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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102970/microbiomes-in-respiratory-health-and-disease-an-asia-pacific-perspective
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REVIEW
Sanjay H Chotirmall, Shaan L Gellatly, Kurtis F Budden, Micheál Mac Aogain, Shakti D Shukla, David L A Wood, Philip Hugenholtz, Kevin Pethe, Philip M Hansbro
There is currently enormous interest in studying the role of the microbiome in health and disease. Microbiome's role is increasingly being applied to respiratory diseases, in particular COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis. The changes in respiratory microbiomes that occur in these diseases and how they are modified by environmental challenges such as cigarette smoke, air pollution and infection are being elucidated. There is also emerging evidence that gut microbiomes play a role in lung diseases through the modulation of systemic immune responses and can be modified by diet and antibiotic treatment...
February 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102875/prevalence-of-abnormal-electrocardiograms-in-swiss-elite-athletes-detected-with-modern-screening-criteria
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Tilman Perrin, Lukas Daniel Trachsel, Simon Schneiter, Andrea Menafoglio, Silvia Albrecht, Tony Pirrello, Prisca Eser, Laurent Roten, Boris Gojanovic, Matthias Wilhelm
AIMS OF THE STUDY: Sudden cardiac arrest in athletes is a rare but dramatic event. The value of a routine electrocardiogram (ECG) during preparticipation screening (PPS) remains controversial, partly because of the relatively high number of false positive findings. Our study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of abnormal ECGs in consecutive Swiss elite athletes, overall and with regard to different sports classes, using modern screening criteria. METHODS: We analysed the 12-lead resting ECGs of high-level elite athletes (age ≥14 years) recorded at the Swiss Olympic Medical Centre Magglingen between 2013 and 2016 during routine PPS...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101763/mir-126-affects-brain-heart-interaction-after-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
#4
Jieli Chen, Chengcheng Cui, Xiaoping Yang, Jiang Xu, Poornima Venkat, Alex Zacharek, Peng Yu, Michael Chopp
Cardiovascular diseases are approximately three times higher in patients with neurological deficits than in patients without neurological deficits. MicroRNA-126 (MiR-126) facilitates vascular remodeling and decreases fibrosis and is emerging as an important factor in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases and cerebral stroke. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that decreased miR-126 after ischemic stroke may play an important role in regulating cardiac function. Wild-type (WT), specific conditional-knockout endothelial cell miR-126 (miR-126(EC-/-)), and miR-126 knockout control (miR-126(fl/fl)) mice were subjected to distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (dMCAo) (n = 10/group)...
January 19, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101343/effect-of-1-25-oh-2d3-on-transdifferentiation-of-rat-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-induced-by-high-glucose
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Hongtao Hu, Shen Xu, Shuang Hu, Yue Gao, Hua Shui
Deficiency in vitamin D and its active metabolite is a characteristic of chronic kidney diseases (CKDs). Previous studies have reported that 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3], the active form of vitamin D, can attenuate renal interstitial fibrosis. The present study aimed to explore the effect of 1,25(OH)2D3 on the transdifferentiation of NRK-52E rat renal tubular epithelial cells (RTECs) induced by high glucose, as well as the expression of vitamin D receptor (VDR) and production of angiotensin (Ang) II...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101309/patients-with-haemoglobinopathies-and-chronic-hepatitis-c-a-real-difficult-to-treat-population-in-2016
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Kalliopi Zachou, Pinelopi Arvaniti, Nikolaos K Gatselis, Kalliopi Azariadis, Georgia Papadamou, Eirini Rigopoulou, George N Dalekos
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: In the past, patients with haemoglobinopathies were at high risk of acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV) due to multiple transfusions before HCV screening. In these patients, the coexistence of haemochromatosis and chronic hepatitis C (CHC) often leads to more severe liver disease. We assessed the HCV prevalence, clinical characteristics and outcome in this setting with particular attention to the response to treatment including therapies with the new direct acting antivirals (DAAs)...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100973/endovascular-treatment-of-superior-vena-cava-syndrome-via-balloon-in-balloon-catheter-technique-with-a-palmaz-stent
#7
Wassim Shatila, Abdelkader Almanfi, Mehran Massumi, Kathryn G Dougherty, Dhaval R Parekh, Neil E Strickman
Superior vena cava syndrome is a well-known disease entity that carries substantial rates of morbidity and mortality. Although most cases of superior vena cava syndrome are secondary to a malignant process, additional causes (such as mediastinal fibrosis, pacemaker lead implantation, or central venous catheter placement) have been reported. Multiple treatment options include percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, stent implantation, thrombolysis, mechanical thrombectomy, and venous grafting. We present a case of superior vena cava syndrome in a symptomatic 30-year-old woman who obtained complete relief of obstruction and marked symptomatic improvement through venoplasty and stenting, aided by our use of a balloon-in-balloon catheter system...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100929/quantitative-computed-tomography-analysis-of-the-airways-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-using-automated-software-correlation-with-spirometry-in-the-evaluation-of-severity
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Marcel Koenigkam Santos, Danilo Lemos Cruvinel, Marcelo Bezerra de Menezes, Sara Reis Teixeira, Elcio de Oliveira Vianna, Jorge Elias Júnior, José Antonio Baddini Martinez
OBJECTIVE: To perform a quantitative analysis of the airways using automated software, in computed tomography images of patients with cystic fibrosis, correlating the results with spirometric findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four patients with cystic fibrosis were studied-20 males and 14 females; mean age 18 ± 9 years-divided into two groups according to the spirometry findings: group I (n = 21), without severe airflow obstruction (forced expiratory volume in first second [FEV1] > 50% predicted), and group II (n = 13), with severe obstruction (FEV1 ≤ 50% predicted)...
