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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786918/novel-genes-and-insights-in-complete-asthma-remission
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Judith M Vonk, Maartje A E Nieuwenhuis, F Nicole Dijk, Anne Boudier, Valerie Siroux, Emmanuelle Bouzigon, Nicole Probst-Hensch, Medea Imboden, Dirk Keidel, Don Sin, Yohan Bossé, Ke Hao, Maarten van den Berge, Alen Faiz, Gerard H Koppelman, Dirkje S Postma
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease without a cure, though there exists spontaneous remission. Genome wide association(GWA) studies have pinpointed genes associated with asthma development, but did not investigate asthma remission. OBJECTIVES: We performed a GWA study to develop insights in asthma remission. METHODS: Clinical remission (ClinR) was defined by absence of asthma treatment and wheezing in the last year and asthma attacks in the last 3 years, and complete remission (ComR) similarly but additionally with normal lung function and absence of bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR)...
May 22, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786110/multi%C3%A2-layered-prevention-and-treatment-of-chronic-inflammation-organ-fibrosis-and-cancer-associated-with-canonical-wnt-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-catenin-signaling-activation-review
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Masaru Katoh
β‑catenin/CTNNB1 is an intracellular scaffold protein that interacts with adhesion molecules (E‑cadherin/CDH1, N‑cadherin/CDH2, VE‑cadherin/CDH5 and α‑catenins), transmembrane‑type mucins (MUC1/CD227 and MUC16/CA125), signaling regulators (APC, AXIN1, AXIN2 and NHERF1/EBP50) and epigenetic or transcriptional regulators (BCL9, BCL9L, CREBBP/CBP, EP300/p300, FOXM1, MED12, SMARCA4/BRG1 and TCF/LEF). Gain‑of‑function CTTNB1 mutations are detected in bladder cancer, colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and uterine cancer, whereas loss‑of‑function CTNNB1 mutations are also detected in human cancer...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785773/molecular-tension-probes-to-investigate-the-mechanopharmacology-of-single-cells-a-step-toward-personalized-mechanomedicine
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Kornelia Galior, Victor Pui-Yan Ma, Yang Liu, Hanquan Su, Nusaiba Baker, Reynold A Panettieri, Cherry Wongtrakool, Khalid Salaita
Given that dysregulation of mechanics contributes to diseases ranging from cancer metastasis to lung disease, it is important to develop methods for screening the efficacy of drugs that target cellular forces. Here, nanoparticle-based tension sensors are used to quantify the mechanical response of individual cells upon drug treatment. As a proof-of-concept, the activity of bronchodilators is tested on human airway smooth muscle cells derived from seven donors, four of which are asthmatic. It is revealed that airway smooth muscle cells isolated from asthmatic donors exhibit greater traction forces compared to the control donors...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785264/delay-and-inequalities-in-the-treatment-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-the-case-of-two-nordic-countries
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Ida Pesonen, Lisa Carlson, Nicola Murgia, Riitta Kaarteenaho, Carl Magnus Sköld, Marjukka Myllärniemi, Giovanni Ferrara
Background: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is characterized by progressive loss of lung function with high mortality within the first 5 years from diagnosis. In 2011-2014, two drugs, pirfenidone and nintedanib, have been approved worldwide for prevention of IPF progression. National IPF-registries have been established in both Finland and Sweden. Our study explored potential differences in the care of IPF in these two countries. Methods: Patients included consecutively in the Finnish and Swedish IPF-registries from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016 were included in the study...
