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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454196/sexually-transmitted-infections-and-immune-activation-among-hiv-infected-but-virally-suppressed-youth-on-antiretroviral-therapy
#1
Tanya L Kowalczyk Mullins, Su X Li, James Bethel, Maureen M Goodenow, Stephanie Hudey, John W Sleasman
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is associated with chronic immune activation, and concurrent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may increase immune activation. OBJECTIVES: Because HIV-infected youth are at high risk of STIs and little is known about the impact of STIs on immune activation in HIV-infected youth, we conducted an exploratory study examining the association between STIs and systemic inflammation and immune activation among HIV-infected adolescents...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454028/fabricating-3d-printed-orally-disintegrating-printlets-using-selective-laser-sintering
#2
Fabrizio Fina, Christine M Madla, Alvaro Goyanes, Jiaxin Zhang, Simon Gaisford, Abdul W Basit
Selective laser sintering (SLS) is a three-dimensional printing (3DP) technology employed to manufacture plastic, metallic or ceramic objects. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of SLS to fabricating novel solid dosage forms with accelerated drug release properties, and with a view to create orally disintegrating formulations. Two polymers (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC E5) and vinylpyrrolidone-vinyl acetate copolymer (Kollidon ® VA 64)) were separately mixed with 5% paracetamol (used as a model drug) and 3% Candurin ® gold sheen colorant; the powder mixes were subjected to SLS printing resulting in the manufacture of printlets (3DP tablets)...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448760/identification-of-new-compounds-from-sage-flowers-salvia-officinalis-l-as-markers-for-quality-control-and-the-influence-of-the-manufacturing-technology-on-the-chemical-composition-and-antibacterial-activity-of-sage-flower-extracts
#3
Sebastian Gericke, Tilo Lübken, Diana Wolf, Martin Kaiser, Christian Hannig, Karl Speer
Parts of Salvia species such as its flowers and leaves are currently used as a culinary herb and for some medicinal applications. To distinguish the different sage extracts it is necessary to analyze their individual chemical compositions. Their characteristic compounds might be established as markers to differentiate between sage flowers and leaf extracts or to determine the manufacturing technology and storage conditions. Tri-p-coumaroylspermidine can be detected only in flowers and has been described here for Salvia and Lavandula species for the first time...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446045/effects-of-extracellular-orotic-acid-on-acute-contraction-induced-adaptation-patterns-in-c2c12-cells
#4
Thomas Beiter, Jens Hudemann, Christof Burgstahler, Andreas M Nieß, Barbara Munz
Dietary administration of orotic acid (OA), an intermediate in the pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway, is considered to provide a wide range of beneficial effects, including cardioprotection and exercise adaptation. Its mechanisms of action, when applied extracellularly, however, are barely understood. In this study, we evaluated potential effects of OA on skeletal muscle using an in vitro contraction model of electrically pulse-stimulated (EPS) C2C12 myotubes. By analyzing a subset of genes representing inflammatory, metabolic, and structural adaptation pathways, we could show that OA supplementation diminishes the EPS-provoked expression of inflammatory transcripts (interleukin 6, Il6; chemokine (C-X-C Motif) ligand 5, Cxcl5), and attenuated transcript levels of nuclear receptor subfamily 4 group A member 3 (Nr4A3), early growth response 1 (Egr1), activating transcription factor 3 (Atf3), and fast-oxidative MyHC-IIA isoform (Myh2)...
