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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933671/causal-inference-in-obesity-research
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P W Franks, N Atabaki-Pasdar
Obesity is a risk factor for a plethora of severe morbidities and premature death. Most supporting evidence comes from observational studies that are prone to chance, bias and confounding. Even data on the protective effects of weight loss from randomized controlled trials will be susceptible to confounding and bias if treatment assignment cannot be masked, which is usually the case with lifestyle and surgical interventions. Thus, whilst obesity is widely considered the major modifiable risk factor for many chronic diseases, its causes and consequences are often difficult to determine...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933179/associations-between-genetics-medical-status-physical-exercise-and-psychological-well-being-in-adults-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Lena Backström-Eriksson, Agneta Bergsten-Brucefors, Lena Hjelte, Bo Melin, Kimmo Sorjonen
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common autosomal recessive, life-shortening disease among people of European origin. Type of genetic mutation and regular physical exercise has an impact on clinical outcome. This cross-sectional study explores the associations between genetics, medical status, physical exercise and psychological well-being in adult patients with CF. METHODS: Adult patients with CF (N=68; mean age: 32.2; range 18-67 years; 46% women) completed the Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire-Revised and Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale...
2016: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933058/skewed-lung-ccr4-to-ccr6-cd4-t-cell-ratio-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-is-associated-with-pulmonary-function
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Ayodeji Adegunsoye, Cara L Hrusch, Catherine A Bonham, Mohammad R Jaffery, Kelly M Blaine, Meghan Sullivan, Matthew M Churpek, Mary E Strek, Imre Noth, Anne I Sperling
RATIONALE: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, fatal lung disease. While it has been suggested that T cells may contribute to IPF pathogenesis, these studies have focused primarily on T cells outside of the pulmonary interstitium. Thus, the role of T cells in the diseased lung tissue remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To identify whether specific CD4(+) T cell subsets are differentially represented in lung tissue from patients with IPF. METHODS: CD4(+) T cell subsets were measured in lung tissue obtained from patients with IPF at the time of lung transplantation, and from age- and gender-matched organ donors with no known lung disease...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932874/bronchodilator-response-of-advanced-lung-function-parameters-depending-on-copd-severity
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Linnea Jarenbäck, Göran Eriksson, Stefan Peterson, Jaro Ankerst, Leif Bjermer, Ellen Tufvesson
BACKGROUND: COPD is defined as partly irreversible airflow obstruction. The response pattern of bronchodilators has not been followed in advanced lung function parameters. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate bronchodilator response pattern in advanced lung function parameters in a continuous fashion along forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) percent predicted (%p) in COPD patients and controls. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eighty-one smokers/ex-smokers (41 controls and 40 COPD) performed spirometry, body plethysmography, impulse oscillometry and single-breath helium dilution carbon monoxide diffusion at baseline, after salbutamol inhalation and then after an additional inhalation of ipratropium...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932791/migration-and-invasion-of-drug-resistant-lung-adenocarcinoma-cells-are-dependent-on-mitochondrial-activity
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Ji Hoon Jeon, Dong Keon Kim, Youngmi Shin, Hee Yeon Kim, Bomin Song, Eun Young Lee, Jong Kwang Kim, Hye Jin You, Heesun Cheong, Dong Hoon Shin, Seong-Tae Kim, Jae-Ho Cheong, Soo Youl Kim, Hyonchol Jang
A small proportion of cancer cells have stem-cell-like properties, are resistant to standard therapy and are associated with a poor prognosis. The metabolism of such drug-resistant cells differs from that of nearby non-resistant cells. In this study, the metabolism of drug-resistant lung adenocarcinoma cells was investigated. The expression of genes associated with oxidative phosphorylation in the mitochondrial membrane was negatively correlated with the prognosis of lung adenocarcinoma. Because the mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) reflects the functional status of mitochondria and metastasis is the principal cause of death due to cancer, the relationship between MMP and metastasis was evaluated...