2018: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785090/semen-brassicae-ameliorates-hepatic-fibrosis-by-regulating-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-smad-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-akt-signaling-pathways-in-rats
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Si Cao, Baoping Zheng, Tao Chen, Xinfeng Chang, Bao Yin, Zhihua Huang, Ping Shuai, Limin Han
Purpose: There is no effective treatment for liver fibrosis, which is a common phase during the progression of many chronic liver diseases to cirrhosis. Previous studies found that Semen Brassicae therapy can effectively improve the clinical symptoms of patients with asthma, allergic rhinitis, and chronic lung diseases; however, its effects on liver fibrosis in rats and its possible mechanisms of action remain unclear. Methods: Rats were injected intraperitoneally with 4% thioacetamide aqueous solution (5 mL·kg-1 ) at a dose of 200 mg·kg-1 twice a week for 8 consecutive weeks to establish the liver fibrosis model and were then treated with different concentrations of Semen Brassicae extract...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785060/cost-effectiveness-of-vitamin-c-supplementation-for-pregnant-smokers-to-improve-offspring-lung-function-at-birth-and-reduce-childhood-wheeze-asthma
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Leah Yieh, Cindy T McEvoy, Scott W Hoffman, Aaron B Caughey, Kelvin D MacDonald, Dmitry Dukhovny
OBJECTIVE: To determine the implications of supplemental vitamin C for pregnant tobacco smokers and its effects on the prevalence of pediatric asthma, asthma-related mortality, and associated costs. STUDY DESIGN: A decision-analytic model built via TreeAge compared the outcome of asthma in a theoretical annual cohort of 480,000 children born to pregnant smokers through 18 years of life. Vitamin C supplementation (500 mg/day) with a standard prenatal vitamin was compared to a prenatal vitamin (60 mg/day)...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784370/the-classification-of-lung-cancers-and-their-degree-of-malignancy-by-ftir-pca-lda-analysis-and-a-physics-based-computational-model
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E Kaznowska, J Depciuch, K Łach, M Kołodziej, A Koziorowska, J Vongsvivut, I Zawlik, M Cholewa, J Cebulski
Lung cancer has the highest mortality rate of all malignant tumours. The current effects of cancer treatment, as well as its diagnostics, are unsatisfactory. Therefore it is very important to introduce modern diagnostic tools, which will allow for rapid classification of lung cancers and their degree of malignancy. For this purpose, the authors propose the use of Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) spectroscopy combined with Principal Component Analysis-Linear Discriminant Analysis (PCA-LDA) and a physics-based computational model...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783957/homeosis-in-a-scorpion-supports-a-telopodal-origin-of-pectines-and-components-of-the-book-lungs
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Zhiyong Di, Gregory D Edgecombe, Prashant P Sharma
BACKGROUND: The morphological and functional evolution of appendages has played a key role in the diversification of arthropods. While the ancestral arthropod appendage is held to be polyramous, terrestriality is associated with the reduction or loss of appendage rami, which may obscure the homology of different appendage derivatives. Proxies for appendage homology have included surveys of cross-reactive antibodies for wing markers like Nubbin/PDM, which have suggested that the abdominal appendages of arachnids (e...
May 21, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782963/bet-inhibition-by-jq1-alleviates-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
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Miao Guo, Hong-Xia Wang, Wen-Jun Chen
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a cascade of complex events leading to eventual heart failure in diabetes. JQ1, one of Bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) protein inhibitors, has exerted therapeutic effects on cancer proliferation, inflammation and cardiovascular disease. Recently, JQ1 was reported to protect mice from bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis and reverse the fibrotic response in carbon tetrachloride-induced liver fibrosis. However, its role in diabetic cardiomyopathy remains to be clarified. Our results indicated that JQ1 treatment suppressed cardiac fibrosis and improved cardiac function in a STZ-induced diabetic mouse model...
May 18, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782855/role-of-statins-and-mevalonate-pathway-on-impaired-hdac2-activity-induced-by-oxidative-stress-in-human-airway-epithelial-cells
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Maria Gabriella Matera, Luigino Calzetta, Giulia Gritti, Laura Gallo, Brunella Perfetto, Giovanna Donnarumma, Mario Cazzola, Paola Rogliani, Maria Donniacuo, Barbara Rinaldi
In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) the inflammatory response is often steroid-resistant, likely since oxidative stress and cigarette smoking impair histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) activity. Since it has been demonstrated that statins may restore the HDAC2 activity in cultured human endothelial cells, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of statins in reversing the steroid-resistance induced by oxidative stress. We evaluated the effects of simvastatin and dexamethasone on HDAC2 expression and activity, and the role of mevalonate and Rho/ROCK pathways in A549 cells, a human lung type II epithelial cell line stressed with H2 O2 ...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782663/prospective-study-confirms-that-bronchiolitis-in-early-infancy-increases-the-risk-of-reduced-lung-function-at-10-13-years-of-age
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Riikka Riikonen, Eero Lauhkonen, Sari Törmänen, Katri Backman, Petri Koponen, Merja Helminen, Kirsi Nuolivirta, Matti Korppi
AIM: This study evaluated children hospitalised for bronchiolitis at less than six months of age to see if they had reduced lung function in early adolescence. METHODS: We have prospectively followed 166 children hospitalised for infant bronchiolitis in 2001-2004 at Tampere University Hospital, Finland. At 10-13 years of age, flow-volume spirometry was measured in 89 cases and 108 controls without infant bronchiolitis from the local population register. Parameters of flow-volume spirometry before and after bronchodilation were analysed...
