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Laila Alawdah, Ahmad Nahari, Dayel Alshahrani, Musa Fagih, Shahid Ghazi, Abdulrahman Al-Hussaini
Gastrointestinal sarcoidosis is a rare disease with very limited data in children. Here we report the first pediatric case of successful treatment with infliximab. The first case was an 8-year-old Saudi girl who presented with fever, weight loss, and abdominal pain that was followed in a few months with hematemesis and development of hepatosplenomegaly. The second case was a 9-year-old Sudanese boy who manifested with vomiting, epigastric pain, and weight loss. On upper endoscopy, both cases demonstrated severe erosive nodular gastric mucosa...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
Nurdan Tözün, Eser Vardareli
Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are the leading cause of mortality worldwide. These cancers are the end result of a complex interplay between gene and environment. Bacteria, parasites, and viruses have been implicated in some cancers. Recent data have put at focus the gut microbiome as the key player firing tumorigenesis. Experimental and human studies have provided evidence on the role of microbiota in cancer development. Although subject to changes in different settings such as antibiotic treatment, diet or lifestyle, our microbiome is quite stable and is capable of increasing susceptibility to cancer or decrease and halt its progression...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Chaeyoun Oh, Joong Kee Youn, Ji-Won Han, Gi Beom Kim, Hyun-Young Kim, Sung-Eun Jung
INTRODUCTION: The Fontan procedure (FP) has become the standard operation for patients with single ventricle physiology. However, a long period of elevated systemic venous pressure and low cardiac output after the procedure result in chronic inflammation and liver cirrhosis, which may eventually lead to the occurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). CLINICAL FINDINGS: We described the case of a 16-year-old female who developed HCC after the FP. At 21 months, the patient received a lateral tunnel FP, and 14 years later, she began complaining of abdominal distension, telangiectasia, and fatigue...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Tae Hoon Lee, Bong Seok Jang, Min Kyo Jung, Chan Gi Pack, Jun-Ho Choi, Do Hyun Park
To reduce tissue or tumor ingrowth, covered self-expandable metal stents (SEMSs) have been developed. The effectiveness of covered SEMSs may be attenuated by sludge or stone formation or by stent clogging due to the formation of biofilm on the covering membrane. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that a silicone membrane containing silver particles (Ag-P) would prevent sludge and biofilm formation on the covered SEMS. In vitro, the Ag-P-integrated silicone polymer-covered membrane exhibited sustained antibacterial activity, and there was no definite release of silver ions from the Ag-P-integrated silicone polymer membrane at any time point...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Walter J Lukiw
The human microbiome consists of ~3.8 × 10(13) symbiotic microorganisms that form a highly complex and dynamic ecosystem: the gastrointestinal (GI) tract constitutes the largest repository of the human microbiome by far, and its impact on human neurological health and disease is becoming increasingly appreciated. Bacteroidetes, the largest phylum of Gram-negative bacteria in the GI tract microbiome, while generally beneficial to the host when confined to the GI tract, have potential to secrete a remarkably complex array of pro-inflammatory neurotoxins that include surface lipopolysaccharides (LPSs) and toxic proteolytic peptides...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Helieh S Oz
Microbiomic flora in digestive tract is pivotal to the state of our health and disease. Antibiotics affect GI, control composition of microbiome, and shift equilibrium from health into disease status. Coccidiosis causes gastrointestinal inflammation. Antibiotic additives contaminate animal products and enter food chain, consumed by humans with possible allergic, antibiotic resistance and enigmatic side effects. Purposed study induced nonpathogenic, immunogenic organisms to protect against disease and abolish antibiotics' use in food animals and side effects in man...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Oscar R Herrera, Michael L Christensen, Richard A Helms
As seen over the past 20 years, calprotectin has evolved as a novel, non-invasive biomarker of gastrointestinal (GI) inflammation. We present this review of calprotectin in pediatrics. This article will focus on studies using calprotectin concentrations from different body fluids to monitor inflammation in different disease states and conditions. The ultimate goal of our group is to lay down a foundation as we consider using calprotectin prospectively as a marker of intestinal inflammation that could lead to further testing and possibly a marker of preparedness for feeding...
