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Luiza Ianny de Lima, Karen Rapp Py-Daniel, Maria Adelaide Guimarães, Luís Alexandre Muehlmann, Ana Carolina Mafud, Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas, Josué de Moraes, José Roberto de Souza de Almeida Leite, Cheng-Shi Jiang, Ricardo Bentes Azevedo, João Paulo Figueiró Longo
AIM: To develop a self-nanoemulsifying drug-delivery system (SNEDDS) able to improve oral absorption of epiisopiloturine (EPI), and test the antischistosomal activity in a mice model. RESULTS: SNEDDS had a nanoscopic size and was able to enhance EPI bioavailability after oral administration, and SNEDDS-EPI (40 ) improved the in vivo antischistosomal activity of EPI, demonstrating that SNEDDS was able to improve the pharmacokinetics of EPI, and to maintain the pharmacodynamic activity against Schistosoma mansoni in vivo...
March 22, 2018: Nanomedicine
Maria A Henriquez, Sandra Villegas, Mirel Rincon, Carmen Maldonado, Luis Izquierdo
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness of standard corneal collagen crosslinking for children with progressive keratoconus. METHODS: Prospective study including 26 eyes of 26 patients younger than 18 years old with progressive keratoconus at Oftalmosalud Instituto de Ojos, Lima, Peru. Standard epi-off corneal crosslinking was performed in all eyes between January 2012 and January 2013. Pre- and postoperative evaluation (at 3 years) included uncorrected and best-corrected visual acuity and Scheimpflug analysis...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Ophthalmology
Murugan Venkatesan, Amol R Dongre, Kalaiselvan Ganapathy
Context: A module-based training program for medical interns using World Health Organization guide for good prescription along with the individual feedback on their prescription was developed and implemented. Objective: The objective of the study was to obtain the medical interns' reactions to newly developed skill-based training program on rational treatment. Study Setting: This study was conducted at the Department of Community Medicine...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Kelly K Anderson, Ross Norman, Arlene G MacDougall, Jordan Edwards, Lena Palaniyappan, Cindy Lau, Paul Kurdyak
OBJECTIVE: There is a dearth of information on people with first-episode psychosis who do not access specialized early psychosis intervention (EPI) services. We sought to estimate the proportion of incident cases of nonaffective psychosis that do not access these services and to examine factors associated with EPI admission. METHODS: Using health administrative data, we constructed a retrospective cohort of incident cases of nonaffective psychosis in the catchment area of the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) in London, Ontario, between 1997 and 2013...
January 1, 2018: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
Syed Rakin Ahmed, Jeremy Mengyu Jia, Petr Bruza, Sergei Vinogradov, Shudong Jiang, David J Gladstone, Lesley A Jarvis, Brian W Pogue
Radiation therapy produces Cherenkov optical emission in tissue, and this light can be utilized to activate molecular probes. The feasibility of sensing luminescence from a tissue molecular oxygen sensor from within a human body phantom was examined using the geometry of the axillary lymph node region. Detection of regions down to 30-mm deep was feasible with submillimeter spatial resolution with the total quantity of the phosphorescent sensor PtG4 near 1 nanomole. Radiation sheet scanning in an epi-illumination geometry provided optimal coverage, and maximum intensity projection images provided illustration of the concept...
March 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
Daisuke Sawada, Shinji Kakuda, Akiko Takeuchi, Fumihiro Kawagoe, Midori Takimoto-Kamimura, Atsushi Kittaka
Both 2α- and 2β-hydroxypropyl substituted 14-epi-1α,25-dihydroxy-19-nortachysterols were synthesized to study the human vitamin D receptor (hVDR) binding affinity, binding configurations, and interactions with amino acid residues in the ligand binding domain of hVDR by X-ray co-crystallographic analysis. In conjunction with our previous results on 14-epi-19-nortachysterol, 2-methylidene-, 2α-methyl-, 2β-methyl, and 2α-hydroxypropoxy-14-epi-19-nortachysterol, we propose a variety of effects of substitution at the C2 position in the 14-epi-19-nortachysterol skeleton on biological activities...
