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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346965/point-of-care-coagulation-tests-monitoring-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-and-their-reversal-therapy-state-of-the-art
#1
Giacomo E Iapichino, Paolo Bianchi, Marco Ranucci, Ekaterina Baryshnikova
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) exert similar anticoagulant effects to vitamin K antagonists and are increasingly used worldwide. Nevertheless, an evidence-based approach to patients receiving DOACs when any unplanned urgent surgery or bleeding (either spontaneous or traumatic) occurs is still missing. In this review, we investigate the role of point-of-care coagulation tests when other, more specific tests are not available. Indeed, thromboelastography and activated clotting time can detect dabigatran-induced coagulopathy, while their accuracy is limited for apixaban and rivaroxaban, mostly in cases of low drug plasma concentrations...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346964/lipoprotein-a-as-a-risk-factor-for-venous-thromboembolism-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-literature
#2
Francesco Dentali, Vera Gessi, Rossella Marcucci, Monica Gianni, Anna Maria Grandi, Massimo Franchini
Elevated plasma levels of lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) are associated with increased cardiovascular risk in several clinical studies. However, there is a lack of data supporting a positive association between elevated Lp(a) levels and venous thromboembolism (VTE). Thus, we conducted a systematic review of the literature to better clarify its role as a risk factor for VTE. Medline and the Embase (up to May 2015) electronic databases were used to identify potentially eligible studies. Studies measuring Lp(a) values in adult patients with deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism and in a population of patients without a VTE were selected...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346903/the-oceanus-statue-of-the-fontana-di-trevi-rome-the-analysis-of-black-crust-as-a-tool-to-investigate-the-urban-air-pollution-and-its-impact-on-the-stone-degradation
#3
Mauro F La Russa, Paola Fermo, Valeria Comite, Cristina M Belfiore, Donatella Barca, Annamaria Cerioni, Marina De Santis, Lorena Francesca Barbagallo, Michela Ricca, Silvestro A Ruffolo
This paper deals with the analysis of black crust coming from the statue of Oceanus belonging to the Fontana di Trevi (Rome). This monument is undoubtedly one of the main touristic attractions of Rome. During the restoration held between 2014 and 2015, some diagnostic analyses had been carried out. It has been highlighted that the sheltered surfaces suffer the formation of black crust, especially on the marble statues. The possibility to sample those degradation products, together with the unaltered substrate, represented an excellent opportunity to characterize the marble itself, to assess the impact of the urban air pollution on the stone material, and to detect the pollutant on a precise timescale...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346885/plasma-and-brain-pharmacokinetics-of-ganoderic-acid-a-in-rats-determined-by-a-developed-uflc-ms-ms-method
#4
Fang-Rui Cao, Bing-Xin Xiao, Li-Sha Wang, Xue Tao, Ming-Zhu Yan, Rui-Le Pan, Yong-Hong Liao, Xin-Min Liu, Qi Chang
Ganoderic acid A (GAA), an active triterpenoid of the traditional Chinese herbal medicine Lingzhi, has been reported to exhibit antinociceptive, antioxidative, and anti-cancer activities. The present study aims to establish a sensitive and rapid UPLC-MS/MS method for studying the plasma and brain pharmacokinetics of GAA in rats. The analytes were separated on a C18 column eluted with a gradient mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 0.1% aqueous formic acid at 0.3mL/min. The eluate was monitored by a mass detector using an MRM (m/z, 515...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346882/determination-of-prodrug-treosulfan-and-its-biologically-active-monoepoxide-in-rat-plasma-liver-lungs-kidneys-muscle-and-brain-by-hplc-esi-ms-ms-method
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Michał Romański, Anna Kasprzyk, Artur Teżyk, Agnieszka Widerowska, Czesław Żaba, Franciszek Główka
