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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214126/pulmonary-nodules-in-african-migrants-caused-by-chronic-schistosomiasis
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REVIEW
Federico Gobbi, Dora Buonfrate, Andrea Angheben, Anna Beltrame, Matteo Bassetti, Luca Bertolaccini, Giuseppe Bogina, Simone Caia, Silvia Duranti, Maria Gobbo, Valentina Marchese, Stefania Marocco, Maria Merelli, Geraldo Monteiro, Alberto Terzi, Zeno Bisoffi
Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that can cause mainly hepatic and genitourinary damage, depending on the species. Involvement of the lungs has been commonly described in acute infection (Katayama syndrome) and chronic infection (pulmonary hypertension). Although rarely reported in the scientific literature, cases of lung nodules due to chronic schistosome infection are also possible and are probably more frequent than commonly thought. Here we report seven cases of African migrants who were diagnosed with chronic schistosomiasis and pulmonary nodules due to deposition of schistosome eggs, and we compare our findings to the case reports found in the scientific literature...
February 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213468/microencapsulation-of-lefty-secreting-engineered-cells-for-pulmonary-fibrosis-therapy-in-mice
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Hongge Ma, Shupei Qiao, Zeli Wang, Shuai Geng, Yufang Zhao, Xiaolu Hou, Weiming Tian, Xiongbiao Chen, Lifen Yao
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive disease that causes unremitting deposition of extracellular matrix proteins, thus resulting in distortion of the pulmonary architecture and impaired gas exchange. Associated with high morbidity and mortality, IPF is generally refractory to current pharmacological therapies. Lefty A, a potent inhibitor of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling, has been shown to have promising antifibrotic ability in vitro for the treatment of renal fibrosis and other potential organ fibroses...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210941/b-lymphocytes-in-renal-interstitial-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Fengge Zhu, Xueyuan Bai, Xiangmei Chen
Fibrosis is defined as an excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM), which leads to the destruction of organ structure and impairment of organ function. Fibrosis occurs not only in kidney but also in lung, liver, heart, and skin. Common pathways of fibrosis are thought to exist. Renal interstitial fibrosis is a complex process that involves multiple molecular signaling and multiple cellular components, in which B cells appear to be one of the emerging important players. B cells may affect fibrosis through cytokine production and through interaction with other cells including fibroblasts, macrophages and T cells...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196596/chemosensitive-relapse-in-small-cell-lung-cancer-proceeds-through-an-ezh2-slfn11-axis
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Eric E Gardner, Benjamin H Lok, Valentina E Schneeberger, Patrice Desmeules, Linde A Miles, Paige K Arnold, Andy Ni, Inna Khodos, Elisa de Stanchina, Thuyen Nguyen, Julien Sage, John E Campbell, Scott Ribich, Natasha Rekhtman, Afshin Dowlati, Pierre P Massion, Charles M Rudin, John T Poirier
Small cell lung cancer is initially highly responsive to cisplatin and etoposide but in almost every case becomes rapidly chemoresistant, leading to death within 1 year. We modeled acquired chemoresistance in vivo using a series of patient-derived xenografts to generate paired chemosensitive and chemoresistant cancers. Multiple chemoresistant models demonstrated suppression of SLFN11, a factor implicated in DNA-damage repair deficiency. In vivo silencing of SLFN11 was associated with marked deposition of H3K27me3, a histone modification placed by EZH2, within the gene body of SLFN11, inducing local chromatin condensation and gene silencing...
February 13, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173830/large-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-non-cirrhotic-liver-with-peritoneal-and-omental-metastasis-in-a-healthy-man-a-case-report
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H M M T B Herath, Aruna Kulatunga
BACKGROUND: Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men worldwide. Hepatocellular carcinoma usually develops in the setting of cirrhosis or chronic inflammation. Major risk factors for developing hepatocellular carcinoma are chronic hepatitis B or C virus infection, alcoholic cirrhosis, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The most frequent locations for hepatocellular carcinoma to metastasize are the lungs, portal vein, bones, and regional lymph nodes. CASE PRESENTATION: A 41-year-old Sri Lankan man presented with progressive abdominal distension and on examination was found to have a palpable irregular mass in the left lobe of his liver with moderate ascites...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166761/hemosiderin-laden-macrophages-are-an-independent-factor-correlated-with-pulmonary-vascular-resistance-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-case-control-study
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Jun Fukihara, Hiroyuki Taniguchi, Masahiko Ando, Yasuhiro Kondoh, Tomoki Kimura, Kensuke Kataoka, Taiki Furukawa, Takeshi Johkoh, Junya Fukuoka, Koji Sakamoto, Yoshinori Hasegawa
BACKGROUND: Increases in hemosiderin-laden macrophages (HLM) are reported to be observed in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). According to a recent study, significant correlation between hemosiderin deposition in the lung tissue of IPF and pulmonary hypertension evaluated by echocardiography has been suspected. In this study, we aimed to evaluate whether HLM in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) is a factor correlated with pulmonary hemodynamic parameters evaluated by right heart catheterization in patients with IPF...
