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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641093/hematological-parameters-and-red-blood-cell-morphological-abnormality-of-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency-co-inherited-with-thalassemia
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Jutharat Pengon, Saovaros Svasti, Sumalee Kamchonwongpaisan, Phantip Vattanaviboon
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency and thalassemia are genetically independent hemolytic disorders. Co-inheritance of both disorders may affect red blood cell pathology to a greater extent than normally seen in either disorder alone. This study determines the prevalence and evaluates hematological changes of G-6-PD deficiency and thalassemia co-inheritance. METHODS: G-6-PD deficiency was screened from 200 male thalassemia blood samples using a fluorescent spot test...
June 15, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636031/attaining-resistive-switching-characteristics-and-selector-properties-by-varying-forming-polarities-in-a-single-hfo2-based-rram-device-with-a-vanadium-electrode
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Chih-Yang Lin, Po-Hsun Chen, Ting-Chang Chang, Kuan-Chang Chang, Sheng-Dong Zhang, Tsung-Ming Tsai, Chih-Hung Pan, Min-Chen Chen, Yu-Ting Su, Yi-Ting Tseng, Yao-Feng Chang, Ying-Chen Chen, Hui-Chun Huang, Simon M Sze
This study proposes a method for a HfO2-based device to exhibit both resistive switching (RS) characteristics as resistive random access memory (RRAM) and selector characteristics by introducing vanadium (V) as the top electrode. This simple V/HfO2/TiN structure can demonstrate these two different properties depending on forming polarities. The RS mechanism is activated by a positive forming bias. In contrast, the selector property is induced by a negative forming bias. The material analyses firstly confirm the existence of V in the top electrode...
June 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635953/rare-rnf213-variants-in-the-c-terminal-region-encompassing-the-ring-finger-domain-are-associated-with-moyamoya-angiopathy-in-caucasians
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Stéphanie Guey, Markus Kraemer, Dominique Hervé, Thomas Ludwig, Manoëlle Kossorotoff, Françoise Bergametti, Jan Claudius Schwitalla, Simone Choi, Lucile Broseus, Isabelle Callebaut, Emmanuelle Genin, Elisabeth Tournier-Lasserve
Moyamoya angiopathy (MMA) is a cerebral angiopathy affecting the terminal part of internal carotid arteries. Its prevalence is 10 times higher in Japan and Korea than in Europe. In East Asian countries, moyamoya is strongly associated to the R4810K variant in the RNF213 gene that encodes for a protein containing a RING-finger and two AAA+ domains. This variant has never been detected in Caucasian MMA patients, but several rare RNF213 variants have been reported in Caucasian cases. Using a collapsing test based on exome data from 68 European MMA probands and 573 ethnically matched controls, we showed a significant association between rare missense RNF213 variants and MMA in European patients (odds ratio (OR)=2...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635414/core-shell-pla-pva-porous-microparticles-as-carriers-for-bacteriocin-nisin
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Pavlina Holcapkova, Martina Hrabalikova, Petra Stoplova, Vladimir Sedlarik
This work is focused on preparation of novel porous type of core-shell-structured microparticles based on polylactide (shell) and poly(vinyl alcohol) cross-linked with glutaric acid (GA) (core) prepared by water-in-oil-in-water solvent evaporation technique. The microparticle systems were used as delivery systems for immobilisation of model antibacterial agent - nisin. The effect of cross-linking and the initial amount of nisin on their morphology was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, BET analysis, zeta potential measurement and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634279/in-frame-seven-amino-acid-duplication-in-aip-arose-over-the-last-3000-years-disrupts-protein-interaction-stability-and-is-associated-with-gigantism
