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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440556/direct-hemoperfusion-with-polymyxin-b-immobilized-fibre-treatment-for-acute-exacerbation-of-interstitial-pneumonia
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Haruhiko Furusawa, Makiko Sugiura, Chieko Mitaka, Naohiko Inase
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (AE-IPF) is recognized as an important cause of mortality. AE has also been reported in patients with other interstitial lung diseases such as idiopathic non-specific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) and interstitial pneumonia associated with collagen vascular disease (CVD). Current therapies such as high-dose corticosteroid with immunosuppressive agents have provided little benefit for AE. Direct hemoperfusion (DHP) with a polymyxin B-immobilized fibre column (PMX) was originally developed for the treatment of endotoxaemia...
April 25, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440535/socioeconomic-status-and-its-relationship-to-chronic-respiratory-disease
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Sonu Sahni, Ankoor Talwar, Sameer Khanijo, Arunabh Talwar
Socioeconomic status (SES) is defined as an individual's social or economic standing, and is a measure of an individual's or family's social or economic position or rank in a social group. It is a composite of several measures including income, education, occupation, location of residence or housing. Studies have found a lower SES has been linked to disproportionate access to health care in many diseases. There is emerging data in pulmonary diseases such as COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and other chronic respiratory conditions that allude to a similar observation noted in other chronic diseases...
2017: Advances in Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440314/the-peripheral-blood-proteome-signature-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-is-distinct-from-normal-and-is-associated-with-novel-immunological-processes
#3
David N O'Dwyer, Katy C Norman, Meng Xia, Yong Huang, Stephen J Gurczynski, Shanna L Ashley, Eric S White, Kevin R Flaherty, Fernando J Martinez, Susan Murray, Imre Noth, Kelly B Arnold, Bethany B Moore
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and fatal interstitial pneumonia. The disease pathophysiology is poorly understood and the etiology remains unclear. Recent advances have generated new therapies and improved knowledge of the natural history of IPF. These gains have been brokered by advances in technology and improved insight into the role of various genes in mediating disease, but gene expression and protein levels do not always correlate. Thus, in this paper we apply a novel large scale high throughput aptamer approach to identify more than 1100 proteins in the peripheral blood of well-characterized IPF patients and normal volunteers...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439062/a-rare-case-of-necrotizing-myopathy-and-fibrinous-and-organizing-pneumonia-with-anti-ej-antisynthetase-syndrome-and-ssa-antibodies
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Muhammad Kashif, Divya Arya, Masooma Niazi, Misbahuddin Khaja
BACKGROUND Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies are autoimmune disorders that can involve the skin, joints, muscles, and lungs. The most common of these disorders are dermatomyositis, polymyositis, overlap syndrome, and inclusion body myositis. Necrotizing autoimmune myopathy is an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy that is rarely associated with Sjögren's syndrome. The most common lung findings associated with anti-EJ antisynthetase syndrome are nonspecific interstitial pneumonia and usual interstitial pneumonia; this condition is rarely associated with fibrinous and organizing pneumonia...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438736/altered-microrna-expression-is-responsible-for-the-pro-osteogenic-phenotype-of-interstitial-cells-in-calcified-human-aortic-valves
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Rui Song, David A Fullerton, Lihua Ao, Ke-Seng Zhao, T Brett Reece, Joseph C Cleveland, Xianzhong Meng
BACKGROUND: The transition of aortic valve interstitial cells (AVICs) to myofibroblastic and osteoblast-like phenotypes plays a critical role in calcific aortic valve disease progression. Several microRNAs (miRs) are implicated in stem cell differentiation into osteoblast. We hypothesized that an epigenetic mechanism regulates valvular pro-osteogenic activity. This study examined miR profile in AVICs of calcified valves and identified miRs responsible for AVIC phenotypic transition. METHODS AND RESULTS: AVICs were isolated from normal and diseased valves...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438110/temporal-progression-of-lesions-in-guinea-pigs-infected-with-lassa-virus
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T M Bell, C I Shaia, J J Bearss, M E Mattix, K A Koistinen, S P Honnold, X Zeng, C D Blancett, G C Donnelly, J D Shamblin, E R Wilkinson, K A Cashman
Lassa virus (LASV) infection causes an acute, multisystemic viral hemorrhagic fever that annually infects an estimated 100 000 to 300 000 persons in West Africa. This pathogenesis study evaluated the temporal progression of disease in guinea pigs following aerosol and subcutaneous inoculation of the Josiah strain of LASV as well as the usefulness of Strain 13 guinea pigs as an animal model for Lassa fever. After experimental infection, guinea pigs ( Cavia porcellus; n = 67) were serially sampled to evaluate the temporal progression of infection, gross and histologic lesions, and serum chemistry and hematologic changes...
