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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350865/multi-drug-loaded-micelles-delivering-chemotherapy-and-targeted-therapies-directed-against-hsp90-and-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway-in-prostate-cancer
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Bao Le, Ginny L Powers, Yu Tong Tam, Nicholas Schumacher, Rita L Malinowski, Laura Steinke, Glen Kwon, Paul C Marker
BACKGROUND: Advanced prostate cancers that are resistant to all current therapies create a need for new therapeutic strategies. One recent innovative approach to cancer therapy is the simultaneous use of multiple FDA-approved drugs to target multiple pathways. A challenge for this approach is caused by the different solubility requirements of each individual drug, resulting in the need for a drug vehicle that is non-toxic and capable of carrying multiple water-insoluble antitumor drugs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350848/reduction-of-oxidative-nitrosative-stress-underlies-anticataract-effect-of-topically-applied-tocotrienol-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
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Nurul Alimah Abdul Nasir, Renu Agarwal, Siti Hamimah Sheikh Abdul Kadir, Sushil Vasudevan, Minaketan Tripathy, Igor Iezhitsa, Aqil Mohammad Daher, Mohd Ikraam Ibrahim, Nafeeza Mohd Ismail
Cataract, a leading cause of blindness, is of special concern in diabetics as it occurs at earlier onset. Polyol accumulation and increased oxidative-nitrosative stress in cataractogenesis are associated with NFκB activation, iNOS expression, ATP depletion, loss of ATPase functions, calpain activation and proteolysis of soluble to insoluble proteins. Tocotrienol was previously shown to reduce lens oxidative stress and inhibit cataractogenesis in galactose-fed rats. In current study, we investigated anticataract effects of topical tocotrienol and possible mechanisms involved in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350664/human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-labeled-with-plasmonic-gold-nanostars-for-cellular-tracking-and-photothermal-cancer-cell-ablation
#3
Ronnie L Shammas, Andrew M Fales, Bridget M Crawford, Amy J Wisdom, Gayathri R Devi, David A Brown, Tuan Vo-Dinh, Scott T Hollenbeck
BACKGROUND: Gold nanostars are unique nanoplatforms that can be imaged in real time and transform light energy into heat to ablate cells. Adipose-derived stem cells migrate toward tumor niches in response to chemokines. The ability of adipose-derived stem cells to migrate and integrate into tumors makes them ideal vehicles for the targeted delivery of cancer nanotherapeutics. METHODS: To test the labeling efficiency of gold nanostars, undifferentiated adipose-derived stem cells were incubated with gold nanostars and a commercially available nanoparticle (Qtracker), then imaged using two-photon photoluminescence microscopy...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350536/anti-inflammatory-effects-and-anti-oxidant-capacity-of-myrathius-arboreus-cecropiaceae-in-experimental-models
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Oluwafemi Gabriel Oluwole, Olufunmilayo Ologe, Akinyinka Alabi, Ganiyu Tunde Yusuf, Solomon Umukoro
BACKGROUND: Inflammation is involved in various diseases; search for safe treatments is warranted. Anti-inflammatory effects of ethanol extract of Myrathius arboreus (EEMa) were studied in carrageenan-induced model, formaldehyde sub-acute-induced model, and in 48 h lipopolysaccharide-induced air pouch model of inflammation. EEMa membrane-stabilizing activities and anti-oxidant capacity were determined in vitro. METHODS: In the carrageenan model EEMa (125, 250, or 500 mg/kg), indomethacin (5 mg/kg), or vehicle 3 mL/kg was administered orally in rats (n=5)...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346904/single-particle-mass-spectral-signatures-from-vehicle-exhaust-particles-and-the-source-apportionment-of-on-line-pm2-5-by-single-particle-aerosol-mass-spectrometry
#5
Jian Yang, Shexia Ma, Bo Gao, Xiaoying Li, Yanjun Zhang, Jing Cai, Mei Li, Ling'ai Yao, Bo Huang, Mei Zheng
In order to accurately apportion the many distinct types of individual particles observed, it is necessary to characterize fingerprints of individual particles emitted directly from known sources. In this study, single particle mass spectral signatures from vehicle exhaust particles in a tunnel were performed. These data were used to evaluate particle signatures in a real-world PM2.5 apportionment study. The dominant chemical type originating from average positive and negative mass spectra for vehicle exhaust particles are EC species...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346839/characterization-of-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-and-enterococcus-faecium-isolated-from-fresh-produces-and-human-fecal-samples
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Min-Chan Kim, Min-Hyeok Cha, Jae-Gee Ryu, Gun-Jo Woo
Increased enterococcal infections in hospitals and multidrug-resistant and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) isolated from humans, animals, and food sources raised public health concern on the presence of VRE in multiple sources. We performed a comparative analysis of the antimicrobial resistance and genetics of VRE isolates derived from fresh produce and human fecal samples. Of 389 Enterococcus isolates, 8 fecal and 3 produce isolates were resistant to vancomycin and teicoplanin; all harbored vanA gene...
