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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369223/severe-aortic-stenosis-with-low-aortic-valve-calcification-characteristics-and-outcome-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Yigal Abramowitz, Hasan Jilaihawi, Philippe Pibarot, Tarun Chakravarty, Mohammad Kashif, Yoshio Kazuno, Yoshio Maeno, Hiroyuki Kawamori, Geeteshwar Mangat, John Friedman, Wen Cheng, Raj R Makkar
Aims: High aortic valve calcification (AVC) assessed with CT may be used to differentiate between severe and non-severe aortic stenosis (AS). Nonetheless, in some cases patients with low calcification are diagnosed with haemodynamically severe AS. The prevalence, mechanism of valve stenosis and implications for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) of low AVC severe AS remain unclear. We assessed the clinical and haemodynamic characteristics and the outcome of patients with severe AS and low AVC that undergo TAVI...
March 27, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360224/ultrasound-evaluation-of-diaphragm-function-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-comparison-to-phrenic-stimulation-and-prognostic-implications
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Bruno-Pierre Dubé, Martin Dres, Julien Mayaux, Suela Demiri, Thomas Similowski, Alexandre Demoule
RATIONALE: In intensive care unit (ICU) patients, diaphragm dysfunction is associated with adverse clinical outcomes. Ultrasound measurements of diaphragm thickness, excursion (EXdi) and thickening fraction (TFdi) are putative estimators of diaphragm function, but have never been compared with phrenic nerve stimulation. Our aim was to describe the relationship between these variables and diaphragm function evaluated using the change in endotracheal pressure after phrenic nerve stimulation (Ptr,stim), and to compare their prognostic value...
March 30, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342892/comparison-of-three-cell-based-drug-screening-platforms-for-hsv-1-infection
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Leonardo D'Aiuto, Kelly Williamson, Peter Dimitrion, James McNulty, Carla E Brown, Chanti Babu Dokuburra, Alexander J Nielsen, Wen Jing Lin, Paolo Piazza, Mark E Schurdak, Joel Wood, Robert H Yolken, Paul R Kinchington, David C Bloom, Vishwajit L Nimgaonkar
Acyclovir (ACV) and its derivatives have been highly effective for treating recurrent, lytic infections with Herpes Simplex Virus, type 1 (HSV-1), but searches for additional antiviral drugs are motivated by recent reports of resistance to ACV, particularly among immunocompromised patients. In addition, the relative neurotoxicity of ACV and its inability to prevent neurological sequelae among HSV-1 encephalitis survivors compel searches for new drugs to treat HSV-1 infections of the central nervous system (CNS)...
March 23, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340537/study-on-a-3d-hydrogel-based-culture-model-for-characterizing-growth-of-fibroblasts-under-viral-infection-and-drug-treatment
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Xiaolu Zhu, Xianting Ding
Three-dimensional (3D) in vitro tissue models provide an approach for the systematic, repetitive, and quantitative study of drugs. In this study, we constructed an in vitro 3D acrylated hyaluronic acid (AHA) hydrogel model encapsulating fibroblasts, performed long-period 3D culture, and tested cellular topological changes and proliferation variation in the presence of herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) as an infecting virus and acyclovir (ACV) as the treatment drug. The AHA hydrogels were formed by using Michael addition chemistry of bis-cysteine containing MMP-degradable cross-linker onto AHA prefunctionalized with cell adhesion peptides (RGD)...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337056/normative-values-and-contralateral-comparison-of-anterior-chamber-parameters-measured-by-pentacam-and-its-correlation-with-corneal-biomechanical-factors
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Mohammad Reza Sedaghat, Vahid Mohammad Zadeh, Kaveh Fadakar, Sakineh Kadivar, Mojtaba Abrishami
PURPOSE: To evaluate the normative values of anterior chamber parameters measured by Pentacam and corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF) measured by Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA) and their relationship. METHODS: In an observational cross-sectional study, patients aged 18-35 years were included. Exclusion criteria were history of any intraocular or corneal disease, anomaly or surgery; hyperopic spherical refraction more than +3, and myopic spherical refraction less than -5...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320407/association-between-sensitivity-of-viral-thymidine-kinase-associated-acyclovir-resistant-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-and-virulence
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Natsumi Omura, Hikaru Fujii, Tomoki Yoshikawa, Souichi Yamada, Shizuko Harada, Takuya Inagaki, Miho Shibamura, Haruko Takeyama, Masayuki Saijo
BACKGROUND: Acyclovir (ACV)-resistant (ACVr) herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infections are concern in immunocompromised patients. Most clinical ACVr HSV-1 isolates have mutations in the viral thymidine kinase (vTK) genes. The vTK-associated ACVr HSV-1 shows reduced virulence, but the association between the level of resistance and the virulence of the vTK-associated ACVr HSV-1 is still unclear. METHODS: The virulence in mice of 5 vTK-associated ACVr HSV-1 clones with a variety of ACV sensitivities, when inoculated through intracerebral and corneal routes, was evaluated in comparison with ACV-sensitive (ACVs) parent HSV-1 TAS...