May 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436487/redefining-the-identity-of-cardiac-fibroblasts
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REVIEW
Michelle D Tallquist, Jeffery D Molkentin
Cardiac fibroblasts deposit and maintain extracellular matrix during organogenesis and under physiological conditions. In the adult heart, activated cardiac fibroblasts also participate in the healing response after acute myocardial infarction and during chronic disease states characterized by augmented interstitial fibrosis and ventricular remodelling. However, delineation of the characteristics, plasticity, and origins of cardiac fibroblasts is an area of ongoing investigation and controversy. A set of genetic mouse models has been developed that specifically addresses the nature of these cells, in terms of both their origins and their response during cardiac disease and ventricular remodelling...
April 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435843/mmp-7-is-a-predictive-biomarker-of-disease-progression-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Yasmina Bauer, Eric S White, Simon de Bernard, Peter Cornelisse, Isabelle Leconte, Adele Morganti, Sebastien Roux, Oliver Nayler
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive interstitial lung disease with poor prognosis, which is characterised by destruction of normal lung architecture and excessive deposition of lung extracellular matrix. The heterogeneity of disease progression in patients with IPF poses significant obstacles to patient care and prevents efficient development of novel therapeutic interventions. Blood biomarkers, reflecting pathobiological processes in the lung, could provide objective evidence of the underlying disease...
January 2017: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435782/thoracic-ultrasound-what-non-radiologists-need-to-know
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REVIEW
Jonathan P Williamson, Chris Grainge, Ahilan Parameswaran, Scott H Twaddell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to provide the theoretical and practical knowledge essential for non-radiologists to develop the skills necessary to apply thoracic ultrasound as an extension of clinical assessment and intervention. RECENT FINDINGS: Issues relating to training and competence are discussed and a library of thoracic ultrasound videos is provided to illustrate artefacts, pleural, parenchymal and pneumothorax pathology as well as important pitfalls to consider...
2017: Current Pulmonology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435765/chronic-nephropathy-from-dietary-hyperoxaluria-sustained-improvement-of-renal-function-after-dietary-intervention
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Yijuan Sun, Bruce L Horowitz, Karen S Servilla, Joanna R Fair, Darlene Vigil, Kavitha Ganta, Larry Massie, Antonios H Tzamaloukas
A 56-year-old man with stable chronic kidney disease (CKD) for two years following a single episode of calcium oxalate urolithiasis developed progressive elevation of his serum creatinine concentration. Urinalysis revealed pyuria and white cell casts, a few red blood cells, minimal proteinuria, and no crystals. Urine culture was sterile. Gallium scintigraphy was consistent with interstitial nephritis. Proton pump inhibitor intake was discontinued, and a short course of oral corticosteroids was initiated. Percutaneous kidney biopsy, performed because of the continued deterioration of renal function to a minimum estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) value of 15 mL/min per 1...
March 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435655/a-80-year-old-woman-with-b-cell-prolymphocytic-leukemia
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Alparslan Merdin, Jale Yıldız, Sinan Dal Mehmet, Merih Kızıl Çakar, Hikmetullah Batgi, Emre Tekgündüz, Aykut Onursever, Fevzi Altuntaş
Prolymhocytic leukemia (PLL) is a rare subtype of lymphocytic leukemias and its cells are immature lymphocytes. It is divided into 2 subgroups: T-PLL and B-PLL according to the lymphocytic origin of the cells. Discriminating B-PLL from other diseases with clinically-similar features is important because of the different treatment approaches and follow-up programs. Hereby, we report a 80-year-old woman presenting with fatigue, leucocytosis and mild anemia. Her peripheral blood smear evaluation revealed 85% prolymphocytes with moderately condensed nuclear chromatin, prominent nucleoli, and a faintly basophilic cytoplasm...
February 23, 2017: Hematology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435277/role-of-pirfenidone-in-the-management-of-pulmonary-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Keith C Meyer, Catherine A Decker
Pulmonary fibrosis is associated with a number of specific forms of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and can lead to progressive decline in lung function, poor quality of life, and, ultimately, early death. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the most common fibrotic ILD, affects up to 1 in 200 elderly individuals and has a median survival that ranges from 3 to 5 years following initial diagnosis. IPF has not been shown to respond to immunomodulatory therapies, but recent trials with novel antifibrotic agents have demonstrated lessening of lung function decline over time...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434946/hyperglycemia-induced-renal-p2x7-receptor-activation-enhances-diabetes-related-injury
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Robert I Menzies, John W R Booth, John J Mullins, Matthew A Bailey, Frederick W K Tam, Jill T Norman, Robert J Unwin
Diabetes is a leading cause of renal disease. Glomerular mesangial expansion and fibrosis are hallmarks of diabetic nephropathy and this is thought to be promoted by infiltration of circulating macrophages. Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) has been shown to attract macrophages in kidney diseases. P2X7 receptors (P2X7R) are highly expressed on macrophages and are essential components of pro-inflammatory signaling in multiple tissues. Here we show that in diabetic patients, renal P2X7R expression is associated with severe mesangial expansion, impaired glomerular filtration (≤40ml/min/1...
