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#1
Ioannis S Dimopoulos, Alina Radziwon, Chris D St Laurent, Ian M MacDonald
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although much has been written to define the phenotype and genotype of choroideremia (CHM), research continues to provide new insights that serve to better understand its pathogenesis and the directions for potential experimental therapies. RECENT FINDINGS: We would like to highlight new findings, expanding the type of disease-causing mutations to include mutations in the CHM promoter that will dramatically influence gene expression. Information derived from careful phenotyping of patients points increasingly to the central role of the retinal pigment epithelium as the key cell layer affected in the degenerative process...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499705/measurement-and-reproducibility-of-preserved-ellipsoid-zone-area-and-preserved-rpe-area-in-a-cohort-of-eyes-with-choroideremia
#2
Amir H Hariri, Swetha B Velaga, Aniz Girach, Michael S Ip, Phuc V Le, Byron L Lam, M Dominik Fischer, Eeva-Marja Sankila, Mark Pennesi, Frank G Holz, Robert E MacLaren, David G Birch, Carel B Hoyng, Ian M MacDonald, Graeme C Black, Stephen H Tsang, Neil M Bressler, Michael Larsen, Michael B Gorin, Andrew R Webster, SriniVas R Sadda
PURPOSE: To identify valid and reproducible methods for quantifying anatomical outcome measures for eyes with choroideremia (CHM) in clinical trials. DESIGN: Reliability analysis study. METHODS: In this multicenter study, patients with confirmed genetic diagnosis of CHM were enrolled. All cases underwent spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging. Two graders independently delineated boundaries of preserved autofluorescence (PAF) and preserved ellipsoid zone (EZ) on FAF and OCT images respectively...
May 9, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486407/identification-of-chinese-herbal-medicines-with-electronic-nose-technology-applications-and-challenges
#3
REVIEW
Huaying Zhou, Dehan Luo, Hamid GholamHosseini, Zhong Li, Jiafeng He
This paper provides a review of the most recent works in machine olfaction as applied to the identification of Chinese Herbal Medicines (CHMs). Due to the wide variety of CHMs, the complexity of growing sources and the diverse specifications of herb components, the quality control of CHMs is a challenging issue. Much research has demonstrated that an electronic nose (E-nose) as an advanced machine olfaction system, can overcome this challenge through identification of the complex odors of CHMs. E-nose technology, with better usability, high sensitivity, real-time detection and non-destructive features has shown better performance in comparison with other analytical techniques such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
May 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480384/evaluation-of-effectiveness-in-a-novel-wound-healing-ointment-crocodile-oil-burn-ointment
#4
Hua-Liang Li, Yi-Tao Deng, Zi-Ran Zhang, Qi-Rui Fu, Ya-Hui Zheng, Xing-Mei Cao, Jing Nie, Li-Wen Fu, Li-Ping Chen, You-Xiong Xiong, Dong-Yan Shen, Qing-Xi Chen
BACKGROUND: Crocodile oil and its products are used as ointments for burns and scalds in traditional medicines. A new ointment formulation - crocodile oil burn ointment (COBO) was developed to provide more efficient wound healing activity. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the burn healing efficacy of this new formulation by employing deep second-degree burns in a Wistar rat model. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of COBO were also studied to provide some evidences for its further use...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463912/dna-genotyping-of-nonmolar-donor-egg-pregnancies-with-abnormal-villous-morphology-allele-zygosity-patterns-prevent-misinterpretation-as-complete-hydatidiform-mole
#5
Nancy M Joseph, Caryll Pineda, Joseph T Rabban
DNA genotyping is the gold standard diagnostic test to distinguish hydatidiform moles from nonmolar but morphologically abnormal products of conception (POC). The test is based on comparison of alleles at 15 short tandem repeat loci in the chorionic villi of the POC to those in the maternal decidual tissue. If alleles in the POC are not present in the decidua, then the most concerning interpretation is that the POC has a paternal uniparental genome diagnostic of a complete hydatidiform mole (CHM). However, a nonmolar pregnancy from a donated egg would also appear the same because the maternal genome of the POC would match that of the maternal donor, not that of the decidua of the individual carrying the pregnancy...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462138/quantitative-analysis-of-multi-components-by-single-marker-a-rational-method-for-the-internal-quality-of-chinese-herbal-medicine
#6
REVIEW
Chunsheng Zhu, Xiaoping Li, Bing Zhang, Zhijian Lin
In order to achieve the comprehensive quality control of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), the conventional practice of selecting a single marker for testing has been gradually replaced by the determination of multiple active components based on the characteristics of the synergistic interaction of CHM and applicability of sophisticated analytical techniques. However, with a huge number of CHM in the market and more complex preparations, the limited availability of various standard substances for quantitative analysis has been a major bottleneck in realizing the goal...
