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Related Articles Cordyceps militaris Treatment Preserves Renal Function in Type 2 Diabetic Nephropathy Mice. PLoS One. 2016;11(11):e0166342 Authors: Yu SH, Dubey NK, Li WS, Liu MC, Chiang HS, Leu SJ, Shieh YH, Tsai FC, Deng WP Abstract Diabetic nephropathy is derived from long-term effects of high blood glucose on kidney function in type 2 diabetic patients. Several antidiabetic drugs and herbal medications have failed to prevent episodes of DN. Hence, this study aimed to further investigate the renal injury-reducing effect of antidiabetic CmNo1, a novel combination of powders of fruiting bodies and mycelia of Cordyceps militaris. After being administered with streptozotocin-nicotinamide and high-fat-diet, the diabetic nephropathy mouse model displayed elevated blood glucose and renal dysfunction markers including serum creatinine and kidney-to-body weight ratio. These elevated markers were significantly mitigated following 8 weeks CmNo1 treatment. Moreover, the chronic hyperglycemia-induced pathological alteration in renal tissue were also ameliorated. Besides, immunohistochemical study demonstrated a substantial reduction in elevated levels of carboxymethyl lysine, an advanced glycation end product. Elevated collagenous deposition in DN group was also attenuated through CmNo1 administration. Moreover, the enhanced levels of transforming growth factor-β1, a fibrosis-inducing protein in glomerulus were also markedly dampened. Furthermore, auxiliary risk factors in DN like serum triglycerides and cholesterol were found to be increased but were decreased by CmNo1 treatment. Conclusively, the results suggests that CmNo1 exhibit potent and efficacious renoprotective action against hyperglycemia-induced DN. PMID: 27832180 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Comparison of cyclophosphamide-thalidomide-dexamethasone to bortezomib-cyclophosphamide-dexamethasone as induction therapy for multiple myeloma patients in Brazil. Hematol Oncol Stem Cell Ther. 2017 Jun 15;: Authors: Vigolo S, Zuckermann J, Bittencourt RI, Silla L, Pilger DA Abstract OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy followed by autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) remains the standard treatment for multiple myeloma (MM). Thalidomide or bortezomib may be combined with cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone, in what are known as the CTD and VCD protocols, respectively. The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical characteristics and response rates obtained with CTD and VCD, observing whether the inclusion of bortezomib to treat MM patients in Brazil increases therapeutic efficiency. METHODS: Forty-three MM patients treated with induction protocols CTD and VCD between January 2010 and March 2015 were included. The parameters analyzed were staging, frequency of comorbidities prior to treatment, response rates obtained at each induction cycle, progression-free survival, and overall survival of patients. RESULTS: Very good partial response and complete response obtained with the VCD protocol were superior, compared with the CTD treatment. The presence of comorbidities was similar in the two groups, except kidney failure, which prevailed in the VCD group. Also, 78.3% and 48.3% of patients treated with the VCD and CTD protocols underwent autologous HSCT, respectively. In patients given the VCD protocol, 45.5% had complete response before autologous HSCT. Among those given CTD, this number was only 7.1% (p=0.023). Disease progression after autologous HSCT did not differ between the two groups. CONCLUSION: VCD afforded better responses than the CTD protocol, and improved patient condition before autologous HSCT. However, more studies are necessary including more patients and addressing various clinical conditions, besides the analysis of cost-effectiveness of these treatments. PMID: 28636891 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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