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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458299/genomic-analysis-of-vancomycin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-vrs3b-and-its-comparison-with-other-vrsa-isolates
#1
Suresh Panthee, Hiroshi Hamamoto, Atmika Paudel, Kazuhisa Sekimizu
High-level vancomycin resistance among Staphylococcus aureus poses a grave threat to global health as the treatment options for this pathogen are very limited. A detailed evaluation of the genetic background of vancomycin-resistant S. aureus (VRSA) is expected to facilitate the understanding of its origin and pathogenicity. In this study, we performed the genetic analysis of the clinical VRSA isolates and identified the genetic basis of resistance to multiple antibiotics among these strains, based on the available draft genome sequences...
April 30, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458298/biological-activities-and-antibacterial-biomarker-of-sesbania-grandiflora-bark-extract
#2
Pimporn Anantaworasakul, Hiroshi Hamamoto, Kazuhisa Sekimizu, Siriporn Okonogi
In the present study, the fractionated extracts of Sesbania grandiflora bark were prepared and evaluated for their biological activities. The ethyl acetate fractionate (EAF) showed high antioxidant activity along with free radical scavenging and reducing mechanisms. The free radical scavenging antioxidant activity of EAF was 69.3 ± 3.6% where its Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity was 13.6 ± 0.7 mM/mg. EAF exhibited the reducing power equivalent to ferrous sulfate at 152 ± 2 mM/mg and equivalent to gallic acid at 1...
April 30, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458297/influence-of-clove-oil-and-eugenol-on-muscle-contraction-of-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#3
Kantaporn Kheawfu, Surachai Pikulkaew, Hiroshi Hamamoto, Kazuhisa Sekimizu, Siriporn Okonogi
Clove oil is used in fish anesthesia and expected to have a mechanism via glutamic receptor. The present study explores the activities of clove oil and its major compound, eugenol, in comparison with L-glutamic acid on glutamic receptor of silkworm muscle and fish anesthesia. It was found that clove oil and eugenol had similar effects to L-glutamic acid on inhibition of silkworm muscle contraction after treated with D-glutamic acid and kainic acid. Anesthetic activity of the test samples was investigated in goldfish...
April 30, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442657/structural-characterization-and-biological-activities-of-a-novel-polysaccharide-from-phyllanthus-emblica
#4
Zihan Zeng, Wenjie Lv, Yongshuai Jing, Zhiyan Chen, Liyan Song, Ting Liu, Rongmin Yu
A novel water-soluble polysaccharide named PEPW80-1, with a molecular mass of 4.7 kDa, was isolated from the pulp tissues of Phyllanthus emblica, and purified by sephadex G-100 column and sephacryl S-300 HR chromatography. The structural features of PEPW80-1 were investigated by a combination of acid hydrolysis, periodate oxidation-Smith degradation, methylation analysis, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy...
April 25, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442678/frondoside-a-from-sea-cucumber-and-nymphaeols-from-okinawa-propolis-natural-anti-cancer-agents-that-selectively-inhibit-pak1-in-vitro
#5
Binh Cao Quan Nguyen, Kazuki Yoshimura, Shigenori Kumazawa, Shinkichi Tawata, Hiroshi Maruta
A sulfated saponin called "Frondoside A" (FRA) from sea cucumber and ingredients from Okinawa propolis (OP) have been previously shown to suppress the PAK1-dependent growth of A549 lung cancer as well as pancreatic cancer cells. However, the precise molecular mechanism underlying their anti-cancer action still remains to be clarified. In this study, for the first time, we found that both FRA and OP directly inhibit PAK1 in vitro in a selective manner (far more effectively than two other oncogenic kinases, LIMK and AKT)...
April 24, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442677/1-2-3-triazolyl-esterization-of-pak1-blocking-propolis-ingredients-artepillin-c-arc-and-caffeic-acid-ca-for-boosting-their-anti-cancer-anti-pak1-activities-along-with-cell-permeability
#6
Hideaki Takahashi, Binh Cao Quan Nguyen, Yoshihiro Uto, Md Shahinozzaman, Shinkichi Tawata, Hiroshi Maruta
Artepillin C (ARC) and caffeic acid (CA) are among the major anti-cancer ingredients of propolis, and block the oncogenic/melanogenic/ageing kinase PAK1. However, mainly due to their COOH moiety, cell-permeability of these herbal compounds is rather limited. Thus, in this study, in an attempt to increase their cell-permeability without any significant loss of their water-solubility, we have esterized both ARC and CA with the water-soluble 1,2,3-triazolyl alcohol through Click Chemistry. We found that this esterization boosts the anti-cancer activity of ARC and CA by 100 and over 400 folds, respectively, against the PAK-dependent growth of A549 lung cells, but show no effect on the PAK1-independent growth of B16F10 melanoma cells...