July 2016: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
Khaled R A Abdellatif, Eman K A Abdelall, Rania B Bakr
Selective inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) isozyme afforded a useful drug design concept that resulted in the development of effective anti-inflammatory drugs that are devoid of adverse side effects, in particular gastrointestinal irritation, ulcerogenicity and renal toxicity attributed to inhibition of the cytoprotective cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) isozyme. Unfortunately, some selective COX-2 inhibitory drugs such as rofecoxib and valdecoxib are believed to be responsible for cardiovascular complications...
September 27, 2016: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
Carlene Chun, Leon Zheng, Sean P Colgan
In recent years, studies in the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa have taught us a number of important lessons related to tissue oxygenation and metabolism in health and disease. The highly vascularized mucosa lies immediately adjacent to an anaerobic lumen containing trillions of metabolically active microbes (i.e. the microbiome) that results in one of the more austere tissue microenvironments in the body. These studies have also implicated a prominent role for oxygen metabolism and hypoxia in inflammation, so called "inflammatory hypoxia", that results from the activation of multiple oxygen consuming enzymes...
September 28, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Zeinab Kadkhoda, Aliakbar Amirzargar, Zahra Esmaili, Mahdi Vojdanian, Solmaz Akbari
BACKGROUND: Periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) share a number of clinical and pathologic features, one of which is the presence of the tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)-induced bone resorption that is involved in the pathogenesis of both. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of TNF-α blockade on periodontal conditions in patients with active RA. METHOD: The periodontal statuses of 36 patients (26 females, 10 males) diagnosed with active RA were evaluated both before and after anti-TNF-α therapy...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
Marlene Remely, Alexander G Haslberger
Dietary habits, lifestyle, medication, and food additives affect the composition and functions of the GI microbiota. Metabolic syndrome is already known to be associated with an aberrant gut microbiota affecting systemic low-grade inflammation, which is also outlined by differing epigenetic patterns. Thus, structural changes and compositional evaluation of gut microbial differences affecting epigenetic patterns in metabolic syndrome are of research interest. In the present review we focus on the disparities in the gut microbiota composition of metabolic syndrome and the resulting aberrant profile of bioactive microbial metabolites known to affect epigenetic modifications such as G-protein coupled receptors and inflammatory pathways...
September 23, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
Soo Hwan Kim, Gi Jin Kim, Tsukuru Umemura, Seung Gwan Lee, Kyung Jin Cho
In order to investigate whether plasma microRNA-33a (miR-33a) can be a biomarker for the early detection of atherosclerosis and to reexamine the assumption that miR-33a represses the expression of ABCA1, we compared the expression levels of miR-33a and ATP-binding cassette A1 (ABCA1) using human plasma and supernatants of macrophage cultured media. We first separated ample number of plasma samples from left-over whole blood samples based on the criteria for normal or dyslipidemia, and stored them at -20 °C until use...
September 23, 2016: Molecular Biology Reports
Young-Min Han, Jong-Min Park, Jing X Kang, Ji-Young Cha, Ho-Jae Lee, Migeyong Jeong, Eun-Jin Go, Ki Baik Hahm
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) damage the gastrointestinal (GI) epithelial cell membranes by inducing several signals through lipid raft organization after membrane incorporation, whereas ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) relieve inflammation, reduce oxidative stress, and provide cytoprotection, consequent to lipid raft disorganization. Therefore, we hypothesized that ω-3 PUFAs can protect the GI from NSAID-induced damages by initiating the gatekeeper action of cell membranes, subsequent to anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative actions...
2016: Scientific Reports
Reza Rahimian, Mohammad Reza Zirak, Mojtaba Keshavarz, Nahid Fakhraei, Ahmad Mohammadi-Farani, Hanan Hamdi, Kazem Mousavizadeh
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Tropisetron, a selective 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, is highly used to counteract chemotherapy-induced emesis. Previous studies revealed the anti-inflammatory properties of this drug. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) receptor in the protective effect of tropisetron in an animal model of ulcerative colitis. Experimental colitis was induced by a single intra-colonic instillation of 4% (V/V) acetic acid in male rats...
