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Sailendra Singh, Pallavi Pandey, Sumit Ghosh, Suchitra Banerjee
Andrographolide (AD) is the time-honoured pharmacologically active constituent of the traditionally renowned medicinal plant-Andrographis paniculata. Advancements in the target-oriented drug discovery process have further unravelled the immense therapeutic credibility of another unique molecule-neoandrographolide (NAD). The escalated market demand of these anti-cancer diterpenes is increasingly facing unrelenting hurdles of demand and supply disparity, attributable to their limited yield. Callus and adventitious root cultures were generated to explore their biosynthetic potentials which first time revealed NAD production along with AD...
March 20, 2018: Protoplasma
Moniek A M Munneke, Chantal D Bakker, Eline A Goverde, Jaco W Pasman, Dick F Stegeman
After stroke, motor pathways are often affected, leading to paresis. It remains difficult to reliably predict motor recovery of the upper extremity, for which transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may add to clinical examination. Placement of the surface electromyography (sEMG) electrodes in TMS is essential for information about specific muscle groups and corticospinal pathways. This study primarily aimed to determine the optimal sEMG electrode positions for recording activity of forearm flexor and extensor muscles...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Jieqiong Jiang, Di Mu, Mengyu Ding, Shiyi Zhang, Hong Zhang, Jianying Hu
While phthalates monoesters have been recognized as the bioactive metabolites of phthalates, the knowledge on their environmental occurrence and sources is limited. In this study, monomethyl phthalate (MMP), monoethyl phthalate (MEP), mono-iso-butyl phthalate (MiBP), mono-n-butyl phthalate (MnBP), and mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP) were frequently detected in water samples from the Taihu Lake in China using an improved SPE-LC-MS-MS method. The mean concentrations for MMP, MEP, MiBP, MnBP, and MEHP were 51...
March 13, 2018: Chemosphere
Michael D Guthrie, Donald L Gilbert, David A Huddleston, Ernest V Pedapati, Paul S Horn, Stewart H Mostofsky, Steve W Wu
We describe the development of a reproducible, child-friendly motor response inhibition task suitable for online Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) characterization of primary motor cortex (M1) excitability and inhibition. Motor response inhibition prevents unwanted actions and is abnormal in several neuropsychiatric conditions. TMS is a non-invasive technology that can quantify M1 excitability and inhibition using single- and paired-pulse protocols and can be precisely timed to study cortical physiology with high temporal resolution...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Jungeun Won, Guillermo L Monroy, Pin-Chieh Huang, Roshan Dsouza, Malcolm C Hill, Michael A Novak, Ryan G Porter, Eric Chaney, Ronit Barkalifa, Stephen A Boppart
Pneumatic otoscopy to assess the mobility of the tympanic membrane (TM) is a highly recommended diagnostic method of otitis media (OM), a widespread middle ear infection characterized by the fluid accumulation in the middle ear. Nonetheless, limited depth perception and subjective interpretation of small TM displacements have challenged the appropriate and efficient examination of TM dynamics experienced during OM. In this paper, a pneumatic otoscope integrated with low coherence interferometry (LCI) was adapted with a controlled pressure-generating system to record the pneumatic response of the TM and to estimate middle ear pressure (MEP)...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Mana Biabani, Michael Farrell, Maryam Zoghi, Gary Egan, Shapour Jaberzadeh
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)-induced motor evoked potentials (MEPs) are frequently used to assess corticospinal and intercortical activities. Trial to trial variance of the potentials is commonly observed, and averages of multiple MEPs are usually reported. Multiple trials have resources implications and are not compatible with some experimental protocols. This study investigated the minimum number of MEPs required to reliably assess corticospinal excitability (CSE), short interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) and intercortical facilitation (ICF), within and between sessions...
March 15, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Kavita Kadian, Sonam Vijay, Yash Gupta, Ritu Rawal, Jagbir Singh, Anup Anvikar, Veena Pande, Arun Sharma
Malaria parasites utilize Methylerythritol phosphate (MEP) pathway for synthesis of isoprenoid precursors which are essential for maturation and survival of parasites during erythrocytic and gametocytic stages. The absence of MEP pathway in the human host establishes MEP pathway enzymes as a repertoire of essential drug targets. The fourth enzyme, 4-diphosphocytidyl-2C-methyl-d-erythritol kinase (IspE) has been proved essential in pathogenic bacteria, however; it has not yet been studied in any Plasmodium species...