November 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100410/comp-serum-levels-a-new-non-invasive-biomarker-of-liver-fibrosis-in-patients-with-chronic-viral-hepatitis
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Kalliopi Zachou, Stella Gabeta, Zakera Shums, Nikolaos K Gatselis, George K Koukoulis, Gary L Norman, George N Dalekos
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recently we have shown that cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), a fibrillar collagen assembly regulator, is strongly associated with cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma progression. Therefore, we assessed whether serum COMP levels can be used as a non-invasive fibrosis marker in patients with chronic viral hepatitis (CVH) and compared this marker with standard methods for disease stage assessment [histology, transient elastography (TE), APRI, FIB-4]. METHODS: Sera from 116 CVH patients, 66 HBV [24 female; median age 53(22-76)] and 50 HCV [21 female; median age 48...
January 15, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100229/surveillance-of-life-long-antibiotics-a-review-of-antibiotic-prescribing-practices-in-an-australian-healthcare-network
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Jillian S Y Lau, Christopher Kiss, Erika Roberts, Kylie Horne, Tony M Korman, Ian Woolley
BACKGROUND: The rise of antimicrobial use in the twentieth century has significantly reduced morbidity due to infection, however it has also brought with it the rise of increasing resistance. Some patients are on prolonged, if not "life-long" course of antibiotics. The reasons for this are varied, and include non-infectious indications. We aimed to study the characteristics of this potential source of antibiotic resistance, by exploring the antibiotic dispensing practices and describing the population of patients on long-term antibiotic therapy...
January 18, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100008/is-moderate-alcohol-use-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-good-or-bad-a-critical-review
#11
REVIEW
Veeral H Ajmera, Norah A Terrault, Stephen A Harrison
Moderate alcohol consumption in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is common, yet the effects on cardiovascular and liver health are unclear. Moderate alcohol use is associated with improved insulin sensitivity and decreased cardiovascular mortality in the general population but whether similar benefits are seen in persons with NAFLD is largely unstudied. There is significant overlap in the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver disease (ALD) and NAFLD although studies of ALD have focused on pathologic alcohol intake and few mechanistic studies of moderate alcohol use in NAFLD exist...
January 18, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099811/nanomolar-potency-aminophenyl-1-3-5-triazine-activators-of-the-cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-cftr-chloride-channel-for-pro-secretory-therapy-of-dry-eye-diseases
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Sujin Lee, Puay-Wah Phuan, Christian M Felix, Joseph-Anthony Tan, Marc H Levin, Alan S Verkman
Dry eye disorders are a significant health problem for which limited therapeutic options are available. CFTR is a major pro-secretory chloride channel at the ocular surface. We previously identified, by high-throughput screening, aminophenyl-1,3,5-triazine CFTRact-K089 (1) that activated CFTR with EC50 ~250 nM, which when delivered topically increased tear fluid secretion in mice and showed efficacy in an experimental dry eye model. Here, functional analysis of aminophenyl-1,3,5-triazine analogs elucidated structure-activity relationships for CFTR activation and identified substantially more potent analogs than 1...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099456/burden-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-progression-a-5-year-longitudinal-follow-up-study
#13
Vincent Cottin, Aurélie Schmidt, Laura Catella, Fanny Porte, Céline Fernandez-Montoya, Katell Le Lay, Stève Bénard
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a fatal lung disease with an unpredictable course. An observational study was set up using the French hospital discharge database to describe the reasons, outcomes and costs of hospitalisations related to this disease. Patients newly hospitalised for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ICD-10 code: J84.1) in 2008 were identified and followed for 5 years. As J84.1 includes other fibrotic pulmonary diseases, an algorithm excluding age<50 years and presence of a differential diagnosis in the following year was defined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099338/liver-steatosis-in-children-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-and-c-prevalence-predictors-and-impact-on-disease-progression
#14
Maria Pokorska-Śpiewak, Barbara Kowalik-Mikołajewska, Małgorzata Aniszewska, Magdalena Pluta, Bożena Walewska-Zielecka, Magdalena Marczyńska
Only scarce data on liver steatosis in children with chronic hepatitis B and C (CHB and CHC) are available. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence, predictors, and impact of hepatic steatosis on children with CHB and CHC. A total of 78 patients aged 11.5 ± 3.4 years were included: 30 (38%) had CHB, and 48 (62%) had CHC. Steatosis was scored on a 5-point scale, as follows: absent; minimal (≤5% hepatocytes affected), mild (6-33%), moderate (34-66%), and severe (>66%). Stepwise logistic regression was used to determine the factors associated with steatosis and moderate-to-severe steatosis...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099038/an-exome-sequencing-study-to-assess-the-role-of-rare-genetic-variation-in-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Slavé Petrovski, Jamie L Todd, Michael T Durheim, Quanli Wang, Jason W Chien, Fran L Kelly, Courtney Frankel, Caroline M Mebane, Zhong Ren, Joshua Bridgers, Thomas J Urban, Colin D Malone, Ashley Finlen Copeland, Christie Brinkley, Andrew S Allen, Thomas O'Riordan, John G McHutchison, Scott M Palmer, David B Goldstein
