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Kazuha Kizaki, Fumiharu Yamashita, Tomoya Hayashi, Noboru Funakoshi
AIM: This study was designed to investigate which biological agent, infliximab or tocilizumab, would more intensively keep suppressing oxidative stress among well-controlled patients as C-reactive protein (CRP) levels normalized in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, it was intended to clarify indicative factors of oxidative stress among well-controlled patients with RA. METHODS: We recruited 61 well-controlled (CRP < 0.3 mg/dL within normal ranges) patients with RA using biological agents (infliximab n = 33; tocilizumab n = 28), active RA patients with CRP > 1...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Shun-Jin Hu, Bing Shu, Hua Jin, Xiao-Feng Li, Jia-Rong Mao, Ke-Jun Ren, Lei Gao, Li Yang, You-Wan Wu, Yong-Jun Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the renal protective effect of Tangshenkang Granule () in a rat model of diabetic nephropathy (DN). METHODS: Forty male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control, DN, Tangshenkang and benazepril groups. DN model was established in the rats of DN, Tangshenkang and benazepril groups. Tangshenkang Granule solution and benazepril hydrochloride solution were intragastrically administered daily to the rats in the Tangshenkang and benazepril groups for 8 weeks, respectively...
October 24, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Lakshmi Kasirajan, Kalaivaani Aruchamy, Prathima P Thirugnanasambandam, Selvi Athiappan
Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) is one of the highest biomass-producing plant and the best lignocellulosic feedstock for ethanol production. To achieve more efficient conversion of biomass to ethanol, a better understanding of the main factors affecting biomass recalcitrance is needed. Therefore, with this objective, here, we report a systematic study on lignin content, deposition, identification, and cloning of genes involved in lignin biosynthesis and their differential expression in five sugarcane clones, EC11003, EC11010, IK 76-91, IK 76-99, and Co 86032...
October 19, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Philipp Lingohr, Jonas Dohmen, Hanno Matthaei, Timo Schwandt, Kathy Stein, Gun-Soo Hong, Julia Steitz, Thomas Longerich, Edwin Bölke, Sven Wehner, Jörg C Kalff
PURPOSE: Laparoscopic surgery (LS) has proved superior compared to conventional surgery (CS) regarding morbidity, length of hospital stay, rate of wound infection and time until recovery. An improved preservation of the postoperative immune function is assumed to contribute to these benefits though the role of the local peritoneal immune response is still poorly understood. Our study investigates the peritoneal immune response subsequent to abdominal surgery and compares it between laparoscopic and conventional surgery to find an immunological explanation for the clinically proven benefits of LS...
October 19, 2016: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Min Hyeong Jo, Jung Wook Suh, Jeong Seok Yun, Hwan Namgung, Dong-Guk Park
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine 2-year follow-up results of cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and intraperitoneal chemotherapy (IPC) for peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) of colorectal cancer. METHODS: We performed 54 cases of CRS and IPC in 53 patients with PC of colorectal cancer from December 2011 to December 2013. We collected data prospectively and analyzed the grade of PC, morbidity and mortality, and short-term follow-up (median, 10 months; range, 2-47 months) results...
October 2016: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Lanxing Fu, Peter Aspinall, Gary Bennett, Jay Magidson, Andrew J Tatham
PURPOSE: To quantify the influence of spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT) on decision-making in patients with suspected glaucoma. METHODS: A prospective cross-sectional study involving 40 eyes of 20 patients referred by community optometrists due to suspected glaucoma. All patients had disc photographs and standard automated perimetry (SAP), and results were presented to 13 ophthalmologists who estimated pre-test probability of glaucoma (0-100%) for a total of 520 observations...
