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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547701/terminalia-arjuna-prevents-interleukin-18-induced-atherosclerosis-via-modulation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-ppar-%C3%AE-mediated-pathway-in-apo-e-mice
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Owais Mohammad Bhat, P Uday Kumar, K Rajender Rao, Ashfaq Ahmad, Veena Dhawan
AIM OF THE STUDY: Terminalia arjuna is a medicinal plant well known as a cardiotonic in Ayurvedic system of medicine. We hypothesized that aqueous stem bark extract of T. arjuna (TAE) may inhibit IL-18-induced atherosclerosis via NF-κB/PPAR-γ-mediated pathway in Apo E-/- mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 12-week-old, male Apo E-/- mice divided into four groups (n = 6/group) fed with normal chow-diet were employed: GP I: phosphate buffer saline (PBS) (2 month); GP II: rIL-18 (1 month) followed by PBS (1 month); GP III: rIL-18 (1 month) followed by TAE (1 month); GP IV: rIL-18 (1 month) followed by atorvastatin (1 month)...
May 25, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545484/timing-of-appropriate-empirical-antimicrobial-administration-and-outcome-of-adults-with-community-onset-bacteremia
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Ching-Chi Lee, Chung-Hsun Lee, Ming-Yuan Hong, Hung-Jen Tang, Wen-Chien Ko
BACKGROUND: Early administration of appropriate antimicrobials has been correlated with a better prognosis in patients with bacteremia, but the optimum timing of early antibiotic administration as one of the resuscitation strategies for severe bacterial infections remains unclear. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study, adults with community-onset bacteremia at the emergency department (ED) were analyzed. Effects of different cutoffs of time to appropriate antibiotic (TtAa) administration after arrival at the ED on 28-day mortality were examined, after adjustment for independent predictors of mortality identified by multivariate regression analysis...
May 26, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545054/an-optimized-small-animal-tumour-model-for-experimentation-with-low-energy-protons
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Elke Beyreuther, Kerstin Brüchner, Mechthild Krause, Margret Schmidt, Rita Szabo, Jörg Pawelke
BACKGROUND: The long-term aim of developing laser based particle acceleration towards clinical application requires not only substantial technological progress, but also the radiobiological characterization of the resulting ultra-short and ultra-intensive particle beam pulses. After comprehensive cell studies a mouse ear tumour model was established allowing for the penetration of low energy protons (~20 MeV) currently available at laser driven accelerators. The model was successfully applied for a first tumour growth delay study with laser driven electrons, whereby the need of improvements crop out...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544569/maintenance-of-the-contractile-phenotype-in-corpus-cavernosum-smooth-muscle-cells-by-myocardin-gene-therapy-ameliorates-erectile-dysfunction-in-bilateral-cavernous-nerve-injury-rats
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H-B Zhang, Z-Q Wang, F-Z Chen, W Ding, W-B Liu, Z-R Chen, S-H He, A-Y Wei
The pathophysiology of erectile dysfunction post radical prostatectomy is not clearly clarified, and the low efficacy of traditional PDE5i treatment remains a major complaint in contemporary practice. This study aimed to demonstrate phenotypic modulation in bilateral cavernous nerve injury (BCNI) rats within 7 days, and subsequently validate gene therapy with Myocardin (Mycod) by maintaining a contractile phenotype in corpus cavernosum smooth muscle cells. Initially, 36 male rats were randomly divided into BCNI and negative control (NC) groups for histological and phenotypic molecular measurements at 3, 5, and 7 days...
