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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737051/pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-drug-evaluation-of-benralizumab-for-the-treatment-of-asthma
#1
Maria Gabriella Matera, Luigino Calzetta, Barbara Rinaldi, Mario Cazzola
In many severe asthmatics, eosinophils cause inflammation and airways hyperresponsiveness, resulting in frequent exacerbations, impaired lung function, and reduced quality of life. Interleukin-5 (IL-5) is a key cytokine for eosinophil growth, differentiation, recruitment, activation, and survival. Anti-IL-5-based therapies (mepolizumab and reslizumab are humanized monoclonal antibodies (hmAbs) that recognize free IL-5, benralizumab is a hmAb directed at the α subunit of the IL-5R) target the IL-5-signaling in eosinophilic asthma...
July 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732818/adherence-to-copd-treatment-myth-and-reality
#2
REVIEW
Paola Rogliani, Josuel Ora, Ermanno Puxeddu, Maria Gabriella Matera, Mario Cazzola
COPD is a chronic disease in which effective management requires long-term adherence to pharmacotherapies but the level of adhesion to the prescribed medications is very low and this has a negative influence on outcomes. There are several approaches to detect non-adherence, such as pharmacy refill methods, electronic monitoring, and self-report measures, but they are all burdened with important limitations. Medication adherence in COPD is multifactorial and is affected by patients (health beliefs, cognitive abilities, self-efficacy, comorbidities, psychological profile, conscientiousness), physicians (method of administration, dosing regimen, polypharmacy, side effects), and society (patient-prescriber relationship, social support, access to medication, device training, follow-up)...
August 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716723/pharmacological-characterization-of-the-interaction-between-umeclidinium-and-vilanterol-in-human-bronchi
#3
Luigino Calzetta, Paola Rogliani, Francesco Facciolo, Erino Rendina, Mario Cazzola, Maria Gabriella Matera
The long-acting β2-agonist (LABA) / long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) fixed dose combination (FDC) therapy represents the cornerstone for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nevertheless, conflicting clinical findings still exist on the real benefit of the LABA/LAMA FDCs. Therefore, we investigated whether combining the LABA vilanterol with the LAMA umeclidinium may induce synergistic bronchorelaxant effect in isolated airways. The effect of umeclidinium and vilanterol, administered alone, in combination at the ratio of concentrations reproducing the doses delivered by Anoro(®) Ellipta(®) (55:22), or at isoeffective low concentrations, was investigated on the cholinergic contractile tone induced by the parasympathetic activation of human isolated airways...
July 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670125/risk-factors-for-the-existence-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-symptoms-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#4
Anna Linda Lamanna, Francesco Craig, Emilia Matera, Marta Simone, Maura Buttiglione, Lucia Margari
Over the years, several authors have reported symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); however, studies on the risk factors of ADHD symptoms in children with ASD are lacking. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to identify the risk factors for the development of ADHD symptoms in children with ASD. The sample consisted of 67 children with ASD who were assessed with Conner's Parent Rating Scale-Revised (CPRS-R), and with a semi-structured detailed interview administered to parents, to collect a series of clinical data such as coexisting somatic and neuropsychiatric problems and familial and pre/peri/postpartum risk factors...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644674/constraints-on-oscillation-parameters-from-%C3%AE-_-e-appearance-and-%C3%AE-_-%C3%AE-disappearance-in-nova
#5