A prodrug treosulfan (TREO) is currently investigated in clinical trials for conditioning prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Bioanalysis of TREO and its active derivatives, monoepoxide (S,S-EBDM) and diepoxide, in plasma and urine underlay the pharmacokinetic studies of these compounds but cannot explain an organ pharmacological action or toxicity. Recently, distribution of TREO and S,S-EBDM into brain, cerebrospinal fluid, and aqueous humor of the eye has been investigated in animal models and the obtained results presented clinical relevance...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346880/human-exposure-to-bisphenol-a-and-liver-health-status-quantification-of-urinary-and-circulating-levels-by-lc-ms-ms
#6
Carla Nicolucci, Sonia Errico, Alessandro Federico, Marcello Dallio, Carmelina Loguercio, Nadia Diano
A selective and highly sensitive analytical methodology for determination of Bisphenol A in human plasma was developed and validated. The method was based on selective liquid/solid extraction, combined with liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry in the multiple reaction monitoring mode and negative ionization. The linearity of the detector response was verified in human plasma over the concentration range 0.100-200ngmL(-1). The detection limit was 0.03ngmL(-1) and the quantification limit was 0...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346846/dna-methylation-of-the-pdgfd-gene-promoter-increases-the-risk-for-intracranial-aneurysms-and-brain-arteriovenous-malformations
#7
Shengjun Zhou, Xiang Gao, Jie Sun, Zhiqing Lin, Yi Huang
The aim of this study was to determine the role of DNA methylation of the platelet-derived growth factor-D (PDGFD) gene promoter in the development of intracranial aneurysms (IAs) and brain arteriovenous malformations (BAVMs). A total of 70 patients with IAs or BAVMs and 26 control individuals were enrolled for this study. The PDGFD level in the plasma was determined using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. DNA methylation levels of seven cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) dinucleotides present in the PDGFD gene promoter were measured using bisulfite pyrosequencing technology...
March 27, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346700/vitamin-d-status-in-wild-toque-macaques-macaca-sinica-in-sri-lanka
#8
Michael L Power, Wolfgang P J Dittus
The vitamin D receptor is found on most cells, including active immune cells, implying that vitamin D has important biological functions beyond calcium metabolism and bone health. Although captive primates should be given a dietary source of vitamin D, under free-living conditions vitamin D is not a required nutrient, but rather is produced in skin when exposed to UV-B light. The circulating level of 25 hydroxyvitamin D (25-OH-D) considered adequate for humans is a topic of current controversy. Levels of circulating 25-OH-D sufficient for good health for macaques and other Old World anthropoids are assumed to be the same as human values, but data from free-living animals are scant...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346578/association-of-plasma-neurofilament-light-with-neurodegeneration-in-patients-with-alzheimer-disease
#9
Niklas Mattsson, Ulf Andreasson, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow
Importance: Existing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or imaging (tau positron emission tomography) biomarkers for Alzheimer disease (AD) are invasive or expensive. Biomarkers based on standard blood test results would be useful in research, drug development, and clinical practice. Plasma neurofilament light (NFL) has recently been proposed as a blood-based biomarker for neurodegeneration in dementias. Objective: To test whether plasma NFL concentrations are increased in AD and associated with cognitive decline, other AD biomarkers, and imaging evidence of neurodegeneration...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346526/plasma-potassium-diuretic-use-and-risk-of-developing-chronic-kidney-disease-in-a-predominantly-white-population
#10
Lyanne M Kieneker, Michele F Eisenga, Michel M Joosten, Rudolf A de Boer, Ron T Gansevoort, Jenny E Kootstra-Ros, Gerjan Navis, Stephan J L Bakker
