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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156802/efficacy-and-safety-of-first-line-pemetrexed-plus-carboplatin-followed-by-single-agent-pemetrexed-maintenance-in-elderly-chinese-patients-with-non-squamous-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Xinmin Zhao, Hui Yu, Jing Zhao, Xianghua Wu, Si Sun, Zhiguo Luo, Huijie Wang, Jie Qiao, Jianhua Chang, Jialei Wang
Chemotherapy with pemetrexed plus carboplatin followed by pemetrexed maintenance therapy is a first-line regimen for patients with advanced non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. This phase II clinical study investigated the efficacy and safety of this regimen in older patients (aged ≥65 years) with advanced non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. All patients received 4 courses of induction therapy with pemetrexed (500 mg/m(2)) combined with carboplatin once every 3 weeks. If patients had stable disease or achieved a complete or partial tumor response after 4 courses of pemetrexed + carboplatin therapy, maintenance treatment with pemetrexed monotherapy was administered until either disease progression or intolerable toxicity occurred...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156546/systematic-review-of-epigenetic-effects-of-pharmacological-agents-for-bipolar-disorders
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REVIEW
Laura E Lockwood, Nagy A Youssef
Epigenetic effects of medications are an evolving field of medicine, and can change the landscape of drug development. The aim of this paper is to systematically review the literature of the relationship between common medications used for treatment of bipolar disorders and epigenetic modifications. MedLine/PubMed searches were performed based on pre-specified inclusion criteria from inception to November 2017. Six animal and human studies met the inclusion criteria. These studies examined the epigenetic changes in the main classes of medications that are used in bipolar disorders, namely mood stabilizers and antipsychotics...
November 18, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156513/production-and-characterization-of-keratinolytic-proteases-by-a-chicken-feather-degrading-thermophilic-strain-thermoactinomyces-sp-yt06
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Lin Wang, Yuting Qian, Yun Cao, Ying Huang, Zhizhou Chang, Hongying Huang
Thermoactinomyces sp. strain YT06 was isolated from poultry compost and observed to degrade integral chicken feathers at 60°C completely, resulting in the formation of 3.24 mg/mL of free amino acid from 50 mL of culture containing 10 g/L chicken feathers. Strain YT06 could grow and secret keratinase using feather as the only carbon and nitrogen sources without other supplement, but complementation of 10 g/L sucrose and 4 g/L NaNO₃ increased the production of the keratinolytic enzyme. The maximum protease activities obtained were 110 U/mL and keratinase were 42 U/mL...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156384/targeting-fgfr-pathway-in-breast-cancer
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J Perez-Garcia, E Muñoz-Couselo, J Soberino, F Racca, J Cortes
Developments in breast cancer biology over the last years have permitted deconstructing the molecular profile of the most relevant breast cancer subtypes. This has led to an increase in therapeutic options, including more effective personalized therapy for breast cancer and substantial improvements in patient outcomes. Although currently there are only a few targeted therapies approved for metastatic breast cancer, the discovery of druggable kinase gene alterations has radically changed cancer treatment by providing novel and successfully actionable drug targets...
November 17, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156303/assessment-of-nickel-bioavailability-through-chemical-extractants-and-red-clover-trifolium-pratense-l-in-an-amended-soil-related-changes-in-various-parameters-of-red-clover
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Ali Khan Shahbaz, Muhammad Iqbal, Abdul Jabbar, Sabir Hussain, Muhammad Ibrahim
Application of immobilizing agents may efficiently reduce the bioavailability of nickel (Ni) in the soil. Here we report the effect of biochar (BC), gravel sludge (GS) and zeolite (ZE) as a sole treatment and their combinations on the bioavailability of Ni after their application into a Ni-polluted soil. The bioavailability of Ni after the application of immobilizing agents was assessed through an indicator plant (red clover) and chemical indicators of bioavailability like soil water extract (SWE), DTPA and Ca(NO3)2 extracts...