P Adamson, L Aliaga, D Ambrose, N Anfimov, A Antoshkin, E Arrieta-Diaz, K Augsten, A Aurisano, C Backhouse, M Baird, B A Bambah, K Bays, B Behera, S Bending, R Bernstein, V Bhatnagar, B Bhuyan, J Bian, T Blackburn, A Bolshakova, C Bromberg, J Brown, G Brunetti, N Buchanan, A Butkevich, V Bychkov, M Campbell, E Catano-Mur, S Childress, B C Choudhary, B Chowdhury, T E Coan, J A B Coelho, M Colo, J Cooper, L Corwin, L Cremonesi, D Cronin-Hennessy, G S Davies, J P Davies, P F Derwent, R Dharmapalan, P Ding, Z Djurcic, E C Dukes, H Duyang, S Edayath, R Ehrlich, G J Feldman, M J Frank, M Gabrielyan, H R Gallagher, S Germani, T Ghosh, A Giri, R A Gomes, M C Goodman, V Grichine, R Group, D Grover, B Guo, A Habig, J Hartnell, R Hatcher, A Hatzikoutelis, K Heller, A Himmel, A Holin, J Hylen, F Jediny, M Judah, G K Kafka, D Kalra, S M S Kasahara, S Kasetti, R Keloth, L Kolupaeva, S Kotelnikov, I Kourbanis, A Kreymer, A Kumar, S Kurbanov, K Lang, W M Lee, S Lin, J Liu, M Lokajicek, J Lozier, S Luchuk, K Maan, S Magill, W A Mann, M L Marshak, K Matera, V Matveev, D P Méndez, M D Messier, H Meyer, T Miao, W H Miller, S R Mishra, R Mohanta, A Moren, L Mualem, M Muether, S Mufson, R Murphy, J Musser, J K Nelson, R Nichol, E Niner, A Norman, T Nosek, Y Oksuzian, A Olshevskiy, T Olson, J Paley, P Pandey, R B Patterson, G Pawloski, D Pershey, O Petrova, R Petti, S Phan-Budd, R K Plunkett, R Poling, B Potukuchi, C Principato, F Psihas, A Radovic, R A Rameika, B Rebel, B Reed, D Rocco, P Rojas, V Ryabov, K Sachdev, P Sail, O Samoylov, M C Sanchez, R Schroeter, J Sepulveda-Quiroz, P Shanahan, A Sheshukov, J Singh, J Singh, P Singh, V Singh, J Smolik, N Solomey, E Song, A Sousa, K Soustruznik, M Strait, L Suter, R L Talaga, M C Tamsett, P Tas, R B Thayyullathil, J Thomas, X Tian, S C Tognini, J Tripathi, A Tsaris, J Urheim, P Vahle, J Vasel, L Vinton, A Vold, T Vrba, B Wang, M Wetstein, D Whittington, S G Wojcicki, J Wolcott, N Yadav, S Yang, J Zalesak, B Zamorano, R Zwaska
Results are reported from an improved measurement of ν_{μ}→ν_{e} transitions by the NOvA experiment. Using an exposure equivalent to 6.05×10^{20} protons on target, 33 ν_{e} candidates are observed with a background of 8.2±0.8 (syst.). Combined with the latest NOvA ν_{μ} disappearance data and external constraints from reactor experiments on sin^{2}2θ_{13}, the hypothesis of inverted mass hierarchy with θ_{23} in the lower octant is disfavored at greater than 93% C.L. for all values of δ_{CP}.
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641717/soluble-cd14-subtype-a-new-biomarker-in-predicting-the-outcome-of-critically-ill-septic-patients
#6
Giovanni Matera, Angela Quirino, Cinzia Peronace, Pio Settembre, Vito Marano, Maria T Loria, Nadia Marascio, Luisa Galati, Giorgio S Barreca, Aida Giancotti, Bruno Amantea, Maria C Liberto, Alfredo Focà
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the role of presepsin (soluble CD14 subtype, sCD14-ST) in predicting the outcome of critically ill septic patients in parallel with procalcitonin and C-reactive protein. METHODS: This study was an observational, prospective study that enrolled 58 surgical and medical intensive care unit patients with suspected sepsis. All studied subjects were retrospectively stratified into survivors and nonsurvivors based on 28 days survival and according to microbiological results in blood culture positive and negative groups...
June 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606478/withdrawal-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-in-copd-a-meta-analysis
#7
Luigino Calzetta, Maria Gabriella Matera, Fulvio Braido, Marco Contoli, Angelo Corsico, Fabiano Di Marco, Pierachille Santus, Nicola Scichilone, Mario Cazzola, Paola Rogliani
BACKGROUND: Conflicting findings exist on the benefit of withdrawal of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We performed a quantitative synthesis in order to assess real impact of ICS discontinuation in COPD patients. METHODS: We carried out a meta-analysis via random-effects model on the available clinical evidence to evaluate the effect of ICS discontinuation in COPD. Randomized clinical trials and observational real-life studies investigating the effects of ICS withdrawal on the risk of COPD exacerbation, lung function (forced expiratory volume in 1 s [FEV1]) and quality of life (St...
