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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340458/toxic-effects-of-environmental-pollutants-comparative-investigation-using-allium-cepa-l-and-lactuca-sativa-l
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Graciele Lurdes Silveira, Maria Gabriela Franco Lima, Gabriela Barreto Dos Reis, Marcel José Palmieri, Larissa Fonseca Andrade-Vieria
Studies that help understand the mechanisms of action of environmental pollutants are extremely important in environmental toxicology. In this context, assays using plants as models stand out for their simplicity and low performance cost. Among the plants used for this purpose, Allium cepa L. is the model most commonly applied for cytogenotoxic tests, while Lactuca sativa L., already widely used in phytotoxic investigations, has been gaining prominence in cytotoxic analyses. The present study aimed to compare the responses of A...
March 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340368/synthesis-molecular-docking-antimycobacterial-and-antimicrobial-evaluation-of-new-pyrrolo-3-2-c-pyridine-mannich-bases
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Gilish Jose, Tholappanavara H Suresha Kumara, Haliwana B V Sowmya, Dharmarajan Sriram, Tayur N Guru Row, Amar A Hosamani, Sunil S More, Bhavya Janardhan, B G Harish, Sandeep Telkar, Yalegara Siddappa Ravikumar
In this report, we describe the synthesis and biological evaluation of a new series of pyrrolo[3,2-c]pyridine Mannich bases (7a-v). The Mannich bases were obtained in good yields by one-pot three component condensation of pyrrolo[3,2-c]pyridine scaffold (6a-c) with secondary amines and excess of formaldehyde solution in AcOH. The chemical structures of the compounds were characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, LC/MS and elemental analysis. Single crystal X-ray diffraction has been recorded for compound 7k ([C23H29ClN4](+2), H2O)...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340032/osptr7-osnpf8-1-a-putative-peptide-transporter-in-rice-is-involved-in-dimethylarsenate-accumulation-in-rice-grain
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Zhong Tang, Yi Chen, Fei Chen, Yuchen Ji, Fang-Jie Zhao
Rice (Oryza sativa) is a major dietary source of arsenic (As) for the population consuming rice as their staple food. Rice grain contains both inorganic As and methylated As species, especially dimethyarsinate (DMA). DMA is highly mobile in long-distance translocation in plants, but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. In the present study, we showed that OsPTR7 (OsNPF8.1), a putative peptide transporter in rice, was permeable to DMA in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Transient expression of the OsPTR7-green fluorescent protein (GFP) in tobacco protoplasts showed that OsPTR7 was localized in the cell plasma membrane...
March 2, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339898/the-impact-of-the-psychoactive-substances-act-2016-on-the-online-availability-of-mdmb-chmica
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M Haden, D M Wood, P I Dargan
Background: In May 2016, the UK Government enacted the Psychoactive Substances Act which made it an offense to produce or supply many drugs including new psychoactive substances (NPS). Aim: We aimed to assess the impact of the Act on the availability of the synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonist methyl 2-[[1-(cyclohexylmethyl)indole-3-carbonyl]amino]-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (MDMB-CHMICA) from internet-based suppliers. Design: Internet snapshot availability study...
February 28, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339723/leveraging-molecular-datasets-for-biomarker-based-clinical-trial-design-in-glioblastoma
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Shyam K Tanguturi, Lorenzo Trippa, Shakti H Ramkissoon, Kristine Pelton, David Knoff, David Sandak, Neal I Lindeman, Azra H Ligon, Rameen Beroukhim, Giovanni Parmigiani, Patrick Y Wen, Keith L Ligon, Brian M Alexander
Background.: Biomarkers can improve clinical trial efficiency, but designing and interpreting biomarker-driven trials require knowledge of relationships among biomarkers, clinical covariates, and endpoints. We investigated these relationships across genomic subgroups of glioblastoma (GBM) within our institution (DF/BWCC), validated results in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), and demonstrated potential impacts on clinical trial design and interpretation. Methods.: We identified genotyped patients at DF/BWCC, and clinical associations across 4 common GBM genomic biomarker groups were compared along with overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), and survival post-progression (SPP)...
