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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932338/meaning-of-living-with-severe-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-a-qualitative-study
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Gabriella Marx, Maximilian Nasse, Henrikje Stanze, Sonja Owusu Boakye, Friedemann Nauck, Nils Schneider
OBJECTIVES: To explore what it means for patients to live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as an incurable and constantly progressing disease. DESIGN: Qualitative longitudinal study using narrative and semistructured interviews. This paper presents findings of the initial interviews. Analysis using grounded theory. SETTING: Lung care clinics and community care in Lower Saxony, Germany. PARTICIPANTS: 17 patients with advanced-stage COPD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) III/IV)...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931609/clinical-and-biological-insights-into-combined-post-and-pre-capillary-pulmonary-hypertension
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Tufik R Assad, Anna R Hemnes, Emma K Larkin, Andrew M Glazer, Meng Xu, Quinn S Wells, Eric H Farber-Eger, Quanhu Sheng, Yu Shyr, Frank E Harrell, John H Newman, Evan L Brittain
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common and morbid complication of left heart disease with 2 subtypes: isolated post-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Ipc-PH) and combined post-capillary and pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Cpc-PH). Little is known about the clinical or physiological characteristics that distinguish these 2 subphenotypes or if Cpc-PH shares molecular similarities to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that the hemodynamic and genetic profile of Cpc-PH would more closely resemble PAH than Ipc-PH...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930981/inhibiting-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway-is-involved-in-antitumor-effects-of-ginsenoside-rg3-in-lung-cancer-cell
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Qipeng Xie, Huaikai Wen, Qiong Zhang, Weihe Zhou, Xiaoming Lin, Deyao Xie, Yu Liu
Lung cancer is recognized as the most prevalent type of cancer with high death rate. Ginsenoside Rg3 isolated from Traditional Chinese Medicine Panax Ginseng has significant anticancer effects on many tumors. In this study, the effects of ginsenoside Rg3 on cells viability, apoptosis and PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in lung cancer cells were investigated in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, the viability of lung cancer cell lines A549,H23 was examined by CCK-8 kits; The proportion of cell apoptosis was measured by flow cytometry...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930920/indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-regulates-t-cell-activity-through-vav1-rac-pathway
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Runmei Li, Hui Li, Qian Sun, Liang Liu, Chen Zhang, Xiubao Ren
The immunoregulatory enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) suppresses T-cell responses and promotes immune tolerance in tumor resistance. A previous study determined that IDO inhibits Vav1 mRNA expression and the activation of Vav1 and its downstream targets in T cells in the guanine exchange factor (GEF)-independent pathway. The current study aims to determine whether IDO induces T-cell immunosuppression through Vav1/Rac signaling pathway, which is a GEF-dependent pathway. The correlation between Vav1 mRNA expressions in T cells of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes and the levels of IDO expression in lung cancer tissues from lung cancer patients was detected...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927925/the-emergence-of-mmpt5-variants-during-bedaquiline-treatment-of-mycobacterium-intracellulare-lung-disease
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David C Alexander, Ravikiran Vasireddy, Sruthi Vasireddy, Julie V Philley, Barbara A Brown-Elliott, Benjamin Perry, David E Griffith, Jeana L Benwill, Andrew D S Cameron, Richard J Wallace
Bedaquiline (BDQ), a diarylquinoline antibiotic that targets ATP synthase, is effective for treatment of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) infections that no longer respond to conventional drugs. While investigating the off-label use of BDQ as salvage therapy, seven of thirteen patients with Mycobacterium intracellulare lung disease had an initial microbiological response, then relapsed. Whole genome comparison of pre-treatment and relapse isolates of M. intracellulare uncovered mutations in a previously uncharacterized locus, mmpT5 Preliminary analysis suggested similarities between mmpT5 and the mmpR5 locus, which is associated with low-level BDQ resistance in MTB...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925791/reemergence-of-lower-airway-microbiota-in-lung-transplant-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
#6
Saad A Syed, Fiona J Whelan, Barbara Waddell, Harvey R Rabin, Michael D Parkins, Michael G Surette
RATIONALE: Chronic lung infections are a hallmark of cystic fibrosis; they are responsible for progressive airway destruction and ultimately lead to respiratory death or the requirement for life-saving bilateral lung transplant. Furthermore, recurrent isolation of airway pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the allograft after transplant is associated with adverse outcomes, including bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome and acute infections. Little information exists on the impact of bilateral lung transplant on the lower-airway microbiota...
