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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445910/influence-of-contrast-media-on-bone-mineral-density-bmd-measurements-from-routine-contrast-enhanced-mdct-datasets-using-a-phantom-less-bmd-measurement-tool
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Andrea Toelly, Constanze Bardach, Michael Weber, Rui Gong, Yanbo Lai, Pei Wang, Yulin Guo, Jan Kirschke, Thomas Baum, Michael Gruber
Aim To evaluate the differences in phantom-less bone mineral density (BMD) measurements in contrast-enhanced routine MDCT scans at different contrast phases, and to develop an algorithm for calculating a reliable BMD value. Materials and Methods 112 postmenopausal women from the age of 40 to 77 years (mean age: 57.31 years; SD 9.61) who underwent a clinically indicated MDCT scan, consisting of an unenhanced, an arterial, and a venous phase, were included. A retrospective analysis of the BMD values of the Th12 to L4 vertebrae in each phase was performed using a commercially available phantom-less measurement tool...
April 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445131/therapeutic-benefit-of-salmonella-attributed-to-lps-and-tnf-%C3%AE-is-exhaustible-and-dictated-by-tumor-susceptibility
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Dino Kocijancic, Sara Leschner, Sebastian Felgner, Ronja-Melinda Komoll, Michael Frahm, Vinay Pawar, Siegfried Weiss
The potential of bacteria-mediated tumor therapy (BMTT) is highlighted by more than a century of investigation. Attenuated Salmonella has prevailed as promising therapeutic agents. For BMTT - categorized as an immune therapy - the exact contribution of particular immune reactions to the therapeutic effect remains ambiguous. In addition, one could argue for or against the requirement of bacterial viability and tumor targeting. Herein we evaluate the isolated therapeutic efficacy of purified LPS and TNF-α, which together account for a dominant immunogenic pathway of gram negative bacteria like Salmonella...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445007/cobalt-phosphide-double-shelled-nanocages-broadband-light-harvesting-nanostructures-for-efficient-photothermal-therapy-and-self-powered-photoelectrochemical-biosensing
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Jingqi Tian, Houjuan Zhu, Jie Chen, Xinting Zheng, Hongwei Duan, Kanyi Pu, Peng Chen
Ultra-broadband light-absorbing materials are highly desired for effective solar-energy harvesting. Herein, novel cobalt phosphide double-shelled nanocages (CoP-NCs) are synthesized. Uniquely, these CoP-NCs are able to nonselectively absorb light spanning the full solar spectrum, benefiting from its electronic properties and hollow nanostructure. They promise a wide range of applications involving solar energy utilization. As proof-of-concept demonstrations, CoP-NCs are employed here as effective photothermal agents to ablate cancer cells by utilizing their ability of near-infrared heat conversion, and as photoactive material for self-powered photoelectrochemical sensing by taking advantage of their ability of photon-to-electricity conversion...
April 26, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441888/doxorubicin-induced-female-reproductive-toxicity-an-assessment-of-ovarian-follicular-apoptosis-cyclicity-and-reproductive-tissue-histology-in-wistar-rats
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Kumari Nishi, Vinoth Prasanna Gunasekaran, Jaganath Arunachalam, Mathan Ganeshan
Doxorubicin is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent for various cancers, particularly for the female breast cancer patients. Although the rate of young female cancer patients is increasing every year, conversely the lack of knowledge of adverse effects of doxorubicin on female reproductive system insisted us to assess the toxic effects of doxorubicin on the female reproductive tissue histoarchitecture, cyclicity, and mammary glands in Wistar rats. The rats were divided into two groups depending on the treatment period, i...
April 25, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440207/epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-cancer-progression-preventive-phytochemicals
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Soorya Parathodi Illam, Arunaksharan Narayanankutty, Shaji Edappilly Mathew, Remya Valsalakumari, Rosemol M Jacob, Achuthan Chathrattil Raghavamenon
BACKGROUND: Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) is the conversion of epithelial cells into mesenchymal phenotype generally observed during embryogenesis and wound healing as well as in malignant transformation. Several signaling pathways and transcription factors associated with EMT have been explored. Dietary phytochemicals are multi-targeted agents that interfere with these pathways, assume preventive potential against pathologic EMT. OBJECTIVE: Present review aims to provide a detailed description on the nature, characteristics of EMT in physiological and pathophysiological conditions and the scope of phytochemicals in its prevention...
