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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647179/euphorbia-neriifolia-l-review-on-botany-ethnomedicinal-uses-phytochemistry-and-biological-activities
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REVIEW
Prashant Y Mali, Shital S Panchal
The present review is intended to provide information on botany, ethnomedicinal uses, phytochemistry and biological activities of various parts of Euphorbia neriifolia (E. neriifolia). E. neriifolia has several ethnomedicinal uses. The latex of E. neriifolia is used as laxative, purgative, rubefacient, carminative and expectorant as well as in treatment of whooping cough, gonorrhoea, leprosy, asthma, dyspepsia, jaundice, enlargement of the spleen, tumours, stone in the bladder, abdominal troubles and leucoderma...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643460/periodic-limb-movement-in-sleep-and-sickle-cell-disease-a-neglected-association
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Ana C Cabañas-Pedro, Suely Roizenblatt, Altay A L de Souza, Sérgio Tufik, Maria S Figueiredo
High frequency of periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS) has been described among children with sickle cell disease (SCD), but there is little information about PLMS among adults with SCD. We aim to determine the frequency of PLMS among adults with SCD and to identify possible associations with iron status and haemolytic parameters. We analysed polysomnography on 99 adults: 74 with sickle cell anaemia (HbSS), 19 with HbSC (double heterozygosis HbS and HbC) and 6 with HbS-beta thalassaemia. Laboratory data were collected close to the time of the polysomnography examination...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638625/early-eculizumab-use-in-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-in-a-jehovah-s-witness-refusing-blood-products
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May Al-Shaghana, Andrew Bentall, Mark D Jesky, William Lester, Graham Lipkin
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is characterized by microscopic angiopathic haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia and organ injury. Supportive therapies include the use of blood products. Recently the terminal complement inhibitor eculizumab has been approved in atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) in some countries. We report the case of a 23-year-old female Jehovah's Witness presenting with vaginal haemorrhage from thrombocytopaenia, severe anaemia (nadir Hb 28 g/L) and anuric acute kidney injury with TMA secondary to aHUS...
June 2017: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637873/disease-linked-mutations-in-factor-h-reveal-pivotal-role-of-cofactor-activity-in-self-surface-selective-regulation-of-complement-activation
#4
Heather Kerr, Edwin Wong, Elisavet Makou, Yi Yang, Kevin Marchbank, David Kavanagh, Anna Richards, Andrew P Herbert, Paul N Barlow
Spontaneous activation enables the complement system to respond very rapidly to diverse threats. Activation is efficiently suppressed by complement factor H (CFH) on self surfaces but not foreign surfaces. The surface selectivity of CFH, a soluble protein containing 20 CCP modules (CCPs 1-20), may be compromised by disease-linked mutations. Which of the several functions of CFH drives its self-surface selectivity remains unknown. We made human CFH mutants in Pichia pastoris. In benchmark studies of CCP-1 variants, recombinant I62-CFH (protective against age-related macular degeneration) and V62-CFH functioned equivalently, matching or outperforming plasma-derived CFH while R53H-CFH, linked to atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS), was defective in C3bBb decay-accelerating activity (DAA) and factor I-cofactor activity (CA)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632895/genome-mining-reveals-high-incidence-of-putative-lipopeptide-biosynthesis-nrps-pks-clusters-containing-fatty-acyl-amp-ligase-genes-in-biofilm-forming-cyanobacteria
#5
Tomáš Galica, Pavel Hrouzek, Jan Mareš
Cyanobacterial lipopeptides exhibit antimicrobial and antifungal bioactivities with potential for use in pharmaceutical research. However, due to their haemolytic activity and cytotoxic effects against human cells, they may pose a health issue if produced in substantial amounts in the environment. In bacteria, lipopeptides can be synthesized via several well-evidenced mechanisms. In one of them, fatty acyl-AMP ligase (FAAL) initiates the biosynthesis by activation of a fatty acyl residue. We have performed a bioinformatic survey of the cyanobacterial genomic information available in the public databases for the presence of FAAL-containing non-ribosomal peptide synthetase/polyketide synthetase (NRPS/PKS) biosynthetic clusters, as a genetic basis for lipopeptide biosynthesis...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630239/an-unusual-case-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-infection-with-pseudomembranous-colitis-like-lesions-associated-with-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-and-neurological-sequelae
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James Kennedy, Lauren Simmonds, Robert Orme, Warren Doherty
A 75-year-old man was admitted with abdominal pain and fresh rectal bleeding. Significantly, he had no risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection. An abdominal CT demonstrated colonic thickening, and flexible sigmoidoscopy identified pseudomembranous colitis-like lesions. After initial treatment as C. difficile colitis, a stool sample revealed Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection. Antibiotic therapy was stopped due to the risk of lysis-mediated toxin release, but unfortunately, the patient continued to deteriorate...
