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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636694/placebo-response-and-practice-effects-in-schizophrenia-cognition-trials
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Richard S E Keefe, Vicki G Davis, Philip D Harvey, Alexandra S Atkins, George M Haig, Owen Hagino, Stephen Marder, Dana C Hilt, Daniel Umbricht
Importance: Patients' previous experience with performance-based cognitive tests in clinical trials for cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia can create practice-related improvements. Placebo-controlled trials for cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia are at risk for these practice effects, which can be difficult to distinguish from placebo effects. Objectives: To conduct a systematic evaluation of the magnitude of practice effects on the Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB) in cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia and to examine which demographic, clinical, and cognitive characteristics were associated with improvement in placebo conditions...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633752/rituximab-administration-in-a-patient-with-pemphigus-vulgaris-following-reactivation-of-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Soheil Tavakolpour, Tahereh Soori, Pedram Noormohammadpour, Kamran Balighi, Hamidreza Mahmoudi, Maryam Daneshpazhooh
Immunosuppressive drugs are the milestone of treatment of autoimmune diseases, but they can lead to serious complications, including hepatitis B virus reactivation in HBV carriers as well as in patients with occult HBV infection (OBI). A 36-year-old man with OBI was diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris. He was prescribed prednisolone and his hepatitis B surface antigen turned positive. Viral replication was successfully controlled by lamivudine and adefovir. Mycophenolate mofetil and intravenous immunoglobulin  were not effective in controlling the pemphigus vulgaris...
June 20, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632848/effect-of-gabapentin-memantine-on-the-infantile-nystagmus-syndrome-in-the-zebrafish-model-implications-for-the-therapy-of-ocular-motor-diseases
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Stefan Yu Bögli, Maresa Afthinos, Melody Ying-Yu Huang
Purpose: Infantile nystagmus syndrome (INS) is a disorder characterized by typical horizontal eye oscillations. Due to the uncertain etiology of INS, developing specific treatments remains difficult. Single reports demonstrated, on limited measures, alleviating effects of gabapentin and memantine. In the current study, we employed the zebrafish INS model belladonna (bel) to conduct an in-depth study of how gabapentin and memantine interventions alleviate INS signs, which may further restore visual conditions in affected subjects...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631226/introduction-of-a-simple-second-tier-screening-test-for-c5-isobars-in-dried-blood-spots-reducing-the-false-positive-rate-for-isovaleric-acidaemia-in-expanded-newborn-screening
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R S Carling, D Burden, I Hutton, R Randle, K John, J R Bonham
In 2015 the English Newborn Screening programme expanded to include Isovaleric Acidaemia (IVA). Screening is performed by flow injection analysis tandem mass spectrometry of isovalerylcarnitine. Isovalerylcarnitine is isobaric with pivaloylcarnitine which can be present in blood due to the use of pivalic ester pro-drugs or pivalic acid derivatives used as emollients in some nipple creams; the potential for false positives (FP) is well documented. A pilot study in England screened 438,164 babies, 18 had presumptive positive results but only 4 were confirmed as true positives (TP)...
June 20, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627431/evaluation-of-the-quantamatrix-multiplexed-assay-platform-system-for-simultaneous-detection-of-mycobacteirum-tuberculosis-and-rifampicin-resistance-gene-using-culture-positive-mycobacteria
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Hye-Young Wang, Young Uh, Seoyong Kim, Tae-Sun Shim, Hyeyoung Lee
BACKGROUND: The differentiation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) from nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is of primary importance for infection control and choice of anti-tuberculosis drugs. Prevailing data on rifampicin (RIF)-resistant TB is essential for early management of multidrug resistant-TB. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of a newly developed multiplexed, bead-based bioassay (Quantamatrix Multiplexed Assay Platform; QMAP) for the rapid differentiation of 23 Mycobacterium species including MTBC and RIF-resistant strains...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623123/screening-mutations-in-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strains-in-yunnan-china
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Daoqun Li, Yuzhu Song, Cheng-Lin Zhang, Xiaofei Li, Xueshan Xia, A-Mei Zhang
Drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), especially multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), is a serious medical and societal problem in China. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the mutation characteristics of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) isolates in Yunnan, China. Drug susceptibility testing (DST) was performed in 523 clinical M. tuberculosis isolates. Six drug resistance genes (katG, inhA, rpoB, rpsL, embB, and pncA) were selected to screen for mutations. In total, 54 clinical M...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618188/real-time-viability-and-apoptosis-kinetic-detection-method-of-3d-multicellular-tumor-spheroids-using-the-celigo-image-cytometer
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Sarah Kessel, Scott Cribbes, Surekha Bonasu, William Rice, Jean Qiu, Leo Li-Ying Chan
The development of three-dimensional (3D) multicellular tumor spheroid models for cancer drug discovery research has increased in the recent years. The use of 3D tumor spheroid models may be more representative of the complex in vivo tumor microenvironments in comparison to two-dimensional (2D) assays. Currently, viability of 3D multicellular tumor spheroids has been commonly measured on standard plate-readers using metabolic reagents such as CellTiter-Glo® for end point analysis. Alternatively, high content image cytometers have been used to measure drug effects on spheroid size and viability...
