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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735992/global-performance-status-score-a-new-tool-to-assess-physical-performance-in-kidney-transplant-patients
#1
P Esposito, F Furini, M Gregorini, E F Pattonieri, V Corradetti, E La Porta, E Caramella, M Calatroni, L Petrucci, C Klersy, T Rampino
BACKGROUND: Information on physical performance in renal transplantation is limited because of the shortage of specifically designed evaluation instruments. Therefore, we elaborated and validated the Global Performance Status (GloPerSta) score to provide a new and comprehensive tool, exploring the different components of physical performance in kidney transplant patients. METHODS: We elaborated the GloPerSta score on the basis of the data obtained from a cross-sectional study, in which we evaluated the physical performance of a cohort of kidney transplant patients...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729970/severe-cyclophosphamide-related-hyponatremia-in-a-patient-with-acute-glomerulonephritis
#2
Pasquale Esposito, Maria Valentina Domenech, Nicoletta Serpieri, Marta Calatroni, Ilaria Massa, Alessandro Avella, Edoardo La Porta, Luca Estienne, Elena Caramella, Teresa Rampino
Cyclophosphamide is frequently used to treat cancer, autoimmune and renal diseases, such as rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. Its side effects are well-known, including bone marrow depression, infections, alopecia, sterility, bladder malignancy and hemorrhagic cystitis. Moreover, in some cases cyclophosphamide use has been related to the onset of hyponatremia, by development of a syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis. Indeed, severe hyponatremia has been previously reported in patients treated with high-dose or moderate-dose of intravenous cyclophosphamide, while only few cases have been reported in patients treated with low dose...
July 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700184/-report-for-the-world-kidney-days-in-italy-2015-2016
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REVIEW
Pasquale Esposito, Yuri Battaglia, Elena Caramella, Domenico Russo, Alessandro Balducci
World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global campaign, promoted by International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) and International Society of Nephrology (ISN) aimed at raising awareness among people on importance of our kidneys. This campaign includes many events across the globe. The main purpose of WKD is to create and spread awareness about preventive behaviours and risk factors for renal diseases. In Italy WKD is organized by the Italian Kidney Foundation (FIR) in collaboration with Italian Society of Nephrology (SIN) and the Red Cross of Italy...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700180/-superior-cava-vein-stenosis-in-a-hemodialysis-patient-with-long-term-central-venous-catheter-and-vascular-graft-a-case-report
#4
Carlo Jovane, Piera Farfaglia, Anna Maria Ierardi, Laura Rimoldi, Elisabetta Sogni, Carmela Figliola, Daniela Pogliani, Matteo Tozzi, Elena Caramella, Pasquale Esposito, Alessandro Castiglioni
Recently, the use of central venous catheters (CVC) as a vascular access in patients undergoing hemodialysis is significantly increased, mainly because of the aging of this population and the presence of several comorbidities. However, the implantation and the long stay of CVC are associated with many complications. Among them, central venous stenosis represents one of the most common problems that, if not properly diagnosed, could lead to vascular thrombosis and consequent vascular access malfunction. Here, we report a case of a 38-year-old patient, who underwent hemodialysis firstly by a CVC long-term into right jugular vein and then by a prosthetic fistula in the ipsilateral limb...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678209/nanofiber-scaffolds-as-drug-delivery-systems-to-bridge-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Angela Faccendini, Barbara Vigani, Silvia Rossi, Giuseppina Sandri, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Carla Marcella Caramella, Franca Ferrari
The complex pathophysiology of spinal cord injury (SCI) may explain the current lack of an effective therapeutic approach for the regeneration of damaged neuronal cells and the recovery of motor functions. A primary mechanical injury in the spinal cord triggers a cascade of secondary events, which are involved in SCI instauration and progression. The aim of the present review is to provide an overview of the therapeutic neuro-protective and neuro-regenerative approaches, which involve the use of nanofibers as local drug delivery systems...