March 21, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316142/evolutionary-ecology-of-beta-lactam-gene-clusters-in-animals
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Wouter Suring, Karen Meusemann, Alexander Blanke, Janine Mariën, Tim Schol, Valeria Agamennone, Anna Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva, Matty P Berg, Bram Brouwer, Nico M van Straalen, Dick Roelofs
Beta-lactam biosynthesis was thought to occur only in fungi and bacteria, but we recently reported the presence of isopenicillin N synthase in a soil-dwelling animal, Folsomia candida. However, it has remained unclear whether this gene is part of a larger beta-lactam biosynthesis pathway and how widespread the occurrence of penicillin biosynthesis is among animals. Here, we analyzed the distribution of beta-lactam biosynthesis genes throughout the animal kingdom and identified a beta-lactam gene cluster in the genome of F...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284712/subchronic-toxicity-and-anti-hsv-1-activity-in-experimental-animal-of-dolabelladienetriol-from-the-seaweed-dictyota-pfaffii
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Valéria Garrido, Caroline Barros, Vanessa A Melchiades, Rainomar Raimundo Fonseca, Sergio Pinheiro, Patrícia Ocampo, Valéria L Teixeira, Diana N Cavalcanti, Viveca Giongo, Norman A Ratcliffe, Gerlinde Teixeira, Izabel Christina N P Paixão
This study examined in rats the subchronic toxicity and anti- HSV-1activity after oral administration of dolabelladienetriol (D1), a diterpene isolated from the seaweed Dictyota pfaffii. In subchronic toxicity (SCT) tests, female rats received D1 by gavage 15 mg/kg/day (n = 5) for 50 days, and general behavior, death, hematological, biochemical and histological changes in the liver, kidney, stomach, and duodenum were determined. For the anti-HSV-1 activity, female mice were infected and treated orally with a dose of 20 mg/kg (n = 5) twice a day with D1 and any lesions in the skin were then recorded for 18 days...
March 8, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253893/effect-of-suppressive-acyclovir-administered-to-hsv-2-positive-mothers-from-week-28-to-36%C3%A2-weeks-of-pregnancy-on-adverse-obstetric-outcomes-a-double-blind-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Sarah Nakubulwa, Dan K Kaye, Freddie Bwanga, Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, Edith Nakku-Joloba, Florence Mirembe
BACKGROUND: Acyclovir (ACV) given to HSV-2 positive women after 36 weeks reduces adverse outcomes but its benefit at lower gestation was undocumented. We determined the effect of oral acyclovir administered from 28 to 36 weeks on premature rupture of membranes (PROM) primarily and preterm delivery risk. METHODS: This was a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial among 200 HSV-2 positive pregnant women at 28 weeks of gestation at Mulago Hospital, Uganda...
