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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098811/aspalathin-protects-the-heart-against-hyperglycemia-induced-oxidative-damage-by-up-regulating-nrf2-expression
#1
Phiwayinkosi V Dludla, Christo J F Muller, Elizabeth Joubert, Johan Louw, M Faadiel Essop, Kwazi B Gabuza, Samira Ghoor, Barbara Huisamen, Rabia Johnson
Aspalathin (ASP) can protect H9c2 cardiomyocytes against high glucose (HG)-induced shifts in myocardial substrate preference, oxidative stress, and apoptosis. The protective mechanism of ASP remains unknown. However, as one of possible, it is well known that phytochemical flavonoids reduce oxidative stress via nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) activation resulting in up-regulation of antioxidant genes and enzymes. Therefore, we hypothesized that ASP protects the myocardium against HG- and hyperglycemia-induced oxidative damage by up-regulating Nrf2 expression in H9c2 cardiomyocytes and diabetic (db/db) mice, respectively...
January 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097679/abnormal-levels-of-seven-amino-neurotransmitters-in-depression-rat-brain-and-determination-by-hplc-fld
#2
Ting Cui, Hong-Mei Qiu, Dan Huang, Qi-Xin Zhou, Xiao-Yan Fu, Hai-Yan Li, Xin-Hui Jiang
The determination of amino acids with the actions-like neurotransmitters or modulators have been increasingly important for diagnose in many neuropsychiatric diseases. A rapid and simple high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) was developed for simultaneous determination of seven amino acids: aspartate (Asp), glutamate (Glu), serine (Ser), glutamine (Gln), glycine (Gly), taurine (Tau) and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Homoserine (Hse) was used as an internal standard (IS)...
January 18, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094805/the-genome-sequence-of-barbarea-vulgaris-facilitates-the-study-of-ecological-biochemistry
#3
Stephen L Byrne, Pernille Østerbye Erthmann, Niels Agerbirk, Søren Bak, Thure Pavlo Hauser, Istvan Nagy, Cristiana Paina, Torben Asp
The genus Barbarea has emerged as a model for evolution and ecology of plant defense compounds, due to its unusual glucosinolate profile and production of saponins, unique to the Brassicaceae. One species, B. vulgaris, includes two 'types', G-type and P-type that differ in trichome density, and their glucosinolate and saponin profiles. A key difference is the stereochemistry of hydroxylation of their common phenethylglucosinolate backbone, leading to epimeric glucobarbarins. Here we report a draft genome sequence of the G-type, and re-sequencing of the P-type for comparison...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089673/the-value-of-participatory-development-to-support-antimicrobial-stewardship-with-a-clinical-decision-support-system
#4
Nienke Beerlage-de Jong, Jobke Wentzel, Ron Hendrix, Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen
BACKGROUND: Current clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) for antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are guideline- or expert-driven. They are focused on (clinical) content, not on supporting real-time workflow. Thus, CDSSs fail to optimally support prudent antimicrobial prescribing in daily practice. Our aim was to demonstrate why and how participatory development (involving end-users and other stakeholders) can contribute to the success of CDSSs in ASPs. METHODS: A mixed-methods approach was applied, combining scenario-based prototype evaluations (to support verbalization of work processes and out-of-the-box thinking) among 6 medical resident physicians with an online questionnaire (to cross-reference findings of the prototype evaluations) among 54 Dutch physicians...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088445/synthesis-and-exploration-of-novel-radiolabeled-bombesin-peptides-for-targeting-receptor-positive-tumor
#5
Kakali De, Indranil Banerjee, Samarendu Sinha, Shantanu Ganguly
Increasing evidence of peptide receptor overexpression in various cancer cells, warrant the development of receptor specific radiolabeled peptides for molecular imaging and therapy in nuclear medicine. Gastrin-releasing-peptide (GRP) receptor, are overexpressed in a variety of human cancer cells. The present study report the synthesis and biological evaluation of new bombesin (BBN) analogs, HYNIC-Asp-[Phe(13)]BBN(7-13)-NH-CH2-CH2-CH3:BA1, HYNIC-Pro-[Tyr(13)Met(14)]BBN(7-14)NH2:BA2 as prospective tumor imaging agent with compare to BBN(7-14)NH2:BS as standard...