May 21, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782463/gut-microbiota-probiotics-and-sport-from-clinical-evidence-to-agonistic-performance
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Marco Pane, Angela Amoruso, Francesca Deidda, Teresa Graziano, Serena Allesina, Luca Mogna
Human beings harbor clusters of bacteria in different parts of the body, such as the surface or the deep layers of the skin, the mouth, the lungs, the intestine, the vagina, and all the surfaces exposed to the outer world. The majority of microbes resides in the gut, have a weighty influence on human physiology and nutrition and are vital for human life. There is growing evidence showing that the gut microbiota plays important roles in the maturation of the immune system and the protection against some infectious agents...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782426/nailfold-videocapillaroscopy-changes-are-associated-with-the-presence-and-severity-of-systemic-sclerosis-related-interstitial-lung-disease
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Joana Caetano, Filipe S Paula, Marta Amaral, Susana Oliveira, José D Alves
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) changes with the presence and severity of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in systemic sclerosis. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional analysis of 48 systemic sclerosis patients (21 patients with ILD). The NVC characteristics considered were capillary organization, capillary loss (CL), avascular areas, enlarged and giant capillaries, hemorrhages, abnormally shaped capillaries, edema, and intermittent flux...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782307/cutaneous-manifestations-of-tuberous-sclerosis
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Mirjana Bakić, Marina Ratković, Branka Gledović, Balsa Vujović, Danilo Radunović, Vera Babić, Vladimir Prelević
Dear Editor, Tuberous sclerosis (TS) is an autosomal dominant multisystem disease, which occurs due to genetically determined hyperplasia of ectodermal and mesodermal cells. Clinical manifestations present on the skin and in the nervous system, kidneys, heart, and other organs. Recent studies estimate the incidence of TS at 1/6000 to 1/10,000 live births, and a prevalence in the general population of approximately 1 in 20,000 (1). There are two different genetic loci responsible for TS: 9q34 (TSC1-hamartin) and 16p13...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782217/dupilumab-efficacy-and-safety-in-moderate-to-severe-uncontrolled-asthma
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Mario Castro, Jonathan Corren, Ian D Pavord, Jorge Maspero, Sally Wenzel, Klaus F Rabe, William W Busse, Linda Ford, Lawrence Sher, J Mark FitzGerald, Constance Katelaris, Yuji Tohda, Bingzhi Zhang, Heribert Staudinger, Gianluca Pirozzi, Nikhil Amin, Marcella Ruddy, Bolanle Akinlade, Asif Khan, Jingdong Chao, Renata Martincova, Neil M H Graham, Jennifer D Hamilton, Brian N Swanson, Neil Stahl, George D Yancopoulos, Ariel Teper
Background Dupilumab is a fully human anti-interleukin-4 receptor α monoclonal antibody that blocks both interleukin-4 and interleukin-13 signaling. We assessed its efficacy and safety in patients with uncontrolled asthma. Methods We randomly assigned 1902 patients 12 years of age or older with uncontrolled asthma in a 2:2:1:1 ratio to receive add-on subcutaneous dupilumab at a dose of 200 or 300 mg every 2 weeks or matched-volume placebos for 52 weeks. The primary end points were the annualized rate of severe asthma exacerbations and the absolute change from baseline to week 12 in the forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1 ) before bronchodilator use in the overall trial population...