November 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156199/how-can-one-optimize-induction-therapy-in-aml
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REVIEW
Selina M Luger
Induction therapy for acute myeloid leukemia has not changed much since 1973, when the 7 + 3 regimen of cytarabine and daunorubicin was born. Since then, various strategies have been evaluated to improve patient response, including dose intensification, the incorporation of additional agents into the regimen, the development of novel agents, and modified approaches for older patients. Recently, two novel agents, CPX-351 and gemtuzumab ozogamicin, have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This review discusses each of the induction strategies and their impact on patient outcomes...
December 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156149/quantitative-evaluation-of-vertebral-microvascular-permeability-and-fat-fraction-in-alloxan-induced-diabetic-rabbits
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Lei Hu, Yun Fei Zha, Li Wang, Liang Li, Dong Xing, Wei Gong, Jiao Wang, Yuan Lin, Fei Fei Zeng, Xue Song Lu
Purpose To determine longitudinal relationships between lumbar vertebral bone marrow permeability and marrow adipose tissue in a rabbit diabetes model by using quantitative dynamic contrast agent-enhanced (DCE) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and iterative decomposition of water and fat with the echo asymmetry and least-squares estimation quantitation (IDEAL IQ) sequence. Materials and Methods Twenty rabbits were randomly assigned to the diabetic (n = 10) or control (n = 10) group. All rabbits underwent sagittal MR imaging of the lumbar region at fixed time points (0, 4, 8, 12, and 16 weeks after alloxan injection)...
November 20, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156068/lmwf-5a-for-the-treatment-of-severe-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee-integrated-analysis-of-safety-and-efficacy
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Brian Cole, Brian McGrath, Kristin Salottolo, David Bar-Or
The low-molecular-weight fraction of 5% human serum albumin (LMWF-5A) is being developed to treat the signs and symptoms of severe osteoarthritis of the knee. This study was a post hoc pooled analysis of 3 randomized placebo-controlled trials of a single intra-articular injection of LMWF-5A, focusing on the subset of patients with severe osteoarthritis of the knee (Kellgren-Lawrence grade 4). Patients were randomized 1:1 to receive a single 4-mL intra-articular knee injection of either LMWF-5A or saline. Safety was assessed as the incidence and severity of adverse events...
November 20, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156005/abiofilm-a-resource-of-anti-biofilm-agents-and-their-potential-implications-in-targeting-antibiotic-drug-resistance
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Akanksha Rajput, Anamika Thakur, Shivangi Sharma, Manoj Kumar
Biofilms play an important role in the antibiotic drug resistance, which is threatening public health globally. Almost, all microbes mimic multicellular lifestyle to form biofilm by undergoing phenotypic changes to adapt adverse environmental conditions. Many anti-biofilm agents have been experimentally validated to disrupt the biofilms during last three decades. To organize this data, we developed the 'aBiofilm' resource (http://bioinfo.imtech.res.in/manojk/abiofilm/) that harbors a database, a predictor, and the data visualization modules...
November 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155876/docking-analysis-and-the-possibility-of-prediction-efficacy-for-an-anti-il-13-biopharmaceutical-treatment-with-tralokinumab-and-lebrikizumab-for-bronchial-asthma
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Yutaka Nakamura, Aki Sugano, Mika Ohta, Yutaka Takaoka
Interleukin-13 (IL-13) is associated with allergic airway inflammation and airway remodeling. Our group found a variant with a single nucleotide polymorphism in the IL13 gene at position +2044G>A (rs20541) that was expected to result in the non-conservative replacement of a positively charged arginine (R) with a neutral glutamine (Q) at position 144. IL-13Q144 was associated with augmented allergic airway inflammation and bronchial asthma remodeling. There is some indication that anti-IL-13 monoclonal antibodies can demonstrate a positive effect on the clinical course of refractory asthmatic patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155557/wearable-nanoplasmonic-patch-detecting-sun-uv-exposure
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Jessica G Barajas-Carmona, Leydi Francisco-Aldana, Eden Morales-Narváez
Sun exposure is known to yield beneficial health outcomes, including synthesis of adequate levels of vitamin D, beneficial modulation of blood pressure and is a valuable factor in mental health care. However, the increasing incidence of sun/UV exposure-related illness, such as skin cancer, is seriously concerning public health authorities as well as the scientific community. Consequently, moderate sun/UV exposure is strongly recommended. A wearable nanoplasmonic patch whose original color changes upon sun exposure due to its UV-responsive capabilities that are visually detectable has been engineered...
