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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535181/everolimus-with-paclitaxel-and-carboplatin-as-first-line-treatment-for-metastatic-large-cell-neuroendocrine-lung-carcinoma-a-multicenter-phase-ii-trial
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P Christopoulos, W Engel-Riedel, C Grohé, C Kropf-Sanchen, J von Pawel, S Gütz, J Kollmeier, W Eberhardt, D Ukena, V Baum, I Nimmrich, C Sieder, P A Schnabel, M Serke, M Thomas
Background: Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the lung (LCNEC) is a rare disease with poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Neuroendocrine tumors frequently show overactivation of the mTOR pathway. Based on the good activity of the mTOR inhibitor everolimus in different types of neuroendocrine tumors and the results of a previous phase I trial we evaluated the efficacy and safety of everolimus in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel as upfront treatment for patients with advanced LCNEC...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534862/differences-in-gene-expression-profiles-between-early-and-late-isolates-in-monospecies-achromobacter-biofilm
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Signe M Nielsen, Rikke L Meyer, Niels Nørskov-Lauritsen
Bacteria of genus Achromobacter are emerging pathogens in cystic fibrosis (CF) capable of biofilm formation and development of antimicrobial resistance. Evolutionary adaptions in the transition from primary to chronic infection were assessed by transcriptomic analysis of successive isolates of Achromobacter xylosoxidans from a single CF patient. Several efflux pump systems targeting antimicrobial agents were upregulated during the course of the disease, whereas all genes related to motility were downregulated...
May 19, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534856/manipulation-of-viral-micrornas-as-a-potential-antiviral-strategy-for-the-treatment-of-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Jiang Deng, Jun Xiao, Ping Ma, Bo Gao, Feng Gong, Liping Lv, Yanyu Zhang, Jinbo Xu
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection leads to notable morbidity and mortality in immunosuppressed patients. Current antiviral drugs are effective but seriously limited in their long-term use due to their relatively high toxicity. In the present study, we characterized the expression of murine CMV microRNAs (MCMV miRNAs) both in vitro and in vivo. Although 29 miRNAs were detectable during in vitro infection, only 11 miRNAs (classified as Group 1) were detectable during in vivo infection, and as many as 18 viral miRNAs (classified as Group 2) were less detectable (<50% of animals) in both the liver and lungs...
May 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534038/analysis-of-mitochondrial-transfer-in-direct-co-cultures-of-human-monocyte-derived-macrophages-mdm-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-msc
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Megan V Jackson, Anna D Krasnodembskaya
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) are adult stem cells which have been shown to improve survival, enhance bacterial clearance and alleviate inflammation in pre-clinical models of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis. These diseases are characterised by uncontrolled inflammation often underpinned by bacterial infection. The mechanisms of MSC immunomodulatory effects are not fully understood yet. We sought to investigate MSC cell contact-dependent communication with alveolar macrophages (AM), professional phagocytes which play an important role in the lung inflammatory responses and anti-bacterial defence...
May 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533875/-management-of-spontaneous-pneumothorax-about-138-cases
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Bouchra Habibi, Leila Achachi, Sohaib Hayoun, Mohammed Raoufi, Laila Herrak, Mustapha El Ftouh
Pneumothorax is a collection of air in the pleural cavity. We conducted a retrospective study of patients with spontaneous pneumothorax in the Department of Pneumology at the Ibn Sina Hospital in Rabat (2009-2011) with the aim to determine the epidemiological, clinical, radiological, therapeutic and evolutionary manifestation of spontaneous pneumothorax. The study involved 138 patients: 128 men and 10 women (17-83 years), with an average age of 44.5 +/- 17.4 years and sex ratio of 12/8. 81.2% of patients were smokers...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533471/the-atypical-response-regulator-atvr-is-a-new-player-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-response-to-hypoxia-and-virulence
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Gilberto Hideo Kaihami, Leandro Carvalho Dantas Breda, José Roberto Fogaça de Almeida, Thays de Oliveira Pereira, Gianlucca Gonçalves Nicastro, Ana Laura Boechat, Sandro Rogério de Almeida, Regina Lúcia Baldini
Two-component systems are widespread in bacteria, allowing adaptation to environmental changes. The classical pathway is composed by a histidine kinase that phosphorylates an aspartate residue in the cognate response regulator (RR). RRs lacking the phosphorylable aspartate also occur, but their function and contribution during host-pathogen interaction are poorly characterized. AtvR (PA14_26570) is the only atypical response regulator with a DNA-binding domain in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa Macrophage infection with the atvR mutant strain resulted in higher TNF-α secretion as well as increased bacterial clearance as compared to macrophages infected with the wild-type strain...