March 2017: Integr Med Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443025/honokiol-induces-apoptosis-g1-arrest-and-autophagy-in-kras-mutant-lung-cancer-cells
#7
Lian-Xiang Luo, Ying Li, Zhong-Qiu Liu, Xing-Xing Fan, Fu-Gang Duan, Run-Ze Li, Xiao-Jun Yao, Elaine Lai-Han Leung, Liang Liu
Aberrant signaling transduction induced by mutant KRAS proteins occurs in 20∼30% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), however, a direct and effective pharmacological inhibitor targeting KRAS has not yet reached the clinic to date. Honokiol, a small molecular polyphenol natural biophenolic compound derived from the bark of magnolia trees, exerts anticancer activity, however, its mechanism remains unknown. In this study, we sought to investigate the in vitro effects of honokiol on NSCLC cell lines harboring KRAS mutations...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434474/chinese-herbal-medicine-adjunct-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-relapse-of-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#8
REVIEW
Liang Song, Qi-Hui Zhou, Hui-Lin Wang, Feng-Jiao Liao, Liang Hua, Hong-Feng Zhang, Li-Bo Huang, Yan Lin, Guo-Qing Zheng
BACKGROUND: Many patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) resort to complementary and alternative medicine, which is used in 33%-80% of MS patients in the developed country. The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) as an adjunct therapy of patients with acute relapse of MS. METHODS: Six databases were searched for randomized-controlled trial of CHM for acute relapse of MS. The risk of bias was assessed by using the twelve criteria recommended by the Cochrane Back Review Group...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413848/impact-of-data-model-and-point-density-on-aboveground-forest-biomass-estimation-from-airborne-lidar
#9
Mariano Garcia, Sassan Saatchi, Antonio Ferraz, Carlos Alberto Silva, Susan Ustin, Alexander Koltunov, Heiko Balzter
BACKGROUND: Accurate estimation of aboveground forest biomass (AGB) and its dynamics is of paramount importance in understanding the role of forest in the carbon cycle and the effective implementation of climate change mitigation policies. LiDAR is currently the most accurate technology for AGB estimation. LiDAR metrics can be derived from the 3D point cloud (echo-based) or from the canopy height model (CHM). Different sensors and survey configurations can affect the metrics derived from the LiDAR data...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398698/inhibiting-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-signalling-potentiates-mesenchymal-epithelial-transition-of-breast-cancer-stem-cells-and-their-responsiveness-to-anticancer-drugs
#10
Kanakaraju Manupati, Neha R Dhoke, Tanusree Debnath, Ragini Yeeravalli, Kalpana Guguloth, Shahrzad Saeidpour, Utpal Chandra De, Sudhan Debnath, Amitava Das
The recurrence of breast cancer in patients is a persistent challenge to the medical fraternity. Breast tumor contains a small population of cells with high tumor initiating and metastatic potential, known as cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are resistant to existing chemotherapeutics. CSCs contribute to the aggressiveness of triple negative breast cancers (TNBCs), thereby necessitating the identification of molecular targets on breast CSCs. TNBC cell line MDA-MB-231, in comparison with MCF-7, demonstrated a higher expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)...