November 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155485/advantages-of-diapause-in-trichogramma-dendrolimi-mass-production-via-eggs-of-the-chinese-silkworm-antheraea-pernyi
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Jun-Jie Zhang, Xue Zhang, Lian-Sheng Zang, Wen-Mei Du, Yang-Yang Hou, Chang-Chun Ruan, Nicolas Desneux
BACKGROUND: Trichogramma dendrolimi Matsumura is widely used as biological control agent for lepidopteran agricultural pests control in China and can be successfully reared using the large eggs of the Chinese silkworm, Antheraea pernyi. In this study, biological parameters of diapaused, non-diapaused, and cold-stored T. dendrolimi were investigated for two generations on host eggs of A. pernyi under the laboratory conditions. RESULTS: The cold-stored T. dendrolimi performed poorer than diapaused and non-diapaused T...
November 20, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155366/applications-of-stimuli-responsive-nanoscale-drug-delivery-systems-in-translational-research
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REVIEW
Mengjie Gu, Xin Wang, Tan Boon Toh, Edward Kai-Hua Chow
Nanoscale drug delivery systems or nanocarriers have shown tremendous promise in the target-specific delivery of therapeutics as well as diagnostic agents. Additional properties can be introduced into nanocarriers to enhance the bioavailability and targeting efficiency of the transported drugs at diseased sites. Such nanocarriers are usually incorporated with stimuli-responsive components that can be triggered by specific stimuli (e.g., temperature, pH, or enzymes) and further induced by certain biological responses, such as enzyme hydrolysis and molecular conformational changes, leading to the controlled release of the transported molecules at targeted sites...
November 16, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155318/kidney-pathology-after-hematologic-cell-transplantation-a-single-center-observation-study-of-indication-biopsies-and-autopsies
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Michael Girsberger, Jörg P Halter, Helmut Hopfer, Michael Dickenmann, Thomas Menter
Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is an increasingly used treatment for hematologic malignancies as well as for non-malignant diseases. Kidney impairment remains an important early and late posttransplant complication. Numerous histopathologic changes have been reported but the pathophysiology is still incompletely understood. Furthermore, correlations between clinical findings and morphologic changes are not well studied. Between 2000 and 2016, 17 patients after allogeneic (n=12) or autologous (n=5) HCT underwent kidney biopsy for either proteinuria or deterioration of kidney function at our center...
November 16, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155282/seizure-liability-assessments-using-the-hippocampal-tissue-slice-comparison-of-non-clinical-species
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Michael V Accardi, Hai Huang, Simon Authier
INTRODUCTION: Traditionally, rat hippocampal tissue slice models are used as an in vitro electrophysiology assay to assess seizurogenic potential in early drug development despite non-clinical species-specific differences noted during in vivo seizure studies. METHODS: Hippocampal tissue slices were acutely isolated from rats, minipigs, dogs and nonhuman primates (NHP). Population spikes (PS) were evoked through stimulation of the CA3 Schaffer collateral pathway and recorded using in vitro electrophysiological techniques via an extracellular electrode placed within the CA1 stratum pyramidale cell body layer...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155085/ir-spectroscopy-analysis-of-pancreatic-lipase-related-protein-2-interaction-with-phospholipids-2-discriminative-recognition-of-various-micellar-systems-and-characterization-of-plrp2-dppc-bile-salt-complexes
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Eduardo Mateos-Diaz, Priscila Sutto-Ortiz, Moulay Sahaka, Deborah Byrne, Hélène Gaussier, Frédéric Carrière
The interaction of pancreatic lipase-related protein 2 (PLRP2) with various micelles containing phospholipids was investigated using pHstat enzyme activity measurements, differential light scattering, size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and transmission IR spectroscopy. Various micelles of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) and lysophosphatidylcholine were prepared with either bile salts (sodium taurodeoxycholate or glycodeoxycholate) or Triton X-100, which are substrate-dispersing agents commonly used for measuring phospholipase activities...
