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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334399/association-of-hiv-status-with-local-immune-response-to-anal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-implications-for-immunotherapy
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Elizabeth L Yanik, Genevieve J Kaunitz, Tricia R Cottrell, Farah Succaria, Tracee L McMiller, Maria L Ascierto, Jessica Esandrio, Haiying Xu, Aleksandra Ogurtsova, Toby Cornish, Evan J Lipson, Suzanne L Topalian, Eric A Engels, Janis M Taube
Importance: The programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) pathway play an important immunosuppressive role in cancer and chronic viral infection, and have been effectively targeted in cancer therapy. Anal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is associated with both human papillomavirus and HIV infection. To date, patients with HIV have been excluded from most trials of immune checkpoint blocking agents, such as anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1, because it was assumed that their antitumor immunity was compromised compared with immunocompetent patients...
March 23, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333655/biochemical-and-electrocardiographic-studies-on-the-beneficial-effects-of-gallic-acid-in-cyclophosphamide-induced-cardiorenal-dysfunction
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Omolola Rachel Ogunsanwo, Ademola Adetokunbo Oyagbemi, Temidayo Olutayo Omobowale, Ebunoluwa Racheal Asenuga, Adebowale Bernard Saba
Background Cardiac toxicity is one of the life-threatening complications of cancer therapy. Cyclophosphamide (CYP) is an alkylating agent with potent antineoplastic and immunosuppressive properties and possibly the most widely used antineoplastic agent. Chronic cardiotoxicity associated with CYP is characterized by progressive heart failure developing from weeks to years after therapy. Methods In this study, rats were administered with (60 mg/kg and 120 mg/kg) alone or in combination with single intraperitoneal (200 mg/kg) administration of CYP for 7 days...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331864/cytopenia-occurrence-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-within-early-post-transplant-period
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Atefeh Jafari, Parisa Najivash, Mohammad-Reza Khatami, Simin Dashti-Khavidaki
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed incidence, severity, and time to occurrence of drug-induced leukopenia/thrombocytopenia within 1(st) month after kidney transplantation. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted on newly kidney transplant recipients from two hospitals, Iran. Patients with thrombocytopenia due to acute antibody-mediated rejection were excluded from the study. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data of patients within the 1(st) month after transplantation were collected...
January 2017: Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331021/aspergillus-niger-infection-in-an-immunosuppressed-patient-confined-solely-to-the-brain
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Lucy Simmonds, Sian Mitchell, Barrie White, Shanika A Crusz, David Denning
A 68-year-old woman with a background of hypertension, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis presented to her local hospital after a 4-week history of gradual deterioration and increasing confusion with new onset right-sided weakness. Her initial CT scan revealed a rim enhancing mass lesion with surrounding oedema in the left parietal lobe for which she underwent CT stealth-guided biopsy. Microbiology culture of the 2 biopsy samples yielded Aspergillus niger and she was started on the antifungal agent voriconazole...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330073/cladosporium-cladosporioides-from-the-perspectives-of-medical-and-biotechnological-approaches
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Manaf AlMatar, Essam A Makky
Fungi are important natural product sources that have enormous potential for the production of novel compounds for use in pharmacology, agricultural applications and industry. Compared with other natural sources such as plants, fungi are highly diverse but understudied. However, research on Cladosporium cladosporioides revealed the existence of bioactive products such as p-methylbenzoic acid, ergosterol peroxide (EP) and calphostin C as well as enzymes including pectin methylesterase (PME), polygalacturonase (PG) and chlorpyrifos hydrolase...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329410/long-term-outcome-after-a-treosulfan-based-conditioning-regimen-for-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-report-from-the-acute-leukemia-working-party-of-the-european-society-for-blood-and-marrow-transplantation
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Arnon Nagler, Myriam Labopin, Dietrich Beelen, Fabio Ciceri, Liisa Volin, Avichai Shimoni, Roberto Foá, Noel Milpied, Jacopo Peccatori, Emmanuelle Polge, Audrey Mailhol, Mohamad Mohty, Bipin N Savani
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is a curative therapy for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, post-HCT relapse and regimen-related toxicity remain significant barriers to long-term survival. In recent years, new conditioning regimens have been explored to improve transplantation outcomes in patients with AML. Treosulfan combines a potent immunosuppressive and antileukemic effect with a low toxicity profile. METHODS: To investigate the role of treosulfan-based conditioning, the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Acute Leukemia Working Party performed a registry analysis of 520 adult patients with AML who received treosulfan-based conditioning and underwent HCT between 2000 and 2012, including 225 patients in first complete remission, 107 in second or later complete remission, and 188 with active/advanced disease 188 (88 with primary refractory disease)...