June 18, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630218/mistaken-identity-haemoglobinuria-secondary-to-paravalvular-leak-masking-as-haematuria
#7
Sam Meadows, Patrick Gordon, Richard Inman
Haemolytic anaemia caused by a paravalvular leak presenting as progressively worsening red urine. Haemoglobinuria was easily mistaken for gross haematuria, resulting in extensive invasive urological investigation that proved to be futile. Further investigation following an emergency admission led to the realisation that intravascular haemolysis secondary to a paravalvular leakâ€"presenting 43 years following metallic valve insertionâ€"was the cause of discoloured urine and newly presenting symptomatic anaemia...
June 19, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630155/haemolytic-actinoporins-interact-with-carbohydrates-using-their-lipid-binding-module
#8
Koji Tanaka, Jose M M Caaveiro, Koldo Morante, Kouhei Tsumoto
Pore-forming toxins (PFTs) are proteins endowed with metamorphic properties that enable them to stably fold in water solutions as well as in cellular membranes. PFTs produce lytic pores on the plasma membranes of target cells conducive to lesions, playing key roles in the defensive and offensive molecular systems of living organisms. Actinoporins are a family of potent haemolytic toxins produced by sea anemones vigorously studied as a paradigm of α-helical PFTs, in the context of lipid-protein interactions, and in connection with nanopore technologies...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628467/juvenile-and-adult-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-comparative-study-in-a-large-cohort-from-the-spanish-society-of-rheumatology-lupus-registry-relesser
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Vicenç Torrente-Segarra, Tarek Carlos Salman Monte, Iñigo Rúa-Figueroa, Fernando Sánchez-Alonso, Francisco Javier López-Longo, María Galindo-Izquierdo, Jaime Calvo-Alén, Alejandro Olivé-Marqués, Jesús Ibañez-Ruán, Loreto Horcada, Ana Sánchez-Atrio, Carlos Montilla, Rafael Benito Melero González, Elvira Díez-Álvarez, Victor Martinez-Taboada, José Luis Andreu, Olaia Fernández-Berrizbeitia, José Ángel Hernández-Beriain, Marian Gantes, Blanca Hernández-Cruz, Ángela Pecondón-Español, Carlos Marras, Gema Bonilla, José M Pego-Reigosa
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to describe juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (jSLE) features and to establish its differences compared to adult-onset SLE (aSLE) from a large national database. METHODS: Data from patients (≥4 ACR criteria) included in Spanish Society of Rheumatology Lupus Registry (RELESSER) were analysed. Sociodemographic, clinical, serological, activity, treatment, cumulative damage, comorbidities and severity data were collected. Patients with disease onset <18 years were described and compared to those with disease onset ≥18 years...
June 12, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622793/comparison-of-bacterial-culture-and-qpcr-testing-of-rectal-and-pen-floor-samples-as-diagnostic-approaches-to-detect-enterotoxic-escherichia-coli-in-nursery-pigs
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N R Weber, J P Nielsen, C K Hjulsager, S E Jorsal, S Haugegaard, C F Hansen, K S Pedersen
Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) are a major cause of diarrhoea in weaned pigs. The objective of this study was to evaluate the agreement at pen level among three different diagnostic approaches for the detection of ETEC in groups of nursery pigs with diarrhoea. The diagnostic approaches used were: bacterial culturing of faecal samples from three pigs (per pen) with clinical diarrhoea and subsequent testing for virulence genes in E. coli isolates; bacterial culturing of pen floor samples and subsequent testing for virulence genes in E...
