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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103616/l-lysine-acts-as-a-serotonin-type-4-receptor-antagonist-to-counteract-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-the-stimulatory-effect-of-serotonergic-agents-on-aldosterone-secretion-in-man
#1
C Duparc, C André, J Ménard, B Godouet-Getti, J Wils, A F Cailleux, L Moreau-Grangé, E Louiset, H Lefebvre
In the normal human adrenal gland, serotonin (5-HT) stimulates aldosterone secretion through the 5-HT4 receptor (5-HT4R). However, the physiological role of the serotonergic control of adrenocortical function is not known. In the present study, we have investigated the ability of l-Lysine, which has been shown to act as a 5-HT4 receptor antagonist, to counteract in vitro and in vivo the stimulatory effect of 5-HT4R agonists on aldosterone production. l-Lysine was found to inhibit aldosterone production induced by 5-HT and the 5-HT4R agonists BIMU8 from cultured human adrenocortical cells...
January 19, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098753/reagent-less-and-robust-biosensor-for-direct-determination-of-lactate-in-food-samples
#2
Iria Bravo, Mónica Revenga-Parra, Félix Pariente, Encarnación Lorenzo
Lactic acid is a relevant analyte in the food industry, since it affects the flavor, freshness, and storage quality of several products, such as milk and dairy products, juices, or wines. It is the product of lactose or malo-lactic fermentation. In this work, we developed a lactate biosensor based on the immobilization of lactate oxidase (LOx) onto N,N'-Bis(3,4-dihydroxybenzylidene) -1,2-diaminobenzene Schiff base tetradentate ligand-modified gold nanoparticles (3,4DHS-AuNPs) deposited onto screen-printed carbon electrodes, which exhibit a potent electrocatalytic effect towards hydrogen peroxide oxidation/reduction...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097295/association-of-systemic-medication-use-with-intraocular-pressure-in-a-multiethnic-asian-population-the-singapore-epidemiology-of-eye-diseases-study
#3
Henrietta Ho, Yuan Shi, Jacqueline Chua, Yih-Chung Tham, Sing Hui Lim, Tin Aung, Tien Yin Wong, Ching-Yu Cheng
Importance: There is limited understanding of the associations between systemic medication use and intraocular pressure (IOP) in the general population. Objective: To examine the association between systemic medication use and IOP in a multiethnic Asian population. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this post hoc analysis of the Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases study, a population-based study of 10 033 participants (78.7% response rate) from 3 racial/ethnic groups (Chinese [recruited from February 9, 2009, through December 19, 2011], Malays [recruited from August 16, 2004, though July 10, 2006], and Indians [recruited from May 21, 2007, through December 29, 2009]), participants with glaucoma, previous ocular surgery, or trauma and an IOP asymmetry greater than 5 mm Hg between eyes were excluded...
January 12, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094490/urinary-incontinence-in-women-non-pharmacologic-approaches-and-newer-pharmacotherapies-an-update
#4
Casey G Kowalik, Joshua A Cohn, Alex Gomelsky, Roger R Dmochowski
Urinary incontinence is a widespread problem for women, with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) being the most common type. An updated review of PubMed literature using the following keywords was performed: stress urinary incontinence, women, midurethral slings, bulking agents, pubovaginal slings, retropubic suspension, postoperative complications, and treatment outcome. More recent publications, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses were given preference. The aging population will increase the demand for care of women with SUI...
January 17, 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094224/synthesis-of-pharmacologically-important-naphthoquinones-and-anticancer-activity-of-2-benzyllawsone-through-dna-topoisomerase-ii-inhibition
#5
Balagani Sathish Kumar, Kusumoori Ravi, Amit Kumar Verma, Kaneez Fatima, Mohammad Hasanain, Arjun Singh, Jayanta Sarkar, Suaib Luqman, Debabrata Chanda, Arvind S Negi
Naphthoquinones are naturally occurring biologically active entities. Practical de novo syntheses of three naphthoquinones i.e. lawsone (1), lapachol (2), and β-lapachone (3b) have been achieved from commercially available starting materials. The conversion of lapachol (2) to β-lapachone (3b) was achieved through p-TSA/Iodine/BF3-etherate mediated regioselective cyclisation. Further, 2-alkyl and 2-benzyllawsone derivatives have been prepared as possible anticancer agents. Four derivatives exhibited significant anticancer activity and the best analogue i...
