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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913746/anti-trachea-inflammatory-effects-of-diosgenin-from-dioscorea-nipponica-through-interactions-with-glucocorticoid-receptor-%C3%AE
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Yang Junchao, Wang Zhen, Wang Yuan, Xu Liying, Jiang Libin, Zhu Yuanhong, Zhao Wei, Chen Ruilin, Zhai Lu
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by symptoms of chronic inflammation and airway structural and functional changes. It affects about 300 million people worldwide and causes 250 000 deaths annually, but its symptoms can be greatly relieved by regular use of inhaled glucocorticoids (GCs). GCs exert their function through interacting with glucocorticoid receptors (GRs). Diosgenin is a naturally occurring steroidal saponin abundantly present in many medicinal plants, including Dioscorea nipponica, which shares a similar steroidal structure with GC...
December 2, 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913648/cd36-mediated-uptake-of-surfactant-lipids-by-human-macrophages-promotes-intracellular-growth-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#2
Claire E Dodd, Charlie J Pyle, Rebecca Glowinski, Murugesan V S Rajaram, Larry S Schlesinger
Mycobacterium tuberculosis imposes a large global health burden as the airborne agent of tuberculosis. Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been flourishing in human populations for millennia and is therefore highly adapted to the lung environment. Alveolar macrophages, a major host cell niche for M. tuberculosis, are not only phagocytose inhaled microbes and particulate matter but are also crucial in catabolizing lung surfactant, a lipid-protein complex that lines the alveolar spaces. Because macrophage host defense properties can be regulated by surfactant and M...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913241/evaluation-of-highly-branched-cyclic-dextrin-in-inhalable-particles-of-combined-antibiotics-for-the-pulmonary-delivery-of-anti-tuberculosis-drugs
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Kazunori Kadota, Arisa Senda, Hideaki Tagishi, John Oluwasogo Ayorinde, Yuichi Tozuka
This work aims to identify a suitable formulation for the pulmonary delivery of combinations of inhalational drugs using highly branched cyclic dextrin (HBCD) macromolecules. We compared the effectiveness between powders prepared from HBCD with those prepared from five alternative excipients (lactose, maltose, sucrose, β-cyclodextrin and methyl β-cyclodextrin) in the pulmonary delivery of a single-dosage form of two anti-tuberculosis drugs (isoniazid and rifampicin). Fine particles of untreated active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and combination products using excipients were prepared by spray drying...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913141/acute-lung-injury-and-persistent-small-airway-disease-in-a-rabbit-model-of-chlorine-inhalation
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Sadiatu Musah, Connie F Schlueter, David M Humphrey, Karen S Powell, Andrew M Roberts, Gary W Hoyle
Chlorine is a pulmonary toxicant to which humans can be exposed through accidents or intentional releases. Acute effects of chlorine inhalation in humans and animal models have been well characterized, but less is known about persistent effects of acute, high-level chlorine exposures. In particular, animal models that reproduce the long-term effects suggested to occur in humans are lacking. Here, we report the development of a rabbit model in which both acute and persistent effects of chlorine inhalation can be assessed...
November 29, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913125/apomorphine-therapy-in-parkinson-s-and-future-directions
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Nataliya Titova, K Ray Chaudhuri
Apomorphine infusion or injection is an important dopamine agonist non-oral therapy usually used in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) with refractory motor fluctuations. The drug also has appreciable efficacy for nonmotor fluctuations and is the quickest to reverse predictable "off" periods. Current subcutaneous administration, however, is complicated by problems associated with needle-based therapies, such as skin nodule formation, skin irritation, and avoidance of this treatment option by needle-phobic subjects...
November 30, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913032/intervention-studies-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-combined-with-long-acting-theophylline-or-long-acting-%C3%AE-2-agonists-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-asthma-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Yan Wang, Ping Chen, Anna Dai, Shengyun Shang, Lingfei Kong
PURPOSE: To evaluate and contrast the therapeutic effect and safety of fluticasone aerosol combined with theophylline tablets in patients with moderate to severe asthma, compared with salmeterol/fluticasone propionate aerosol. METHODS: After a screening period, patients meeting the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to the experiment group (fluticasone aerosol combined with theophylline tablets) or the control group (salmeterol/fluticasone aerosol combined with placebo tablets) for 12 weeks of treatment...
November 29, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912982/should-recommendations-about-starting-inhaled-corticosteroid-treatment-for-mild-asthma-be-based-on-symptom-frequency-a-post-hoc-efficacy-analysis-of-the-start-study
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Helen K Reddel, William W Busse, Søren Pedersen, Wan C Tan, Yu-Zhi Chen, Carin Jorup, Dan Lythgoe, Paul M O'Byrne
BACKGROUND: Low-dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are highly effective for reducing asthma exacerbations and mortality. Conventionally, ICS treatment is recommended for patients with symptoms on more than 2 days per week, but this criterion has scant evidence. We aimed to assess the validity of the previous symptom-based cutoff for starting ICS by establishing whether there was a differential response to budesonide versus placebo for severe asthma exacerbations, lung function, and asthma symptom control across subgroups identified by baseline asthma symptom frequency...