June 9, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606109/neurophysiological-assessment-of-spinal-cord-injuries-in-dogs-using-somatosensory-and-motor-evoked-potentials
#8
REVIEW
Maria Claudia Campos Mello Inglez de Souza, Ricardo José Rodriguez Ferreira, Geni Cristina Fonseca Patricio, Julia Maria Matera
Somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) and motor evoked potentials (MEPs) are non-invasive neurophysiological tests that reflect the functional integrity of sensory and motor pathways. Despite their extensive use and description in human medicine, reports in veterinary medicine are scarce. SSEPs are obtained via peripheral stimulation of sensory or mixed nerves; stimulation induces spinal and cortical responses, which are recorded when sensory pathways integrity is preserved. MEPs can be obtained via transcranial electrical or magnetic stimulation; in this case, thoracic and pelvic limb muscle responses are captured if motor pathways are preserved...
June 12, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576619/three-different-hepatozoon-species-in-domestic-cats-from-southern-italy
#9
Alessio Giannelli, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Adnan Hodžić, Grazia Greco, Anna Attanasi, Giada Annoscia, Domenico Otranto, Gad Baneth
Three species of Hepatozoon, namely, Hepatozoon felis, Hepatozoon canis and Hepatozoon silvestris may affect domestic and/or wild felids. Although hepatozoonosis has been documented in a wide range of mammal species, data on cats are limited. To investigate the occurrence of these pathogens in cats, blood samples were collected from animals living in three provinces of southern Italy (Bari, Lecce, and Matera), and molecularly analysed by PCR amplification and sequencing of segments of the 18S rRNA gene. Out of 196 blood samples collected, Hepatozoon spp...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527922/bronchodilator-therapy-for-chronic-cough
#10
REVIEW
Maria Gabriella Matera, Paola Rogliani, Alessandro Zanasi, Mario Cazzola
Experimental studies indicate that airway calibre increases the sensitivity of the afferents involved in the cough reflex but it has proved difficult to demonstrate that airway calibre increases the sensitivity of the afferents involved in the cough reflex. Therefore, bronchodilators might have a role, although rather minor, in the treatment of cough. However, although bronchodilators represent the standard of care in the treatment of airway obstruction associated with asthma or COPD, controversy persists regarding the mechanism(s) by which these agents alleviate cough...
May 17, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494140/identification-of-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-silent-agonists-based-on-the-spirocyclic-quinuclidine-%C3%AE-2-isoxazoline-scaffold-synthesis-and-electrophysiological-evaluation
#11
Marta Quadri, Carlo Matera, Almin Silnović, Maria Chiara Pismataro, Nicole A Horenstein, Clare Stokes, Roger L Papke, Clelia Dallanoce
Compound 11 (3-(benzyloxy)-1'-methyl-1'-azonia-4H-1'-azaspiro[isoxazole-5,3'-bicyclo[2.2.2]octane] iodide) was selected from a previous set of nicotinic ligands as a suitable model compound for the design of new silent agonists of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). Silent agonists evoke little or no channel activation but can induce the α7 desensitized Ds state, which is sensitive to a type II positive allosteric modulator, such as PNU-120596. Introduction of meta substituents into the benzyloxy moiety of 11 led to two sets of tertiary amines and quaternary ammonium salts based on the spirocyclic quinuclidinyl-Δ(2) -isoxazoline scaffold...
May 11, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480770/an-update-on-the-pharmacotherapeutic-management-of-lower-respiratory-tract-infections
#12
Mario Cazzola, Paola Rogliani, Stefano Aliberti, Francesco Blasi, Maria Gabriella Matera
Our knowledge about lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) has improved substantially in the last years, but the management of respiratory infections is still a challenge and we are still far from using precision medicine in their treatment. Areas covered: The approaches developed in recent years to improve the pharmacotherapeutic management of LRTIs, such as novel diagnostic assays to facilitate medical decision-making, attempts for selecting an optimal empiric antibiotic regimen, and the role of new and possibly unproven adjunctive therapies, are described...
July 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455265/age-and-sex-in-drug-development-and-testing-for-adults
#13
REVIEW
Cara Tannenbaum, Danielle Day
Individualization of drug therapy requires that the right drug be administered at the correct dose to patients who are likely to achieve the highest benefit and lowest risk. Female sex and age comprise two important risk factors for altered drug exposure and response. This review summarizes the current state of science for considering age and sex-related factors along the drug development pipeline, from cell culture and animal research through all phases of clinical trials in humans. A set of recommendations is provided to improve standards for integrating age and sex into the study design, analysis, and reporting of pre-clinical and clinical assessment of new molecular entities and biologics in adults...
