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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636276/covariate-selection-with-group-lasso-and-doubly-robust-estimation-of-causal-effects
#1
Brandon Koch, David M Vock, Julian Wolfson
The efficiency of doubly robust estimators of the average causal effect (ACE) of a treatment can be improved by including in the treatment and outcome models only those covariates which are related to both treatment and outcome (i.e., confounders) or related only to the outcome. However, it is often challenging to identify such covariates among the large number that may be measured in a given study. In this article, we propose GLiDeR (Group Lasso and Doubly Robust Estimation), a novel variable selection technique for identifying confounders and predictors of outcome using an adaptive group lasso approach that simultaneously performs coefficient selection, regularization, and estimation across the treatment and outcome models...
June 21, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634206/papers-of-note-in-science-translational-medicine9-394
#2
Leslie K Ferrarelli
This week's articles describe how broccoli can combat type 2 diabetes, how monocytes contribute to the failure of organ transplant grafts, and how to more durably treat RET- or KRAS-driven lung cancer.
June 20, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634075/mint3-in-bone-marrow-derived-cells-promotes-lung-metastasis-in-breast-cancer-model-mice
#3
Toshiro Hara, Yoshinori Murakami, Motoharu Seiki, Takeharu Sakamoto
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women in the world. Although breast cancer is well treatable at the early stage, patients with distant metastases show a poor prognosis. Data from recent studies using transplantation models indicate that Mint3/APBA3 might promote breast cancer malignancy. However, whether Mint3 indeed contributes to tumor development, progression, or metastasis in vivo remains unclear. To address this, here we examined whether Mint3 depletion affects tumor malignancy in MMTV-PyMT breast cancer model mice...
June 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633251/successful-lung-transplantation-for-pulmonary-disease-associated-with-erdheim-chester-disease
#4
Kohei Hashimoto, Kentaroh Miyoshi, Hisao Mizutani, Shinji Otani, Seiichiro Sugimoto, Masaomi Yamane, Takahiro Oto
A 53-year-old man with pulmonary fibrosis associated with Erdheim-Chester disease achieved long-term survival after lung transplantation. Major clinical manifestations included lung and bone injuries, and other vital organs were functionally unaffected by the disease. After a careful observation for the disease progression, he underwent bilateral deceased-donor lung transplantation. He has returned to his normal social life and is doing well without recurrence of Erdheim-Chester disease in the lung allograft or progression in other organs 5 years after transplant...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632754/permissive-hypercapnia-for-severe-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-immunocompromised-children-a-single-center-experience
#5
Hans Fuchs, Nicola Rossmann, Manuel B Schmid, Manfred Hoenig, Ulrich Thome, Benjamin Mayer, Daniel Klotz, Helmut D Hummler
BACKGROUND: Controlled hypoventilation while accepting hypercapnia has been advocated to reduce ventilator-induced lung injury. The aim of the study was to analyze outcomes of a cohort of immunocompromised children with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) ventilated with a strategy of stepwise increasing PCO2 targets up to 140 mm Hg. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of outcomes of a cohort of children with oncologic disease or after stem cell transplantation and severe respiratory failure in comparison with a historical control cohort...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632515/p4-stump-approach-for-intraoperative-portal-vein-stenting-in-pediatric-living-donor-liver-transplantation-an-innovative-technique-for-a-challenging-problem
#6
Chao-Long Chen, Yu-Fan Cheng, Viola Huang, Ting-Lung Lin, Yi-Chia Chan, Hsin-You Ou, Chee-Chien Yong, Shih-Ho Wang, Chih-Che Lin
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of the P4 stump stenting approach for treating portal vein (PV) complications in pediatric living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). BACKGROUND: PV complications cause significant morbidity and mortality in pediatric LDLT. Biliary atresia in the backdrop of pathological PV hypoplasia and sclerosis heightens the complexity of PV reconstruction. The authors developed a novel approach for intraoperative PV stenting via the graft segment 4 PV stump (P4 stump) to address this challenge...