November 29, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912905/effects-of-aromatherapy-on-agitation-and-related-caregiver-burden-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-dementia-a-pilot-study
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Tugce Turten Kaymaz, Leyla Ozdemir
We examined the effects of aromatherapy on agitation in patients with dementia and evaluated related caregiver burden. Patients and their caregivers from two hospitals in Turkey were selected and divided into an intervention group (n = 14) and a control group (n = 14). Patients were stratified according to their dementia phase and intake of antipsychotic medication. The intervention group received aromatherapy via massage and inhalation at home for 4 weeks. The control group received no intervention. Data were collected using the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI), the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI) and the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI)...
November 29, 2016: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912191/cancer-risk-from-polycyclic-aromatic-compounds-in-fine-particulate-matter-generated-from-household-coal-combustion-in-xuanwei-china
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K H Lui, Benjamin A Musa Bandowe, Linwei Tian, Chi-Sing Chan, Jun-Ji Cao, Zhi Ning, S C Lee, K F Ho
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their polar derivatives (oxygenated PAHs: OPAHs and azaarenes: AZAs) were characterized in fine particulates (PM2.5) emitted from indoor coal combustion. Samples were collected in Xuanwei (Yunnan Province), a region in China with a high rate of lung cancer. A sample from the community with the highest mortality contained the highest total concentration of PAHs, OPAHs and AZAs and posed the highest excess cancer risk from a lifetime of inhaling fine particulates. Positive correlations between total carbonyl-OPAHs, total AZAs and total PAHs implied that the emissions were dependent on similar factors, regardless of sample location and type...
November 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911973/prevalence-of-osteopenia-and-osteoporosis-in-patients-with-noncystic-fibrosis-bronchiectasis
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Nathan Diehl, Margaret M Johnson
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to define the prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia in patients with noncystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (NCFB). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all patients with physician-diagnosed NCFB evaluated at Mayo Clinic Florida between January 1, 2011 and June 3, 2013. RESULTS: A total of 113 patients with physician-diagnosed NCFB and confirmatory findings on computed tomography scan were identified...
December 2016: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911374/flow-cytometric-analysis-of-particle-bound-bet-v-1-allergen-in-pm10
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Katrin Süring, Sabine Bach, Conny Höflich, Wolfgang Straff
Flow cytometry is a method widely used to quantify suspended solids such as cells or bacteria in a size range from 0.5 to several tens of micrometers in diameter. In addition to a characterization of forward and sideward scatter properties, it enables the use of fluorescent labeled markers like antibodies to detect respective structures. Using indirect antibody staining, flow cytometry is employed here to quantify birch pollen allergen (precisely Bet v 1)-loaded particles of 0.5 to 10 µm in diameter in inhalable particulate matter (PM10, particle size ≤10 µm in diameter)...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910061/inhaled-gene-transfer-for-pulmonary-circulation
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Jaume Aguero, Lahouaria Hadri, Nadjib Hammoudi, Lauren Leonardson, Roger J Hajjar, Kiyotake Ishikawa
Chronic pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with right ventricular failure and high mortality regardless of the underlying disease. Currently, therapies can improve clinical outcomes in specific subsets of patients, but have little impact on the progression of pulmonary vascular remodeling. Upon new advances in vector development and delivery techniques, gene therapy is a novel strategy in this field with the potential of overcoming the main limitations of approved drug therapies: modulation of novel anti-remodeling targets and selective pulmonary vasculature targeting with minimal systemic effects...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910060/microrna-delivery-strategies-to-the-lung-in-a-model-of-pulmonary-hypertension
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Lin Deng, Andrew H Baker, Angela C Bradshaw
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by enhanced proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells associated with obliteration of small pulmonary arterioles and formation of plexiform lesions. To date, no curative treatments have been identified for pulmonary arterial hypertension. There are various therapeutic options, including conventional medical therapies and oral, subcutaneous, intravenous, and inhalation delivery. We have previously shown that miR-143/145 knockout can prevent the development of chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension (PH) in mice...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909728/calcineurin-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-mediates-isoflurane-induced-hippocampal-neuroinflammation-and-subsequent-cognitive-impairment-in-aged-rats
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Zhengqian Li, Cheng Ni, Chun Xia, Joey Jaw, Yujie Wang, Yiyun Cao, Mao Xu, Xiangyang Guo
It is known that inhaled anesthetics induce neuroinflammation and facilitate postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) in aged individuals; however, the mechanisms by which they mediate these effects remain elusive. Inhalation of the isoflurane anesthetic leads to opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore and loss of mitochondrial membrane potential. Therefore, mitochondrial retrograde signaling, which is an adaptive mechanism that facilitates the transmission of signals from dysfunctional mitochondria to the nucleus to activate target gene expression, may be activated during isoflurane inhalation...
