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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930586/drug-repurposing-approaches-to-fight-dengue-virus-infection-and-related-diseases
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Lorenzo Botta, Mirko Rivara, Valentina Zuliani, Marco Radi
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by four antigenically distinct serotypes of Dengue Virus (DENV), namely DENV1-4 and is currently considered the most important arthropod-born viral disease in the world. An effective antiviral therapy to treat Dengue Virus infection is still missing and a number of replicative cycle inhibitors are currently under study. Considering the rapid spreading of DENV and the common timeframe required for bringing a new drug on the market, the repurposing of approved drugs used for different diseases to identify novel inhibitors of this pathogen represents an attractive approach for a rapid therapeutic intervention...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930236/antibacterial-and-antifungal-activity-of-essential-oils-against-pathogens-responsible-for-otitis-externa-in-dogs-and-cats
#2
Valentina V Ebani, Simona Nardoni, Fabrizio Bertelloni, Basma Najar, Luisa Pistelli, Francesca Mancianti
Background: Essential oils (EOs) are recommended by some veterinarians to treat otitis externa in pets, but data about their efficacy in scientific literature are very scant. Methods: Nine commercial EOs, from roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis L.), star anise (Illicium verum), lavender (Lavandula hybrida), litsea (Litsea cubeba (Lour.) Pers.), basil (Ocimum basilicum L.), oregano (Origanum vulgare L. subsp. hirticum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.), clary sage (Salvia sclarea L.), and thyme (Thymus vulgaris L...
April 21, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928872/prognostic-impact-of-abo-blood-group-on-type-i-endometrial-cancer-patients-results-from-our-own-and-other-studies
#3
Vincenzo Dario Mandato, Federica Torricelli, Valentina Mastrofilippo, Gino Ciarlini, Debora Pirillo, Enrico Farnetti, Loretta Fornaciari, Bruno Casali, Maria Carolina Gelli, Martino Abrate, Lorenzo Aguzzoli, Giovanni Battista La Sala, Davide Nicoli
Objectives: The ABO blood group antigens were found on most epithelial cells and in secretions. In the normal endometrium there is a variable expression of histo-blood group and related antigens suggesting a hormonal regulation. A relationship between ABO blood groups and endometrial cancer has been investigated with contradictory results. In this study we investigated the influence of blood types on clinical and pathological characteristics of endometrial cancer patients. Method: Retrospective cohort study...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928446/tumour-derived-pgd2-and-nkp30-b7h6-engagement-drives-an-immunosuppressive-ilc2-mdsc-axis
#4
Sara Trabanelli, Mathieu F Chevalier, Amaia Martinez-Usatorre, Alejandra Gomez-Cadena, Bérengère Salomé, Mariangela Lecciso, Valentina Salvestrini, Grégory Verdeil, Julien Racle, Cristina Papayannidis, Hideaki Morita, Irene Pizzitola, Camille Grandclément, Perrine Bohner, Elena Bruni, Mukul Girotra, Rani Pallavi, Paolo Falvo, Elisabeth Oppliger Leibundgut, Gabriela M Baerlocher, Carmelo Carlo-Stella, Daniela Taurino, Armando Santoro, Orietta Spinelli, Alessandro Rambaldi, Emanuela Giarin, Giuseppe Basso, Cristina Tresoldi, Fabio Ciceri, David Gfeller, Cezmi A Akdis, Luca Mazzarella, Saverio Minucci, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Emanuela Marcenaro, Andrew N J McKenzie, Dominique Vanhecke, George Coukos, Domenico Mavilio, Antonio Curti, Laurent Derré, Camilla Jandus
Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) are involved in human diseases, such as allergy, atopic dermatitis and nasal polyposis, but their function in human cancer remains unclear. Here we show that, in acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL), ILC2s are increased and hyper-activated through the interaction of CRTH2 and NKp30 with elevated tumour-derived PGD2 and B7H6, respectively. ILC2s, in turn, activate monocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells (M-MDSCs) via IL-13 secretion. Upon treating APL with all-trans retinoic acid and achieving complete remission, the levels of PGD2, NKp30, ILC2s, IL-13 and M-MDSCs are restored...
