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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222414/urinary-steroid-metabolites-in-a-case-of-florid-ectopic-cushing-s-syndrome-and-clinical-correlations
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Angelos Kyriacou, Karolina G Stepien, Basil Issa
A 51-year old woman was admitted with multiple cerebral, pulmonary and intra-abdominal abscesses. The combination of apparent immunosuppression, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypokalaemia, osteoporotic fractures and bilateral shoulder avascular necrosis led to a clinical diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome (CS). This was biochemically confirmed as follows: midnight serum cortisol 4275 nmol/L (60-250), non-suppressed overnight dexamethasone suppression test, raised salivary cortisol 716 nmol/L (5-46) and ACTH 639 ng/L (0-46)...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218810/phytosterols-improve-immunity-and-exert-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-weaned-piglets
#2
Qiaoling Hu, Zhuo Zhao, Shenglin Fang, Yiwei Zhang, Jie Feng
BACKGROUND: Phytosterols (PS), plant-derived natural steroid compounds, are novel feed additives to regulate immune function and promote pig growth. This study was conducted to determine the effects of PS on the immune response of weaned piglets. RESULTS: One hundred and twenty crossbred (Duroc × Landrace × Yorkshire) piglets with an average initial weight of 9.58 ± 0.26 kg were randomly allotted to three treatments. Treatments consisted of a control, PS (0...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217235/electrophysiologic-similarities-of-overdose-between-digoxin-and-bufadienolides-found-in-a-chinese-aphrodisiac
#3
Maxwell Bressman, Daniel Repplinger, William Slater, Mitchell Patt
Classically derived from toad venom, bufadienolides are a group of cardioactive steroids with properties similar to digoxin. Some traditional Chinese medications, including several aphrodisiacs, contain bufadienolides. Owing to their physiologic similarities to digoxin, bufadienolides have been shown to produce a toxic profile similar to that of digoxin and there have been multiple case reports of the use of these aphrodisiacs resulting in death. This report will describe a case that illustrates the electrophysiologic similarities between bufadienolide toxicity and digoxin toxicity as well as the treatment of bufadienolide toxicity...
February 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215225/transcription-factors-in-breast-cancer-lessons-from-recent-genomic-analyses-and-therapeutic-implications
#4
E Zacksenhaus, J C Liu, Z Jiang, Y Yao, L Xia, M Shrestha, Y Ben-David
Multiplatform genomic analyses have identified 93 frequently altered genes in breast cancer. Of these, as many as 49 genes are directly or indirectly involved in transcription. These include constitutive and inducible DNA-binding transcription factors (DB-TFs, 13 genes), corepressors/coactivators (14 genes), epigenetic (10), and mediator/splicing/rRNA (3) factors. At least nine additional genes are immediate upstream regulators of transcriptional cofactors. G:profiler analysis reveals that these alterations affect cell cycle, development/differentiation, steroid hormone, and chromatin modification pathways...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214091/multidonor-intensive-faecal-microbiota-transplantation-for-active-ulcerative-colitis-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Sudarshan Paramsothy, Michael A Kamm, Nadeem O Kaakoush, Alissa J Walsh, Johan van den Bogaerde, Douglas Samuel, Rupert W L Leong, Susan Connor, Watson Ng, Ramesh Paramsothy, Wei Xuan, Enmoore Lin, Hazel M Mitchell, Thomas J Borody
BACKGROUND: The intestinal microbiota is implicated in the pathogenesis of ulcerative colitis. Faecal microbiota transplantation is a novel form of therapeutic microbial manipulation, but its efficacy in ulcerative colitis is uncertain. We aimed to establish the efficacy of intensive-dosing, multidonor, faecal microbiota transplantation in active ulcerative colitis. METHODS: We conducted a multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial at three hospitals in Australia...
February 14, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213564/seven-year-tolerability-profile-of-glucocorticoids-use-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-data-from-the-espoir-cohort
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Camille Roubille, Nathalie Rincheval, Maxime Dougados, René-Marc Flipo, Jean-Pierre Daurès, Bernard Combe
OBJECTIVE: To explore the 7-year tolerability profile of glucocorticoids (GC) for early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: We examined data for 602 patients with RA from the early arthritis Etude et Suivi des POlyarthrites Indifférenciées Récentes (ESPOIR) cohort (<6 months disease duration) stratified into two groups: with or without GC treatment at least once during follow-up (median 7 years (IQR 0.038-7.65)). The main outcome was a composite of death, cardiovascular disease (including myocardial ischaemia, cerebrovascular accident and heart failure), severe infection and fracture...
February 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208702/the-glutamate-dehydrogenase-pathway-and-its-roles-in-cell-and-tissue-biology-in-health-and-disease
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Andreas Plaitakis, Ester Kalef-Ezra, Dimitra Kotzamani, Ioannis Zaganas, Cleanthe Spanaki
Glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) is a hexameric enzyme that catalyzes the reversible conversion of glutamate to α-ketoglutarate and ammonia while reducing NAD(P)⁺ to NAD(P)H. It is found in all living organisms serving both catabolic and anabolic reactions. In mammalian tissues, oxidative deamination of glutamate via GDH generates α-ketoglutarate, which is metabolized by the Krebs cycle, leading to the synthesis of ATP. In addition, the GDH pathway is linked to diverse cellular processes, including ammonia metabolism, acid-base equilibrium, redox homeostasis (via formation of fumarate), lipid biosynthesis (via oxidative generation of citrate), and lactate production...
