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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922418/detecting-and-confirming-residual-hotspots-of-lymphatic-filariasis-transmission-in-american-samoa-8-years-after-stopping-mass-drug-administration
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Colleen L Lau, Sarah Sheridan, Stephanie Ryan, Maureen Roineau, Athena Andreosso, Saipale Fuimaono, Joseph Tufa, Patricia M Graves
The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) aims to eliminate the disease as a public health problem by 2020 by conducting mass drug administration (MDA) and controlling morbidity. Once elimination targets have been reached, surveillance is critical for ensuring that programmatic gains are sustained, and challenges include timely identification of residual areas of transmission. WHO guidelines encourage cost-efficient surveillance, such as integration with other population-based surveys. In American Samoa, where LF is caused by Wucheraria bancrofti, and Aedes polynesiensis is the main vector, the LF elimination program has made significant progress...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922356/mathematical-modeling-and-quantitative-analysis-of-hiv-1-gag-trafficking-and-polymerization
#2
Yuewu Liu, Xiufen Zou
Gag, as the major structural protein of HIV-1, is necessary for the assembly of the HIV-1 sphere shell. An in-depth understanding of its trafficking and polymerization is important for gaining further insights into the mechanisms of HIV-1 replication and the design of antiviral drugs. We developed a mathematical model to simulate two biophysical processes, specifically Gag monomer and dimer transport in the cytoplasm and the polymerization of monomers to form a hexamer underneath the plasma membrane. Using experimental data, an optimization approach was utilized to identify the model parameters, and the identifiability and sensitivity of these parameters were then analyzed...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921606/dynamic-residual-pattern-of-azoxystrobin-in-swiss-chard-with-contribution-to-safety-evaluation
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Waziha Farha, A M Abd El-Aty, Md Musfiqur Rahman, Md Humayun Kabir, Hyung Suk Chung, Han Sol Lee, Jong-Sup Jeon, Jing Wang, Byung-Joon Chang, Ho-Chul Shin, Jae-Han Shim
This study aimed at quantifying the residual amount of azoxystrobin in Swiss chard samples grown under greenhouse conditions at 2 different locations (Gwangju and Naju, Republic of Korea). Samples were extracted with acetonitrile, separated by salting out, and subjected to purification by using solid-phase extraction (SPE). The analyte was identified using liquid chromatography (LC)-ultraviolet detector (UVD). The linearity of the calibration range was excellent with coefficient of determination (R(2) ) =1...
September 15, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920697/n%C3%AE%C2%B5-and-o-acetylation-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-lineage-7-and-lineage-4-strains-proteins-involved-in-bioenergetics-virulence-and-antimicrobial-resistance-are-acetylated
#4
Alemayehu Godana Birhanu, Solomon Abebe Yimer, Carol Holm-Hansen, Gunnstein Norheim, Abraham Aseffa, Markos Abebe, Tone Tønjum
Increasing evidence demonstrates that lysine acetylation is involved in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) virulence and pathogenesis. However, previous investigations in Mtb have only monitored acetylation at lysine residues using selected reference strains. We analyzed the global Nε- and O-acetylation of 3 Mtb isolates; 2 lineage 7 clinical isolates and the lineage 4 H37Rv reference strain. Quantitative acetylome analysis resulted in identification of 2490 class-I acetylation sites, among them 2349 O-acetylation and 141 Nε-acetylation sites, derived from 953 unique proteins...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919350/crystal-structure-of-inositol-1-3-4-5-6-pentakisphosphate-2-kinase-from-cryptococcus-neoformans
#5
Juntaek Oh, Dong-Gi Lee, Yong-Sun Bahn, Sangkee Rhee
The fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans is a causative agent of meningoencephalitis in humans. For its pathogenicity, the inositol polyphosphate biosynthetic pathway plays critical roles. Recently, Ipk1 from C. neoformans (CnIpk1) was identified as an inositol 1,3,4,5,6-pentakisphosphate 2-kinase that catalyzes the phosphorylation of IP5 to form IP6, a substrate for subsequent reaction to produce inositol pyrophosphates, such as PP-IP5/IP7. Furthermore, it was shown that deletion of IPK1 significantly reduces the virulence of C...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919233/craniospinal-germinomas-in-a-patient-with-down-syndrome-successfully-treated-with-standard-dose-chemotherapy-and-craniospinal-irradiation-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Yohei Miyake, Jun-Ichi Adachi, Tomonari Suzuki, Kazuhiko Mishima, Atsushi Sasaki, Ryo Nishikawa
BACKGROUND: Patients with Down syndrome (DS) are more likely to develop chemotherapy-related complications. The standard treatment for these patients with cancers has not yet been established, and the risks of standard chemotherapy are unclear. In this paper, a rare case of multiple craniospinal germinomas in a patient with DS, which was successfully treated with standard-dose chemotherapy combined with craniospinal irradiation is reported. CASE DESCRIPTION: The authors report a case of multiple craniospinal germinomas in a DS patient who presented with bilateral oculomotor and facial nerve palsy and hearing loss...