September 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927931/polyurethane-foam-scaffold-as-in-vitro-model-for-breast-cancer-bone-metastasis
#5
Valentina Angeloni, Nicola Contessi, Cinzia De Marco, Serena Bertoldi, Maria Cristina Tanzi, Maria Grazia Daidone, Silvia Farè
Breast cancer (BC) represents the most incident cancer case in women (29%), with high mortality rate. Bone metastasis occurs in 20-50% cases and, despite advances in BC research, the interactions between tumor cells and the metastatic microenvironment are still poorly understood. In vitro 3D models gained great interest in cancer research, thanks to the reproducibility, the 3D spatial cues and associated low costs, compared to in vivo and 2D in vitro models. In this study, we investigated the suitability of a poly-ether-urethane (PU) foam as 3D in vitro model to study the interactions between BC tumor-initiating cells and the bone microenvironment...
September 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927778/introducing-nerve-sparing-approach-during-minimally-invasive-radical-hysterectomy-for-locally-advanced-cervical-cancer-a-multi-institutional-experience
#6
Francesco Raspagliesi, Giorgio Bogani, Arsenio Spinillo, Antonino Ditto, Stefano Bogliolo, Jvan Casarin, Umberto Leone Roberti Maggiore, Fabio Martinelli, Mauro Signorelli, Barbara Gardella, Valentina Chiappa, Cono Scaffa, Simone Ferrero, Antonella Cromi, Domenica Lorusso, Fabio Ghezzi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of nerve-sparing (NS) approach on outcomes of patients undergoing minimally invasive radical hysterectomy (MRH) for locally advanced stage cervical cancer (LACC). METHODS: Data of consecutive patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery for LACC were retrospectively retrieved in a multi-institutional setting from 2009 to 2016. All patients included had minimally invasive class III radical hysterectomy (MRH or NS-MRH). Propensity matching algorithm was used to decrease possible allocation bias when comparing outcomes between groups...
September 7, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927714/differentiating-pnes-from-epileptic-seizures-using-conversational-analysis
#7
Costanza Papagno, Lorenzo Montali, Katherine Turner, Alessandra Frigerio, Martina Sirtori, Elena Zambrelli, Valentina Chiesa, Maria Paola Canevini
We applied conversation analysis in an unselected continuous series of 70 patients to discriminate patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) from patients with epilepsy. Two psychologists examined the patients' recorded reports. Patients were also submitted to an extensive neuropsychological battery in order to verify whether specific cognitive deficits or mental health problems are typical of patients with PNES and whether some cognitive deficits could prevent the correct diagnosis. The results showed a good percentage of correct diagnosis, with a sensitivity of 0...
September 15, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927433/modelling-the-current-distribution-and-predicted-spread-of-the-flea-species-ctenocephalides-felis-infesting-outdoor-dogs-in-spain
#8
Rosa Gálvez, Vicenzo Musella, Miguel A Descalzo, Ana Montoya, Rocío Checa, Valentina Marino, Oihane Martín, Giuseppe Cringoli, Laura Rinaldi, Guadalupe Miró
BACKGROUND: The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, is the most prevalent flea species detected on dogs and cats in Europe and other world regions. The status of flea infestation today is an evident public health concern because of their cosmopolitan distribution and the flea-borne diseases transmission. This study determines the spatial distribution of the cat flea C. felis infesting dogs in Spain. Using geospatial tools, models were constructed based on entomological data collected from dogs during the period 2013-2015...
September 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927249/gut-microbiota-obesity-and-metabolic-disorders
#9
Alessandro Federico, Marcello Dallio, Rosa DI Sarno, Valentina Giorgio, Luca Miele
Obesity, diabetes and metabolic disorders represent hugely significant problems concerning the health in Western countries and the study of gut microbiota in metabolic pathologies is part of this framework. Diet effects on intestinal microbial composition and its role in pathogenetic mechanisms responsible for both obesity and systemic, hepatic and adipose tissue inflammation, represent at the moment one of this mostpromising topic in gastroenterology research. Gut health safety is essential, but it needs to be further explored in order to understand and interrupt the pathogenetic mechanisms, which support a large number of diseases...
December 2017: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926994/the-metabolic-response-to-stress-and-infection-in-critically-ill-children-the-opportunity-of-an-individualized-approach
#10
REVIEW
Valentina De Cosmi, Gregorio Paolo Milani, Alessandra Mazzocchi, Veronica D'Oria, Marco Silano, Edoardo Calderini, Carlo Agostoni
The metabolic response to stress and infection is closely related to the corresponding requirements of energy and nutrients. On a general level, the response is driven by a complex endocrine network and related to the nature and severity of the insult. On an individual level, the effects of nutritional interventions are highly variable and a possible source of complications. This narrative review aims to discuss the metabolic changes in critically-ill children and the potential of developing personalized nutritional interventions...
