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A relapse was observed in most cases within 3 years, and in all recruited patients within a space of ten years. The extent of the disease in the colon is an important prognostic factor, as patients with distal colitis showed a lesser tendency to relapse.

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In HCT116, 5-ASA reduced the mutant fraction at (CA)13 by 48.3%, at A10 by 35.6-43.6%, at G10 by 74.9-83.6%, and at (AAAG)17 by 37.6-44.4%. Similar results were observed in hMLH1-proficient HCT116+chr3 cells. Moreover, the presence of 5-ASA significantly reduced mutations in TGFBR2 (A10) and ACVR2 (A8) by 39.9% and 46.2%, respectively.

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Release profile of time-dependent DS coated tablets was not influenced by pH of the dissolution medium, but the lag time of DS release was primarily controlled by the thickness of the coating layer. The thicker the coating layer, the longer the lag time of DS release is. On the contrary, in view of the pH-dependent 5-ASA coated pellets, 5-ASA release was significantly governed by pH. Moreover, the 5-ASA release features from the coated pellets depended upon both the combination ratio of the Eudragit L100 and S100 pH-sensitive copolymers in the coating formulation and the thickness of the coating layer. The absorption kinetic studies of the DS coated tablets in dogs demonstrated that in vivo lag time of absorption was in a good agreement with in vitro lag time of release.

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The aim of this randomized controlled study was to investigate the efficacy of ciprofloxacin compared with mesalazine in treating active Crohn's disease.

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Studies were accepted for analysis if they were randomized controlled clinical trials of parallel design, with a minimum treatment duration of four weeks. Studies of oral 5-ASA therapy for treatment of patients with active ulcerative colitis compared with placebo, SASP or other formulations of 5-ASA were considered for inclusion. Studies that compared once daily 5-ASA treatment with conventional dosing of 5-ASA (two or three times daily) and 5-ASA dose ranging studies were also considered for inclusion.

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Monitoring thiopurine metabolites can assist physicians in optimizing 6-MP and AZA therapy in treating patients with IBD. Of the dosing strategies reviewed, we found evidence for monitoring thiopurine metabolite level, use of allopurinol with thiopurine, use of mesalamine with thiopurine, combination therapy with thiopurine and anti-tumor necrosis factor agents, and split dosing of AZA or 6-MP to optimize thiopurine therapy and minimize adverse effects in IBD.

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Ulcerative colitis (UC) may have diverse extraintestinal manifestations. Nutritional deficiencies, medications or immune-mediated epiphenomena are considered to be pathogenic mechanisms involved. We describe a case of a 56-year-old woman who presented with rapidly progressive tingling paraesthesias in both lower limbs followed by sensory ataxia, ascending spastic quadriparesis, urgency and urge incontinence of 3 months duration. She had an episode of bloody diarrhoea 1 month later for which a colonoscopy was carried out with colonic biopsy features revealing a diagnosis of UC. In view of lack of alternative aetiology, the posterolateral column disease in our patient was attributed to an extraintestinal manifestation of UC. She improved dramatically with a course of intravenous steroids followed by tapering dose of oral steroids and oral mesalamine for her UC. Although rare, UC should be considered in the differential diagnosis of posterolateral column disease of the spinal cord in the appropriate clinical scenario.

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A series of novel ATB-429 (an anti-inflammatory candidate) derivatives containing a nitric oxide (NO)-releasing moiety were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro activity against six human cancer cell lines. Our results reveal that phenylsulfonylfuroxan-based derivatives have considerable antitumor activity, and compounds 7-9 (IC50s: 0.256-3.024 μM) against HT-29 and PANC-1, 8a,b (IC50s: 2.677-3.051 μM) against MCF-7 and 8a (IC50: 1.270 μM) against DU145 are more active than Vandetanib (IC50s: 1.925-4.107 μM).

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Electronic searches of the MEDLINE database (1966-2008), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and the Cochrane IBD/FBD Group Specialized Trials Register were supplemented by manual reviews of reference listings and conference proceedings.

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More than two-thirds of ulcerative colitis patients experience at least one relapse over a period of 10 years. Treatments that reduce the likelihood of relapses also reduce the risk of long-term complications.