September 12, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918593/decline-patterns-and-risk-assessment-of-10-multi-class-pesticides-in-young-sprout-amaranth-amaranthus-mangostanus-under-greenhouse-growing-conditions
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In Kyung Kim, Sung-Woo Kim, A M Abd El-Aty, Md Musfiqur Rahman, Md Humayun Kabir, Han Sol Lee, Hyung Suk Chung, Ji Hoon Jeong, Ho-Chul Shin, Jae-Han Shim
The present study was designed to investigate the residual decline pattern and the risk assessment of 10 different class pesticides, namely azoxystrobin, boscalid, diazinon, diethofencarb, difenoconazole, etofenprox, flubendiamide, paclobutrazol, and pyraclostrobin in young vegetative amaranth (Amaranthus mangostanus) sprayed once or twice under greenhouse growing conditions. Field-incurred samples, collected at 3, 7, or 10 days after application of both treatments, were extracted and purified with the quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe "QuEChERS" citrate-buffered method and analyzed with liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) in positive ion mode...
September 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918320/in-silico-interaction-analysis-of-cannabinoid-receptor-interacting-protein-1b-crip1b-cb1-cannabinoid-receptor
#8
Pratishtha Singh, Anjali Ganjiwale, Allyn C Howlett, Sudha M Cowsik
Cannabinoid Receptor Interacting Protein isoform 1b (CRIP1b) is known to interact with the CB1 receptor. Alternative splicing of the CNRIP1 gene produces CRIP1a and CRIP1b with a difference in the third exon only. Exons 1 and 2 encode for a functional domain in both proteins. CRIP1a is involved in regulating CB1 receptor internalization, but the function of CRIP1b is not very well characterized. Since there are significant identities in functional domains of these proteins, CRIP1b is a potential target for drug discovery...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917952/identification-of-potential-allosteric-communication-pathways-between-functional-sites-of-the-bacterial-ribosome-by-graph-and-elastic-network-models
#9
Pelin Guzel, Ozge Kurkcuoglu
BACKGROUND: Accumulated evidence indicates that bacterial ribosome employs allostery throughout its structure for protein synthesis. The nature of the allosteric communication between remote functional sites remains unclear, but the contact topology and dynamics of residues may play role in transmission of a perturbation to distant sites. METHODS/RESULTS: We employ two computationally efficient approaches - graph and elastic network modeling to gain insights about the allosteric communication in ribosome...
