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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635562/nanoformulated-natural-therapeutics-for-management-of-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-potential-use-of-curcumin-nanoformulation
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Yousra M El-Far, Mahmoud M Zakaria, Mahmoud M Gabr, Amal M El Gayar, Laila A Eissa, Ibrahim M El-Sherbiny
AIM: The goal of this study was to improve curcumin (CUR) aqueous solubility and bioavailability via nanoformulation, and then study its activity and mechanism of action as an antidiabetic agent. METHODS: CUR-loaded pluronic nanomicelles (CURnp) were prepared and characterized. Biochemical assessments were performed as well as histological, confocal and RTPCR studies on pancreatic target tissues. RESULTS: CURnp with a diameter of 333 ± 6 nm and ζ potential of -26...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
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
#2
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/28634713/characterization-and-in-vitro-antibacterial-activity-of-saponin-conjugated-silver-nanoparticles-against-bacteria-that-cause-burn-wound-infection
#3
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/28634711/%C3%AE-pyrone-derivatives-from-a-streptomyces-strain-resensitize-tamoxifen-resistance-in-breast-cancer-cells
#4
Rui-Min Yang, Xiu-Lei Zhang, Li Wang, Jian-Ping Huang, Jing Yang, Yi-Jun Yan, Jian-Ying Luo, Xiang-Ting Wang, Sheng-Xiong Huang
Tamoxifen resistance (TamR) is the underlying cause of treatment failure in many breast cancer patients receiving tamoxifen. In order to look for noncytotoxic natural products with the ability to reverse TamR, an extract from strain Streptomyces sp. KIB-H0495 was detected to be active. Subsequent large scale fermentation and isolation led to the isolation of four α-pyrone derivatives including two new compounds, violapyrones J (2) and K (3), and two known analogues, violapyrones B (1) and I (4). Further bioactivity assays indicated that only 1 and 3 exerted potent resensitization effects on MCF-7/TamR cells at a concentration of 1 μM...
June 20, 2017: Natural Products and Bioprospecting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634395/seven-membered-lactam-derivatives-of-podophyllotoxins-as-new-pesticidal-agents
#5
Xiaoyan Zhi, Yuanyuan Zhang, Jiulin Huang, Hui Xu
As a continuation of our efforts to discover and develop natural-product-based insecticidal agents, three novel and unusual 7-membered lactam derivatives of podophyllotoxin were prepared by thionyl chloride-mediated ring-expanded Beckmann rearrangement. The steric configurations of 3a-c were unambiguously identified by X-ray crystallography. It demonstrated that the configuration of the picropodophyllotoxin C4-oximes could also be confirmed by the corresponding C-ring expansion products via Beckmann rearrangement...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634242/type-ii-secretion-substrates-of-legionella-pneumophila-translocate-out-of-the-pathogen-occupied-vacuole-via-a-semipermeable-membrane
#6
Hilary K Truchan, Harry D Christman, Richard C White, Nakisha S Rutledge, Nicholas P Cianciotto
Legionella pneumophila replicates in macrophages in a host-derived phagosome, termed the Legionella-containing vacuole (LCV). While the translocation of type IV secretion (T4S) effectors into the macrophage cytosol is well established, the location of type II secretion (T2S) substrates in the infected host cell is unknown. Here, we show that the T2S substrate ProA, a metalloprotease, translocates into the cytosol of human macrophages, where it associates with the LCV membrane (LCVM). Translocation is detected as early as 10 h postinoculation (p...
