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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742936/benefits-and-limitations-of-belatacept-in-4-hand-transplanted-patients
#1
J Grahammer, A Weissenbacher, B G Zelger, B Zelger, C Boesmueller, M Ninkovic, A Mühlbacher, I Peschel, G Brandacher, D Öfner, S Schneeberger
Belatacept (CTLA4Ig) is an emerging treatment in kidney transplantation. Lack of nephrotoxicity and possibly an inhibitory effect on the development of donor specific antibodies (DSA) make it an interesting agent in hand transplantation. In order to reduce CNI immunosuppression and preserve kidney function, we have added belatacept to the therapeutic regimen of 4 hand transplanted patients at month 4, at 6, 9, and 13 years after hand/forearm transplantation. Patients received 5mg/kg belatacept every 2 weeks, the dosing interval was extended to 4 weeks after 5 applications...
July 25, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742857/dna-immunisation-with-dengue-virus-e-protein-domains-i-ii-but-not-domain-iii-enhances-zika-west-nile-and-yellow-fever-virus-infection
#2
Jose L Slon Campos, Monica Poggianella, Sara Marchese, Monica Mossenta, Jyoti Rana, Francesca Arnoldi, Marco Bestagno, Oscar R Burrone
Dengue virus (DENV), the causative agent of dengue disease, is among the most important mosquito-borne pathogens worldwide. DENV is composed of four closely related serotypes and belongs to the Flaviviridae family alongside other important arthropod-borne viral pathogens such as Zika virus (ZIKV), West Nile virus (WNV) and Yellow Fever virus (YFV). After infection, the antibody response is mostly directed to the viral E glycoprotein which is composed of three structural domains named DI, DII and DIII that share variable degrees of homology among different viruses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739541/testing-the-comparative-effects-of-physical-activity-advice-by-humans-vs-computers-in-underserved-populations-the-compass-trial-design-methods-and-baseline-characteristics
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Abby C King, Ines Campero, Jylana L Sheats, Cynthia M Castro Sweet, Dulce Garcia, Aldo Chazaro, German Blanco, Michelle Hauser, Fernando Fierros, David K Ahn, Jose Diaz, Monica Done, Juan Fernandez, Timothy Bickmore
While physical inactivity is a key risk factor for a range of chronic diseases and conditions associated with aging, a significant proportion of midlife and older adults remain insufficiently active. This is particularly true for ethnic minority populations such as Latino adults for whom few culturally adapted programs have been developed and tested. The major objective of this 12-month cluster-randomized controlled trial is to test the comparative effectiveness of two linguistically and culturally adapted, community-based physical activity interventions with the potential for broad reach and translation...
July 21, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737160/health-and-environmental-risk-assessment-project-for-bottlenose-dolphins-tursiops-truncatus-from-the-southeastern-usa-ii-environmental-aspects
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John S Reif, Adam M Schaefer, Gregory D Bossart, Patricia A Fair
Bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus are the most common apex predators found in coastal and estuarine ecosystems along the southeastern coast of the USA, where these animals are exposed to multiple chemical pollutants and microbial agents. In this review, we summarize the results of investigations of environmental exposures evaluated in 360 free-ranging dolphins between 2003 and 2015. Bottlenose dolphins inhabiting the Indian River Lagoon, Florida (IRL, n = 246), and coastal waters of Charleston, South Carolina (CHS, n = 114), were captured, given comprehensive health examinations, and released as part of a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional study of individual and population health...
July 24, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735741/apigenin-prevents-ultraviolet-b-radiation-induced-cyclobutane-pyrimidine-dimers-formation-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts
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S Mary Britto, D Shanthakumari, B Agilan, T Radhiga, G Kanimozhi, N Rajendra Prasad
Exposure to solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation leads to the formation of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs). We investigated the protective effect of apigenin against UVB-induced CPDs formation in human dermal fibroblasts cells (HDFa). For this purpose, HDFa cells were treated with apigenin (15μM) prior to UVB irradiation (20mJ/cm(2)); DNA damage and subsequent molecular end points were observed. Exposure to UVB radiation increased significant CPDs formation in HDFa cells and the frequencies of CPDs were reduced by treatment with apigenin (15μM)...