OBJECTIVE: Both hypokalemia and hyperkalemia are associated with disease progression in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). It is unclear whether similar associations are present in the general population. Our aim was to examine the association of plasma potassium with risk of developing CKD and the role of diuretics in this association in a population-based cohort. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We studied 5,130 subjects free of CKD at baseline of the Prevention of Renal and Vascular End-Stage Disease (PREVEND) study, a prospective, population-based cohort of Dutch men and women aged 28-75 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346517/cd22-is-required-for-formation-of-memory-b-cell-precursors-within-germinal-centers
#11
Craig P Chappell, Kevin E Draves, Edward A Clark
CD22 is a BCR co-receptor that regulates B cell signaling, proliferation and survival and is required for T cell-independent Ab responses. To investigate the role of CD22 during T cell-dependent (TD) Ab responses and memory B cell formation, we analyzed Ag-specific B cell responses generated by wild-type (WT) or CD22-/- B cells following immunization with a TD Ag. CD22-/- B cells mounted normal early Ab responses yet failed to generate either memory B cells or long-lived plasma cells, whereas WT B cells formed both populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346507/olive-oil-bioactives-protect-pigs-against-experimentally-induced-chronic-inflammation-independently-of-alterations-in-gut-microbiota
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Martin Liehr, Alessandro Mereu, Jose Javier Pastor, Jose Carlos Quintela, Stefanie Staats, Gerald Rimbach, Ignacio Rodolfo Ipharraguerre
Subclinical chronic inflammation (SCI) is associated with impaired animal growth. Previous work has demonstrated that olive-derived plant bioactives exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that could possibly counteract the growth-depressing effects of SCI. To test this hypothesis and define the underlying mechanism, we conducted a 30-day study in which piglets fed an olive-oil bioactive extract (OBE) and their control counterparts (C+) were injected repeatedly during the last 10 days of the study with increasing doses of Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharides (LPS) to induce SCI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346471/effect-of-functional-sympathetic-nervous-system-impairment-of-the-liver-and-abdominal-visceral-adipose-tissue-on-circulating-triglyceride-rich-lipoproteins
#13
Michael F La Fountaine, Christopher M Cirnigliaro, Steven C Kirshblum, Cristin McKenna, William A Bauman
BACKGROUND: Interruption of sympathetic innervation to the liver and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) in animal models has been reported to reduce VAT lipolysis and hepatic secretion of very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) and concentrations of triglyceride-rich lipoprotein particles. Whether functional impairment of sympathetic nervous system (SNS) innervation to tissues of the abdominal cavity reduce circulating concentrations of triglyceride (TG) and VLDL particles (VLDL-P) was tested in men with spinal cord injury (SCI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346390/the-effect-and-mechanism-of-transdermal-penetration-enhancement-of-fu-s-cupping-therapy-new-physical-penetration-technology-for-transdermal-administration-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-tcm-characteristics
#14
Wei-Jie Xie, Yong-Ping Zhang, Jian Xu, Xiao-Bo Sun, Fang-Fang Yang
BACKGROUND: In this paper, a new type of physical penetration technology for transdermal administration with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) characteristics is presented. Fu's cupping therapy (FCT), was established and studied using in vitro and in vivo experiments and the penetration effect and mechanism of FCT physical penetration technology was preliminarily discussed. METHODS: With 1-(4-chlorobenzoyl)-5-methoxy-2-methylindole-3-ylacetic acid (indomethacin, IM) as a model drug, the establishment of high, medium, and low references was completed for the chemical permeation system via in vitro transdermal tests...