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A 66-year-old male developed lymphocytic alveolitis with bronchiolitis after 3 month's treatment with mesalazin for ulcerative colitis. The patient's symptoms disappeared after halting mesalazin and increasing the steroid dose, the reduced diffusing capacity ameliorated and the thoracic X-ray normalized. The question whether this was a case of pulmonary involvement in inflammatory bowel disease or a drug side effect.

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Mesalazine is a first-line drug in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, and is effective as primary treatment and maintenance therapy. It's usually well tolerated, but various side effects have been described. A 15-year-old female with ulcerative colitis developed polyuria, polydipsia, vomiting, and fatigue. She was receiving mesalazine (500 mg, thrice daily, p.o.) and prednisolone for 4 months. She was detected as acute tubular injury as she had dehydration, acidosis, hypostenuria, hematuria, proteinuria, low levels of potassium, uric acid and bicarbonate. These findings were attributed to interstitial nephritis as a side effect of mesalazine, however as renal biopsy was disapproved by the parents, it was not confirmed. After discontinuation of mesalazine her renal tubular functions improved. Potassium and phosphorus supplements were stopped after 7 months, although she had to continue bicarbonate supplementation. We conclude that regular renal screening is important in patients receiving 5-ASA therapy to prevent rare but serious complications, such as interstitial nephritis sometimes leading to chronic renal failure.

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We found 13 systematic reviews, RCTs, or observational studies that met our inclusion criteria. We performed a GRADE evaluation of the quality of evidence for interventions.

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To assess the frequency and determinants of 5-ASA use in CD patients and to evaluate the physicians' perception of clinical response and side effects to 5-ASA.

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Seventeen of the 35 patients in the nicotine group had complete remissions, as compared with 9 of the 37 patients in the placebo group (P = 0.03). The patients in the nicotine group had greater improvement in the global clinical grade of colitis (P < 0.001) and the histologic grade (P = 0.03), lower stool frequency (a difference of 1.6 stools daily; P = 0.008), less abdominal pain (P = 0.05), and less fecal urgency (P = 0.009). More patients in the nicotine group had side effects (23, vs. 11 in the placebo group; P = 0.002), the most common of which were nausea, lightheadedness, headache, and sleep disturbance. Withdrawals due to ineffective therapy were more common in the placebo group (3 vs. 8, P = 0.12).

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A dextran sodium sulfate/azoxymethane-induced mouse colon cancer model was used, and the chemopreventive effects of 5-ASA and PPARgamma ligands, given in the remission phase of colitis, against colitis-related colon carcinogenesis, were evaluated.

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We conducted a Danish cohort study based on data from a population based prescription registry, the Danish Birth Registry, and the Hospital Discharge Registry in North Jutland County.

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Mean age of the subjects was 42.2 years, and the mean follow-up period was 4.7 years. In univariate analysis, the use of infliximab in group B was significantly higher than group A (4.5% vs. 7.6%, p=0.016), and UC-related hospitalization (45.8% vs. 40.1%, p=0.031) and UC-related surgery (6.4% vs. 3.5%, p=0.010) in group B was significantly lower than that of group A. The use of oral steroid in surgery group was significantly higher than non-surgery group in multivariate analysis (OR 1.85, 95% CI 1.03-3.30, p=0.039).

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To determine the pharmacokinetic parameters of 5-aminosalicylic acid and N-acetyl-5-aminosalicylic acid from equimolar doses of 5-aminosalicylic acid administered as Asacol and balsalazide.

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We retrospectively and prospectively analyzed the efficacy of pH-5-ASA in mildly to moderately active UC patients in whom time-5-ASA did not successfully induce or maintain remission. The clinical efficacy of pH-5-ASA was assessed by clinical activity index (CAI) before and after switching from time-5-ASA. In addition, the efficacy of pH-5-ASA on mucosal healing (MH) was evaluated in a prospective manner by measuring fecal calprotectin concentration.

