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Yunhu Pan, Hongmei Wang, Debin Ma, Zhiyu Ji, Limin Luo, Fangyu Cao, Fangfang Huang, Yangyang Liu, Yushu Dong, Yitan Chen
The incidence of lung cancer in China increases annually, and effective targets for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer are urgently needed. miRNAs are currently considered to be involved in the regulation of tumor development and growth. miR‑24 has been found to contribute to the development of several tumors. Menin is a key tumor suppressor gene, and its expression is generally low in lung cancer. The effects of miR‑24 on the biological behavior of lung cancer cells were detected by MTT and Transwell assays...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Lei Jing, Leeann Yao, Michael Zhao, Li-Ping Peng, Mingyao Liu
Organ transplantation is the most effective therapy for patients with end-stage disease. Preservation solutions and techniques are crucial for donor organ quality, which is directly related to morbidity and survival after transplantation. Currently, static cold storage (SCS) is the standard method for organ preservation. However, preservation time with SCS is limited as prolonged cold storage increases the risk of early graft dysfunction that contributes to chronic complications. Furthermore, the growing demand for the use of marginal donor organs requires methods for organ assessment and repair...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Meng-Yi Xu, Albert H C Wong
Schizophrenia is considered primarily as a cognitive disorder. However, functional outcomes in schizophrenia are limited by the lack of effective pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for cognitive impairment. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) interneurons are the main inhibitory neurons in the central nervous system (CNS), and they play a critical role in a variety of pathophysiological processes including modulation of cortical and hippocampal neural circuitry and activity, cognitive function-related neural oscillations (eg, gamma oscillations) and information integration and processing...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Ahmed S Bayoumi, Tatsuya Aonuma, Jian-Peng Teoh, Yao-Liang Tang, Il-Man Kim
Recent advancements in genome-wide analyses and RNA-sequencing technologies led to the discovery of small noncoding RNAs, such as microRNAs (miRs), as well as both linear long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and circular long noncoding RNAs (circRNAs). The importance of miRs and lncRNAs in the treatment, prognosis and diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) has been extensively reported. We also previously reviewed their implications in therapies and as biomarkers for CVDs. More recently, circRNAs have also emerged as important regulators in CVDs...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Peng-Jie Yang, Wei-Xin Yuan, Jia Liu, Jin-Ying Li, Bing Tan, Chen Qiu, Xiao-Long Zhu, Cong Qiu, Dong-Mei Lai, Li-He Guo, Lu-Yang Yu
Human amniotic epithelial cells (hAECs), derived from the innermost layer of the term placenta closest to the fetus, have been shown to be potential seed cells for allogeneic cell therapy. Previous studies have shown a certain therapeutic effect of hAECs. However, no appropriate isolation and culture system for hAECs has been developed for clinical applications. In the present study, we established a serum-free protocol for hAEC isolation and cultivation, in which better cell growth was observed compared with that in a traditional culture system with serum...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
E Martínez de Dueñas, J Gavila-Gregori, S Olmos-Antón, A Santaballa-Bertrán, A Lluch-Hernández, E J Espinal-Domínguez, M Rivero-Silva, A Llombart-Cussac
Cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) play a key role in cell cycle regulation, which makes them a clear therapeutic target to interfere with cell division and proliferation in cancer patients. Palbociclib, a specific inhibitor of CDK4/6 with outstanding clinical efficacy data and limited toxicity, has been recently approved for the treatment of hormone receptor (HR)-positive human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer, either in combination with an aromatase inhibitor or in combination with fulvestrant in women who have received prior endocrine therapy...
March 21, 2018: Clinical & Translational Oncology
Ilaria Cavallari, Giuseppe Patti
Platelets and the coagulation cascade play key roles in initiation, amplification, and perpetuation of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). In the past few years, there has been great progress in ACS antithrombotic treatment with the introduction of novel anticoagulants (fondaparinux and bivalirudin), more potent P2Y12 inhibitors (prasugrel and ticagrelor) and protease-activated receptor antagonists (vorapaxar). Nonetheless, patients with ACS frequently have recurrent ischemic events despite the use of currently recommended dual antiplatelet therapy, revascularization procedures as appropriate, and other evidence-based secondary preventive measures...