September 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735564/synergistic-effect-of-co-digestion-to-enhance-anaerobic-degradation-of-catering-waste-and-orange-peel-for-biogas-production
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Muzammil Anjum, Azeem Khalid, Samia Qadeer, Rashid Miandad
Catering waste and orange peel were co-digested using an anaerobic digestion process. Orange peel is difficult to degrade anaerobically due to the presence of antimicrobial agents such as limonene. The present study aimed to examine the feasibility of anaerobic co-digestion of catering waste with orange peel to provide the optimum nutrient balance with reduced inhibitory effects of orange peel. Batch experiments were conducted using catering waste as a potential substrate mixed in varying ratios (20-50%) with orange peel...
July 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733938/molecular-cloning-heterologous-expression-and-functional-characterization-of-a-cellulolytic-enzyme-cel-prii-from-buffalo-rumen-metagenome
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Ravi K Shah, Amrutlal K Patel, Deepti M Davla, Ishan K Parikh, Ramalingam B Subramanian, Kamlesh C Patel, Subhash J Jakhesara, Chaitanya G Joshi
A cellulase encoding gene, Cel PRII, was identified from Mehsani buffalo rumen metagenome, and cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3)pLysS. The 1170 bp full length gene encodes a 389 residue polypeptide (Cel PRII) containing a catalytic domain belonging to glycosyl hydrolase (GH) 5 family. The fusion protein consisting of the Cel PRII, thioredoxin tag and 6x Histidine tag with predicted molecular weight of 63 kDa when recovered from inclusion bodies under denaturing conditions, exhibited cellulolytic activity against carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732870/synthesis-of-novel-biodegradable-antibacterial-grafted-xanthan-gum
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Mahmoud H Abu Elella, Riham R Mohamed, Eman Abd ElHafeez, Magdy W Sabaa
Xanthan gum (XG) is natural polysaccharides used in food industries as stabilizers and thickener agents. The problem is that some food products are found to be contaminated by pathogenic bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphyloccus aureus (S. aureus) that reduce their shelf life. This research aims to synthesize biodegradable antibacterial XG-grafted-poly(N-vinyl imidazole) PVI and the effect of reaction parameters were studied on grafting yield (G), grafting efficiency (GE), total conversion (TC) and homopolymer (H) %...
October 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732743/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-the-treatment-of-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections
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Julie A Gibbons, Hayden L Smith, Sudhir C Kumar, Katherine Johnson Duggins, Amanda M Bushman, Jayme M Danielson, William J Yost, Jonathan J Wadle
BACKGROUND: Research on treating skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) has shown improved patient outcomes with effective pharmaceutic prescribing. Antimicrobial stewardship programs can reduce consequences of broad-spectrum antimicrobial administration in SSTI treatment. METHODS: Prospective and historic control data were collected during two 7-month periods. Intervention consisted of implementing a new SSTI evidence-based treatment algorithm and provider education, including calls and medical record notes targeted at physicians...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730859/molecular-targeting-of-inosine-5-monophosphate-dehydrogenase-by-ff-10501-promotes-erythropoiesis-via-ros-mapk-pathway
#10
Michiko Ichii, Kenji Oritani, Motohiko Murase, Kensuke Komatsu, Mao Yamazaki, Rie Kyoden, Nobuko Kito, Yusuke Nozaki, Motoki Saito, Hiroyuki Iwamura, Yuzuru Kanakura
One of the major symptoms of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) is severe cytopenia. Despite cytokine therapies, such as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, many patients still require blood transfusions, and the development of new therapeutic approaches is needed. In this work, we studied the effects of the inosine-5'-monophosphate (IMP) dehydrogenase (IMPDH) inhibitor FF-10501 on erythropoiesis of human hematopoietic cells. Differentiation of K562 chronic myeloid leukemia cells to an erythroid lineage was promoted by FF-10501 in a dose-dependent manner...
