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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636236/assessment-of-silibinin-as-a-potential-antifungal-agent-and-investigation-of-its-mechanism-of-action
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Dae Gyu Yun, Dong Gun Lee
Silibinin, which is derived from Silybum marianum (milk thistle), has used as a traditional remedy for liver or biliary disorders and known to have superior antioxidant activity. In addition, silibinin was recently reported to have antifungal effect related to fungal apoptosis against Candida albicans and the interest in the therapeutic effect is increasing. In this study, we found another mode of antifungal action of silibinin and its antibiofilm activity on C. albicans. To investigate influence on fungal plasma membrane, propidium iodide and bis-(1, 3-dibutylbarbituric acid) trimethineoxonol [DiBAC4 (3)] assay were primarily carried out...
June 21, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636189/discovery-of-alkyl-bis-oxy-dibenzimidamide-derivatives-as-novel-protein-arginine-methyltransferase-1-prmt1-inhibitors
#2
Wei-Yao Zhang, Wen-Chao Lu, Hao Jiang, Zheng-Bing Lv, Yi-Qian Xie, Fu-Lin Lian, Zhong-Jie Liang, Yu-Xi Jiang, Da-Jin Wang, Cheng Luo, Jia Jin, Fei Ye
Protein arginine methylation, a post-translational modification critical for a variety of biological processes, is catalyzed by protein arginine N-methyltransferases (PRMTs). In particular, PRMT1 is responsible for over 85% of the arginine methylation in mammalian cells. Dysregulation of PRMT1 is involved in diverse pathological diseases including cancers. However, most current PRMT1inhibitors are lack of specificity, efficacy, and bioavailability. Herein, a series of alkyl bis(oxy)dibenzimidamide derivatives were identified as selective PRMT1 inhibitors...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636017/effect-of-cisplatin-on-the-transport-activity-of-pii-type-atpases
#3
Francesco Tadini-Buoninsegni, Giacomo Sordi, Serena Smeazzetto, Giovanni Natile, Fabio Arnesano
Cisplatin (cis-diamminedichlorido-Pt(ii)) is extensively used as a chemotherapeutic agent against various types of tumors. However, cisplatin administration causes serious side effects, including nephrotoxicity, ototoxicity and neurotoxicity. It has been shown that cisplatin can interact with P-type ATPases, e.g., Cu(+)-ATPases (ATP7A and ATP7B) and Na(+),K(+)-ATPase. Cisplatin-induced inhibition of Na(+),K(+)-ATPase has been related to the nephrotoxic effect of the drug. To investigate the inhibitory effects of cisplatin on the pumping activity of PII-type ATPases, electrical measurements were performed on sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) and Na(+),K(+)-ATPase embedded in vesicles/membrane fragments adsorbed on a solid-supported membrane...
June 21, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635647/virulence-genes-of-s-aureus-from-dairy-cow-mastitis-and-contagiousness-risk
#4
Giada Magro, Stefano Biffani, Giulietta Minozzi, Ralf Ehricht, Stefan Monecke, Mario Luini, Renata Piccinini
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a major agent of dairy cow intramammary infections: the different prevalences of mastitis reported might be related to a combination of S. aureus virulence factors beyond host factors. The present study considered 169 isolates from different Italian dairy herds that were classified into four groups based on the prevalence of S. aureus infection at the first testing: low prevalence (LP), medium-low (MLP), medium-high (MHP) and high (HP). We aimed to correlate the presence of virulence genes with the prevalence of intramammary infections in order to develop new strategies for the control of S...