February 14, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445111/fluvastatin-protects-cochleae-from-damage-by-high-level-noise
#5
Claus-Peter Richter, Hunter Young, Sonja V Richter, Virginia Smith-Bronstein, Stuart R Stock, Xianghui Xiao, Carmen Soriano, Donna S Whitlon
Exposure to noise and ototoxic drugs are responsible for much of the debilitating hearing loss experienced by about 350 million people worldwide. Beyond hearing aids and cochlear implants, there have been no other FDA approved drug interventions established in the clinic that would either protect or reverse the effects of hearing loss. Using Auditory Brainstem Responses (ABR) in a guinea pig model, we demonstrate that fluvastatin, an inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme of the mevalonate pathway, protects against loss of cochlear function initiated by high intensity noise...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442813/prostate-cancer-cell-specific-cytotoxicity-of-sub-micron-potassium-niobate-powder
#6
John G Fisher, Ung Trong Thuan, Muhammad Umer Farooq, Gopalakrishnan Chandrasekaran, Young Do Jung, Eu Chang Hwang, Je-Jung Lee, Vinoth-Kumar Lakshmanan
Oxide nanoparticles have numerous potential applications in medicine such as carriers for therapeutic drugs, contrast agents for bio-imaging and targeting agents for tumors. Oxide nanoparticles may also have an inherent cytotoxicity towards cancer cells, as recently found for cerium oxide. KNbO3 nanoparticles have a combination of low toxicity and nonlinear optical properties which make them attractive for use as a bio-imaging material. However, little is known yet about the cytotoxicity of KNbO3 particles towards cancerous cells...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442688/biosynthesis-of-sno%C3%A2-nanoparticles-based-on-response-surface-methodology-and-the-study-of-their-dye-removal
#7
Gui-Bing Hong, Chun-Jie Jiang
Litsea cubeba is an evergreen tree from the Lauraceae family, with the common name of mountain pepper in Taiwan. The extracts from different parts such as the bark, leaf, root and fruit have various medicinal properties and have been extensively used in traditional Chinese medicine. SnO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized using an extract of Litsea cubeba fruit based on response surface methodology (RSM). The phytochemicals present in the extract of Litsea cubeba fruit played a crucial role in the NP formation, which could be confirmed by Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)...
July 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440905/clinical-predictive-score-of-intracranial-hemorrhage-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#8
Chaiyaporn Yuksen, Yuwares Sittichanbuncha, Jayanton Patumanond, Sombat Muengtaweepongsa, Kittisak Sawanyawisuth
Background: Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common condition at the Emergency Medicine Department. Head computer tomography (CT) scans in mild TBI patients must be properly justified in order to avoid unnecessary exposure to X-rays and to reduce the hospital/transfer costs. This study aimed to evaluate which clinical factors are associated with intracranial hemorrhage in Asian population and to develop a user-friendly predictive model. Methods: The study was conducted retrospectively at the Emergency Medicine Department in Ramathibodi Hospital, a university-affiliated super tertiary care hospital in Bangkok, Thailand...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440451/establishing-transcriptional-signatures-to-differentiate-pxr-car-and-ahr-mediated-regulation-of-drug-metabolism-and-transport-genes-in-cryopreserved-human-hepatocytes
#9
Jamie E Moscovitz, Amit S Kalgutkar, Kelly Nulick, Nathaniel Johnson, Zhiwu Lin, Theunis C Goosen, Yan Weng
The potential for drug-drug interactions (DDIs) arising from transcriptional regulation of drug disposition genes via activation of nuclear receptors (NRs) such as pregnane X receptor (PXR), constitutive androstane receptor (CAR), and/or aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) remains largely unexplored, as highlighted in a recent guidance document from the European Medicines Agency. The goal of this research was to establish PXR/CAR/AhR-specific drug metabolizing enzyme (DME) and transporter gene expression signatures in sandwich-cultured cryopreserved human hepatocytes using selective activators of PXR (rifampin), CAR (CITCO) and AhR (omeprazole)...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439805/-qualitative-and-quantitative-study-of-ophthalmologic-consultation-in-france-a-multicenter-descriptive-survey
#10
P Y Santiago, F Becquet, X Zanlonghi, J M Bosc
This study aimed to precisely map current ophthalmologic consultation in France through systematic data collection in one consultation day. Nine ophthalmologic centers participated in the survey, performing 1148 observations of patients aged from 2 to 102 years old, with a mean of 55.12years old and a male/female distribution of 43.8 %/56.2 %. In general, the patients came in either spontaneously (28.8 %) or for follow-up (59.6 %). Emergency consultations comprised 5.7 % of all cases. Comorbidities or major risk factors were found...