July 21, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729051/inhibiting-effects-of-fructanase-on-competence-stimulating-peptide-dependent-quorum-sensing-system-in-streptococcus-mutans
#11
Yusuke Suzuki, Ryo Nagasawa, Hidenobu Senpuku
Streptococcus mutans produces glucosyltransferases encoded by the gtfB and gtfC genes, which synthesize insoluble glucan, and both insoluble and soluble glucans by conversion of sucrose, and are known as principal agents to provide strong biofilm formation and demineralization on tooth surfaces. S. mutans possess a Com-dependent quorum sensing (QS) system, which is important for survival in severe conditions. The QS system is stimulated by the interaction between ComD {Receptor to competence-stimulating peptide (CSP)} encoded by the comD and CSP encoded by the comC, and importantly associated with bacteriocin production and genetic competence...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728987/genetic-analysis-of-virulence-in-the-pyrenophora-teres-f-teres-population-bb25-%C3%A3-fgoh04ptt-21
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Vaidehi M Koladia, Jonathan K Richards, Nathan A Wyatt, Justin D Faris, Robert S Brueggeman, Timothy L Friesen
Pyrenophora teres f. teres is the causal agent of net form net blotch (NFNB) of barley. In order to map the genetics of avirulence/virulence in P. teres f. teres, a fungal population was developed using P. teres f. teres isolates BB25 (Denmark) and FGOH04Ptt-21 (North Dakota, USA) due to these two isolates differing in virulence on several common barley lines. 109 progeny isolates were obtained from the BB25 by FGOH04Ptt-21 cross that were then used for NFNB disease evaluation across eight barley lines, four of which have been used commonly as NFNB differential lines as well as four cultivars commonly used in barley production in the Northern Great Plains...
July 17, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726368/mussel-inspired-polydopamine-coated-lanthanide-nanoparticles-for-nir-ii-ct-dual-imaging-and-photothermal-therapy
#13
Yu Dai, Dongpeng Yang, Danping Yu, Cong Cao, Qiuhong Wang, Songhai Xie, Liang Shen, Wei Feng, Fuyou Li
Nanomedicine has attracted substantial attentions for accurate diagnosis or treatment of carcinoma in recent years. Nd3+ doped lanthanide nanophosphors based near-infrared-II (NIR-II) optical imaging is widely used for deep penetration tissue imaging while X-ray computed tomography (CT) is well-suited for in vivo imaging. Polymer coated lanthanide nanophosphors were increasingly used as both diagnostics and therapies for tumor in vivo. However, the bio-compatibility of nanocomposites and efficiency of tumor ablation should be taken into consideration when construct of a nanotheranostic probe...
July 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722333/xiap-inhibitor-embelin-induces-autophagic-and-apoptotic-cell-death-in-human-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cells
#14
You-Jin Lee, Bong-Soo Park, Hae-Ryoun Park, Su-Bin Yu, Hae-Mi Kang, In-Ryoung Kim
Embelin is an active ingredient of traditional herbal remedies for cancer and other diseases. Recently, it has been suggested that autophagy may play an important role in cancer therapy. However, little data are available regarding the role of autophagy in oral cancers. Therefore, we conducted this study to examine whether Embelin modulates autophagy in Ca9-22. Our results showed that Embelin had anticancer activity against the Ca9-22 human tongue squamous cell, and we observed that autophagic vacuoles were formed by MDC and AO...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722177/metformin-induced-alterations-in-nucleotide-metabolism-cause-5-fluorouracil-resistance-but-gemcitabine-susceptibility-in-oesophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#15
Charissa Mynhardt, Leonard Howard Damelin, Rupal Jivan, Jade Peres, Sharon Prince, Robin Bruce Veale, Demetra Mavri-Damelin
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a chemotherapeutic agent used to treat a variety of gastric cancers including oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), for which the 5-year mortality rate exceeds 85%. Our study investigated the effects of metformin, an antidiabetic drug with established anti-cancer activity, in combination with 5-FU as a novel chemotherapy strategy, using the OSCC cell lines, WHCO1 and WHCO5. Our results indicate that metformin treatment induces significant resistance to 5-FU in WHCO1 and WHCO5 cells, by more than 5-fold and 6-fold respectively, as assessed by MTT assay...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717516/costs-associated-with-intravenous-darbepoetin-versus-epoetin-therapy-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Andrea L Woodland, Sean W Murphy, Bryan M Curtis, Brendan J Barrett