April 24, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420859/ultrastructural-and-physico-chemical-characterization-of-saliva-during-menstrual-cycle-in-perspective-of-ovulation-in-human
#7
Ganesan Saibaba, Mahalingam Srinivasan, Archunan Priya Aarthy, Velliyangiri Silambarasan, Govindaraju Archunan
Human saliva is a potential diagnostic fluid and any alteration in body might be reflected in saliva so that saliva is considered as "mirror of the body". Variations in salivary hormone level, ultra structure, pH, flow rate, buffering capacity and electrolytes level are found during menstrual cycle in regard to ovulation. Thirty healthy volunteers were used for the assessment of physico-chemical changes in saliva. Reproductive cycle was categorized as pre-ovulation phase (5 to 12 days), ovulation phase (13 or 14 days) and post-ovulation phase (15 to 25 days) according to salivary arborization test and hormonal analysis...
April 14, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320984/investigation-of-antiaromatase-activity-using-hepatic-microsomes-of-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#8
Tanongsak Sassa-Deepaeng, Wasana Chaisri, Surachai Pikulkaew, Siriporn Okonogi
Microsomal aromatase enzymes of humans and rats have been used in antiaromatase assays, but enzyme activity is species-specific. The current study extracted hepatic microsomes of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) to investigate and compare the antiaromatase activity of chrysin, quercetin, and quercitrin. This activity was evaluated using a dibenzylfluorescein (DBF) assay. Results revealed that the age and body weight of Nile tilapia affected the yield of extracted microsomes. Extraction of hepatic microsomes of Nile tilapia was most effective when using a reaction medium with a pH of 8...
March 19, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320983/levetiracetam-and-topiramate-poisoning-two-overdoses-on-those-drugs-with-no-lasting-effects
#9
Moaziz Sarfaraz, Rana Hasan Syeda
Levetiracetam and topiramate are newer anticonvulsants, which is why international data on overdoses of these drugs are lacking. Only a few mild adverse reactions have been noted. These anticonvulsants have been the drug of choice for neurologists. Despite their wide usage, there is a dearth of literature on symptoms and signs of their toxicity. Presented here is the case of a 21-year-old female who overdosed twice on levetiracetam and topiramate. The woman was admitted and discharged after the first overdose...
March 19, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320982/comparison-of-three-acute-stress-models-for-simulating-the-pathophysiology-of-stress-related-mucosal-disease
#10
Bhagawati Saxena, Sanjay Singh
Stress-related mucosal disease (SRMD) is highly prevalent in intensive care patients leading to increasing treatment cost and mortality. SRMD is a disease elusive of ideal treatment. Evaluation of drugs is very pertinent for the efficient and safe treatment of SRMD. It relies mainly on in vivo screening models. There are various stress models, and till date, none of them is validated for simulating the SRMD pathophysiology. The present study aims to choose the best model, which reproduce pathophysiology of SRMD, among previously established stress models...
March 19, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228617/silkworm-fungal-infection-model-for-identification-of-virulence-genes-in-pathogenic-fungus-and-screening-of-novel-antifungal-drugs
#11
Masaki Ishii, Yasuhiko Matsumoto, Ikuko Nakamura, Kazuhisa Sekimizu
The silkworm infection model has the potential to replace conventional animal models for evaluation of the efficacy and toxicity of investigational antifungal agents. Silkworms are relatively inexpensive, can be simply grown in large numbers and can be easily infected with pathogenic fungi, including mutant strains. Antifungal agents can then be injected into the silkworm either via the hemolymph to mimic intravenous administration or directly into the gut for oral administration, and their antifungal effect can be evaluated...
February 21, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202883/decreased-sugar-concentration-in-vegetable-and-fruit-juices-by-growth-of-functional-lactic-acid-bacteria
#12
Masaki Ishii, Yasuhiko Matsumoto, Satoshi Nishida, Kazuhisa Sekimizu
Leuconostoc carnosum #7-2, L. gelidum #4-2, and L. mesenteroides 8/11-3, which were isolated from fermented plant foods, are lactic acid bacteria. We previously reported that these bacteria are functional lactic acid bacteria whose innate immunity-stimulating activities are high based on a silkworm muscle contraction assay. The concentrations of these three lactic acid bacteria increased to more than 1 × 10(6) colony forming units (cfu)/mL in various vegetable and fruit juices when the pH values were appropriately adjusted...
February 14, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202882/lactic-acid-bacteria-of-the-leuconostoc-genus-with-high-innate-immunity-stimulating-activity
#13
Masaki Ishii, Satoshi Nishida, Keiko Kataoka, Yayoi Nishiyama, Shigeru Abe, Kazuhisa Sekimizu
We screened lactic acid bacteria that exhibited high innate immunity-stimulating activity by monitoring muscle contraction activity in silkworms. Heat-treated fractions of lactic acid bacteria, Leuconostoc carnosum #7-2, Leuconostoc gelidum #4-2, and Leuconostoc mesenteroides 8/11-3, had high (250-460 units/mg) innate immunity-stimulating activity. These lactic acid bacteria proliferated in milk to concentrations of 1 × 10(6) colony forming unit/mL. The present findings suggest that the silkworm muscle contraction assay is useful for screening lactic acid bacteria with high innate immunity-stimulating activity, and that the assay can be used for the production of fermented foods made from milk...