October 18, 2016: Current Eye Research
Yi Zhang, Yuyan Lu, Bin Bai, Shikai Yu, Jing Xiong, Dela Jia, Yawei Xu
OBJECTIVE: To compare of carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV) and brachial-ankle PWV (ba-PWV) in the association with conventional cardiovascular risk factors and target organ damages (TODs). DESIGN AND METHOD: 1599 community-dwelling elderly subjects (age > 65 years old) in the northern Shanghai were recruited from June 2014 to August 2015. Cf-PWV and ba-PWV were measured by SphygmCor (AtCor, Australia) and VP1000 (Omron, Japan), respectively. Under the framework of comprehensive cardiovascular examinations, cardiovascular risk factors were assessed, and hypertensive TODs, including left ventricular mass index (LVMI), peak transmitral pulsed Doppler velocity/early diastolic tissue Doppler velocity (E/Ea), carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), ankle-brachial index (ABI), creatinine clearance rate (CCR) and urinary albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR), were all evaluated...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jiadela Teliewubai, Yu-Yan Lv, Shi-Kai Yu, Bin Bai, Chen Chi, Kai Wang, Yi-Wu Zhou, Jing Xiong, Yi Zhang, Ya-Wei Xu
OBJECTIVE: The Eighth Joint National Committee Panel recommended novel blood pressure (BP) goals for individuals with hypertension, which is still under debate. We therefore assessed patients' target organ damages in controlled hypertensives defined by the Seventh or Eighth Joint National Committee thresholds (JNC7 and JNC8) in a community-based elderly Chinese population, in order to find the optimal BP goal for the elderly Chinese. DESIGN AND METHOD: 1599 community-based elderly participants (age > 65 years old) were recruited in the northern Shanghai...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jan Klocke, Katharina Kopetschke, Anna-Sophie Grießbach, Valerie Langhans, Jens Y Humrich, Robert Biesen, Duska Dragun, Andreas Radbruch, Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester, Gabriela Riemekasten, Philipp Enghard
Renal infiltration of inflammatory cells contributes to the pathogenesis of Lupus nephritis (LN). Current knowledge on the recruitment mechanisms relies mainly on findings in rodent models. Here, we assess various chemokine pathways in human LN by comparing urinary chemokine concentrations (in 25 patients with acute LN and in 78 lupus patients without active LN) with the expression of corresponding chemokine receptors on urinary leukocytes (in ten acute LN patients). Nine urinary chemokines were significantly elevated in LN patients and correlated with renal disease activity and urinary cell counts; however, their concentrations displayed considerable interindividual heterogeneity...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Irina A Tikhonova, Martin W Hoyle, Tristan M Snowsill, Chris Cooper, Joanna L Varley-Campbell, Claudius E Rudin, Ruben E Mujica Mota
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the manufacturer of azacitidine (Celgene) to submit evidence for the clinical and cost effectiveness of this drug for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia with more than 30 % bone marrow blasts in adults who are not eligible for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, as part of the NICE's Single Technology Appraisal process. The Peninsula Technology Assessment Group was commissioned to act as the Evidence Review Group (ERG). The ERG produced a critical review of the evidence contained within the company's submission to NICE...
October 17, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
Yoshitaka Hosokawa, Ikuko Hosokawa, Satoru Shindo, Yoshihiro Ohta, Kazumi Ozaki, Takashi Matsuo
Alkannin, which is found in Alkanna tinctoria, a member of the borage family, is used as a food coloring. Alkannin has recently been reported to have certain biological functions, such as anti-microbial and anti-oxidant effects. It is known that CC chemokine receptor (CCR) 5-positive leukocytes contribute to alveolar bone resorption in periodontal lesions. The aim of this study was to examine whether alkannin inhibits the production of CC chemokine ligand (CCL) 3 and CCL5, which are CCR5 ligands, in human periodontal ligament cells (HPDLC)...