February 6, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165252/cocktail-of-superoxide-dismutase-and-fasudil-encapsulated-in-targeted-liposomes-slows-pah-progression-at-a-reduced-dosing-frequency
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Nilesh Gupta, Jahidur Rashid, Eva Nozik-Grayck, Ivan F McMurtry, Kurt R Stenmark, Fakhrul Ahsan
Currently, two or more pulmonary vasodilators are used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but conventional vasodilators alone cannot reverse disease progression. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that a combination therapy comprising a vasodilator plus a therapeutic agent that slows pulmonary arterial remodeling and right heart hypertrophy is an efficacious alternative to current vasodilator-based PAH therapy. Thus, we encapsulated a cocktail of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a superoxide scavenger, and fasudil, a specific rho-kinase inhibitor, into a liposomal formulation equipped with a homing peptide, CAR...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163602/differential-pattern-of-deposition-of-nanoparticles-in-the-airways-of-exposed-workers
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Elizabeth Fireman, Rinat Edelheit, Moshe Stark, Amir Bar Shai
Ultrafine particles (UFP) have been postulated to significantly contribute to the adverse health effects associated with exposure to particulate matter (PM). Due to their extremely small size (aerodynamic diameter <100 nm), UFP are able to deposit deep within the lung after inhalation and evade many mechanisms responsible for the clearance of larger particles. There is a lack of biologically relevant personal exposure metrics for exposure to occupational- and environmental-related micro- and nano-sized PM...
2017: Journal of Nanoparticle Research: An Interdisciplinary Forum for Nanoscale Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162182/-therapeutic-effects-of-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-givinostat-on-air-inflammation-and-high-airway-resistance-in-a-murine-asthma-model
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X M Su, Y Ren, L F Kong, J Kang
Objective: To investigate the therapeutic effects of givinostat, a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACI), on the development of chronic asthma with airway inflammation, airway remodeling and airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR). Methods: BALB/C mice were randomly divided into control group, asthma group, dexamethasone group and givinostat group (n=12 per group). AHR was assessed. Total cell numbers and differential counts, interleukin-4(IL-4), interleukin-5(IL-5) and interferon-γ (IFNγ) levels in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were measured in the above 4 groups...
February 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161667/aerodynamic-properties-and-in-silico-deposition-of-meloxicam-potassium-incorporated-in-a-carrier-free-dpi-pulmonary-system
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Anita Chvatal, Árpád Farkas, Imre Balásházy, Piroska Szabó-Révész, Rita Ambrus
Dry powder inhalers (DPIs) have been among the fastest developing inhaler forms in the past decades. Researches are focusing on the formulation of carrier-free powders to obtain a higher deep-lung deposition and hereby to increase the effectiveness of the medicine. The aim of our study was to prepare a carrier-free dry powder formulation of meloxicam potassium (MP), a novel salt form of meloxicam, using a one-step co-spray drying technology. Different types of excipients were used to modify the crystal structure and to increase aerosolization efficacy...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161666/cellular-internalization-and-transport-of-biodegradable-polyester-dendrimers-on-a-model-of-the-pulmonary-epithelium-and-their-formulation-in-pressurized-metered-dose-inhalers
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Rodrigo S Heyder, Qian Zhong, Reinaldo C Bazito, Sandro R P da Rocha
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of generation and surface PEGylation of degradable polyester-based dendrimers nanocarriers on their interactions with an in vitro model of the pulmonary epithelium as well as to assess the ability to formulate such carriers in propellant-based, portable oral-inhalation devices to determine their potential for local and systemic delivery of drugs to and through the lungs. Hydroxyl (-OH) terminated polyester dendrimers of generation 3 and 4 (G3, and G4) were synthesized using a divergent approach...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159709/role-of-the-plasma-cascade-systems-in-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-of-bone
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Shengye Zhang, Carlos Wotzkow, Anjan K Bongoni, Jane Shaw-Boden, Mark Siegrist, Adriano Taddeo, Fabian Blank, Willy Hofstetter, Robert Rieben
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury has been extensively studied in organs such as heart, brain, liver, kidney, and lung. As a vascularized organ, bone is known to be susceptible to I/R injury too, but the respective mechanisms are not well understood to date. We therefore hypothesized that, similar to other organs, plasma cascade-induced inflammation also plays a role in bone I/R injury. Reperfusion injury in rat tibia was induced by unilateral clamping of the femoral artery and additional use of a tourniquet, while keeping the femoral vein patent to prevent venous congestion...
January 31, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159683/measurement-of-the-raman-spectra-and-hygroscopicity-of-four-pharmaceutical-aerosols-as-they-travel-from-pressurised-metered-dose-inhalers-pmdi-to-a-model-lung
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N Davidson, H-J Tong, M Kalberer, P C Seville, A D Ward, M K Kuimova, F D Pope
Particle inhalation is an effective and rapid delivery method for a variety of pharmaceuticals, particularly bronchodilation drugs used for treating asthma and COPD. Conditions of relative humidity and temperature inside the lungs are generally very different from the outside ambient air, with the lung typically being warmer and more humid. Changes in humidity, from inhaler to lung, can cause hygroscopic phase transitions and particle growth. Increasing particle size and mass can negatively affect particle deposition within the lung leading to inefficient treatment, while deliquescence prior to impaction is liable to accelerate drug uptake...