April 24, 2017: Recent Patents on Anti-cancer Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439962/balancing-task-focus-and-relationship-building-asking-sleepy-patients-about-traffic-risk-in-treatment-initiation-consultations
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Clara Iversen, Anders Broström, Martin Ulander
BACKGROUND: The use of traffic risk assessment questions is an understudied area in nursing research. Obstructive sleep apnoea is associated with an increased risk of traffic accidents. Therefore, traffic safety authorities demand adherent continuous positive airway pressure use. Nurses act as coaches to achieve treatment adherence, but they are also obliged to act as state agents by prohibiting obstructive sleep apnoea patients from drowsy driving. OBJECTIVE: To examine how nurses and obstructive sleep apnoea patients manage traffic risk assessment questions in the relation-building context of treatment initiation consultations...
April 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436644/ultrathin-tio2-b-nanosheets-as-the-inductive-agent-for-transfering-h2o2-into-superoxide-radicals
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Zhen Wei, Di Liu, Weiqin Wei, Xianjie Chen, Qiang Han, Wenqing Yao, Xinguo Ma, Yongfa Zhu
Reflux method to synthesis ultrathin polycrystalline TiO2(B) nanosheets (NS) which is assembled by single crystals, and further stacked into nanoflowers structure. Based on the theoretical calculations and experiments, H2O2 can easily substitute the ethylene glycol adsorded on the surface of TiO2(B) NS, forming H2O2-NS due to the lower adsorption energy and the unique structural features of ultrathin TiO2(B) nanosheets. TiO2(B) NS and H2O2 system can be accelerated to generat superoxide radicals under heat or light and thus exhibits a great degradation property on dye molecules, the total organic carbon (TOC) removal rate was 6 times higher than H2O2 alone...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433728/vector-competence-of-amblyomma-americanum-acari-ixodidae-for-rickettsia-rickettsii
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Michael L Levin, Galina E Zemtsova, Lindsay F Killmaster, Alyssa Snellgrove, Lauren B M Schumacher
Rickettsia rickettsii - the etiologic agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) - is widely spread across the Americas. In the US, Dermacentor spp. ticks are identified as primary vectors of R. rickettsii and Rhipicephalus sanguineus s.l. has been implicated in transmission of this pathogen in several locations in the Southwest. Conversely, ticks of the genus Amblyomma are recognized vectors of RMSF in Central and South America, but not in the US. A. americanum is one of the most aggressive human-biting ticks in the US, whose geographical range overlaps with that of reported RMSF cases...
April 12, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432607/impact-of-the-medical-specialty-on-knowledge-regarding-multidrug-resistant-organisms-and-strategies-toward-antimicrobial-stewardship
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Steffen Lebentrau, Christian Gilfrich, Malte W Vetterlein, Harald Schumacher, Philipp J Spachmann, Sabine D Brookman-May, Hans M Fritsche, Martin Schostak, Florian M Wagenlehner, Maximilian Burger, Matthias May
PURPOSE: Evidence is scarce on subject-specific knowledge of multidrug-resistant organisms and rational use of antibiotics. We aimed at evaluating attitude, perception, and knowledge about multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) and antibiotic prescribing among urologists versus other medical specialties. METHODS: Within the MR2-study (Multiinstitutional Reconnaissance of practice with MultiResistant bacteria), a questionnaire was conducted targeting general surgeons, internists, gynecologists, and urologists in 18 German hospitals...
April 21, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431560/a-new-generation-of-bacillus-subtilis-cell-factory-for-further-elevated-scyllo-inositol-production
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Kosei Tanaka, Ayane Natsume, Shu Ishikawa, Shinji Takenaka, Ken-Ichi Yoshida
BACKGROUND: A stereoisomer of inositol, scyllo-inositol (SI), has been regarded as a promising therapeutic agent for Alzheimer's disease. However, this compound is relatively rare, whereas another stereoisomer of inositol, myo-inositol (MI) is abundant in nature. Bacillus subtilis 168 has the ability to metabolize inositol stereoisomers, including MI and SI. Previously, we reported a B. subtilis cell factory with modified inositol metabolism that converts MI into SI in the culture medium...
