipour, Elham Hashemi Dehkordi
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) secondary to diabetic ketoacidosis has been rarely reported and is considered as a rare complication. If left untreated, this condition could be life threatening with considerable morbidity and mortality. Herein, we report a 6-year-old girl with reduced consciousness and respiratory distress with a history of polydipsia and polyuria in the 2 weeks before hospitalization. The patient was initially diagnosed as diabetic ketoacidosis based on clinical and laboratory findings and treated accordingly...
2018: Advanced Biomedical Research
Shang-Yu Chen, Tzu-Hua Weng, Wen-Pin Tseng, Chia-Ming Fu, Hui-Wen Lin, Chun-Hsing Liao, Tai-Fen Lee, Po-Ren Hsueh, Cheng-Chung Fang, Shey-Ying Chen
Few studies analyzed the association between blood culture time to positivity (TTP) and risk of complicated nontyphoidal Salmonella (NTS) bacteremia. We conducted a retrospective study of 206 patients (aged 60.4 ± 17.4 years) with NTS bacteremia during a 30-month period. Complicated NTS bacteremia was defined as the presence of 30-day mortality, complicated infection requiring surgery or abscess drainage, or requirement of intensive care unit admission. Serogroup D (75.7%) was the predominant isolates. Malignancy (44...
February 13, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Yuka Matsunaga, Masataka Ishimura, Hazumu Nagata, Kiyoshi Uike, Tadamune Kinjo, Masayuki Ochiai, Kenichiro Yamamura, Hidetoshi Takada, Yoshihisa Tanoue, Masaki Hayakawa, Masanori Matsumoto, Toshiro Hara, Shouichi Ohga
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA) are microvascular occlusive disorders characterized by systemic or intrarenal platelet aggregation, thrombocytopenia, and red cell fragmentation. Post-operative TMA mostly occurs in adult patients with cardiovascular surgery, with the distinct pathophysiology from classical thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) although the exact pathophysiology remains unclear. CASE PRESENTATION: A one-month-old infant developed TMA after the initial surgery of double outlet right ventricle...
February 7, 2018: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Peter Popovic, Ana Leban, Klara Kregar, Manca Garbajs, Rok Dezman, Matjaz Bunc
Background: The purpose of this retrospective cohort study was to evaluate the clinical value of computed tomographic perfusion imaging (CTPI) parameters in predicting the response to treatment and overall survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with drug-eluting beads transarterial chemoembolization (DEBTACE). Patients and methods: Between December 2010 and January 2013 eighteen patients (17 men, 1 woman; mean age 69 ± 5.8 years) with intermediate stage HCC underwent CTPI of the liver prior to treatment with DEBTACE...
March 2018: Radiology and Oncology
Lin Zheng, Hai-Liang Li, Chen-Yang Guo, Su-Xia Luo
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and prognostic factors associated with transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) combined with microwave ablation (MWA) versus TACE alone for a large solitary or multinodular hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs). Materials and Methods: This retrospective study involved 258 patients with a large solitary or multinodular HCCs (not more than 10 tumors) who underwent TACE + MWA (n = 92) or TACE alone (n = 166) between July 2011 and April 2015...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
H M Steinkamp, J D Hathaway-Schrader, M B Chavez, J D Aartun, L Zhang, T Jensen, A Shojaee Bakhtiari, K L Helke, D J Stumpo, A V Alekseyenko, C M Novince, P J Blackshear, K L Kirkwood
Tristetraprolin (TTP) is an RNA-binding protein that targets numerous immunomodulatory mRNA transcripts for degradation. Many TTP targets are key players in the pathogenesis of periodontal bone loss, including tumor necrosis factor-α. To better understand the extent that host immune factors play during periodontal bone loss, we assessed alveolar bone levels, inflammation and osteoclast activity in periodontal tissues, and immune response in draining cervical lymph nodes in TTP-deficient and wild-type (WT) mice in an aging study...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
G Polton, R Finotello, S Sabattini, F Rossi, P Laganga, M E Vasconi, A Barbanera, K Stiborova, C Rohrer Bley, L Marconato
Unresectable or metastatic (advanced) primary pulmonary carcinoma (PPC) represents a therapeutic challenge where surgery may be contraindicated and the therapeutic role of maximum-tolerated dose (MTD) chemotherapy remains uncertain. This study was undertaken to explore the impact of metronomic chemotherapy (MC) in dogs with advanced PPC. Previously untreated dogs with advanced (T3 or N1 or M1) PPC, with complete staging work-up and follow-up data, receiving MC (comprising low-dose cyclophosphamide, piroxicam and thalidomide), surgery, MTD chemotherapy or no oncologic treatment were eligible for inclusion...
March 6, 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
Dae-Won Lee, Kyung-Hun Lee, Hee-Jun Kim, Tae-Yong Kim, Jin-Soo Kim, Sae-Won Han, Do-Youn Oh, Jee Hyun Kim, Seock-Ah Im, Tae-You Kim
BACKGROUND: Oxaliplatin is a platinum derivative that has shown efficacy in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. S-1 is an oral fluoropyrimidine that has substituted for 5-fluorouracil in many cancers. This was a multicenter, open-label, single-arm phase II trial that evaluated the efficacy of S-1 and oxaliplatin (SOX) in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. All patients included in the present study were systemic treatment-naïve. Prior treatment with sorafenib was allowed, but other treatments were not...
March 5, 2018: BMC Cancer
Wen-Chang Yu, Kong-Zhi Zhang, Shi-Guang Chen, Wei-Fu Liu
This prospective study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of apatinib in patients with intermediate/advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).The patients with intermediate/advanced HCC, who met predetermined inclusion and exclusion criteria, underwent oral treatment of apatinib 500 mg daily. The drug-related adverse effects were monitored by regular follow-up and workup including laboratory tests and imaging examinations. Tumor response was assessed by response evaluation criteria in solid tumor criteria...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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