March 22, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328183/seroprevalence-of-bartonella-species-coxiella-burnetii-and-toxoplasma-gondii-among-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-a-pilot-study-in-romania
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C J Messinger, E S Gurzau, E B Breitschwerdt, C I Tomuleasa, S J Trufan, M M Flonta, R G Maggi, I B Neagoe, P M Rabinowitz
Patients receiving immunosuppressive cancer treatments in settings where there is a high degree of human-animal interaction may be at increased risk for opportunistic zoonotic infections or reactivation of latent infections. We sought to determine the seroprevalence of selected zoonotic pathogens among patients diagnosed with haematologic malignancies and undergoing chemotherapeutic treatments in Romania, where much of the general population lives and/or works in contact with livestock. A convenience sample of 51 patients with haematologic cancer undergoing chemotherapy at a referral clinic in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, was surveyed regarding animal exposures...
March 22, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326649/leflunomide-for-the-treatment-of-trichodysplasia-spinulosa-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient
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Rawan Kassar, Janis Chang, An-Wen Chan, Leslie B Lilly, Ayman Al Habeeb, Coleman Rotstein
Trichodysplasia spinulosa (TS) is a rare dermatologic complication associated with the immunosuppressive therapy used in solid organ transplantation. The distinctive clinical manifestation of this condition is spiny follicular papules on the face, ears, extremities, and trunk. Histopathologically, abnormally maturing hair follicles with hyperkeratotic material are noted. The condition is produced by the trichodysplasia spinulosa-associated polyomavirus. Treatment of this condition in the past has entailed a reduction in immunosuppression, topical agents such as cidofovir or retinoidsm or oral valganciclovir...
March 22, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326566/systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-comparative-efficacy-of-biologics-for-induction-and-maintenance-of-mucosal-healing-in-crohn-s-disease-and-ulcerative-colitis-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
A Cholapranee, G S Hazlewood, G G Kaplan, L Peyrin-Biroulet, A N Ananthakrishnan
BACKGROUND: Mucosal healing is an important therapeutic endpoint in the management of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Limited data exist regarding the comparative efficacy of various therapies in achieving this outcome. AIM: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of biologics for induction and maintenance of mucosal healing in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (RCT) examining mucosal healing as an endpoint of immunosuppressives, anti-tumour necrosis factor α (anti-TNF) or anti-integrin monoclonal antibody therapy for moderate-to-severe CD or UC...
March 22, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324010/separating-the-anti-inflammatory-and-diabetogenic-effects-of-glucocorticoids-through-lxr%C3%AE-antagonism
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Rucha Patel, Lilia Magomedova, Ricky Tsai, Stéphane Angers, Arturo Orellana, Carolyn L Cummins
Synthetic glucocorticoids (GCs) including dexamethasone (DEX) are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs. Long-term use of GCs, however, can result in metabolic side effects such as hyperglycemia, hepatosteatosis, and insulin resistance. The glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and liver X receptors (LXRα and LXRβ) regulate overlapping genes involved in gluconeogenesis and inflammation. We have previously shown that Lxrβ-/- mice are resistant to the diabetogenic effects of DEX, but still sensitive to its immunosuppressive actions...