December 28, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093713/timing-of-future-remyelination-therapies-and-their-potential-to-stop-multiple-sclerosis-progression
#6
Burcu Zeydan, Moses Rodriguez, Orhun H Kantarci
Prior to the onset of demyelination in multiple sclerosis (MS), early oligodendrocyte injury, axonal degeneration and astroglial scarring occur. The irreversible progressive phase of MS begins when the axonal loss threshold is reached. Progressive disease onset has the highest impact on a poor prognosis in MS. Conversion to progressive disease is essentially an age-dependent process independent of disease duration and initial disease course. Although prevention of relapses has been the primary approach in the disease management, incomplete recovery from even the first relapse correlates with the long-term neurodegenerative phenotype of progressive MS onset...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090796/impact-of-c-rel-inhibition-of-cord-blood-derived-b-t-and-nk-cells
#7
Shirin Fallahi, Seyede Momeneh Mohammadi, Hamid Tayefi Nasrabadi, Alireza Alihemmati, Naser Samadi, Sanaz Gholami, Dariush Shanehbandi, Hojjatollah Nozad Charoudeh
The c-Rel transcription factor is a unique member of the nuclear factor (NF)-κB family that has a role in curtailing the proliferation, differentiation, cytokine production, and overall activity of B- and T-cells. In addition, c-Rel is a key regulator of apoptosis in that it influences the expression of anti-apoptotic genes such as Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL; conversely, inhibition of c-Rel increases cell apoptosis. To better understand the relationship between c-Rel expression and effects on B- and T-cell expansion, the current study evaluated c-Rel expression in cord blood mononuclear cells...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086912/wwl70-attenuates-pge2-production-derived-from-2-arachidonoylglycerol-in-microglia-by-abhd6-independent-mechanism
#8
Mikiei Tanaka, Sean Moran, Jie Wen, Kwame Affram, Tinghua Chen, Aviva J Symes, Yumin Zhang
BACKGROUND: α/β-Hydrolase domain 6 (ABHD6) is one of the major enzymes for endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) hydrolysis in microglia cells. Our recent studies have shown that a selective ABHD6 inhibitor WWL70 has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects in animal models of traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis. However, the role of ABHD6 in the neuroinflammatory response and the mechanisms by which WWL70 suppresses inflammation has not yet been elucidated in reactive microglia...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078340/biocompatible-cus-based-nanoplatforms-for-efficient-photothermal-therapy-and-chemotherapy-in-vivo
#9
Shuwen Peng, Yuanyuan He, Murat Er, Yuanzhi Sheng, Yueqing Gu, Haiyan Chen
Near-infrared (NIR) photothermal therapy (PTT) is a new approach to ablate cancer without affecting normal tissues. A pivotal concern of PPT is to develop photo-responsive agents with high biocompatibility as well as effective photothermal conversion efficiency. Copper sulfide (CuS) nanoparticles prepared are characterized by their low synthesis cost, wide NIR absorption range, good biocompatibility and favorable NIR photothermal conversion efficiency. CuS nanoparticles were then coated with mesoporous silicon dioxide (SiO2) by the Stober method, and further loaded with anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX)...
January 12, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074269/varied-exposure-to-carcinogenic-mutagenic-and-reprotoxic-cmr-chemicals-in-occupational-settings-in-france
#10
Nathalie Havet, Alexis Penot, Magali Morelle, Lionel Perrier, Barbara Charbotel, Béatrice Fervers
PURPOSE: To explore varied exposure to carcinogenic, mutagenic, and reprotoxic chemicals (CMR) for French employees. METHODS: Our study assessed data from the French national cross-sectional survey of occupational risks (SUMER) that was conducted in 2010 in a national representative sample of employees. We selected 28 CMR agents that were classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer or European Union as being known or presumed to have CMR potential in humans...
