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Eiji Oki, Takeshi Kato, Hideaki Bando, Takayuki Yoshino, Kei Muro, Hiroya Taniguchi, Yoshinori Kagawa, Kentaro Yamazaki, Tatsuro Yamaguchi, Akihito Tsuji, Shigeyoshi Iwamoto, Goro Nakayama, Yasunori Emi, Tetsuo Touyama, Masato Nakamura, Masahito Kotaka, Hideki Sakisaka, Takeharu Yamanaka, Akiyoshi Kanazawa
BACKGROUND: FOLFOXIRI (Fluorouracil, folinate, oxaliplatin, and irinotecan) plus bevacizumab improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), compared with FOLFIRI (fluorouracil, folinate, and irinotecan) plus bevacizumab, but significantly increased the incidences of adverse events. The efficacy and safety profiles of FOLFOXIRI plus bevacizumab in ethnic Asian patients have not been established yet. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study was an open-label, single-arm, multi-centered phase II prospective clinical trial in patients with mCRC who received FOLFOXIRI plus bevacizumab...
February 9, 2018: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
Saishree Pradhan, Sriram Krishnamurthy, Barath Jagadisan, Nachiappa G Rajesh, Subashini Kaliaperumal, Suryaprakash Ramasamy, Nandeeswari Subramanian
A 12-year-old girl born to third-degree consanguineous parents presented with recurrent episodes of haematuria for 8 months in association with peri-orbital and lower limb oedema for 20 days. There was no jaundice, hepatomegaly or neurological abnormality at presentation. An older brother had died following jaundice at 10 years of age. Urinalysis showed multiple dysmorphic erythrocytes without proteinuria and there was leucopenia, thrombocytopenia and hypo-albuminaemia (23 g/L). C3 component of complementaemia was low and anti-nuclear antibodies and anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies were strongly positive by immunofluorescence...
March 12, 2018: Paediatrics and International Child Health
Xiu-Jing Han, Dan-Hong Su, Jian-Yun Yi, Ya-Wei Zou, Yu-Ling Shi
BACKGROUND: The typical manifestations of Penicillium marneffei (nowadays Talaromyces marneffei) infection in children without human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remain unclear. The current work presents the case of a child without an underlying disease who was infected with P. marneffei comorbid with eosinophilia. CASE PRESENTATION: A 2-year-old male was infected with P. marneffei. A physical examination revealed a high-grade fever, ulcerated lesions in the oral mucosa, anemia, pruritic erythematous papules on the sac and thigh and watery diarrhea...
March 9, 2018: Mycopathologia
Arunkumar Subbiah, Soumita Bagchi, Dipankar Bhowmik, Sandeep Mahajan, R K Yadav, Yogesh Chhabra, Sanjay Agarwal
BACKGROUND: There are annual outbreaks of Dengue infection in tropical and subtropical countries. This retrospective study aimed to assess the clinical manifestation of dengue and outcome in renal transplant recipients. METHODS: Renal transplant recipients diagnosed with dengue in the nephrology department during the outbreak from August 2015 to December 2015 were included in the study. RESULTS: Twenty patients developed dengue presenting during the outbreak...
March 7, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Zhi-Feng Li, Meng-Ying Zhou, Ting Tan, Chen-Cong Zhong, Qi Wang, Ling-Ling Pan, Ying-Ying Luo, Shi-Lin Yang, Yu-Lin Feng, Hui Ouyang
Ziyuglycoside I (ZGS1) is a promising drug candidate for the treatment of leucopenia. Currently, information on ZGS1 and its in vivo metabolite ziyuglycoside II (ZGS2) is limited. The objective of this study was to investigate the pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution, and excretion of ziyuglycoside I (ZGS1) and its metabolite ziyuglycoside II (ZGS2) in rats. In our study, a simple and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) method was established for simultaneous determination of ZGS1 and its metabolite for Sprague-Dawley rat pharmacokinetics studies...
February 28, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yoshihiro Yokoi, Takeshi Kaneko, Tomoki Sawayanagi, Yasuo Takano, Yoichi Watahiki
We present a case of a healthy 72-year-old man with herpes simplex hepatitis (HSVH) development soon after ordinary surgery for biliary stones. A sudden onset of hepatitis associated with high fever and leukopenia emerged on postoperative day 5, followed by a rapid and lethal course (died on day 9), despite an acyclovir therapy on day 8. Postmortem liver biopsy revealed positive immunostaining for herpes simplex virus (HSV) type-1. The serum tests (available after the death) were negative for anti-HSV immunogloblulins, but positive for HSV DNA...