March 21, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Jale Tosun, B Guy Peters
This article describes data for 78 intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) working on topics related to energy governance, environmental protection, and the economy. The number of IGOs covered also includes organizations active in other sectors. The point of departure for data construction was the Correlates of War dataset, from which we selected this sample of IGOs. We updated and expanded the empirical information on the IGOs selected by manual coding. Most importantly, we collected the primary law texts of the individual IGOs in order to code whether they commit themselves to environmental policy integration (EPI), climate policy integration (CPI) and/or energy policy integration (EnPI)...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Yan Sun, Yong-Hao Huang, Feng-Ying Huang, Wen-Li Mei, Quan Liu, Cai-Chun Wang, Ying-Ying Lin, Canhua Huang, Yue-Nan Li, Hao-Fu Dai, Guang-Hong Tan
Rationale: Cardenolides have potential as anticancer drugs. 3'-epi-12β-hydroxyfroside (HyFS) is a new cardenolide structure isolated by our research group, but its molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. This study investigates the relationship between its antitumor activities and autophagy in lung cancer cells. Methods: Cell growth and proliferation were detected by MTT, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release, 5-ethynyl-20-deoxyuridine (EDU) and colony formation assays. Cell apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry...
2018: Theranostics
L Barbosa, D Kühni, D Vasconcelos, E Sales, G Lima, M Santos, A Lemos
STUDY OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the factors associated with urinary incontinence (UI) in pregnant adolescents. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, INTERVENTIONS AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: a case-control study was conducted in three Brazilian public hospitals. Adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 with gestational age of 27 weeks or more were included. The sample size was calculated using the Open-epi 3.01 program considering gestational obesity as an associated factor. The resulting sample consisted of 658 volunteers, 329 in the case group (with UI) and 329 in the control group (without UI)...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Sandeep Kumar Verma, Ashok Kumar Das, Manoj Kumar Patel, Ashish Shah, Vinay Kumar, Saikat Gantait
With the overwhelmingly rapid advancement in the field of nanotechnology, the engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) have been extensively used in various areas of the plant system, including quality improvement, growth and nutritional value enhancement, gene preservation etc. There are several recent reports on the ENMs' influence on growth enhancements, growth inhibition as well as certain toxic impacts on plant. However, translocation, growth responses and stress modulation mechanisms of ENMs in the plant systems call for better and in-depth understanding...
March 3, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Marek Dziadosz
Multiple analyte adduct formation was examined and discussed in the context of reproducible signal detection in liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry applied in the analysis of biologically-related samples. Appropriate infusion solutions were prepared in H2 O/methanol (3/97, v/v) with 1 mM sodium acetate and 10 mM acetic acid. An API 4000 QTrap tandem mass spectrometer was used for experiments performed in the negative scan mode (-Q1 MS) and the negative enhanced product ion mode (-EPI). γ‑Hydroxybutyrate and its deuterated form were used as model compounds to highlight both the complexity of adduct formation in popular mobile phases used and the effective signal compensation by the application of isotope-labelled analytes as internal standards...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Majed Hababeh, Wafaa Zeidan, Mariam Abdel El-Kader, Anwar Al Thaher, Nimer Kassim, Elias Habash, Hasan Arab, Ali Khader, Akihiro Seita
BACKGROUND: UNRWA introduced family planning services in 1994 as an integral part of its expanded maternal and child health-care programme. The main objective of UNRWA's family planning programme is to promote the health of mothers, children, and their families. The aim of this follow-up study was to assess contraceptive practices in the target population 5 years after the 2010 follow-up study and to identify future programme needs. METHODS: This cross-sectional survey was a done by trained nurses from June 1 to Dec 31, 2015...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Wenbin Shao, Jun Huang, Kai Guo, Jianxian Gong, Zhen Yang
The total synthesis of naturally occurring (±)-sinensilactam A was achieved in 18 steps. The key steps of this work are a rhodium-catalyzed [3 + 2] cycloaddition for construction of the two all-carbon vicinal quaternary centers and a convergent and tandem condensation of the in situ generated N-acyliminium intermediate with aldehyde 20. This enabled implementation of a unified strategy for stereoselective formation of the tetracyclic hemiaminal core of sinensilactam A in a later stage. The total syntheses of applanatumol F and C8- epi-applanatumol D are also achieved using this strategy...