April 11, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376043/multimodal-imaging-of-mosaic-retinopathy-in-carriers-of-hereditary-x-linked-recessive-diseases
#11
An-Lun Wu, Jung-Pan Wang, Yun-Ju Tseng, Laura Liu, Yu-Chuan Kang, Kuan-Jen Chen, An-Ning Chao, Lung-Kun Yeh, Tun-Lu Chen, Yih-Shiou Hwang, Wei-Chi Wu, Chi-Chun Lai, Nan-Kai Wang
PURPOSE: To investigate the clinical features in carriers of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, X-linked ocular albinism, and choroideremia (CHM) using multimodal imaging and to assess their diagnostic value in these three mosaic retinopathies. METHODS: We prospectively examined 14 carriers of 3 X-linked recessive disorders (X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, X-linked ocular albinism, and CHM). Details of abnormalities of retinal morphology were evaluated using fundus photography, fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging, and spectral domain optical coherence tomography...
April 3, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369842/novel-non-contiguous-exon-duplication-in-choroideremia
#12
Thomas L Edwards, Jonathan Williams, Maria I Patrício, Matthew P Simunovic, Morag Shanks, Penny Clouston, Robert E MacLaren
The importance of establishing a genetic diagnosis in patients with a choroideremia phenotype has been underscored by the advent of gene replacement therapy for this condition. Here we describe a complex imbalance at the CHM locus in a male patient with classical disease. At the DNA level, this imbalance consists of two non-contiguous duplications (exons 1-2, and 9-12). Further characterization suggests the generation of two independent CHM transcriptional units, one of which may produce a deleted form of the REP1 protein...
March 28, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353654/the-molecule-of-the-month-website-an-extraordinary-chemistry-educational-resource-online-for-over-20-years
#13
Paul W May, Simon A Cotton, Karl Harrison, Henry S Rzepa
The Molecule of the Month website (http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/motm.htm) is an educational resource that is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Here we reflect on its pioneering role in promoting new technology for visualizing and presenting chemical information on the web, as well as its achievements, as a free educational resource, both as a teaching aid and as a multi-user, multi-author learning platform. We discuss the legal aspects of such sites, as well as issues around how to make the content permanent...
March 29, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347338/the-prevalence-characteristics-and-factors-associated-with-purchasing-chinese-herbal-medicine-among-adults-in-taiwan
#14
Chun -Chuan Shih, Lu-Hsiang Huang, Chun-Chieh Yeh, Hsin-Long Lane, Chang-Ju Hsieh, Chin-Chuan Tsai, Li-Wei Lin, Ta-Liang Chen, Chien-Chang Liao
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence and factors associated with purchasing Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) without a physician's prescription among adults. METHODS: Using data from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey and National Health Insurance, we identified 16,756 individuals aged 20 years and older. Socio-demographic factors, lifestyle, medical services utilization and health behaviors were compared between people with and without a history of purchasing CHM by calculating adjusted odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) in a multiple logistic regression analysis...