May 21, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781811/spleen-derived-classical-monocytes-mediate-lung-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-through-il-1%C3%AE
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Hsi-Min Hsiao, Ramiro Fernandez, Satona Tanaka, Wenjun Li, Jessica H Spahn, Stephen Chiu, Mahzad Akbarpour, Daniel Ruiz-Perez, Qiang Wu, Cem Turam, Davide Scozzi, Tsuyoshi Takahashi, Hannah P Luehmann, Varun Puri, G R Scott Budinger, Alexander S Krupnick, Alexander V Misharin, Kory J Lavine, Yongjian Liu, Andrew E Gelman, Ankit Bharat, Daniel Kreisel
Ischemia-reperfusion injury, a form of sterile inflammation, is the leading risk factor for both short-term mortality following pulmonary transplantation and chronic lung allograft dysfunction. While it is well recognized that neutrophils are critical mediators of acute lung injury, processes that guide their entry into pulmonary tissue are not well understood. Here, we found that CCR2+ classical monocytes are necessary and sufficient for mediating extravasation of neutrophils into pulmonary tissue during ischemia-reperfusion injury following hilar clamping or lung transplantation...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781747/sialylation-pattern-in-lung-epithelial-cell-line-and-siglecs-expression-in-monocytic-thp-1-cells-as-cellular-indicators-of-cigarette-smoke-induced-pathology-in-vitro
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Przemyslaw Wielgat, Emil Trofimiuk, Robert Czarnomysy, Adam Holownia, Jan J Braszko
PURPOSE: Cellular response to cigarette smoke (CS) involves activation of recognition receptors resulting in changes in immune status, oxidative stress and cell turnover. We investigated the effects of CS on sialic acid-binding immunoglobulin type lectins (Siglecs) expression and their sialylated ligands in human immune and non-immune cells. METHODS: Human monocytes (THP-1) and epithelial cells (A549) were cultured in CS-conditioned medium (CSM). Expression of Siglec-8 and Siglec-5/Siglec-14 was analysed in THP-1 cells using flow cytometry...
May 21, 2018: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781597/single-crystalline-uio-67-type-porous-network-stable-to-boiling-water-solvent-loss-and-oxidation
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Yan-Lung Wong, Ka-Kit Yee, Yun-Long Hou, Jiaqian Li, Zuankai Wang, Matthias Zeller, Allen D Hunter, Zhengtao Xu
With methylthio groups flanking the carboxyl groups, the 3,3',5,5'-tetrakis(methylthio)biphenyl dicarboxylate (TMBPD) linker forms a zirconium(IV) carboxylate porous framework featuring the topology of the UiO-67 prototype, i.e., with a face-centered-cubic array of the Zr6 O4 (OH)4 clusters. Thioether functionalization proves valuable because the ZrTMBPD crystal is found to be exceptionally stable not only upon long-term exposure to air but also in boiling water and a broad range of pH conditions. The hydrophobicity of the metal-organic framework can also be tuned by simple H2 O2 oxidation, as illustrated in the water contact-angle measurement of the pristine and H2 O2 -treated ZrTMBPD solid...
May 21, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781582/sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-1-signaling-maintains-endothelial-cell-barrier-function-and-protects-against-immune-complex-induced-vascular-injury
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Nathalie Burg, Steven Swendeman, Stefan Worgall, Timothy Hla, Jane E Salmon
OBJECTIVE: Immune complex (IC) deposition activates neutrophils (PMN), increases vascular permeability and leads to organ damage in SLE and RA. The bioactive lipid sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), acting via S1P receptor 1 (S1P1 ), is a key regulator of endothelial cell (EC) barrier function. We hypothesized that augmenting EC integrity via S1P1 signaling would attenuate inflammatory injury mediated by ICs. METHODS: In vitro barrier function was assessed in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) by Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS)...
May 21, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780331/a-novel-murine-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-model-and-the-pathogenic-role-of-microrna-21
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Shengyang He, Liqiu Li, Shenghua Sun, Zhengpeng Zeng, Junjuan Lu, Lihua Xie
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a multi-pathogenesis chronic lung disease. The mechanisms underlying COPD have not been adequately illustrated. Many reseachers argue that microRNAs (miRs) could play a crucial role in COPD. The classic animal model of COPD is both time consuming and costly. This study proposes a novel mice COPD model and explores the role of miR-21 in COPD. A total of 50 wide-type (WT) C57BL/6 mice were separated into five euqlly-sized groups-(1) control group (CG), (2) the novel combined method group (NCM, cigarette smoke (CS) exposure for 28 days combined with cigarette smoke extract (CSE) intraperitoneal injection), (3) the short-term CS exposure group (SCSE, CS exposure for 28 days), (4) the CSE intraperitoneal injection group (CSEII, 28 days CSE intraperitoneal injection), and (5) the long-term CS exposure group (LCSE, CS exposure)...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
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