June 19, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631618/exhaled-carbon-monoxide-is-correlated-with-ischemia-reperfusion-injuries-during-ex-vivo-lung-perfusion-in-pigs
#7
Maxime Maignan, Stéphane Gennai, Guillaume Debaty, Daniele Romanini, Marie Hélène Schmidt, Vivien Brenckmann, Angélique Brouta, Irène Ventrillard, Raphael Briot
Measurement of exhaled carbon monoxide (eCO) might help in the selection of lung grafts during ex vivo lung perfusion since its endogenous production is increased under ischemia reperfusion. The objective of this study was to measure eCO variations depending on the extent of lung ischemia reperfusion injuries. Using a porcine model and a laser spectrometer instrument, eCO was measured during ex vivo lung perfusion. eCO was compared after 30 min (D0) or 24 h (D1) of cold ischemia. The ability of eCO to distinguish lungs deemed suitable for transplantation was evaluated...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631103/transesophageal-echocardiography-in-orthotopic-liver-transplantation-a-comprehensive-intraoperative-monitoring-tool
#8
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Luigi Vetrugno, Federico Barbariol, Umberto Baccarani, Francesco Forfori, Giovanni Volpicelli, Giorgio Della Rocca
Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography is a minimally invasive monitoring tool that can provide real-time visual information on ventricular function and hemodynamic volume status in patients undergoing liver transplantation. The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases states that transesophageal echocardiography should be used in all liver transplant candidates in order to assess chamber sizes, hypertrophy, systolic and diastolic function, valvular function, and left ventricle outflow tract obstruction...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627425/a-multicenter-retrospective-analysis-stressing-importance-of-long-term-follow-up-after-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-for-%C3%AE-thalassemia
#9
S Chaudhury, M Ayas, C Rosen, M Ma, M Viqaruddin, S Parikh, S Kharbanda, K Y Chiang, A Haight, M Bhatia, Gmt Guilcher, A Thompson, S Shenoy
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is curative in patients with β-thalassemia major. However, the majority of reports on HCT outcomes lack long-term follow-up data with the exception of single center reports. An international multicenter retrospective data collection and analysis was conducted in 176 β-Thalassemia patients who were 1 year or beyond after first HCT to evaluate follow up methods and outcomes at 7 centers- Median age at HCT was 5.5 years (range, 0.6- 18.5) and median follow-up was 7 years (range, 1-20)...
June 13, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624338/heart-transplant-centers-with-multidisciplinary-team-show-a-higher-level-of-chronic-illness-management-findings-from-the-international-bright-study
#10
Maan Isabella Cajita, Eva Baumgartner, Lut Berben, Kris Denhaerynck, Remon Helmy, Sandra Schönfeld, Gabriele Berger, Christine Vetter, Fabienne Dobbels, Cynthia L Russell, Sabina De Geest
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to: (1) explore the proportion of HTx centers that have a multidisciplinary team and (2) assess the relationship between multidisciplinarity and the level of chronic illness management (CIM). BACKGROUND: The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) recommends a multidisciplinary approach in heart transplant (HTx) follow-up care but little is known regarding the proportion of HTx centers that meet this recommendation and the impact on patient care...