August 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621343/current-evidence-on-the-discontinuation-of-eculizumab-in-patients-with-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
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COMMENT
Manuel Macia, Fernando de Alvaro Moreno, Tina Dutt, Ingela Fehrman, Karine Hadaya, Christoph Gasteyger, Nils Heyne
Background. Atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) is a rare, life-threatening disorder for which eculizumab is the only approved treatment. Life-long treatment is indicated; however, eculizumab discontinuation has been reported. Methods. Unpublished authors' cases and published cases of eculizumab discontinuation are reviewed. We also report eculizumab discontinuation data from five clinical trials, plus long-term extensions and the global aHUS Registry. Results. Of six unpublished authors' cases, four patients had a subsequent thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) manifestation within 12 months of discontinuation...
June 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619154/an-unusual-culprit-klebsiella-pneumoniae-causing-septicaemia-outbreaks-in-neonatal-pigs
#12
Bethany G Bowring, V Anthony Fahy, Andrew Morris, Alison M Collins
This study investigated the cause of recent outbreaks of septicaemia in neonatal pigs in Australia (Victoria and Queensland). Septicaemia in neonatal pigs is commonly caused by enterotoxigenic E. coli, extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli and beta-haemolytic streptococci. Infrequent causes of septicaemia are Actinobacillus suis and Citrobacter freundii. Therefore, it was quite unexpected when Klebsiella pneumoniae was isolated in predominant growth from multiple organs of pigs dying of septicaemia from six days of age...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619120/g6pd-deficiency-alleles-in-a-malaria-endemic-region-in-the-western-brazilian-amazon
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Jamille G Dombrowski, Rodrigo M Souza, Jonathan Curry, Laura Hinton, Natercia R M Silva, Lynn Grignard, Ligia A Gonçalves, Ana Rita Gomes, Sabrina Epiphanio, Chris Drakeley, Jim Huggett, Taane G Clark, Susana Campino, Claudio R F Marinho
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium vivax parasites are the predominant cause of malaria infections in the Brazilian Amazon. Infected individuals are treated with primaquine, which can induce haemolytic anaemia in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD)-deficient individuals and may lead to severe and fatal complications. This X-linked disorder is distributed globally and is caused by allelic variants with a geographical distribution that closely reflects populations exposed historically to endemic malaria...
June 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615859/molecular-identification-of-babesia-spp-in-naturally-infected-dogs-of-kerala-south-india
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Sneha Augustine, Lucy Sabu, Bindu Lakshmanan
Canine babesiosis is a tick borne haemoprotozoan disease caused by large and small intraerythrocytic apicomplexan piroplasms of the genus Babesia spp. The clinical manifestations of the disease vary from inapparent subclinical form to hyperacute shock related haemolytic crisis. Microscopic examination of blood smears from suspected dogs revealed Babesia canis and B. gibsoni in 3.45 and 25.86 % of samples respectively. A seminested PCR based on previously published species specific primers targeting the 18S rRNA gene was utilized to identify the Babesia species infecting dogs of Kerala at the sub species level...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610663/eculizumab-c5-complexes-express-a-c5a-neoepitope-in-vivo-consequences-for-interpretation-of-patient-complement-analyses
#15
Per H Nilsson, Anub Mathew Thomas, Grethe Bergseth, Alice Gustavsen, Elena B Volokhina, Lambertus P van den Heuvel, Andreas Barratt-Due, Tom E Mollnes
The complement system has obtained renewed clinical focus due to increasing number of patients treated with eculizumab, a monoclonal antibody inhibiting cleavage of C5 into C5a and C5b. The FDA approved indications are paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria and atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome, but many other diseases are candidates for complement inhibition. It has been postulated that eculizumab does not inhibit C5a formation in vivo, in contrast to what would be expected since it blocks C5 cleavage. We recently revealed that this finding was due to a false positive reaction in a C5a assay...