January 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079168/molecular-dynamics-studies-unravel-role-of-conserved-residues-responsible-for-movement-of-ions-into-active-site-of-dhbps
#6
Ranajit Nivrutti Shinde, Subramanian Karthikeyan, Balvinder Singh
3,4-dihydroxy-2-butanone-4-phosphate synthase (DHBPS) catalyzes the conversion of D-ribulose 5-phosphate (Ru5P) to L-3,4-dihydroxy-2-butanone-4-phosphate in the presence of Mg(2+). Although crystal structures of DHBPS in complex with Ru5P and non-catalytic metal ions have been reported, structure with Ru5P along with Mg(2+) is still elusive. Therefore, mechanistic role played by Mg(2+) in the structure of DHBPS is poorly understood. In this study, molecular dynamics simulations of DHBPS-Ru5P complex along with Mg(2+) have shown entry of Mg(2+) from bulk solvent into active site...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078802/evaluation-of-pva-biodegradable-electric-conductive-membranes-for-nerve-regeneration-in-axonotmesis-injuries-the-rat-sciatic-nerve-animal-model
#7
J Ribeiro, A R Caseiro, T Pereira, Pas Armada-da-Silva, I Pires, J Prada, I Amorim, I Leal Reis, S Amado, J D Santos, S Bompasso, S Raimondo, Asp Varejão, S Geuna, A L Luís, A C Maurício
The therapeutic effect of three polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) membranes loaded with electrically conductive materials - carbon nanotubes (PVA-CNTs) and polypyrrole (PVA-PPy) - were tested in vivo for neuro-muscular regeneration after an axonotmesis injury in the rat sciatic nerve. The membranes electrical conductivity measured was 1.5±0.5x10(-6) S/m, 579±0.6x10(-6) S/m, and 1837.5±0.7 x10(-6) S/m, respectively. At week-12, a residual motor and nociceptive deficit were present in all treated groups, but at week-12, a better recovery to normal gait pattern of the PVA-CNTs and PVA-PPy treated groups was observed...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074904/gd-iii-induced-supramolecular-hydrogelation-with-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-performance-for-enzyme-detection
#8
Yongquan Hua, Guojuan Pu, Caiwen Ou, Xiaoli Zhang, Ling Wang, Jiangtao Sun, Zhimou Yang, Minsheng Chen
Here we report a supramolecular hydrogel based on Gd(III)-peptide complexes with dramatically enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) performance. The hydrogelations were formed by adding Gd(III) ion to the nanofiber dispersion of self-assembling peptides naphthalene-Gly-Phe-Phe-Tyr-Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp (Nap-GFFYGRGD) or naphthalene-Gly-Phe-Phe-Tyr-Gly-Arg-Gly-Glu (Nap-GFFYGRGE). We further showed that, by adjusting the molar ratio between Gd(III) and the corresponding peptide, the mechanical property of resulting gels could be fine-tuned...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073524/distribution-occurrence-and-biotoxin-composition-of-the-main-shellfish-toxin-producing-microalgae-within-european-waters-a-comparison-of-methods-of-analysis
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Sara E McNamee, Linda K Medlin, Jessica Kegel, Gary R McCoy, Robin Raine, Lucia Barra, Maria Valeria Ruggiero, Wiebe H C F Kooistra, Marina Montresor, Johannes Hagstrom, Eva Perez Blanco, Edna Graneli, Francisco Rodríguez, Laura Escalera, Beatriz Reguera, Simon Dittami, Bente Edvardsen, Joe Taylor, Jane M Lewis, Yolanda Pazos, Christopher T Elliott, Katrina Campbell
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a natural global phenomena emerging in severity and extent. Incidents have many economic, ecological and human health impacts. Monitoring and providing early warning of toxic HABs are critical for protecting public health. Current monitoring programmes include measuring the number of toxic phytoplankton cells in the water and biotoxin levels in shellfish tissue. As these efforts are demanding and labour intensive, methods which improve the efficiency are essential. This study compares the utilisation of a multitoxin surface plasmon resonance (multitoxin SPR) biosensor with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and analytical methods such as high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for toxic HAB monitoring efforts in Europe...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071671/effect-of-seed-morph-and-light-level-on-growth-and-reproduction-of-the-amphicarpic-plant-amphicarpaea-edgeworthii-fabaceae