January 10, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073499/physiological-and-transcriptional-responses-to-inorganic-nutrition-in-a-tropical-pacific-strain-of-alexandrium-minutum-implications-for-the-saxitoxin-genes-and-toxin-production
#11
Kieng Soon Hii, Po Teen Lim, Nyuk Fong Kon, Yoshinobu Takata, Gires Usup, Chui Pin Leaw
Saxitoxins (STXs) constitute a family of potent sodium channel blocking toxins, causative agents of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), and are produced by several species of marine dinoflagellates and cyanobacteria. Two STX-core genes, sxtA and sxtG, have been well elucidated in Alexandrium but the expression of these genes under various nutritional modes in tropical species remains unclear. This study investigates the physiological responses of a tropical Pacific strain of Alexandrium minutum growing with nitrate or ammonium, and with various nitrogen to phosphorus (N:P) supply ratios...
June 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072576/ultrasonic-computed-tomography-imaging-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles
#12
Or Perlman, Haim Azhari
Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) are becoming increasingly used and intensively investigated in the field of medical imaging. They are currently FDA approved for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and it would be highly desirable to visualize them by ultrasound as well. Previous reports using the conventional ultrasound B-scan (pulse-echo) imaging technique have shown very limited detectability of these particles. The aim of this study is to explore the feasibility of imaging IONPs using the through-transmission ultrasound methodology and demonstrate their detectability using ultrasonic computed tomography (UCT)...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071899/near-ir-absorbing-gold-nanoframes-with-enhanced-physiological-stability-and-improved-biocompatibility-for-in-vivo-biomedical-applications
#13
Liying Wang, Yunching Chen, Hsin Yao Lin, Yung-Te Hou, Ling-Chu Yang, Aileen Y Sun, Jia-Yu Liu, Chien-Wen Chang, Dehui Wan
This paper describes the synthesis of near-infrared (NIR)-absorbing gold nanoframes (GNFs) and a systematic study comparing their physiological stability and biocompatibility with those of hollow Au-Ag nanoshells (GNSs), which have been used widely as photothermal agents in biomedical applications because of their localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in the NIR region. The GNFs were synthesized in three steps: galvanic replacement, Au deposition, and Ag dealloying, using silver nanospheres (SNP) as the starting material...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071587/new-imidazole-based-compounds-active-against-trypanosoma-cruzi
#14
Oluyomi Stephen Adeyemi, Maria Teresa Molina, Abiodun Omokehinde Eseola, Cristina Fonseca-Berzal, Alicia Gomez-Barrio
Current drugs available for the treatment of Chagas disease are fraught with several challenges including severe toxicity and limited efficacy. These factors coupled with the absence of effective drugs for treating the chronic stage of the disease have rendered the development of new drugs against Chagas disease a priority. This study screened several imidazole-based compounds for anti-Trypanosoma potential. Using in vitro experimental infection model, several imidazole-based compounds were screened for anti-proliferative effect on Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes...
January 10, 2017: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067036/synthetically-tuned-atomic-ordering-in-pdcu-nanoparticles-with-enhanced-catalytic-activity-towards-solvent-free-benzylamine-oxidation
#15
Vijaykumar S Marakatti, Saurav Ch Sarma, Boby Joseph, Dipanjan Banerjee, Sebastian C Peter
Synthesis of ordered compounds with nano size is of particular interest for tuning the surface properties with enhanced activity and selectivity towards various important industrial catalytic processes. In this work, we have synthesized ordered PdCu nanoparticles as highly efficient catalyst for the solvent free aerobic oxidation of benzylamine. The PdxCu1-x catalysts with different chemical compositions (x = 0, 0.25, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.75, 1) were prepared by polyol method using NaBH4 as a reducing agent and were well characterized by XRD, ICP-OES, XPS, TEM-EDAX and XAFS...