April 26, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452513/measurement-of-the-neutrino-mixing-angle-%C3%AE-_-23-in-nova
#14
P Adamson, L Aliaga, D Ambrose, N Anfimov, A Antoshkin, E Arrieta-Diaz, K Augsten, A Aurisano, C Backhouse, M Baird, B A Bambah, K Bays, B Behera, S Bending, R Bernstein, V Bhatnagar, B Bhuyan, J Bian, T Blackburn, A Bolshakova, C Bromberg, J Brown, G Brunetti, N Buchanan, A Butkevich, V Bychkov, M Campbell, E Catano-Mur, S Childress, B C Choudhary, B Chowdhury, T E Coan, J A B Coelho, M Colo, J Cooper, L Corwin, L Cremonesi, D Cronin-Hennessy, G S Davies, J P Davies, P F Derwent, S Desai, R Dharmapalan, P Ding, Z Djurcic, E C Dukes, H Duyang, S Edayath, R Ehrlich, G J Feldman, M J Frank, M Gabrielyan, H R Gallagher, S Germani, T Ghosh, A Giri, R A Gomes, M C Goodman, V Grichine, R Group, D Grover, B Guo, A Habig, J Hartnell, R Hatcher, A Hatzikoutelis, K Heller, A Himmel, A Holin, J Hylen, F Jediny, M Judah, G K Kafka, D Kalra, S M S Kasahara, S Kasetti, R Keloth, L Kolupaeva, S Kotelnikov, I Kourbanis, A Kreymer, A Kumar, S Kurbanov, K Lang, W M Lee, S Lin, J Liu, M Lokajicek, J Lozier, S Luchuk, K Maan, S Magill, W A Mann, M L Marshak, K Matera, V Matveev, D P Méndez, M D Messier, H Meyer, T Miao, W H Miller, S R Mishra, R Mohanta, A Moren, L Mualem, M Muether, S Mufson, R Murphy, J Musser, J K Nelson, R Nichol, E Niner, A Norman, T Nosek, Y Oksuzian, A Olshevskiy, T Olson, J Paley, P Pandey, R B Patterson, G Pawloski, D Pershey, O Petrova, R Petti, S Phan-Budd, R K Plunkett, R Poling, B Potukuchi, C Principato, F Psihas, A Radovic, R A Rameika, B Rebel, B Reed, D Rocco, P Rojas, V Ryabov, K Sachdev, P Sail, O Samoylov, M C Sanchez, R Schroeter, J Sepulveda-Quiroz, P Shanahan, A Sheshukov, J Singh, J Singh, P Singh, V Singh, J Smolik, N Solomey, E Song, A Sousa, K Soustruznik, M Strait, L Suter, R L Talaga, M C Tamsett, P Tas, R B Thayyullathil, J Thomas, X Tian, S C Tognini, J Tripathi, A Tsaris, J Urheim, P Vahle, J Vasel, L Vinton, A Vold, T Vrba, B Wang, M Wetstein, D Whittington, S G Wojcicki, J Wolcott, N Yadav, S Yang, J Zalesak, B Zamorano, R Zwaska
This Letter reports new results on muon neutrino disappearance from NOvA, using a 14 kton detector equivalent exposure of 6.05×10^{20} protons on target from the NuMI beam at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The measurement probes the muon-tau symmetry hypothesis that requires maximal θ_{23} mixing (θ_{23}=π/4). Assuming the normal mass hierarchy, we find Δm_{32}^{2}=(2.67±0.11)×10^{-3}  eV^{2} and sin^{2}θ_{23} at the two statistically degenerate values 0.404_{-0.022}^{+0.030} and 0...
April 14, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402213/engineering-and-expressing-circular-rnas-via-trna-splicing
#15
John J Noto, Casey A Schmidt, A Gregory Matera
Circular (circ)RNAs have recently become a subject of great biologic interest. It is now clear that they represent a diverse and abundant class of RNAs with regulated expression and evolutionarily conserved functions. There are several mechanisms by which RNA circularization can occur in vivo. Here, we focus on the biogenesis of tRNA intronic circular RNAs (tricRNAs) in archaea and animals, and we detail their use as research tools for orthogonal, directed circRNA expression in vivo.