RATIONALE: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an increasingly recognized, often fatal lung disease of unknown etiology. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to use whole-exome sequencing to improve our understanding of the genetic architecture of pulmonary fibrosis. METHODS: We performed a case-control exome-wide collapsing analysis including 262 unrelated individuals with pulmonary fibrosis; clinically classified as IPF according to ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT guidelines (81...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098912/microrna-9-limits-hepatic-fibrosis-by-suppressing-the-activation-and-proliferation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-by-directly-targeting-mrp1-abcc1
#16
Jie Sun, Huanying Zhang, Liying Li, Lianfeng Yu, Lifang Fu
Liver fibrosis is a chronic liver disease characterized by the proliferation and activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). Research suggests that microRNAs (miRNAs) are a new type of regulator of liver fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the role of microRNA-9 (miR-9) in the process of liver fibrosis, as well as the underlying mechanism of action. Downregulated levels of miR-9 were found in fibrotic liver tissues and activated HSCs as detected by qRT-PCR; whereas, expression of multidrug resistance‑associated protein 1 (MRP1/ABCC1) was upregulated in the fibrotic liver tissues and activated HSCs...
January 17, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098218/the-role-of-mir-497-5p-in-myofibroblast-differentiation-of-lr-mscs-and-pulmonary-fibrogenesis
#17
Xiang Chen, Chaowen Shi, Cong Wang, Weilin Liu, Yanhong Chu, Zou Xiang, Kebin Hu, Ping Dong, Xiaodong Han
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive and fatal fibrotic lung disease characterized by profound changes in stem cell differentiation, epithelial cell phenotypes and fibroblast proliferation. In our study, we found that miR-497-5p was significantly upregulated both during myofibroblast differentiation of lung resident mesenchymal stem cells (LR-MSCs) and in the lung tissues of a pulmonary fibrosis model. In addition, as determined by luciferase assays and Western blot analysis, reversion-inducing cysteine-rich protein with kazal motifs (Reck) was identified to be one of the target genes of miR-497-5p, and Reck could suppress the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (Mmp2) and Mmp9, which could activate latent transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098144/oligo-fucoidan-prevents-renal-tubulointerstitial-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-cd44-signal-pathway
#18
Cheng-Hsien Chen, Yuh-Mou Sue, Chung-Yi Cheng, Yen-Cheng Chen, Chung-Te Liu, Yung-Ho Hsu, Pai-An Hwang, Nai-Jen Huang, Tso-Hsiao Chen
Tubulointerstitial fibrosis is recognized as a key determinant of progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD). Fucoidan, a sulphated polysaccharide extracted from brown seaweed, exerts beneficial effects in some nephropathy models. The present study evaluated the inhibitory effect of oligo-fucoidan (800 Da) on renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis. We established a mouse CKD model by right nephrectomy with transient ischemic injury to the left kidney. Six weeks after the surgery, we fed the CKD mice oligo-fucoidan at 10, 20, and 100 mg/kg/d for 6 weeks and found that the oligo-fucoidan doses less than 100 mg/kg/d improved renal function and reduced renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis in CKD mice...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097825/signalling-pathways-involved-in-hypoxia-induced-renal-fibrosis
#19
REVIEW
Minna Liu, Xiaoxuan Ning, Rong Li, Zhen Yang, Xiaoxia Yang, Shiren Sun, Qi Qian
Renal fibrosis is the common pathological hallmark of progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) with diverse aetiologies. Recent researches have highlighted the critical role of hypoxia during the development of renal fibrosis as a final common pathway in end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), which joints the scientist's attention recently to exploit the molecular mechanism underlying hypoxia-induced renal fibrogenesis. The scaring formation is a multilayered cellular response and involves the regulation of multiple hypoxia-inducible signalling pathways and complex interactive networks...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097632/acquisition-and-adaptation-of-the-airway-microbiota-in-the-early-life-of-cystic-fibrosis-patients
#20
REVIEW
Sébastien Boutin, Alexander H Dalpke
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease in which bacterial infections of the airways play a major role in the long-term clinical outcome. In recent years, a number of next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based studies aimed at deciphering the structure and composition of the airways' microbiota. It was shown that the nasal cavity of CF patients displays dysbiosis early in life indicating a failure in the first establishment of a healthy microbiota. In contrast, within the conducting and lower airways, the establishment occurs normally first, but is sensitive to future dysbiosis including chronic infections with classical pathogens in later life...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
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