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We evaluated the usefulness of various parameters in predicting the prognosis of ulcerative colitis. The records of 73 patients with ulcerative colitis were examined retrospectively. Patients were divided into two groups according to whether they had received only 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA; n = 26) or glucocorticoids and/or azathioprine with or without 5-ASA (n = 47). The disease extent, endoscopic activity and ulcerative colitis activity index (UCAI) before therapy were recorded, together with the disease outcome. No statistically significant differences in outcome were observed in relation to therapy group, disease extent or endoscopic activity. UCAI had a significant effect on outcome, however: patients with lower UCAI values were more likely to remain in remission and less likely to require urgent surgery or experience a fatal outcome than those with higher UCAI values. This difference was apparent in both treatment groups. Thus a high pre-treatment UCAI may indicate a worse outcome.

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IBD often affects patients during their peak reproductive years. Several drugs are available for the treatment of IBD and new drugs are continuously in the pipeline. As long-term administration of medications is often necessary, the safety of drug therapy during pregnancy and breast-feeding needs to be considered in daily clinical practice. The aim of this Review is to summarize the latest information concerning the safety of medications used to treat IBD during pregnancy and lactation, as well as their effect on fertility. Although only thalidomide and methotrexate are absolutely contraindicated during pregnancy and breast-feeding, alternatives to ciprofloxacin, natalizumab and sodium phosphate should also be considered for pregnant women. Breast-feeding is also discouraged while on treatment with ciclosporin, metronidazole and ciprofloxacin. However, therapy with 5-aminosalicylic acid preparations, glucocorticoids, thiopurines and TNF inhibitors are acceptable during pregnancy and lactation. Pregnant women who have symptomatic IBD or who require therapy should have the opportunity to discuss any associated risks to their pregnancy and infant with the appropriate consultants. By ensuring that the patient and her family are informed, the clinical outcome might be optimized.

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In this cohort of pediatric patients, LC was much more common than CC. As described in adults, we observed associations with celiac disease, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and medications; we additionally saw an association with immunodeficiency. Our patients showed greater response to steroids than mesalamine or bismuth.

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A multicentre randomized controlled trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of oral mesalazine (5-aminosalicylic acid) for the prevention of post-operative recurrence in 110 patients operated on for Crohn's disease by first intestinal resection. Patients were randomly allocated to receive 2.4 g/day of mesalazine, or no treatment at all. The protocol included colonoscopy with ileoscopy at 6 months and yearly thereafter. Recurrence was defined on the basis of endoscopic criteria and classified as mild or severe.

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Three hundred and seventy-nine individuals were enrolled in the study (93 treated with 5-aminosalicylates, 91 with azathioprine, 70 with infliximab, 43 with combined treatment with infliximab and azathioprine, and 82 controls). More than 90% of the patients had previous EBV exposure. EBV DNA was found in 132 samples (35%); its prevalence was significantly higher in every group of patients with IBD, comparing to controls. Among patients with IBD, infliximab with or without azathioprine was related to higher prevalence of EBV comparing to azathioprine alone or 5-aminosalicylates (P < 0.05). Age above 60 years was related to EBV DNA positivity with a specificity of 92%. Concerning treated groups, ulcerative colitis was the only risk factor identified for high levels of EBV DNA (>1000 and 2500 copies per milliliter). No relationship was found between EBV and C-reactive protein.

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5-ASA preparations achieved MH in nearly 50% of UC patients. There were no significant differences in MH between the various 5-ASA agents, either in the oral or the rectal treatment buy asacol groups.

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Frequent dose and treatment changes were observed in all classes of initial UC and CD treatments. The economic impact of suboptimal therapy among UC buy asacol and CD patients is substantial.

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There was a significantly lower cumulative rate of patients with recurrent subocclusion in the AZA group (56%) compared with the mesalazine group (79%; OR 3.34, 95% CI 1.67-8.6 Prevacid Delayed Release Capsules ; P=0.003), with the number needed to treat in order to prevent 1 subocclusion episode of 3.7 favoring AZA. The occlusion-free time interval was longer in the AZA group compared with the mesalazine group (28.8 vs. 18.3 months; P=0.000). The occlusion-free survival at 12, 24, and 36 months was significantly higher in the AZA group (91%, 81%, and 72%, respectively) than in the mesalazine group (64.7%, 35.3%, and 23.5%, respectively; P<0.05 for all comparisons).