May 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544261/mechanical-properties-structure-bioadhesion-and-biocompatibility-of-pectin-hydrogels
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Pavel A Markov, Nikita S Krachkovsky, Eugene A Durnev, Ekaterina A Martinson, Sergey G Litvinets, Sergey V Popov
The surface structure, biocompatibility, textural and adhesive properties of calcium hydrogels derived from 1, 2 and 4% solutions of apple pectin were examined in this study. An increase in the pectin concentration in hydrogels was shown to improve their stability toward elastic and plastic deformation. The elasticity of pectin hydrogels, measured as Young's modulus, ranged from 6 to 100 kPa. The mechanical properties of the pectin hydrogels were shown to correspond to those of soft tissues. The characterization of surface roughness in terms of the roughness profile (Ra) and the root-mean-square deviation of the roughness profile (Rq) indicated an increased roughness profile for hydrogels depending on their pectin concentration...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543763/7-8-3-trihydroxyflavone-protects-h-r-induced-apoptosis-and-induces-in-vivo-growth-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Jiaxiang Li, Cuiping Wang, Bao Zhang Baiyun Tang
BACKGROUND: Cellular therapy of human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hES-CMs) holds great promise for regenerating infarcted cardiac tissues. Yet, the major challenge remains as little cells survived after grafting. In this study, we examined whether treating hES-CMs with 7, 8, 3'-Trihydroxyflavone (THF) may improve hES-CMs developments both in vitro and in vivo. METHOD: HES-CMs were differentiated in vitro, and treated with 5 μ59M THF for 24 h...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542288/structural-models-of-the-different-trimers-present-in-the-core-of-phycobilisomes-from-gracilaria-chilensis-based-on-crystal-structures-and-sequences
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Jorge Dagnino-Leone, Maximiliano Figueroa, Claudia Mella, María Alejandra Vorphal, Frédéric Kerff, Aleikar José Vásquez, Marta Bunster, José Martínez-Oyanedel
Phycobilisomes (PBS) are accessory light harvesting protein complexes that directionally transfer energy towards photosystems. Phycobilisomes are organized in a central core and rods radiating from it. Components of phycobilisomes in Gracilaria chilensis (Gch) are Phycobiliproteins (PBPs), Phycoerythrin (PE), and Phycocyanin (PC) in the rods, while Allophycocyanin (APC) is found in the core, and linker proteins (L). The function of such complexes depends on the structure of each component and their interaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541089/decreased-frequency-of-peripheral-blood-cd8-cd25-foxp3-regulatory-t-cells-correlates-with-il-33-levels-in-pre-eclampsia
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Jianxiu Yu, Lei Qian, Fenghui Wu, Ming Li, Wei Chen, Hongyou Wang
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the role of CD8(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+)regulatory T (Treg) cells in pre-eclampsia (PE). METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of 46 patients with PE and 24 normotensive women within the third trimester of gestation. We analyzed the percentages of CD8(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+)Treg cells in peripheral blood using flow cytometry and the serum levels of interleukin (IL)-6, IL-17A, IL-10, TGF-β1, IL-1β, and IL-33 by Luminex 200. RESULTS: We found that patients with PE had lower percentages of CD8(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+)Treg cells than normotensive pregnant women...
May 25, 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540231/use-of-botulinum-toxin-for-voiding-dysfunction
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REVIEW
David Eldred-Evans, Prokar Dasgupta
The use of botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) has expanded across a range of lower urinary tract conditions. This review provides an overview of the current indications for BoNT-A in the lower urinary tract and critically evaluates the published evidence within each area. The classic application of BoNT-A has been in the management of refractory neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO) and overactive bladder (OAB). There is a large volume of high-quality evidence, including numerous randomized placebo-controlled trials, which demonstrate the efficacy of BoNT-A over a long follow-up period...