December 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924641/three-minor-valepotriate-isomers-from-valeriana-jatamansi-and-their-cytotoxicity
#7
Sheng Lin, Peng Fu, Tao Chen, Ji Ye, Xian-Wen Yang, Wei-Dong Zhang
Three new minor valepotriate isomers, jatamanvaltrates Z1 (1), Z2 (2), and Z3 (3), have been isolated from the whole plants of Valeriana jatamansi (syn. Valeriana wallichii.). Their structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic analysis, especially 2D NMR and ESI-MS/MS(n). All isolated compounds displayed moderate cytotoxicity against the lung adenocarcinoma (A549), metastatic prostate cancer (PC-3 M), colon cancer (HCT-8), and hepatoma (Bel7402) cell lines with IC50 values of 2.8-8.3 μM.
December 7, 2016: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924204/combined-use-of-a-double-lumen-tube-and-fogarty-catheter-to-prevent-the-endobronchial-spread-of-infection-a-case-report
#8
Jaewon Kim, Hyelim Lee, Han Park, Chang-Young Jeong
Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder with an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern. Patients with Huntington's disease show an increased risk of aspiration pneumonia when the pharyngeal muscle is invaded. We report a case of advanced-stage Huntington's disease in which the patient received right middle lobectomy for a lung abscess caused by repeated aspiration. The best lung isolation technique has not yet been established in these patients. We successfully performed selective lobar isolation of the right lower and middle lobes using a double lumen tube and a Fogarty embolectomy catheter...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924179/ischemic-stroke-and-septic-shock-after-subacute-endocarditis-caused-by-haemophilus-parainfluenzae-case-report
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Mayra Goncalves Menegueti, Jaciara Machado-Viana, Gilberto Gambero Gaspar, Edson Antonio Nicolini, Anibal Basile-Filho, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins
Haemophilus parainfluenzae, which belongs to the HACEK (Haemophilus ssp, Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, Cardiobacterium hominis, Eikenella corrodens, and Kingella kingae) group, is a rare cause of subacute endocarditis and may lead to ischemic stroke. A 65-year-old female patient previously diagnosed with rheumatic valve disease was submitted to surgical mitral valve repair in 1996. Physical examination did not reveal any murmurs; physical examination of the lungs and abdomen was normal. The patient was admitted to hospital with progressive dyspnea, dry cough, and fever...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923370/the-cellular-kinetics-of-lung-alveolar-epithelial-cells-and-its-relationship-with-lung-tissue-repair-after-acute-lung-injury
#10
Ling Zeng, Xue-Tao Yang, Hai-Sheng Li, Yong Li, Ce Yang, Wei Gu, Yin-Han Zhou, Juan Du, Hai-Yan Wang, Jian-Hui Sun, Da-Lin Wen, Jian-Xin Jiang
BACKGROUND: Organ regeneration in mammals is hypothesized to require a functional pool of stem or progenitor cells, but the role of these cells in lung regeneration is unknown. METHODS: Based on the fact that postnatal regeneration of alveolar tissue has been attributed to alveolar epithelial cells, we established a hemorrhagic shock and Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) lung injury model. Using this model, we analyzed the cellular kinetics of lung alveolar epithelial cells...