September 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915695/evaluation-of-intracavitary-administration-of-curcumin-for-the-treatment-of-sarcomatoid-mesothelioma
#10
Daniel L Pouliquen, Béatrice Nawrocki-Raby, Joëlle Nader, Stéphanie Blandin, Myriam Robard, Philippe Birembaut, Marc Grégoire
A rat model of sarcomatoid mesothelioma, mimicking some of the worst clinical conditions encountered, was established to evaluate the therapeutic potential of intracavitary curcumin administration. The M5-T1 cell line, selected from a collection established from F344 rats induced with asbestos, produces tumors within three weeks, with extended metastasis in normal tissues, after intraperitoneal inoculation in syngeneic rats. The optimal concentration/time conditions for killing M5-T1 cells with curcumin were first determined in vitro...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915270/the-single-cyclic-nucleotide-specific-phosphodiesterase-of-the-intestinal-parasite-giardia-lamblia-represents-a-potential-drug-target
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Stefan Kunz, Vreni Balmer, Geert Jan Sterk, Michael P Pollastri, Rob Leurs, Norbert Müller, Andrew Hemphill, Cornelia Spycher
BACKGROUND: Giardiasis is an intestinal infection correlated with poverty and poor drinking water quality, and treatment options are limited. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Giardia infections afflict nearly 33% of people in developing countries, and 2% of the adult population in the developed world. This study describes the single cyclic nucleotide-specific phosphodiesterase (PDE) of G. lamblia and assesses PDE inhibitors as a new generation of anti-giardial drugs...
September 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914808/structural-and-dynamics-perspectives-on-the-binding-of-substrate-and-inhibitors-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-dhfr
#12
Pimonluck Sittikornpaiboon, Pisanu Toochinda, Luckhana Lawtrakul
Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), an essential enzyme in the folate pathway, is a potential target for new anti-tuberculosis drugs. Fifteen crystal structures of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DHFR complexed with NADPH and various inhibitors are available in the RCSB Protein Data Bank, but none of them is a substrate binding structure. Therefore, we performed molecular dynamics simulations on ternary complexes of M. tuberculosis DHFR:NADPH with a substrate (dihydrofolate) and each of three competitive inhibitors the in 2,4-diaminopyrimidine series (P1, P157, and P169), in order to gain insight into the inhibition-mechanism of DHFR in the folate pathway...
September 15, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913969/spray-inlet-microwave-plasma-torch-ionization-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-the-direct-detection-of-drug-samples-in-liquid-solutions
#13
Meng Miao, Gaosheng Zhao, Yaliang Wang, Li Xu, Junguo Dong, Ping Cheng
RATIONALE: Drug abuse or dependence results in a series of social problems, including crime and traffic accidents. Spray inlet microwave plasma torch tandem mass spectrometry (MPT-MS/MS) was developed and used for the direct detection of such drugs in liquid solutions. METHODS: Drug sample solutions were directly sprayed into the flame of MPT by a sampling pump and the ions produced by Penning ionization and ion-molecule reactions were guided into a QTOF tandem mass spectrometer for mass analysis...
September 14, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911671/albendazole-residues-in-goat-s-milk-interferences-in-microbial-inhibitor-tests-used-to-detect-antibiotics-in-milk
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Tamara Romero, Rafael Althaus, Vicente Javier Moya, María Del Carmen Beltrán, Wim Reybroeck, María Pilar Molina
Albendazole (ABZ) residues in goat's milk and their effect on the response of microbial inhibitor tests used for screening antibiotics were evaluated. A total of 18 Murciano-Granadina goats were treated with ABZ and individually milked once a day over a 7-day period. ABZ quantification was performed by high performance liquid chromatography. The ABZ parent drug was not detected. The maximum concentration of its metabolites (ABZ sulfoxide, ABZ sulfone, and ABZ 2-aminosulfone) was reached on the 1(st) day post treatment (260...
April 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911668/determination-of-multiresidue-analysis-of-%C3%AE-agonists-in-muscle-and-viscera-using-liquid-chromatograph-tandem-mass-spectrometry-with-quick-easy-cheap-effective-rugged-and-safe-methodologies
#15
Yen-Ping Lin, Ying-Lin Lee, Chien-Ya Hung, Wen-Jeng Huang, Sheng-Che Lin
The official analytical method of the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare for testing for veterinary drug residues in foods is the multiresidue analysis of β-agonists. Samples are pretreated through liquid-liquid extraction and solid-phase extraction. This method is time consuming and requires the intensive use of solvents. To improve analytical efficiency and reduce costs, our study incorporated QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, and Safe) techniques to establish a new method of multiresidue analysis of β-agonists in animal muscle and viscera...