April 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539728/anti-quorum-sensing-activity-of-forsythia-suspense-on-chromobacterium-violaceum-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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An Zhang, Wei-Hua Chu
BACKGROUND: Quorum sensing (QS) plays an important role in the production of virulence factors and pathogenicity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and the interruption of QS will be a hopeful pathway to combat bacterial infection. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we selected Forsythia suspense (Thunb.) Vahl from traditional Chinese herbal medicines for its anti-QS activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Anti-QS of F. suspense extracts (FSE) was monitored using the Chromobacterium violaceum 12472 bioassay...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539722/effect-of-helix-aspersa-extract-on-tnf%C3%AE-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-some-tumor-suppressor-genes-in-breast-cancer-cell-line-hs578t
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Ibtissem El Ouar, Cornelia Braicu, Dalila Naimi, Alexendru Irimie, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe
BACKGROUND: The garden snail, Helix aspersa, is a big land snail widely found in the Mediterranean countries. It is one of the most consumed species and widely used in zootherapy. OBJECTIVE: The present study was carried out to investigate for the first time the first time the antitumor activity of an aqueous extract from Helix aspersa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effect of H. aspersa extract was studied on a triple negative breast cancer cell line Hs578T...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539717/caspase-mediated-apoptotic-effects-of-ebenus-boissieri-barbey-extracts-on-human-cervical-cancer-cell-line-hela
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Ece Simsek, Nilufer Imir, Esra Arslan Aydemir, Ramazan Suleyman Gokturk, Erdem Yesilada, Kayahan Fiskin
BACKGROUND: Ebenus boissieri Barbey is an Antalya, Turkey-endemic plant belonging to Fabaceae family. The aerial parts and the roots of E. boissieri Barbey were used in this study. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we have examined the apoptotic effects of hydroalcoholic extracts of E. boissieri Barbey in human cervical cancer cell line HeLa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To determine the cytotoxic effect, cells were treated with various concentrations of extracts for 24, 48, and 72 h incubation periods...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539716/prevention-mechanism-of-2-3-5-4-tetrahydroxy-stilbene-2-o-%C3%AE-d-glucoside-on-lipid-accumulation-in-steatosis-hepatic-l-02-cell
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Pei Lin, Jian-Mei Lu, Yan-Fang Wang, Wen Gu, Rong-Hua Zhao, Jie Yu
AIM: 2,3,5,4'-Tetrahydroxy-stilbene-2-O-β-d-glucoside (TSG), a natural stilbene, shows great activities in hepatic lipid regulation, especially for hepatic triglyceride lowering. However, information about its mechanisms on biosynthesis and degradation of triglyceride is still limited. This research pays close attention to clarify the mechanism of TSG on prevention of hepatic lipid accumulation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: TSG was given to steatosis hepatocyte L-02 cell induced by fat emulsion incubation...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539711/flavonoids-isolated-from-the-flowers-of-limonium-bicolor-and-their-in-vitro-antitumor-evaluation
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Jian Chen, Jiehui Teng, Li Ma, Haiying Tong, Bingru Ren, Linshan Wang, Weilin Li
BACKGROUND: Limonium bicolor, a halophytic species, can grow in saline or saline-alkali soil, is well known as a traditional Chinese medicine. Recently it attracted much attention for its treatment for cancer. OBJECTIVE: The present study was performed to evaluate this species from the phytochemical standpoint and the possible relationship between the antitumor activity and its natural products. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The chemical constituents from the flowers of L...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539708/assessment-of-mexican-arnica-heterotheca-inuloides-cass-and-rosemary-rosmarinus-officinalis-extracts-on-dopamine-and-selected-biomarkers-of-oxidative-stress-in-stomach-and-brain-of-salmonella-typhimurium-infected-rats
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David Calderón Guzmàn, Maribel Ortiz Herrera, Norma Osnaya Brizuela, Gerardo Barragàn Mejía, Ernestina Hernàndez García, Hugo Juàrez Olguín, Armando Valenzuela Peraza, Norma Labra Ruíz, Daniel Santamaría Del Angel
BACKGROUND: The effects of some natural products on dopamine (DA) and 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA) in brain of infected models are still unclear. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to measure the effect of Mexican arnica/rosemary (MAR) water extract and oseltamivir on both biogenic amines and some oxidative biomarkers in the brain and stomach of young rats under infection condition. METHODS: Female Wistar rats (weight 80 g) in the presence of MAR or absence (no-MAR) were treated as follows: group 1, buffer solution (controls); oseltamivir (100 mg/kg), group 2; culture of Salmonella typhimurium (S...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539277/-efficacy-of-gamma-irradiated-adipose-derived-stem-cells-for-treatment-of-thin-endometrium-in-rats
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Ming-Xia Ye, Ling Yu, Shu-Fang Wang, Wen-Sheng Fan, Yuan-Guang Meng
OBJECTIVE: Transplantation of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) is associated with potential risks of late complications including tumorigenesis due to the active proliferation of the cells. We aimed to test the effect of transplantation of ADSCs with suppressed proliferation by gamma irradiation in the treatment of thin endometrium in rats. METHODS: ADSCs were isolated from female SD rats and identified by detecting the surface antigens with flow cytometry. After exposure to gamma irradiation at 0, 5 Gy and 10 Gy, the cells were examined for changes in colony-forming ability...
