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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437596/membrane-transport-status-does-not-predict-peritonitis-risk-in-patients-on-peritoneal-dialysis
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Sarah So, Laraine Aw, Kamal Sud, Vincent W Lee
AIM: To determine whether peritoneal membrane transport status (MTS) is associated with peritonitis or poor peritoneal dialysis (PD)-related outcomes. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study analysed data of incident adult patients on PD in Western Sydney between October 1, 2003 and December 31, 2012. Only patients who underwent peritoneal equilibration and adequacy tests within 6 months of commencement were included. Kaplan-Meier survival curves for time until first peritonitis and time until composite endpoint of peritonitis, death, or technique failure, censored for transplant, were constructed...
April 24, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436963/a-sting-activating-nanovaccine-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Min Luo, Hua Wang, Zhaohui Wang, Haocheng Cai, Zhigang Lu, Yang Li, Mingjian Du, Gang Huang, Chensu Wang, Xiang Chen, Matthew R Porembka, Jayanthi Lea, Arthur E Frankel, Yang-Xin Fu, Zhijian J Chen, Jinming Gao
The generation of tumour-specific T cells is critically important for cancer immunotherapy. A major challenge in achieving a robust T-cell response is the spatiotemporal orchestration of antigen cross-presentation in antigen-presenting cells with innate stimulation. Here, we report a minimalist nanovaccine, comprising a simple physical mixture of an antigen and a synthetic polymeric nanoparticle, PC7A NP, which generates a strong cytotoxic T-cell response with low systemic cytokine expression. Mechanistically, the PC7A NP achieves efficient cytosolic delivery of tumour antigens to antigen-presenting cells in draining lymph nodes, leading to increased surface presentation while simultaneously activating type I interferon-stimulated genes...
April 24, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436690/a-comparison-of-the-nomological-networks-associated-with-forced-choice-and-likert-formats-of-the-narcissistic-personality-inventory
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Joshua D Miller, Brittany Gentile, Nathan T Carter, Michael Crowe, Brian J Hoffman, W Keith Campbell
The Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI) is one of the most popular measures of narcissism. However, its use of a forced-choice response set might negatively affect some of its psychometric properties. The purpose of this research was to compare a Likert version of the NPI, in which only the narcissistic response of each pair was given, to the original NPI, in 3 samples of participants (N = 1,109). To this end, we compared the nomological networks of the forced-choice and Likert formats of the NPI in relation to alternative measures of narcissism, narcissistic personality disorder, entitlement, self-esteem, general personality traits (reported by self and informants), interpersonal styles, and general pathological traits included in the DSM-5...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436689/the-mentalization-scale-ments-a-self-report-measure-for-the-assessment-of-mentalizing-capacity
#4
Aleksandar Dimitrijević, Nataša Hanak, Ana Altaras Dimitrijević, Zorana Jolić Marjanović
The psychometric properties of a new 28-item self-report measure of mentalization, the Mentalization Scale (MentS), were examined in 2 studies: with a sample of employed adults and university students (N1 = 288 + 278) and with a sample of persons with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and matched controls (N2 = 62 + 62). Besides the MentS, both studies employed measures of attachment and the Big Five; Study 1 also included assessments of empathy and emotional intelligence. MentS whole-scale internal consistency was good in the community and acceptable in the clinical sample (α = ...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436395/phase-iib-study-of-intranasal-glutathione-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Laurie K Mischley, Richard C Lau, Eric G Shankland, Timothy K Wilbur, Jeannie M Padowski