June 20, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634156/classifying-chinese-questions-related-to-health-care-posted-by-consumers-via-the-internet
#7
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/28634032/ciclosporin-use-in-epidermal-necrolysis-is-associated-with-an-important-mortality-reduction-evidence-from-three-different-approaches
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C González-Herrada, S Rodríguez-Martín, L Cachafeiro, V Lerma, O González, J A Lorente, A Rodríguez-Miguel, J González-Ramos, G Roustan, E Ramírez, T Bellón, F J de Abajo
Several immunomodulatory agents are used in the treatment of Epidermal Necrolysis (EN), but evidence of their efficacy is limited. The Autonomous Community of Madrid has two reference Burn Units (BUs) to which all patients with EN are referred to. One BU has mostly used ciclosporin (CsA), while the other has used non-CsA therapies (mainly high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin). The allocation of patients to one or another BU was mainly based on proximity resembling a random assignment. Thus, we took advantage of this "natural experiment" to estimate the mortality risk ratio (MRR) of CsA (N=26) as compared to non-CsA (n=16) using hospital as an instrumental variable (IV) over the period 2001-2015...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633839/permeability-recovery-of-damaged-water-sensitive-core-using-ultrasonic-waves
#9
Nasir Khan, Chunsheng Pu, Xu Li, Yanlong He, Lei Zhang, Cheng Jing
It is imperative to recover the well productivity lose due to formation damage nearby wellbore during variant well operations. Some indispensable issues in conventional techniques make ultrasonic technology more attractive due to simple, reliable, favorable, cost-effective, and environment friendly nature. This study proposes the independent and combined use of ultrasonic waves and chemical agents for the treatment of already damaged core samples caused by exposure to distilled water. Results elucidate that ultrasonic waves with optimum (20kHz, 1000W) instead of maximum frequency and power worked well in the recovery owing to peristaltic transport caused by matching of natural frequency with acoustic waves frequency...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633821/enhanced-production-of-hypocrellin-a-by-ultrasound-stimulation-in-submerged-cultures-of-shiraia-bambusicola
#10
Chun Xiao Sun, Yan Jun Ma, Jian Wen Wang
Hypocrellin A (HA), a naturally occurring fungal perylenequinone, is widely used in clinic to treat skin diseases and developed as a photodynamic therapy (PDT) agent against cancers. In this study, a low intensity ultrasound (US, 0.28W/cm(2) at 40kHz) was conducted thrice of repeated US exposure (5-min) with an interval of 12h to stimulate HA production of Shiraia bambusicola after 72h of the initial submerged cultures. US not only increased the content of HA by 177.2% in mycelia, but stimulated the release of HA into the medium with the highest total production of HA (247...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632782/microbial-inhibitors-of-the-fungus-pseudogymnoascus-destructans-the-causal-agent-of-white-nose-syndrome-in-bats
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Emma W Micalizzi, Jonathan N Mack, George P White, Tyler J Avis, Myron L Smith
Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in hibernating bats, has spread across eastern North America over the past decade and decimated bat populations. The saprotrophic growth of P. destructans may help to perpetuate the white-nose syndrome epidemic, and recent model predictions suggest that sufficiently reducing the environmental growth of P. destructans could help mitigate or prevent white-nose syndrome-associated bat colony collapse. In this study, we screened 301 microbes from diverse environmental samples for their ability to inhibit the growth of P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632451/prolyl-oligopeptidase-and-its-role-in-the-organism-attention-to-the-most-promising-and-clinically-relevant-inhibitors
#12
Katerina Babkova, Jan Korabecny, Ondrej Soukup, Eugenie Nepovimova, Daniel Jun, Kamil Kuca
Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP), also called prolyl endopeptidase, is a cytosolic enzyme investigated by several research groups. It has been proposed to play an important role in physiological processes such as modulation of the levels of several neuronal peptides and hormones containing a proline residue. Due to its proteolytic activity and physiological role in cell signaling pathways, inhibition of POP offers an emerging approach for the treatment of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases as well as other diseases related to cognitive impairment...
June 20, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632415/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-tanshinone-iia-derivatives-as-novel-endothelial-protective-agents
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Xiaoling Bi, Kuojun Zhang, Long He, Biao Gao, Qinlan Gu, Xueyan Li, Jun Chen, Jinxin Wang
AIM: Oxidative stress-induced endothelial injury is a main risk factor in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. Tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA) exerts protective functions on endothelial cells in response to oxidative stress. To exploit new bioactive compounds from this natural product, 12 derivatives were first synthesized and evaluated for endothelial protective activities. MATERIALS & METHODS: Title compounds were prepared according to high-yielded synthetic routes, and their protective effects on human endothelial EA...
June 20, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631734/learning-relative-values-in-the-striatum-induces-violations-of-normative-decision-making
#14
Tilmann A Klein, Markus Ullsperger, Gerhard Jocham
To decide optimally between available options, organisms need to learn the values associated with these options. Reinforcement learning models offer a powerful explanation of how these values are learnt from experience. However, human choices often violate normative principles. We suggest that seemingly counterintuitive decisions may arise as a natural consequence of the learning mechanisms deployed by humans. Here, using fMRI and a novel behavioural task, we show that, when suddenly switched to novel choice contexts, participants' choices are incongruent with values learnt by standard learning algorithms...
