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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821454/low-dose-anti-thymocyte-globulin-for-graft-versus-host-disease-prophylaxis-in-matched-unrelated-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant
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A Bryant, R Mallick, L Huebsch, D Allan, H Atkins, G Anstee, M Sabloff, N Scrivens, D Maze, C Bredeson, N Kekre
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHCT). Prophylactic in-vivo T-Cell depletion with antithymocyte globulin (ATG) has been associated with decreased GVHD rates many alloHCT settings. Despite decades of clinical study, optimal ATG dosing has not been established. Understanding that higher rates of GVHD are observed with matched unrelated (MUD) versus matched related donor (MRD) alloHCT, at our institution MUD alloHSCT recipients have historically had low dose thymoglobulin (total dose 2...
August 15, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819381/low-preoperative-albumin-to-globulin-ratio-predict-poor-survival-and-negatively-correlated-with-fibrinogen-in-resectable-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#2
Xiao-Hui Li, Wen-Shen Gu, Xue-Ping Wang, Jian-Hua Lin, Xin Zheng, Lin Zhang, Ting Kang, Zhi-Xian Zhang, Wan-Li Liu
Background: Although various inflammation-based indexes in esophageal carcinoma have been documented, but the prognostic value of the albumin-to-globulin ratio(AGR) and its correlation with fibrinogen in resectable ESCC remain unknown. Methods: The levels of pre-treatment serum common acute phase proteins (including CRP, albumin and fribrinogen) were retrospectively analyzed in 447 patients with ESCC who underwent surgical resection at our department. The prognostic value was explored by univariate and multivariate cox hazard analysis...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815344/long-term-survival-after-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-complete-stat1-deficiency
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Samuele Naviglio, Elena Soncini, Donatella Vairo, Arnalda Lanfranchi, Raffaele Badolato, Fulvio Porta
PURPOSE: Complete signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive condition characterized by impairment of intracellular signaling from both type I and type II interferons (IFN). Affected patients are prone to early severe mycobacterial and viral infections, which usually result in death before 18 months of age. We previously reported a patient affected by complete STAT1 deficiency who underwent hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815305/predictors-of-early-mortality-after-rabbit-antithymocyte-globulin-as-first-line-treatment-in-severe-aplastic-anemia
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Elias H Atta, Carlos B L Lima, Danielle S P Dias, Diego V Clé, Mariana M Bonduel, Gabriela B Sciuccati, Larissa A Medeiros, Michel M Oliveira, Marco A Salvino, Marlene P Garanito, Patricia B Blum Fonseca, Sara Teresinha O Saad, Rodrigo T Calado, Phillip Scheinberg
Despite being recommended as first-line immunosuppressive therapy in severe aplastic anemia (SAA), horse antithymocyte globulin (ATG) is still unavailable in many countries outside the USA. Rabbit ATG is more lymphocytoxic than horse ATG, and this might result in a higher incidence of severe infections and early mortality. This study was designed to identify the risk factors for early mortality and overall survival (OS) after rabbit ATG in patients with SAA. We retrospectively reviewed 185 patients with SAA who underwent rabbit ATG and cyclosporine...
August 16, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812264/oxytocin-and-steroid-actions
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Gustav F Jirikowski, Scott D Ochs, Jack D Caldwell
Biosynthesis and secretion of the hypothalamic nonapeptide oxytocin largely depends on steroid hormones. Estradiol, corticosterone, and vitamin D seem to be the most prominent actors. Due to their lipophilic nature, systemic steroids are thought to be capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, thus mediating central functions including neuroendocrine and behavioral control. The actual mode of action of steroids in hypothalamic circuitry is still unknown: Most of the oxytocinergic perikarya lack nuclear steroid receptors but express proteins suspected to be membrane receptors for steroids...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806491/the-association-between-dysregulated-adipocytokines-in-early-pregnancy-and-development-of-gestational-diabetes
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Sally K Abell, Soulmaz Shorakae, Cheryce L Harrison, Danielle Hiam, Alba Moreno-Asso, Nigel K Stepto, Barbora De Courten, Helena J Teede
BACKGROUND: To investigate the association of adipocytokines and other inflammatory markers with development of GDM. METHODS: Serum adipocytokines and inflammatory markers were studied at 12-15 weeks gestation using biobanked control samples from a randomised trial. Study participants were identified as high risk for GDM using a validated clinical risk prediction tool. Markers were tested using commercial ELISA kits for high molecular weight (HMW) adiponectin, interleukin-6 (IL-6), plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, visfatin, omentin-1, sex-hormone binding globulin, monocyte chemoattractant protein and asymmetrical dimethylarginine...