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1) The degree of lamina propria inflammation can be used as a histological predictor to guide treatment Buy Cialis Canada Paypal in patients with CC. 2) Patients who responded to antidiarrheal agents or had spontaneous remissions were significantly older than those patients requiring 5-ASA compounds or corticosteroids. 3) Patients who were taking NSAIDs were more likely to require corticosteroid therapy, presumably reflecting more severe disease.

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Clinical remission rate (CAI Zithromax Mg 0 g mesalamine 3 times a day than with 0.5 g 3 times a day, but overall endoscopic and histologic improvement was not different between treatment groups. Baseline activity, duration, and localization of ulcerative colitis did have some influence on the therapeutic activity, but there was no significant interaction with the dose of the study drug. Safety, with special focus on kidney function, was excellent in all 3 groups.

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Available evidence suggests that antibiotics have a role only in the treatment of complicated diverticulitis. It appears to be some evidence for a role for rifaximin and mesalazine in treating symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease. Finally, there is not currently adequate evidence to recommend any medical treatment Buy Nizoral Saturday Delivery for the prevention of diverticulitis recurrence.

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Spontaneous and rosiglitazone-mediated PPARgamma and adipophillin expression (a gene transcriptionally activated by PPARgamma) were measured by reverse transcriptase PCR in colonic biopsies and isolated epithelial cells from patients with ulcerative colitis and controls. Fourteen patients with active distal ulcerative colitis were randomized to either rosiglitazone (4 mg) or mesalazine (1 g) Zyrtec How Many Mg enema treatment once daily for 14 days.

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From 46 patients with IBD (17 with Crohn's disease (CD), and 29 with ulcerative colitis (UC)) and 21 healthy subjects, urine and serum samples were obtained. Albumin, total IgG and IgG Lexapro Overdose 60 Mg (4) clearances were measured using sensitive methods. Serum p-ANCA and TNF-alpha were tested.

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This study determined if intracolonically applied prostaglandin E1 analogue (misoprostol) had a mucosal protective effect in rats with 4% acetic acid-induced colitis. The effects of misoprostol were compared with those of 5-aminosalicylic acid and betamethasone. A single application of 4% acetic acid induced an experimental colitis which Cheapest Generic Viagra Prices Online was maximal at 2 days and showed spontaneous macroscopic and histologic healing by 12 days. Misoprostol (100 micrograms/kg), but not 5-aminosalicylic acid or betamethasone, administered 30 min before induction of colitis, provided macroscopic and histologic colonic mucosal protection but not protection of in vivo fluid absorption. The mucosal protective effect of misoprostol was time, dose, and diluent volume dependent. In the presence of misoprostol-induced colonic morphologic but not functional absorptive mucosal protection, in vitro unidirectional sodium and chloride flux measurements showed protection of theophylline-stimulated chloride secretion but not sodium absorption. Protection of in vivo colonic fluid absorption, in addition to morphologic protection, could be achieved when misoprostol was administered between 2 and 16 min before induction of colitis or when the highest dose (1000 micrograms/kg) of misoprostol was examined. We conclude that intracolonic misoprostol administration provides unique mucosal protective effects in experimental colitis.

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Oral formulations of 5-aminosalicylic acid (mesalazine) appear less toxic than sulphasalazine. We have therefore compared sulphasalazine, low dose mesalazine and high dose mesalazine in the treatment of mild to moderate relapse of ulcerative colitis. Sixty one patients (32 men, aged 20-78 years) were randomly allocated to sulphasalazine 2 g daily, mesalazine 800 mg daily, or mesalazine 2.4 g daily in a double blind, double dummy, four week trial. Groups were comparable for age, sex, extent of disease, and pretrial sulphasalazine intake. Four patients were unable to complete the study because of treatment failure (two taking sulphasalazine and two high dose mesalazine). A further two patients taking sulphasalazine developed side Buy Priligy 90 Mg effects necessitating withdrawal. Within treatment comparisons revealed significant improvement of: sigmoidoscopic grade in the sulphasalazine group; rectal bleeding, sigmoidoscopic and histological grade in the low dose mesalazine group; stool frequency, rectal bleeding and sigmoidoscopic grade in the high dose mesalazine group. Greater improvement in rectal bleeding (p less than 0.05) and sigmoidoscopic appearances (p less than 0.05) occurred in patients taking high dose mesalazine than in those taking sulphasalazine. In two patients taking high dose mesalazine minor rises of plasma creatinine concentrations occurred, suggesting the need to monitor renal function.

