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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922813/meta-analyses-and-the-evidence-base-for-microbial-outcomes-in-the-treatment-of-pulmonary-mycobacterium-avium-intracellulare-complex-disease
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Jotam G Pasipanodya, Deborah Ogbonna, Devyani Deshpande, Shashikant Srivastava, Tawanda Gumbo
Objectives: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of the level of funding support and the sputum culture conversion rates in pulmonary Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare complex (P-MAC) disease in adult patients without cystic fibrosis or HIV infection, treated with recommended antibiotic regimens. Methods: We performed a literature search to identify clinical trials, prospective studies and registries that reported outcomes in P-MAC patients. Studies that reported P-MAC diagnosis and treatments based on established guidelines met the inclusion criteria and were examined for bias and quality...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922731/shikonin-suppresses-pulmonary-fibroblasts-proliferation-and-activation-by-regulating-akt-and-p38-mapk-signaling-pathways
#2
Yunjuan Nie, Yaoyao Yang, Jian Zhang, Guowei Cai, Yanhua Chang, Gaoshang Chai, Chongyong Guo
Fibroblast is believed to be the primary effector in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a progressive lung disorder characterized by aberrant tissue remodeling and the formation of fibroblastic foci. Due to the complicated etiology and mechanism, there are few effective drugs for this fatal disease. Shikonin (SHI), which is the major ingredient isolated from the plant Lithospermum Erythrorhizon, has long been used as traditional medicine for many diseases including inflammation and cancer. The roles of SHI in attenuating skin scar and renal fibrosis by reducing TGFβ1-stimulated fibroblast activation are also reported...
September 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922680/pivotal-role-of-tnf-%C3%AE-in-the-development-and-progression-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-a-murine-model
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Satomi Kakino, Tsuyoshi Ohki, Hitomi Nakayama, Xiahong Yuan, Shuichi Otabe, Toshihiko Hashinaga, Nobuhiko Wada, Yayoi Kurita, Kayo Tanaka, Kento Hara, Eri Soejima, Yuji Tajiri, Kentaro Yamada
Previously, we have shown that the adipocyte-specific nuclear form of sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1c (nSREBP-1c) transgenic mice spontaneously developed hepatic lesions that are similar to those of human nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) with a concomitant elevation of plasma TNF-α. In this study, we analyzed the role of TNF-α in the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We established a Tnf knockout nSREBP-1c transgenic mouse line. Glucose tolerance and liver histology were examined at the age of 20 weeks...
September 18, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922443/primary-hepatic-lymphoma-complicated-by-a-hepatic-inflammatory-pseudotumor-and-tumor-forming-pancreatitis
#4
Rena Kaneko, Hiroyuki Mitomi, Natsuko Nakazaki, Yuichiro Yano, Masazumi Ogawa, Yuzuru Sato
BACKGROUND: Hepatic inflammatory pseudotumor (IPT) is considered to be benign in biological behavior, and its malignant transformation is extremely rare. There has only been one published case of primary hepatic lymphoma complicated by hepatic IPT. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old man presented with obstructive jaundice and a pancreatic head mass. Histology of the mass revealed chronic pancreatitis with lymphoid follicle formation, leading to a diagnosis of a suspicion of follicular pancreatitis...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922375/elevated-igg4-serum-levels-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
#5
Axelle Clerc, Quitterie Reynaud, Stéphane Durupt, Colette Chapuis-Cellier, Raphaële Nové-Josserand, Isabelle Durieu, Jean Christophe Lega
OBJECTIVE: Serum immunoglobulin (Ig) G4 elevation has been associated with several pathological conditions other than IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD). In cystic fibrosis (CF), an elevation of specific IgG4 has been associated with colonization and infection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. IgG4 elevation may be a marker of chronic infection or inflammatory stimulation. The aim of this study was to explore the prevalence of elevated IgG4 levels in CF and its correlation with the major clinical and microbiological features found in CF patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921709/kidney-allograft-failure-in-the-steroid-free-immunosuppression-era-a-matched-case-control-study
#6
Mohamad M Alkadi, Jim Kim, Meredith J Aull, Joseph E Schwartz, John R Lee, Anthony Watkins, Jun B Lee, Darshana M Dadhania, Surya V Seshan, David Serur, Sandip Kapur, Manikkam Suthanthiran, Choli Hartono, Thangamani Muthukumar
We studied the causes and predictors of death-censored kidney allograft failure among 1670 kidney recipients transplanted at our center in the corticosteroid-free maintenance immunosuppression era. As of January 1, 2012, we identified 137 recipients with allograft failure; 130 of them (cases) were matched 1-1 for recipient age, calendar year of transplant and donor type with 130 recipients with functioning grafts (controls). Median time to allograft failure was 29 months (interquartile range 18-51). Physician validated and biopsy confirmed categories of allograft failure were: acute rejection (21%), glomerular disease (19%), transplant glomerulopathy (13%), interstitial fibrosis tubular atrophy (10%), and polyomavirus-associated nephropathy (7%)...