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Roberto Salvatori, Serban Radian, Yoan Diekmann, Donato Iacovazzo, Alessia David, Plamena Grabovska, Giorgia Grassi, Anna-Marie Bussell, Karen Stals, Astrid Weber, Richard Quinton, Elizabeth Crowne, Valentina Corazzini, Louise A Metherell, Tara Kearney, Daniel Du Plessis, Ajay Sinha, Atik Baborie, Anne-LIse Locoq, Philippe Chanson, Olaf Ansorge, Sian Ellard, Peter J Trainer, David Balding, Mark Thomas, Marta Korbonits
OBJECTIVE: Mutations in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) gene are associated with pituitary adenoma, acromegaly and gigantism. Identical alleles in unrelated pedigrees could be inherited from a common ancestor or result from recurrent mutation events. DESIGN & METHODS: Observational, inferential and experimental study, including: AIP mutation testing; reconstruction of 14 AIP-region (8.3 Mbp) haplotypes; coalescent-based approximate Bayesian estimation of the time to most recent common ancestor (tMRCA) of the derived allele; forward population simulations to estimate current number of allele carriers; proposal of mutation mechanism; protein structure predictions; co-immunoprecipitation and cycloheximide chase experiments...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634139/ocular-disposition-of-ciprofloxacin-from-topical-pegylated-nanostructured-lipid-carriers-effect-of-molecular-weight-and-density-of-poly-ethylene-glycol
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Sai Prachetan Balguri, Goutham R Adelli, Karthik Yadav Janga, Prakash Bhagav, Soumyajit Majumdar
Ciprofloxacin (CIP) is an antibacterial agent prescribed for the treatment of ocular infections. The objective of the present project is to investigate the effect of surface PEG functionalization of the Nano structured lipid carriers (NLCs) on formulation stability, ocular penetration and distribution. CIP NLCs were tested with different molecular weight (poly ethylene glycol) PEGs ranging from (2K to 20K) grafted onto the phospholipid and with different chain lengths (14-18 carbons) of phospholipids derivatized with PEG-2K...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633752/rituximab-administration-in-a-patient-with-pemphigus-vulgaris-following-reactivation-of-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Soheil Tavakolpour, Tahereh Soori, Pedram Noormohammadpour, Kamran Balighi, Hamidreza Mahmoudi, Maryam Daneshpazhooh
Immunosuppressive drugs are the milestone of treatment of autoimmune diseases, but they can lead to serious complications, including hepatitis B virus reactivation in HBV carriers as well as in patients with occult HBV infection (OBI). A 36-year-old man with OBI was diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris. He was prescribed prednisolone and his hepatitis B surface antigen turned positive. Viral replication was successfully controlled by lamivudine and adefovir. Mycophenolate mofetil and intravenous immunoglobulin  were not effective in controlling the pemphigus vulgaris...
June 20, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633287/genetic-diseases-and-aneuploidies-can-be-detected-with-a-single-blastocyst-biopsy-a-successful-clinical-approach
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Maria Giulia Minasi, Francesco Fiorentino, Alessandra Ruberti, Anil Biricik, Elisabetta Cursio, Ettore Cotroneo, Maria Teresa Varricchio, Matteo Surdo, Francesca Spinella, Ermanno Greco
STUDY QUESTION: Can simultaneous detection of aneuploidies and genetic diseases or chromosomal aberrations in blastocysts reduce the chance of transferring embryos with low implantation potential, guaranteeing good clinical outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: The screening for chromosomal aneuploidies revealed that 50.6% of blastocysts diagnosed free of genetic disease or balanced, were aneuploid, therefore avoiding the transfer of blastocysts potentially resulting in implantation failures, miscarriages, or in some cases, in health affected live births...