December 9, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932629/breathlessness-during-daily-activity-the-psychometric-properties-of-the-london-chest-activity-of-daily-living-scale-in-patients-with-advanced-disease-and-refractory-breathlessness
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Charles C Reilly, Claudia Bausewein, Rachel Garrod, Caroline J Jolley, John Moxham, Irene J Higginson
BACKGROUND: The London Chest Activities of Daily Living Scale measures the impact of breathlessness on both activity and social functioning. However, the London Chest Activities of Daily Living Scale is not routinely used in patients with advanced disease. AIM: To assess the psychometric properties of the London Chest Activities of Daily Living Scale in patients with refractory breathlessness due to advanced disease. DESIGN: A cross-sectional secondary analysis of data from a randomised controlled parallel-group, pragmatic, single-blind fast-track trial (randomised controlled trial) investigating the effectiveness of an integrated palliative and respiratory care service for patients with advanced disease and refractory breathlessness, known as the Breathlessness Support Service (NCT01165034)...
December 8, 2016: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932239/the-therapeutic-effect-of-rosuvastatin-and-propylthiouracil-on-ameliorating-high-cholesterol-diet-induced-rabbit-aortic-atherosclerosis-and-stiffness
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Pao-Yuan Lin, Fan-Yen Lee, Christopher Glenn Wallace, Kuan-Hung Chen, Gour-Shenq Kao, Pei-Hsun Sung, Sarah Chua, Sheung-Fat Ko, Yung-Lung Chen, Shun-Cheng Wu, Hsueh-Wen Chang, Hon-Kan Yip, Pei-Lin Shao
BACKGROUND: We tested the hypothesis that arteriosclerosis-augmented aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) and -impaired vasorelaxation were attenuated by rosuvastatin (Rosu) and propylthiouracil (PTU) therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-two New Zealand rabbits were equally divided into group 1 (sham-control), group 2 [high-cholesterol-diet (HCD) for 8weeks], group 3 [HCD-Rosu (20mg/kg/day administration after 4-week HFD for 4weeks)], and group 4 [HCD-PTU (0.1% PTU in drinking water), the treatment course as group 3]...
September 21, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932148/low-dose-spinal-block-with-continuous-epidural-infusion-for-renal-transplantation-in-a-patient-with-alport-syndrome-a-case-report
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F Gobbi, G Sales, P Bretto, P P Donadio, L Brazzi
OBJECTIVE: We aim to describe management of a patient receiving renal transplantation for chronic renal failure due to Alport syndrome with low dose of intrathecal bupivacaine and continuous epidural infusion of local anesthetic. CASE REPORT: A 38-years-old man with chronic renal failure secondary to Alport syndrome underwent kidney transplantation. Because of a high risk of respiratory and cardiovascular complications related to the patient's baseline lung disease and abnormalities in heart conduction, we selected combined spinal-epidural anesthesia...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932076/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-dna-glycosylases-from-function-to-disease
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Mariarosaria D'Errico, Eleonora Parlanti, Barbara Pascucci, Paola Fortini, Sara Baccarini, Valeria Simonelli, Eugenia Dogliotti
Oxidative stress is associated with a growing number of diseases that span from cancer to neurodegeneration. Most oxidatively induced DNA base lesions are repaired by the base excision repair (BER) pathway which involves the action of various DNA glycosylases. There are numerous genome wide studies attempting to associate single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with predispositions to various types of disease; often, these common variants do not have significant alterations in their biochemical function and do not exhibit a convincing phenotype...