March 3, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245257/cross-linked-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-and-carboxymethyl-cellulose-hydrogels-for-controlled-drug-delivery-of-acyclovir
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Nadia Shamshad Malik, Mahmood Ahmad, Muhammad Usman Minhas
To explore the potential role of polymers in the development of drug-delivery systems, this study investigated the use of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD), carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), acrylic acid (AA) and N' N'-methylenebis-acrylamide (MBA) in the synthesis of hydrogels for controlled drug delivery of acyclovir (ACV). Different proportions of β-CD, CMC, AA and MBA were blended with each other to fabricate hydrogels via free radical polymerization technique. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) revealed successful grafting of components into the polymeric network...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235707/enhancement-of-the-antiviral-activity-against-caprine-herpesvirus-type-1-of-acyclovir-in-association-with-mizoribine
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Michele Camero, Domenico Buonavoglia, Maria Stella Lucente, Michele Losurdo, Giuseppe Crescenzo, Paolo Trerotoli, Elisabetta Casalino, Vito Martella, Gabriella Elia, Maria Tempesta
Caprine herpesvirus 1 (CpHV-1) infection in goats is responsible for genital lesions resembling the lesions induced by herpesvirus 2 in humans (HHV-2). The immunosuppressive drug Mizoribine (MIZ) is able to increase the antiviral activity of Acyclovir (ACV) against herpesvirus infections, raising interesting perspectives on new combined therapeutic strategies. In this study the anti-CpHV-1 activity in vitro of ACV alone or in combination with MIZ was evaluated. ACV (100μg/ml) displayed an antiviral effect on CpHV-1 replication...
April 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207520/characterization-of-ocular-biometrics-and-aqueous-humor-dynamics-in-primary-angle-closure-suspects
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Li Guo, Yuan Deng, Li Fang, Chaoqi Liu, Tao Guo
Detailed characterizations of ocular biometrics and parameters of aqueous humor dynamics are lacking in primary angle closure suspect (PACS) patients. This study aims to characterize these parameters and compare them with age-matched healthy volunteers.Elderly healthy volunteers (60.6 ± 7.2 years of age, mean ± SD, n = 28) and PACS patients (64.1 ± 11.6 years, n = 30) completed the study. Parameters investigated were axial length (AXL), anterior chamber depth (ACD), anterior chamber volume (ACV), central cornea thickness (CCT), intraocular pressure (IOP), aqueous flow (Fa), outflow facility (C), episcleral venous pressure (EVP), and uveoscleral outflow (Fu)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180985/crossover-study-of-assist-control-ventilation-and-neurally-adjusted-ventilatory-assist
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Sandeep Shetty, Katie Hunt, Janet Peacock, Kamal Ali, Anne Greenough
Some studies of infants with acute respiratory distress have demonstrated that neurally adjusted ventilator assist (NAVA) had better short-term results compared to non-triggered or other triggered models. We determined if very prematurely born infants with evolving or established bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) had a lower oxygenation index (OI) on NAVA compared to assist control ventilation (ACV). Infants were studied for 1 h each on each mode. At the end of each hour, blood gas analysis was performed and the OI calculated...
April 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168046/measurement-of-and-factors-associated-with-the-anterior-chamber-volume-in-healthy-chinese-adults
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Yuan Zong, Qian Xu, Chunhui Jiang, Haohao Zhu, Jian Yu, Xinghuai Sun
Purpose. To measure the anterior chamber volume (ACV) and determine factors associated with the ACV in healthy Chinese adults. Methods. In this cross-sectional study, we used swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) to measure ACV and other anterior segment parameters. Factors associated with ACV were also determined. Results. A total of 313 healthy Chinese adults were enrolled. The anterior segment parameters, including ACV, could be measured by SS-OCT with excellent repeatability and reproducibility...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159815/validation-of-the-prognostic-utility-of-the-electrocardiogram-for-acute-drug-overdose
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Alex F Manini, Ajith P Nair, Rajesh Vedanthan, David Vlahov, Robert S Hoffman
BACKGROUND: While it is certain that some emergency department patients with acute drug overdose suffer adverse cardiovascular events (ACVE), predicting ACVE is difficult. The prognostic utility of the ECG for heterogeneous drug overdose patients remains to be proven. This study was undertaken to validate previously derived features of the initial ECG associated with ACVE in this population. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a prospective validation cohort study to evaluate adult emergency department patients with acute drug overdose at 2 urban university hospitals over 5 years in whom an emergency department admission ECG was performed...