April 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911638/assessment-of-antibacterial-drug-residues-in-milk-for-consumption-in-kosovo
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Adem Rama, Lorena Lucatello, Cristiana Benetti, Guglielmo Galina, Drita Bajraktari
The objective of this study was to assess the occurrence of drug residues in the raw milk collected from individual farms and milk collection points during 2009-2010 in six different major regions of Kosovo (Prishtinë, Gjilan, Mitrovicë, Pejë, Gjakovë, Prizren). In the present study, a total of 1734 raw milk samples were collected, and qualitatively screened with two different tests, the Delvotest SP assay and an enzyme-linked receptor-binding assay (SNAP). Overall, 106 (6.11%) out of 1734 samples examined with Delvotest SP contained possible drug residues (5...
July 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906062/gemcitabine-pyrrologemcitabine-and-2-fluoro-2-deoxycytidines-synthesis-physical-properties-and-impact-of-sugar-fluorination-on-silver-ion-mediated-base-pairing
#17
Frank Seela, Xiurong Guo, Peter Leonard, Sachin Asaram Ingale
The stability of silver mediated "dC-dC" base pairs relies not only on the structure of the nucleobase but also is sensitive to structural modification on the sugar moiety. 2'-Fluorinated 2'-deoxycytidines with fluorine atoms in the arabino (up) and the ribo (down) configuration, as well as with geminal fluorine substitution (anticancer drug gemcitabine) and the novel fluorescent phenylpyrrolo-gemcitabine (phPyrGem) were synthesized. All nucleosides display the recognition face of naturally occurring 2'-deoxycytidine...
September 14, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905065/be-positive-optimizing-pramlintide-from-microcanonical-analysis-of-amylin-isoforms
#18
Rafael B Frigori
Amylin, or human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP), is a 37-residue hormone synergistic to insulin and co-secreted with it by β-cells in the pancreas. The deposition of its cytotoxic amyloid fibrils is strongly related to the progression of Type II diabetes (T2D) and islet graft failures. Notably, isoforms from some mammalian species, such as rats (rIAPP) and porcine (pIAPP), present a few key mutations preventing aggregation. This has lead to biotechnological development of drugs for adjunct therapies of T2D, such as pramlintide, a variant of hIAPP inspired by rIAPP whose proline substitutions have β-strand fibril-breaking properties...
September 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904798/patterns-of-residual-hiv-1-rna-shedding-in-the-seminal-plasma-of-patients-on-effective-antiretroviral-therapy
#19
Christophe Pasquier, Marie Walschaerts, Stéphanie Raymond, Nathalie Moinard, Karine Saune, Myriam Daudin, Jacques Izopet, Louis Bujan
BACKGROUND: More and more HIV-1-infected men on effective antiretroviral treatment (ART) have unprotected sex in order to procreate. The main factor influencing transmission is seminal HIV shedding. While the risk of HIV transmission is very low, it is difficult to assess in individuals. Nevertheless, it should be quantified. RESULTS: We retrospectively analysed seminal plasma HIV-1 shedding by 362 treated HIV-infected men attending a medically assisted reproduction centre (1998-2013) in order to determine its frequency, the impact of the antiretroviral regimen on HIV shedding, and to identify shedding patterns...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904294/assessment-of-amiodarone-induced-phospholipidosis-in-chimeric-mice-with-a-humanized-liver
#20
Seigo Sanoh, Yuto Yamachika, Yuka Tamura, Yaichiro Kotake, Yasumi Yoshizane, Yuji Ishida, Chise Tateno, Shigeru Ohta
It is important to consider susceptibility to drug-induced toxicity between animals and humans. Chimeric mice with a humanized liver are expected to predict hepatotoxicity in humans. Drug-induced phospholipidosis (DIPL), in which phospholipids accumulate, is a known entity. In this study, we examined whether chimeric mice can reveal species differences in DIPL. Changes in various phosphatidylcholine (PhC) molecules were investigated in the liver of chimeric mice after administering amiodarone, which induces phospholipidosis...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
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