June 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631695/-chronic-stress-and-mental-disorders-in-patients-with-systemic-scleroderma-results-of-an-interdisciplinary-study
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O F Seravina, T A Lisitsyna, M N Starovoytova, O V Desinova, O B Kovalevskaya, D Yu Veltishchev
AIM: To analyze of the prevalence of stressful factors and mental disorders (MDs), as well as their clinical psychopathological and clinical psychological characteristics to improve the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of systemic scleroderma (SSD). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Examinations were performed in 110 patients (predominantly women (n=97 (88.2%); mean age, 49.9±2.47 years) with a documented diagnosis of SSD (its mean duration, 7.25±0.42 years). 62 (56...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631170/development-of-a-peptide-elisa-to-discriminate-vaccine-induced-immunity-from-natural-infection-of-hepatitis-a-virus-in-a-phase-iv-study
#16
C Ye, J Luo, X Wang, J Xi, Y Pan, J Chen, X Yang, G Li, Q Sun, J Yang
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is a highly infectious agent that causes acute liver disease. The infection can trigger the production of antibodies against the structural and non-structural proteins of HAV. Nonetheless, vaccination with an HAV vaccine leads to the production of a primary antibody against the structural proteins. Because the non-structural proteins are only produced during active virus replication, there is no or very little antibody production against the non-structural proteins. However, the current commercial immunoassay cannot distinguish between antibodies produced during natural infection and those from vaccination against HAV...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629971/survey-of-pathogens-in-threatened-wild-red-tailed-amazon-parrot-amazona-brasiliensis-nestlings-in-rasa-island-brazil
#17
Frederico Fontanelli Vaz, Patrícia Pereira Serafini, Rosangela Locatelli-Dittrich, Rafael Meurer, Edison Luiz Durigon, Jansen de Araújo, Luciano Matsumiya Thomazelli, Tatiana Ometto, Elenise Angelotti Bastos Sipinski, Rafael Meirelles Sezerban, Maria Cecília Abbud, Tânia Freitas Raso
The red-tailed Amazon parrot (Amazona brasiliensis) is a threatened species of psittacine bird that inhabit coastal regions of Brazil. In view of the threat of this species, the aim of this study was to perform a health evaluation in wild nestlings in Rasa Island, determining the prevalence of enterobacteria and infectious agents according to type of nest. Blood samples were collected from 64 birds and evaluated for antibodies of Chlamydia psittaci by commercial dot-blot ELISA. Cloacal and oropharyngeal swabs samples were collected from 23 birds from artificial wooden nests, 15 birds from PVC nests and 2 birds from natural nests for microbiological analysis...
June 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629883/laboratory-evaluation-of-the-effect-of-beauveria-bassiana-on-the-predatory-mite-phytoseiulus-persimilis-acari-phytoseiidae
#18
Mohammad Shaef Ullah, Un Taek Lim
Tetranychus urticae Koch (Acari: Tetranychidae), a major pest of many agricultural crops, is mainly controlled with chemical acaricides. However, predatory mites and entomopathogens have been proposed as alternative control agents. In this study, the effect of the BotaniGard(®) GHA strain of Beauveria bassiana on the survival, longevity, fecundity, and egg hatch rate of the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis Athias-Henriot (Acari: Phytoseiidae) were studied under laboratory conditions. When B. bassiana was applied directly to P...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629816/tinospora-species-an-overview-of-their-modulating-effects-on-the-immune-system
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REVIEW
Areeful Haque, Ibrahim Jantan, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Studies on the effects of natural immunomodulators to heal various diseases related to the immune system have been a growing interest in recent years. Amongst the medicinal plants, Tinospora species (family; Menispermaceae) have been one of the widely investigated plants for their modulating effects on the immune system due to their wide use in ethnomedicine to treat various ailments related to immune-related diseases. However, their ethnopharmacological uses are mainly with limited or without scientific basis...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629381/the-era-of-bioengineering-how-will-this-affect-the-next-generation-of-cancer-immunotherapy
#20
REVIEW
Michele Graciotti, Cristiana Berti, Harm-Anton Klok, Lana Kandalaft
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy consists of activating the patient's immune system to fight cancer and has the great potential of preventing future relapses thanks to immunological memory. A great variety of strategies have emerged to harness the immune system against tumors, from the administration of immunomodulatory agents that activate immune cells, to therapeutic vaccines or infusion of previously activated cancer-specific T cells. However, despite great recent progress many difficulties still remain, which prevent the widespread use of immunotherapy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
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