February 8, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202365/optimising-the-use-of-medicines-to-reduce-acute-kidney-injury-in-children-and-babies
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L Oni, D B Hawcutt, M A Turner, M W Beresford, S McWilliam, C Barton, B K Park, P Murray, B Wilm, I Copple, R Floyd, M Peak, A Sharma, D J Antoine
The majority of medications in children are administered in an unlicensed or off-label manner. Paediatricians are obliged to prescribe using the limited evidence available. The 2007 EU regulation on the use of paediatric drugs means pharmaceutical companies are now obliged to (and receive incentives for) contributing to paediatric drug data and carrying out paediatric clinical trials. This is important, as the efficacy and adverse effect profiles of medicines vary across childhood. Additionally, there are significant age-related changes in the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic activity of many drugs...
February 12, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199328/association-of-pvuii-and-xbai-polymorphisms-on-estrogen-receptor-alpha-esr1-gene-to-changes-into-serum-lipid-profile-of-post-menopausal-women-effects-of-aging-body-mass-index-and-breast-cancer-incidence
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Neuza Felix Gomes-Rochette, Letícia Soncini Souza, Bruno Otoni Tommasi, Diego França Pedrosa, Sérgio Ragi Eis, Irani do Carmo Francischetto Fin, Fernando Luiz Herkenhoff Vieira, Jones Bernardes Graceli, Letícia Batista Azevedo Rangel, Ian Victor Silva
Estrogen is a steroidal hormone involved in several physiological functions in the female body including regulation of serum lipid metabolism and breast cancer (BC). Estrogen actions on serum lipids mostly occur through its binding to intracellular Estrogen Receptor alpha (ERalpha) isoform, expressed in most of tissues. This gene (ESR1) exhibit many polymorphic sites (SNPs) located either on translated and non-translated regions that regulate ERalpha protein expression and function. This paper aimed to investigate the association of two intronic SNPs of ESR1 gene, namely c454-397T>C (PvuII) and c454-351A>G (XbaI) to alterations in serum levels of total cholesterol (T-chol), total lipid (TL), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), high density lipoprotein (HDL), and triglycerides (TG) in a cohort of post-menopausal women...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197932/effect-of-gnrha-ovulation-trigger-dose-on-follicular-fluid-characteristics-and-granulosa-cell-gene-expression-profiles
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Thi Ngoc Lan Vuong, M T Ho, T Q Ha, M Brehm Jensen, C Yding Andersen, P Humaidan
PURPOSE: A recent dose-finding study showed no significant differences in number of mature oocytes, embryos and top-quality embryos when triptorelin doses of 0.2, 0.3 or 0.4 mg were used to trigger final oocyte maturation in oocyte donors co-treated with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist. This analysis investigated whether triptorelin dosing for triggering final oocyte maturation in oocyte donors induced differences in follicular fluid (FF) hormone levels and granulosa cell gene expression...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194751/juvenile-generalized-pustular-psoriasis-is-a-chronic-recalcitrant-disease-an-analysis-of-27-patients-seen-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-johor-malaysia
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Bi-Wen Lau, Dee-Zhen Lim, Francesca Capon, Jonathan N Barker, Siew-Eng Choon
BACKGROUND: Limited information exists regarding juvenile generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP). We aim to determine the clinical profile and outcome of Malaysians with juvenile GPP. METHODS: Review of hospital case notes on patients with juvenile GPP. RESULTS: Twenty-seven patients with juvenile GPP were identified. Female to male ratio was 1.4:1. The median age at onset of GPP was 6.5 years. Ten patients had prior psoriasis with a median pre-pustular duration of 2...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176630/novel-drugs-for-hypertension-and-heart-failure-struggling-for-a-place-under-the-sun
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Charles Faselis, Chrysoula Boutari, Michael Doumas, Konstantinos Imprialos, Konstantinos Stavropoulos, Peter Kokkinos
BACKGOUND: Current drug therapy for the management of arterial hypertension and heart failure has provided substantial benefits but has also some limitations. LCZ696, a dual inhibitor of angiotensin receptor blockers and neprilysin, and finerenone, a non-steroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist, are two recently developed novel agents for the management of these conditions. METHODS: This review aims to present the pathophysiological basis for the use of these two novel drugs, critically discuss available clinical data, and provide future perspectives...