March 14, 2018: Parasitology International
V S Klimov, V V Kel'makov, N V Chishchina, A V Evsyukov
AIM: The study aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of intraoperative monitoring of motor evoked potentials (MEPs) for predicting changes in the neurological status of patients with cervical spinal cord tumors in the early postoperative period. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 74 patients with intradural cervical spinal cord tumors who were operated on using motor evoked potential monitoring in the period from 2013 to 2016. There were 29 (39%) males and 46 (61%) females...
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Nancy E Epstein
Background: The risk of spinal cord injury (SCI) due to decreased cord perfusion following thoracic/thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery (T/TL-AAA) and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) ranges up to 20%. For decades, therefore, many vascular surgeons have utilized cerebrospinal fluid drainage (CSFD) to decrease intraspinal pressure and increase blood flow to the spinal cord, thus reducing the risk of SCI/ischemia. Methods: Multiple studies previously recommend utilizing CSFD following T/TL-AAA/TEVAR surgery to treat SCI by increasing spinal cord blood flow...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Stefano Tozza, Raffaele Dubbioso, Rosa Iodice, Antonietta Topa, Marcello Esposito, Lucia Ruggiero, Emanuele Spina, Anna De Rosa, Francesco Saccà, Lucio Santoro, Fiore Manganelli
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a recessive lysosomal lipid storage disorder characterized by central nervous system involvement. Miglustat treatment might improve or stabilize neurological manifestations but there is still limited data on the long-term efficacy. The aim of our study was to report a four-year clinical, neuropsychological and electrophysiological follow-up of two sisters under treatment with miglustat. We report data at basal (T0) and after 4 years (T4) of treatment with miglustat from two sisters (P1 and P2) affected by NPC disease...
March 13, 2018: Neurological Sciences
Kimiya Fujio, Hiroki Obata, Taku Kitamura, Noritaka Kawashima, Kimitaka Nakazawa
Recent studies demonstrated that the corticospinal pathway is one of the key nodes for the feedback control of human standing and that the excitability is flexibly changed according to the current state of posture. However, it has been unclear whether this pathway is also involved in a predictive control of human standing. Here, we investigated whether the corticospinal excitability of the soleus (SOL) and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles during standing would be modulated anticipatorily when perturbation was impending...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
X H Ren, X C Yang, W Huang, K Y Yang, L Liu, H Qiao, L J Guo, Y Cui, S Lin
Objective: This study aimed to analyze the application of cortical and subcortical stimulation threshold in identifying the motor pathway and guiding the resection of gliomas in the functional area, and to illustrate the minimal safe threshold by ROC method. Methods: Fifty-seven patients with gliomas in the functional areas were enrolled in the study at Beijing Tiantan Hospital from 2015 to 2017. Anesthesia was maintained intravenously with propofol 10% and remifentanil. Throughout the resection process, cortical or subcortical stimulation threshold was determined along tumor border using monopolar or bipolar electrodes...
March 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Belinda J Poole, Marius Mather, Evan J Livesey, Irina M Harris, Justin A Harris
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the motor cortex produces motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) in contralateral muscles. The amplitude of these MEPs can be used to measure the excitability of the corticospinal tract during motor planning. In two experiments, we investigated learning-related changes in corticospinal excitability as subjects prepared to respond in a choice reaction-time task. Subjects responded with their left or right hand to a left or right arrow, and on some trials the arrow was immediately preceded by a warning cue that signaled which response would be required...
February 21, 2018: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
K M Lee, M C Joo, Y M Yu, M-S Kim
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between mylohyoid motor-evoked potentials (MH-MEP) and swallowing function and determine the value of MH-MEP for predicting aspiration 3 months poststroke. METHODS: Subacute patients within a month of their first stroke were enrolled up for 2 consecutive years. Videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) were performed twice. Patients were evaluated during VFSS using the penetration aspiration scale (PAS) and videofluoroscopic dysphagia scale (VDS)...