June 10, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608631/a-descriptive-single-centre-experience-of-the-management-and-outcome-of-maternal-alloantibodies-in-pregnancy
#16
V Chatziantoniou, N Heeney, T Maggs, C Rozette, C Fountain, T Watts, C Harrison, D Pasupathy, S Sankaran, P Kyle, S Robinson
BACKGROUND: Haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN) occurs when maternal IgG alloantibodies to fetal red blood cell antigens cross the placenta, causing haemolysis in the fetus and/or neonate. After delivery, the main concern is hyperbilirubinaemia, which can cause neurological damage. OBJECTIVES: To summarise our current management and outcome data to inform health-care professionals counselling women whose pregnancies are at risk of HDFN and to compare these data with relevant studies...
June 13, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608499/clinical-benefit-of-eculizumab-in-patients-with-no-transfusion-history-in-the-international-paroxysmal-nocturnal-haemoglobinuria-registry
#17
A M Almeida, C Bedrosian, A Cole, P Muus, H Schrezenmeier, J Szer, W F Rosse
BACKGROUND: Eculizumab reduces intravascular haemolysis and improves disease symptoms in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH). AIMS: To characterize, in a real-world setting, effect of eculizumab in patients with haemolytic PNH (LDH ≥1.5 ULN) and no history of red blood cell transfusion, including those with high disease activity (HDA). METHODS: Three populations from the International PNH Registry were studied: 1) non-transfused, untreated, 2) non-transfused, eculizumab-treated, 3) transfused, eculizumab-treated (≥1 transfusions in 6 months prior to eculizumab initiation)...
June 13, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605873/associations-of-urban-environmental-pollution-with-health-related-physiological-traits-in-a-free-living-bird-species
#18
Petra Bauerová, Jitka Vinklerová, Jakub Hraníček, Vojtěch Čorba, Libor Vojtek, Jana Svobodová, Michal Vinkler
Urban environmental pollution results in contamination of the tissues of synanthropic organisms by toxic trace elements with potential impacts on human health. Passerine birds may serve as convenient indicators of such contamination. In this study we investigated the effect of blood and plumage contamination with heavy metals (lead Pb, cadmium Cd, copper Cu, chromium Cr) and arsenic metalloid (As) on condition, health and ornamental colour in free-living great tit (Parus major) males from 13 cities across the Czech Republic (EU), mist netted during the early breading season (April-May)...
June 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604248/molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-the-membrane-binding-and-disruption-mechanisms-by-antimicrobial-scorpion-venom-derived-peptides
#19
José-Luis Velasco-Bolom, Gerardo Corzo, Ramón Garduño-Juárez
Pandinin 2 (Pin2) is an alpha-helical polycationic peptide, identified and characterized from venom of the African scorpion Pandinus imperator with high antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria and less active against Gram-negative bacteria, however it has demonstrated strong haemolytic activity against sheep red blood cells. In the chemically synthesized Pin2GVG analog, the GVG motif grants it low haemolytic activity while keeping its antimicrobial activity. In this work we performed 12 μs all-atom molecular dynamics simulation of the antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) Pin2 and Pin2GVG to explore their adsorption mechanism and the role of their constituent amino acid residues when interacting with pure POPC and pure POPG membrane bilayers...
June 11, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599669/characterization-of-schistosoma-japonicum-tetraspanning-orphan-receptor-and-its-role-in-binding-to-complement-c2-and-immunoprotection-against-murine-schistosomiasis
#20
Shuai Ma, Jinli Zai, Yanhui Han, Yang Hong, Min Zhang, Xiaodan Cao, Qian Han, Ke Lu, Zhixin Zhao, Jiaojiao Lin, Zhiqiang Fu
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis remains an important global public health problem, as millions of people are at risk of acquiring infection. An ideal method for sustainable control of schistosomiasis would be to develop an efficient vaccine. Schistosomes can survive in the host vascular system by immune evasion, regulating the host complement cascade. Schistosoma japonicum tetraspanning orphan receptor (SjTOR) is a complement regulator, which is a tegument membrane protein. To date there is no experimental evidence to explain the function of SjTOR...
June 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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