February 16, 2018: World Journal of Clinical Cases
Li Li, Qingqing Zhuang, Zeyi Cao, Rutie Yin, Yaping Zhu, Lirong Zhu, Xing Xie, Youzhong Zhang, Li Li, Qiang Wu, Jianhua Zheng, Qi Zhou, Xiaoping Li, Lingying Wu, Youji Feng, Changyu Wang
The multi-center, randomized, open-label, phase III trial discussed in the present study was performed to compare the clinical outcomes of nedaplatin (NDP) plus paclitaxel, and carboplatin (CBP) plus paclitaxel for the treatment of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). In the current study, 182 patients with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) stage II-IV EOC were randomly assigned to receive NDP plus paclitaxel or CBP plus paclitaxel at 3-week intervals for a total of six courses. The primary endpoints were progression-free survival rate (PFS) and overall survival rate (OS)...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Sonal Mehra, Jignesh B Usdadiya, Vikramraj K Jain, Durga Prasanna Misra, Vir Singh Negi
Cyclophosphamide (CYC) has been the backbone immunosuppressive drug to achieve sustained remission in lupus nephritis (LN). The aim was to evaluate the efficacy and compare adverse effects of low and high dose intravenous CYC therapy in Indian patients with proliferative lupus nephritis. An open-label, parallel group, randomized controlled trial involving 75 patients with class III/IV LN was conducted after obtaining informed consent. The low dose group (n = 38) received 6 × 500 mg CYC fortnightly and high dose group (n = 37) received 6 × 750 mg/m2 CYC four-weekly followed by azathioprine...
February 15, 2018: Rheumatology International
Friedemann Schad, Jan Axtner, Matthias Kröz, Harald Matthes, Megan L Steele
Combination strategies involving chemotherapy and monoclonal antibodies (mAb) are commonly used in attempts to produce better clinical outcomes. This practice has led to new and ongoing toxicities that may lead to reductions in dose or noncompliance, limiting the effectiveness of treatment. Viscum album L (VA) preparations are widely used in Europe as additive therapy and have been associated with reduced chemotherapy-related adverse reactions and increased health-related quality of life. Concomitant VA therapy might also reduce toxicity related to mAb...
March 2018: Integrative Cancer Therapies
Paul M Barr, Hongli Li, W Richard Burack, Michael LeBlanc, Sonali M Smith, Ajay K Gopal, Justin D Floyd, Daniel O Persky, Oliver W Press, Richard I Fisher, Jonathan W Friedberg
BACKGROUND: Despite an abundance of therapeutic options, advanced-stage follicular lymphoma remains incurable. Furthermore, the ideal sequence and absolute benefit of post-induction therapy is unclear. We designed SWOG S0801 to assess the efficacy and safety of consolidative radioimmunotherapy and sequential maintenance rituximab following chemoimmunotherapy. METHODS: For this single-arm, phase 2, multicentre study, we enrolled patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of stage III, IV, or bulky stage II follicular lymphoma, grades 1, 2, or 3a, who had not received previous therapy, from from 20 institutions within the United States National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Network...
March 2018: Lancet Haematology
Alina Paunescu, Liliana Cristina Soare, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Irina Fierascu, Maria Cristina Ponepal
The objective of the study is to screen for morphological, biochemical and histological changes induced by six widely used pesticides (Reldan 40EC, Actara 25WG, Tilt 250EC, Champion 50WG, Fusilade Forte, Dual Gold 960EC) in the amphibian species Pelophylax ridibundus (Pallas, 1771). Highly degenerative changes were observed in animals cultured at 22-24°C, compared to those cultured at 4-6°C. The hepatosomatic index increased upon exposure to almost all of the pesticides, the erythrocyte number decreased upon exposure to all pesticides except Reldan 40EC, while leucopenia was observed only for Reldan 40EC and Actara 25WG...
January 24, 2018: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Mayako Uchida, Tsutomu Nakamura, Kojiro Hata, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Yasuo Mori, Koji Kato, Kenjiro Kamezaki, Katsuto Takenaka, Motoaki Shiratsuchi, Keiko Hosohata, Toshihiro Miyamoto, Koichi Akashi
Background: Antiemetic effects and safety of granisetron or palonosetron alone and in combination with a corticosteroid against chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) were retrospectively evaluated in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma receiving adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (ABVD) therapy. Methods: A total of 39 patients were eligible for this study. Before ABVD therapy, granisetron or palonosetron was intravenously administered with or without a corticosteroid (dexamethasone or hydrocortisone) and aprepitant...