May 22, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533445/lung-cd4-tissue-resident-memory-t-cells-mediate-adaptive-immunity-induced-by-previous-infection-of-mice-with-bordetella-pertussis
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Mieszko M Wilk, Alicja Misiak, Róisín M McManus, Aideen C Allen, Marina A Lynch, Kingston H G Mills
Th1 and Th17 cells have an established role in protective immunity to Bordetella pertussis, but this evidence is based largely on peripheral T cells. There is emerging evidence that local tissue-resident memory T (TRM) cells that accumulate in tissue following mucosal infection may be crucial for long-term immunity. In this study, we examined the role of respiratory CD4 TRM cells in immunity to B. pertussis Natural immunity to B. pertussis induced by infection is considered long lasting and effective at preventing reinfection...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533109/lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice-chronically-infected-by-schistosoma-mansoni
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Amanda Esteves Rocha Pereira, Maria Ângela Rodrigues, Rômulo Dias Novaes, Ivo Santana Caldas, Raquel Lopes Martins Souza, Alessandro Antônio Costa Pereira
We used a murine model of Schistosoma mansoni (SM) infection and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced endotoxicity to investigate if these conditions can interact to modify the pathological manifestations typically observed in each condition. Swiss mice were randomized into four groups: SAL, uninfected; SM, infected; LPS, uninfected + LPS; and SM + LPS, infected + LPS. S. mansoni infection developed over 120 days, after which blood samples and lungs were collected, peritoneal leukocytes were isolated and cultivated for 6 and 24 h after LPS inoculation (1 mL/kg)...
May 19, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532803/secondary-haemophilus-parasuis-infection-enhances-highly-pathogenic-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-hp-prrsv-infection-mediated-inflammatory-responses
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Jiangnan Li, Shengnan Wang, Changyao Li, Chunlai Wang, Yonggang Liu, Gang Wang, Xijun He, Liang Hu, Yuanyuan Liu, Mengmeng Cui, Caihong Bi, Zengyu Shao, Xiaojie Wang, Tao Xiong, Xuehui Cai, Li Huang, Changjiang Weng
Highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (HP-PRRSV) infection often predisposes pigs to secondary bacterial infection, which induces robust inflammatory responses. However, whether the secondary bacterial infection synergizes HP-PRRSV infection and enhances inflammatory responses is not fully understood. Here, we characterized HP-PRRSV infection-mediated secondary bacterial infection and robust inflammatory responses. HP-PRRSV infection induced higher levels of cytokines (IL-1β, IL-18, IL-6 and TNF-α) in the sera in piglets and bacterial loads of 11 bacterial species in the lung were increased after HP-PRRSV infection, including Mycoplasma hyorhinis, Haemophilus parasuis and Escherichia coli...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532789/recombination-in-jxa1-r-vaccine-and-nadc30-like-strain-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-viruses
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Jiankui Liu, Xia Zhou, Junqiong Zhai, Chunhua Wei, Ailing Dai, Xiaoyan Yang, Manlin Luo
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is considered one of the most devastating swine diseases worldwide, resulting in immense economic losses. PRRS virus (PRRSV) has undergone rapid evolution since its first recognition in 1990s. In the present study, a PRRSV strain named FJXS15 causing high morbidity and mortality was isolated from piglets and sows from a farm participating in vaccination in China. Phylogenetic and molecular evolutionary analyses revealed that FJXS15 was highly similar to the JXA1-R vaccine strain (a live attenuated virus vaccine strain derived from the highly pathogenic PRRSV JXA1) in the ORF1a (nt 901-)-ORF4 (-nt 419) coding regions, as well as to FJZ03 (lineage 1, NADC30-like) in the 5'-UTR, ORF5a-ORF7 coding regions, and 3'-UTR, suggestive of a natural recombination event...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531871/echinococcosis-mimicking-liver-malignancy-a-case-report
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Radek Pohnan, Miroslav Ryska, Vladislav Hytych, Radek Matej, Petr Hrabal, Jiri Pudil