BACKGROUND: Reduced glutathione (GSH) is an endogenously synthesized tripeptide depleted early in the course of Parkinson's disease (PD) and GSH augmentation has been proposed as a therapeutic strategy in PD. OBJECTIVE: This Phase IIb study was designed to evaluate whether a Phase III study of intranasal GSH, (in)GSH, for symptomatic relief is warranted and to determine the most appropriate trial design for a disease-modification study. METHODS: This was a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 45 individuals with Hoehn & Yahr Stage 1-3 PD...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436296/synthesis-characterization-dna-and-hsa-binding-studies-of-isomeric-pd-ii-antitumor-complexes-using-spectrophotometry-techniques
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Sareh Zareian-Jahromi, Hassan Mansouri-Torshizi
Two new Palladium(II) isomeric complexes, [Pd(Gly)(Leu)](I) and [Pd(Gly)(Ile)](II), where Gly is glycine, and Leu and Ile are isomeric amino acids (leucine and isoleucine), have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductivity measurements, FT-IR, (1)H NMR and UV-Vis. The complexes have been tested for their In vitro cytotoxicity against cancer cell line K562 and their binding properties to calf thymus DNA (CT-DNA) and human serum albumin (HSA) have also been investigated by multispectroscopic techniques...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436278/glaucoma-correlates-with-increased-risk-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-the-elderly-a-national-based-cohort-study-in-taiwan
#7
Shih-Wei Lai, Cheng-Li Lin, Kuan-Fu Liao
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Very little is known about the association between glaucoma and Parkinson's disease in the elderly. The objective of this study was to determine whether glaucoma is associated with Parkinson's disease in older people in Taiwan. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to analyze the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program database from 2000 to 2010. We included 4,330 subjects aged 65 years or older with newly diagnosed glaucoma as the glaucoma group, and 17,000 randomly selected subjects without a glaucoma diagnosis as the non-glaucoma group...
April 22, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435677/control-of-immune-cell-entry-through-the-tumour-vasculature-a-missing-link-in-optimising-melanoma-immunotherapy
#8
REVIEW
Lih Yin Tan, Carmela Martini, Zvi G Fridlender, Claudine S Bonder, Michael P Brown, Lisa M Ebert
Metastatic melanoma remains a fatal disease to many worldwide, even after the breakthrough introduction of targeted therapies such as BRAF inhibitors and immune checkpoint blockade therapies such as CTLA-4 and PD-1 inhibitors. With advances in our understanding of this disease, as well as the increasing data gathered from patient studies, the significance of the host immune response to cancer progression and response to treatment is becoming clear. More specifically, the presence of intratumoral CD8(+) cytotoxic T-cells correlates with better prognosis whereas the accumulation of monocytes/macrophages and neutrophils in the tumour is often associated with worse prognosis...
March 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435437/lower-suicide-intention-in-patients-with-personality-disorders-admitted-for-deliberate-self-poisoning-than-in-patients-with-other-diagnoses
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T K Grimholt, D Jacobsen, O R Haavet, Ø Ekeberg
BACKGROUND: People with deliberate self-poisoning and personality disorders are in increased risk for suicide. Intention and psychiatric features are important factors in a psychiatric evaluation and for planning aftercare. METHODS: Patients admitted to medical departments after deliberate self-poisoning were studied (n = 117). Patients with personality disorder according to (ICD-10, F.60-69) were compared to patients with affective disorders, substance use disorders, and unknown psychiatric diagnosis on Beck Suicide Intention Scale (SIS), Beck Suicide Ideation Scale (BSI), Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS), and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)...
2017: Annals of General Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435391/programmed-cell-death-1-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-advanced-melanoma
#10
REVIEW
Jacek Mackiewicz, Andrzej Mackiewicz
The treatment landscape of advanced melanoma has changed significantly following the discovery and marketing authorisation of immune checkpoints inhibitors. Ipilimumab (anti-CTLA-4) was the first one to be approved, and it. demonstrated long-term survival in about 20% of patients. Subsequently, anti-programmed cell death-1 (a-PD-1) antibodies (pembrolizuamb, nivolumab), inhibitors of PD-1/programmed cell death-1 ligand (PD1-L) synapse, showed higher clinical efficacy with lower toxicity comparing to ipilimumab...