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Anti-TNF Lowering Celexa Dose Side Effects therapy is effective in both refractory and ASUC. We argue that early anti-TNF therapy may improve outcome in UC.

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The newer 5-ASA preparations were intended to avoid the adverse effects of SASP while maintaining its therapeutic benefits. The efficacy and safety of 5-ASA preparations have been evaluated in numerous clinical trials that have often lacked sufficient statistical power to arrive Geodon 20 Mg And Weed at definitive conclusions. Previously, it was found that newer 5-ASA drugs in doses of at least 2g/day, were more effective than placebo but no more effective than SASP in inducing remission in ulcerative colitis. This updated review includes more recent studies and evaluates the effectiveness, dose-responsiveness, and safety of 5-ASA preparations in terms of more precise outcome measures.

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Intestinal biopsies Prandin E Gel were obtained from UC patients included in two cohorts. Cohort 1 was used to select for genes whose expression was modulated in active (vs. inactive) UC. Cohort 2 included patients recruited in a phase II study receiving placebo, mesalazine, or dersalazine sodium for 4 weeks. The expression of 44 genes identified in Cohort 1 was assessed at weeks 0 and 4, and was then correlated with biomarkers, as well as with clinical, endoscopic, and histologic scores.

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Group A presented with a greater disease activity (p = 0.05 for Crohn's disease (CD), p = 0.03 for Ulcerative Colitis (UC); Odds Ratio 1.09, 95 % Confidence Interval: 1.02-1.1), and disease extent (L2 location more frequent amongst Group A children with CD (p = 0.05)). No significant differences were observed between age groups in terms Stromectol Tab 3mg of gastro-intestinal and extra-intestinal signs and symptoms at disease presentation, nor was there a difference in the number of hospitalisations due to relapsing IBD during follow-up. However, children in Group A were treated earlier with immunosuppressants and had more frequent endoscopic assessments.

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Pharmacotherapy based on 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) is a preferred treatment for ulcerative colitis, but variable patient response to this therapy is observed. Inflammation can affect therapeutic outcomes by regulating the expression and activity of drug-metabolizing enzymes; its effect on 5-ASA metabolism by the colonic arylamine N-acetyltransferase (NAT) enzyme isoforms is not firmly established. We examined Lexapro 20 Mg Reviews if inflammation affects the capacity for colonic 5-ASA metabolism and NAT enzyme expression. 5-ASA metabolism by colonic mucosal homogenates was directly measured with a novel fluorimetric rate assay. 5-ASA metabolism reported by the assay was dependent on Ac-CoA, inhibited by alternative NAT substrates (isoniazid, p-aminobenzoylglutamate), and saturable with Km (5-ASA) = 5.8 μM. A mouse model of acute dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) colitis caused pronounced inflammation in central and distal colon, and modest inflammation of proximal colon, defined by myeloperoxidase activity and histology. DSS colitis reduced capacity for 5-ASA metabolism in central and distal colon segments by 52 and 51%, respectively. Use of selective substrates of NAT isoforms to inhibit 5-ASA metabolism suggested that mNAT2 mediated 5-ASA metabolism in normal and colitis conditions. Western blot and real-time RT-PCR identified that proximal and distal mucosa had a decreased mNAT2 protein-to-mRNA ratio after DSS. In conclusion, an acute colonic inflammation impairs the expression and function of mNAT2 enzyme, thereby diminishing the capacity for 5-ASA metabolism by colonic mucosa.

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The mean annual total expenditure on health care was 1871 Euro/patient-year for inflammatory bowel disease, 1524 Euro/patient-year for ulcerative colitis, and 2548 Euro/patient-year for Crohn's disease (P < .001). The most expensive resources were medical and surgical hospitalizations, together accounting for 63% of the cost in Crohn's disease and 45% in ulcerative colitis. Total and hospitalization costs were much higher in the first year after diagnosis than in subsequent years. Differences in medical and surgical hospitalizations were the primary cause of substantial intercountry variations of cost; the mean cost of health care was 3705 Euro/patient-year in Denmark and 888 Euro/patient-year in Norway. The outlay for mesalamine, a costly medication with extensive use, was greater than for all other drugs combined. Patient age at diagnosis and sex did not affect costs.