#10
Keliang Zhang, Jerry M Baskin, Carol C Baskin, Xuejun Yang, Zhenying Huang
Amphicarpic plants produce aerial and subterranean fruits on an individual plant, and these heteromorphic diaspores give rise to plants that differ in growth and ecology. Amphicarpaea edgeworthii is a summer annual amphicarpic species that grows over a range of light levels. We aimed to compare the response to shading intensity of plants of A. edgeworthii grown throughout their life cycle from aerial seeds (ASP) and from subterranean seeds (SSP). We hypothesized that vegetative and reproductive growth of plants from ASP and SSP respond differently to light...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068984/effect-of-tualang-honey-against-ka-induced-oxidative-stress-and-neurodegeneration-in-the-cortex-of-rats
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Nur Shafika Mohd Sairazi, Sirajudeen K N S, Mohd Asnizam Asari, Swamy Mummedy, Mustapha Muzaimi, Siti Amrah Sulaiman
BACKGROUND: Administration of KA on rodents has resulted in seizures, behavioral changes, oxidative stress, and neuronal degeneration on selective population of neurons in the brain. The present study was undertaken to investigate the extent of neuroprotective effect conferred by Malaysian Tualang Honey (TH), an antioxidant agent, in the cerebral cortex of rats against KA-induced oxidative stress and neurodegeneration in an animal model of KA-induced excitotoxicity. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: Control, KA-treated group, TH + KA-treated group, aspirin (ASP; anti-inflammatory agent) + KA-treated group and topiramate (TPM; antiepileptic agent) + KA-treated group...
January 9, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068609/dual-peptide-presenting-hydrogels-for-controlling-the-phenotype-of-pc12-cells
#12
Jae Won Lee, Kuen Yong Lee
Controlling the cell-matrix interaction is a critical factor in the design and fabrication of tissue engineering scaffolds. A particular peptide sequence, Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD peptide), is often used as an adhesion ligand in the engineering of different types of tissues. While in some cases this has been adequate, the use of multiple ligands may be required for the successful engineering of some tissue types. We hypothesized that hydrogels presenting both the RGD peptide and the YIGSR peptide (Tyr-Ile-Gly-Ser-Arg) could successfully regulate the phenotype of PC12 cells, thereby providing a new platform for effective tissue engineering applications...
January 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068458/synthetic-muc1-glycopeptide-bearing-%C3%AE-galnac-thr-as-tn-antigen-isomer-induces-antibodies-production-against-tumor-cells
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Vanessa Leiria Campo, Thalita Riul, Leandro Bortot, Maristela Martins-Teixeira, Marcelo Marchiori, Emanuela Iaccarino, Menotti Ruvo, Marcelo Dias-Baruffi, Ivone Carvalho
This study presents the synthesis of the novel protected O-glycosyl amino acids βGalNAc-SerOBn (1) and βGalNAc-ThrOBn (2) as mimetics of the natural Tn antigen (αGalNAc-Ser/Thr), along with the solid-phase assembly of the glycopeptides NHAcSer-Ala-Pro-Asp-Thr[αGalNAc]-Arg-Pro-Ala-Pro-Gly-BSA (3-BSA) and NHAcSer-Ala-Pro-Asp-Thr[βGalNAc]-Arg-Pro-Ala-Pro-Gly-BSA (4-BSA), bearing αGalNAc-Thr or βGalNAc-Thr, as mimetics of MUC1 tumor mucin glycoproteins. According to ELISA tests, mice immunizations with βGalNAc-glycopeptide 4-BSA induced higher sera titers (1:320000) if compared to immunizations with αGalNAc-glycopeptide 3-BSA (1:40000)...