BACKGROUND: Anemia of chronic kidney disease is associated with adverse outcomes and a reduced quality of life. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) have improved anemia management, and 2 agents are available in Canada, epoetin alfa (EPO) and darbepoetin alfa (DA). EPO and DA are considered equally effective in achieving target hemoglobin (Hb), but it is not clear whether there is a cost difference. There have been few head-to-head comparisons; most published studies are observational switch studies...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716651/significance-of-a-to-i-rna-editing-of-transcripts-modulating-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics
#17
REVIEW
Masataka Nakano, Miki Nakajima
RNA editing is a post-transcriptional process that alters the nucleotide sequence of RNA transcripts to generate transcriptome diversity. Among the various types of RNA editing, adenosine-to-inosine (A-to-I) RNA editing is the most frequent type of RNA editing in mammals. Adenosine deaminases acting on RNA (ADAR) enzymes, ADAR1 and ADAR2, convert adenosines in double-stranded RNA structures into inosines by hydrolytic deamination. Inosine forms a base pair with cytidine as if it were guanosine; therefore, the conversion may affect the amino acid sequence, splicing, microRNA targeting, and miRNA maturation...
July 15, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716640/complex-molecules-clever-solutions-enzymatic-approaches-towards-natural-product-and-active-agent-syntheses
#18
REVIEW
Thomas Classen, Jörg Pietruszka
Natural compounds are often structurally complex and their synthesis is still highly challenging. The review intends to give an overview on developments in biotechnology and their role for the production of natural products and active agents. In vitro and in vivo methods are presented side by side beginning with rather simple but smart single step conversions, followed by cascade reactions, and finishing with complex bio-, semi- and mutasynthesis endeavours. All the enzymatic approaches do obviously complement traditional synthetic methods; with their particular strengths, the combined repertoire will lead to an increased efficiency in natural product synthesis as well as in providing analogues...
June 28, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714542/two-enabling-strategies-for-the-stereoselective-conversion-of-internal-alkynes-into-trisubstituted-alkenes
#19
Alois Fürstner, Nikolas Huwyler, Karin Radkowski, Stephan M Rummelt
An expedient method for the C-methylation of alkenylstannanes with formation of trisubstituted alkenes is described, which relies on the use of MeI in combination with copper thiophene-2-carboxylate (CuTC) as promotor and tetra-n-butylammonium diphenylphosphinate as an effective tin scavenger; in some cases, it proved beneficial to further supplement the mixture with catalytic amounts of Pd(PPh3)4. Under these conditions, the reaction proved robust, high yielding and compatible with many functional groups that might not subsist under more traditional conditions used to C-alkylate organotin derivatives...
July 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714063/microrna-206-prevents-the-pathogenesis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-via-modulating-expression-of-cmet-and-cdk6
#20
Heng Wu, Junyan Tao, Xiaolei Li, Tianpeng Zhang, Lei Zhao, Yao Wang, Lei Zhang, Jun Xiong, Zhi Zeng, Na Zhan, Clifford J Steer, Li Che, Mingjie Dong, Xiaomei Wang, Junqi Niu, Zhuoyu Li, Guiqing Yan, Xin Chen, Guisheng Song
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most lethal cancers worldwide and therapeutic agents for this malignancy are lacking. MicroRNAs play critical roles in carcinogenesis and present tremendous therapeutic potential. Here we report that microRNA-206 is a robust tumor suppressor that plays important roles in the development of HCC by regulating cell cycle progression and cMet signaling pathway. MicroRNA-206 was under-expressed in livers of two HCC mouse models, human individuals bearing HCC, and human HCC cell lines...
July 17, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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