March 27, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346795/understanding-the-emission-impacts-of-hov-to-hot-lane-conversions-experience-from-atlanta-ga
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Yanzhi Ann Xu, Haobing Liu, Michael O Rodgers, Angshuman Guin, Michael Hunter, Adnan Sheikh, Randall L Guensler
Converting a congested High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane into a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane is a viable option for improving travel time reliability for carpools and buses that use the managed lane. However, the emission impacts of HOV-to-HOT-conversions are not well understood. The lack of emissions impact quantification for HOT conversions creates a policy challenge for agencies making transportation funding choices. The goal of this paper is to evaluate the case study before-and-after changes in vehicle emissions for the Atlanta, GA I-85 HOV/HOT lane conversion project, implemented in October, 2011...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346529/human-amnion-epithelial-cells-modulate-the-inflammatory-response-to-ventilation-in-preterm-lambs
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Jacqueline M Melville, Courtney A McDonald, Robert J Bischof, Graeme R Polglase, Rebecca Lim, Euan M Wallace, Graham Jenkin, Timothy J Moss
Ventilation of preterm neonates causes pulmonary inflammation that can contribute to lung injury, propagate systemically and result in long-term disease. Modulation of this initial response may reduce lung injury and its sequelae. We aimed to determine the effect of human amnion epithelial cells (hAECs) on immune activation and lung injury in preterm neonatal lambs. Preterm lambs received intratracheal hAECs (90x106) or vehicle, prior to 2 h of mechanical ventilation. Within 5 min of ventilation onset, lambs also received intravenous hAECs (90x106) or vehicle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346346/an-effective-terrain-aided-navigation-for-low-cost-autonomous-underwater-vehicles
#9
Ling Zhou, Xianghong Cheng, Yixian Zhu, Chenxi Dai, Jinbo Fu
Terrain-aided navigation is a potentially powerful solution for obtaining submerged position fixes for autonomous underwater vehicles. The application of terrain-aided navigation with high-accuracy inertial navigation systems has demonstrated meter-level navigation accuracy in sea trials. However, available sensors may be limited depending on the type of the mission. Such limitations, especially for low-grade navigation sensors, not only degrade the accuracy of traditional navigation systems, but further impact the ability to successfully employ terrain-aided navigation...
March 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346211/stability-of-two-antifungal-agents-fluconazole-and-miconazole-compounded-in-humco-recura-topical-cream-to-determine-beyond-use-date
#10
Pradeep Gautam, Bob Light, Troy Purvis
A novel compounding vehicle (RECURA) has previously been proven to penetrate the nail bed when compounded with the antifungal agent miconazole or fluconazole, providing for an effective treatment for onychomycosis. In this study, miconazole and fluconazole were compounded separately in RECURA compounding cream, and they were tested at different time points (0, 7, 14, 28, 45, 60, 90, and 180 days) to determine the beyond-use date of those formulations. The beyond-use date testing of both formulations (10% miconazole in RECURA and 10% fluconazole in RECURA) proved them to be physically, chemically, and microbiologically stable under International Conference of Harmonisation controlled room temperature (25°C ± 2°C/60% RH ±5%) for at least 180 days from the date of compounding...
