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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102816/clinicopathological-features-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-iga-nephropathy-with-minimal-change-disease-related-to-exposure-to-mercury-containing-cosmetics-a-case-report%C3%A2
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Hong-Xin Niu, Shen-Heng Li, Hong-Ying Li, Yi-Hua Chen, Wei-Wei Liu, Pei-Lin Li, Hai-Bo Long
AIM: Membranous nephropathy and minimal change disease (MCD) have been involved in mercury-induced nephrotic syndrome. IgA nephropathy is not known to be a common pathological type. In the present article, we report a case of IgA nephropathy with MCD following exposure to mercury-containing skin lightening cream. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The patient was a 39-year-old woman who presented with nephrotic syndrome. She had a 6-month history of using as many as 8 kinds of skin-lightening creams, and urinary mercury excretion was high...
January 19, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101313/a-young-adult-with-unintended-acute-intravenous-iron-intoxication-treated-with-oral-chelation-the-use-of-liver-ferriscan-for-diagnosing-and-monitoring-tissue-iron-load
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Mohamed Yassin, Ashraf T Soliman, Vincenzo De Sanctis, Abbas Moustafa, Sandra Abou Samaan, Abdulqadir Nashwan
Acute iron intoxication (FeI) in humans has not been adequately studied. The manifestation of FeI, defined as a serum iron concentration >300 μg/dL (55 μmol/L) within 12 hours of ingestion, include various symptoms appearing in progressive stages. Systemic toxicity is expected with an intake of 60 mg/kg. A 27-year-old female nurse presented with unintended acute intravenous iron intoxication (FeI) a week after self-injecting herself with 20 ampoules of IV iron (4,000 mg elemental iron, 60 mg/kg). She had stable vital signs and mild hepatic tenderness...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101309/patients-with-haemoglobinopathies-and-chronic-hepatitis-c-a-real-difficult-to-treat-population-in-2016
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Kalliopi Zachou, Pinelopi Arvaniti, Nikolaos K Gatselis, Kalliopi Azariadis, Georgia Papadamou, Eirini Rigopoulou, George N Dalekos
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: In the past, patients with haemoglobinopathies were at high risk of acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV) due to multiple transfusions before HCV screening. In these patients, the coexistence of haemochromatosis and chronic hepatitis C (CHC) often leads to more severe liver disease. We assessed the HCV prevalence, clinical characteristics and outcome in this setting with particular attention to the response to treatment including therapies with the new direct acting antivirals (DAAs)...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099398/utilizing-a-novel-mobile-health-selfie-application-to-improve-compliance-to-iron-chelation-in-pediatric-patients-receiving-chronic-transfusions
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Sarah Leonard, Lindsay M Anderson, Jude Jonassaint, Charles Jonassaint, Nirmish Shah
Iron chelation therapy can prevent iron overload for pediatric patients with sickle cell disease and β-thalassemia major; however, adherence is suboptimal. Therefore, we developed an intensive training program (ITP), to improve medication management and disease knowledge. The objectives were to determine feasibility of the ITP and its preliminary impact on adherence, disease knowledge, and health outcomes. Pediatric patients were recruited to participate in the ITP over a 90-day period and were followed for 6 months...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094851/blood-transfusion-for-preventing-primary-and-secondary-stroke-in-people-with-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Lise J Estcourt, Patricia M Fortin, Sally Hopewell, Marialena Trivella, Winfred C Wang
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease is one of the commonest severe monogenic disorders in the world, due to the inheritance of two abnormal haemoglobin (beta globin) genes. Sickle cell disease can cause severe pain, significant end-organ damage, pulmonary complications, and premature death. Stroke affects around 10% of children with sickle cell anaemia (HbSS). Chronic blood transfusions may reduce the risk of vaso-occlusion and stroke by diluting the proportion of sickled cells in the circulation...
