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Deepthi Alapati, Edward E Morrisey
While our understanding of the genetics and pathology of congenital lung diseases such as surfactant protein deficiency, cystic fibrosis and alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency is extensive, treatment options are lacking. Since the lung is a barrier organ in direct communication with the external environment, targeted delivery of gene corrective technologies to the respiratory system via intra-tracheal or intranasal routes is an attractive option for therapy. CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology is a promising approach to repair or inactivate disease causing mutations...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Cheng-Feng Chiang, Mike Flint, Jin-Mann S Lin, Christina F Spiropoulou
Andes virus (ANDV) is the major cause of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in South America. Despite a high fatality rate (up to 40%), no vaccines or antiviral therapies are approved to treat ANDV infection. To understand the role of endocytic pathways in ANDV infection, we used 3 complementary approaches to identify cellular factors required for ANDV entry into human lung microvascular endothelial cells. We screened an siRNA library targeting 140 genes involved in membrane trafficking, and identified 55 genes required for ANDV infection...
2016: PloS One
Marco Franceschini, Maria Pia Massimiani, Stefano Paravati, Maurizio Agosti
Return to work (RTW) for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) represents a main objective of rehabilitation: this work presents a strong correlation between personal well-being and quality of life. The aim of this study is to investigate the prognostic factors that can predict RTW after ABI (traumatic or non- traumatic aetiology) in patients without disorders of consciousness (e.g. coma, vegetative or minimally conscious state) at the beginning of their admission to rehabilitation. At the end of a 6-month follow-up after discharge, data were successfully collected in 69 patients...
2016: PloS One
Jakarwan Yostawonkul, Suvimol Surassmo, Tawin Iempridee, Wittaya Pimtong, Kunat Suktham, Warayuth Sajomsang, Pattarapond Gonil, Uracha Rungsardthong Ruktanonchai
A nanostructure lipid carrier (NLC) composed of solid, and liquid lipid as a core has been developed as a delivery system for hydrophobic drug molecules. The aim of this research was to fabricate an oleoyl-quaternized-chitosan (CS)-coated NLC, where the mucoadhesive property of nanoparticles is enhanced for more efficient drug delivery. NLC loaded with alpha-mangostin (AP), a model hydrophobic drug, were fabricated using a high pressure homogenization process and subsequently coated with CS. The fabricated nanoparticles showed particle sizes in the range of 200-400nm, with low polydispersity, high physical stability and excellent encapsulation efficiency (EE>90%)...
September 29, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
L Hepburn, D J Hijnen, B R Sellman, T Mustelin, M A Sleeman, R D May, I Strickland
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a complex, chronic inflammatory skin disorder affecting more than 10% of UK children and is a major cause of occupation-related disability. A subset of patients, particularly those with severe AD, are persistently colonised with Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and exacerbation of disease is commonly associated with this bacterium by virtue of increased inflammation and allergic sensitisation, aggravated by skin barrier defects. Understanding the complex biology of S. aureus is an important factor when developing new drugs to combat infection...
October 25, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Weizhong Sheng, Yusheng Chen, Yuda Gong, Tiangeng Dong, Bo Zhang, Weidong Gao
Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is aggressive and lethal with extrathyroidal invasion, distant metastasis, and resistance to conventional therapies. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are proposed to be responsible for high recurrence rate in ATC. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have recently been found as an important class of cellular regulators of ATC carcinogenesis. Identification of CSC-related miRNAs and targets is therefore a priority for the development of new therapeutic paradigms. Patient-derived ATC cells were cultured in conditional media on poly-hema-treated dish...
October 25, 2016: Oncology Reports
Jie Li, He Huang, Yingguang Li, Li Li, Wenhui Hou, Zeshan You
Long non-coding RNA growth arrest-specific 5 (GAS5) was reported to be aberrantly expressed in various types of cancers. However, the role of GAS5 in the evolution and progression of ovarian cancer remains elusive. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the cellular function and clinical significance of GAS5 in ovarian cancer. GAS5 expression levels in 63 ovarian cancer tissues were detected by quantitative real-time PCR. Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) assay was performed to analyze the effect of GAS5 on cell proliferation...
October 24, 2016: Oncology Reports
Zhenhua Zhang, Li Liu, Chunliang Liu, Shousong Cao, Yizhun Zhu, Qibing Mei
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer‑related deaths in female patients, and the main reasons are late diagnosis, limited therapeutic options and metastasis. Therefore, development of molecular therapeutic targets for breast cancer to suppress tumorigenesis, growth and metastasis may improve the therapeutic options and be of great benefit to patients. Tumor necrosis factor-α-induced protein 8-like 2 (TIPE2) is a novel molecule for maintaining immune homeostasis and is involved in cancer development...