March 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346204/restructuring-the-art-of-health-by-pharmacists-formulation-designs-with-oral-vehicles-teaching-pharmacy-students
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Rita Benischek
Compounding pharmacists, responsible for appropriate preparation of medications, coordinate with other professionals to reach optimal therapeutic options for patients. This review summarizes proprietary oral vehicles or suspensions focusing on available information or updated data from suppliers. Research has advanced methods with revised applications, cutting-edge safety considerations, beyond-use dating provisions for technical assistance, and evidence to review and teach pharmacy students the opportunities in the choices of an oral vehicle...
March 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346024/increased-il-4-and-il-17-producing-cd8-cells-are-related-to-decreased-cd39-cd4-foxp3-cells-in-allergic-asthma
#12
Li Ping, Zhen Yang, Qin Zhang, Wei Wang, Jiong Yang
OBJECTIVE: In allergic asthma, regulatory T cell (Treg) number and function are decreased. Antigen primed CD8(+) T cells play an indispensable role in the full development of airway inflammation and airway hyper-responsiveness (AHR) occurring in asthma. In this study, we investigated the relationship between subpopulations of CD8(+) T cells and CD39(+) Tregs. METHODS: Female C57BL/6 mice were used to develop the model of allergic asthma. Experimental mice were immunized with ovalbumin (OVA) by intra-peritoneal (i...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345929/utility-of-cyp3a4-and-pxr-car-cyp3a4-3a7-transgenic-mouse-models-to-assess-the-magnitude-of-cyp3a4-mediated-drug-drug-interactions
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Justin Q Ly, Kirsten Messick, Ann Qin, Ryan H Takahashi, Edna F Choo
Species differences in the expression, activity, regulation and substrate specificity of metabolizing enzymes preclude the use of animal models to predict clinical drug-drug interactions (DDI). The objective of this work is to determine if the transgenic (Tg) Cyp3a-/-Tg-3A4Hep/Int and Nr1i2/Nr1i3-/--Cyp3a-/-Tg-PXR-CAR-3A4/3A7Hep/Int (PXR-CAR-CYP3A4/3A7) mouse models could be used to predict in vivo DDI of 10 drugs; alprazolam, bosutinib, crizotinib, dasatinib, gefitinib, ibrutinib, regorafenib, sorafenib, triazolam, and vandetinib (as victims), with varying magnitudes of reported CYP3A4 clinical DDI...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345385/activation-of-5-ht1a-receptors-in-the-rat-dorsomedial-hypothalamus-inhibits-stress-induced-activation-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis
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Christopher E Stamper, James E Hassell, Adam J Kapitz, Kenneth J Renner, Miles Orchinik, Christopher A Lowry
Acute activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, leading to the release of corticosteroid hormones into the circulation, is an adaptive response to perceived threats. Persistent activation of the HPA axis can lead to impaired physiological or behavioral function with maladaptive consequences. Thus, efficient control and termination of stress responses is essential for well-being. However, inhibitory control mechanisms governing the HPA axis are poorly understood. Previous studies suggest that serotonergic systems, acting within the medial hypothalamus, play an important role in inhibitory control of stress-induced HPA axis activity...