January 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059601/metabolic-interactions-between-cysteamine-and-epigallocatechin-gallate
#16
Valentina Izzo, Federico Pietrocola, Valentina Sica, Sylvère Durand, Sylvie Lachkar, David Enot, José Manuel Bravo-San Pedro, Alexis Chery, Speranza Esposito, Valeria Raia, Luigi Maiuri, Maria Chiara Maiuri, Guido Kroemer
Phase II clinical trials indicate that the combination of cysteamine plus epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is effective against cystic fibrosis in patients bearing the most frequent etiological mutation (CFTRΔF508). Here, we investigated the interaction between both agents on cultured respiratory epithelia cells from normal and CFTRΔF508-mutated donors. We observed that the combination of both agents affected metabolic circuits (and in particular the tricarboxylic acid cycle) in a unique way and that cysteamine plus EGCG reduced cytoplasmic protein acetylation more than each of the 2 components alone...
January 6, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058640/catalytic-reduction-of-4-nitrophenol-with-gold-nanoparticles-synthesized-by-caffeic-acid
#17
Yu Seon Seo, Eun-Young Ahn, Jisu Park, Tae Yoon Kim, Jee Eun Hong, Kyeongsoon Kim, Yohan Park, Youmie Park
In this study, various concentrations of caffeic acid (CA) were used to synthesize gold nanoparticles (CA-AuNPs) in order to evaluate their catalytic activity in the 4-nitrophenol reduction reaction. To facilitate catalytic activity, caffeic acid was removed by centrifugation after synthesizing CA-AuNPs. The catalytic activity of CA-AuNPs was compared with that of centrifuged CA-AuNPs (cf-CA-AuNPs). Notably, cf-CA-AuNPs exhibited up to 6.41-fold higher catalytic activity compared with CA-AuNPs. The catalytic activity was dependent on the caffeic acid concentration, and the lowest concentration (0...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053189/function-of-cyclophilin1-as-a-long-distance-signal-molecule-in-the-phloem-of-tomato-plants
#18
Ziv Spiegelman, Sumita Omer, Ben N Mansfeld, Shmuel Wolf
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) diageotropica (dgt) mutants, containing a single mutation in the Cyclophilin1 (SlCyp1) gene, are auxin-insensitive, exhibiting a pleiotropic phenotype including lack of geotropism, abnormal xylem structure, lack of lateral roots (LRs), and elevated shoot-to-root ratio. SlCyp1 is a putative peptidyl-prolyl isomerase that can traffic from shoot to root, where it induces changes in auxin response, LR formation, and xylem development, suggesting it has a role as a long-distance signaling molecule...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053157/blockade-of-protease-activated-receptor-4-par4-provides-robust-antithrombotic-activity-with-low-bleeding
#19
Pancras C Wong, Dietmar Seiffert, J Eileen Bird, Carol A Watson, Jeffrey S Bostwick, Mary Giancarli, Nick Allegretto, Ji Hua, David Harden, Jocelyne Guay, Mario Callejo, Michael M Miller, R Michael Lawrence, Jacques Banville, Julia Guy, Brad D Maxwell, E Scott Priestley, Anne Marinier, Ruth R Wexler, Michel Bouvier, David A Gordon, William A Schumacher, Jing Yang
Antiplatelet agents are proven efficacious treatments for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. However, the existing drugs are compromised by unwanted and sometimes life-threatening bleeding that limits drug usage or dosage. There is a substantial unmet medical need for an antiplatelet drug with strong efficacy and low bleeding risk. Thrombin is a potent platelet agonist that directly induces platelet activation via the G protein (heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding protein)-coupled protease-activated receptors PAR1 and PAR4...
January 4, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052685/occurrence-of-malignancies-after-kidney-transplantation-in-adults-slovak-multicenter-experience
#20
Z Zilinska, M Sersenova, M Chrastina, J Breza Sr, L Bena, T Baltesova, A Jurcina, R Roland, E Lackova, M Cellar, L Laca, I Dedinska
Malignancies are one of the three major causes of renal recipient´s death with a functioning graft after cardiovascular diseases and infections. Among the variety of risk factors, including conventional and specific to transplant recipients, the duration of immunosuppressive therapy, the intensity of therapy, and the type of immunosuppressive agent all have an impact on development of post-transplant malignancy. The aim of our retrospective study was to document the incidence, the type of malignancies, the patient/graft survival in the group of kidney transplant recipients in Slovak Republic, and to identify the factors which influenced the outcome...
January 5, 2017: Neoplasma
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