July 5, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645742/gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-gist-presenting-in-the-liver-diagnostic-prognostic-and-therapeutic-issues
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Natacha Joyon, Jérôme Dumortier, Aude Aline-Fardin, Caroline Caramella, Pierre-Jean Valette, Jean-Yves Blay, Jean-Yves Scoazec, Peggy Dartigues
CONTEXT: Extra-gastrointestinal stromal tumors (E-GIST) presenting in the liver are exceedingly rare and raise difficult diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. METHODS: We report on two cases of liver E-GIST with different clinical presentations. We describe their clinical and imaging features, their histopathological and molecular characteristics, their treatment and their course. RESULTS: The first case was that of a 56-year-old male presenting with a 10-cm liver mass; the initial diagnosis, made in 1986 from a biopsy sample, was leiomyosarcoma; liver transplantation was performed in 1987; no extra-hepatic tumor was found; the course was uneventful until 1999, when tumor recurrence was diagnosed along the initial biopsy route; after reevaluation of available material, the definitive pathological diagnosis was GIST; imatinib treatment resulted in major response; the patient died of end-stage kidney disease 22 years after the initial diagnosis and 9 years after tumor recurrence...
June 20, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633480/a-prospective-examination-of-circulating-tumor-cell-profiles-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-molecular-subgroups
#7
C R Lindsay, V Faugeroux, S Michiels, E Pailler, F Facchinetti, D Ou, M V Bluthgen, C Pannet, M Ngo-Camus, G Bescher, C Caramella, F Billiot, J Remon, D Planchard, J-C Soria, B Besse, F Farace
Background: We report the first study examining the clinical, numerical and biological properties of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) according to molecular subtypes of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Patients and Methods: 125 patients with treatment-naïve stage IIIb-IV NSCLC were prospectively recruited for CellSearch analysis. Anti-vimentin antibody was included for examination of CTCs to assess their mesenchymal character. Associations of total CTCs and vimentin-positive (vim +) CTCs with clinical characteristics, tumor genotype and survival were assessed...
June 19, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629572/3t-diffusion-weighted-mri-in-the-response-assessment-of-colorectal-liver-metastases-after-chemotherapy-correlation-between-adc-value-and-histological-tumour-regression-grading
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Francescamaria Donati, Piero Boraschi, Federica Pacciardi, Rosa Cervelli, Maura Castagna, Lucio Urbani, Fabio Falaschi, Davide Caramella
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to correlate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DW-MRI) by 3T device with the histological tumour regression grading (TRG) analysis of colorectal liver metastases after preoperative chemotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our study included thirty-five patients with colorectal liver metastases who had undergone MRI by 3T device (GE DISCOVERY MR750; GE Healthcare) after preoperative chemotherapy...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625652/symptomatic-leptomeningeal-metastasis-improvement-with-nivolumab-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patient
#9
Maria Gion, Jordi Remon, Caroline Caramella, Jean-Charles Soria, Benjamin Besse
Leptomeningeal metastasis (LM) is reported in 3.8% of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, more frequently in adenocarcinoma, and it correlates with poor prognosis. Data regarding the activity of immune checkpoint inhibitors in LM is lacking. We present a case report about the efficacy of nivolumab in a patient with advanced NSCLC and symptomatic LM.
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619454/carvacrol-clay-hybrids-loaded-into-in-situ-gelling-films
#10
M Tenci, S Rossi, C Aguzzi, E Carazo, G Sandri, M C Bonferoni, P Grisoli, C Viseras, C M Caramella, F Ferrari
The aim of the present work was the development of polymer films loaded with a carvacrol (CVR)/clay hybrid (HYBD) for the delivery of CRV in infected skin ulcer treatment. Different clays were considered: montmorrilonite, halloysite and palygorskite (PHC). CRV incorporation in PHC reduced its volatility. HYBD showed 20% w/w CRV loading capacity and was able to preserve CRV antioxidant properties. HYBD was characterized by improved antimicrobial properties against S. aureus and E. coli and cytocompatibility towards human fibroblasts with respect to pure CRV...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561069/a-clinical-molecular-prognostic-model-to-predict-survival-in-patients-with-post-polycythemia-vera-and-post-essential-thrombocythemia-myelofibrosis
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F Passamonti, T Giorgino, B Mora, P Guglielmelli, E Rumi, M Maffioli, A Rambaldi, M Caramella, R Komrokji, J Gotlib, J J Kiladjian, F Cervantes, T Devos, F Palandri, V De Stefano, M Ruggeri, R T Silver, G Benevolo, F Albano, D Caramazza, M Merli, D Pietra, R Casalone, G Rotunno, T Barbui, M Cazzola, A M Vannucchi
Polycythemia vera (PV) and essential thrombocythemia (ET) are myeloproliferative neoplasms with variable risk of evolution into post-PV and post-ET myelofibrosis, from now on referred to as secondary myelofibrosis (SMF). No specific tools have been defined for risk stratification in SMF. To develop a prognostic model for predicting survival, we studied 685 JAK2, CALR, and MPL annotated patients with SMF. Median survival of the whole cohort was 9.3 years (95% CI: 8-not reached-NR-). Through penalized Cox regressions we identified negative predictors of survival and according to beta risk coefficients we assigned 2 points to hemoglobin level <11 g/dl, to circulating blasts ⩾3%, and to CALR-unmutated genotype, 1 point to platelet count <150 × 10(9)/l and to constitutional symptoms, and 0...