April 21, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430653/preventive-effects-of-the-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitor-tofogliflozin-on-diethylnitrosamine-induced-liver-tumorigenesis-in-obese-and-diabetic-mice
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Koki Obara, Yohei Shirakami, Akinori Maruta, Takayasu Ideta, Tsuneyuki Miyazaki, Takahiro Kochi, Hiroyasu Sakai, Takuji Tanaka, Mitsuru Seishima, Masahito Shimizu
Sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors are expected to ameliorate the abnormalities associated with metabolic syndrome including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In this study, we investigated the effects of the sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor tofogliflozin on the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease-related liver tumorigenesis in C57BL/KsJ-+Leprdb/+Leprdb obese and diabetic mice. The direct effects of tofogliflozin on human liver cancer cell proliferation were also evaluated. Mice were administered diethylnitrosamine-containing water for 2 weeks and were treated with tofogliflozin throughout the experiment...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425641/molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-early-steps-in-rna-mediated-conversion-of-prions
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Erik J Alred, Michael Nguyen, Maggie Martin, Ulrich Hansmann
The rate-limiting step in prion diseases is the initial transition of a prion protein from its native form into a mis-folded state in which the protein not only forms cell-toxic aggregates but also becomes infectious. Recent experiments implicate polyadenosine RNA as a possible agent for generating the initial seed. In order to understand the mechanism of RNA-mediated mis-folding and aggregation of prions, we dock polyadenosine RNA to mouse and human prion models. Changes in stability and secondary structure of the prions upon binding to polyadenosine RNA are evaluated by comparing molecular dynamics simulations of these complexes with that of the unbound prions...
April 20, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425467/hyperpolarized-13-c-spectroscopic-evaluation-of-oxidative-stress-in-a-rodent-model-of-steatohepatitis
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David M Wilson, Valentina Di Gialleonardo, Zhen J Wang, Valerie Carroll, Cornelius Von Morze, Andrew Taylor, Victor Sai, Mark VanCriekinge, Robert Bok, Michael A Ohliger, Kayvan R Keshari
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become highly prevalent, now considered the most common liver disease in the western world. Approximately one-third of patients with NASH develop non-alchoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), histologically defined by lobular and portal inflammation, and accompanied by marked oxidative stress. Patients with NASH are at increased risk for cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, and diagnosis currently requires invasive biopsy. In animal models of NASH, particularly the methionine-choline deficient (MCD) model, profound changes are seen in redox enzymes and key intracellular antioxidants...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424007/anesthetic-related-neurotoxicity-and-neuroimaging-in-children-a-call-for-conversation
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Kara A Bjur, Eric T Payne, Michael E Nemergut, Danqing Hu, Randall P Flick
Each year millions of young children undergo procedures requiring sedation or general anesthesia. An increasing proportion of the anesthetics used are provided to optimize diagnostic imaging studies such as magnetic resonance imaging. Concern regarding the neurotoxicity of sedatives and anesthetics has prompted the US Food and Drug Administration to change labeling of anesthetics and sedative agents warning against repeated or prolonged exposure in young children. This review aims to summarize the risk of anesthesia in children with an emphasis on anesthetic-related neurotoxicity, acknowledge the value of pediatric neuroimaging, and address this call for conversation...