March 13, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Patrick W Smith, T Don Tilley
Two new base-free hydrosilylene complexes of iron were synthesized using the novel starting material Cp*(i Pr2 MeP)FeMes. These Cp*(i Pr2 MeP)Fe(H)SiHR (R = DMP, Trip) complexes are in equilibrium with the corresponding iron silyl complexes, Cp*(i Pr2 MeP)FeSiH2 R, which can be trapped and characterized for R = Trip. Unlike the Ru analogues, the Fe silylene complex with R = DMP is observed to undergo an intramolecular C-H activation involving formal addition of a benzylic C-H bond across the Fe-Si bond. This increased activity for bond activations is also observed for reactions with hydrogen, where Fe reacts faster than a Ru analog to form the hydrogenation product, Cp*(i Pr2 MeP)H2 FeSiH2 DMP...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Guang-Wen Lien, Jung-Hsuan Chen, Fang-Wei Tien, Pau-Chung Chen, Huei-Wen Chen, Hsaio-Lin Hwa, Cheng-Chung Fang, Te-I Weng, Pai-Shan Chen
Phthalates are not covalently bound to plastics. They can leach from experimental plastic devices. Due to the development of sensitive techniques, exogenous sources that interfere with the accuracy of phthalate monoester analysis can be easily detected. Here, we propose the simple and rapid dilute-and-shoot method to minimize sample handling and limit contact with laboratory apparatus, which efficiently reduced phthalate interferences mainly from experimental plasticware and improved the accuracy of analysis...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Alain Lekoubou, Kinfe G Bishu, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is particularly frequent among children, yet updated and nationwide healthcare utilization estimates are scanty in the United States. OBJECTIVE: To analyze healthcare utilization among children with epilepsy. METHODS: Data on children (≤17-year-old) were extracted from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2003-2014. Epilepsy was identified using the clinical classification code 83. Healthcare utilization (Inpatient admission, outpatient visits, prescription medication including refill, emergency room visits, and home health provider visits) was compared between children with epilepsy and those without epilepsy...
February 27, 2018: Epilepsy Research
Anja Püschel, Rasmus Ebel, Patricia Fuchs, Janet Hofmann, Jochen K Schubert, Jan P Roesner, Stefan Bergt, Andreas Wree, Brigitte Vollmar, Ernst Klar, Carsten M Bünger, Sabine Kischkel
BACKROUND: Paraplegia due to spinal cord ischemia (SCI) is a serious complication after repair of thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms. For prevention and early treatment of spinal ischemia intraoperative monitoring of spinal cord integrity is essential. This study was intended to improve recognition of SCI through a combination of transcranial motor-evoked potentials (tc-MEPs), serum markers and innovative breath analysis. METHODS: In nine female German landrace pigs, tc-MEPs were captured, markers of neuronal damage were determined in blood and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were analysed in exhaled air...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
M E Ogunsanya, S O Nduaguba, C M Brown
Objectives The objective of this paper is to describe the annual direct medical expenditures for cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) patients, and to estimate the incremental health care expenditures and utilization associated with depression among adults with CLE, while controlling for covariates. Methods Using the 2014 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), we compared CLE patients with and without depression to determine differences in: (a) health care utilization-inpatient, outpatient, office-based and emergency room (ER) visits, and prescriptions filled; and (b) expenditures-total costs, inpatient, outpatient, office-based, ER, and prescription medication costs, and other costs using demography-adjusted and comorbidity-adjusted multivariate models (age, gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, education, perception of health status, poverty category, smoking status, and Charlson Comorbidity Index)...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Rajendiran Karthikraj, Sonali Borkar, Sunmi Lee, Kurunthachalam Kannan
The exposure of pets, such as dogs and cats, to a wide range of chemicals present in the indoor environment and the concomitant increase in noninfectious diseases in these companion animals are a concern. Nevertheless, little is known about the sources and pathways of exposure to chemicals in pets. In this study, we determined the concentrations of parabens in commercially available cat and dog foods as well as in urine samples from these pets collected from the Albany area of the state of New York in the United States...
March 7, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
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