2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences
Gianluca Tomasello, Nicola Valeri, Michele Ghidini, Elizabeth C Smyth, Wanda Liguigli, Laura Toppo, Rodolfo Mattioli, Alessandra Curti, Jens C Hahne, Federica M Negri, Stefano Panni, Margherita Ratti, Silvia Lazzarelli, Fabiana Gerevini, Chiara Colombi, Andrea Panni, Massimo Rovatti, Leonardo Treccani, Mario Martinotti, Rodolfo Passalacqua
Background: Survival for patients with advanced gastroesophageal cancer (AGC) using standard treatment regimens is poor. EGFR overexpression is common in AGC and associated with poor prognosis. We hypothesized that increasing the dose intensity of chemotherapy and adding panitumumab could improve efficacy. Methods: HER2 negative, PS 0-1 patients, received up to 4 cycles of panitumumab 6 mg/kg d 1, docetaxel 60 mg/m2 d 1, cisplatin 50 mg/m2 d 1, l-folinic acid 100 mg/m2 d 1-2, followed by 5-FU 400 mg/m2 bolus d 1-2, and then 600 mg/m2 as a 22 h c...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
Courtney D DiNardo, Keith W Pratz, Anthony Letai, Brian A Jonas, Andrew H Wei, Michael Thirman, Martha Arellano, Mark G Frattini, Hagop Kantarjian, Relja Popovic, Brenda Chyla, Tu Xu, Martin Dunbar, Suresh K Agarwal, Rod Humerickhouse, Mack Mabry, Jalaja Potluri, Marina Konopleva, Daniel A Pollyea
BACKGROUND: Elderly patients (aged ≥65 years) with acute myeloid leukaemia have poor outcomes and no effective standard-of-care therapy exists. Treatment with hypomethylating agents such as azacitidine and decitabine is common, but responses are modest and typically short-lived. The oral anti-apoptotic B-cell lymphoma 2 protein inhibitor, venetoclax, has shown promising single-agent activity in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukaemia and preclinical data suggested synergy between hypomethylating agents and venetoclax, which led to this combination phase 1b study...
January 12, 2018: Lancet Oncology
Nitin Gupta, Kamla Kant, Bijay Ranjan Mirdha
Background: Leishmaniasis manifests as visceral (VL), cutaneous (CL) or a dermal sequel of VL, known as Post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL). The aim of the study was to analyze the clinical and laboratory features of cases diagnosed with leishmaniasis. Methods: This hospital-based retrospective study included all cases of VL, PKDL, and CL diagnosed between Jan 2011 to Jan 2016 at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Clinical and laboratory profile of the diagnosed cases were analyzed in detail...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
Zhivko Zhelev, Stefan Tsonev, Katerina Georgieva, Desislava Arnaudova
Pollution effects on haematological parameters in Pelophylax ridibundus individuals were investigated; animals were collected from two sites in Southern Bulgaria: the Tsalapitsa rice fields (RF) and the Vacha river (reference site, RS). Blood analysis showed significant differences between the haematological parameters of RBC, WBC, Hb, packed cell volume (PCV) and frogs' leucogram from RF and those from RS. These findings provide information on long-term background pollution of the habitat (RF) under investigation...
January 3, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Tayyaba Afsar, Suhail Razak, Khalid Mujasam Batoo, Muhammad Rashid Khan
BACKGROUND: The use of doxorubicin (DOX) an anthracycline antineoplastic agent is withdrawn due to its cardio-toxic side effects. Oxidative stress has been recognized as the primary cause of DOX induced cardiotoxicity. We have investigated whether polyphenol rich ethyl acetate extract of Acacia hydaspica (AHE) can attenuate doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity via inhibition of oxidative stress. METHODS: AHE was administered orally to rats once daily for 6 weeks at doses of 200 and 400 mg/kg b...
December 29, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Muhammad Qsim, Usman Ali Ashfaq, Muhammad Zubair Yousaf, Muhammad Shareef Masoud, Ijaz Rasul, Namrah Noor, Azfar Hussain
Dengue is an acute infectious disease of viral etiology characterized by lymphadenopathy, leucopenia, headache, biphasic fever, pain in various parts of the body, rashes, and extreme physical weakness. It is a vector-borne disease caused by a positive-stranded RNA virus of the family Flaviviridae, genus Flavivirus. Dengue inflicts a significant health, economic, and social burden on populations of endemic areas. Dengue virus is transmitted to humans by the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti. Vaccines against dengue viruses have been claimed to be developed, but as yet no effective treatment is available...
2017: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
Sachin B Shetty, Santhosh H Devulapally, Sowmiya Murali, Jaydeep A Walinjkar, Jyotirmay Biswas
Purpose: Hypopyon in the eye is an alarming sign. A case of tuberculous uveitis which presented with pigmented hypopyon has been described. The aim of this paper is to report pigmented hypopyon, a rare presentation of tuberculous uveitis in a diabetic patient. Observations: A 42-year-old patient with diabetes with a known history of miliary tuberculosis, on anti-tubercular therapy since two months presented with complaints of pain and redness followed by diminution of vision in the right eye since one month...
September 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
Bin Zhao, Hong Zhao
Regorafenib, an oral vascular endothelial growth factor receptor tyrosine-kinase inhibitor, has been approved for the treatment of several malignancies. As a non-traditional cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agent, regorafenib is often associated with hematologic toxicities. Here we searched PubMed and Embase up to June 2017 for relevant clinical trials. Eligible studies include trials in which subjects treated with 160 mg of regorafenib daily during the first 21 days of each 28-day cycle, and adequate safety data profile reporting thrombocytopenia, anemia, neutropenia and leucopenia...
November 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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