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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724427/curcumin-the-spicy-modulator-of-breast-carcinogenesis
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REVIEW
Urmila Banik, Subramani Parasuraman, Arun Kumar Adhikary, Nor Hayati Othman
Worldwide breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. For many years clinicians and the researchers are examining and exploring various therapeutic modalities for breast cancer. Yet the disease has remained unconquered and the quest for cure is still going on. Present-day strategy of breast cancer therapy and prevention is either combination of a number of drugs or a drug that modulates multiple targets. In this regard natural products are now becoming significant options. Curcumin exemplifies a promising natural anticancer agent for this purpose...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675562/innate-and-adaptive-immunity-in-human-epilepsies
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Jan Bauer, Albert J Becker, Wassim Elyaman, Jukka Peltola, Stephan Rüegg, Maarten J Titulaer, James A Varley, Ettore Beghi
Inflammatory mechanisms have been increasingly implicated in the origin of seizures and epilepsy. These mechanisms are involved in the genesis of encephalitides in which seizures are a common complaint. Experimental and clinical evidence suggests different inflammatory responses in the brains of patients with epilepsy depending on the etiology. In general, activation of both innate and adaptive immunity plays a role in refractory forms of epilepsy. Epilepsies in which seizures develop after infiltration of cells of the adaptive immune system in the central nervous system (CNS) include a broad range of epileptic disorders with different (known or unknown) etiologies...
July 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659489/transcriptional-profiling-confirms-the-therapeutic-effects-of-mast-cell-stabilization-in-a-dengue-disease-model
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Juliet Morrison, Abhay P S Rathore, Chinmay K Mantri, Siti A B Aman, Andrew Nishida, Ashley L St John
There are no approved therapeutics for the treatment of dengue disease despite the global prevalence of dengue virus (DENV) and its mosquito vectors. DENV infections can lead to vascular complications, hemorrhage and shock due to the ability of DENV to infect a variety of immune and non-immune cell populations. Increasingly, studies have implicated the host response as a major contributor to severe disease. Inflammatory products of various cell types, including responding T cells, mast cells (MCs) and infected monocytes can contribute to immune pathology...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643902/modulation-of-antitumor-immunity-contributes-to-the-enhanced-therapeutic-efficacy-of-liposomal-oxaliplatin-in-mouse-model
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Taro Shimizu, Amr S Abu Lila, Miho Nishio, Yusuke Doi, Hidenori Ando, Masami Ukawa, Yu Ishima, Tatsuhiro Ishida
Immune modulation of the tumor microenvironment has been reported to participate to the therapeutic efficacy of many chemotherapeutic agents. Recently, we reported that liposomal encapsulation of oxaliplatin (l-OHP) within PEGylated liposomes conferred a superior antitumor efficacy to free l-OHP in murine colorectal carcinoma-bearing mice via permitting preferential accumulation of the encapsulated drug within tumor tissue. However, the contribution of the immune-modulatory properties of liposomal l-OHP and/or free l-OHP to the overall antitumor efficacy was not elucidated...
June 23, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634571/current-immunotherapeutic-strategies-to-enhance-oncolytic-virotherapy
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REVIEW
Daniel E Meyers, Amanda A Wang, Chandini M Thirukkumaran, Don G Morris
Oncolytic viruses (OV) represent a promising strategy to augment the spectrum of cancer therapeutics. For efficacy, they rely on two general mechanisms: tumor-specific infection/cell-killing, followed by subsequent activation of the host's adaptive immune response. Numerous OV genera have been utilized in clinical trials, ultimately culminating in the 2015 Food and Drug Administration approval of a genetically engineered herpes virus, Talminogene laherparepvec (T-VEC). It is generally accepted that OV as monotherapy have only modest clinical efficacy...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625827/cells-as-advanced-therapeutics-state-of-the-art-challenges-and-opportunities-in-large-scale-biomanufacturing-of-high-quality-cells-for-adoptive-immunotherapies
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Nate J Dwarshuis, Kirsten Parratt, Adriana Santiago-Miranda, Krishnendu Roy
Therapeutic cells hold tremendous promise in treating currently incurable, chronic diseases since they perform multiple, integrated, complex functions in vivo compared to traditional small-molecule drugs or biologics. However, they also pose significant challenges as therapeutic products because (a) their complex mechanisms of actions are difficult to understand and (b) low-cost bioprocesses for large-scale, reproducible manufacturing of cells have yet to be developed. Immunotherapies using T cells and dendritic cells (DCs) have already shown great promise in treating several types of cancers, and human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) are now extensively being evaluated in clinical trials as immune-modulatory cells...