December 7, 2016: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919958/dietary-flavonoids-luteolin-and-quercetin-suppressed-cancer-stem-cell-properties-and-metastatic-potential-of-isolated-prostate-cancer-cells
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Pei-Hsun Tsai, Chia-Hsiung Cheng, Chun-Yu Lin, Ying-Tang Huang, Lung-Ta Lee, Chithan C Kandaswami, Yo-Chuen Lin, Kevin Po-Hao Lee, Chin-Chun Hung, Jiuan-Jiuan Hwang, Ferng-Chun Ke, Geen-Dong Chang, Ming-Ting Lee
A highly invasive Du145-III subline was isolated by three successive passages of the parental Du145 prostate tumor cell line (Du145-P) through a Boyden chamber with matrigel-coated membrane support. Du145-III cells showed great invasion potential based on their increased ability to spread/migrate and enhanced expression/secretion of the matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9). Du145-III cells exerted vasculogenic mimicry (VM) properties, reminiscent of endothelial cell characteristics and expressed elevated levels of cancer stem cell (CSC) markers, including Nanog, Sox2, CD44 and ABCG2 and ability to self-renew...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919953/bishydroquinone-renieramycin-m-induces-apoptosis-of-human-lung-cancer-cells-through-a-mitochondria-dependent-pathway
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Tatchakorn Pinkhien, Arnatchai Maiuthed, Supakarn Chamni, Khanit Suwanborirux, Naoki Saito, Pithi Chanvorachote
BACKGROUND: Renieranycin M (RM), a bistetrahydro-isoquinolinequinone isolated from the Thai blue sponge, Xestospongia sp. was reported to be a potent anti-lung cancer agent. Modification at quinone ring enhanced apoptosis over necrosis. Thus, bishydroquinone renieramycin M (HQ-RM) was prepared and evaluated for apoptosis induction in lung cancer cells. METHODS: HQ-RM was examined for cytotoxicity and apoptosis induction in human lung cancer H292 cells by 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5 diphenyltetrazoliumbromide and Hoechst/propidium iodide staining, respectively...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919946/in-vivo-selection-of-intermediately-and-highly-malignant-variants-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-in-orthotopic-nude-mouse-models
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Shuya Yano, Kiyoto Takehara, Hiroyuki Kishimoto, Hiroshi Tazawa, Yasuo Urata, Shunsuke Kagawa, Michael Bouvet, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara, Robert M Hoffman
AIM: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), defined by the absence of receptors for estrogen, progesterone and human epithelial receptor 2 (HER2), is a recalcitrant disease in need of effective therapy. We previously isolated very-highly metastatic variants of the TNBC cell line MDA-MB-231 using serial orthotopic implantation of MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells in nude mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MDA-MB-231 cells expressing red fluorescent protein (MDA-MB-231-RFP) (1×10(7) cells/site) were initially injected subcutaneously in the flank of nude mice...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919930/mir-17-20-controls-prolyl-hydroxylase-2-phd2-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-hif1-to-regulate-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation
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Tianji Chen, Qiyuan Zhou, Haiyang Tang, Melike Bozkanat, Jason X-J Yuan, J Usha Raj, Guofei Zhou
BACKGROUND: Previously we found that smooth muscle cell (SMC)-specific knockout of miR-17~92 attenuates hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. However, the mechanism underlying miR-17~92-mediated pulmonary artery SMC (PASMC) proliferation remains unclear. We sought to investigate whether miR-17~92 regulates hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) activity and PASMC proliferation via prolyl hydroxylases (PHDs). METHODS AND RESULTS: We show that hypoxic sm-17~92(-/-) mice have decreased hematocrit, red blood cell counts, and hemoglobin contents...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919253/cystic-fibrosis-lung-environment-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection
#15
Anjali Y Bhagirath, Yanqi Li, Deepti Somayajula, Maryam Dadashi, Sara Badr, Kangmin Duan
BACKGROUND: The airways of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) are highly complex, subject to various environmental conditions as well as a distinct microbiota. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is recognized as one of the most important pulmonary pathogens and the predominant cause of morbidity and mortality in CF. A multifarious interplay between the host, pathogens, microbiota, and the environment shapes the course of the disease. There have been several excellent reviews detailing CF pathology, Pseudomonas and the role of environment in CF but only a few reviews connect these entities with regards to influence on the overall course of the disease...