March 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346351/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies-on-the-structural-organization-of-chs3-from-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#15
Simon Gohlke, Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Hans Merzendorfer
Chitin biosynthesis in yeast is accomplished by three chitin synthases (Chs) termed Chs1, Chs2 and Chs3, of which the latter accounts for most of the chitin deposited within the cell wall. While the overall structures of Chs1 and Chs2 are similar to those of other chitin synthases from fungi and arthropods, Chs3 lacks some of the C-terminal transmembrane helices raising questions regarding its structure and topology. To fill this gap of knowledge, we performed bioinformatic analyses and protease protection assays that revealed significant information about the catalytic domain, the chitin-translocating channel and the interfacial helices in between...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346347/biosynthesis-of-%C3%AE-glucosidase-inhibitors-by-a-newly-isolated-bacterium-paenibacillus-sp-tku042-and-its-effect-on-reducing-plasma-glucose-in-a-mouse-model
#16
Van Bon Nguyen, Anh Dzung Nguyen, Yao-Haur Kuo, San-Lang Wang
Paenibacillus sp. TKU042, a bacterium isolated from Taiwanese soil, produced α-glucosidase inhibitors (aGIs) in the culture supernatant when commercial nutrient broth (NB) was used as the medium for fermentation. The supernatant of fermented NB (FNB) showed stronger inhibitory activities than acarbose, a commercial anti-diabetic drug. The IC50 and maximum α-glucosidase inhibitory activities (aGIA) of FNB and acarbose against α-glucosidase were 81 μg/mL, 92% and 1395 μg/mL, 63%, respectively. FNB was found to be strongly thermostable, retaining 95% of its relative activity, even after heating at 100 °C for 30 min...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346345/unconventional-transport-routes-of-soluble-and-membrane-proteins-and-their-role-in-developmental-biology
#17
Andrea Pompa, Francesca De Marchis, Maria Teresa Pallotta, Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso, Alexandra Jones, Kerstin Schipper, Kevin Moreau, Viktor Žárský, Gian Pietro Di Sansebastiano, Michele Bellucci
Many proteins and cargoes in eukaryotic cells are secreted through the conventional secretory pathway that brings proteins and membranes from the endoplasmic reticulum to the plasma membrane, passing through various cell compartments, and then the extracellular space. The recent identification of an increasing number of leaderless secreted proteins bypassing the Golgi apparatus unveiled the existence of alternative protein secretion pathways. Moreover, other unconventional routes for secretion of soluble or transmembrane proteins with initial endoplasmic reticulum localization were identified...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346333/clinical-benefits-of-n-3-pufa-and-%C3%A9-linolenic-acid-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#18
Mirjana Veselinovic, Dragan Vasiljevic, Vesna Vucic, Aleksandra Arsic, Snjezana Petrovic, Aleksandra Tomic-Lucic, Maja Savic, Sandra Zivanovic, Vladislava Stojic, Vladimir Jakovljevic
(1) Background: Marine n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and ɤ-linolenic acid (GLA) are well-known anti-inflammatory agents that may help in the treatment of inflammatory disorders. Their effects were examined in patients with rheumatoid arthritis; (2) Methods: Sixty patients with active rheumatoid arthritis were involved in a prospective, randomized trial of a 12 week supplementation with fish oil (group I), fish oil with primrose evening oil (group II), or with no supplementation (group III). Clinical and laboratory evaluations were done at the beginning and at the end of the study; (3) Results: The Disease Activity Score 28 (DAS 28 score), number of tender joints and visual analogue scale (VAS) score decreased notably after supplementation in groups I and II (p < 0...
March 25, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346241/hemodynamic-responses-to-magnetic-stimulation-of-carotid-sinus-in-normotensive-rabbits
#19
Jun Zhang, Qinqin Cao, Rongrong Li, Jingze Hu, Jiafei Dai, Hao Zhang, Huaiming Wang, Fang Yang, Ruidong Ye, Xinfeng Liu, Gelin Xu
OBJECTIVES: Carotid baroreflex plays a crucial role in regulating arterial pressure. Based on this knowledge, electrical stimulation of carotid sinus was designed for treating resistant hypertension. However, the clinical implication of electrical stimulation of carotid sinus is largely restrained due to obvious invasiveness. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of magnetic stimulation of carotid sinus (MSCS), a noninvasive strategy, for lowering blood pressure in rabbits. METHODS: MSCS with graded intensities and frequencies were systematically attempted in normotensive rabbits...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346125/canine-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-enhance-clot-formation-and-delay-lysis
#20
Unity Jeffery, Dana N LeVine
Autoimmune diseases increase the risk of thrombosis. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are webs of DNA and protein that may mediate thrombosis in autoimmune diseases. Human and murine studies show NET-releasing neutrophils within a thrombus promote its growth, but it is unclear to what extent NET fragments released into circulation during inflammation are prothrombotic. This study hypothesized that canine NETs promote clot formation and impair lysis even in the absence of neutrophils. NETs were prepared from PMA-stimulated neutrophils and added to fibrinogen and thrombin or to recalcified pooled canine platelet-poor plasma, tissue factor, and tissue plasminogen activator...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
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