November 24, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908275/does-standing-or-sitting-position-of-the-anesthesiologist-in-the-operating-theatre-influence-sevoflurane-exposure-during-craniotomies
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Péter Sárkány, Béla Tankó, Éva Simon, Judit Gál, Béla Fülesdi, Csilla Molnár
BACKGROUND: Exposure of the OR staff to inhalational anesthetics has been proven by numerous investigators, but its potential adverse effect under the present technical circumstances is a debated issue. The aim of the present work was to test whether using a laminar flow air conditioning system exposure of the team to anesthetic gases is different if the anesthetist works in the sitting as compared to the standing position. METHODS: Sample collectors were placed at the side of the patient and were fixed at two different heights: at 100 cm (modelling sitting position) and 175 cm (modelling standing position), whereas the third collector was placed at the independent corner of the OR...
December 1, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907070/modulation-by-ethanol-of-cigarette-smoke-clastogenicity-in-cells-of-adult-mice-and-of-transplacentally-exposed-fetuses
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Roumen Balansky, Sebastiano La Maestra, Rosanna T Micale, Marietta Iltcheva, Krassimir Kirov, Silvio De Flora
Cigarette smoke (CS) and ethanol (EtOH) are known to synergize in the causation of cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract and of the liver. Little is known about possible interactions between these agents in other organs. These premises prompted us to evaluate the clastogenic effects resulting from the inhalation for 3 weeks of mainstream CS and oral administration of EtOH, which were tested either individually or in combination in cells of adult BDF1 mice and their fetuses. CS exerted clastogenic effects in haematopoietic cells of adult male mice by increasing the frequency of micronucleated erythroid cells both in bone marrow and in peripheral blood as well as the frequency of micronucleated and polynucleated pulmonary alveolar macrophages...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906856/radiation-exposure-and-lung-disease-in-today-s-nuclear-world
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Steven D Deas, Nikhil Huprikar, Andrew Skabelund
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ionizing radiation poses important health risks. The per capita annual dose rate has increased in the United States and there is increasing concern for the risks posed by low-dose occupational exposure among workers in nuclear industries and healthcare. Recent nuclear accidents and concern for terrorism have heightened concern for catastrophic, high-dose ionizing radiation exposure. This review will highlight recent research into the risks to lung health posed by ionizing radiation exposure and into potential treatments...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906789/radon-and-thoron-in-air-occupational-exposure-study-within-selected-wine-cellars-of-the-western-cape-south-africa-and-associated-annual-effective-doses
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R Botha, R T Newman, R Lindsay, P P Maleka
This is the first known study of exposure of Rn (radon) and secondarily Rn (thoron) in-air activity concentrations assessed within nine selected wine cellars in four wine districts of the Western Cape (South Africa) and the associated annual occupational effective doses. E-PERM electret ion chambers (EIC) and RAD-7 α-detectors were used to perform these measurements. The radon in-air levels ranged from 12 ± 4 Bq m to 770 ± 40 Bq m within the nine selected wine cellars. Eight of the nine wine cellars (excluding results from cellar w-6) had a median radon in-air activity concentration of 48 ± 8 Bq m...
January 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906108/heme-oxygenase-and-carbon-monoxide-protect-from-muscle-dystrophy
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Mun Chun Chan, Olivia Ziegler, Laura Liu, Glenn C Rowe, Saumya Das, Leo E Otterbein, Zoltan Arany
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscle dystrophy (DMD) is one of the most common lethal genetic diseases of children worldwide and is 100% fatal. Steroids, the only therapy currently available, are marred by poor efficacy and a high side-effect profile. New therapeutic approaches are urgently needed. METHODS: Here, we leverage PGC-1α, a powerful transcriptional coactivator known to protect against dystrophy in the mdx murine model of DMD, to search for novel mechanisms of protection against dystrophy...
November 28, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905921/systematic-review-of-the-role-of-angiopoietin-1-and-angiopoietin-2-in-plasmodium-species-infections-biomarkers-or-therapeutic-targets
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Gerdie M de Jong, Jasper J Slager, Annelies Verbon, Jaap J van Hellemond, Perry J J van Genderen
BACKGROUND: Levels of both angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) and angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) correlate with malaria disease severity and are proposed as biomarkers and possible therapeutic targets. To establish their role in malaria, a systematic review was performed of the literature on Ang-1 and Ang-2 with regard to their potential as biomarkers in malaria and discuss their possible place in adjuvant treatment regimens. METHODS: Ten electronic databases were systematically searched to identify studies investigating Ang-1 and Ang-2 in human and murine malaria in both clinical and experimental settings...
December 1, 2016: Malaria Journal
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