September 18, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921394/combination-therapy-with-pirfenidone-plus-prednisolone-ameliorates-paraquat-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis
#7
Rokhsana Rasooli, Fatemeh Pourgholamhosein, Younes Kamali, Fatemeh Nabipour, Ali Mandegary
Pirfenidone is known to slow the decline in vital capacity and increase survival in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Besides, administration of glucocorticoids, e.g., prednisolone has been the conventional strategy to the treatment of patients with this disease, although their efficacy is under debate. Since multiple coactivated pathways are involved in the pathogenesis of IPF, combination therapy is a foundation strategy to cover many more synergetic mechanisms and increase response. The aim of the present study was to compare the therapeutic efficacy of prednisolone plus pirfenidone with pirfenidone alone in PQ-induced lung fibrosis...
September 18, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920862/enhanced-endothelium-epithelial-sodium-channel-signaling-prompts-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-obese-female-mice
#8
Guanghong Jia, Javad Habibi, Annayya R Aroor, Michael A Hill, Vincent G DeMarco, Li E Lee, Lixin Ma, Brady J Barron, Adam Whaley-Connell, James R Sowers
OBJECTIVE: Enhanced activation of cell specific mineralocorticoid receptors (MRs) in obesity plays a key role in the development of cardiovascular disease including cardiac diastolic dysfunction as a critical prognosticator. Our previous investigations demonstrated that selective endothelium MR activation promotes a maladaptive inflammatory response and fibrosis in cardiovascular tissue in female mice fed a western diet (WD), and this was associated with expression and activation of the epithelial sodium channel on the surface of endothelial cells (EnNaC)...
September 8, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920815/preliminary-characterization-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-a-captive-population-of-banded-mongooses-mungos-mungo
#9
Javier López, Joanna Dukes-McEwan, Gabby Drake, Julian Chantrey
Between 2006 and 2015, a high incidence of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) was diagnosed in a captive population of banded mongooses (Mungos mungo) at Chester Zoo, United Kingdom. The aim of this study was to characterize DCM in these mongooses in order to raise awareness of this condition and help inform management and clinical decisions. Prospective clinical assessments, including echocardiography, radiography, and cardiac biomarkers, were carried out in four mongooses remaining in the collection. Radiographs from 15 mature mongooses were reviewed and cardiac size and metrics assessed...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920704/endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-a-potential-mechanism-for-atherosclerosis-plaque-progression-and-destabilization
#10
Afang Li, Wenxi Peng, Xiaodan Xia, Rongqing Li, Yu Wang, Dangheng Wei
Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) is a cellular reprogramming mechanism by which endothelial cells acquire a mesenchymal phenotype. EndMT is associated with fibroproliferative diseases, such as cancer progression and metastasis and cardiac and kidney fibrosis, and this condition has been extensively investigated over the past decade. Recently, studies showed that EndMT contributes to the initiation and progression of atherosclerotic lesion and plaque destabilization. Unstable atherosclerotic plaque rupture and subsequent thrombosis are the main pathological causes of acute cardiovascular events...
September 18, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919979/reversal-of-fibrosis-in-patients-with-nonalcoholic-steatohepatosis-after-gastric-bypass-surgery
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Brian M Parker, Jiang Wu, Jing You, David S Barnes, Lisa Yerian, John P Kirwan, Philip R Schauer, Daniel I Sessler
BACKGROUND: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) improves the pathophysiology that contributes to obesity-related nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Whether obesity-related fibrosis improves is unclear. We hypothesized that RYGB reverses NASH and fibrosis, and indocyanine green (ICG) clearance provides a sensitive measure for detecting asymptomatic fatty liver disease. METHODS: One hundred six obese adults scheduled for RYGB had preoperative liver function assessed using standard tests and ICG clearance and core liver biopsies obtained during RYGB...
2017: BMC Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919632/cd36-in-chronic-kidney-disease-novel-insights-and-therapeutic-opportunities
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REVIEW
Xiaochun Yang, Daryl M Okamura, Xifeng Lu, Yaxi Chen, John Moorhead, Zac Varghese, Xiong Z Ruan
CD36 (also known as scavenger receptor B2) is a multifunctional receptor that mediates the binding and cellular uptake of long-chain fatty acids, oxidized lipids and phospholipids, advanced oxidation protein products, thrombospondin and advanced glycation end products, and has roles in lipid accumulation, inflammatory signalling, energy reprogramming, apoptosis and kidney fibrosis. Renal CD36 is mainly expressed in tubular epithelial cells, podocytes and mesangial cells, and is markedly upregulated in the setting of chronic kidney disease (CKD)...