February 20, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339708/effects-of-dietary-methyl-sulfonyl-methane-msm-supplementation-on-growth-performance-nutrient-digestibility-meat-quality-excreta-microbiota-excreta-gas-emission-and-blood-profiles-in-broilers
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Y Jiao, J H Park, Y M Kim, I H Kim
A 29-d trial was conducted to evaluate the effects of dietary methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM) supplementation on growth performance, meat quality, nutrient digestibility, excreta microbiota, excreta gas emission, and blood profiles in broilers. A total of 816 1-day-old male Ross 308 broilers (44 ± 0.44 g) were assigned to 4 dietary treatments, composed of 12 replicates with 17 birds per replicate. The 4 treatments were: 1) CON, basal diet; 2) S1, CON + 0.05% MSM; 3) S2, CON + 0.10% MSM; 4) S3, CON + 0.20% MSM...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339431/perioperative-ketamine-administration-for-thoracotomy-pain
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Daniel W Moyse, Alan D Kaye, James H Diaz, Muhammad Y Qadri, David Lindsay, Srinivas Pyati
BACKGROUND: Of all the postsurgical pain conditions, thoracotomy pain poses a particular therapeutic challenge in terms of its prevalence, severity, and ensuing postoperative morbidity. Multiple pain generators contribute to the severity of post-thoracotomy pain, and therefore a multimodal analgesic therapy is considered to be a necessary strategy. Along with opioids, thoracic epidural analgesia, and paravertebral blocks, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists such as ketamine have been used as adjuvants to improve analgesia...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339391/topical-ketamine-10-for-neuropathic-pain-in-spinal-cord-injury-patients-an-open-label-trial
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Joseph Rabi, Joshua Minori, Hasan Abad, Ray Lee, Michelle Gittler
Topical ketamine, an N-methyl-D-aspartate antagonist, has been shown to be effective in certain neuropathic pain syndromes. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of topical ketamine in spinal cord injury patients with neuropathic pain. An open label trial enrolled five subjects at an outpatient rehabilitation hospital with traumatic spinal cord injuries who had neuropathic pain at or below the level of injury. Subjects applied topical ketamine 10% three times a day for a two-week duration...
November 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339361/anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-antibodies-are-associated-with-fibromyalgia-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-control-study
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Dong-Jin Park, Yukitoshi Takahashi, Ji-Hyoun Kang, Yi-Rang Yim, Ji-Eun Kim, Jeong-Won Lee, Kyung-Eun Lee, Jung-Kil Lee, Shin-Seok Lee
OBJECTIVES: The high concordance between systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and fibromyalgia (FM) suggests common underlying mechanisms related to pain and distress in both patient groups. Increasing evidence indicates that N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play a major role in the induction and maintenance of central sensitisation with chronic pain. In this study, we evaluated the role of anti-NMDAR antibodies in the development of FM in patients with SLE. METHODS: Sera from 104 patients with SLE, 112 patients with FM, and 110 healthy controls were analysed to detect antibodies to the N-terminus of the 2B subunit of NMDARs (GluN2B)...
March 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339081/hbx-represses-riz1-expression-by-dna-methyltransferase%C3%A2-1-involvement-in-decreased-mir-152-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#10
Zhujiang Zhao, Ying Hu, Xiaohui Shen, Yingbin Lao, Lihua Zhang, Xuemei Qiu, Jiaojiao Hu, Pihai Gong, He Cui, Sen Lu, Ying Zheng, Menghan Zhou, Hong Fan
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is mainly suspected to promote hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development by epigenetic alteration. The HBV X protein (HBx) plays a key role in the molecular pathogenesis of HBV-related HCC. However, the mechanism of HBx-mediated hepatocarcinogenesis remains to be elucidated. RIZ1 gene, a candidate HCC suppressor gene, is frequently found to be hypermethylated and downregulated in HCC. In the present study, we show that the expression of RIZ1 was downregulated in 65% HCC tissues. Decreased expression of RIZ1 was restored by 5'-Aza in MHCC-97H HCC cell lines...