December 5, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932068/rovalpituzumab-tesirine-a-dll3-targeted-antibody-drug-conjugate-in-recurrent-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-first-in-human-first-in-class-open-label-phase-1-study
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Charles M Rudin, M Catherine Pietanza, Todd M Bauer, Neal Ready, Daniel Morgensztern, Bonnie S Glisson, Lauren A Byers, Melissa L Johnson, Howard A Burris, Francisco Robert, Tae H Han, Sheila Bheddah, Noah Theiss, Sky Watson, Deepan Mathur, Bharathi Vennapusa, Hany Zayed, Satwant Lally, Donald K Strickland, Ramaswamy Govindan, Scott J Dylla, Stanford L Peng, David R Spigel
BACKGROUND: Rovalpituzumab tesirine is a first-in-class antibody-drug conjugate directed against delta-like protein 3 (DLL3), a novel target identified in tumour-initiating cells and expressed in more than 80% of patients with small-cell lung cancer. We aimed to assess the safety and activity of rovalpituzumab tesirine in patients who progressed after one or more previous regimen. METHODS: We conducted a phase 1 open-label study at ten cancer centres in the USA...
December 2, 2016: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932059/classical-transient-receptor-potential-trpc6-channels-support-myofibroblast-differentiation-and-development-of-experimental-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Katharina Hofmann, Susanne Fiedler, Sarah Vierkotten, Jonas Weber, Stephan Klee, Jie Jia, Wolfgang Zwickenpflug, Veit Flockerzi, Ursula Storch, Ali Önder Yildirim, Thomas Gudermann, Melanie Königshoff, Alexander Dietrich
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a chronic progressive lung disease without effective medical treatment options leading to respiratory failure and death within 3-5 years of diagnosis. The pathological process of PF is driven by aberrant wound-healing involving fibroblasts and myofibroblasts differentiated by secreted profibrotic transforming growth factor β (TGF-β1). Classical transient receptor potential 6 (TRPC6), a Na(+)- and Ca(2+)-permeable cation channel, is able to promote myofibroblast conversion of primary rat cardiac and human dermal fibroblasts and TRPC6-deficiency impaired wound healing after injury...
December 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931609/clinical-and-biological-insights-into-combined-post-and-pre-capillary-pulmonary-hypertension
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Tufik R Assad, Anna R Hemnes, Emma K Larkin, Andrew M Glazer, Meng Xu, Quinn S Wells, Eric H Farber-Eger, Quanhu Sheng, Yu Shyr, Frank E Harrell, John H Newman, Evan L Brittain
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common and morbid complication of left heart disease with 2 subtypes: isolated post-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Ipc-PH) and combined post-capillary and pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Cpc-PH). Little is known about the clinical or physiological characteristics that distinguish these 2 subphenotypes or if Cpc-PH shares molecular similarities to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that the hemodynamic and genetic profile of Cpc-PH would more closely resemble PAH than Ipc-PH...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931586/observational-study-of-methotrexate-in-the-treatment-of-bronchiolitis-obliterans-syndrome
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S Sithamparanathan, L Thirugnanasothy, K E Morley, A J Fisher, J L Lordan, G Meachery, G Parry, P A Corris
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate (MTX) is potential change in immunosuppression after lung transplantation that may help to slow down the decline in lung function in bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). METHODS: We sought to analyze the safety and efficacy of MTX in patients with BOS, by retrospective case review. RESULTS: Thirty lung allograft patients were treated with MTX for BOS after one bilateral lower lobe, nine single, 16 bilateral, and four heart-lung transplants...
December 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931297/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-phenotypes-biomarkers-and-prognostic-indicators
#14
Christopher E Brightling
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a heterogeneous disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Current diagnostic criteria are based on lung function impairment, symptoms, and exacerbation frequency but do not capture the heterogeneity of the disease in terms of the complex pathologic changes that occur within lung, the different airway inflammatory patterns, or the airway microbial ecology. Recognition of the importance of defining the heterogeneity of COPD has led to the identification of important phenotypes with specific biomarkers, treatment responses, and underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms...
November 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931294/long-term-outcome-after-pediatric-intensive-care-unit-asthma-admissions
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Ibrahim Abu-Kishk, Sharon Polakow-Farkash, Arnon Elizur
BACKGROUND: Patients with asthma admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) are often found to have had previous severe asthma exacerbations. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate the outcome of children after PICU admission. METHODS: Patients, ages 218 years, admitted to the PICU at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center over a 10-year period were assessed at a mean of 10 years after their admission and compared with matched patients admitted to the pediatric ward...