2017: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435290/altered-status-of-programmed-death-ligand-1-after-recurrence-in-resected-lung-adenocarcinoma-patients
#11
Jun Chen, Hui Li, Ronglin Pang, Jia Huang
PURPOSE: Programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) is found to be overexpressed in non-small cell lung cancer. The present study intended to evaluate the status of PD-L1 expression in patients with resection and recurrent lung adenocarcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Matched resection and recurrent tumor samples were harvested from 65 lung adenocarcinoma patients. Immunohistochemistry was used to evaluate the status of PD-L1 expression. Kaplan-Meier method was used for survival analysis...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434973/long-term-oral-kinetin-does-not-protect-against-%C3%AE-synuclein-induced-neurodegeneration-in-rodent-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Adam L Orr, Florentine U Rutaganira, Daniel de Roulet, Eric J Huang, Nicholas T Hertz, Kevan M Shokat, Ken Nakamura
Mutations in the mitochondrial kinase PTEN-induced putative kinase 1 (PINK1) cause Parkinson's disease (PD), likely by disrupting PINK1's kinase activity. Although the mechanism(s) underlying how this loss of activity causes degeneration remains unclear, increasing PINK1 activity may therapeutically benefit some forms of PD. However, we must first learn whether restoring PINK1 function prevents degeneration in patients harboring PINK1 mutations, or whether boosting PINK1 function can offer protection in more common causes of PD...
April 20, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434648/nivolumab-in-patients-with-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-checkmate-040-an-open-label-non-comparative-phase-1-2-dose-escalation-and-expansion-trial
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Anthony B El-Khoueiry, Bruno Sangro, Thomas Yau, Todd S Crocenzi, Masatoshi Kudo, Chiun Hsu, Tae-You Kim, Su-Pin Choo, Jörg Trojan, Theodore H Welling, Tim Meyer, Yoon-Koo Kang, Winnie Yeo, Akhil Chopra, Jeffrey Anderson, Christine Dela Cruz, Lixin Lang, Jaclyn Neely, Hao Tang, Homa B Dastani, Ignacio Melero
BACKGROUND: For patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma, sorafenib is the only approved drug worldwide, and outcomes remain poor. We aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of nivolumab, a programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) immune checkpoint inhibitor, in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with or without chronic viral hepatitis. METHODS: We did a phase 1/2, open-label, non-comparative, dose escalation and expansion trial (CheckMate 040) of nivolumab in adults (≥18 years) with histologically confirmed advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with or without hepatitis C or B (HCV or HBV) infection...
April 20, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434400/role-of-modern-immunotherapy-in-gastrointestinal-malignancies-a-review-of-current-clinical-progress
#14
REVIEW
Zin W Myint, Gaurav Goel
Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are a group of highly aggressive malignancies with a huge disease burden worldwide. There is clearly a significant unmet need for new drugs and therapies to further improve the treatment outcomes of GI malignancies. Immunotherapy is a novel treatment strategy that is emerging as an effective and promising treatment option against several types of cancers. CTLA-4 and PD-1 are critical immune checkpoint molecules that negatively regulate T cell activation via distinct mechanisms...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434399/the-next-generation-of-immunotherapy-keeping-lung-cancer-in-check
#15
REVIEW
Ashwin Somasundaram, Timothy F Burns
Lung cancer is the deadliest malignancy with more cancer deaths per year than the next three cancers combined. Despite remarkable advances in targeted therapy, advanced lung cancer patients have not experienced a significant improvement in mortality. Lung cancer has been shown to be immunogenic and responsive to checkpoint blockade therapy. Checkpoint signals such as CTLA-4 and PD-1/PD-L1 dampen T cell activation and allow tumors to escape the adaptive immune response. Response rates in patients with pretreated, advanced NSCLC were much higher and more durable with PD-1 blockade therapy compared to standard-of-care, cytotoxic chemotherapy...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434277/patients-are-doing-it-for-themselves-a-survey-on-disease-specific-knowledge-acquisition-among-people-with-parkinson-s-disease-in-sweden
#16
Sara Riggare, Pär J Höglund, Helena Hvitfeldt Forsberg, Elena Eftimovska, Per Svenningsson, Maria Hägglund
Effective self-management is key to living well with Parkinson's disease and one important aspect is disease-specific knowledge. This article explores how people with Parkinson's disease in Sweden (1) acquire disease-specific knowledge and (2) use Parkinson's disease-related healthcare. Data were collected through an online survey, which had 346 respondents (16-87 years old, median age: 68 years, 51% male; time since diagnosis: 0-31 years, median time: 7 years). Our results show that disease-specific knowledge is mainly found online, especially for women with Parkinson's disease and people with Parkinson's disease of working age, that most people with Parkinson's disease in Sweden see their neurologist for 1 h or less per year and only one in two people with Parkinson's disease has regular contact with other Parkinson's disease-related healthcare professionals...
