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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436456/synthesis-and-anti-obesity-effects-in-vivo-of-crotadihydrofuran-c-as-a-novel-ppar%C3%AE-antagonist-from-crotalaria-albida
#1
Qin-Hu Sun, Yu Zhang, Gui-Xin Chou
Crotadihydrofuran C (CC) from the herbs of Crotalaria albida is able to inhibit adipocyte differentiation and lipid accumulation. However, the effects of CC on obesity and metabolic disorders have not yet been elucidated. In our study, the first enantioselective synthesis of the 2-isopropenyl dihydrofuran isoflavone skeleton (CC) is described. The convenient and efficient synthetic protocols developed skilfully solve the problems of the ortho-para directing group and Suzuki coupling reaction using a boronic acid pinacol ester that was more stable and easy to obtain...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436004/engineering-of-an-h2-o2-auto-scavenging-in-vivo-cascade-for-pinoresinol-production
#2
Yongkun Lv, Xiaozhong Cheng, Guocheng Du, Jingwen Zhou, Jian Chen
Pinoresinol is a natural lignan with a high market value that has potential pharmacological and food supplement applications. Pinoresinol is currently isolated from plants, which suffers from low efficiency and yield. To produce pinoresinol from inexpensive and industrially available eugenol, an in vivo enzymatic cascade composed of vanillyl alcohol oxidase and peroxidase was designed, which scavenges H2 O2 automatically and eliminates protein purification and cofactor addition. Two peroxidases were screened and identified from Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3), and tested in the enzymatic cascade...
April 24, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434263/plant-protein-based-hydrophobic-fine-and-ultrafine-carrier-particles-in-drug-delivery-systems
#3
Hedieh Malekzad, Hamed Mirshekari, Parham Sahandi Zangabad, S M Moosavi Basri, Fazel Baniasadi, Maryam Sharifi Aghdam, Mahdi Karimi, Michael R Hamblin
For thousands of years, plants and their products have been used as the mainstay of medicinal therapy. In recent years, besides attempts to isolate the active ingredients of medicinal plants, other new applications of plant products, such as their use to prepare drug delivery vehicles, have been discovered. Nanobiotechnology is a branch of pharmacology that can provide new approaches for drug delivery by the preparation of biocompatible carrier nanoparticles (NPs). In this article, we review recent studies with four important plant proteins that have been used as carriers for targeted delivery of drugs and genes...
April 24, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433112/wilson-disease-liver-pathology
#4
Maciej Pronicki
The liver in Wilson disease may demonstrate a wide range of damage patterns. Some patients may present almost no detectable microscopic pathology, while others display lesions consistent with fulminant hepatitis or acute liver failure. Most liver biopsy specimens show moderate to severe steatosis, variable degree of portal and/or lobular inflammation, and fibrosis eventually progressing to cirrhosis. Additional findings include liver cell degeneration and ballooning, Mallory hyaline bodies, liver cell necrosis, and glycogenation of periportal hepatocytic nuclei...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433104/wilson-disease-symptomatic-liver-therapy
#5
Jan Pfeiffenberger, Karl-Heinz Weiss, Wolfgang Stremmel
Wilson disease leads to symptomatic impairment of liver function or liver cirrhosis. Strict adherence to decoppering agents is essential in these patients. Secondary prevention of additional hepatic damage by avoidance of other toxic substances (e.g., alcohol, drugs) and sufficient calorie intake is recommended. Routine examinations in cirrhotic patients include screening for signs of portal hypertension (esophagus varices), development of ascites, and hepatic encephalopathy. Where varices are present, primary or secondary preventive interventions may include treatment with nonselective beta-blockers or variceal ligation, similar to the approach in patients with liver cirrhosis due to other etiologies...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430929/promoter-polymorphism-rs886205-genotype-interacts-with-dna-methylation-of-the-aldh2-regulatory-region-in-alcohol-dependence
#6
Hansi Pathak, Helge Frieling, Stefan Bleich, Alexander Glahn, Annemarie Heberlein, Mani Haschemi Nassab, Thomas Hillemacher, Alexandra Burkert, Mathias Rhein
Aims: Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) protects cells from ethanol toxicity by metabolizing acetaldehyde. We studied the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs886205s located between a negative and a positive regulating promoter element in the ALDH2 gene. The negative regulatory region was already associated with differential DNA methylation in the two allele variations of rs886205 SNP. Another CpG island, in the positive regulatory region of the ALDH2 promoter, extends through the SNP rs886205 and a nuclear receptor response element...
May 1, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430846/a-case-of-bariatric-surgery-related-wernicke-korsakoff-syndrome-with-persisting-anterograde-amnesia
#7
Philip Gerard Gasquoine
Objective: To describe the theoretical and clinical implications of the neuropsychological evaluation of a case of bariatric surgery-related Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Method: The patient was a 37-year old, female, bilingual, bachelor's degree educated, Mexican American public relations consultant without preexisting psychiatric, neurological, or substance abuse history. Recovery from laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery for morbid obesity was complicated by intraabdominal abscess, multibacterial infection, and prolonged nausea and vomiting...