January 27, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321964/combination-therapy-of-leflunomide-and-glucocorticoids-for-the-maintenance-of-remission-in-patients-with-igg4-related-disease-a-retrospective-study-and-literature-review
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Yiwen Wang, Kunpeng Li, Dai Gao, Gui Luo, Yurong Zhao, Xiuru Wang, Jie Zhang, Jingyu Jin, Zheng Zhao, Chunhua Yang, Jian Zhu, Jianglin Zhang, Feng Huang
BACKGROUND: Although glucocorticoids are effective in IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD), patients may relapse during or after glucocorticoid tapering. Immunosuppressive agents including leflunomide (LEF) are regarded as steroid-sparing agents in other autoimmune disorders and need to be discussed in the management of IgG4-RD. AIM: To identify the efficacy and safety of combination therapy of LEF and glucocorticoids in IgG4-RD. METHODS: We retrospectively summarized data of patients diagnosed with IgG4-RD between November 2012 and November 2015...
March 21, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321492/anti-toxoplasma-antibodies-in-egyptian-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Abeer A El-Henawy, Eman Abdel Razek Hafez, Nairmen Nabih, Naglaa M Shalaby, Mervat Mashaly
OBJECTIVE: To assess seroprevalence of anti-Toxoplasma gondii antibodies; both IgG and IgM in Egyptian rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients versus a non-RA group and to compare anti-Toxoplasma antibodies seroprevalence among RA patients receiving traditional treatment and RA patients treated with biologic drug. METHODS: 60 RA patients and 60 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. Patients were categorized into two groups: one group included 30 patients receiving disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), while the other group included 30 patients receiving biologic agent, infliximab, a TNF-α antagonist...
March 20, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321320/calcineurin-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-primary-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Louis-Philippe Laurin, Patrick H Nachman, Bethany J Foster
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is the most common cause of nephrotic syndrome in adults. Glucocorticoids have been evaluated in the treatment of primary FSGS in numerous retrospective studies. Evidence suggesting a role for including calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) in early therapy remains limited. The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature examining the efficacy of CNIs in the treatment of primary FSGS both as first-line therapy and as an adjunctive agent in steroid-resistant patients, with respect to remission in proteinuria and renal survival...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321091/azacitidine-therapy-for-low-risk-myelodysplastic-syndrome-developing-after-solid-organ-transplantation
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Hiroaki Inoue, Yasuyoshi Morita, Shinya Rai, Hiroaki Kakutani, Yasuyo Ohyama, Yasuhiro Taniguchi, Hirokazu Tanaka, Takahiro Shimada, Yoichi Tatsumi, Takashi Ashida, Itaru Matsumura
Immunosuppressive therapy after solid organ transplantation is known to be a risk factor for the development of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Herein, we report 2 patients, both of whom developed low-risk MDS after solid organ transplantation and were successfully treated with azacitidine (AZA). The 1st case was a 74-year-old man who had received liver transplantation. The initial immunosuppressive therapy consisted of cyclosporine and prednisolone. Nine years after transplantation, he was diagnosed as having MDS (RCMD)...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320588/herpes-zoster-reactivation-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-under-treatment-with-directly-acting-antiviral-agents-a-case-series
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Mohamed El Kassas, Mohamed Naguib Wifi, Reem Mahdy, Shimaa Afify, Enas Hafez, Yasmeen Abd El Latif, Marwa Ezzat, Adel El Tahan, Naglaa Youssef, Gamal Esmat
We report a series of cutaneous Herpes Zoster (HZ) reactivation cases in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection treated with directly acting antiviral (DAA) agents. Five cases were detected among 2133 treated patients with DAAs at one of the specialized viral hepatitis treatment centers in Egypt. A control group including 2300 age and sex matched HCV patients who were previously treated with pegylated interferon and ribavirin did not show any HZ reactivation reports while on treatment. None of cases had an evidence of immunosuppression or a risk factor for HZ reactivation...