March 27, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339712/effect-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-treatment-on-plasma-lipid-profile-and-hepatic-lipid-metabolism-in-hetian-broiler
#15
Z Xie, J Zhang, S Ma, X Huang, Y Huang
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether adding a Chinese herbal hedicine (CHM, including astragalus membranaceus, codonopsis pilosula, poria cocos, bighead atractylodes rhizome, fructus crataegi, folium epimedii, radix saposhnikoviae, and pericarpium citri reticulatae) diet has effects on lipid metabolism in the liver of the broiler. Six-hundred-thirty Hetian broilers were divided into 3 groups including base diet (control), 0.3%, or 1% CHM diets, for 130 days. The results showed that CHM treatment significantly increased the slaughter performance...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330722/the-use-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-as-an-adjuvant-therapy-to-reduce-incidence-of-chronic-hepatitis-in-colon-cancer-patients-a-taiwanese-population-based-cohort-study
#16
Tsai-Hui Lin, Hung-Rong Yen, Jen-Huai Chiang, Mao-Feng Sun, Hen-Hong Chang, Sheng-Teng Huang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: There is a decided lack of in-depth studies to evaluate the effectiveness of Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) as an adjuvant therapy on the incidence of chronic hepatitis in patients with colon cancer. AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of this study is to assess whether CHM treatment decreased the incidence of chronic hepatitisin colon cancer patients who received conventional Western medical treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A Taiwanese nationwide population-based study of colon cancer patients receiving Western medicine treatment in conjunction with CHM treatment, using data provided by the National Health Insurance (NHI) Research Database, was conducted...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325576/raman-spectroscopy-in-quality-control-of-chinese-herbal-medicine
#17
Dan-Dan Chen, Xiao-Fang Xie, Hui Ao, Ji-Lei Liu, Cheng Peng
BACKGROUND: Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is of noteworthy international interest due to its potential impact on healthcare and manifests numerous opportunities for new drug development. However, solid scientific evidence is still lacking regarding the safety, efficacy, and quality of CHM-derived medicines. Success in the modernization and globalization of CHM is heavily dependent on the achievements in advanced analytical techniques for in-line checks of CHM quality. Raman spectroscopy has become increasingly valued as an analytical technique in the pharmaceutical sector because it can provide a detailed chemical fingerprint...
May 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302029/in-silico-adme-studies-for-new-drug-discovery-from-chemical-compounds-to-chinese-herbal-medicines
#18
Guojun Yan, Xiaobing Wang, Zhou Chen, Xianhui Wu, Jinhuo Pan, Yushen Huang, Gang Wan, Zhaogang Yang
Nowadays, in-silico tools are widely used to provide the potential structure of the metabolites formed depending on the site of metabolism. These methods can also highlight the molecular moieties that help to direct the molecule into the cytochrome cavity so that the site of metabolism is in proximity to the catalytic center. In this mini-review, we summarized three aspects of the in-silico methods in the application of prediction the ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) properties of compounds: structure-based approaches for predicting molecular modeling of drug metabolizing enzymes; in-silico metabolite prediction; and pharmacophore models for analysis substrate specificity...
March 15, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276959/how-should-worsening-in-osteoarthritis-be-defined-development-and-initial-validation-of-preliminary-criteria-for-clinical-worsening-in-knee-and-hip-osteoarthritis
#19
Eam Mahler, A A den Broeder, T G Woodworth, Vjjf Busch, F H van den Hoogen, Jwj Bijlsma, Chm van den Ende
OBJECTIVES: There is a need to define and validate measures of clinical worsening in knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA). The objectives of this exploratory project were: (i) to characterize worsening criteria in knee and hip OA using psychometric methods; (ii) to estimate their sensitivity and specificity; and (iii) to validate and compare these criteria with worsening criteria previously described in the literature. METHOD: An Expert Group reached consensus on 10 sets of worsening criteria to be tested in observational data sets of patients with knee or hip OA who received multimodal conservative treatment...
February 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271586/single-base-substitutions-in-the-chm-promoter-as-a-cause-of-choroideremia
#20
Alina Radziwon, Gavin Arno, Dianna K Wheaton, Ellen M McDonagh, Emma L Baple, Kaylie Webb-Jones, David G Birch, Andrew R Webster, Ian M MacDonald
Although over 150 unique mutations affecting the coding sequence of CHM have been identified in patients with the X-linked chorioretinal disease choroideremia (CHM), no regulatory mutations have been reported, and indeed the promoter has not been defined. Here, we describe two independent families affected by CHM bearing a mutation outside the gene's coding region at position c.-98: C>A and C>T, which segregated with the disease. The male proband of family 1 was found to lack CHM mRNA and its gene product Rab escort protein 1, whereas whole-genome sequencing of an affected male in family 2 excluded the involvement of any other known retinal genes...
June 2017: Human Mutation
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