October 21, 2016: Oncology Reports
Paulo R D V Godoy, Ana Paula L Montaldi, Elza T Sakamoto-Hojo
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a lethal tumor and novel strategies are required to overcome resistance. Transcription factor 12 (HEB) has been associated with neural and stem cell proliferation, is overexpressed in certain tumor types and is induced in irradiated U87MG cells. The present study aimed to determine whether HEB knockdown, with or without irradiation, may sensitize GBM cells. U87MG GBM and ACBRI‑371 primary human astrocytes were cultured in monolayers or neurospheres. Cell proliferation and death, cell cycle and sub‑G1 detection, and cluster of differentiation (CD) 133 immunofluorescence were analyzed by flow cytometry, whereas HEB protein expression was analyzed by immunocytochemistry and western blotting...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yusaku Osako, Naohiko Seki, Yoshiaki Kita, Keiichi Yonemori, Keiichi Koshizuka, Akira Kurozumi, Itaru Omoto, Ken Sasaki, Yasuto Uchikado, Hiroshi Kurahara, Kosei Maemura, Shoji Natsugoe
Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is one of the most aggressive malignancies. Recently developed molecular targeted therapies are not available for patients with ESCC. After curative surgical resection, patients frequently suffer distant metastasis and recurrence. Exploration of novel ESCC metastatic pathways may lead to the development of new treatment protocols for this disease. Accordingly, we have sequentially identified microRNA (miRNA)-mediated metastatic pathways in several cancers. Our past studies of miRNA expression signatures have shown that microRNA-375 (miR-375) is frequently reduced in several types of cancers, including ESCC...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Chiara Robba, Andrea Ortu, Federico Bilotta, Alessandra Lombardo, Mypinder S Sekhon, Fabio Gallo, Basil F Matta
BACKGROUND: Veno-venous extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (vv-ECMO) is an established salvage therapy for severe respiratory failure, and may provide an alternative form of treatment for trauma-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) when conventional treatments have failed. The need for systemic anticoagulation is a relative contraindication in patients with bleeding risks, especially in multi traumatic injury. METHODS: We describe a case series of four trauma patients with ARDS who were managed with ECMO admitted to the Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU) at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge (UK), from January 2000 to January 2016...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Arnaldo N S Silva, Jordy Coffa, Varsha Menon, Lindsay C Hewitt, Kakoli Das, Yohei Miyagi, Dan Bottomley, Hayley Slaney, Toru Aoyama, Wolfram Mueller, Tomio Arai, Iain B Tan, Niantao Deng, Xiu B Chan, Patrick Tan, Akira Tsuburaya, Kentaro Sakamaki, Jeremy D Hayden, Takaki Yoshikawa, Ilse Zondervan, Suvi Savola, Heike I Grabsch
OBJECTIVE: To establish the gene copy number status of receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) and downstream signaling (DSS) genes genes in primary gastric cancer (primGC) and matched lymph node metastases (LNmet). BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that coamplification between RTKs and DSSs and conversion between primGC and LNmet are associated with resistance to targeted therapy. METHODS: DNA from 237 Japanese primGC and 103 matched LNmet was analyzed using a newly developed multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) probemix to investigate RTK (EGFR, HER2, FGFR2, and MET) and DSS (PIK3CA, KRAS, MYC, and CCNE1) gene copy number status...
October 24, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Kinda Fattouh, Diane Collet-Benzaquen, Anne M Provensal, Françoise Desseigne, Christine Castillo, Patrick Combemale, Arnaud de la Fouchardière
Necrotizing Infundibular Crystalline Folliculitis (NICF) is rare entity of unknown pathogenesis presenting as follicular crystalline papules arising in seborrheic areas. We report 2 cases of NICF in patients under targeted therapy for metastatic adenocarcinoma. In one case, the lesions reappeared cyclically every 3 weeks after each injection and in the other case, lesions persisted until disruption of the continuous oral therapy. Punch-biopsies demonstrated folliculitis with a plugging crystalline material associated with either bacteria or yeast...