February 10, 2018: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434792/pine-needle-oil-induces-g2-m-arrest-of-hepg2-cells-by-activating-the-atm-pathway
#11
Bing Qiu, Wei Jiang, Wenliang Qiu, Wenling Mu, Yujing Qin, Yongcui Zhu, Jianying Zhang, Qingyi Wang, Dongjie Liu, Zhangyi Qu
Over the last two decades, inducing DNA damage of cancer cells by natural medicines has become a research hotspot in the field of cancer treatment. Although various natural medicines have anticancer effects, very few studies have been conducted to explore the anti-cancer effect of pine needle oil. In the present study, the role of pine needle oil in inducing G2/M arrest in HepG2 cells was investigated. The data revealed that pine needle oil could induce DNA damage in a dose-dependent manner. In the pine needle oil-treated HepG2 cells, the protein levels of phosphorylated (p)-ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM), γ-H2A histone family, member X, p-p53, p-checkpoint kinase 2 and p-cell division cycle 25C were evidently increased, indicating that pine needle oil facilitated G2/M arrest in HepG2 cells through the ATM pathway...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432674/shen-kang-protects-against-tacrolimus-induced-renal-injury
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Long Ye Zhang, Jian Jin, Kang Luo, Shang Guo Piao, Hai Lan Zheng, Ji Zhe Jin, Sun Woo Lim, Bum Soon Choi, Chul Woo Yang, Can Li
Background/Aims: Evidence suggests that Shen-Kang (SK), a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, protects against various types of renal injury. In this study, we evaluated whether SK treatment confers renoprotection in a rat model of chronic tacrolimus (TAC) nephropathy. Methods: Rats were treated daily with TAC (1.5mg/kg, subcutaneously) and SK (450 mg/kg, intravenously) for 4 weeks. The effects of SK on TAC-induced renal injury were assessed by measuring renal function, urine albumin excretion, histopathology, inflammatory cell infiltration, expression of profibrotic (transforming growth factor β1 [TGF-β1] and TGF-β inducible gene-h3 [βig-h3]) and proinflammatory cytokines, oxidative stress, and apoptotic cell death...
February 12, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429465/-effect-of-vitamin-a-as-an-adjuvant-therapy-for-pneumonia-in-children-a-meta-analysis
#13
Nan Hu, Qu-Bei Li, Shan-Ye Zou
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect and safety of vitamin A supplementation in children with pneumonia through a systematic review. METHODS: Cochrane Library, EMbase, PubMed, China Biology Medicine disc, CNKI, and Wanfang Data were searched for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on vitamin A as an adjuvant therapy for pneumonia in children. Two reviewers independently screened the studies and evaluated their quality according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria...
February 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429296/-analysis-of-corneal-and-conjunctival-sensitivities-and-its-related-factors-of-premature-babies
#14
M A Wu, M Y Wu, S J Wu, J J Zhu, Z Lyu, C L Li, L J Shen
Objective: To analyse the corneal and conjunctival sensitivities of premature babies and to study the relevant influencing factors. Methods: Cross-sectional study. One hundred premature infants born at Women's Hospital School of Medicine Zhejiang University between May 2015 and September 2015 were enrolled, among which 51 were male (51%) and 49 were female (49%), the mean gestational age was (30.93±1.75)w, the mean corrected gestational age was (33.65±1.53)w, the mean birth weight was (1 592±336)g. The thresholds of cornea and conjunctiva of infants' left or right eyes were measured with Cochet-Bonnet aesthesiometer at 8-10 o'clock every morning when they naturally woke up, the minimum length of nylon wire that induced three successive times of eye-blink responses was recorded...
February 11, 2018: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429256/-prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-diabetic-retinopathy-in-hospital-patients
#15
Y Zhang, M Niu, Y Li, J Wang, B Qu, C X Zheng, P Huang, W H Yu
Objective: To analyze the prevalence and risk factors of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in ophthalmic patients. Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed. Diabetic patients who were admitted to Department of Ophthalmology, Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Muping between October 2012 and June 2013 were included. General information and medical history were obtained from each subject by questionaires. Laboratory and detailed ophthalmic examinations were performed during the study. DR was diagnosed and graded by mydriatic fundus photography...