November 16, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154958/pathogenic-th17-inflammation-is-sustained-in-the-lungs-by-conventional-dendritic-cells-and-tlr4-signaling
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Karim H Shalaby, Miranda R Lyons-Cohen, Gregory S Whitehead, Seddon Y Thomas, Immo Prinz, Hideki Nakano, Donald N Cook
BACKGROUND: Mechanisms that elicit mucosal Th17 cell responses have been described, yet how these cells are sustained in chronically inflamed tissues remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: We sought to understand whether the maintenance of lung Th17 inflammation requires environmental agents in addition to antigen, and to identify the lung antigen-presenting cell types (APCs) that sustain the self-renewal of Th17 cells. METHODS: Animals were repeatedly exposed to aspiration of ovalbumin alone, or together with environmental adjuvants, including extracts of common house dust (HDE), to test their role in maintaining lung inflammation...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154834/development-and-characterization-of-docetaxel-loaded-lecithin-stabilized-micellar-drug-delivery-system-lsbmdds-for-improving-the-therapeutic-efficacy-and-reducing-systemic-toxicity
#18
Chia-Yu Su, Jun-Jen Liu, Yuan-Soon Ho, Yi-You Huang, Vincent Hung-Shu Chang, Der-Zen Liu, Ling-Chun Chen, Hsiu-O Ho, Ming-Thau Sheu
In the present study, we attempted to develop a lecithin-stabilized micellar drug delivery system (LsbMDDs) for loading docetaxel (DTX) to enhance its therapeutic efficacy and minimize systemic toxicity. A novel DTX-loaded LsbMDDs was optimally prepared by a thin-film hydration method and then hydrated with a lecithin nanosuspension while being subjected to ultrasonication. Physical characteristics of the optimized DTX-loaded LsbMDDs formulations were examined and found to have a mean size of <200 nm, an encapsulation efficiency of >90%, and drug loading of >6% with stability at room temperature and at 4° C being longer than 2 and 7 days, respectively...
November 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154739/oxidative-stress-induced-inflammatory-responses-and-effects-of-n-acetylcysteine-in-bovine-mammary-alveolar-cells
#19
Hyojin Bae, Chang Hee Jeong, Wei Nee Cheng, Kwonho Hong, Han Geuk Seo, Sung Gu Han
Bovine mastitis, an inflammation of the udder, results in reduced milk production and poor milk quality. Mastitis is usually, but not always, a response to pathogen infection. High milk yield can produce oxidative stress in the mammary tissue. High milk yield is also known to be associated with bovine mastitis. Thus, in the current study, we hypothesised that oxidative stress increases inflammatory responses in bovine mammary cells. To examine the hypothesis, we produced cellular oxidative stress and investigated resulting inflammatory responses in bovine mammary alveolar cells (MAC-T)...
November 2017: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154465/the-role-of-immunological-testing-and-intervention-in-reproductive-medicine-a-fertile-collaboration
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REVIEW
Syed B Ali, Yogesh Jeelall, Craig E Pennell, Roger Hart, Andrew McLean-Tooke, Michaela Lucas
Advances in reproductive medicine have significantly increased the success of fertility treatments. Nevertheless, some women experience recurrent implantation failure (RIF) after in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). Imbalances in the immune system and failure to achieve immune tolerance to the foetus have been implicated as potentially modifiable causes of idiopathic RIF and RPL. As such, women are increasingly being treated with immunomodulatory agents in an attempt to achieve a successful pregnancy...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
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