June 15, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616594/pattern-of-c-fos-expression-induced-by-tail-suspension-test-in-the-mouse-brain
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Kentaro Hiraoka, Keisuke Motomura, Satoru Yanagida, Ayako Ohashi, Nozomi Ishisaka-Furuno, Shigenobu Kanba
The tail suspension test (TST) has been widely used as a screening assay for antidepressant drugs. However, the neural substrates underlying the stress response and antidepressant-like effect during the TST remain largely unknown despite the prevalence of this test. In the present study, we used immunohistochemistry to examine alterations in c-Fos expression as a measure of neuronal activity in the mouse brain after acute administration of the antidepressant drugs nortriptyline or escitalopram (or saline as a control) with or without a subsequent TST session...
June 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610879/preactivated-thiolated-glycogen-as-mucoadhesive-polymer-for-drug-delivery
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Mara Perrone, Antonio Lopalco, Angela Lopedota, Annalisa Cutrignelli, Valentino Laquintana, Justin Douglas, Massimo Franco, Elisa Liberati, Vincenzo Russo, Serena Tongiani, Nunzio Denora, Andreas Bernkop-Schnürch
The purpose of this study was to synthesize and characterize a novel thiolated glycogen, so-named S-preactivated thiolated glycogen, as a mucosal drug delivery systems and the assessment of its mucoadhesive properties. In this regard, glycogen-cysteine and glycogen-cysteine-2-mercaptonicotinic acid conjugates were synthesized. Glycogen was activated by an oxidative ring opening with sodium periodate resulting in reactive aldehyde groups to which cysteine was bound via reductive amination. The obtained thiolated polymer displayed 2203...
June 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606620/efficacy-and-safety-of-lumacaftor-and-ivacaftor-in-patients-aged-6-11-years-with-cystic-fibrosis-homozygous-for-f508del-cftr-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-3-trial
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Felix Ratjen, Christopher Hug, Gautham Marigowda, Simon Tian, Xiaohong Huang, Sanja Stanojevic, Carlos E Milla, Paul D Robinson, David Waltz, Jane C Davies
BACKGROUND: Lumacaftor and ivacaftor combination treatment showed efficacy in patients aged 12 years or older with cystic fibrosis homozygous for F508del-cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) in placebo-controlled studies and patients aged 6-11 years with cystic fibrosis homozygous for F508del-CFTR in an open-label study. We report efficacy and safety of lumacaftor and ivacaftor in patients with cystic fibrosis aged 6-11 years homozygous for F508del-CFTR. METHODS: In this phase 3, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre study, patients were enrolled at 54 hospitals and medical centres in nine countries (the USA, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, and the UK)...
June 8, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590147/screening-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-patients-treated-with-antipsychotic-drugs-are-we-equally-exhaustive-as-with-the-general-population
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Miguel Castillo-Sánchez, Mireia Fàbregas-Escurriola, Daniel Bergè-Baquero, MªIsabel Fernández-SanMartín, Albert Goday-Arno
Many studies have previously shown increased cardiovascular risk factors related to schizophrenia independently from the use of antipsychotic drugs. However, a poorer effort in clinical detection and management of cardiovascular risk in patients with severe mental illness could also explain these results. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed the differences in screening and incidence of cardiovascular risk factors between schizophrenia, non-schizophrenic patients on treatment with antipsychotic drugs (NS-TAD) and the general population...
June 7, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587622/the-validity-and-reliability-of-the-mandarin-chinese-version-of-the-drug-abuse-screening-test-among-adolescents-in-taiwan
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Jung-Yu Liao, Hsueh-Yun Chi, Jong-Long Guo, Chiu-Mieh Huang, Shu-Fang Shih
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the validity and reliability of the Mandarin Chinese version of the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-20) among adolescents, as well as examining the test's predictability with regard to the actual level of drug abuse. METHOD: A total of 100 adolescent participants were recruited with their consent, in which 49 were current drug users and 51 were non-users. Based on the frequency of their drug use, participants who had used drugs at least once every week during the past year were classified as regular users (34 participants); participants who had not reached the regular use frequency of once every week during the past year were classified as occasional users (15 participants)...
June 6, 2017: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577986/automated-analysis-of-brain-activity-for-seizure-detection-in-zebrafish-models-of-epilepsy
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Borbála Hunyadi, Aleksandra Siekierska, Jo Sourbron, Daniëlle Copmans, Peter A M de Witte
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition, with over 30% of cases unresponsive to treatment. Zebrafish larvae show great potential to serve as an animal model of epilepsy in drug discovery. Thanks to their high fecundity and relatively low cost, they are amenable to high-throughput screening. However, the assessment of seizure occurrences in zebrafish larvae remains a bottleneck, as visual analysis is subjective and time-consuming. NEW METHOD: For the first time, we present an automated algorithm to detect epileptic discharges in single-channel local field potential (LFP) recordings in zebrafish...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569147/serendipitous-discovery-of-light-induced-in-situ-formation-of-an-azo-bridged-dimeric-sulfonated-naphthol-as-a-potent-ptp1b-inhibitor
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Robert D Bongard, Michael Lepley, Khushabu Thakur, Marat R Talipov, Jaladhi Nayak, Rachel A Jones Lipinski, Chris Bohl, Noreena Sweeney, Ramani Ramchandran, Rajendra Rathore, Daniel S Sem
BACKGROUND: Protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) like dual specificity phosphatase 5 (DUSP5) and protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) are drug targets for diseases that include cancer, diabetes, and vascular disorders such as hemangiomas. The PTPs are also known to be notoriously difficult targets for designing inihibitors that become viable drug leads. Therefore, the pipeline for approved drugs in this class is minimal. Furthermore, drug screening for targets like PTPs often produce false positive and false negative results...