June 15, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597416/phytochemical-studies-for-quantitative-estimation-of-iridoid-glycosides-in-picrorhiza-kurroa-royle
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Phalisteen Sultan, Arif Jan, Qazi Pervaiz
BACKGROUND: Picrorhiza kurroa Royle commonly known as 'Kutki or Kutaki' is an important medicinal plant in Ayurvedic system of medicine and has traditionally been used to treat disorders of the liver and upper respiratory tract. The plant is the principle source of iridoid glycosides, picrosides I, II and kutkoside used in various herbal drug formulations mainly as strong hepatoprotective and immune-modulatory compound. The species has become endangered to near extinction due to the unregulated collection from the wild, slower plant growth and ecological destruction of natural habitats...
December 2016: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571554/methotrexate-in-the-treatment-of-psoriasis-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-mechanistic-insights-current-issues-and-novel-delivery-approaches
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P Rajitha, Raja Biswas, M Sabitha, R Jayakumar
Our review is focused on the use of methotrexate in drug therapy of two autoimmune diseases, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The article describes the pathogenesis of psoriasis and RA, the role of methotrexate in the treatment of these diseases with more focused review on the mechanism behind the clinical benefits of methotrexate therapy. Methotrexate due to its cytotoxic, anti-inflammatory and immune modulatory activities provides clinical benefits in the therapy of the selected diseases. This review also gives a panorama of the problems associated with the use of methotrexate in the selected diseases and the guidelines provided by FDA for its safe use...
May 31, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512387/oncolytic-virus-based-immunotherapies-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#9
REVIEW
So Young Yoo, Narayanasamy Badrinath, Hyun Young Woo, Jeong Heo
Hepatocellular carcinoma is highly refractory cancer which is resistant to conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy, carrying a dismal prognosis. Although many anticancer drugs have been developed for treating HCC, sorafenib is the only effective treatment, but it only prolongs survival duration for about 3 months. Recently, oncolytic virotherapy has shown promising results in treating HCCs and the effects can be more enhanced by adopting immune modulatory molecules. This review discusses the current status of treating HCC and the effective strategy of oncolytic virus-based immunotherapy for the treatment of HCCs...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506000/therapeutic-effects-of-oral-dimethyl-fumarate-on-stroke-induced-by-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-an-animal-experimental-study
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Anahid Safari, Mehdi Fazeli, Mohammad Reza Namavar, Nader Tanideh, Peyman Jafari, Afshin Borhani-Haghighi
BACKGROUND: Dimethyl fumarate (DMF) has immune-modulatory and neuro-protective characteristics that can be used for treatment of acute ischemic stroke. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the therapeutic effects of DMF on histological and functional recovery of rats after transient middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion. METHODS: 22 Sprague-Dawley male rats weighing 275-300 g were randomized into three groups by block randomization. In the sham group (n = 7), the neck was opened, but neither MCA was occluded, nor any drug was administered...