May 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421060/the-heme-metabolite-carbon-monoxide-facilitates-kshv-infection-by-inhibiting-tlr4-signaling-in-endothelial-cells
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Sara Botto, Jean K Gustin, Ashlee V Moses
Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV) is the etiologic agent of Kaposi sarcoma (KS) and certain rare B cell lymphoproliferative disorders. KSHV infection of endothelial cells (EC) in vitro increases expression of the inducible host-encoded enzyme heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), which is also strongly expressed in KS tumors. HO-1 catalyzes the rate-limiting step in the conversion of heme into iron, biliverdin and the gasotransmitter carbon monoxide (CO), all of which share anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, pro-survival, and tumorigenic activities...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417577/metal-hydride-nanoparticles-with-ultrahigh-structural-stability-and-hydrogen-storage-activity-derived-from-microencapsulated-nanoconfinement
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Jiguang Zhang, Yunfeng Zhu, Huaijun Lin, Yana Liu, Yao Zhang, Shenyang Li, Zhongliang Ma, Liquan Li
Metal hydrides (MHs) have recently been designed for hydrogen sensors, switchable mirrors, rechargeable batteries, and other energy-storage and conversion-related applications. The demands of MHs, particular fast hydrogen absorption/desorption kinetics, have brought their sizes to nanoscale. However, the nanostructured MHs generally suffer from surface passivation and low aggregation-resisting structural stability upon absorption/desorption. This study reports a novel strategy named microencapsulated nanoconfinement to realize local synthesis of nano-MHs, which possess ultrahigh structural stability and superior desorption kinetics...
April 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415048/baicalein-increases-cisplatin-sensitivity-of-a549-lung-adenocarcinoma-cells-via-pi3k-akt-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Meiling Yu, Benquan Qi, Wu Xiaoxiang, Jian Xu, Xiaolin Liu
Baicalein, a bioactive flavonoid, exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities. However, few studies reported the interaction of baicalein with chemotherapeutic agents. Our study showed that baicalein significantly enhanced the chemosensitivity of cisplatin (CDDP) in vivo and in vitro. We found that A549/CDDP (resistant to CDDP) cells not only acquired epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) phenotype, but also showed increased NF-κB activity compared with A549 cells (sensitive to CDDP). Our study further demonstrated that PI3K/Akt/NF-κB pathway controlled CDDP resistance via EMT and NF-κB-mediated apoptosis...
April 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415023/drosophila-models-of-prionopathies-insight-into-prion-protein-function-transmission-and-neurotoxicity
#18
REVIEW
Pedro Fernandez-Funez, Jonatan Sanchez-Garcia, Diego E Rincon-Limas
Prion diseases (PrD) are unique neurodegenerative conditions with sporadic, genetic, and infectious etiologies. The agent responsible for these pathologies is a misfolded conformation of the prion protein (PrP). Although a process of autocatalytic "conversion" is known to mediate disease transmission, important gaps still remain regarding the physiological function of PrP and its relevance to pathogenesis, the molecular and cellular mechanisms mediating neurotoxicity and transmission, and the PrP conformations responsible for neurotoxicity...
April 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413762/photothermal-conversion-of-w18o49-with-a-tunable-oxidation-state
#19
Zhenxing Fang, Shihui Jiao, Yutang Kang, Guangsheng Pang, Shouhua Feng
W18O49 with a tunable oxidation state was prepared by addition of NaNO3 or NaBH4 as a redox agent in the solvothermal system. The addition of redox agents has no influence on the crystallization of W18O49. The obtained W18O49 structures keep their morphology as a bundle of nanowires with a regular hexagonal on the cross-section. W18O49 exhibits strong valence-dependent absorption features in the near-IR region. Reduced W18O49 with more W(5+) has a higher concentration of oxygen vacancies, which enhances the localized surface plasmon resonance effect...
April 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413322/improved-antimicrobial-effect-of-ginseng-extract-by-heat-transformation
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Peng Xue, Yang Yao, Xiu-Shi Yang, Jia Feng, Gui-Xing Ren
BACKGROUND: The incidence of halitosis has a prevalence of 22-50% throughout the world and is generally caused by anaerobic oral microorganisms, such as Fusobacterium nucleatum, Clostridium perfringens, and Porphyromonas gingivalis. Previous investigations on the structure-activity relationships of ginsenosides have led to contrasting results. Particularly, the antibacterial activity of less polar ginsenosides against halitosis-related bacteria has not been reported. METHODS: Crude saponins extracted from the Panax quinquefolius leaf-stem (AGS) were treated at 130°C for 3 h to obtain heat-transformed saponins (HTS)...
April 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
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