October 15, 2016: Cell Biology International
Francisca Caimari, Márta Korbonits
Recently, a number of novel genetic alterations have been identified that predispose individuals to pituitary adenomas. Clinically relevant pituitary adenomas are relatively common, present in 0.1% of the general population. They are mostly benign monoclonal neoplasms that arise from any of the five hormone-secreting cell types of the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, and cause disease due to hormonal alterations and local space-occupying effects. The pathomechanism of pituitary adenomas includes alterations in cell-cycle regulation and growth factor signaling, which are mostly due to epigenetic changes; somatic and especially germline mutations occur more rarely...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Jessica E Maxwell, Scott K Sherman, James R Howe
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNET) are rare tumors, but have been increasing in incidence. Although typically thought of as indolent, more than half of patients present with metastatic disease. For many years, the only mutations commonly known in these tumors were those in the MEN1 gene. Recently, the genetics underlying PNETs have been further defined through exome sequencing. The most frequent alterations found in sporadic PNETs are in MEN1, DAXX/ATRX, and a variety of genes in the mTOR pathway. Confirmation of these mutations has prompted trials with a number of drugs active in these pathways, and two drugs were eventually approved in 2011-sunitinib and everolimus...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Friedhelm Raue, Karin Frank-Raue
Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine malignancy. Differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) with the two subtypes, papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and follicular thyroid cancer (FTC), is the most frequent subtype of thyroid cancer; more rare subtypes are medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) and anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC). The incidence of DTC has increased rapidly in recent years due to the more frequent use of imaging methods such as ultrasound of the neck and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of thyroid nodules...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Ivana Jochmanova, Karel Pacak
Dysregulated metabolism is one of the key characteristics of cancer cells. The most prominent alterations are present during regulation of cell respiration, which leads to a switch from oxidative phosphorylation to aerobic glycolysis. This metabolic shift results in activation of numerous signaling and metabolic pathways supporting cell proliferation and survival. Recent progress in genetics and metabolomics has allowed us to take a closer look at the metabolic changes present in pheochromocytomas (PHEO) and paragangliomas (PGL)...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Eden C Payabyab, Sanjeeve Balasubramaniam, Maureen Edgerly, Margarita Velarde, Maria J Merino, Aradhana M Venkatesan, Harshraj Leuva, Thomas Litman, Susan E Bates, Tito Fojo
The development of new therapies has lagged behind for rare cancers without defined therapeutic targets. Adrenocortical cancer is no exception. Mitotane, an older agent considered "adrenolytic," is used both to control symptoms in advanced disease and as adjuvant therapy after surgical resection. Molecular characterization of adrenocortical cancer has deepened our understanding of this genetically complex disease while identifying subgroups whose importance remains to be determined. Unfortunately, such studies have yet to demonstrate a therapeutic target for drug development, and to date, no targeted therapy has achieved meaningful outcomes...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Samuel A Wells
Most endocrine tumors are benign, and afflicted patients usually seek medical advice because of symptoms caused by too much, or too little, native hormone secretion or the impingement of their tumor on a vital structure. Malignant endocrine tumors represent a more serious problem, and patient cure often depends on early diagnosis and treatment. The recent development of novel molecular therapeutics holds great promise for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic endocrine cancer. In this CCR Focus, expert clinical investigators describe the molecular characteristics of various endocrine tumors and discuss the current status of diagnosis and treatment...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Bin Hu, Xiaowei Li, Shuting Sun, Martyn Ratcliffe
The research detailed in this paper focuses on the processing of Electroencephalography (EEG) data to identify attention during the learning process. The identification of affect using our procedures is integrated into a simulated distance learning system that provides feedback to the user with respect to attention and concentration. The authors propose a classification procedure that combines correlation-based feature selection (CFS) and a k-nearest-neighbor (KNN) data mining algorithm. To evaluate the CFS+KNN algorithm, it was test against CFS+C4...
October 11, 2016: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
John F Seymour, Hartmut Döhner, Mark D Minden, Richard Stone, Dominique Gambini, Donna Dougherty, C L Beach, Jerry Weaver, Hervé Dombret
Relative risks of treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) and related hospitalization is most accurate when accounting for treatment exposure. AZA-AML-001 showed azacitidine (AZA) prolonged overall survival versus conventional care regimens (CCR) in older patients (≥65 years) with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) by 3.9 months. Preselection of CCR before study randomization allows evaluation of AZA safety in patient subgroups with similar clinical features. Within preselection groups, AZA exposure was greater than each CCR...
October 14, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Yongrui He, Xian-En Zhao, Renjun Wang, Na Wei, Jing Sun, Jun Dang, Guang Chen, Zhiqiang Liu, Shuyun Zhu, Jin-Mao You
A simple, rapid, sensitive, selective and environmentally friendly method, based on in situ derivatization ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (in situ DUADLLME) coupled with ultra high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode has been developed for the simultaneous determination of food-related biogenic amines and amino acids. A new mass spectrometry sensitive derivatization reagent 4'-carbonyl chloride rosamine (CCR) was designed, synthesized and firstly reported...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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