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The addition of transdermal nicotine to treatment with mesalamine enemas is significantly superior to combined therapy with oral and rectal mesalamine in patients with distal ulcerative colitis refractory to rectal mesalamine alone.

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There is a high prevalence of low bone mineral density (BMD) among patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) although there is a lack of clinical data on the impact of IBD specific medications and recommended vitamin D (VD) and calcium (Ca) supplements on it.

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In the first US randomized placebo-controlled trial of anti-inflammatory treatment after a documented case of diverticulitis, mesalamine demonstrated a consistent trend in reducing symptoms. Addition of probiotic did not increase mesalamine efficacy. This study supports further investigation into the use of anti-inflammatory agents, such as mesalamine, in the long-term management of diverticulitis. NCT00554099.

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The first proof of concept in vivo for a new type of microbiota-sensitive film coatings allowing for colon targeting is presented. The efficacy of these polysaccharide barriers to optimize drug release for the treatment of inflammation is demonstrated in an experimental colitis model with Wister rats. 5-Aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) pellets were prepared by extrusion-spheronization and coated with Nutriose:ethylcellulose (EC) 1:4 or peas starch:ethylcellulose 1:2 blends. The pellets were mixed with standard chow, and the daily drug dose was 150mg/kg. For reasons of comparison, also commercially available Pentasa pellets and placebo pellets were studied. At day 3 after the beginning of the treatment, colitis was induced by intrarectal administration of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS). Animals were sacrificed on day 6. Macroscopic and histological evaluations of colitis were performed blindly. In addition, inflammatory markers were evaluated using ELISA and real-time PCR. Rats receiving TNBS and placebo pellets developed a severe colitis in the distal half of the colon. 5-ASA administered in the form of Pentasa pellets reduced macroscopic inflammation by only 5%. In contrast, the colon lesions were much less severe upon treatment with Nutriose:EC- and peas starch:EC-coated pellets: The macroscopic score was reduced by 25 and 24%, respectively. Decreases of 37 and 38% of the histological lesions confirmed the efficacy of these new colon targeting systems. Also, inflammatory markers (MPO, IL-1β mRNA, TNF mRNA) were significantly decreased in rats receiving Nutriose:EC- and peas starch:EC-coated pellets compared to Pentasa pellets. Furthermore, real-time PCR analysis indicated increased activation of the target receptor PPAR-γ and the HMGCS2 gene in rats upon administration of 5-ASA loaded Nutriose:EC- and peas starch:EC pellets compared to the commercial product. Also, HPLC-MS/MS analysis of plasma samples demonstrated that the level of the main metabolite of the drug (N-acetyl-5-ASA) was much lower upon administration of Nutriose:EC or peas starch:EC coated pellets compared to Pentasa pellets, indicating that undesired premature drug release in the upper gastrointestinal tract was more effectively hindered. In addition to the rat study, in vivo imaging of transgenic mice expressing the luciferase gene evidenced much more pronounced PPAR-γ activation upon 5-ASA administration in the form of Nutriose:EC-coated pellets versus Pentasa pellets. All these results clearly demonstrate the superiority of these microbiota-sensitive polysaccharide-based film coatings for colon targeting in vivo.

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To estimate inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) prevalence in Portugal from 2003 to 2007, and to obtain disease, sex and age specific estimates.

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Unwarranted fear of adverse medication effect on pregnancy is highly prevalent in women with IBD, yet awareness of the harmful effect of IBD exacerbation during pregnancy is poor. This information gap between patients and their gastroenterologists warrants attention.

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Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic relapsing and remitting idiopathic inflammatory bowel disorder.

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Gastroduodenal Crohn disease is a complex and difficult problem that is associated with serious complications and need for reoperation.

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The benefit of mesalamine for maintenance of remission in Crohn's disease is controversial. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of mesalamine in maintaining remission of quiescent Crohn's disease.