March 21, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
J J Brugts, G C M Linssen, A W Hoes, H P Brunner-La Rocca
AIMS: Data from patient registries give insight into the management of patients with heart failure (HF), but actual data from unselected real-world HF patients are scarce. Therefore, we performed a cross sectional study of current HF care in the period 2013-2016 among more than 10,000 unselected HF patients at HF outpatient clinics in the Netherlands. METHODS: In 34 participating centres, all 10,910 patients with chronic HF treated at cardiology centres were included in the CHECK-HF registry...
March 21, 2018: Netherlands Heart Journal
Mirko Gerle, Tuula Peñate Medina, Aydin Gülses, Hanwen Chu, Hendrik Naujokat, Jörg Wiltfang, Yahya Açil
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, especially HPV-16 and HPV-18, has been increasingly associated with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. The treatment of HPV-positive squamous cell carcinoma has a better response to both radiotherapy and chemotherapy and presents a better prognosis for the patient. Defining the underlying mechanism of the difference might help in developing future treatment options and could be an important factor in personal therapy planning. Endogenously secreted acid sphingomyelinase (ASMase) levels in the cellular stress caused by irradiation and cisplatin were investigated...
March 21, 2018: Medical Oncology
Alessandra Moletto, Irene Bagnasco, Patrizia Dassi, Piernanda Vigliano
OBJECTIVE: To study the long-term neurocognitive changes of a right-handed girl with intractable epilepsy after late right hemispherectomy and compare them with data in the literature. METHOD: The girl was affected by an epileptic encephalopathy associated with right fronto-temporo-parietal polymicrogyria; she was submitted to right hemispherectomy at the age of 5 and examined with cognitive and neuropsychological tests at the age of 17 years. The girl took advantage of neurocognitive rehabilitation for several years; she is currently seizure-free and off therapy...
March 21, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Valentin Jossen, Christian van den Bos, Regine Eibl, Dieter Eibl
Human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC)-based therapies are of increasing interest in the field of regenerative medicine. As economic considerations have shown, allogeneic therapy seems to be the most cost-effective method. Standardized procedures based on instrumented single-use bioreactors have been shown to provide billion of cells with consistent product quality and to be superior to traditional expansions in planar cultivation systems. Furthermore, under consideration of the complex nature and requirements of allogeneic hMSC-therapeutics, a new equipment for downstream processing (DSP) was successfully evaluated...
March 22, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Spenser Y Chen, Scott R Ceresnak, Kara S Motonaga, Anthony Trela, Debra Hanisch, Anne M Dubin
Cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) infections are associated with significant morbidity in the pediatric device population, with a tenfold higher risk of infection in children compared to adults. The 2010 American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines recommend a single dose of systemic antibiotic (ABX) prophylaxis prior to CIED implantation and no post-operative (OP) ABX. However, there is limited data regarding adherence to this recommendation among the pediatric community. To assess current clinical practices for CIED ABX prophylaxis in pediatrics; whether the AHA guidelines are being followed; and if not, the reasons for non-adherence...
March 22, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Edward J Nevins, Parisa L Moori, Jonathan Smith-Williams, Nicholas T E Bird, John V Taylor, Nikhil Misra
PURPOSE: The indications for pre-hospital resuscitative thoracotomy (PHRT) remain undefined. The aim of this paper is to explore the variation in practice for PHRT in the UK, and review the published literature. METHODS: MEDLINE and PUBMED search engines were used to identify all relevant articles and 22 UK Air Ambulance Services were sent an electronic questionnaire to assess their PHRT practice. RESULTS: Four European publications report PHRT survival rates of 9...