January 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094551/effect-of-bovine-lactoferrin-on-chlamydia-trachomatis-infection-and-inflammation
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Rosa Sessa, Marisa Di Pietro, Simone Filardo, Alessia Bressan, Luigi Rosa, Antimo Cutone, Alessandra Frioni, Francesca Berlutti, Rosalba Paesano, Piera Valenti
Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate, intracellular pathogen responsible for the most common sexually transmitted bacterial disease worldwide, causing acute and chronic infections. The acute infection is susceptible to antibiotics, whereas the chronic one needs prolonged therapies, thus increasing the risk of developing antibiotic resistance. Novel alternative therapies are needed. The intracellular development of C. trachomatis requires essential nutrients, including iron. Iron-chelating drugs inhibit C. trachomatis developmental cycle...
October 21, 2016: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079179/transcriptome-and-network-analyses-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-reveal-that-amphotericin-b-and-lactoferrin-synergy-disrupt-metal-homeostasis-and-stress-response
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Chi Nam Ignatius Pang, Yu-Wen Lai, Leona T Campbell, Sharon C-A Chen, Dee A Carter, Marc R Wilkins
Invasive fungal infections are difficult to treat. The few available antifungal drugs have problems with toxicity or efficacy, and resistance is increasing. To overcome these challenges, existing therapies may be enhanced by synergistic combination with another agent. Previously, we found amphotericin B (AMB) and the iron chelator, lactoferrin (LF), were synergistic against a range of different fungal pathogens. This study investigates the mechanism of AMB-LF synergy, using RNA-seq and network analyses. AMB treatment resulted in increased expression of genes involved in iron homeostasis and ATP synthesis...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059036/reduction-of-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity-using-nanocarriers-a-review
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Michaela Fojtu, Jaromir Gumulec, Tibor Stracina, Martina Raudenska, Anna Skotakova, Marketa Vaculovicova, Vojtech Adam, Petr Babula, Marie Novakova, Michal Masarik
BACKGROUND: Anthracycline antibiotic doxorubicin (DOX) is a very potent and extensively prescribed chemotherapeutic drug. It is widely utilized in the therapy of variety of haematological and solid tumours, although its administration is commonly accompanied with several severe side effects. The most serious one is a development of dose-dependent and cumulative cardiotoxicity. In the course of time, many strategies have been investigated in order to avoid or at least to diminish DOX-induced cardiac dysfunction; these include reduction of toxic effect by co-administration with iron chelators (dexrazoxane), trastuzumab, taxanes, statins, and ACE-inhibitors...
January 5, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056742/fungal-biofilm-a-real-obstacle-against-an-efficient-therapy-lessons-from-candida
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Thaís Pereira de Mello, Lívia de Souza Ramos, Lys Adriana Braga-Silva, Marta Helena Branquinha, André Luis Souza Dos Santos
The past decades have witnessed a dramatic increase in invasive fungal infections, especially caused by different species belonging to the Candida genus. Nowadays, even after many improvements in several medical procedures, Candida infections (candidiasis) still account for an unacceptable high rate of morbimortality in hospital settings. Corroborating this statement, fungal biofilms formed on both abiotic and living surfaces are responsible for an important medical and economic burden, since biofilm lifestyle confers numerous advantages to the pathogens, including high tolerance to environmental stresses such as antimicrobials and host immune responses...