June 12, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632915/increasing-awareness-and-knowledge-of-lifestyle-recommendations-for-cancer-prevention-in-lynch-syndrome-carriers-randomized-controlled-trial
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Alina Vrieling, Annemiek Visser, Meeke Hoedjes, Mirthe Hurks, Encarna Gómez García, Nicoline Hoogerbrugge, Ellen Kampman
Lynch Syndrome (LS) mutation carriers may reduce their cancer risk by adhering to lifestyle recommendations for cancer prevention. This study tested the effect of providing LS mutation carriers with World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)-NL health promotion materials on awareness and knowledge of and adherence to these recommendations. In this randomized controlled trial (n = 226), the intervention group (n = 114) received WCRF-NL health promotion materials. All LS mutation carriers were asked to fill out questionnaires at 2 weeks before (baseline, T0) and at 2 weeks (T1) and 6 months (T2) after the intervention...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630435/in-situ-electrical-and-thermal-monitoring-of-printed-electronics-by-two-photon-mapping
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Francesco Pastorelli, Nicolò Accanto, Mikkel Jørgensen, Niek F van Hulst, Frederik C Krebs
Printed electronics is emerging as a new, large scale and cost effective technology that will be disruptive in fields such as energy harvesting, consumer electronics and medical sensors. The performance of printed electronic devices relies principally on the carrier mobility and molecular packing of the polymer semiconductor material. Unfortunately, the analysis of such materials is generally performed with destructive techniques, which are hard to make compatible with in situ measurements, and pose a great obstacle for the mass production of printed electronics devices...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629056/antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-potentials-of-biosynthesized-colloidal-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-for-a-fortified-cold-cream-formulation-a-potent-nanocosmeceutical-application
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Sonia S, Linda Jeeva Kumari H, Ruckmani K, Sivakumar M
Nanocosmeceuticals are promising applications of nanotechnology in personal care industries. Zinc oxide is an inorganic material that is non-toxic and skin compatible with self-cleansing and microbicidal properties. Herein, exploitation of colloidal zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONps) as potent biomaterial for a topical formulation of cosmetic and dermatological significance is employed. ZnONps were green synthesized using environmentally benign Adhatoda vasica leaf extract and characterized by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629011/chitosan-nanoparticles-as-alternative-anti-staphylococci-agents-bactericidal-antibiofilm-and-antiadhesive-effects
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E M Costa, S Silva, S Vicente, C Neto, P M Castro, M Veiga, R Madureira, F Tavaria, M M Pintado
Chitosan is a biocompatible, bioactive, non-toxic polymer that due to these characteristics has been widely used as a carrier for targeted delivery of bioactive molecules. In recent years, and considering that chitosan has a strong antimicrobial potential, the scientific community's focus has shifted onto the possible antimicrobial activity of chitosan nanoparticles. With this in mind, the aim of this work was to produce low molecular weight chitosan nanoparticles, through the ionic gelation method and characterize their potential biological activity against three staphylococci (MSSA, MRSA and MRSE) in planktonic and sessile environments...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628872/ag-nanowire-zno-nanobush-hybrid-structures-for-improved-photocatalytic-activity
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Qui Thanh Hoai Ta, Sungho Park, Jin-Seo Noh
Reverse-engineered Ag nanowire/ZnO nanobush hybrid structures have been synthesized for the first time by a combination of polyol method and low-temperature solution method. Through the elaborate control of Ag-to-ZnO weight ratio, vertically aligned ZnO nanobushes grew on the surface of well-faceted Ag nanowires. The Ag/ZnO hybrid nanostructures showed the crystal features of both Ag nanowires and wurtzite ZnO nanostructures. They exhibited strong UV absorption, whereas their photoluminescence spectra were much weaker than pure ZnO nanostructures due to the inhibited carrier recombination...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628109/truncating-mutations-in-rbm12-are-associated-with-psychosis
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Stacy Steinberg, Steinunn Gudmundsdottir, Gardar Sveinbjornsson, Jaana Suvisaari, Tiina Paunio, Minna Torniainen-Holm, Michael L Frigge, Gudrun A Jonsdottir, Johanna Huttenlocher, Sunna Arnarsdottir, Oddur Ingimarsson, Magnus Haraldsson, Thorarinn Tyrfingsson, Thorgeir E Thorgeirsson, Augustine Kong, Gudmundur L Norddahl, Daniel F Gudbjartsson, Engilbert Sigurdsson, Hreinn Stefansson, Kari Stefansson
Thus far, a handful of highly penetrant mutations conferring risk of psychosis have been discovered. Here we used whole-genome sequencing and long-range phasing to investigate an Icelandic kindred containing ten individuals with psychosis (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or psychotic bipolar disorder). We found that all affected individuals carry RBM12 (RNA-binding-motif protein 12) c.2377G>T (P = 2.2 × 10(-4)), a nonsense mutation that results in the production of a truncated protein lacking a predicted RNA-recognition motif...
June 19, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627804/the-effect-of-genetic-polymorphisms-in-slco2b1-on-the-lipid-lowering-efficacy-of-rosuvastatin-in-healthy-adults-with-elevated-low-density-lipoprotein
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Tae-Eun Kim, Dong-Seong Shin, Namyi Gu, Byung Hwa Jung, Jayoun Kim, Young Min Cho, Kyung-Sang Yu, Joo-Youn Cho
Rosuvastatin is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor widely used for treating hypercholesterolaemia. We investigated whether genetic polymorphisms in solute carrier organic anion transporter 2B1 (SLCO2B1) affect the lipid-lowering effect of rosuvastatin in healthy adults with elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL). This study included 18 volunteers with LDL levels above 130 mg/dL. Rosuvastatin (20 mg) was administered once a day for 8 weeks. Blood samples were drawn before and after the 8-week treatment to measure changes in lipid levels...