November 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931086/liver-involvement-in-patients-with-pizz-emphysema-candidates-for-lung-transplantation
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Lise Morer, Laurence Choudat, Gaelle Dauriat, Francois Durand, Dominique Cazals-Hatem, Gabriel Thabut, Olivier Brugière, Yves Castier, Hervé Mal
Information about the prevalence and nature of liver disorders in adults with alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency is scarce. At our center, systematic liver biopsy screening is part of the evaluation before lung transplantation (LT) in the emphysema patients with the PiZZ phenotype. Our aim was to report our experience with this prospective screening. Clinical, liver function and imaging parameters as well as liver histology data were analyzed for 23 consecutive adult patients with PiZZ severe emphysema referred to our center for consideration of LT from 2006 to 2014...
December 8, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931057/-quantification-of-ventilation-inflammation-perfusion-and-structure-vips
#17
J Renne, J Vogel-Claussen
Technical innovation in pulmonary imaging during the recent years has led to a shift from morphological description of pulmonary pathologies to regional quantification of pulmonary function. This article summarizes current clinical standards in pulmonary imaging and introduces the reader to new innovative techniques of functional lung imaging. In the context of actual clinical studies for COPD, asthma, pulmonary hypertension and cystic fibrosis the application of quantitative imaging methods using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging is demonstrated and possible future applications are discussed...
December 2016: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930974/mir-200c-enhances-sensitivity-of-drug-resistant-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-to-gefitinib-by-suppression-of-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway-and-inhibites-cell-migration-via-targeting-zeb1
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Guohua Zhou, Fangli Zhang, Yu Guo, Jianfei Huang, Yaqiong Xie, Shuanglei Yue, Minghui Chen, Hao Jiang, Mengjie Li
Acquired resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) is a major obstacle in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. We explored the role of miR-200c in modulating the sensitivity of gefitinib-resistant NSCLC cells and examined the underlying mechanism. The gefitinib-resistant cell line PC-9-ZD and its parental PC-9 cells were used. Growth inhibition was detected by MTT assay. The cell apoptosis was detected by Annexin V/PI assay. Cell migration was assessed by wound-healing assay...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930972/the-anti-hyperplasia-of-mammary-gland-effect-of-protein-extract-hss-from-tegillarca-granosa
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Yuping Jia, Xiu Liu, Qingwen Jia, Wei Zhang, Chao Sun, Dongdong Yuan, Haoran Zhang, Ena Jiang, Dongshun Zhou
Tegillarca granosa Linnaeus, possesses various biological functions and has been used a Chinese traditional medicine more than one century, but there is no report about anti-hyperplasia of mammary gland (HMG) activity of drugs from T. granosa. In this study, we investigated the anti-HMG effect of protein extract named HSS from T. granosa. The HMG model of virgin female Sprague Dawley rats was prepared by injecting estrogen in the thigh muscle of the rats and progestogen consecutively. HMG rats were treated with either HSS or positive control drug by i...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930727/airway-microbiota-in-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-from-clinically-well-infants-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Theresa A Laguna, Brandie D Wagner, Cynthia B Williams, Mark J Stevens, Charles E Robertson, Cole W Welchlin, Catherine E Moen, Edith T Zemanick, Jonathan K Harris
BACKGROUND: Upper airway cultures guide the identification and treatment of lung pathogens in infants with cystic fibrosis (CF); however, this may not fully reflect the spectrum of bacteria present in the lower airway. Our objectives were to characterize the airway microbiota using bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) from asymptomatic CF infants during the first year of life and to investigate the relationship between BALF microbiota, standard culture and clinical characteristics. METHODS: BALF, nasopharyngeal (NP) culture and infant pulmonary function testing data were collected at 6 months and one year of age during periods of clinical stability from infants diagnosed with CF by newborn screening...
2016: PloS One
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