January 5, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048872/we-fg-bra-10-radiodosimetry-of-a-novel-alpha-particle-therapy-targeted-to-uveal-melanoma-absorbed-dose-to-organs-in-mice
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Christopher J Tichacek, Narges K Tafreshi, Mikalai M Budzevich, Epifanio Ruiz, Thaddeus J Wadas, Mark L McLaughlin, Eduardo G Moros, David L Morse
PURPOSE: The melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) is expressed in 94% of uveal melanomas and is described as an ideal target for this untreatable disease. MC1RL is a high affinity MC1R specific peptidomimetic ligand that can serve as a scaffold for therapeutic conjugates such as alpha particle emitting isotopes. The purpose of this study was to assess normal tissue distribution and risk as a result of using the DOTA chelator conjugated to MC1RL to deliver (225) Ac: MC1RL-DOTA-(225) Ac. METHODS: 17 non-tumor bearing BALB/c mice were intravenously injected with the novel MC1RL-DOTA-(225) Ac radiopharmaceutical with an average initial administered activity of 2...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047853/su-c-204-03-dft-calculations-of-the-stability-of-dota-based-radiopharmaceuticals
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A R Khabibullin, A Karolak, M M Budzevich, L M Woods, M V Martinez, M L McLaughlin, D L Morse
PURPOSE: Application of the density function theory (DFT) to investigate the structural stability of complexes applied in cancer therapy consisting of the 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA) chelated to Ac225, Fr221, At217, Bi213, and Gd68 radio-nuclei. METHODS: The possibility to deliver a toxic payload directly to tumor cells is a highly desirable aim in targeted alpha particle therapy. The estimation of bond stability between radioactive atoms and the DOTA chelating agent is the key element in understanding the foundations of this delivery process...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046347/we-fg-bra-07-theranostic-nanoparticles-improve-clinical-mr-guided-radiation-therapy
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A Detappe, S Kunjachan, L Sancey, V Motto-Ros, O Tillement, R Berbeco
PURPOSE: MR-guided radiation therapy is a current and emerging clinical reality. We have designed and tested a silica-based gadolinium chelates nanoparticle (AGuIX) for integration with MR-guided radiation therapy. The AGuIX nanoparticles used in this study are a dual-modality probe with radiosensitization properties and better MRI contrast than current FDA-approved gadolinium chelates. In advance of an approved Phase I clinical trial, we report on the efficacy and safety in multiple animal models and clinically relevant radiation conditions...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043897/natural-products-against-alzheimer-s-disease-pharmaco-therapeutics-and-biotechnological-interventions
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REVIEW
Abhijit Dey, Raktim Bhattacharya, Anuradha Mukherjee, Devendra Kumar Pandey
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a severe, chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with memory and cognition impairment ultimately leading to death. It is the commonest reason of dementia in elderly populations mostly affecting beyond the age of 65. The pathogenesis is indicated by accumulation of the amyloid-beta (Aβ) plaques and neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) in brain tissues and hyperphosphorylation of tau protein in neurons. The main cause is considered to be the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) due to oxidative stress...
December 30, 2016: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042812/snake-venom-metalloproteinases-and-their-peptide-inhibitors-from-myanmar-russell-s-viper-venom
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Khin Than Yee, Morgan Pitts, Pumipat Tongyoo, Ponlapat Rojnuckarin, Mark C Wilkinson
Russell's viper bites are potentially fatal from severe bleeding, renal failure and capillary leakage. Snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) are attributed to these effects. In addition to specific antivenom therapy, endogenous inhibitors from snakes are of interest in studies of new treatment modalities for neutralization of the effect of toxins. Two major snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs): RVV-X and Daborhagin were purified from Myanmar Russell's viper venom using a new purification strategy. Using the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) approach to explore the Myanmar RV venom gland transcriptome, mRNAs of novel tripeptide SVMP inhibitors (SVMPIs) were discovered...
December 30, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034291/radiopharmaceuticals-for-diagnosis-and-therapy-of-neuroendocrine-differentiated-prostate-cancer
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Giampiero Giovacchini, Elisabetta Giovannini, Mattia Riondato, Andrea Ciarmiello
Neuroendocrine differentiation of prostate cancer (PCa) is a relatively frequent event, generally understudied, that carries important prognostic information. It is most frequently observed during the advanced stages of disease, when PCa has lost its sensitivity to androgen deprivation therapy or to chemotherapy, moderate to diffuse bone metastatic spread dominates the imaging scenario and it is responsible for painful clinical symptomatology. However, evidences indicate that neuroendocrine differentiation is a progressive phenomenon that starts at the very early part of the pathogenesis of cancer transformation contributing to it...
December 29, 2016: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033726/optimization-of-desferrioxamine-e-production-by-streptomyces-parvulus
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Tamás Gáll, Gábor Lehoczki, Gyöngyi Gyémánt, Tamás Emri, Zsuzsa M Szigeti, György Balla, József Balla, István Pócsi
Siderophores are produced by a number of microbes to capture iron with outstandingly high affinity, which property also generates biomedical and industrial interests. Desferrioxamine E (DFO-E) secreted by streptomycetes bacteria can be an ideal candidate for iron chelation therapy, which necessitates its cost-effective production for in vitro and animal studies. This study focused on the optimization of DFO-E production by Streptomyces parvulus CBS548.68. Different combinations of various carbon and nitrogen sources as well as the addition of 3-morpholinopropane-1-sulfonic acid (MOPS) markedly affected DFO-E yields, which were attributed, at least in part, to the higher biomass productions found in MOPS-supplemented cultures...