September 20, 2016: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
Marcia L Moss, Miles A Miller, Nikola Vujanovic, Toshie Yoneyama, Fred H Rasmussen
A disintegrin and metalloproteinase 15 (ADAM15), also known as metargidin, plays important roles in regulating inflammation, wound healing, neovascularization, and is an attractive drug target. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based peptide substrates were tested to identify candidate reagents for high throughput screening and detection of ADAM15 in biological samples. ADAM15 exhibits a unique and diverse activity profile compared to other metalloproteinases. Two FRET substrates, Dabcyl-Gly-Pro-Leu-Gly-Met-Arg-Gly-Lys(FAM)-NH2 (PEPDAB011) and Dabcyl-Ala-Pro-Arg-Trp-Ile-Gln-Asp-Lys(FAM)-NH2 (PEPDAB017), which also detect activities of several matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs -2, -9, and -13), were efficiently cleaved by ADAM15 with specificity constants of 5800 M(-1) s(-1) and 4300 M(-1) s(-1), respectively...
December 1, 2016: Analytical Biochemistry
Börje Jonefjäll, Lena Öhman, Magnus Simrén, Hans Strid
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal symptoms (GI) compatible with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are common in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) in remission. The causes of these symptoms remain to be clarified. Our aim was to investigate prevalence and factors associated with IBS-like symptoms in patients with UC in deep remission. METHODS: We included 298 patients with UC and used Mayo score, sigmoidoscopy, and fecal calprotectin to define deep remission versus active disease...
November 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Khaled Saad, Mohamed Gamil M Abo-Elela, Khaled A Abd El-Baseer, Ahmed E Ahmed, Faisal-Alkhateeb Ahmad, Mostafa S K Tawfeek, Amira A El-Houfey, Mohamed Diab AboulKhair, Ahmad M Abdel-Salam, Amir Abo-Elgheit, Heba Qubaisy, Ahmed M Ali, Eman Abdel-Mawgoud
BACKGROUND: Bovine colostrum (BC) has direct antimicrobial and endotoxin-neutralizing effects throughout the alimentary tract, as well as other bioactivities that suppress gut inflammation and promote mucosal integrity and tissue repair under various conditions related to tissue injury. The precise role of BC in respiratory and gastrointestinal (GI) infections in children is not well defined. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of BC administration in preventing recurrent upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) and diarrhea in children...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Christina Brock, Birgitte Brock, Anne Grave Pedersen, Asbjørn Mohr Drewes, Niels Jessen, Adam D Farmer
The global prevalence of diabetes mellitus is increasing; arguably as a consequence of changes in diet, lifestyle and the trend towards urbanization. Unsurprisingly, the incidence of both micro and macrovascular complications of diabetes mirrors this increasing prevalence. Amongst the complications with the highest symptom burden, yet frequently under-diagnosed and sub-optimally treated, is diabetic autonomic neuropathy, itself potentially resulting in cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy and gastrointestinal (GI) tract dysmotility...
August 25, 2016: World Journal of Diabetes
Joseph C Mudd, Jason M Brenchley
Distinct pathological events occur within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of Asian macaques with progressive simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection and humans with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection that are critical in shaping disease course. These events include depletion and functional alteration of GI-resident CD4(+) T cells, loss of antigen-presenting cells, loss of innate lymphocytes, and possible alterations to the composition of the gut microbiota. These contribute to structural damage to the GI tract and systemic translocation of GI tract microbial products...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Marjorie M Walker, Angela K Harris, Georgia C Edwards, Nicholas J Talley
BACKGROUND: Colonoscopic biopsies are taken to make a diagnosis of inflammation, dysplasia or malignancy, to assess treatment success and to monitor patients' progression. OBJECTIVE: This aim of this article is to provide a guide to understanding histology reports sent to the general practitioner (GP) from the colonoscopy and anatomical pathology departments for the diagnosis of increasingly prevalent gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. DISCUSSION: Many diseases in the lower GI tract are increasing in prevalence and new diseases are emerging that require biopsy for diagnosis...
June 2016: Australian Family Physician
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