June 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635404/safety-and-efficacy-of-hepasphere-50-100%C3%A2-%C3%AE-m-in-the-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#5
Charles Edouard Zurstrassen, Luiz Paulo De Oliveira Gireli, Chiang Jeng Tyng, Almir Galvão Vieira Bitencourt, Marcos Duarte Guimarães, Paula Nicole Vieira Barbosa, Aline Cristine Barbosa Santos Cavalcante, João Paulo Matushita Junior, Mauricio Kauark Amoedo, Felipe Jose Coimbra, Rogério Camargo Pinheiro Alves, Rubens Chojniak
AIM: To evaluate the effects of HepaSphere 50-100 μm (Merit Medical) as a doxorubicin carrier and embolization agent for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective analysis of 18 patients recruited from a national cancer center was conducted. This analysis evaluated the efficacy and safety of HepaSphere, as expressed by the treatment response rate (measured by the modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors, mRECIST) and by the prevalence of treatment-related adverse events, respectively...
February 14, 2017: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634794/evaluation-in-situ-of-genotoxicity-and-stress-in-south-american-common-toad-rhinella-arenarum-in-environments-related-to-fluorite-mine
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Favio E Pollo, Pablo R Grenat, Zulma A Salinas, Manuel A Otero, Nancy E Salas, Adolfo L Martino
Little attention has been paid to the impact of wastewater generated by mining activities on fluoride. In this study, we evaluated the hematology responses of common South American toad Rhinella arenarum inhabiting natural and artificial environments associated with a fluorite mine from central Argentina. We analyzed three sampling stations associated with the fluorite mine: (I) Los Cerros Negros stream (CN), which runs on granitic rock with a high fluorite content; (II) Los Vallecitos stream (LV), which runs on metamorphic rock with low fluorite content; and (III) artificial decantation ponds (DP) containing sediments produced by fluorite flotation process...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634761/unveiling-the-compositional-variety-of-cardiolipins-in-rhodobacter-sphaeroides-by-liquid-chromatography-with-electrospray-ionization-and-multistage-collision-induced-dissociation-mass-spectrometry
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Sara Granafei, Ilario Losito, Massimo Trotta, Angela Agostiano, Francesco Palmisano, Tommaso R I Cataldi
Cardiolipins (CL) contained in the lipid extracts of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides (strain R26) were systematically characterized by reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, performed in single (MS), tandem (MS/MS) and sequential (MS(3)) modes using a linear ion trap mass spectrometer. The total number of carbon atoms and C=C bonds of each CL and, subsequently, those related to each of the constituting phosphatidic acid (PA) units, along with the location of the latter on the central glycerol backbone, were inferred from MS and MS/MS data, respectively...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634713/characterization-and-in-vitro-antibacterial-activity-of-saponin-conjugated-silver-nanoparticles-against-bacteria-that-cause-burn-wound-infection
#8
Anbarasan Muniyan, Kalaiselvi Ravi, Udayamathi Mohan, Rajasekar Panchamoorthy
Saponins are glycosides, which destabilize the membrane by altering the membrane permeability. Thus, the present study was aimed to fabricate the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using fenugreek derived saponin (SN) against multi-drug resistant bacteria. This study has optimized the concentration of SN (240 mg/mL) for the synthesis of an effective AgNPs against the test organism Escherichia coli. The SN reduced AgNPs produced a reddish-brown colour and displayed UV absorption at 416 nm. The bio-reducing efficiency of SN (62...
July 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634536/telavancin-a-novel-semisynthetic-lipoglycopeptide-agent-to-counter-the-challenge-of-resistant-gram-positive-pathogens
#9
REVIEW
Biswadeep Das, Chayna Sarkar, Debasmita Das, Amit Gupta, Arnav Kalra, Shubham Sahni
Telavancin (TD-6424), a semisynthetic lipoglycopeptide vancomycin-derivative, is a novel antimicrobial agent developed by Theravance for overcoming resistant Gram-positive bacterial infections, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) had approved telavancin in 2009 for the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSIs) caused by Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA (S. aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus anginosus group, or Enterococcus faecalis)...