September 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926972/juvenile-moyamoya-and-craniosynostosis-in-a-child-with-deletion-1p32p31-expanding-the-clinical-spectrum-of-1p32p31-deletion-syndrome-and-a-review-of-the-literature
#11
Paolo Prontera, Daniela Rogaia, Amedea Mencarelli, Valentina Ottaviani, Ester Sallicandro, Giorgio Guercini, Susanna Esposito, Anna Bersano, Giuseppe Merla, Gabriela Stangoni
Moyamoya angiopathy (MA) is a rare cerebrovascular disorder characterised by the progressive occlusion of the internal carotid artery. Its aetiology is uncertain, but a genetic background seems likely, given the high MA familial rate. To investigate the aetiology of craniosynostosis and juvenile moyamoya in a 14-year-old male patient, we performed an array-comparative genomic hybridisation revealing a de novo interstitial deletion of 8.5 Mb in chromosome region 1p32p31. The deletion involved 34 protein coding genes, including NF1A, whose haploinsufficiency is indicated as being mainly responsible for the 1p32-p31 chromosome deletion syndrome phenotype (OMIM 613735)...
September 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926559/novelties-in-evaluation-and-monitoring-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-infection-is-standard-virological-suppression-enough-for-measuring-antiretroviral-treatment-success
#12
Valentina Svicher, Giulia Marchetti, Adrianna Ammassari, Francesca Ceccherini-Silberstein, Loredana Sarmati
The high potency and tolerability of the currently available antiretroviral drugs has modified HIV-1 infection from a life-threatening disease to a chronic illness. Nevertheless, some issues still remain open to optimize the management of HIV-1 infected patients in term of maintenance of virological suppression over time, identifying patients that could benefit from simplification therapy, and reducing co-mordibities driven by chronic inflammation. The availability of robust and affordable virological and immunological markers can help in solving these issues by providing information on the burden of HIV-1 reservoir in all the anatomical compartments in which the virus replicates as well as on persistent inflammation, immune activation and senescence despite successful virological suppression...
September 19, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926141/working-at-the-membrane-interface-ligand-induced-changes-in-dynamic-conformation-and-oligomeric-structure-in-human-aromatase
#13
Giovanna Di Nardo, Giuseppe Cimicata, Roberta Baravalle, Valentina Dell'Angelo, Alberto Ciaramella, Gianluca Catucci, Piero Ugliengo, Gianfranco Gilardi
Aromatase catalyses the biosynthesis of estrogens from androgens. Due to the physiological importance of this conversion of lipophilic substrates, the interaction with the lipid bilayer for this cytochrome P450 is crucial for its dynamics that must allow an easy access to substrates and inhibitors. Here, aromatase-anastrozole interaction is studied combining computational methods to identify possible access/egress routes with the protein inserted in the membrane and experimental tools aimed at the investigation of the effect of the inhibitor on the protein conformation...
September 19, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926110/pacap-and-pac1r-are-differentially-expressed-in-motor-cortex-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients-and-support-survival-of-ipsc-derived-motor-neurons
#14
Gabriele Bonaventura, Rosario Iemmolo, Agata Grazia D'Amico, Valentina La Cognata, Erminio Costanzo, Mario Zappia, Velia D'Agata, Francesca Luisa Conforti, Eleonora Aronica, Sebastiano Cavallaro
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal and disabling neurodegenerative disease characterized by upper and lower motor neurons depletion. In our previous work, comprehensive genomic profiling of 41 motor cortex samples enabled to discriminate controls from sporadic ALS patients, and segregated these latter into two distinct subgroups (SALS1 and SALS2), each associated with different deregulated genes. In the present study, we focused our attention on two of them, Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase-Activating Polypeptide (PACAP) and its type 1 receptor (PAC1R), and validated the results of the transcriptome experiments by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), immunohistochemistry and western blot analysis...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924863/evaluation-of-deep-myometrial-invasion-in-endometrial-cancer-patients-is-dual-energy-ct-an-option
#15
Stefania Rizzo, Marco Femia, Davide Radice, Maria Del Grande, Dorella Franchi, Daniela Origgi, Valentina Buscarino, Alberto Mauro, Massimo Bellomi
OBJECTIVES: Assessment of deep (>50%) myometrial invasion by dual-energy CT (DECT) and Trans-Vaginal US (TVUS) in patients with endometrial cancer. METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled patients with endometrial cancer who underwent DECT and TVUS for pre-surgical staging. Three sets of images were evaluated: 70 keV (routine CT images), 50 keV, and iodine-water reconstructions. The gold standard was pathology after surgery. The agreement between the different imaging modalities and the gold standard was estimated...