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Four patients withdrew from the study within the first 3 months because of local intolerance to the suppositories. Score of both comfort and tolerance was significantly higher in patients who continued treatment than in those who withdrew. Two patients who stayed in remission withdrew, one at 7 months because of thrombocytopenia and the other at 9 months for personal reasons. Of the 28 remaining patients, 7 relapsed and 21 remained in clinical remission at the end of the 12-month study period. Eleven of the 21 responder patients agreed to a sigmoidoscopic examination, that confirmed remission in all of them. Eight out of the 9 patients who had previously received 5-ASA enemas preferred suppositories to enemas. Apart from the 4 patients who did not tolerate suppositories, 26 patients considered this form of therapy quite comfortable.

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Gastrointestinal transit of an enteric-coated, delayed-release 5-aminosalicylic acid tablet radiolabelled with indium-111 has been monitored in a preliminary study with eight healthy subjects using gamma scintigraphy. Gastric emptying of the tablet was delayed by the presence of food in the stomach. Disintegration occurred about 5 hours after the tablet left the stomach. There was close agreement between the tablet disintegration times and the initial detection of drug in the blood. The site of disintegration could be established in most instances; approximately 80% of the doses resulted in drug dispersion within the ascending colon. The coated tablets provide an effective means of drug delivery to the proximal colon.

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Mesalazine is widely used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Little is known about the dose-response relationship and about possible dose related side effects. In ulcerative colitis higher dosages of mesalazine (3 g) are more effective in maintaining a remission than lower dosages (1.5 g). In mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis, studies also indicate that higher dosages might be more effective in inducing remission. Dose-comparing studies in Crohn's disease are even more sparse, but the available results indicate higher efficacy at higher dose levels. None of the known side effects of mesalazine are clearly dose-related. A pH-dependent release system, however, can cause a sudden release of high doses of mesalazine. Consequent peak levels in serum have been implicated in mesalazine induced nephrotoxicity. In conclusion, despite the current practice of using increasing dosages of mesalazine in inflammatory bowel disease, both efficacy and safety have been established tentatively.

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This study examined the disposition of olsalazine and its metabolites into breast milk after the ingestion of a single dose of 500 mg olsalazine. Blood and serum samples were obtained for 48 hours after the ingestion of 500 mg olsalazine in a 39-year-old lactating woman. Blood samples were obtained at .0, .5, 1, 2, 4,6, 24.5, 26, and 48 hours. Maternal milk samples were obtained at .0, .5, 2, 4, 6, 14, 24, 28, 36, and 48 hours. Olsalazine and olsalazine-S underwent high-pressure liquid chromatography analysis, and 5-ASA and Ac 5-ASA underwent fluorometric detection. Acetylated-5-ASA achieved concentrations of .8, .86, and 1.24 mumol/L in breast milk at 10, 14, and 24 hours, respectively. Olsalazine, olsalazine-S, and 5-ASA were undetectable in the breast milk for 48 hours after drug administration. Clinically significant drug exposure in the breast-fed infant is unlikely after a maternal single dose of olsalazine. Idiosyncratic hypersensitivity, however, remains a possibility even if the infant is exposed to only minute quantities.

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Isolated human colonic epithelial cell suspensions were incubated with either 0.1 mM 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) or 0.1 mM acetylaminosalicylic acid (Ac-ASA) for up to two hours. Intra- and extracellular 5-ASA and Ac-ASA were measured by high performance liquid chromatography. Mean 5-ASA uptake in one hour was 160.5 nmol/g dry weight, compared with an Ac-ASA uptake of only 5.75 nmol/g dry weight. No unchanged 5-ASA was detected inside the cell. Repeated washing had no effect on the intracellular Ac-ASA concentration. This discrepancy in drug uptake may explain why Ac-ASA seems to be ineffective when given to patients with ulcerative colitis.

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We tested the hypothesis that 5-ASA represents a substrate of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and/or multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2), thereby possibly contributing to variable therapeutic effects. Polarized, basal-to-apical transport of [(3)H]5-ASA was studied in monolayers of Caco-2 and L-MDR cells, both of which express P-gp in their apical membrane, as well as in MDCK cells transfected with human MRP2. Moreover, we investigated the influence of 5-ASA on transport of digoxin in Caco-2 cells.