December 2016: Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031527/tumor-initiating-cells-of-breast-and-prostate-origin-show-alterations-in-the-expression-of-genes-related-to-iron-metabolism
#17
Zuzana Rychtarcikova, Sandra Lettlova, Veronika Tomkova, Vlasta Korenkova, Lucie Langerova, Ekaterina Simonova, Polina Zjablovskaja, Meritxell Alberich-Jorda, Jiri Neuzil, Jaroslav Truksa
The importance of iron in the growth and progression of tumors has been widely documented. In this report, we show that tumor-initiating cells (TICs), represented by spheres derived from the MCF7 cell line, exhibit higher intracellular labile iron pool, mitochondrial iron accumulation and are more susceptible to iron chelation. TICs also show activation of the IRP/IRE system, leading to higher iron uptake and decrease in iron storage, suggesting that level of properly assembled cytosolic iron-sulfur clusters (FeS) is reduced...
December 22, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027882/acute-mercury-vapor-poisoning-in-a-3-month-old-infant-a-case-report
#18
Zhenyan Gao, Xiaolan Ying, Jin Yan, Ju Wang, Shizhong Cai, Chonghuai Yan
BACKGROUND: We investigated the clinical characteristics of a 3-month-old infant with acute mercury vapor poisoning. Clinical symptoms of acute mercury poisoning in infants include acute onset, rapid progression, severe illness with respiratory symptoms that may result in pneumothoraces and aspiration pneumonias. CASE PRESENTATION: A 3-month-old girl presented with pneumothoraces and respiratory failure to the hospital. Two days before hospitalization, the girl had stayed in a room containing mercury vapor for several hours...
December 24, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027442/theranostic-liposomes-with-hypoxia-activated-prodrug-to-effectively-destruct-hypoxic-tumors-post-photodynamic-therapy
#19
Liangzhu Feng, Liang Cheng, Ziliang Dong, Danlei Tao, Todd E Barnhart, Weibo Cai, Meiwan Chen, Zhuang Liu
Photodynamic therapy (PDT), a noninvasive cancer therapeutic method triggered by light, would lead to severe tumor hypoxia after treatment. Utilizing a hypoxia-activated prodrug, AQ4N, which only shows toxicity to cancer cells under hypoxic environment, herein, a multipurpose liposome is prepared by encapsulating hydrophilic AQ4N and hydrophobic hexadecylamine conjugated chlorin e6 (hCe6), a photosensitizer, into its aqueous cavity and hydrophobic bilayer, respectively. After chelating a (64)Cu isotope with Ce6, the obtained AQ4N-(64)Cu-hCe6-liposome is demonstrated to be an effective imaging probe for in vivo positron emission tomography, which together with in vivo fluorescence and photoacoustic imaging uncovers efficient passive homing of those liposomes after intravenous injection...
December 29, 2016: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024395/metalloporphyrin-encapsulated-biodegradable-nanosystems-for-highly-efficient-magnetic-resonance-imaging-guided-sonodynamic-cancer-therapy
#20
Ping Huang, Xiaoqin Qian, Yu Chen, Luodan Yu, Han Lin, Liying Wang, Yufang Zhu, Jianlin Shi
Traditional photodynamic therapy (PDT) suffers from the critical issues of low tissue-penetrating depth of light and potential phototoxicity, which are expected to be solved by developing new dynamic therapy-based therapeutic modalities such as sonodynamic therapy (SDT). In this work, we report on the design/fabrication of a high-performance multifunctional nanoparticulate sonosensitizer for efficient in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided SDT against cancer. The developed approach takes the structural and compositional features of mesoporous organosilica-based nanosystems for the fabrication of sonosensitizers with intriguing theranostic performance...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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