April 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434236/incremental-validity-of-self-and-informant-report-of-personality-disorders-in-later-life
#17
Patrick J Cruitt, Thomas F Oltmanns
Research shows moderate agreement between different sources of information when assessing personality disorders (PDs) in older adults. The differences between measurement methods appear to be not only the result of measurement error, but also an indication that each source holds nonredundant information relevant to PD diagnosis. The current article examines three sources of diagnostic information (self-report, informant report, and clinical interview) and the utility of these instruments in predicting important outcomes in older adulthood...
April 1, 2017: Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433854/comorbidity-age-of-onset-and-suicidality-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd-an-international-collaboration
#18
V Brakoulias, V Starcevic, A Belloch, C Brown, Y A Ferrao, L F Fontenelle, C Lochner, D Marazziti, H Matsunaga, E C Miguel, Ycj Reddy, M C do Rosario, R G Shavitt, A Shyam Sundar, D J Stein, A R Torres, K Viswasam
OBJECTIVES: To collate data from multiple obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) treatment centers across seven countries and five continents, and to report findings in relation to OCD comorbidity, age of onset of OCD and comorbid disorders, and suicidality, in a large clinical and ethnically diverse sample, with the aim of investigating cultural variation and the utility of the psychiatric diagnostic classification of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. METHODS: Researchers in the field of OCD were invited to contribute summary statistics on current and lifetime psychiatric comorbidity, age of onset of OCD and comorbid disorders and suicidality in their patients with OCD...
April 12, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433811/rapid-and-sensitive-detection-of-salmonid-alphavirus-using-taqman-real-time-pcr
#19
Wen Shi, Aochen Song, Shuai Gao, Yuting Wang, Lijie Tang, Yigang Xu, Tong Ren, Yijing Li, Min Liu
Salmonid alphavirus (SAV) infection has led to the spread of salmon pancreas disease (PD) and sleeping disease (SD) to salmonids in several countries in Europe, resulting in tremendous economic losses to the fish farming industry. Recently, with increases in the fish import trade, many countries in which SAV has been unreported, such as China, may be seriously threatened by these diseases. It is therefore necessary to develop efficient detection methods for the prevention and diagnosis of SAV infection. In this study, a rapid and sensitive TaqMan real-time PCR method was established and assessed for this purpose...
April 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433720/establishment-of-a-non-invasive-method-for-stress-evaluation-in-farmed-salmon-based-on-direct-fecal-corticoid-metabolites-measurement
#20
Yanran Cao, Ann-Kristin Tveten, Anne Stene
Fish welfare is an important issue for growth of the aquaculture industry. Stress responses represent animal's natural reactions to challenging conditions and could be used as a welfare indicator. Cortisol level is relevant to fish welfare condition, and is a readily measured component of the primary stress response system. Generally, cortisol is measured by blood sampling. However, fish blood cortisol level could be instantly influenced by handling-stress at sampling. Fecal corticoid metabolites (FCM) are a mixture of several different metabolites with a wide range of polarities...
April 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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