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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918442/the-role-of-periostin-in-lung-fibrosis-and-airway-remodeling
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REVIEW
David N O'Dwyer, Bethany B Moore
Periostin is a protein that plays a key role in development and repair within the biological matrix of the lung. As a matricellular protein that does not contribute to extracellular matrix structure, periostin interacts with other extracellular matrix proteins to regulate the composition of the matrix in the lung and other organs. In this review, we discuss the studies exploring the role of periostin to date in chronic respiratory diseases, namely asthma and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Asthma is a major health problem globally affecting millions of people worldwide with significant associated morbidity and mortality...
September 16, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918422/the-modern-art-of-reading-computed-tomography-images-of-the-lungs-quantitative-ct
#2
Felix J F Herth, Miranda Kirby, Jered Sieren, Jonas Herth, Joshua Schirm, Susan Wood, Maren Schuhmann
Lung diseases are increasing in prevalence and overall burden worldwide. To stem the tide, more and more national and international guidelines are recommending the use of various diagnostic algorithms that are disease specific. There is growing consensus among the respiratory community that although patient histories and lung function testing are the minimum required for clinical examinations, these tests alone are not sufficient for disease characterization. Therefore, the use of computed tomography (CT) imaging is increasing used in clinical decision making for lung diseases...
September 16, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918029/activation-of-ampk-attenuated-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-cdk2-via-p21-p27-and-mir-29-family-pathways-in-rats
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Hanping Qi, Yan Liu, Shuzhi Li, Yunping Chen, Lei Li, Yonggang Cao, Mingyao E, Pilong Shi, Chao Song, Baiyan Li, Hongli Sun
Cardiac fibrosis is pathological damage associated with nearly all forms of heart disease. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is an evolutionary conserved energy-sensing enzyme. Emerging evidences indicate that AMPK plays an important role in cardiac fibrosis and cell proliferation. However, less is known about the detailed mechanism of AMPK activation on cardiac fibrosis. In this study, we found the AMPK activation improved the impaired cardiac function of cardiac fibrosis rats and decreased interstitial fibrosis...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917280/a-novel-use-of-the-intraoperative-mri-for-metastatic-spine-tumors-laser-interstitial-thermal-therapy-for-percutaneous-treatment-of-epidural-metastatic-spine-disease
#4
REVIEW
Jonathan G Thomas, Wajd N Al-Holou, Dhiego Chaves de Almeida Bastos, Amol J Ghia, Jing Li, Andrew J Bishop, Behrang Amini, Laurence D Rhines, Claudio E Tatsui
Spinal laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) appears to be a promising novel modality for treatment of epidural metastatic spine disease in patients who are poor candidates for larger-scale oncologic spinal surgery and can act synergetically with spinal stereotactic radiosurgery to maximize local control and palliate pain. This technique is ideally suited for the intraoperative MRI suite to monitor the extent of the ablation in the epidural space. As percutaneous navigation, imaging, and LITT technology improve, broader applicability of this minimally invasive technique in spinal oncology is foreseen...
October 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916165/muc1-deficiency-exacerbates-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-silicosis
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Kosuke Kato, Marina A Zemskova, Alec D Hanss, Marianne M Kim, Sandra J Gendler, Ross Summer, Kwang Chul Kim
BACKGROUND: MUC1 (MUC in human and Muc in animals) is a membrane-tethered mucin expressed on the apical surface of lung epithelial cells. However, in the lungs of patients with interstitial lung disease, MUC1 is aberrantly expressed in hyperplastic alveolar type II epithelial (ATII) cells and alveolar macrophages (AM), and elevated levels of extracellular MUC1 are found in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and the serum of these patients. While pro-fibrotic effects of extracellular MUC1 have recently been described in cultured fibroblasts, the contribution of MUC1 to the pathobiology of pulmonary fibrosis is unknown...
September 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915678/meta-analysis-of-the-incidence-and-risks-of-interstitial-lung-disease-and-qtc-prolongation-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients-treated-with-alk-inhibitors
#6
Liping Lin, Juanjuan Zhao, Ning Kong, Yan He, Jiazhu Hu, Fuxi Huang, Jianjun Han, Xiaolong Cao
BACKGROUND: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the overall incidence and risk of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and QTc prolongation associated with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (-TKIs) in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. RESULTS: A total of 1,770 patients from 8 clinical trials were included. The incidences of high-grade ILD and QTc prolongation was 2.5% (95% CI 1.7-3.6%), and 2.8% (95% CI 1.8-4...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914826/pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis-a-case-report
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Luis Alberto Concepción-Urteaga, Luis Alejandro Rodríguez-Hidalgo, Jorge Luis Cornejo-Portella, Oscar Neri Alquizar-Horna, Daniel Anderson Aguilar-Villanueva, Marcio José Concepción-Zavaleta, Mario Gustavo Azañero-Luján
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare, diffuse interstitial lung disease, characterized by alveolar obstruction due to the accumulation of pulmonary surfactant. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 30-year-old male with progressively worsening dyspnea and non-productive cough for one year. He was a sugar cane plantation worker and had prior recurrent respiratory infections. Physical exam revealed cyanosis, and bilateral coarse and fine rales. Chest computed tomography showed diffuse crazy paving pattern...