May 31, 2017: BMC Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562103/the-paradigm-shift-to-end-tuberculosis-are-we-ready-to-assume-the-changes
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Ignacio Monedero, Rajita Bhavaraju, Alberto Mendoza-Ticona, Adrián Sánchez-Montalvá
Tuberculosis (TB) is the number one infectious disease killer and exemplifies the most neglected of them. Drug-susceptible TB presents with high mortality especially in atypical forms, disproportionally affecting immunosuppressed and vulnerable populations. The drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) epidemic, a world crisis, is sustained and increased through person-to-person transmission in households and the community. TB diagnostics and treatment in recent years are highly evolving fields. New rapid molecular tests are changing the perspectives in diagnosis and resistance screening...
June 5, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556303/screening-approach-for-identifying-candidate-drugs-and-drug-drug-interactions-related-to-hip-fracture-risk-in-persons-with-alzheimer-disease
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Anna-Maija Tolppanen, Heidi Taipale, Marjaana Koponen, Antti Tanskanen, Piia Lavikainen, Jussi Paananen, Jari Tiihonen, Sirpa Hartikainen
PURPOSE: To assess whether a "drugome-wide" screen with case-crossover design is a feasible approach for identifying candidate drugs and drug-drug interactions. METHODS: All community-dwelling residents of Finland who received a clinically verified Alzheimer disease diagnosis in 2005 to 2011 and experienced incident hip fracture (HF) afterwards (N = 4851). Three scenarios were used to test the sensitivity of this approach (1) hazard period 0 to 30 and control period 31 to 61 days before HF, (2) hazard period 0 to 30 and control period 336 to 366 days before HF, and (3) hazard period 0 to 14 and control period 16 to 30 days before HF...
May 29, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555775/what-weighs-more-low-compliance-with-self-deferral-or-minor-medical-procedures-explaining-the-high-rate-of-hepatitis-c-virus-window-period-donations-in-poland
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Michal Czerwinski, Piotr Grabarczyk, Malgorzata Stepien, Dorota Kubicka-Russel, Katarzyna Tkaczuk, Ewa Brojer, Magdalena Rosinska
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of nucleic acid testing (NAT) for routine blood donor screening, hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA-only detection rates reported from Poland have been higher than in most other European countries. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: To examine factors that likely contribute to these window-period donations, we conducted a case-control study among 47 recently HCV-infected blood donors (cases), who gave blood between July 2002 and June 2014, and 141 controls matched by age, sex, and donation dates...
May 28, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543738/crispr-editing-in-biological-and-biomedical-investigation
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Xing-Da Ju, Jing Xu, Zhong Sheng Sun
The CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat)-Cas (CRISPR--associated protein) system, a prokaryotic RNA-based adaptive immune system against viral infection, is emerging as a powerful genome editing tool in broad research areas. To further improve and expand its functionality, various CRISPR delivery strategies have been tested and optimized, and key CRISPR system components such as Cas protein have been engineered with different purposes. Benefiting from more in-depth understanding and further development of CRISPR, versatile CRISPR-based platforms for genome editing have been rapidly developed to advance investigations in biology and biomedicine...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543736/a-rapid-expression-and-purification-condition-screening-protocol-for-membrane-protein-structural-biology
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Dan Sjöstrand, Riccardo Diamanti, Camilla A K Lundgren, Benjamin Wiseman, Martin Högbom
Membrane proteins control a large number of vital biological processes and are often medically important-not least as drug targets. However, membrane proteins are generally more difficult to work with than their globular counterparts, and as a consequence comparatively few high-resolution structures are available. In any membrane protein structure project, a lot of effort is usually spent on obtaining a pure and stable protein preparation. The process commonly involves the expression of several constructs and homologs, followed by extraction in various detergents...
May 20, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540976/antithrombotic-treatment-after-stroke-due-to-intracerebral-haemorrhage
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Luke A Perry, Eivind Berge, Joshua Bowditch, Elisabeth Forfang, Ole Morten Rønning, Graeme J Hankey, Elmer Villanueva, Rustam Al-Shahi Salman
BACKGROUND: Survivors of stroke due to intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) are at risk of thromboembolism. Antithrombotic (antiplatelet or anticoagulant) treatments may lower the risk of thromboembolism after ICH, but they may increase the risks of bleeding. OBJECTIVES: To determine the overall effectiveness and safety of antithrombotic drugs for people with ICH. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Stroke Group Trials Register (24 March 2017)...
May 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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