2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497863/ctla-4-expressed-by-foxp3-treg-cells-prevents-inflammatory-tissue-attack-and-not-t-cell-priming-in-arthritis
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Katrin Klocke, Rikard Holmdahl, Kajsa Wing
Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4)-mediated regulation of already tolerized autoreactive T cells is critical for understanding autoimmune responses. While defects in CTLA-4 contribute to abnormal FOXP3(+) regulatory T cell (Treg) function in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) its role in autoreactive T cells remains elusive. We studied immunity towards the dominant collagen type-II (CII) T cell epitope in collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) both in the heterologous setting and in the autologous setting where CII is mutated at position E266D in mouse cartilage...
May 12, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450868/hepatitis-b-virus-immunopathology-model-systems-and-current-therapies
#12
REVIEW
Praneet Sandhu, Mohammad Haque, Tessa Humphries-Bickley, Swetha Ravi, Jianxun Song
Most people develop acute hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatitis that is controlled by both humoral and cellular immune responses following acute infection. However, a number of individuals in HBV-endemic areas fail to resolve the infection and consequently become chronic carriers. While a vaccine is available and new antiviral drugs are being developed, elimination of persistently infected cells is still a major issue. Standard treatment in HBV infection includes IFN-α, nucleoside, or nucleotide analogs, which has direct antiviral activity and immune modulatory capacities...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448867/immuno-modulatory-and-cellular-antioxidant-activities-of-%C3%AE%C2%BA-selenocarrageenan-in-combination-with-epirubicin-in-h22-hepatoma-bearing-mice
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Na Ling, Xiaojun Zhou, Yubin Ji, Wenlan Li, Chenfeng Ji, Zheng Qi
BACKGROUND: Human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has a high rate of tumor recurrence and metastasis, resulting in shortened survival time. The aim of this study is to evaluate the synergistic anti-tumor effects and underlying mechanism of κ-selenocarrageenan (KSC) in combination with the chemotherapy drug epirubicin (EPI) in H22 tumor-bearing mice. METHODS: Hepatocellular carcinoma H22 cells were implanted into mice. After the transplants were successfully established, the animals were divided into four groups: namely the control group, the KSC group, the EPI group and the KSC+EPI group...
July 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399927/bk-viruria-and-viremia-in-children-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Nirupama Gupta, Cuong Q Nguyen, Renee F Modica, Melissa E Elder, Eduardo H Garin
BACKGROUND: BK virus (BKV) is a ubiquitous polyoma virus that lies dormant in the genitourinary tract once acquired in early childhood. In states of cellular immunodeficiency, the virus can reactivate to cause hemorrhagic cystitis and nephritis. Children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have an increased risk of developing infectious complications secondary to their immunocompromised state from the administration of several immuno-modulatory drugs. Currently, there are no data regarding the prevalence of BK viruria or viremia in children with SLE...
April 11, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381242/the-150-most-important-questions-in-cancer-research-and-clinical-oncology-series-questions-15-24-edited-by-chinese-journal-of-cancer
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EDITORIAL
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To accelerate our endeavors to overcome cancer, Chinese Journal of Cancer has launched a program of publishing 150 most important questions in cancer research and clinical oncology. In this article, 10 more questions are presented as follows. Question 15: Can tumor-induced erythrogenesis provide qualified red blood cells for carrying oxygen to distant organs? Question 16: Can we overcome tumor resistance to platinum-containing antineoplastic drugs by activating the sensitivity factors in the tumor? Question 17: How can a cancer cell stay dormant for years? Question 18: Why do cancer cells use distinct transcriptomic and proteomic programs to reach the same metastatic phenotype? Question 19: Why do some cancers regress spontaneously? Question 20: What are the regulatory mechanisms occurring in donor cells that determine selective sorting of biological content into vesicles and their biological consequences in recipient cells? Are the genetic transfer and exchange of biological messages between cells transient? Is the phenotypic manipulation of recipient cells temporary or prolonged and persistent? If extracellular vesicles possess immune-modulatory potential, how could they be exploited for immune interventions and cancer immunotherapy? Presumably the cargo of extracellular vesicles reflects the cells of their origin and can be used for cancer diagnosis, how could the uniform/stringent capture criteria be met universally for applying EVs in point-of-care diagnostics for cancer patients? Question 21: Can we use self-sampling technologies to monitor the tumor genetic alterations for more precise targeted therapy? Can we cure a heterogeneous tumor by sequentially targeting the driver molecules? Question 22: Can we postpone the onset of non-infection-related cancers? Question 23: How many types of cells can jointly form the tumor vasculature to provide blood supply for tumor progression? Question 24: How tumor cells transmit their epigenetic features to daughter cells and maintain the malignant phenotype?...