March 21, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338977/effects-of-augmenting-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-signaling-on-working-memory-and-experience-dependent-plasticity-in-schizophrenia-an-exploratory-study-using-acute-d-cycloserine
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Jennifer K Forsyth, Peter Bachman, Daniel H Mathalon, Brian J Roach, Elissa Ye, Robert F Asarnow
Cognitive deficits in schizophrenia have been hypothesized to reflect N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) dysfunction. However, the mechanisms through which the NMDAR contributes to individual cognitive functions differ. To explore how NMDAR signaling relates to specific cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, we tested the effects of enhancing NMDAR signaling on working memory and experience-dependent plasticity using d-cycloserine (DCS). Plasticity was assessed using an EEG paradigm that utilizes high-frequency visual stimulation (HFvS) to induce neural potentiation, and 2 learning tasks, the information integration (IIT) and weather prediction (WPT) tasks...
March 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338761/influence-of-polynucleosome-preparation-methods-on-sedimentation-velocity-analysis-of-chromatin
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Tomoya Kujirai, Shinichi Machida, Akihisa Osakabe, Hitoshi Kurumizaka
Chromatin dynamics and higher order structures play essential roles in genomic DNA functions. Histone variants and histone post-translational modifications are involved in the regulation of chromatin structure and dynamics, cooperatively with DNA methylation and chromatin binding proteins. Therefore, studies of higher-order chromatin conformations have become important to reveal how genomic DNA is regulated during DNA transcription, replication, recombination and repair. The sedimentation velocity analysis by analytical ultracentrifugation has been commonly used to evaluate the higher-order conformation of in vitro reconstituted polynucleosomes, as model chromatin...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338684/seven-enzymes-create-extraordinary-molecular-complexity-in-an-uncultivated-bacterium
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Michael F Freeman, Maximilian J Helf, Agneya Bhushan, Brandon I Morinaka, Jörn Piel
Uncultivated bacteria represent a massive resource of new enzymes and bioactive metabolites, but such bacteria remain functionally enigmatic. Polytheonamides are potent peptide cytotoxins produced by uncultivated bacteria that exist as symbionts in a marine sponge. Outside glycobiology, polytheonamides represent the most heavily post-translationally modified biomolecules that are derived from amino acids. The biosynthesis of polytheonamides involves up to 50 site-specific modifications to create a membrane-spanning β-helical structure...
April 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338656/focal-adhesion-kinase-depletion-reduces-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-growth-by-repressing-enhancer-of-zeste-homolog-2
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Daniela Gnani, Ilaria Romito, Simona Artuso, Marco Chierici, Cristiano De Stefanis, Nadia Panera, Annalisa Crudele, Sara Ceccarelli, Elena Carcarino, Valentina D'Oria, Manuela Porru, Ezio Giorda, Karin Ferrari, Luca Miele, Erica Villa, Clara Balsano, Diego Pasini, Cesare Furlanello, Franco Locatelli, Valerio Nobili, Rossella Rota, Carlo Leonetti, Anna Alisi
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer in humans. The focal adhesion tyrosine kinase (FAK) is often over-expressed in human HCC and FAK inhibition may reduce HCC cell invasiveness. However, the anti-oncogenic effect of FAK knockdown in HCC cells remains to be clarified. We found that FAK depletion in HCC cells reduced in vitro and in vivo tumorigenicity, by inducing G2/M arrest and apoptosis, decreasing anchorage-independent growth, and modulating the expression of several cancer-related genes...
March 24, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338625/-r-aloesaponol-iii-8-methyl-ether-from-eremurus-persicus-a-novel-compound-against-leishmaniosis
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Daniela Rossi, Karzan Mahmood Ahmed, Raffaella Gaggeri, Serena Della Volpe, Lauretta Maggi, Giuseppe Mazzeo, Giovanna Longhi, Sergio Abbate, Federica Corana, Emanuela Martino, Marisa Machado, Raquel Varandas, Maria do Céu Sousa, Simona Collina
Leishmaniosis is a neglected tropical disease which affects several millions of people worldwide. The current drug therapies are expensive and often lack efficacy, mainly due to the development of parasite resistance. Hence, there is an urgent need for new drugs effective against Leishmania infections. As a part of our ongoing study on the phytochemical characterization and biological investigation of plants used in the traditional medicine of western and central Asia, in the present study, we focused on Eremurus persicus root extract in order to evaluate its potential in the treatment of leishmaniosis...