April 20, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424803/use-of-a-flumazenil-infusion-to-treat-chlordiazepoxide-toxicity
#8
I R Wallace, E C Campbell, M Trimble
"Alcohol detox" is a common presentation to acute medical services and is usually managed via standardised guidelines and protocols. We present a case of chlordiazepoxide toxicity, requiring repeated bolus doses and subsequently 24 hours of an intravenous infusion of flumazenil in response to guideline directed management of an alcohol withdrawal state. The use of prolonged flumazenil infusions to treat benzodiazepine toxicity is infrequently described. Chlordiazepoxide is metabolised in the hepatic microsomal pathway and hepatic impairment can lead to accumulation of toxic metabolites, which may have been the explanation for toxicity in this case...
2017: Acute Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421121/availability-pharmaceutics-security-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacological-activities-of-patchouli-alcohol
#9
REVIEW
Guanying Hu, Cheng Peng, Xiaofang Xie, Sanyin Zhang, Xiaoyu Cao
Patchouli alcohol (PA), a tricyclic sesquiterpene, is one of the critical bioactive ingredients and is mainly isolated from aerial part of Pogostemon cablin (known as guanghuoxiang in China) belonging to Labiatae. So far, PA has been widely applied in perfume industries. This review was written with the use of reliable information published between 1974 and 2016 from libraries and electronic researches including NCKI, PubMed, Reaxys, ACS, ScienceDirect, Springer, and Wiley-Blackwell, aiming at presenting comprehensive outline of security, pharmacokinetics, and bioactivities of PA and at further providing a potential guide in exploring the PA and its use in various medical fields...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419963/acute-toxicity-and-anti-fatigue-activity-of-polysaccharide-rich-extract-from-corn-silk
#10
He-Peng Zhao, Yang Zhang, Zhuo Liu, Jiang-Yue Chen, Song-Yan Zhang, Xiu-Dong Yang, Hong-Li Zhou
The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and potential of PCS as the anti-fatigue functional food. PCS was prepared by water extracting-alcohol precipitating method, and its chemical compositions of monosaccharide were analyzed. Then, acute toxicity and anti-fatigue activity of PCS were evaluated. PCS is composed of Rha, Arab, Xyl, Man, Glu, and Gal, its molar ratio is 0.17: 0.30: 0.26: 0.35: 1.00: 0.57. No mortality and general symptoms of toxicity were observed in the PCS treated mice (7.5, 15, and 20g/kg body weight), the body weight and food consumption were not significantly changed compared with the normal control group...
April 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417285/alcohol-and-thiamine-deficiency-trigger-differential-mitochondrial-transition-pore-opening-mediating-cellular-death
#11
REVIEW
Abdoulaye Bâ
Accumulating evidence has shown that binge-type alcohol intake in mothers interferes with thiamine deficiency (TD) to promote the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Developmental alcohol or TD exposures act either synergistically or separately to reproduce FAS features e.g. intrauterine growth retardation and related microcephaly characterized by extensive cellular death induced by one another neurotoxicant. However molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying apoptosis in both alcohol and TD toxicities are unknown...
June 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413661/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-fibrosis-score-predicts-hematological-toxicity-of-chemotherapy-including-irinotecan-for-colorectal-cancer
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Masashi Yahagi, Masashi Tsuruta, Hirotoshi Hasegawa, Koji Okabayashi, Yuko Kitagawa
Liver dysfunction that may affect drug metabolism is a major concern in patients treated with chemotherapy. Thus, assessment of the degree of liver dysfunction is crucial for predicting the adverse events of chemotherapy. The non-alcoholic fatty liver disease fibrosis score (NFS) is a non-invasive clinical scoring system constructed from routine clinical and laboratory variables. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether NFS was useful for predicting the adverse events of chemotherapy including irinotecan (CPT-11) for colorectal cancer...
April 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408201/spatio-temporal-control-strategy-of-drug-delivery-systems-based-nano-structures
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REVIEW
Nahla Rahoui, Bo Jiang, Nadia Taloub, Yu Dong Huang
The drug instability, toxicity and the barrier to the target area necessitate a suitable drug delivery system with an external or internal control of the release. Spatio-temporal control using a surface functionalized nano-carrier seems to be the best alternative for guided drug delivery and release. This manuscript provides a broad spectrum about the drug carrier interface modification to cover the need for temporal drug delivery control under neglect side effects. On the other hand, recent advances related to the drug vehicle are highlighted, besides physical (Electric field, magnetic field, light) or mechanical (Ultrasound, mechanical strain), chemical (pH, redox gradient, enzyme) stimuli mediated DDS...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404113/pathogenesis-and-novel-treatment-options-for-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis
#14
REVIEW
Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Shiv Chitturi, Grace Lai-Hung Wong, Jun Yu, Henry Lik-Yuen Chan, Geoffrey C Farrell
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease affects 20-40% of the population. Its active form, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is characterised by hepatocyte injury, liver inflammation, and progression of fibrosis, and has emerged as one of the most important causes of liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma. Weight reduction of 10% by dietary restriction and regular exercise is sufficient to reverse NASH in most patients, but in practice this reduction is often not achieved. Available drugs such as vitamin E, pioglitazone, and pentoxifylline have borderline efficacy, but are limited by potential side-effects and toxicities, and do not improve liver fibrosis...