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The treatments were equally effective and both were well tolerated. However, the advantages of the slow-release suppositories were that patients exhibited greater tolerance and early expulsion was less frequent.

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The number of neoplasms in the mice treated with 5-ASA was significantly lower than that in the control mice. In addition, the size of the neoplasms in treated mice was also significantly smaller than that in the control mice. In contrast, no significant suppression in the number or size of the tumors was observed in the mice treated with PPARgamma ligands. The proliferating cell nuclear antigen-labeling index in the tumor cells of the 5-ASA-treated mice was significantly smaller than that in the control, indicating that 5-ASA reduced tumor cell proliferation.

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Acute pericarditis has been described as an extraintestinal manifestation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as well as a consequence of IBD treatment, specifically sulfasalazine and mesalamine. Until now, there have been no reported cases of constrictive pericarditis associated with IBD or its treatment. A 37-year-old woman with a 24-year history of chronic ulcerative colitis (CUC) presented with a 3-month history of fevers, palpitations, dyspnea, syncope, and retrosternal chest pain. Two weeks before symptoms, she had initiated oral mesalamine for an ongoing CUC flare. Physical examination suggested constrictive pericarditis. An echocardiogram revealed a thickened pericardium with a nearly circumferential fibrinous effusion, with Doppler confirming diastolic compromise. The patient proceeded to radical pericardectomy. Pathological examination showed grossly hemorrhagic acute and chronic pericarditis, with cultures and cytology negative. To date, only 104 cases of IBD with acute pericarditis have been reported, with fewer than 10 cases of mesalamine-induced acute pericarditis reported. This is the first reported case of constrictive pericarditis related to IBD or its treatment. Although our patient may have had IBD-associated constrictive pericarditis, her mesalamine use raises the possibility of a drug-induced constrictive pericarditis.

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Crude incidence rates [95 % confidence interval (CI)] of acute pancreatitis among patients on MMX mesalazine were similar to those of patients on comparator therapies [8.55 (5.54-13.21) vs 10.05 (7.54-13.41) per 1000 person-years]; the resulting incidence rate ratio (IRR) was [0.85 (0.48-1.47)]. Propensity score-matching had little influence on the IRR [0.84 (0.46-1.55)]; nor did further adjustment by demographic characteristics, daily dose, and causes of acute pancreatitis [0.76 (0.41-1.43)].

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Clinical remission rates at week 6 were 33 percent, 32 percent, and 14 percent for the group receiving 0.5 mg of MLN02 per kilogram, the group receiving 2.0 mg per kilogram, and the placebo group, respectively (P=0.03). The corresponding proportions of patients who improved by at least 3 points on the ulcerative colitis clinical score were 66 percent, 53 percent, and 33 percent (P=0.002). Twenty-eight percent of patients receiving 0.5 mg per kilogram and 12 percent of those receiving 2.0 mg per kilogram had endoscopically evident remission, as compared with 8 percent of those receiving placebo (P=0.007). For the minority of patients in whom an MLN02 antibody titer greater than 1:125 developed, incomplete saturation of the alpha4beta7 receptor on circulating lymphocytes was observed and no benefit of treatment was identifiable.

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PAK1 expression was scored by immunohistochemistry in human samples from IBD, CAC, and in normal mucosa. Compared with controls, a higher PAK1 expression was detected in IBD which further increased in CAC. The consequence of PAK1 overexpression was investigated using normal diploid colon epithelial cells (HCEC-1CT), which showed higher proliferation and decreased apoptosis on overexpression of PAK1. Analysis of IBD and CAC samples showed activation of AKT (p-AKT). However, mTOR pathway was activated in IBD but not in CAC. Treatment of cells with specific inhibitors (PD98059/LY294002/rapamycin) of growth signaling pathways (MEK/PI3K/mTOR) demonstrated that in HCEC-1CT, PAK1 expression is regulated by MEK, PI3K, and mTOR. In colorectal cancer cell lines, PAK1, and beta-catenin expression correlated and inhibition of PAK1 and addition of 5-ASA elicited similar molecular affects by reducing ERK and AKT activation. Moreover, 5-ASA disrupted PAK1 interaction and colocalization with β-catenin.