March 19, 2018: Organic Letters
Yang Wei, Shu-Yao Wang, Si-Yang Wu, Chen Kang, Ying-Fei Li
Flavonoids are the most abundant constituents and induce these the rapeutic effects against inflammation, gastrointestinal infections, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory. Most of these flavonoids have low content in Scutellarie Radix. It was difficult to detect some minor compounds by using LC-MS method with full scan. Based on the review of flavonoids that had been extracted from Scutellariae Radix, a method with PREC-IDA-EPI technique was developed and applied to Scutellariae Radix by using UPLC-MS/MS...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Qiru Su, Chao Ma, Ning Wen, Chunxiang Fan, Hong Yang, Huaqing Wang, Zundong Yin, Zijian Feng, Lixin Hao, Weizhong Yang
BACKGROUND: Rubella-containing vaccine (RCV) became available in China in 1993 and was introduced nationwide into the Expanded Immunization Program (EPI) in 2008. We evaluated implementation and impact of RCV from 2 years prior to nationwide introduction through the 10 years after nationwide introduction. METHODS: We analyzed RCV lot-release (doses distributed) data, 1- and 2-dose RCV coverage, and rubella data from China's nationwide disease surveillance system to describe the current status and changes in rubella epidemiology between 2005 and 2017...
March 14, 2018: Vaccine
Nobuyuki Kosaka, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Tetsuji Kurokawa, Tsuyoshi Matsuda, Masayuki Kanamoto, Naoyuki Takei, Kenji Takata, Jin Takahashi, Yoshio Yoshida, Hirohiko Kimura
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the vascularity of retained products of conception (RPOC) using arterial spin-labeling magnetic resonance imaging (ASL-MRI) to clarify the clinical feasibility of this approach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pulsed-continuous ASL sequence with echo-planar imaging (EPI) acquisitions was used. Ten consecutive patients with RPOC were enrolled. All ASL images were evaluated visually and semiquantitatively and compared with the findings of Doppler ultrasound (US) and dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI)...
March 16, 2018: Magma
Timmy L S Choi, Jenny K Y Wong, Wai Him Kwok, Peter Curl, Stewart Mechie, Terence S M Wan
Methylstenbolone (2,17α-dimethyl-5α-androst-1-en-17β-ol-3-one) is a synthetic anabolic and androgenic steroid (AAS) sold as an oral 'nutritional supplement' under the brand names 'Ultradrol', 'M-Sten' and 'Methyl-Sten'. Like other AASs, methylstenbolone is a prohibited substance in both human and equine sports. This paper describes the studies of the in vitro and in vivo metabolism of methylstenbolone in horses using LC/HRMS, GC/MS and GC/MS/MS. Phase I in vitro metabolic study of methylstenbolone was performed using homogenised horse liver...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Rikki A M Brown, Michael R Epis, Jessica L Horsham, Tasnuva D Kabir, Kirsty L Richardson, Peter J Leedman
BACKGROUND: microRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs that fine-tune gene expression. The aberrant expression of miRNAs is associated with many diseases and they have both therapeutic and biomarker potential. However, our understanding of their usefulness is dependent on the tools we have to study them. Previous studies have identified the need to optimise and standardise RNA extraction methods in order to avoid biased results. Herein, we extracted RNA from murine lung, liver and brain tissues using five commercially available total RNA extraction methods...
March 16, 2018: BMC Biotechnology
Yitagesu Habtu, Samuel Yohannes, Tariku Laelago
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is one of the most easily preventable forms of female cancers if early screening and diagnosis is made. Low awareness level about the disease and risk factors, beliefs about the disease, poor access to preventive services, affordability of the service and current health service system can influence decision to seek health care services for cervical cancer. The objective of this study was to determine health seeking behaviour and determinant factors for cervical cancer in Hossana town...
March 16, 2018: BMC Cancer
Jin-Na Zhang, Guang-Guo Ying, Yuan-Yuan Yang, Wang-Rong Liu, Shuang-Shuang Liu, Jun Chen, You-Sheng Liu, Jian-Liang Zhao, Qian-Qian Zhang
Androgens are one class of steroids that could cause endocrine disrupting effects in aquatic organisms. However, little information is available about androgens in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) with different treatment technologies. Here we investigated the occurrence, removal, and fate of fourteen natural and synthetic androgens in ten WWTPs of Guangdong province, south China. The results showed detection of ten androgens in the influents of the ten WWTPs, with concentrations up to 4650 ng/L (androsta-1,4-diene-3,17-dione)...
February 26, 2018: Chemosphere
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