May 31, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522411/halloysite-and-chitosan-oligosaccharide-nanocomposite-for-wound-healing
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Giuseppina Sandri, Carola Aguzzi, Silvia Rossi, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Giovanna Bruni, Cinzia Boselli, Antonia Icaro Cornaglia, Federica Riva, Cesar Viseras, Carla Caramella, Franca Ferrari
Halloysite is a natural nanotubular clay mineral (HNTs, Halloysite Nano Tubes) chemically identical to kaolinite and, due to its good biocompatibility, is an attractive nanomaterial for a vast range of biological applications. Chitosan oligosaccharides are homo- or heterooligomers of N-acetylglucosamine and D-glucosamine, that accelerate wound healing by enhancing the functions of inflammatory and repairing cells. The aim of the work was the development of a nanocomposite based on HNTs and chitosan oligosaccharides, to be used as pour powder to enhance healing in the treatment of chronic wounds...
May 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522002/freeze-dried-cylinders-carrying-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-vaginal-peptide-delivery
#13
Marzia Marciello, Silvia Rossi, Carla Caramella, Carmen Remuñán-López
Recently nanoparticle-based vaginal drug delivery formulations have been acquiring great attention for the administration of peptide based-vaccines or microbicides to prevent or treat sexually transmitted diseases. In this work, a straightforward and efficient strategy for the vaginal application and release of peptide-loaded mucoadhesive nanoparticles was developed. This essentially consists of chitosan nanoparticles encapsulated in suitable hydrophilic freeze-dried cylinders. Chitosan nanoparticles are responsible for carrying the peptide drug and allowing adhesion to the vaginal mucosal epithelium...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479520/trepanation-to-treat-a-head-wound-a-case-of-neurosurgery-from-13th-century-tuscany
#14
REVIEW
Giulia Riccomi, Gino Fornaciari, Angelica Vitiello, Anna Bini, Davide Caramella, Valentina Giuffra
During the archaeological excavations conducted in the 13th century cemetery of the Church of Sant'Agostino in Poggibonsi (Tuscany, Italy), a skull with evidence of neurosurgical intervention was brought to light. The skull, belonging to an adult male, shows two traumatic lesions produced by bladed instruments. The first lesion, located on the anterior part of the parietal bones, involved only the outer cranial table; bone remodeling indicates that the individual survived the injury for a long time. The second lesion, located on the frontal bone, involved all the thickness of the bone; the absence of reparative processes allows a diagnosis of peri mortem lesion...
August 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445990/prognostic-value-of-tumor-mutations-in-radically-treated-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
#15
Angela Boros, Ludovic Lacroix, Benjamin Lacas, Julien Adam, Jean-Pierre Pignon, Caroline Caramella, David Planchard, Vincent de Montpreville, Eric Deutsch, Antonin Levy, Benjamin Besse, Cécile Le Pechoux
INTRODUCTION: Chemo-radiation is standard treatment in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC). The prognostic value of mutations has been poorly explored in this population. RESULTS: Clinical data were collected from 190 patients and mutational profiles were obtained in 78 of them; 58 (74%) were males, 31 (40%) current smokers, 47/31 stage IIIA/IIIB and 40 (51%) adenocarcinoma. The following mutations were identified: EGFR 12% (9/78), KRAS 15% (12/78), BRAF 5% (3/65), PI3KCA 2% (1/57), NRAS 3% (1/32), and ALK+ (FISH) 4% (2/51)...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378910/innovative-methods-and-applications-in-mucoadhesion-research
#16
REVIEW
Alan R Mackie, Francisco M Goycoolea, Bianca Menchicchi, Carla Marcella Caramella, Francesca Saporito, Seunghwan Lee, Karen Stephansen, Ioannis S Chronakis, Marianne Hiorth, Malgorzata Adamczak, Max Waldner, Hanne Mørck Nielsen, Luciano Marcelloni
The present review is aimed at elucidating relatively new aspects of mucoadhesion/mucus interaction and related phenomena that emerged from a Mucoadhesion workshop held in Munster on 2-3 September 2015 as a satellite event of the ICCC 13th-EUCHIS 12th. After a brief outline of the new issues, the focus is on mucus description, purification, and mucus/mucin characterization, all steps that are pivotal to the understanding of mucus related phenomena and the choice of the correct mucosal model for in vitro and ex vivo experiments, alternative bio/mucomimetic materials are also presented...