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337940/genome-wide-analysis-of-lps-induced-inflammatory-response-in-the-rat-ventral-hippocampus-modulatory-activity-of-the-antidepressant-agomelatine
#16
Andrea Carlo Rossetti, Maria Serena Paladini, Giorgio Racagni, Marco Andrea Riva, Annamaria Cattaneo, Raffaella Molteni
OBJECTIVES: Several studies reported that antidepressant drugs have immune-regulatory effects by acting on specific inflammatory mediators. However, considering the highly complex nature of the inflammatory response, we have adopted an unbiased genome-wide strategy to investigate the immune-regulatory activity of the antidepressant agomelatine in modulating the response to an acute inflammatory challenge. METHODS: Microarray analysis was used to identify genes modulated in the ventral hippocampus of adult rats chronically treated with agomelatine (40 mg/kg, os) before being challenged with a single injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 250 μg/kg, i...
March 24, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319043/glucocorticoid-receptors-finding-the-middle-ground
#17
Sofie J Desmet, Karolien De Bosscher
Glucocorticoids (GCs; referred to clinically as corticosteroids) are steroid hormones with potent anti-inflammatory and immune modulatory profiles. Depending on the context, these hormones can also mediate pro-inflammatory activities, thereby serving as primers of the immune system. Their target receptor, the GC receptor (GR), is a multi-tasking transcription factor, changing its role and function depending on cellular and organismal needs. To get a clearer idea of how to improve the safety profile of GCs, recent studies have investigated the complex mechanisms underlying GR functions...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260909/update-on-targeted-therapies-for-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nivolumab-in-context
#18
REVIEW
Alexander D Le, Saeed K Alzghari, Gary W Jean, Ninh M La-Beck
While the initial treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) usually relies on surgical resection followed by systemic cytotoxic chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, recent advances in understanding of NSCLC biology and immunology have spurred the development of numerous targeted therapies. In particular, a class of immune modulatory drugs targeting the immune checkpoint pathways has demonstrated remarkable durable remissions in a select minority of advanced NSCLC patients, potentially heralding the elusive "cancer cure"...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244020/air-travel-circadian-rhythms-hormones-and-autoimmunity
#19
REVIEW
J Torres-Ruiz, A Sulli, M Cutolo, Y Shoenfeld
Biological rhythms are fundamental for homeostasis and have recently been involved in the regulatory processes of various organs and systems. Circadian cycle proteins and hormones have a direct effect on the inflammatory response and have shown pro- or anti-inflammatory effects in animal models of autoimmune diseases. The cells of the immune system have their own circadian rhythm, and the light-dark cycle directly influences the inflammatory response. On the other hand, patients with autoimmune diseases characteristically have sleep disorders and fatigue, and in certain disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a frank periodicity in the signs and symptoms is recognized...
August 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192240/effects-of-curcumin-on-hdl-functionality
#20
REVIEW
Shiva Ganjali, Christopher N Blesso, Maciej Banach, Matteo Pirro, Muhammed Majeed, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Curcumin, a bioactive polyphenol, is a yellow pigment of the Curcuma longa (turmeric) plant. Curcumin has many pharmacologic effects including antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-obesity, anti-angiogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Recently, it has been found that curcumin affects lipid metabolism, and subsequently, may alleviate hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis. Plasma HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) is an independent negative risk predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, numerous clinical and genetic studies have yielded disappointing results about the therapeutic benefit of raising plasma HDL-C levels...
May 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
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