June 19, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627697/cancer-drug-delivery-in-the-nano-era-an-overview-and-perspectives-review
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Zhen Li, Shirui Tan, Shuan Li, Qiang Shen, Kunhua Wang
Nanomaterials are increasingly used as drug carriers for cancer therapy. Nanomaterials also appeal to researchers in the areas of cancer diagnosis and biomarker discovery. Several antitumor nanodrugs are currently being tested in preclinical and clinical trials and show promise in therapeutic and other settings. We review the development of nanomaterial drug carriers, including liposomes, polymer nanoparticles, dendritic polymers, and nanomicelles, for the diagnosis and treatment of various cancers. The prospects of nanomaterials as drug carriers for future clinical applications are also discussed...
June 14, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627524/screening-for-mutations-in-two-exons-of-fancg-gene-in-pakistani-population
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Ujala Aymun, Saima Iram, Iram Aftab, Saba Khaliq, Ali Nadir, Ahmed Nisar, Shahida Mohsin
BACKGROUND: Fanconi anemia is a rare autosomal recessive disorder of genetic instability. It is both molecularly and clinically, a heterogeneous disorder. Its incidence is 1 in 129,000 births and relatively high in some ethnic groups. Sixteen genes have been identified among them mutations in FANCG gene are most common after FANCA and FANCC gene mutations. OBJECTIVE: To study mutations in exon 3 and 4 of FANCG gene in Pakistani population. METHODS: Thirty five patients with positive Diepoxybutane test were included in the study...
June 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627489/treatment-of-francisella-infections-via-plga-and-lipid-based-nanoparticle-delivery-of-antibiotics-in-a-zebrafish-model
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Lilia S Ulanova, Marina Pinheiro, Carina Vibe, Claudia Nunes, Dorna Misaghian, Steven Wilson, Kaizheng Zhu, Federico Fenaroli, Hanne C Winther-Larsen, Salette Reis, Gareth Griffiths
We tested the efficiency of 2 different antibiotics, rifampicin and oxolinic acid, against an established infection caused by fish pathogen Francisella noatunensis ssp. orientalis (F.n.o.) in zebrafish. The drugs were tested in the free form as well as encapsulated into biodegradable nanoparticles, either polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanoparticles or nanostructured lipid carriers. The most promising therapies were PLGA-rifampicin nanoparticles and free oxolinic acid; the PLGA nanoparticles significantly delayed embryo mortality while free oxolinic acid prevented it...
June 19, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627288/biocompatibility-of-filomicelles-prepared-from-poly-ethylene-glycol-polylactide-diblock-copolymers-as-potential-drug-carrier
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Xin Shen, Xue Liu, Rongye Li, Peng Yun, Chenglong Li, Feng Su, Suming Li
A series of poly(ethylene glycol)-polylactide (PEG-PLA) diblock copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of L-lactide using monomethoxy PEG as macroinitiator and zinc lactate as catalyst. Filomicelles were prepared from the resulting copolymers by co-solvent evaporation method. The biocompatibility of the various filomicelles was evaluated with the aim of assessing their potential as drug carriers. Various aspects of biocompatibility were considered, including agar diffusion test, MTT assay, release of cytokines, hemolytic test, dynamic clotting time, protein adsorption in vitro, and zebrafish embryonic compatibility in vivo...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625748/comparison-of-liposomal-drug-formulations-for-transdermal-iontophoretic-drug-delivery
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K Malinovskaja-Gomez, S Espuelas, M J Garrido, J Hirvonen, T Laaksonen
This study was aimed to evaluate the in vitro transdermal direct/pulsed current iontophoretic delivery of an amphiphilic model compound from various lipid vesicle-encapsulated formulations compared to free-drug formulation. Conventional, pegylated, ultradeformable liposomes (transfersomes) and ethosomes loaded with a negatively charged drug diclofenac sodium (DS) were prepared and characterized. All the liposomes possessed an average size of ≈100-150nm and negative zeta potential. No changes in colloidal stability were detected after 8h incubation of any vesicle formulation under constant or pulsed iontophoretic current...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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