June 14, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624055/sevoflurane-preconditioning-protects-from-posttransplant-injury-in-mouse-lung-transplantation
#11
Yoshito Yamada, Isabelle Laube, Jae-Hwi Jang, John M Bonvini, Ilhan Inci, Walter Weder, Beatrice Beck Schimmer, Wolfgang Jungraithmayr
BACKGROUND: Although sevoflurane (Sevo) had been shown to ameliorate posttransplant injury in various organs, data available are inconsistent, particularly in the context of lung transplantation (Tx). We here investigated if preconditioning by Sevo can protect from posttransplant injury regarding both, primary graft dysfunction (PGD) and acute rejection (AR) after experimental lung Tx, thereby focusing on two important clinical outcome parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three experimental approaches were used: (1) BALB/c mice were preconditioned for 2 h with Sevo or a fentanyl cocktail (Control; n = 10); (2) syngeneic (Syn) mouse lung Tx (C57BL/6) with a Sevo-preconditioned graft followed by 18 h storage to mimic PGD (Syn-Tx, n = 12) versus controls (fentanyl cocktail); and (3) allogeneic (Allo) Tx (BALB/c, donor; C57BL/6, recipient) to mimic AR (Allo-Tx, n = 12) versus controls (fentanyl cocktail)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624031/lung-transplantation-with-lungs-from-older-donors-an-analysis-of-survival-in-elderly-recipients
#12
Jacob Katsnelson, Bryan A Whitson, Dmitry Tumin, Yazhini Ravi, Ahmet Kilic, Joseph D Tobias, Chittoor B Sai-Sudhakar, Don Hayes
BACKGROUND: The average ages of lung transplant (LTx) recipients and donors are increasing. With older recipients considered to be especially at high risk of posttransplant mortality, we sought to determine whether the use of allografts from older donors affects survival among older patients undergoing LTx. METHODS: The United Network for Organ Sharing registry was used to identify patients aged 65-80 y receiving a first-time LTx between 1987 and 2013. Survival analysis examined implications of a donor-recipient age difference >10 y using Cox proportional hazards regression...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623181/allele-level-hla-matching-for-umbilical-cord-blood-transplantation-for-non-malignant-diseases-in-children-a-retrospective-analysis
#13
Mary Eapen, Tao Wang, Paul A Veys, Jaap J Boelens, Andrew St Martin, Stephen Spellman, Carmem Sales Bonfim, Colleen Brady, Andrew J Cant, Jean-Hugues Dalle, Stella M Davies, John Freeman, Katherine C Hsu, Katharina Fleischhauer, Chantal Kenzey, Joanne Kurtzberg, Gerard Michel, Paul J Orchard, Annalisa Paviglianiti, Vanderson Rocha, Michael R Veneris, Fernanda Volt, Robert Wynn, Stephanie J Lee, Mary M Horowitz, Eliane Gluckman, Annalisa Ruggeri
BACKGROUND: The standard for selecting unrelated umbilical cord blood units for transplantation for non-malignant diseases relies on antigen-level (lower resolution) HLA typing for HLA-A and HLA-B, and allele-level for HLA-DRB1. We aimed to study the effects of allele-level matching at a higher resolution-HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C, and HLA-DRB1, which is the standard used for adult unrelated volunteer donor transplantation for non-malignant diseases-for umbilical cord blood transplantation...
June 13, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622179/paucicellular-fibrointimal-proliferation-characterizes-pediatric-pulmonary-vein-stenosis-clinicopathologic-analysis-of-213-samples-from-97-patients
#14
Alexandra E Kovach, Philip M Magcalas, Christina Ireland, Kerry McEnany, Andre M Oliveira, Mark W Kieran, Christopher W Baird, Kathy Jenkins, Sara O Vargas
Pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS) is a luminal narrowing of extrapulmonary pulmonary veins. In pediatric patients, it arises following repair of congenital heart disease, particularly anomalous pulmonary venous return; in lung disease, especially prematurity; and rarely in isolation. The etiology is unknown and the course often fatal without lung transplantation. We hypothesized that systematic clinicopathologic review of pediatric PVS could provide further pathogenic insight. We included patients who underwent first resection of pulmonary venous tissue for symptomatic PVS at our pediatric referral center from 1995 to 2014...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620674/organ-dysfunction-and-failure-following-brain-death-do-not-preclude-successful-donation
#15
Eno-Obong I Essien, Nehu Parimi, Jennifer Gutwald-Miller, Tyree Nutter, Thomas M Scalea, Deborah M Stein
BACKGROUND: Organ dysfunction is common after neurologic determination of death (NDD) but before organ collection. Reliable markers for graft success following transplant of these organs would be useful. We sought to determine the relationship between the donor after neurologic determination of death (DNDD) pathophysiology and successful organ donation. METHODS: Donor information was obtained through the local organ procurement organization. Donor demographics and clinical data points for cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, hepatic, hematological and neuroendocrine systems were reviewed 12 h before and 12 h after neurologic determination of death was declared...