INTRODUCTION: Human Alveolar Echinococcosis - Alveolar Hydatid disease (AE) is an omitted zoonotic infection presenting with focal liver lesions. Cause of AE is a larval stage of Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworms. CASE PRESENTATION: In this report an extraordinary case of a 38 year-old female examined due to 2 liver tumors and 2 pulmonary nodules is described. The patient underwent pulmonary and liver surgery for suspected advanced cholangiocellular carcinoma and surprisingly AE was found...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531812/macrophages-produce-il-33-by-activating-mapk-signaling-pathway-during-rsv-infection
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Feifei Qi, Song Bai, Dandan Wang, Lei Xu, Haiyan Hu, Sheng Zeng, Ruonan Chai, Beixing Liu
It has been reported that RSV infection can enhance IL-33 production in lung macrophages. However, little is known about specific signaling pathways for activation of macrophages during RSV infection. In the present study, by using real-time RT-PCR as well as western blot assay, it became clear that RSV infection can enhance not only the expression of mRNAs for MAPK molecules (including p38, JNK1/2, and ERK1/2), but also the levels of MAPK proteins in lung macrophages as well as RAW264.7 cells. Furthermore, infection with RSV resulted in an increased level of phosphorylated MAPK proteins in RAW264...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531130/comparative-safety-and-efficacy-profile-of-a-novel-oil-in-water-vaccine-adjuvant-comprising-vitamins-a-and-e-and-a-catechin-in-protective-anti-influenza-immunity
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Sapna Patel, Yasser Faraj, Debra K Duso, William W Reiley, Erik A Karlsson, Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Michael Vajdy
Non-replicating vaccines, such as those based on recombinant proteins, require adjuvants and delivery systems, which have thus far depended on mimicking pathogen danger signals and strong pro-inflammatory responses. In search of a safer and more efficacious alternative, we tested whether vaccinations with influenza recombinant hemagglutinin (HA) mixed with a novel vegetable oil in water emulsion adjuvant (Natural Immune-enhancing Delivery System, NIDS), based on the immune-enhancing synergy of vitamins A and E and a catechin, could protect against intra-nasal challenge with live influenza virus...
May 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530155/an-oncolytic-adenovirus-encoding-decorin-and-gm-csf-inhibits-tumor-growth-in-a-colorectal-tumor-model-by-targeting-pro-tumorigenic-signals-and-via-immune-activation
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Zhao Liu, Yuefeng Yang, Xiaoyan Zhang, Hao Wang, Weidong Xu, Hua Wang, FengJun Xiao, Zhigang Bai, Hongwei Yao, Xuemei Ma, Lan Jin, Chu-Tse Wu, Prem Seth, Zhongtao Zhang, Lisheng Wang
In advanced and metastatic stages of colorectal cancer (CRC), reduced sensitivity to conventional strategies is still a major obstacle to successful treatments. Decorin is an important regulator in the development and progression of various cancers. To examine if CRC patients have altered decorin levels, expression of decorin and its target genes, Met and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) were analyzed in their tumors. Compared to normal tissues, decorin expression was reduced in CRC patients' tumors, while, there were increased Met and VEGFA levels...
May 20, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530117/combined-impact-of-smoking-and-early-life-exposures-on-adult-lung-function-trajectories
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James P Allinson, Rebecca Hardy, Gavin C Donaldson, Seif O Shaheen, Diana Kuh, Jadwiga A Wedzicha
BACKGROUND: Both adverse early life exposures and adult smoking can negatively influence adult lung function trajectory but few studies consider how the impact of early life exposures may be modified by subsequent smoking. METHODS: The Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development is a nationally representative cohort, initially of 5362 individuals, followed since enrolment at birth in March 1946. Using data collected prospectively across life and multilevel modelling we investigated how the relationships between early life exposures (infant lower respiratory infection, manual social class, home overcrowding and pollution exposure) and FEV1 and FVC trajectories between ages 43 and 60-64 were influenced by smoking behaviour...