March 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634518/role-of-albumin-in-cirrhosis-from-a-hospitalist-s-perspective
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REVIEW
Saqib Walayat, Daniel Martin, Jaymon Patel, Umair Ahmed, Muhammad N Asghar, Aparna U Pai, Sonu Dhillon
Albumin, a negatively charged globular protein encoded on chromosome 4, is one of the most abundant proteins in the plasma and accounts for approximately 75% of plasma oncotic pressure. The role of albumin in the management of various disease states has shown to be beneficial historically. Low serum albumin is a predictor of mortality and poor outcomes. In cirrhotics undergoing paracentesis, albumin infusion prevents rapid re-accumulation of ascitic fluid while simultaneously decreasing the risk of post-paracentesis related circulatory dysfunction...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634502/impact-of-neurological-follow-up-on-early-hospital-readmission-rates-for-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Alexander Allen, Todd Barron, Ashley Mo, Richard Tangel, Ruth Linde, Rodney Grim, John Mingle, Ellen Deibert
INTRODUCTION: Despite advances in stroke care, readmission rates for patients with ischemic stroke remain high. Although factors such as age, diabetes, and continuous use of antiplatelet agents have been found to predict readmission rates, the impact of after-hospital care has not been examined. METHODS: The present study reviewed the charts of 416 patients with acute ischemic stroke and recorded stroke-related comorbidities, neurology follow-up within 21 days, readmission at 0 to 30 days, readmission at 31 to 90 days, and any reasons for readmission...
July 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634441/roles-of-pannexin-1-channels-in-inflammatory-response-through-the-tlrs-nf-kappa-b-signaling-pathway-following-experimental-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats
#12
Ling-Yun Wu, Zhen-Nan Ye, Chen-Hui Zhou, Chun-Xi Wang, Guang-Bin Xie, Xiang-Sheng Zhang, Yong-Yue Gao, Zi-Huan Zhang, Meng-Liang Zhou, Zong Zhuang, Jing-Peng Liu, Chun-Hua Hang, Ji-Xin Shi
Background: Accumulating evidence suggests that neuroinflammation plays a critical role in early brain injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Pannexin-1 channels, as a member of gap junction proteins located on the plasma membrane, releases ATP, ions, second messengers, neurotransmitters, and molecules up to 1 kD into the extracellular space, when activated. Previous studies identified that the opening of Pannexin-1 channels is essential for cellular migration, apoptosis and especially inflammation, but its effects on inflammatory response in SAH model have not been explored yet...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634374/behavioural-responses-to-potential-dispersal-cues-in-two-economically-important-species-of-cereal-feeding-eriophyid-mites
#13
Agnieszka Kiedrowicz, Lechosław Kuczyński, Mariusz Lewandowski, Heather Proctor, Anna Skoracka
Passively dispersing organisms should optimise the time and direction of dispersal by employing behaviours that increase their probability of being successfully transported by dispersal agents. We rigorously tested whether two agriculturally important passively-dispersing eriophyoid species, wheat curl mite (WCM) and cereal rust mite (CRM), display behaviours indicating their readiness to depart from current host plants in the presence of potential dispersal cues: wind, an insect vector and presence of a fresh plant...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634159/a-role-for-the-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay-pathway-in-maintaining-genome-stability-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#14
Víctor González-Huici, Bin Wang, Anton Gartner
Ionizing radiation (IR) is commonly used in cancer therapy and is a main source of DNA double-strand-breaks (DSBs), one of the most toxic forms of DNA damage. We have used Caenorhabditis elegans as an invertebrate model to identify novel factors required for repair of DNA damage inflicted by IR. We have performed an unbiased genetic screen, finding that smg-1 mutations confer strong hypersensitivity to IR. SMG-1 is a phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K) kinase involved in mediating nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) of transcripts containing premature stop codons and related to the ATM and ATR kinases which are at the apex of DNA damage signalling pathways...