June 15, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620643/activin-biology-after-lung-transplantation
#16
Glen P Westall, Gregory I Snell, Monika Loskot, Bronwyn Levvey, Robyn O'Hehir, Mark P Hedger, David M de Kretser
BACKGROUND: Activins A and B, members of the TGF-β superfamily, are produced as part of the physiological response to tissue damage and the resulting proinflammatory response. Given that lung allograft reperfusion results in an inflammatory response, it is likely that the activins and their binding protein follistatin will form part of the regulatory response. There is a need to document the response of these proteins to allograft reperfusion to determine if there is a role for the use of follistatin to control the biological actions of the activins because some of these are potentially damaging...
June 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620154/influence-of-donor-lung-surfactant-a-and-b-protein-expression-on-the-development-of-primary-graft-dysfunction-after-lung-transplantation-a-pilot-study
#17
Asmae Belhaj, Carine Boven, Laurence Dewachter, Maria Ruiz Patino, Youri Sokolow, Benoît Rondelet
BACKGROUND Primary graft dysfunction (PGD) is responsible of high early mortality in lung transplanted patients. We measured the rate of surfactant proteins in the organ donor, and we observed the occurrence of lung PGD in the recipient. The co-relation between these two parameters was evaluated. MATERIAL AND METHODS In this pilot study, we prospectively collected blood samples and lung biopsies in thirteen donors at the time of recovery of organs before preservation. Gene expression of SP-A, SP-B, SP-D, and CC16 was evaluated by real-time quantitative PCR...
June 16, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620140/comparison-of-tumor-biology-of-two-distinct-cell-sub-populations-in-lung-cancer-stem-cells
#18
Jianyu Wang, Zhiwei Sun, Yongli Liu, Liangsheng Kong, Shixia Zhou, Junlin Tang, Hongmei Rosie Xing
3Characterization of the stem-like properties of cancer stem cells (CSCs) remain indirect and qualitative, especially the ability of CSCs to undergo asymmetric cell division for self renewal and differentiation, a unique property of cells of stem origin. It is partly due to the lack of stable cellular models of CSCs. In this study, we developed a new approach for CSC isolation and purification to derive a CSC-enriched cell line (LLC-SE). By conducting five consecutive rounds of single cell cloning using the LLC-SE cell line, we obtained two distinct sub-population of cells within the Lewis lung cancer CSCs that employed largely symmetric division for self-renewal (LLC-SD) or underwent asymmetric division for differentiation (LLC-ASD)...
June 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619045/human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-alleviate-obliterative-bronchiolitis-in-a-murine-model-via-ido
#19
Guoping Zheng, Guanguan Qiu, Menghua Ge, Jianping He, Lanfang Huang, Ping Chen, Wei Wang, Qi Xu, Yaoqin Hu, Qiang Shu, Jianguo Xu
BACKGROUND: Long-term survival of lung transplantation is hindered by the development of obliterative bronchiolitis (OB). Adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) were documented to have more potent immunosuppressive ability than mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from bone marrow and placenta. The goal of our study is to evaluate the effect of repeated administration of ASCs on OB and the involvement of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) mediating the protective effect of ASCs in a heterotopic tracheal transplantation (HTT) model...
June 15, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618165/herpes-simplex-virus-2-transmission-following-solid-organ-transplantation-donor-derived-infection-and-transplantation-from-prior-organ-recipients
#20
Nenad Macesic, Ian J Abbott, Matthew Kaye, Julian Druce, Allan R Glanville, Paul J Gow, Peter D Hughes, Tony M Korman, William R Mulley, Phillip J O'Connell, Helen Opdam, Miranda Paraskeva, Matthew C Pitman, Stella Setyapranata, William D Rawlinson, Paul D R Johnson
BACKGROUND: Owing to limited availability of donor organs, previous solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients are increasingly considered as potential organ donors. We report donor-derived transmission of herpes simplex virus type-2 (HSV-2) to two clusters of SOT recipients with transmission from the original donor and an HSV-2-infected recipient who subsequently became a donor. METHODS: We reviewed medical records of the donors and recipients in both clusters. Pre-transplant serology and virological features of HSV-2 were characterized...
June 15, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
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