September 14, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914637/signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-gain-of-function-primary-immunodeficiency-immunodysregulation-disorders
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Filippo Consonni, Laura Dotta, Francesca Todaro, Donatella Vairo, Raffaele Badolato
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe primary immunodeficiencies caused by gain-of-function (GOF) mutations of signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) genes, a group of genetically determined disorders characterized by susceptibility to infections and, in many cases, autoimmune manifestations. RECENT FINDINGS: GOF mutations affecting STAT1 result in increased STAT tyrosine phosphorylation and secondarily increased response to STAT1-signaling cytokines, such as interferons...
September 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913777/diabetes-and-the-small-intestine
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REVIEW
Jonathan Gotfried, Stephen Priest, Ron Schey
Diabetes mellitus (DM) and its associated complications are becoming increasingly prevalent. Gastrointestinal symptoms associated with diabetes is known as diabetic enteropathy (DE) and may manifest as either diarrhea, fecal incontinence, constipation, dyspepsia, nausea, and vomiting or a combination of symptoms. The long-held belief that vagal autonomic neuropathy is the primary cause of DE has recently been challenged by newer theories of disease development. Specifically, hyperglycemia and the resulting oxidative stress on neural networks, including the nitrergic neurons and interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), are now believed to play a central role in the development of DE...
September 15, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913747/primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-extraglandular-manifestations-and-hydroxychloroquine-therapy
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J Demarchi, S Papasidero, M A Medina, D Klajn, R Chaparro Del Moral, O Rillo, V Martiré, G Crespo, A Secco, A Catalan Pellet, C Amitrano, C Crow, C Asnal, P Pucci, F Caeiro, N Benzanquen, J P Pirola, M Mayer, F Zazzetti, S Velez, J Barreira, N Tamborenea, L Santiago, L Raiti
The use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS) has been assessed in different studies over the last years, with conflicting results regarding its efficacy in sicca syndrome and extraglandular manifestations (EGM). The goal of this study was to compare the incidence rate of EGM in pSS patients with and without HCQ therapy.We performed a multicenter retrospective study, including patients with pSS (European classification criteria) with at least 1 year of follow-up. Subjects with concomitant fibromyalgia, autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis were excluded...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913656/new-insights-into-cardiac-involvement-in-juvenile-scleroderma-a-three-dimensional-echocardiographic-assessment-unveils-subclinical-ventricle-dysfunction
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Reyhan Dedeoglu, Amra Adroviç, Funda Oztunç, Sezgin Sahin, Kenan Barut, Ozgur Kasapcopur
Cardiac manifestations in juvenile scleroderma or systemic sclerosis (JSSc) have poor prognosis, begin in early stages of the disease, and remain clinically asymptomatic. New echocardiography modalities, such as 2D/3D speckle tracking (STE, strain analysis for regional and global ventricular functions), can detect cardiac involvement in early stages. We assessed 21 JSSc patients and 19 controls using 2D/3D STE. The left ventricular end diastolic volume, end systolic volume, and ejection fraction of the patient and control groups were significantly different (99...
September 14, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912620/hormonal-contraception-and-the-development-of-autoimmunity-a-review-of-the-literature
#12
William V Williams
Estrogens and progestins are known to have profound effects on the immune system and may modulate the susceptibility to autoimmune diseases. A comprehensive literature search was carried out using PubMed for any of 153 autoimmune disease terms and the terms contraception, contraceptive, or their chemical components with limits of Humans + Title or Abstract. Over 1,800 titles were returned and scanned, 352 papers retrieved and reviewed in depth and an additional 70 papers retrieved from the bibliographies. Based on this review, substantial evidence exists linking the use of combined oral contraceptives to a lower incidence of hyperthyroidism, an increase in multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and interstitial cystitis...
August 2017: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912181/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-genetics-pathogenesis-clinical-manifestations-diagnosis-and-therapy
#13
REVIEW
Ali J Marian, Eugene Braunwald
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic disorder that is characterized by left ventricular hypertrophy unexplained by secondary causes and a nondilated left ventricle with preserved or increased ejection fraction. It is commonly asymmetrical with the most severe hypertrophy involving the basal interventricular septum. Left ventricular outflow tract obstruction is present at rest in about one third of the patients and can be provoked in another third. The histological features of HCM include myocyte hypertrophy and disarray, as well as interstitial fibrosis...