February 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425660/cranberry-anthocyanin-as-an-herbal-medicine-lowers-plasma-cholesterol-by-increasing-excretion-of-fecal-sterols
#16
Lijun Wang, Hanyue Zhu, Yimin Zhao, Rui Jiao, Lin Lei, Jingnan Chen, Xiaobo Wang, Zhengnan Zhang, Yu Huang, Tiejie Wang, Zhen-Yu Chen
BACKGROUND: Interest in using herbal medicines to treat the hypercholesterolemia is increasing. Cranberry extract could decrease plasma cholesterol, however, the active ingredients and the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. HYPOTHESIS: The present study was to test the hypothesis that cranberry anthocyanins (CrA) were at least one of the active ingredients responsible for the cholesterol-lowering activity of cranberry fruits via a mechanism of increasing fecal sterol excretion...
January 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425657/urine-metabolomics-shows-an-induction-of-fatty-acids-metabolism-in-healthy-adult-volunteers-after-supplementation-with-green-coffee-coffea-robusta-l-bean-extract
#17
Gregorio Peron, Davide Santarossa, Dario Voinovich, Stefano Dall'Acqua, Stefania Sut
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Green coffee bean extract is used as herbal medicine or supplement for weight reduction and obesity. The active constituents are considered caffeine and chlorogenic acid (CGA) derivatives. The mode of action of CGA is still unclear and can be related to peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPAR-α) and liver X receptor Rα (LXR-α). Metabolomics may be an innovative tool for the description and discovery of the multiple target nature of such phytocomplex...
January 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417015/prevalence-of-osteoporosis-and-osteopenia-in-stable-patients-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-sub-himalayan-region-of-himachal-pradesh-india
#18
Nishant Nayyar, R G Sood, Malay Sarkar, Ashwani Tomar, Vijay Thakur, Rohit Bhoil
Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lifestyle-related chronic inflammatory pulmonary disease and a major cause of morbidity and mortality globally. Osteoporosis and osteopenia are common observations in COPD and degree of the loss of bone mineral density (BMD) has been found to be proportionate to the severity of the disease. Objectives: Our objective was to study the prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia in stable COPD patients in Indian Sub-Himalayan population...
July 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29413847/abstract-id-103-gamos-implementation-of-a-graphical-user-interface-for-dosimetry-calculation-in-radiotherapy
#19
Faical Alaoui Abdalaoui Slimani, M'hamed Bentourkia
There are several computer programs or combination of programs for radiation tracking and other information in tissues by using Monte Carlo simulation [1]. Among these are GEANT4 [2] programs provided as classes that can be incorporated in C++ codes to achieve different tasks in radiation interactions with matter. GEANT4 made the physics easier but requires often a long learning-curve that implies a good knowledge of C++ and the Geant4 architecture. GAMOS [3], the Geant4-based Architecture for Medicine-Oriented Simulations, facilitates the use of Geant4 by providing a script language that covers almost all the needs of a radiotherapy simulation but it is obviously out of reach of biological researchers...
January 2018: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29410309/gastroprotective-effects-of-hwanglyeonhaedok-tang-against-helicobacter-pylori-induced-gastric-cell-injury
#20
Hee-Seon Park, Charith Ub Wijerathne, Hye-Yun Jeong, Chang-Seob Seo, Hyekyung Ha, Hyo-Jung Kwun
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Helicobacter pylori, which is found in the stomachs of approximately half of the world's population, has been associated with the development of chronic gastritis and gastric cancer. Hwanglyeonhaedok-tang (HHT) is a popular traditional medicine for the therapies of gastric ulcers and gastritis. AIM OF THE STUDY: The emerging resistance of H. pylori to antibiotics arouses requirement on alternative nonantibiotic-based therapies. In the present study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory activity and anti-microbial activity of HHT against H...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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