August 14, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805378/in-vitro-modulation-of-renin-angiotensin-system-enzymes-by-amaranth-amaranthus-hypochondriacus-protein-derived-peptides-alternative-mechanisms-different-from-ace-inhibition
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Alejandra V Quiroga, Paula Aphalo, Agustina E Nardo, María C Añón
Among the factors affecting the development of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension is one of the most important. Research done on amaranth proteins has demonstrated their hypotensive capacity in vivo and in vitro; nevertheless, the mechanism underlying this effect remains unclear. The aim of this study was to analyze in vitro the inhibition of peptides derived from an amaranth hydrolysate (AHH) on other RAS enzymes other than ACE. The chymase and renin activities were studied. AHH was not able to inhibit chymase activity, although a dose-response effect was found on renin activity (IC50 0...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803020/a-missense-mutation-in-pfas-phosphoribosylformylglycinamidine-synthase-is-likely-causal-for-embryonic-lethality-associated-with-the-mh1-haplotype-in-montb%C3%A3-liarde-dairy-cattle
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Pauline Michot, Sébastien Fritz, Anne Barbat, Mekki Boussaha, Marie-Christine Deloche, Cécile Grohs, Chris Hoze, Laurène Le Berre, Daniel Le Bourhis, Olivier Desnoes, Pascal Salvetti, Laurent Schibler, Didier Boichard, Aurélien Capitan
A candidate mutation in the sex hormone binding globulin gene was proposed in 2013 to be responsible for the MH1 recessive embryonic lethal locus segregating in the Montbéliarde breed. In this follow-up study, we excluded this candidate variant because healthy homozygous carriers were observed in large-scale genotyping data generated in the framework of the genomic selection program. We fine mapped the MH1 locus in a 702-kb interval and analyzed genome sequence data from the 1,000 bull genomes project and 54 Montbéliarde bulls (including 14 carriers and 40 noncarriers)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802889/ameliorative-effect-of-propolis-supplementation-in-alleviating-bisphenol-a-toxicity-growth-performance-biochemical-variables-and-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-of-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus-l-fingerlings
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Heba S Hamed, Mohsen Abdel-Tawwab
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is one of the important pollutants in aquatic ecosystems and its detrimental effects on fish have a great concern. Propolis is a natural immune-stimulant that has various biological and pharmacological activities. Thus, its capability to alleviate the toxic effect of BPA on Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus (L.) was assessed in a study based on a 2 × 2 factorial design with two levels of ethanolic extract of propolis (EEP) and two waterborne BPA concentrations in triplicates. Fish (33.9 ± 0...
August 9, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802807/acute-phase-response-in-babesia-canis-and-dirofilaria-immitis-co-infections-in-dogs
#10
Zorana Milanović, Anja Ilić, Jelena Francuski Andrić, Vladimir Radonjić, Anđelo Beletić, Milica Kovačević Filipović
Babesia canis and Dirofilaria immitis are emerging and geographically overlapping vector-borne pathogens in dogs. Infection with B. canis leads to acute-phase response (APR) that can be mild to severe and results in either non-complicated or complicated forms of the disease. The aim of this study was to determine whether acute B. canis infection is more severe in dogs with underlying asymptomatic D. immitis infection. Dogs of both sexes, different ages and breeds, with naturally occurring mono-infections with B...