September 27, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Xiongjing Jiang, Meng Peng, Bin Li, Hui Dong, Wuqiang Che, Yubao Zou, Yuejin Yang, Runlin Gao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of renal artery stent combined with optimal medical therapy as treatment for renal artery stenosis. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted. Patients with severe atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis received percutaneous renal artery stent because of poorly controlled hypertension or preservation of renal function. The patients also received optimal medical therapy to achieve the blood pressure, lipid and blood glucose targets...
October 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Silin Sa, Mingxia Gu, James Chappell, Ning-Yi Shao, Mohamed Ameen, Kathryn A T Elliott, Dan Li, Fabian Grubert, Caiyun G Li, Shalina Taylor, Aiqin Cao, Yu Ma, Ryan Fong, Long Nguyen, Joseph C Wu, Michael P Snyder, Marlene Rabinovitch
RATIONALE: Idiopathic or heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension is characterized by loss and obliteration of lung vasculature. Endothelial cell dysfunction is pivotal to the pathophysiology but different causal mechanisms may reflect a need for patient-tailored therapies. OBJECTIVES: Endothelial cells differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells were compared to pulmonary arterial endothelial cells from the same patients with idiopathic or heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension, to determine whether they shared functional abnormalities and altered gene expression patterns, that differed from those in unused donor cells...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Ahmad Salimi, Mehryar Habibi Roudkenar, Leila Sadeghi, Alireza Mohseni, Enayatollah Seydi, Nahal Pirahmadi, Jalal Pourahmad
The present study investigates the in vitro and in vivo effect of acacetin (4'-methoxy-5,7-dihydroxyflavone) on chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) B-lymphocytes and mitochondria. CLL B-lymphocytes and healthy B-lymphocytes were obtained from CLL patients and healthy donors, respectively. Mitochondria were isolated from B-lymphocytes of both groups. Xenografts in severe combined immune deficient mice were used to examine the toxicity and anti CLL activity of acacetin. We evaluated and compared the mechanism of action of acacetin on CLL and healthy B-lymphocytes and their mitochondria...
October 25, 2016: Nutrition and Cancer
Yu Karpov, N Logunova, D Tomilova, V Buza, Yu Khomitskaya
OBJECTIVE: The OPTIMA II study sought to evaluate rates of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) during the long-term follow-up of chronic statin users who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with implantation of a drug-eluting stent (DES). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: OPTIMA II was a non-interventional, observational study conducted at a single center in the Russian Federation. Included patients were aged ≥18 years with stable angina who had received long-term (≥1 month) statin therapy prior to elective PCI with DES implantation and who had participated in the original OPTIMA study...
October 25, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Bryan H Norman, Jeff S McDermott
The neurotrophin nerve growth factor (NGF) has been implicated as a key mediator of chronic pain. NGF binds the tropomysin receptor kinase A (TrkA) and p75, resulting in the activation of downstream signaling pathways that have been linked to pro-nociception. While anti-NGF antibodies have demonstrated analgesia both preclinically and in patients, the mechanism of action of these agents remains unclear. We describe ligands targeting NGF, its receptors, and downstream/related targets. This Perspective highlights large and small molecule approaches to targeting the NGF-TrkA pathway both extra- and intracellularly...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Judy R van Beijnum, Wietske Pieters, Patrycja Nowak-Sliwinska, Arjan W Griffioen
Numerous molecular players in the process of tumour angiogenesis have been shown to offer potential for therapeutic targeting. Initially denoted to be involved in malignant transformation and tumour progression, the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) signalling axis has been subject to therapeutic interference, albeit with limited clinical success. More recently, IGFs and their receptors have received attention for their contribution to tumour angiogenesis, which offers novel therapeutic opportunities. Here we review the contribution of this signalling axis to tumour angiogenesis, the mechanisms of resistance to therapy and the interplay with other pro-angiogenic pathways, to offer insight in the renewed interest in the application of IGF axis targeting agents in anti-cancer combination therapies...
October 24, 2016: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
Leila Rahbarnia, Safar Farajnia, Hossein Babaei, Jafar Majidi, Kamal Veisi, Shiva Ahdi Khosroshahi, Asghar Tanomand
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) as a transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptor is frequently overexpresses in tumors with epithelial origin. The L2 domain from extracellular part of EGFR is involved in ligand binding and the blockage of this domain prevents activation of related signaling pathways. This study was aimed to develop a novel human scFv against EGFR L2 domain as a promising target for cancer therapy. The L2 recombinant protein was purified and used for panning a human scFv phage library (Tomlinson I)...
September 28, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
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