June 20, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634156/classifying-chinese-questions-related-to-health-care-posted-by-consumers-via-the-internet
#15
Haihong Guo, Xu Na, Li Hou, Jiao Li
BACKGROUND: In question answering (QA) system development, question classification is crucial for identifying information needs and improving the accuracy of returned answers. Although the questions are domain-specific, they are asked by non-professionals, making the question classification task more challenging. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to classify health care-related questions posted by the general public (Chinese speakers) on the Internet. METHODS: A topic-based classification schema for health-related questions was built by manually annotating randomly selected questions...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634115/delineating-the-roles-of-cellular-and-innate-antiviral-immune-parameters-mediating-ranavirus-susceptibility-using-rainbow-trout-cell-lines
#16
Graeme J Lisser, Nguyen T K Vo, Stephanie J DeWitte-Orr
Frog virus 3 is the type species of the Ranavirus genus and the causative agent of massive mortalities of aquatic species worldwide. A critical step in limiting virus replication, particularly early in infection, is the innate immune response. Presently, little is known regarding what innate immune strategies limit FV3 at the cellular level. To this end, the present study uses two rainbow trout cell lines, RTG-2 and RTgutGC, which demonstrate susceptible and relatively resistant phenotypes to FV3 infection, to elucidate susceptibility factors to FV3...
June 17, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634084/drug-delivery-to-melanoma-brain-metastases-can-current-challenges-lead-to-new-opportunities
#17
Gautham Gampa, Shruthi Vaidhyanathan, Jann N Sarkaria, William F Elmquist
Melanoma has a high propensity to metastasize to the brain, and patients with melanoma brain metastases (MBM) have an extremely poor prognosis. The recent approval of several molecularly-targeted agents (e.g., BRAF, MEK inhibitors) and biologics (anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 antibodies) has brought new hope to patients suffering from this formerly untreatable and lethal disease. Importantly, there have been recent reports of success in some clinical studies examining the efficacy of both targeted agents and immunotherapies that show similar response rates in both brain metastases and extracranial disease...
June 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633956/a-time-adjustable-pulsatile-release-system-for-ketoprofen-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-investigation-in-a-pharmacokinetic-study-and-an-ivivc-evaluation
#18
Haiying Wang, Lizhen Cheng, Haoyang Wen, Caiyan Li, Yuenan Li, Xiaoyu Zhang, Yongfei Wang, Yanyan Wang, Tuanjie Wang, Weisan Pan, Xinggang Yang
A time-adjustable pulsatile release system (TAPS) containing ketoprofen (KF) as an active pharmaceutical agent was developed having been designed for bedtime dosing and releasing drug in the early morning to control the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The formulation involved a tablet core (KF) and a control-release layer, and the coating membrane was composed of EC and Eudragit L100. A single-factor study, a central composite design and a response surface method were selected to optimize the formula and the optimum prescription was as follows: tablet core (KF 50mg, MCC 70mg, lactose 40mg, L-HPC 38mg), and film (EC 7...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633410/cryptococcus-neoformans-and-gattii-promote-dna-damage-in-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
#19
Jéssica Cristina Bilizario Noguerol Andrade, Mariana Gatto, Daniela Ramos Rodrigues, Ângela Maria Victoriano de Campos Soares, Sueli Aparecida Calvi
Cryptococcosis, a systemic mycosis capable of disseminating to the central nervous system with frequent lethal effects, is caused by the species Cryptococus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii. Several infectious agents such as virus, bacteria, and parasites may be associated to DNA damage and carcinogenesis in humans. Products of the oxidative metabolism, such as NO, produced as a host defense mechanism to destroy these pathogens, have been implicated in this damage process, due to excessive production related to an established chronic inflammatory response...
June 15, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633119/polymer-grafted-magnetic-halloysite-nanotube-for-controlled-and-sustained-release-of-cationic-drug
#20
Meriem Fizir, Pierre Dramou, Kai Zhang, Cheng Sun, Chuong Pham-Huy, Hua He
In this research, novel polymer grafted-magnetic halloysite nanotubes with norfloxacin loaded (NOR-MHNTs) and controlled-release, was achieved by surface-initiated precipitation polymerization. The magnetic halloysite nanotubes exhibited better adsorption of NOR (72.10mgg(-1)) compared with the pristine HNTs (30.80mgg(-1)). Various parameters influencing the drug adsorption of the MHNTs for NOR were studied. Polymer grafted NOR-MHNTs has been designed using flexible docking in computer simulation to choose optimal monomers...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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