September 18, 2017: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919455/is-there-a-role-for-il-17-in-the-pathogenesis-of-systemic-sclerosis
#13
REVIEW
Carlo Chizzolini, Aleksandra Maria Dufour, Nicolò Costantino Brembilla
In systemic sclerosis (SSc) immuno-inflammatory events are central to disease development. Amongst other mediators of inflammation, interleukin 17 (IL-17) and Th17 cells have been reported to be increased in the peripheral blood and target organs including involved skin in SSc. They participate and amplify inflammatory responses by inducing the production of cytokines such as IL-6, chemokines such as CCL2 and CXCL8 (IL-8), matrix metalloproteinases-1, -2, -9 and the expression of adhesion molecules in stromal cells including fibroblasts and endothelial cells...
September 14, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919164/integrated-analysis-of-microrna-and-gene-expression-profiles-reveals-a-functional-regulatory-module-associated-with-liver-fibrosis
#14
Wei Chen, Wenshan Zhao, Aiting Yang, Anjian Xu, Huan Wang, Min Cong, Tianhui Liu, Ping Wang, Hong You
BACKGROUND: Liver fibrosis, characterized with the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, represents the final common pathway of chronic liver inflammation. Ever-increasing evidence indicates microRNAs (miRNAs) dysregulation have important implications in the different stages of liver fibrosis. However, our knowledge of miRNA-gene regulation details pertaining to such disease remains unclear. METHODS: The publicly available Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) datasets of patients suffered from cirrhosis were extracted for integrated analysis...
September 14, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919081/body-weight-and-body-mass-index-in-patients-with-end-stage-cystic-fibrosis-stabilize-after-the-start-of-enteral-tube-feeding
#15
Francis M Hollander, Nicole M de Roos, Gerdien Belle van Meerkerk, Ferdinand Teding van Berkhout, Harry G M Heijerman, Ed A van de Graaf
BACKGROUND: Enteral tube feeding (ETF) is widely used in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and end-stage lung disease, but previous studies have been limited to investigating whether ETF improves outcomes in patients with moderately or mildly impaired pulmonary function. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated body weight, body mass index (BMI; calculated as kg/m(2)), pulmonary function, and the presence of CF-related diabetes before and after the start of ETF. DESIGN: This was a retrospective observational study...
September 11, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919019/epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-epigenetic-reprogramming-driving-cellular-plasticity
#16
REVIEW
Nicolas Skrypek, Steven Goossens, Eva De Smedt, Niels Vandamme, Geert Berx
Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process in which epithelial cells lose their junctions and polarity to gain a motile mesenchymal phenotype. EMT is essential during embryogenesis and adult physiological processes like wound healing, but is aberrantly activated in pathological conditions like fibrosis and cancer. A series of transcription factors (EMT-inducing transcription factor; EMT-TF) regulate the induction of EMT by repressing the transcription of epithelial genes while activating mesenchymal genes through mechanisms still debated...
September 14, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918882/genome-wide-associations-related-to-hepatic-histology-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-hispanic-boys
#17
Julia Wattacheril, Joel E Lavine, Naga P Chalasani, Xiuqing Guo, Soonil Kwon, Jeffrey Schwimmer, Jean P Molleston, Rohit Loomba, Elizabeth M Brunt, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Mark O Goodarzi, Kent D Taylor, Katherine P Yates, James Tonascia, Jerome I Rotter
OBJECTIVE: To identify genetic loci associated with features of histologic severity of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in a cohort of Hispanic boys. STUDY DESIGN: There were 234 eligible Hispanic boys age 2-17 years with clinical, laboratory, and histologic data enrolled in the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network included in the analysis of 624 297 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). After the elimination of 4 outliers and 22 boys with cryptic relatedness, association analyses were performed on 208 DNA samples with corresponding liver histology...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918442/the-role-of-periostin-in-lung-fibrosis-and-airway-remodeling
#18
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/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/28918026/anti-fibrotic-effects-of-synthetic-oligodeoxynucleotide-for-tgf-%C3%AE-1-and-smad-in-an-animal-model-of-liver-cirrhosis
#20
Jung-Yeon Kim, Hyun-Jin An, Woon-Hae Kim, Mi-Gyeong Gwon, Hyemin Gu, Yoon-Yub Park, Kwan-Kyu Park
Liver fibrosis is characterized by changes in tissue architecture and extracellular matrix composition. Liver fibrosis affects not only hepatocytes but also the non-parenchymal cells such as hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), which are essential for maintaining an intact liver structure and function. Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) is a multifunctional cytokine that induces liver fibrosis through activation of Smad signaling pathways. To improve a new therapeutic approach, synthetic TGF-β1/Smad oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) was used to suppress both TGF-β1 expression and Smad transcription factor using a combination of antisense ODN and decoy ODN...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
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