September 15, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910817/the-lung-in-dysregulated-states-of-humoral-immunity
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Yurdagül Uzunhan, Florence Jeny, Marianne Kambouchner, Morgane Didier, Diane Bouvry, Hilario Nunes, Jean-François Bernaudin, Dominique Valeyre
In common variable immunodeficiency, lung manifestations are related to different mechanisms: recurrent pneumonias due to encapsulated bacteria responsible for diffuse bronchiectasis, diffuse infiltrative pneumonia with various patterns, and lymphomas, mostly B cell extranodal non-Hodgkin type. The diagnosis relies on significant serum Ig deficiency and the exclusion of any primary or secondary cause. Histopathology may be needed. Immunoglobulin (IgG) replacement is crucial to prevent infections and bronchiectasis...
September 15, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910509/the-experience-of-palliative-care-service-provision-for-people-with-non-malignant-respiratory-disease-and-their-family-carers-an-all-ireland-qualitative-study
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Clare Mc Veigh, Joanne Reid, Philip Larkin, Sam Porter, Peter Hudson
AIM: To explore specialist and generalist palliative care provision for people with non-malignant respiratory disease, in rural and urban areas in the North and Republic of Ireland. BACKGROUND: Globally, palliative care is recommended as an appropriate healthcare option for people with advanced non- malignant lung disease. Yet, there is limited evidence regarding the integration of palliative care for this client group. DESIGN: Qualitative study...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906386/development-and-validation-of-a-prediction-score-system-in-lupus-nephritis
#16
Yi Tang, Wei Qin, Wei Peng, Ye Tao
The risk assessment for developing end-stage renal disease (ESRD) remains unclear in patients with lupus nephritis (LN). The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a prediction rule for estimating the individual risk of ESRD in patients with LN using clinical and pathological data.A total of 599 patients with LN diagnosed by renal biopsy between June 2009 and June 2014 in West China Hospital of Sichuan University were retrospectively followed. Patients were randomly divided into derivation cohort (n = 379) and validation cohort (n = 220)...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905224/the-outcome-and-risk-factors-for-recurrence-and-extended-hospitalization-of-secondary-spontaneous-pneumothorax
#17
Yoshitaro Saito, Yohei Suzuki, Ryo Demura, Hideki Kawai
PURPOSE: Secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (SSP) is difficult to treat by itself and due to its association with serious underlying diseases. It has a high rate of recurrence and often requires extended hospitalization. Therefore, we evaluated the outcome and risk factors associated with recurrence and extended hospitalization. METHODS: We retrospectively examined 61 patients with SSP, and evaluated the patients' characteristics, underlying diseases, introduction of home oxygen therapy, Brinkman index, and X-ray imaging findings to determine the risk factors for recurrence and extended hospitalization...
September 13, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903970/urinary-fibrinogen-as-a-predictor-of-progression-of-ckd
#18
Hongtian Wang, Chunxia Zheng, Yinghui Lu, Qi Jiang, Ru Yin, Ping Zhu, Minlin Zhou, Zhihong Liu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Fibrinogen has been reported to be involved in kidney tubulointerstitial fibrosis and podocyte injury in mouse models. However, the relationship between urinary fibrinogen and kidney outcomes has not been clarified in patients with CKD. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We evaluated 402 patients with CKD and kidney biopsies, including 101 with diabetic nephropathy, 94 with idiopathic membranous nephropathy, 55 with idiopathic FSGS, and 152 with IgA nephropathy...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903392/a-role-for-brg1-in-the-regulation-of-genes-required-for-development-of-the-lymphatic-system
#19
Ajeet Pratap Singh, Julie Foley, Arpit Tandon, Dhiral Phadke, H Karimi Kinyamu, Trevor K Archer
Lymphatic vasculature is an important part of the cardiovascular system with multiple functions, including regulation of the return of interstitial fluid (lymph) to the bloodstream, immune responses, and fat absorption. Consequently, lymphatic vasculature defects are involved in many pathological processes, including tumor metastasis and lymphedema. BRG1 is an important player in the developmental window when the lymphatic system is initiated. In the current study, we used tamoxifen inducible Rosa26CreERT2-BRG1(floxed/floxed) mice that allowed temporal analysis of the impact of BRG1 inactivation in the embryo...
August 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903061/lymphatic-drainage-system-of-the-brain-a-novel-target-for-intervention-of-neurological-diseases
#20
REVIEW
Bao-Liang Sun, Li-Hua Wang, Tuo Yang, Lei-Lei Mao, Jing-Yi Sun, Ming-Feng Yang, Hui Yuan, Robert A Colvin, Xiao-Yi Yang
The belief that the vertebrate brain functions normally without classical lymphatic drainage vessels has been held for many decades. On the contrary, new findings show that functional lymphatic drainage does exist in the brain. The brain lymphatic drainage system is composed of basement membrane-based perivascular pathway, a brain-wide glymphatic pathway, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage routes including sinus-associated meningeal lymphatic vessels and olfactory/cervical lymphatic routes. The brain lymphatic systems function physiological as a route of drainage for interstitial fluid (ISF) from brain parenchyma to nearby lymph nodes...
September 10, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
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