January 31, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157430/factors-determining-in-vitro-lung-deposition-of-albuterol-aerosol-delivered-by-ventolin-metered-dose-inhaler
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Rajoshi Biswas, Nicola A Hanania, Ashutosh Sabharwal
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) in delivering medication to the lungs highly depends on its correct usage technique. Current guidelines state optimal technique for high lung deposition should include a slow inhalation (>5 seconds) at an inspiratory flow rate of 30 L/min and inhaler actuation at the start of inhalation. However, these recommendations were based on clinical studies using CFC (chlorofluorocarbon)-MDIs and in vitro studies of HFA (hydrofluoroalkane)-MDIs using idealized MDI techniques of uniform inhalation and actuation, disregarding the nonuniform techniques of actual patients...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157412/a-trans-nasal-aerosol-delivery-device-for-efficient-pulmonary-deposition
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Kirby L Zeman, Juan Rojas Balcazar, Fred Fuller, Karl H Donn, Richard C Boucher, William D Bennett, Scott H Donaldson
BACKGROUND: Efficient delivery of aerosols to the lungs via the nasal route has been difficult to achieve, but it may offer benefits over the traditional oral route for a range of patient populations. Because slow, continuous delivery of short-acting agents could improve safety, tolerability, compliance, and efficacy when compared with the rapid, intermittent aerosol treatments delivered by mouthpiece or mask, a novel trans-nasal pulmonary aerosol delivery (tPAD) device was developed...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155704/the-movement-and-deposition-of-pm2-5-in-the-upper-respiratory-tract-for-the-patients-with-heart-failure-an-elementary-cfd-study
#16
Tiantian Zhang, Bin Gao, Zhixiang Zhou, Yu Chang
BACKGROUND: PM2.5 is an important factor to affect the patients with respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Clinical studies have found that the morbidity and mortality of patients with heart failure (HF) have a close relationship with the movement and deposition state of PM2.5. One reason is that the breathing pattern of patients with HF has obvious difference with healthy people, however the effect caused by these differences on the distribution regularity of PM2.5 in the respiratory tract is still unclear...
December 28, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154251/hydroxysafflor-yellow-a-alleviates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-mice
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Yadan Zhang, Lijuan Song, Ruiyan Pan, Jianwei Gao, Bao-Xia Zang, Ming Jin
Hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) is an effective ingredient of the Chinese herb Carthamus tinctorius L. The present study investigated the protective effect of HSYA on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome in mice, and the underlying mechanisms involved. HSYA (14, 28, 56 mg/kg) was intraperitoneally injected to mice once daily from day 1 to 10 after LPS administration. HSYA attenuated the body weight loss, the augmented left index and the increase of pathologic changes in pulmonary inflammation caused by LPS...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152839/development-of-a-radiation-oncology-specific-prospective-data-registry-for-clinical-research-and-quality-improvement-a-clinical-workflow-based-solution
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Pin-Chieh Wang, Darlene Verittupong, Weber Shao, Susan Ann McCloskey, Vincent Basehart, Michael L Steinberg, Patrick Kupelian
: 197 Background: The computerized 'paperless' medical recording system has transformed the modern health information system and serves as an idea platform for cancer registry development, particularly in a specialty like radiation oncology, where technological advances generate unprecedented amounts of data. METHODS: From May 2011 to May 2015, physicians prospectively inputted data on patients seen during consultation in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UCLA...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145535/amyloid-cardiomyopathy
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Lucie Karafiatova, Tomas Pika
Amyloidosis is a heterogeneous group of diseases characterized by the deposition of amyloid. It is caused by extracellular deposition of insoluble fibrils with beta-pleated sheet configuration. The protein misfolding abnormalities result in amyloid fibrils and may manifest as primary, secondary, or familial amyloidosis. Amyloid deposition can occur in multiple organs (eg, heart, liver, kidney, skin, eyes, lungs, nervous system) resulting in a variety of clinical manifestations. Cardiac involvement can occur as part of a systemic disease or as a localized phenomenon...
February 1, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141920/face-transplantation-partial-graft-loss-of-the-first-case-ten-years-later
#20
Emmanuel Morelon, Palmina Petruzzo, Jean Kanitakis, Stéphanie Dakpé, Olivier Thaunat, Valérie Dubois, Gabriel Choukroun, Sylvie Testelin, Jean-Michel Dubernard, Lionel Badet, Bernard Devauchelle
Ten years after the first face transplantation we report the partial loss of this graft. After two episodes of acute rejection (AR) occurred and completely reversed in the first post-transplantation year, ninety months post-transplantation the patient developed de novo class II-donor specific antibodies, without clinical signs of AR. Some months later she developed several skin rejection episodes treated with steroid pulses. Despite rapid clinical improvement, some months later the sentinel skin graft underwent necrosis...
January 31, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
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