September 18, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924012/inhibition-of-il-1%C3%AE-signaling-normalizes-nmda-dependent-neurotransmission-and-reduces-seizure-susceptibility-in-a-mouse-model-of-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#16
Ilaria Bertani, Valentina Iori, Massimo Trusel, Mattia Maroso, Claudia Foray, Susanna Mantovani, Raffaella Tonini, Annamaria Vezzani, Roberto Chiesa
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by prion protein (PrP) misfolding, clinically recognized by cognitive and motor deficits, electroencephalographic (EEG) abnormalities and seizures. Its neurophysiological bases are not known. To assess the potential involvement of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) dysfunction, we analyzed NMDA-dependent synaptic plasticity in hippocampal slices from Tg(CJD) mice, which model a genetic form of CJD. Because PrP depletion may result in functional upregulation of NMDARs, we also analyzed PrP knockout (KO) mice...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923573/neoadjuvant-buparlisib-plus-trastuzumab-and-paclitaxel-for-women-with-her2-primary-breast-cancer-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-ii-trial-neophoebe
#17
Sibylle Loibl, Lorena de la Pena, Valentina Nekljudova, Dimitrios Zardavas, Stefan Michiels, Carsten Denkert, Mahdi Rezai, Begoña Bermejo, Michael Untch, Soo Chin Lee, Sabine Turri, Patrick Urban, Sherko Kümmel, Guenther Steger, Andrea Gombos, Michael Lux, Martine J Piccart, Gunter Von Minckwitz, José Baselga, Sherene Loi
AIM: The Neoadjuvant PI3K inhibition in HER2 OverExpressing Breast cancEr (NeoPHOEBE) trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of buparlisib, a pan-phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor, plus trastuzumab and paclitaxel as neoadjuvant treatment for human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 positive (HER2+) breast cancer. METHODS: NeoPHOEBE was a neoadjuvant, phase II, randomised, double-blind study. Women with HER2+ breast cancer were randomised within two independent cohorts by PIK3CA mutation status and, in each cohort stratified by oestrogen receptor (ER) status to receive buparlisib or placebo plus trastuzumab (first 6 weeks) followed by buparlisib or placebo with trastuzumab and paclitaxel...
September 15, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923393/human-movement-analysis-the-soft-tissue-artefact-issue
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EDITORIAL
Valentina Camomilla, Raphaël Dumas, Aurelio Cappozzo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 8, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923104/phase-1-study-of-intravenous-administration-of-the-chimeric-adenovirus-enadenotucirev-in-patients-undergoing-primary-tumor-resection
#19
Rocio Garcia-Carbonero, Ramon Salazar, Ignacio Duran, Ignacio Osman-Garcia, Luis Paz-Ares, Juan M Bozada, Valentina Boni, Christine Blanc, Len Seymour, John Beadle, Simon Alvis, Brian Champion, Emiliano Calvo, Kerry Fisher
BACKGROUND: Enadenotucirev (formerly ColoAd1) is a tumor-selective chimeric adenovirus with demonstrated preclinical activity. This phase 1 Mechanism of Action study assessed intravenous (IV) delivery of enadenotucirev in patients with resectable colorectal cancer (CRC), non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), urothelial cell cancer (UCC), and renal cell cancer (RCC) with a comparator intratumoral (IT) dosed CRC patient cohort. METHODS: Seventeen patients scheduled for primary tumor resection were enrolled...
September 19, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922261/the-effect-of-gluten-free-diet-on-clinical-symptoms-and-the-intestinal-mucosa-of-patients-with-potential-celiac-disease
#20
Roberta Mandile, Valentina Discepolo, Serena Scapaticci, Maria Rosaria Del Vecchio, Maria Antonia Maglio, Luigi Greco, Riccardo Troncone, Renata Auricchio
In this prospective study, we evaluated the effect of gluten free diet (GFD) in a cohort of 65 children with potential celiac disease (PCD). Patients received GFD for signs/symptoms (N = 47) or parents' choice (N = 18). Most frequent signs/symptoms were low Body Mass Index (BMI) (36%), recurrent abdominal pain (34%) and diarrhea (19%). Of the 35/47 patients followed-up on GFD, only 54% (19/35) showed a complete clinical response. In 9/65 patients an intestinal biopsy was also performed after at least one year of GFD...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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