February 6, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162627/-379-comparative-evaluation-of-prostate-tissue-distribution-profiles-of-four-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-in-rats
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R Radhakrishnan, V Yellepeddi, J Radhakrishnan
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April 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161161/the-influence-of-postnatal-nutrition-on-reproductive-tract-and-endometrial-gland-development-in-dairy-calves
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Meghan L Wilson, Sarah R McCoski, Adam J Geiger, R Michael Akers, Sally E Johnson, Alan D Ealy
Uterine gland development occurs after birth in cattle and other mammals. The timeline of gland development has been described in various species, but little is known about how postnatal diet influences uterine gland development. This is especially concerning in dairy heifers, where a variety of milk replacer and whole milk nutrition options exist. Little work also exists in cattle to describe how early exposure to steroids influences reproductive tract and uterine gland development. The objective of this work was to determine the effects of early postnatal plane of nutrition and estrogen supplementation on uterine gland development in calves...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152600/unbiased-metabolite-profiling-of-schizophrenia-fibroblasts-under-stressful-perturbations-reveals-dysregulation-of-plasmalogens-and-phosphatidylcholines
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Joanne H Huang, Hyoungjun Park, Jonathan Iaconelli, Shaunna S Berkovitch, Bradley Watmuff, Donna McPhie, Dost Öngür, Bruce M Cohen, Clary B Clish, Rakesh Karmacharya
We undertook an unbiased metabolite profiling of fibroblasts from schizophrenia patients and healthy controls to identify metabolites and pathways that are dysregulated in disease, seeking to gain new insights into the disease biology of schizophrenia and to discover potential disease-related biomarkers. We measured polar and nonpolar metabolites in the fibroblasts under normal conditions and under two stressful physiological perturbations: growth in low-glucose media and exposure to the steroid hormone dexamethasone...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150289/relationship-between-gender-and-clinical-characteristics-associated-factors-and-hypertension-treatment-in-patients-with-resistant-hypertension
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Katarzyna Maria Hanus, Aleksander Prejbisz, Jerzy Gąsowski, Marek Klocek, Roman Topór-Mądry, Wiktoria Leśniak, Marek Kabat, Danuta Czarnecka, Kalina Kawecka-Jaszcz, Krzysztof Narkiewicz, Andrzej Januszewicz
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Recent meta-analysis indicate that the pooled prevalence of resistant hypertension (RHT) barely differed between sex. However differences between women and men with RHT in patients characteristics, associated factors and hypertension management are still not well-described. METHODS: In the cross-sectional questionnaire-based observational study we included 7306 hypertensive females and 5069 hypertensive males, ≥18 years old and treated for at least 12 months with antihypertensive drugs...
February 2, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146078/metabolomic-biomarkers-in-urine-of-cushing-s-syndrome-patients
#17
Alicja Kotłowska, Tomasz Puzyn, Krzysztof Sworczak, Piotr Stepnowski, Piotr Szefer
Cushing's syndrome (CS) is a disease which results from excessive levels of cortisol in the human body. The disorder is associated with various signs and symptoms which are also common for the general population not suffering from compound hypersecretion. Thus, more sensitive and selective methods are required for the diagnosis of CS. This follow-up study was conducted to determine which steroid metabolites could serve as potential indicators of CS and possible subclinical hypercortisolism in patients diagnosed with so called non-functioning adrenal incidentalomas (AIs)...
January 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138871/clinical-relevance-of-steroid-use-in-neuro-oncology
#18
REVIEW
K Ina Ly, Patrick Y Wen
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids are commonly used in the management of primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors and CNS metastases to treat cancer- and treatment-related cerebral edema and improve neurologic function. However, they are also associated with significant morbidity and mortality, given their wide range of adverse effects. PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the mechanism of action, pharmacology, and toxicity profile of corticosteroids and to critically appraise the evidence that supports their use in neuro-oncologic practice based on the latest scientific and clinical data...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138116/mirtazapine-is-effective-in-steroid-withdrawal-syndrome-related-depression-a-case-report
#19
Sourav Khanra, Sourav Das
Steroid withdrawal syndrome (SWS) following steroid dependence is becoming a common clinical condition. It may be associated with body image disorder. Though selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are found to be effective SWS associated depression, data for this clinical condition is limited. We present a case of SWS associated with body image disorder which improved with mirtazapine. Mirtazapine might be better option than SSRIs in this subgroup of patients for its noradrenergic property and better gastrointestinal profile...
February 28, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126912/growth-hormone-with-aromatase-inhibitor-may-improve-height-in-cyp11b1-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia
#20
Katherine Hawton, Sandra Walton-Betancourth, Gill Rumsby, Joseph Raine, Mehul Dattani
With an estimated prevalence of 1 in 100 000 births, 11β-hydroxylase deficiency is the second most common form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) and is caused by mutations in CYP11B1 Clinical features include virilization, early gonadotropin-independent precocious puberty, hypertension, and reduced stature. The current mainstay of management is with glucocorticoids to replace deficient steroids and to minimize adrenal sex hormone overproduction, thus preventing virilization and optimizing growth. We report a patient with CAH who had been suboptimally treated and presented to us at 6 years of age with precocious puberty, hypertension, tall stature, advanced bone age, and a predicted final height of 150 cm...
January 26, 2017: Pediatrics
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