April 12, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349353/management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-diseases
#16
REVIEW
Mario Cazzola, Luigino Calzetta, Barbara Rinaldi, Clive Page, Giuseppe Rosano, Paola Rogliani, Maria Gabriella Matera
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular diseases often coexist. The mechanistic links between these two diseases are complex, multifactorial and not entirely understood, but they can influence the therapeutic approach. Therapy can be primarily directed towards treating the respiratory symptoms and reducing lung inflammation. Smoking cessation, bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids are central to this therapeutic approach. The underlying pathophysiological mechanisms that are responsible for the increased cardiovascular risk in COPD remain unclear, but might include arterial stiffness, inflammation and endothelial dysfunction as a consequence of systemic exposure to chemicals in cigarette smoke or airborne pollution...
May 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346707/periurethral-muscle-derived-mononuclear-cell-injection-improves-urethral-sphincter-restoration-in-rats
#17
Marcelo Pitelli Turco, Alex Balduino de Souza, Isida de Campos Sousa, Paula Fratini, Mariana Matera Veras, Marcio Nogueira Rodrigues, José de Bessa, Marina Pandolphi Brolio, Katia Ramos Moreira Leite, Homero Bruschini, Miguel Srougi, Maria Angélica Miglino, Cristiano Mendes Gomes
AIMS: Investigate the effect of a novel cell-based therapy with skeletal muscle-derived mononuclear cells (SMDMCs) in a rat model of stress urinary incontinence. METHODS: Male Wistar-Kyoto rats' hind limb muscles were enzymatically dissociated, and SMDMCs were isolated without needing expansion. The cell population was characterized. Twenty female rats underwent urethrolysis. One week later, 10 rats received periurethral injection of 10(6) cells (SMDMC group), and 10 rats received saline injections (Saline group)...
March 27, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346137/histone-gene-replacement-reveals-a-post-transcriptional-role-for-h3k36-in-maintaining-metazoan-transcriptome-fidelity
#18
Michael P Meers, Telmo Henriques, Christopher A Lavender, Daniel J McKay, Brian D Strahl, Robert J Duronio, Karen Adelman, A Gregory Matera
Histone H3 lysine 36 methylation (H3K36me) is thought to participate in a host of co-transcriptional regulatory events. To study the function of this residue independent from the enzymes that modify it, we used a 'histone replacement' system in Drosophila to generate a non-modifiable H3K36 lysine-to-arginine (H3K36R) mutant. We observed global dysregulation of mRNA levels in H3K36R animals that correlates with the incidence of H3K36me3. Similar to previous studies, we found that mutation of H3K36 also resulted in H4 hyperacetylation...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339074/absence-of-t-14-18-chromosome-translocation-in-agricultural-workers-after-short-term-exposure-to-pesticides
#19
Venerando Rapisarda, Caterina Ledda, Serena Matera, Lucrezia Fago, Giorgio Arrabito, Luca Falzone, Andrea Marconi, Massimo Libra, Carla Loreto
Exposure to pesticides represents a potential health risk for the general population and for agricultural workers in particular. Some researchers observed that occupational exposure to pesticides is associated with risk of non‑Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The chromosomal translocation t(14;18)(q32;q21) is one of the most common chromosomal abnormalities in NHL. The aim of this study was to detect the effects of pesticides on t(14;18) chromosome translocation in agricultural workers after short-term exposure...
May 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339042/immunomodulatory-effects-in-workers-exposed-to-naturally-occurring-asbestos-fibers
#20
Caterina Ledda, Chiara Costa, Serena Matera, Beatrice Puglisi, Valentina Costanzo, Massimo Bracci, Concettina Fenga, Venerando Rapisarda, Carla Loreto
Natural asbestiform fibers are defined 'naturally occurring asbestos' (NOA) and refer to the mineral as a natural component of soils or rocks. The release of NOA fibers into the air from rocks or soils by routine human activities or natural weathering processes represents a risk for human beings. Fluoro-edenite (FE) is a NOA fiber detected in the benmoreitic lava in the area of Biancavilla, South-west slope of Mt. Etna. The aim of the present study was to investigate FE immunotoxicity pathways in a group of 38 occupationally exposed construction workers, in order to find any biological markers of its effect...
May 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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