February 3, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124592/acyclovir-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-for-skin-drug-delivery-fabrication-characterization-and-in-vitro-study
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Maria John Newton, Kaur Bhupinder
OBJECTIVE: The fractionated coconut oil based solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) of Acyclovir (ACV) were fabricated in two batches by using Glyceryl mono stearate (GMS) and Lipoid S75 (Fat free soybean phospholipids with 70% phosphatidylcholine- Lipoid GmbH, Germany). The research was focused on developing ACV-SLN by using high pressure hot-homogenization technique. The ingredients were used in different concentrations and ratios to identify the best formulation design. METHODS: The GMS with Fractionated coconut oil and Lipoid S 75 with Fractionated coconut oil were used in various concentrations in formulation design to assess the impact on the fabrication and evaluation of SLNs...
January 17, 2017: Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092836/antiviral-drug-acyclovir-exhibits-antitumor-activity-via-targeting-%C3%AE-trcp1-molecular-docking-and-dynamics-simulation-study
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Shagufta Shafique, Sajid Rashid
The critical role of βTrCP1 in cancer development makes it a discerning target for the development of small drug like molecules. Currently, no inhibitor exists that is able to target its substrate binding site. Through molecular docking and dynamics simulation assays, we explored the comparative binding pattern of βTrCP1-WD40 domain with ACV and its phospho-derivatives (ACVMP, ACVDP and ACVTP). Consequently, through principal component analysis, βTrCP1-ACVTP was found to be more stable complex by obscuring a reduced conformational space than other systems...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068365/tonographic-effect-of-ocular-response-analyzer-in-comparison-to-goldmann-applanation-tonometry
#18
Martin Zimmermann, Susanne Pitz, Irene Schmidtmann, Norbert Pfeiffer, Joanna Wasielica-Poslednik
AIMS: The tonographic effect is a phenomenon of intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction following repeated tonometry. This study examines whether the tonographic effect occurs following IOP measurement performed with Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA). METHODS: Both eyes of 31 glaucoma patients and 35 healthy controls underwent nine IOP-measurements performed with GAT and ORA. The number of GAT and ORA measurements performed on each eye differed depending on the randomly allocated investigation scheme...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042660/determination-of-minimum-biofilm-eradication-concentrations-of-orbifloxacin-for-canine-bacterial-uropathogens-over-different-treatment-periods
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Takae Shimizu, Kazuki Harada
Biofilm formation can cause refractory urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs; however, minimum biofilm eradication concentrations (MBECs) of veterinary drugs against canine uropathogens remain to be investigated. In this study, the MBECs of orbifloxacin (OBFX), trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMS) and amoxicillin/clavulanate (ACV) over different time periods for treatment of canine uropathogenic Escherichia coli (n = 10) were determined. The MBECs of OBFX for other bacterial uropathogens, including Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (n = 5), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (n = 5), Klebsiella pneumoniae (n = 5) and Proteus mirabilis (n = 5) were also determined...
January 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039754/herpes-zoster-in-autologous-hematopoietic-cell-transplant-recipients-in-the-era-of-acyclovir-or-valacyclovir-prophylaxis-and-novel-treatment-and-maintenance-therapies
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Farah Sahoo, Joshua A Hill, Hu Xie, Wendy Leisenring, Jessica Yi, Sonia Goyal, Louise E Kimball, Ingi Lee, Sachiko Seo, Chris Davis, Stephen A Pergam, Mary E Flowers, Kai-Li Liaw, Leona Holmberg, Michael Boeckh
The epidemiology of herpes zoster (HZ) in contemporary autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients, and the impact of acyclovir (ACV)/valacyclovir (VACV) prophylaxis, is not well described. In this observational study from 2002 to 2010, we retrospectively identified 1000 varicella zoster virus (VZV)-seropositive autologous HCT recipients with up to 5 years of follow-up. The incidence of HZ and use of ACV/VACV prophylaxis were determined through review of medical records and mailed questionnaires...
March 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
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