March 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338546/a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-pilot-study-of-riluzole-monotherapy-for-acute-bipolar-depression
#16
Lawrence T Park, Marc S Lener, Matthew Hopkins, Nicolas Iadorola, Rodrigo Machado-Vieira, Elizabeth Ballard, Allison Nugent, Carlos A Zarate
BACKGROUND: Glutamatergic system abnormalities are implicated in the pathophysiology and treatment of both major depressive disorder and bipolar depression (BDep). Subsequent to studies demonstrating the rapid and robust antidepressant effects of ketamine, an N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist, other glutamatergic modulators are now being studied in clinical trials of mood disorders. A previous open-label study found that riluzole, administered in combination with the mood stabilizer lithium, had antidepressant effects...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338344/new-flavonol-glycoside-from-scabiosa-prolifera-l-aerial-parts-with-in-vitro-antioxidant-and-cytotoxic-activities
#17
Mahmoud A Al-Qudah, Noor K Otoom, Hala I Al-Jaber, Ayman M Saleh, Musa H Abu Zarga, Fatma U Afifi, Sultan T Abu Orabi
Phytochemical investigation of the chemical constituents of the aerial parts of Scabiosa prolifera L. led to the isolation of one new flavonol glycoside, kaempferol-3-O-(4″,6″-di-E-p-coumaroyl)-β-D-galactopyranoside (1), along with ten other known compounds including luteolin-7-O-(2″-O-ethyl-β-glucopyranoside), β-sitosterol, β-sitosterylglucoside, ursolic acid, corosolic acid, ursolic acid 3-O-β-D-arabinopyranoside, apigenin, methyl-α-D-glucopyranoside, luteolin-7-O-β-glucopyranoside and isoorientin...
March 24, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338333/1-2-benzothiazines-from-sulfoximines-and-allyl-methyl-carbonate-by-rhodium-catalyzed-cross-coupling-and-oxidative-cyclization
#18
Jian Wen, Deo Prakash Tiwari, Carsten Bolm
4-Unsubstituted 1,2-benzothiazines are prepared from sulfoximines and allyl methyl carbonate by Rh(III)-catalyzed domino allylation/oxidative cyclization. A wide range of functional groups on the sulfoximine are tolerated. A plausible mechanism is proposed, and chemical modifications of the products have been explored.
March 24, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338241/neuroprotective-effects-of-loganin-on-mptp-induced-parkinson-s-disease-mice-neurochemistry-glial-reaction-and-autophagy-studies
#19
Yi-Da Xu, Chun Cui, Meng-Fei Sun, Ying-Li Zhu, Min Chu, Yun-Wei Shi, Stanley Li Lin, Xu-Sheng Yang, Yan-Qin Shen
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, involving resting tremor and bradykinesia, for which no recognized therapies or drugs are available to halt or slow progression. In recent years, natural botanic products have been considered relatively safe, with limited side effects, and are expected to become an important source for clinical mediation of PD in the future. Our study focuses on the ability of loganin, a compound derived from fruits of cornus, to mediate neuroprotection in a mouse model of PD...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338214/light-therapies-for-acne-abridged-cochrane-systematic-review-including-grade-assessments
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J Barbaric, R Abbott, P Posadzki, M Car, L H Gunn, A M Layton, A Majeed, J Car
We undertook a Cochrane review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the effects of light-based interventions for acne vulgaris. We searched the Cochrane Skin Specialised Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS, ISI Web of Science, and grey literature sources (September 2015). We used the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group approach to assess the quality of evidence (QE). We included 71 RCTs (4211 participants, median sample size 31). Results from a single study (n = 266, low QE) showed little or no difference in effectiveness on participants' assessment of improvement between 20% aminolevulinic acid (ALA) photodynamic therapy (PDT), activated by blue light, versus vehicle plus blue light, whereas another study (n = 180) of a comparison of ALA-PDT (red light) concentrations showed 20% ALA-PDT was no more effective than 15%, but better than 10% and 5% ALA-PDT...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
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