May 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538080/formulation-and-characterization-of-lutetium-177-labeled-stannous-tin-colloid-for-radiosynovectomy
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Geetanjali Arora, Manoranjan Singh, Pragati Jha, Sarthak Tripathy, Chandrasekhar Bal, Anirban Mukherjee, Shamim A Shamim
OBJECTIVE: Easy large-scale production, easy availability, cost-effectiveness, long half-life, and favorable radiation characteristics have made lutetium-177 (Lu) a preferred radionuclide for use in therapy. Lutetium-177-labeled stannous (Lu-Sn) colloid particles were formulated for application in radiosynovectomy, followed by in-vitro and in-vivo characterization. METHODS: Stannous chloride (SnCl2) solution and Lu were heated together, the pH was adjusted, and the particles were recovered by centrifugation...
May 19, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534962/galectin%C3%A2-9-ameliorates-fulminant-liver-injury
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Tomoko Tadokoro, Asahiro Morishita, Teppei Sakamoto, Shintaro Fujihara, Koji Fujita, Shima Mimura, Kyoko Oura, Takako Nomura, Joji Tani, Hirohito Yoneyama, Hisakazu Iwama, Takashi Himoto, Toshiro Niki, Mitsuomi Hirashima, Tsutomu Masaki
Fulminant hepatitis is a severe liver disease resulting in hepatocyte necrosis. Galectin‑9 (Gal‑9) is a tandem‑repeat‑type galectin that has been evaluated as a potential therapeutic agent for various diseases that regulate the host immune system. Concanavalin A (ConA) injection into mice results in serious, immune‑mediated liver injury similar to human viral, autoimmune and fulminant hepatitis. The present study investigated the effects of Gal‑9 treatment on fulminant hepatitis in vivo and the effect on the expression of microRNAs (miRNAs), in order to identify specific miRNAs associated with the immune effects of Gal‑9...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534297/single-frequency-impedance-analysis-on-reduced-graphene-oxide-screen-printed-electrode-for-biomolecular-detection
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Rajesh, Shobhita Singal, Ravinder K Kotnala
A biofunctionalized reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-modified screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE) was constructed as an immunosensor for C-reactive protein (CRP) detection, a biomarker released in early stage acute myocardial infarction. A different approach of single frequency analysis (SFA) study was utilized for the biomolecular sensing, by monitoring the response in phase angle changes obtained at an optimized frequency resulting from antigen-antibody interactions. A set of measurements were carried out to optimize a frequency where a maximum change in phase angle was observed, and in this case, we found it at around 10 Hz...
May 22, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533357/tlr9-expression-and-secretion-of-lif-by-prostate-cancer-cells-stimulates-accumulation-and-activity-of-polymorphonuclear-mdscs
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Haejung Won, Dayson Moreira, Chan Gao, Priyanka Duttagupta, Xingli Zhao, Edwin Manuel, Don Diamond, Yate-Ching Yuan, Zheng Liu, Jeremy Jones, Massimo D'Apuzzo, Sumanta Pal, Marcin Kortylewski
Proinflammatory signals promote prostate tumorigenesis and progression, but their origins and downstream effects remain unclear. We recently demonstrated that the expression of an innate immune receptor, TLR9, by prostate cancer cells is critical for their tumor-propagating potential. We investigated whether cancer cell-intrinsic TLR9 signaling alters composition of the prostate tumor microenvironment. We generated Ras/Myc (RM9) and Myc-driven (Myc-CaP) prostate cancer cells expressing the tetracycline-inducible gene Tlr9 (Tlr9(ON) ) or the control LacZ (LacZ(ON) )...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
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