March 27, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345280/otoprotective-effects-of-mouse-nerve-growth-factor-in-dba-2j-mice-with-early-onset-progressive-hearing-loss
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Qingzhu Wang, Hongchun Zhao, Tihua Zheng, Wenjun Wang, Xiaolin Zhang, Andi Wang, Bo Li, Yanfei Wang, Qingyin Zheng
As it displays progressive hair-cell loss and degeneration of spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) characterized by early-onset progressive hearing loss (ePHL), DBA/2J is an inbred mouse strain widely used in hearing research. Mouse nerve growth factor (mNGF), as a common exogenous nerve growth factor (NGF), has been studied extensively for its ability to promote neuronal survival and growth. To determine whether mNGF can ameliorate progressive hearing loss (PHL) in DBA/2J mice, saline or mNGF was given to DBA/2J mice of either sex by daily intramuscular injection from the 1st to the 9th week after birth...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344994/a-new-broad-range-plasmid-for-dna-delivery-in-eukaryotic-cells-using-lactic-acid-bacteria-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-assays
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Pamela Mancha-Agresti, Mariana Martins Drumond, Fillipe Luiz Rosa do Carmo, Monica Morais Santos, Janete Soares Coelho Dos Santos, Franco Venanzi, Jean-Marc Chatel, Sophie Yvette Leclercq, Vasco Azevedo
Lactococcus lactis is well documented as a promising candidate for development of novel oral live vaccines. It has been broadly engineered for heterologous expression, as well as for plasmid expression vector delivery, directly inside eukaryotic cells, for DNA vaccine, or as therapeutic vehicle. This work describes the characteristics of a new plasmid, pExu (extra chromosomal unit), for DNA delivery using L. lactis and evaluates its functionality both by in vitro and in vivo assays. This plasmid exhibits the following features: (1) a theta origin of replication and (2) an expression cassette containing a multiple cloning site and a eukaryotic promoter, the cytomegalovirus (pCMV)...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344975/equine-dental-pulp-connective-tissue-particles-reduced-lameness-in-horses-in-a-controlled-clinical-trial
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Alicia L Bertone, Nathalie A Reisbig, Allison H Kilborne, Mari Kaido, Navid Salmanzadeh, Rebecca Lovasz, Joy L Sizemore, Logan Scheuermann, Rosalind J Kopp, Lisa J Zekas, Matthew T Brokken
OBJECTIVE: To assess if injection of allogeneic dental pulp tissue particles would improve lameness in horses with naturally occurring osteoarthritis (OA) or soft tissue (ST) injury. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, blinded, and controlled clinical trial and client survey assessment. ANIMALS: Forty lame client-owned horses. PROCEDURES: Sterile dental pulp, recovered from otherwise healthy foals that perish during dystocia, was processed under good manufacturing processing to produce mechanically manipulated, unexpanded pulp tissue particles containing viable cells surrounded in extracellular matrix...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344477/development-and-characterization-of-methoxy-poly-ethylene-oxide-block-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-peo-b-pcl-micelles-as-vehicles-for-the-solubilization-and-delivery-of-tacrolimus
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Raisuddin Ali, Abubakar Farah, Ziyad Binkhathlan
Tacrolimus is a potent immunosuppressant; however, it suffers from several problems such as poor water solubility (4-12 μg/mL), low and variable oral bioavailability in patients, and narrow therapeutic window that could not be solved by the currently available i.v. formulation (Prograf®). Moreover, Prograf® contains HCO-60 (PEGylated castor oil) as a surfactant, which is reported to cause several side effects including hypersensitivity reactions. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the potential of PEO-b-PCL polymeric micelles as alternative vehicles for the solubilization and delivery of tacrolimus...
February 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344333/stressor-exposure-has-prolonged-effects-on-colonic-microbial-community-structure-in-citrobacter-rodentium-challenged-mice
#19
Jeffrey D Galley, Amy R Mackos, Vanessa A Varaljay, Michael T Bailey
Stressor exposure significantly affects the colonic mucosa-associated microbiota, and exacerbates Citrobacter rodentium-induced inflammation, effects that can be attenuated with probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri. This study assessed the structure of the colonic mucosa-associated microbiota in mice exposed to a social stressor (called social disruption), as well as non-stressed control mice, during challenge with the colonic pathogen C. rodentium. Mice were exposed to the social stressor or home cage control conditions for six consecutive days and all mice were challenged with C...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344325/the-giant-deep-sea-octopus-haliphron-atlanticus-forages-on-gelatinous-fauna
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H J T Hoving, S H D Haddock
Feeding strategies and predator-prey interactions of many deep-sea pelagic organisms are still unknown. This is also true for pelagic cephalopods, some of which are very abundant in oceanic ecosystems and which are known for their elaborate behaviors and central role in many foodwebs. We report on the first observations of the giant deep-sea octopus Haliphron atlanticus with prey. Using remotely operated vehicles, we saw these giant octopods holding medusae in their arms. One of the medusae could be identified as Phacellophora camtschatica (the egg-yolk jelly)...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
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