April 20, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433566/%C3%AE-aminoisobutyric-acid-ameliorates-the-renal-fibrosis-in-mouse-obstructed-kidneys-via-inhibition-of-renal-fibroblast-activation-and-fibrosis
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Huijuan Wang, Jun Qian, Xiufen Zhao, Changing Xing, Bin Sun
Renal fibrosis is a hallmark feature of chronic kidney disease, which is reflected by proliferation and migration of interstitial fibroblasts and extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation. β-Aminoisobutyric acid (BAIBA) is recently demonstrated to exert a protective role from metabolic diseases. However, whether and how BAIBA on fibroblast activation and renal fibrosis response to angiotensin II (Ang II) remains largely obscure. Herein, we showed that BAIBA significantly depressed the proliferation and migration of NRK-49F cells in vitro...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432700/serum-h-ficolin-levels-clinical-association-with-interstitial-lung-disease-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
#15
Takuya Miyagawa, Yoshihide Asano, Yuka de Mestier, Ryosuke Saigusa, Takashi Taniguchi, Takashi Yamashita, Kouki Nakamura, Megumi Hirabayashi, Shunsuke Miura, Yohei Ichimura, Takehiro Takahashi, Ayumi Yoshizaki, Tomomitsu Miyagaki, Makoto Sugaya, Shinichi Sato
Ficolins, a group of oligomeric lectins consisting of three isoforms (H-, L- and M-ficolin), contribute to innate immunity via activating the complement pathway and/or acting directly as opsonins against pathogens and apoptotic cells. Because apoptotic cells likely drive the development of systemic sclerosis (SSc) partly through innate immunity, we assessed the clinical association of serum H-ficolin levels in SSc patients. Despite no difference in serum H-ficolin levels between SSc and control subjects, SSc patients with decreased serum H-ficolin levels tended to have a higher prevalence of interstitial lung disease (ILD)...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431248/spontaneous-chitin-accumulation-in-airways-and-age-related-fibrotic-lung-disease
#16
Steven J Van Dyken, Hong-Erh Liang, Ram P Naikawadi, Prescott G Woodruff, Paul J Wolters, David J Erle, Richard M Locksley
The environmentally widespread polysaccharide chitin is degraded and recycled by ubiquitous bacterial and fungal chitinases. Although vertebrates express active chitinases from evolutionarily conserved loci, their role in mammalian physiology is unclear. We show that distinct lung epithelial cells secrete acidic mammalian chitinase (AMCase), which is required for airway chitinase activity. AMCase-deficient mice exhibit premature morbidity and mortality, concomitant with accumulation of environmentally derived chitin polymers in the airways and expression of pro-fibrotic cytokines...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429161/on-the-in-vivo-function-of-the-mitral-heart-valve-leaflet-insights-into-tissue-interstitial-cell-biomechanical-coupling
#17
Chung-Hao Lee, Will Zhang, Kristen Feaver, Robert C Gorman, Joseph H Gorman, Michael S Sacks
There continues to be a critical need for developing data-informed computational modeling techniques that enable systematic evaluations of mitral valve (MV) function. This is important for a better understanding of MV organ-level biomechanical performance, in vivo functional tissue stresses, and the biosynthetic responses of MV interstitial cells (MVICs) in the normal, pathophysiological, and surgically repaired states. In the present study, we utilized extant ovine MV population-averaged 3D fiducial marker data to quantify the MV anterior leaflet (MVAL) deformations in various kinematic states...
April 20, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428678/productive-cough-in-children-and-adolescents-view-from-primary-health-care-system
#18
REVIEW
Edin Begic, Zijo Begic, Amra Dobraca, Edo Hasanbegovic
Cough is one of the most common symptoms that doctor faces in working with pediatric population, and according to some characteristics of cough, doctors can often conclude localization, and sometimes even the nature of the disease that causes it. Cough is not only the physiological defense reaction, but a symptom of a disease. According to duration it can be acute, chronic and recidivist, recurrent and persistent, strong or discreet, caused by changes in body position and changes in outside temperature. Pathoanatomically it is divided into lobar, lobular, alveolar and interstitial, pathogenetically to bronchogenic and hematogenous, as well as in immuno competent and immunocompromised, and clinically on the local and inpatient (72 hours after hospital admission)...
February 2017: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427903/atrial-fibrillation-is-associated-with-hypermethylation-in-human-left-atrium-and-treatment-with-decitabine-reduces-atrial-tachyarrhythmias-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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R Doñate Puertas, E Meugnier, C Romestaing, C Rey, E Morel, J Lachuer, N Gadot, A Scridon, C Julien, F Tronc, B Chapuis, C Valla, A Janin, L Pirola, A Méjat, S Rome, P Chevalier
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. As the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathology are largely unknown, this cardiac arrhythmia remains difficult to treat. To identify specific molecular actors involved in AF, we have performed a transcriptomic analysis on left atrium (LA) from patients with valvular heart disease with or without AF. We showed that 1627 genes had altered basal expression level in LA tissue of AF patients compared with the control group. The significantly enriched gene ontology biological process "anatomical structure morphogenesis" contained the highest number of genes in line with changes in structure that occur when the human heart remodels following AF development (ie, LA dilatation and interstitial fibrosis)...
March 30, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427751/corrigendum-to-a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-outcome-in-systemic-sclerosis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease-respir-investig-54-2016-445-453
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