March 21, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Cheng Chen, Mukil Natarajan, David Bianchi, Georg Aue, John H Powers
We present a case of acute epiglottitis in a 16-year-old with severe aplastic anemia. He was admitted with a history suggestive of a severe upper airway infection and an absolute neutrophil count of 0 per cubic millimeter. Despite his immunocompromised state, he presented with the classical signs and symptoms of epiglottitis. We review here the presentation and comorbidities of immunocompromised patients with epiglottitis. In addition, the appropriate choice of empirical antibiotic therapy is important for the management of epiglottitis in immunocompromised patients, especially in the post- Haemophilus influenza type B vaccination era...
March 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Cheng-Xin Luo, Zhong-Hui Wen, Yu Zhen, Zhu-Jun Wang, Jing-Xi Mu, Min Zhu, Qin Ouyang, Hu Zhang
AIM: To investigate the current state of research output from Chinese studies into severe ulcerative colitis (SUC) using a bibliometric analysis of publications. METHODS: The contents of the Chinese periodical databases WANFANG, VIP, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure were searched for all papers regarding UC or SUC published in last the 15 years (from 2001 to 2015). The number of publications in each year was recorded to assess the temporal trends of research output...
March 16, 2018: World Journal of Clinical Cases
Ming-Tai Lin, Mei-Hwan Wu
Kawasaki disease (KD) is one of the most common childhood vasculitides and may lead to coronary arterial complications. KD has been reported in more than 60 countries over five continents. Previous publications have provided a comprehensive description of the epidemiologic features of KD including incidence, age of onset, seasonal trends, and rates of cardiac lesions. However, the interactions among the KD patients, time (seasons) and place have been less well studied. We review the current global epidemiology of KD and focus on the longitudinal changes in incidence, seasonality and response to intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy...
October 31, 2017: Global Cardiology Science & Practice
Geum Seon Sohn, SiHyun Cho, Yong Man Kim, Chi-Heum Cho, Mee-Ran Kim, Sa Ra Lee
Uterine fibroids (leiomyomas or myomas), benign monoclonal tumors, are the most common benign tumors in women. Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, abnormal uterine bleeding, resultant anemia, pelvic pain, infertility, and/or recurrent pregnancy loss are generally associated with uterine fibroids. Although curative treatment of this tumor relies on surgical therapies, medical treatments are considered the first-line treatment to preserve fertility and avoid or delay surgery. The aim of this review is to provide available and emerging medical treatment options for symptomatic uterine fibroids...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Lotte Vosmar Denning
PIDs are heterogeneous disorders caused by hereditary genetic defects of the immune system. The immune system normally helps the body fight off infections by germs/'micro-organisms' such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. Because the immune systems do not work properly, people with PIDs are more prone than other people to infections. When PIDs are left undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, the immune system remains defective, often leading to illness, disability, permanent organ damage or even death. Too often infections are treated while missing the underlying cause...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Taoufik Ladhari, Konrad Szafnicki
Usual therapies against malignant tumors, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, is severe and when repeated their efficiency may decrease because tumorous cells may become resistant. Contrarily, hyperthermia has been known for some time as an effective auxiliary treatment, which can be applied repeatedly. In some cases of abdominal carcinomatosis, particularly those of digestive origin, HIPEC is considered as an promising therapeutic option. Chemotherapy and hyperthermia are combined via the perfusion of the abdominal cavity with hot fluids containing chemotherapeutic agents, thus, augmenting the influence of appropriate chemotherapeutic agents with heat...
April 2018: 3 Biotech
Aparna Kalyan, Sheetal Kircher, Hiral Shah, Mary Mulcahy, Al Benson
Despite significant advances in standard of care therapies, the 5-year survival rate for metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) remains around 12%. Immunotherapy has not provided the stellar advances in colorectal cancer that has been seen in other malignancies. Immunotherapy appears to play a pivotal role in microsatellite unstable CRC tumors where the response rates are profound. These results have led to FDA approval of pembrolizumab for MSI-H CRC tumors. Additional research into several new immune agents including IDO inhibitors, vaccine therapy and combinatorial agents are being evaluated for CRC...
February 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
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