May 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529588/downregulation-of-calbindin-1-a-calcium-binding-protein-reduces-the-proliferation-of-osteosarcoma-cells
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Zhengxiang Huang, Guojun Fan, Dongliang Wang
Osteosarcoma is the most common type of primary malignant bone tumor and has a high propensity to metastasize to the lungs and bones. Calbindin 1 (CALB1) is a constituent Ca2+ binding protein, which can prevent apoptotic death in several cell types induced through various pro-apoptotic signaling pathways. To investigate whether CALB1 is implicated in the tumor growth of human osteosarcoma, two different short hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) against CALB1 were used for CALB1-knockdown in osteosarcoma U2OS cells. The U2OS cells were divided into three groups: Two groups with CALB1 knockdown (CALB1-shRNA 1 and CALB1-shRNA 2) and one control group (Con-shRNA)...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529461/treatment-of-non-tuberculous-mycobacterial-lung-disease
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Julie V Philley, Mary Ann DeGroote, Jennifer R Honda, Michael M Chan, Shannon Kasperbauer, Nicholas D Walter, Edward D Chan
Treatment of non-tuberculous mycobacterial lung disease (NTM-LD) is challenging for several reasons including the relative resistance of NTM to currently available drugs and the difficulty in tolerating prolonged treatment with multiple drugs. Yet-to-be-done, large, multicenter, prospective randomized studies to establish the best regimens will also be arduous because multiple NTM species are known to cause human lung disease, differences in virulence and response to treatment between different species and strains within a species will make randomization more difficult, the need to distinguish relapse from a new infection, and the difficulty in adhering to the prescribed treatment due to intolerance, toxicity, and/or drug-drug interactions, often necessitating modification of therapeutic regimens...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529020/nosocomial-legionellosis-and-invasive-aspergillosis-in-a-child-with-t-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Rhoikos Furtwängler, Uwe Schlotthauer, Barbara Gärtner, Norbert Graf, Arne Simon
Invasive aspergillosis of the lungs and the central nervous system and Legionella pneumophilia serotype 1 infection of the lungs were diagnosed in a 22-month old child during inpatient induction treatment for T-lymphoblastic leukemia. Environmental investigations i.e. samples from the hospital water system did not reveal any Legionella. The patient may have been exposed to waterborne pathogens despite terminal water filtration due to a technical device to release residual tap water from the hose after showering...
May 13, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529001/a-single-intranasal-administration-of-virus-like-particle-vaccine-induces-an-efficient-protection-for-mice-against-human-respiratory-syncytial-virus
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Yue-Ying Jiao, Yuan-Hui Fu, Yi-Fei Yan, Ying Hua, Yao Ma, Xiu-Juan Zhang, Jing-Dong Song, Xiang-Lei Peng, Jiaqiang Huang, Tao Hong, Jin-Sheng He
Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an important pediatric pathogen causing acute viral respiratory disease in infants and young children. However, no licensed vaccines are currently available. Virus-like particles (VLPs) may bring new hope to producing RSV VLP vaccine with high immunogenicity and safety. Here, we constructed the recombinants of matrix protein (M) and fusion glycoprotein (F) of RSV, respectively into a replication-deficient first-generation adenoviral vector (FGAd), which were used to co-infect Vero cells to assemble RSV VLPs successfully...
May 18, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528989/infections-during-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-epidemiology-risk-factors-pathogenesis-and-prevention
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Stefano Biffi, Stefano Di Bella, Vittorio Scaravilli, Anna Maria Peri, Giacomo Grasselli, Laura Alagna, Antonio Pesenti, Andrea Gori
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a life support technique used in patients with respiratory and/or cardiac failure. The ECMO circuit consists of vascular cannulae, a pump and an artificial lung. Infections are among the most common complications associated with ECMO and have a significant impact on the mortality rate. Here we present a narrative literature review regarding the epidemiology, risk factors, pathogenesis and prevention of infectious complications during ECMO support. The prevalence of hospital-acquired infections during ECMO is 10-12% and their occurrence is likely to be more frequent compared with other critically ill patients...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
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