August 2, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801734/fibrinogen-promotes-malignant-biological-tumor-behavior-involving-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-via-the-p-akt-p-mtor-pathway-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Fei Zhang, Yun Wang, Peng Sun, Zhi-Qiang Wang, De-Shen Wang, Dong-Sheng Zhang, Feng-Hua Wang, Jian-Hua Fu, Rui-Hua Xu, Yu-Hong Li
PURPOSE: Hyperfibrinogenemia is associated with unfavorable prognosis and advanced tumor behavior in various malignancies, including esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). However, its biological function in ESCC is unknown. The present study was designed to further validate the prognostic value of preoperative plasma hyperfibrinogenemia and evaluate the biological role of fibrinogen, as well as the underlying mechanism in ESCC. METHODS: Data from 452 cases with newly diagnosed ESCC followed by curative surgery between 2006 and 2010 were retrospectively evaluated...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800472/phthalate-and-bisphenol-a-exposure-during-in-utero-windows-of-susceptibility-in-relation-to-reproductive-hormones-and-pubertal-development-in-girls
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Deborah J Watkins, Brisa N Sánchez, Martha Maria Téllez-Rojo, Joyce M Lee, Adriana Mercado-García, Clara Blank-Goldenberg, Karen E Peterson, John D Meeker
BACKGROUND: Over the past several decades, the age of pubertal onset in girls has shifted downward worldwide. As early pubertal onset is associated with increased risky behavior and psychological issues during adolescence and cardiometabolic disease and cancer in adulthood, this is an important public health concern. Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals during critical windows of in utero development may play a role in this trend. Our objective was to investigate trimester-specific phthalate and BPA exposure in relation to pubertal development among girls in the Early Life Exposure in Mexico to Environmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) birth cohort...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797029/successful-use-of-equine-anti-thymocyte-globulin-atgam-for-fulminant-myocarditis-secondary-to-nivolumab-therapy
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Rebecca Y Tay, Elizabeth Blackley, Catriona McLean, Maggie Moore, Peter Bergin, Sanjeev Gill, Andrew Haydon
BACKGROUND: Immune-mediated myocarditis is an uncommon adverse effect of immune checkpoint inhibition and is associated with a high rate of mortality. METHODS: In this reported case, a 64-year-old woman with right temporo-parietal glioblastoma IDH-WT was treated with nivolumab, temozolomide and radiation therapy on a clinical trial. She developed malignant arrhythmias secondary to histologically confirmed severe immune-mediated myocarditis. She was treated with equine anti-thymocyte globulin (ATGAM) due to development of malignant arrhythmias refractory to high-dose corticosteroids...
August 10, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796682/a-guide-to-terminology-for-rh-immunoprophylaxis
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S Gerald Sandler, John T Queenan
Rh immunoprophylaxis for Rh-negative women requires an understanding of terminology used for Rh blood typing laboratory reports. The pathophysiology of Rh hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn was elucidated by studies in rhesus monkeys. Subsequent studies revealed that the human blood group antigen responsible for Rh hemolytic disease of the newborn (D antigen) is related to, but different from, the rhesus monkey antigen. Weak expression of the D antigen on red cells, originally termed D, is currently reported by laboratories as a "serologic weak D phenotype," which can be further defined by RHD genotyping to be either an RHD weak D type or a partial D phenotype...