January 9, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065331/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-kansas-results-from-a-statewide-survey
#14
Carrie Poteete, Joseph M Scaletta
BACKGROUND: The availability of effective antibiotics is considered one of the most important developments in medicine. However, many organisms that were once susceptible to common antibiotics are becoming resistant. Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are considered to be vital for combating the emergence of resistance. To understand current antimicrobial stewardship practices in Kansas, the authors designed a 36-question survey. Results of this survey will be used to develop a coordinated, public health strategy for improving current practices...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064564/aspartate-inhibits-lps-induced-mafbx-and-murf1-expression-in-skeletal-muscle-in-weaned-pigs-by-regulating-akt-ampk%C3%AE-and-foxo1
#15
Yulan Liu, Xiuying Wang, Weibo Leng, Dingan Pi, Zhixiao Tu, Huiling Zhu, Haifeng Shi, Shuang Li, Yongqing Hou, Chien-An Andy Hu
Infection and inflammation can result in the rapid loss of muscle mass and myofibrillar proteins (muscle atrophy). In addition, aspartate (Asp) is necessary for protein synthesis in mammalian cells. We hypothesized that Asp could attenuate LPS-induced muscle atrophy in a piglet model. Twenty-four weaning piglets were allotted to four treatments, including non-challenged control, LPS challenged control, LPS+0.5% Asp and LPS+1.0% Asp. On d 21, the piglets were injected with i.p. injection of LPS (100 ug/kg BM) or saline...
January 2017: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063500/cellular-assays-for-evaluating-calcium-dependent-translocation-of-cpla2%C3%AE-to-membrane
#16
B Yun, C C Leslie
The group IVA phospholipase A2, commonly called cytosolic phospholipase A2α (cPLA2α), is a widely expressed enzyme that hydrolyzes membrane phospholipid to produce arachidonic acid and lysophospholipids, which are precursors for a number of bioactive lipid mediators. Arachidonic acid is metabolized through the cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase pathways for production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes that regulate normal physiological processes and contribute to disease pathogenesis. cPLA2α is composed of an N-terminal C2 domain and a C-terminal catalytic domain that contains the Ser-Asp catalytic dyad...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060967/medical-students-help-bridge-the-gap-in-sexual-health-education-among-middle-school-youth
#17
Naomi Adjei, Michael Yacovelli, Dorothy Liu, Kunal Sindhu, Mary Roberts, Susanna Magee
BACKGROUND: School-based programs are important in addressing risky teenage sexual behavior. We implemented a sex education program using trained medical student volunteers. METHODS: Medical students (n=30) implemented a seven-session curriculum, designed by medical students and faculty, to 7th and 8th grade students (n=310) at a local school. Middle school students completed pre- and post-assessments. Teachers and medical students completed questionnaires relating their perceptions of students' attitudes and understanding of sexual health...
January 6, 2017: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060966/health-needs-assessment-for-west-african-immigrants-in-greater-providence-ri
#18
Akosua Boadiwaa Adu-Boahene, Michael Barton Laws, Kwame Dapaah-Afriyie
: African immigrants in the United States may experience barriers to health-care access and effectiveness. This mixed-methods study used paper-based surveys of people (N=101) in the target population from Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia, recruited through convenience and snowball sampling. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 3 clergy members who pastor churches with large Nigerian, Ghanaian, and Liberian populations, respectively; and five physicians and a clinical pharmacist who serve African immigrants...
January 6, 2017: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060965/the-clinical-research-landscape-in-rhode-island
#19
George Mao, Bharat Ramratnam
OBJECTIVES: To present an overview of clinical research activity and the state of medical research funding in Rhode Island. METHODS: We utilized clinicaltrials.gov registry to profile clinical studies between 2011 to 2016. NIH RePORT and other federal databases were used to extract information on levels of federal funding. Previously published hospital financial reports were reviewed for data on hospital-specific total external research funding. RESULTS: During 2011-2016, 1651 clinical studies were registered in clinicaltrials...
January 6, 2017: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060110/antithrombin-iii-as-the-indicator-of-l-asparaginase-activity-in-children-treated-for-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#20
Małgorzata Czogała, Walentyna Balwierz, Krystyna Sztefko, Iwona Rogatko
L-asparaginase (ASP) is widely used in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children. Monitoring its activity is necessary because of the risk of drug inactivation as the result of an immune reaction. Besides allergic reactions, another frequent side effect of ASP treatment is coagulopathy, especially deficiency of antithrombin III (ATIII). The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between ASP and ATIII activities and the possibility of ATIII activity use in an indirect ASP activity assessment...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
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