December 5, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918379/nontuberculous-mycobacteria-in-children-a-focus-on-bloodstream-infections
#16
Laila S Al Yazidi, Ben J Marais, Briony Hazelton, Alexander Outhred, Alison Kesson
BACKGROUND: Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are ubiquitous organisms with variable disease-causing potential. Bloodstream infections caused by NTM in children are poorly described. METHODS: We describe a retrospective case series of children with culture-confirmed mycobacterial disease managed at The Children's Hospital at Westmead from July 2005 - June 2015. RESULTS: Sixty-five patients had 149 positive NTM cultures; 55 (83.0%) episodes in 54 patients were considered clinically significant...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914529/agglutinin-isolated-from-arisema-heterophyllum-blume-induces-apoptosis-and-autophagy-in-a549-cells-through-inhibiting-pi3k-akt-pathway-and-inducing-er-stress
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Li-Xing Feng, Peng Sun, Tian Mi, Miao Liu, Wang Liu, Si Yao, Yi-Min Cao, Xiao-Lu Yu, Wan-Ying Wu, Bao-Hong Jiang, Min Yang, De-An Guo, Xuan Liu
Arisaema heterophyllum Blume is one of the three medicinal plants known as traditional Chinese medicine Rhizoma Arisaematis (RA). RA has been popularly used to treat patients with convulsions, inflammation, and cancer for a long time. However, the underlying mechanisms for RA effects are still unclear. The present study was designed to determine the cytotoxicity of agglutinin isolated from Arisema heterophyllum Blume (AHA) and explore the possible mechanisms in human non-small-cell lung cancer A549 cells. AHA with purity up to 95% was isolated and purified from Arisaema heterophyllum Blume using hydrophobic interaction chromatography...
November 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913978/case-series-study-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
#18
Ana I Aller-García, Carmen Castro-Méndez, Ana Alastruey-Izquierdo, Elena M Marín-Martínez, Ismail Zakariya-Yousef Breval, Carmen Couto-Caro, Juan C López-Marín, Nicolás Peña-Griñán, Maite Ruiz de Pipaon, Ana M Romero-Mejías, Estrella Martín-Mazuelos
Diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is challenging. The objective of the study was to assess the value of microbiological tests to the diagnosis of IPA in the absence of non-specific radiological data. A retrospective study of 23 patients with suspicion of IPA and positivity of some microbiological diagnostic tests was performed. These tests included conventional microbiological culture, detection of Aspergillus galactomannan (GM) antigen and in some patients (1 → 3)-β-D-glucan (BDG) and Aspergillus fumigatus DNA using the LightCycler(®) SeptiFast test...
December 2, 2016: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913425/cd36-mediates-h2o2-induced-calcium-influx-in-lung-microvascular-endothelial-cells
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Karthik Suresh, Laura Servinsky, Jose Reyes, Clark Undem, Joel Zaldumbide, Otgonchimeg Rentsendorj, Sruti Modekurty, Jeffrey M Dodd-O, Alan L Scott, David B Pearse, Larissa A Shimoda
Elevated levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and intracellular Ca2+ play a key role in endothelial barrier dysfunction in acute lung injury (ALI). We previously showed that H2O2-induced increases in intracellular calcium concentrations ([Ca2+]i) in LMVECs involve the membrane Ca2+ channel, transient receptor potential vanilloid-4 (TRPV4), and that inhibiting this channel attenuated H2O2-induced barrier disruption in vitro. We also showed that phosphorylation of TRPV4 by the Src family kinase, Fyn, contributes to H2O2-induced Ca2+ influx in LMVEC...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913423/bronchodilatory-effect-of-deep-inspiration-in-freshly-isolated-sheep-lungs
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William D Wong, Lu Wang, Peter D Paré, Chun Y Seow
Taking a big breath is known to reverse bronchoconstriction induced by bronchochallenge in healthy subjects; this bronchodilatory effect of deep inspiration (DI) is diminished in asthmatics. The mechanism underlying the DI effect is not clear. Observations from experiments using isolated airway smooth muscle (ASM) preparations and airway segments suggest that straining of ASM due to DI could lead to bronchodilation, possibly due to strain-induced reduction in ASM contractility. However, factors external to the lung cannot be excluded as potential causes for the DI effect...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
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