August 4, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796064/correlation-between-shbg-gene-polymorphism-and-male-infertility-in-han-population-of-henan-province-of-china-a-strobe-compliant-article
#15
Yuan-Rong Cui, Yi-Hong Guo, Su-Dong Qiao, Li-Fa Leng, Zhen-Hua Xie, Hui Chen, Xing-Ling Wang
Human sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) level alteration and SHBG gene mutations, especially in rs6259 and rs727428 loci, are associated with male infertility. In this study, the rs6259 and rs727428 loci in SHBG gene were detected by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) to explore the direct relation between these 2 loci and male infertility in Han population of Henan province and to provide information for the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of male infertility...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796060/candidate-genes-investigation-for-severe-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-based-on-bioinformatics-analysis
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Shan Qi, Changhong Wang, Chunfu Li, Pu Wang, Minghui Liu
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common chronic liver condition worldwide. However, its etiology and fundamental pathophysiology for the disease process are poorly understood. In this study, we thus used bioinformatics to identify candidate genes potentially causative of severe NAFLD. METHODS: Gene expression profile data GSE49541 were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Tissues samples from 32 severe and 40 mild NAFLD patients were evaluated to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between the 2 groups, followed by analyses of Gene Ontology (GO) functions and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathways...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795765/vitamin-d-predictors-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-meta-analysis
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Flora Bacopoulou, Evangelia Kolias, Vasiliki Efthymiou, Constantine N Antonopoulos, Evangelia Charmandari
BACKGROUND: The aim of this meta-analysis was to examine differences and predictors of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) compared with non-PCOS controls matched for body mass index. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three databases were searched (2003-2015) to retrieve studies that evaluated serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in PCOS women and controls. Meta-regression analysis was performed with anthropometric and metabolic/endocrine parameters as covariates...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795044/n-glycoproteomic-analysis-of-human-follicular-fluid-during-natural-and-stimulated-cycles-in-patients-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization
#18
Hee-Joung Lim, Ae Eun Seok, Jiyou Han, Jiyeong Lee, Sungeun Lee, Hee-Gyoo Kang, Byung Heun Cha, Yunseok Yang
OBJECTIVE: Hyperstimulation methods are broadly used for in vitro fertilization (IVF) in patients with infertility; however, the side effects associated with these therapies, such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), have not been well studied. N-glycoproteomes are subproteomes used for the remote sensing of ovarian stimulation in follicular growth. Glycoproteomic variation in human follicular fluid (hFF) has not been evaluated. In this study, we aimed to identify and quantify the glycoproteomes and N-glycoproteins (N-GPs) in natural and stimulated hFF using label-free nano-liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization-quad time-of-flight mass spectrometry...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793866/strategies-for-the-prevention-of-perinatal-hepatitis-b-transmission-in-a-marginalized-population-on-the-thailand-myanmar-border-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Angela Devine, Rebecca Harvey, Aung Myat Min, Mary Ellen T Gilder, Moo Koh Paw, Joy Kang, Isabella Watts, Borimas Hanboonkunupakarn, François Nosten, Rose McGready
BACKGROUND: Data on the cost effectiveness of hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening and vaccination strategies for prevention of vertical transmission of HBV in resource limited settings is sparse. METHODS: A decision tree model of HBV prevention strategies utilised data from a cohort of 7071 pregnant women on the Thailand-Myanmar border using a provider perspective. All options included universal HBV vaccination for newborns in three strategies: (1) universal vaccination alone; (2) universal vaccination with screening of women during antenatal visits with rapid diagnostic test (RDT) plus HBV immune globulin (HBIG) administration to newborns of HBV surface antigen positive women; and (3) universal vaccination with screening of women during antenatal visits plus HBIG administration to newborns of women testing HBV e antigen positive by confirmatory test...
August 9, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791495/joint-relative-risks-for-estrogen-receptor-positive-breast-cancer-from-a-clinical-model-polygenic-risk-score-and-sex-hormones
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Yiwey Shieh, Donglei Hu, Lin Ma, Scott Huntsman, Charlotte C Gard, Jessica W T Leung, Jeffrey A Tice, Elad Ziv, Karla Kerlikowske, Steven R Cummings
BACKGROUND: Models that predict the risk of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancers may improve our ability to target chemoprevention. We investigated the contributions of sex hormones to the discrimination of the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) risk model and a polygenic risk score comprised of 83 single nucleotide polymorphisms. METHODS: We conducted a nested case-control study of 110 women with ER-positive breast cancers and 214 matched controls within a mammography screening cohort...
August 8, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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