September 2016: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402833/understanding-the-similarities-and-differences-between-ozone-and-peroxone-in-the-degradation-of-naphthenic-acids-comparative-performance-for-potential-treatment
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Mohamed N A Meshref, Nikolaus Klamerth, Md Shahinoor Islam, Kerry N McPhedran, Mohamed Gamal El-Din
Ozonation at high doses is a costly treatment for oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) naphthenic acids (NAs) degradation. To decrease costs and limit doses, different peroxone (hydrogen peroxide/ozone; H2O2:O3) processes using mild-ozone doses of 30 and 50 mg/L were investigated. The degradation efficiency of Ox-NAs (classical (O2-NAs) + oxidized NAs) improved from 58% at 30 mg/L ozone to 59%, 63% and 76% at peroxone (1:1), 50 mg/L ozone, and peroxone (1:2), respectively. Suppressing the hydroxyl radical (•OH) pathway by adding tert-butyl alcohol did significantly reduce the degradation in all treatments, while molecular ozone contribution was around 50% and 34% for O2-NAs and Ox-NAs, respectively...
March 30, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400330/metabolomics-driven-approach-to-solving-a-coa-imbalance-for-improved-1-butanol-production-in-escherichia-coli
#16
Toshiyuki Ohtake, Sammy Pontrelli, Walter A Laviña, James C Liao, Sastia P Putri, Eiichiro Fukusaki
High titer 1-butanol production in Escherichia coli has previously been achieved by overexpression of a modified clostridial 1-butanol production pathway and subsequent deletion of native fermentation pathways. This strategy couples growth with production as 1-butanol pathway offers the only available terminal electron acceptors required for growth in anaerobic conditions. With further inclusion of other well-established metabolic engineering principles, a titer of 15g/L has been obtained. In achieving this titer, many currently existing strategies have been exhausted, and 1-butanol toxicity level has been surpassed...
April 8, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396339/poppers-legal-highs-with-questionable-contents-a-case-series-of-poppers-maculopathy
#17
Rebecca Rewbury, Edward Hughes, Robert Purbrick, Stephen Prior, Mark Baron
BACKGROUND: Poppers are volatile alkyl nitrite compounds that are inhaled to enhance sexual experience and for their psychoactive effects. A less well-known side effect is foveal maculopathy, which has emerged following changes in their chemical composition. It is unclear if certain individuals are more susceptible to retinal damage or if there is a relationship between pattern of inhalation and brands used. METHODS: A case series of 12 patients presenting to Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton, with poppers-related visual impairment...
April 10, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384623/investigation-on-the-combined-effect-of-cocaine-and-ethanol-administration-through-a-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-metabolomics-approach
#18
Elena Sánchez-López, Alberto Marcos, Emilio Ambrosio, Oleg A Mayboroda, María Luisa Marina, Antonio L Crego
Alcohol is the most widely consumed legal drug, whereas cocaine is the illicit psychostimulant most commonly used in Europe. The combined use of alcohol and cocaine is frequent among drug-abuse consumers and leads to further exacerbation of health consequences compared to individual consumption. The pharmacokinetic and metabolic interactions leading to an increase in their combined toxicity still remains poorly understood. Here, the first metabolomics study of combined cocaine and ethanol chronic exposure effects is reported...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382610/the-role-of-mitochondrial-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-2-aldh2-in-neuropathology-and-neurodegeneration
#19
Che-Hong Chen, Amit U Joshi, Daria Mochly-Rosen
Aldehydes-induced toxicity has been implicated in many neurodegenerative diseases. Exposure to reactive aldehydes from (1) alcohol and food metabolism; (2) environmental pollutants, including car, factory exhausts, smog, pesticides, herbicides; (3) metabolism of neurotransmitters, amino acids and (4) lipid peroxidation of biological membrane from excessive ROS, all contribute to 'aldehydic load' that has been linked to the pathology of neurodegenerative diseases. In particular, the α, β-unsaturated aldehydes derived from lipid peroxidation, 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE), DOPAL (MAO product of dopamine), malondialdehyde, acrolein and acetaldehyde, all readily form chemical adductions with proteins, DNA and lipids, thus causing neurotoxicity...
December 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380821/sensitivity-analysis-of-multilayer-microporous-polymer-structures-for-terahertz-volatile-gas-sensing
#20
Borwen You, Ja-Yu Lu
The sensitivity of multilayer microporous polymer structures (MPSs) for in situ and label-free organic vapor sensing is investigated in terahertz frequency. The porous structure provides a large hydrophilic surface area and numerous micropores to adsorb or fill polar vapors, thereby leading to greatly enhanced wave-analyte interaction with an apparent terahertz signal change. Different configurations of MPS with distinct geometric parameters are fabricated to study the structure-dependent sensitivity. The signal responses from the acetone-vapor-filled MPS, represented as effective absorption coefficient and refractive index variation, are proportional to the amounts of vaporized molecules...
March 6, 2017: Optics Express
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