February 14, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202881/the-exercise-paradox-may-be-solved-by-measuring-the-overall-thrombotic-state-using-native-blood
#14
Hideo Ikarugi, Junichiro Yamamoto
While exercise is widely believed to prevent atherothrombotic diseases, it occasionally causes sudden death. This exercise paradox may be due to the inadequate testing of the thrombotic and thrombolytic status. A recently developed shear-induced thrombosis/endogenous fibrinolysis test performed with non-anticoagulated blood samples allows the assessment of the thrombotic state of an individual both at rest and after exercise. This sensitive and physiologically relevant test may help to solve the aforementioned exercise paradox...
February 14, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190800/cocoon-carcinomatosa-an-unusual-cause-of-intestinal-obstruction
#15
Jimil Shah, Amit Kumar, Harjeet Singh, Roshan Agarwala, Vishal Sharma, Surinder S Rana
Abdominal cocoon, also termed sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis, is an uncommon entity associated with formation of a fibro-collagenous membrane around intestinal loops resulting in intestinal obstruction. Most reported cases are idiopathic, but many other causes have been implicated in cocoon formation, including use of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, peritoneal tuberculosis, and connective tissue disease. However, peritoneal carcinomatosis is a rarely reported entity that causes this condition...
February 13, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190799/short-lived-non-coding-transcripts-slits-clues-to-regulatory-long-non-coding-rna
#16
Hidenori Tani
Whole transcriptome analyses have revealed a large number of novel long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). Although the importance of lncRNAs has been documented in previous reports, the biological and physiological functions of lncRNAs remain largely unknown. The role of lncRNAs seems an elusive problem. Here, I propose a clue to the identification of regulatory lncRNAs. The key point is RNA half-life. RNAs with a long half-life (t1/2 > 4 h) contain a significant proportion of ncRNAs, as well as mRNAs involved in housekeeping functions, whereas RNAs with a short half-life (t1/2 < 4 h) include known regulatory ncRNAs and regulatory mRNAs...
February 13, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179604/ability-of-community-pharmacists-to-promote-self-care-and-self-medication-by-local-residents-i-improvements-in-bone-mineral-density
#17
Yoshiko Wada, Yuko Wada, Satoko Ennyu, Ken-Ichi Shimokawa, Fumiyoshi Ishii
This study was conducted in order to establish a health management method for the elderly in a community through follow-ups of bone mineral density (BMD) measurement results over a 1-year period based on BMD measurements performed by pharmacists and a guidance program. Regarding BMD measurement results, the percent young adult mean (%YAM: mean BMD in healthy persons of the same sex aged between 51 and 82 years old) significantly increased in Period I, during which the intervention by pharmacists was performed (6 months after the start of measurements), but significantly decreased in Period II, during which this intervention was not performed (between 7 and 12 months after the start of measurements)...
February 8, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123157/olive-and-ginkgo-extracts-as-potential-cataract-therapy-with-differential-inhibitory-activity-on-aldose-reductase
#18
Diaaeldin Mohamed Abdelkawi Elimam, Ahmed Salah Uddin Ibrahim, Gregory Ing Liou, Farid Abd-Elrehim Abd-Elaziz Badria
Aldose reductase (AR) has been the leading target in the treatment of diabetic cataract. Although numerous synthetic AR inhibitors (ARI) have been identified, their adverse side effects currently preclude their use. Olive leaf extract (OLE) as well as ginkgo leaf extract (GLE) are natural supplements that have wide therapeutic indices and a plethora of salutary effects during diabetes that so far untested on sugar cataract progression. As such, the present study sought to evaluate the AR-inhibiting properties of OLE and GLE using the isolated enzyme from rabbit lens...
January 26, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123156/scientific-evidence-for-therapeutic-effects-of-chinese-prescription-kangen-karyu-from-pre-clinical-animal-experiments
#19
Takako Yokozawa, Chan Hum Park, Kinzo Matsumoto
Chinese prescription Kangen-karyu, comprised of six crude drugs, has received much attention due to its numerous biological activities. The present study reports therapeutic evidence for Kangen-karyu from pre-clinical animal experiments related to human diseases. Kangen-karyu showed beneficial effects on type 1 diabetes and related complications through the suppression of protein expression related to advanced glycation endproducts and oxidative stress. Kangen-karyu reduced oxidative stress via the regulation of dyslipidemia, and also exerted a renoprotective effect mainly through its antioxidant properties during the development of diabetic nephropathy in type 2 diabetes...
January 26, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123155/rivaroxaban-induced-chest-wall-spontaneous-expanding-hematoma
#20
Nikolaos S Salemis
Rivaroxaban is an oral direct Factor Xa inhibitor approved in the European Union and the United Sates for the single-drug treatment of several thromboembolic diseases in adults. Ιt has been evaluated in large phase III clinical trials and has been found to have similar efficacy and safety with standard therapy. Herein, is described a very rare case of a rivaroxaban-induced spontaneous expanding chest wall hematoma, that required surgical intervention, in a breast cancer patient. Use of the Naranjo adverse drug reaction probability scale indicated a probable relationship (score of 7) between the patient's development of hematoma and treatment with rivaroxaban...
January 26, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
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