March 17, 2017: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315636/pembrolizumab-for-metastatic-melanoma-in-a-renal-allograft-recipient-with-subsequent-graft-rejection-and-treatment-response-failure-a-case-report
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Vineet Kwatra, Narayan V Karanth, Kelum Priyadarshana, Michail Charakidis
BACKGROUND: Transplant patients were excluded from the pivotal phase III trials of checkpoint inhibitors in metastatic melanoma. The efficacy and toxicity profiles of checkpoint inhibitors in this cohort of patients are not well described. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of a renal transplant patient with stage IV melanoma treated with a programmed cell death protein 1 checkpoint inhibitor that led to both treatment failure and renal graft rejection. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of a 58-year-old white man with a long-standing cadaveric renal transplant who was diagnosed with a B-Raf Proto-Oncogene, Serine/Threonine Kinase wild-type metastatic melanoma...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315319/interferon-alpha2a-and-systemic-corticosteroid-in-monotherapy-in-chronic-uveitis-results-of-the-randomised-controlled-birdferon-study
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Christine Fardeau, Anne Simon, Benoît Rodde, Fabiana Viscogliosi, Pierre Labalette, Vincent Looten, Sophie Tézenas du Montcel, Phuc LeHoang
PURPOSE: Macular edema is the leading cause of vision loss in bilateral chronic non-infectious posterior uveitis, and is used to being treated using corticosteroids, immunosuppressive agents and biotherapies. The aim of this trial was to assess and compare the efficacy and safety of corticosteroids and IFN-α in adults with such conditions. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial SUBJECTS: Adult patients with bilateral posterior autoimmune non-infectious and non-tumoral uveitis complicated by macular edema in at least one eye, were recruited...
March 14, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301237/aspergillosis-a-natural-infection-in-poultry-mycological-and-molecular-characterization-and-determination-of-gliotoxin-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-isolates
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Verónica Montes de Oca, Sara Esther Valdés, Carolina Segundo, Gabriela Guadalupe Gómez, José Ramírez, Roberto Arnulfo Cervantes
Aspergillosis affects all types of birds; it causes the loss of specimens with high ecologic value and also leads to significant economic losses within the poultry industry. The main etiologic agent is Aspergillus fumigatus , a filamentary fungus with multiple virulence factors, such as gliotoxin (GT), which is an immunosuppressive epipolythiodioxopiperazine molecule. Necropsy was performed on 73 poultry from different provenances, all of which presented with a respiratory semiology compatible with aspergillosis...
March 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299631/clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-acquired-hemophilia-a-experience-at-a-single-center-in-japan
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Yoshiyuki Ogawa, Kunio Yanagisawa, Hideki Uchiumi, Takuma Ishizaki, Takeki Mitsui, Fumito Gouda, Masahiro Ieko, Akitada Ichinose, Yoshihisa Nojima, Hiroshi Handa
Acquired hemophilia A (AHA), which is caused by autoantibodies against coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) is a rare, life-threatening bleeding disorder, the incidence of which appears to be increasing in Japan as the population ages. However, the clinical characteristics, treatment, and outcomes of AHA remain difficult to establish due to the rarity of this disease. We retrospectively analyzed data from 25 patients (median age 73 years; range 24-92 years; male n = 15) diagnosed with AHA between 1999 and 2015 at Gunma University Hospital...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299344/advances-in-immunotherapy-for-glioblastoma-multiforme
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REVIEW
Boyuan Huang, Hongbo Zhang, Lijuan Gu, Bainxin Ye, Zhihong Jian, Creed Stary, Xiaoxing Xiong
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common primary malignant brain tumor in adults. Patients with GBM have poor outcomes, even with the current gold-standard first-line treatment: maximal safe resection combined with radiotherapy and temozolomide chemotherapy. Accumulating evidence suggests that advances in antigen-specific cancer vaccines and immune checkpoint blockade in other advanced tumors may provide an appealing promise for immunotherapy in glioma. The future of therapy for GBM will likely incorporate a combinatorial, personalized approach, including current conventional treatments, active immunotherapeutics, plus agents targeting immunosuppressive checkpoints...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
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