April 5, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284321/matrix-metalloproteinases-and-airway-remodeling-and-function-in-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia
#17
Massimo Pifferi, Andrew Bush, Davide Caramella, Maria Rita Metelli, Maria Di Cicco, Martina Piras, Giulia Gherarducci, Carlo Capristo, Fabrizio Maggi, Diego Peroni, Attilio L Boner
BACKGROUND: The balance between matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their tissue inhibitors (TIMPs) is important in the regulation of airway damage. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether they are important in the pathophysiology of primary and secondary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD, SCD). METHODS: We measured sputum bacteriology, lung CT changes, MMPs, TIMPs and lung function in 86 patients (51 PCD, 35 SCD) in a cross-sectional study; the 10 controls studied did not have HRCT or sputum cultures...
March 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271869/irecist-guidelines-for-response-criteria-for-use-in-trials-testing-immunotherapeutics
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REVIEW
Lesley Seymour, Jan Bogaerts, Andrea Perrone, Robert Ford, Lawrence H Schwartz, Sumithra Mandrekar, Nancy U Lin, Saskia Litière, Janet Dancey, Alice Chen, F Stephen Hodi, Patrick Therasse, Otto S Hoekstra, Lalitha K Shankar, Jedd D Wolchok, Marcus Ballinger, Caroline Caramella, Elisabeth G E de Vries
Tumours respond differently to immunotherapies compared with chemotherapeutic drugs, raising questions about the assessment of changes in tumour burden-a mainstay of evaluation of cancer therapeutics that provides key information about objective response and disease progression. A consensus guideline-iRECIST-was developed by the RECIST working group for the use of modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours (RECIST version 1.1) in cancer immunotherapy trials, to ensure consistent design and data collection, facilitate the ongoing collection of trial data, and ultimate validation of the guideline...
March 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242503/antitumour-activity-of-somatostatin-analogues-in-sporadic-progressive-metastatic-pulmonary-carcinoids
#19
Ivana Sullivan, Gwénaël Le Teuff, Joël Guigay, Caroline Caramella, Amandine Berdelou, Sophie Leboulleux, Désirée Déandréis, Julien Hadoux, Michel Ducreux, Pierre Duvillard, Julien Adam, Jean-Yves Scoazec, Eric Baudin, David Planchard
PURPOSE: Antiproliferative activity of somatostatin analogues (SSAs) has been demonstrated in digestive neuroendocrine tumours but few data have been published on pulmonary carcinoids (PC). The aim of this retrospective study was to report the antitumour activity of SSAs in patients with progressive, metastatic PC. METHODS: Patients with PC and treated with SSA monotherapy were reviewed. Disease was classified according to the tumour slope prior to SSA initiation as rapidly progressive (at least 20% increase in the sum of the longest diameter of target lesions or the appearance of one or more new lesions within 6 months) or slowly progressive (if progression occurred over 6 months)...
February 24, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177097/-spontaneous-rupture-of-a-simple-renal-cyst-clinical-management
#20
Luca Estienne, Maria Valentina Domenech, Elena Caramella, Marta Calatroni, Alessandro Avella, Ilaria Massa, Stefania Bianzina, Nicoletta Serpieri, Pasquale Esposito
Spontaneous renal bleeding mainly occurs in patients with polycystic kidney diseases or cancer. Indeed, despite the high prevalence of simple cysts, their spontaneous atraumatic rupture is a rare event. Underlying mechanisms may involve the increase of intracystic pressure and/or the development of a haemorrhage into the cyst. Management of this condition includes surgery, interventional radiology or conservative strategies. Here, we report a case of spontaneous rupture of a simple renal cyst, successfully managed with conservative treatment...
January 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
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