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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633566/microsphere-based-scaffolds-in-regenerative-engineering
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Vineet Gupta, Yusuf Khan, Cory J Berkland, Cato T Laurencin, Michael S Detamore
Microspheres have long been used in drug delivery applications because of their controlled release capabilities. They have increasingly served as the fundamental building block for fabricating scaffolds for regenerative engineering because of their ability to provide a porous network, offer high-resolution control over spatial organization, and deliver growth factors/drugs and/or nanophase materials. Because they provide physicochemical gradients via spatiotemporal release of bioactive factors and nanophase ceramics, microspheres are a desirable tool for engineering complex tissues and biological interfaces...
June 21, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624317/modulatory-effects-of-ampicillin-sulbactam-on-glial-glutamate-transporters-and-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-1-as-well-as-reinstatement-to-cocaine-seeking-behavior
#2
Alaa M Hammad, Fawaz Alasmari, Yusuf S Althobaiti, Youssef Sari
The glutamatergic system has an important role in cocaine-seeking behavior. Studies have reported that chronic exposure to cocaine induces downregulation of glutamate transporter-1 (GLT-1) and cystine/glutamate exchanger (xCT) in the central reward brain regions. Ceftriaxone, a β-lactam antibiotic, restored GLT-1 expression and consequently reduced cue-induced reinstatement of cocaine-seeking behavior. In this study, we investigated the reinstatement to cocaine (20mg/kg, i.p.) seeking behavior using a conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm in male alcohol-preferring (P) rats...
June 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619407/should-they-also-have-babies-community-attitudes-toward-sexual-and-reproductive-rights-of-people-living-with-hiv-aids-in-nigeria
#3
Zubairu Iliyasu, Hadiza S Galadanci, Yusuf A Ibrahim, Musa Babashani, Mohammed S Mijinyawa, Melynda Simmons, Muktar H Aliyu
BACKGROUND: People living with HIV have the right to healthy, satisfying sex lives and to appropriate services to ensure their sexual and reproductive health, including having healthy children. The reproductive rights of people living with HIV/AIDS are, however, often met with skepticism and discrimination, despite recent advances in HIV treatment. OBJECTIVE: To assess the attitudes of community members in Kano, Nigeria, toward the right of persons living with HIV/AIDS to have healthy sexual relationships and bear children...
March 2017: Annals of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572960/production-of-organic-flavor-compounds-by-dominant-lactic-acid-bacteria-and-yeasts-from-obushera-a-traditional-sorghum-malt-fermented-beverage
#4
Ivan M Mukisa, Yusuf B Byaruhanga, Charles M B K Muyanja, Thor Langsrud, Judith A Narvhus
Single and mixed starter cultures of lactic acid bacteria (LAB): Weissella confusa MNC20, Lactobacillus plantarum MNC21, Lactococcus lactis MNC24 and Lactobacillus fermentum MNC34 and yeasts: Issatchenkia orientalis MNC20Y and Saccharomyces cerevisiae MNC21Y were used to produce Obushera, a fermented sorghum beverage. Microbial counts, pH, sugars, organic acids, and volatile compounds in starter culture and spontaneous fermentations were monitored during 48 hrs. Maximum counts of LAB (8.4-9.4 log cfu g(-1)) and yeasts (7...
May 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535819/does-the-placebo-effect-modulate-drug-bioavailability-randomized-cross-over-studies-of-three-drugs
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Muhammad M Hammami, Ahmed Yusuf, Faduma S Shire, Rajaa Hussein, Reem Al-Swayeh
BACKGROUND: Medication effect is the sum of its drug, placebo, and drug*placebo interaction effects. It is conceivable that the interaction effect involves modulating drug bioavailability; it was previously observed that being aware of caffeine ingestion may prolong caffeine plasma half-life. This study was set to evaluate such concept using different drugs. METHODS: Balanced single-dose, two-period, two-group, cross-over design was used to compare the pharmacokinetics of oral cephalexin, ibuprofen, and paracetamol, each described by its name (overt) or as placebo (covert)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512596/in-vitro-screening-for-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-1b-and-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-inhibitors-from-selected-nigerian-medicinal-plants
#6
Yusuf Saidu, Suleiman Alhaji Muhammad, Abdullahi Yahaya Abbas, Andrew Onu, Ibrahim Mohammed Tsado, Luba Muhammad
BACKGROUND/AIM: Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP 1B) and dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP IV) have been identified as one of the drug targets for the treatment of Type-2 diabetes. This study was designed to screen for PTP 1B and DPP-IV inhibitors from some Nigerian medicinal plants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PTP 1B and DPP-IV drug discovery kits from Enzo Life Sciences were used to investigate in vitro inhibitory effect of crude methanolic extract of 10 plants; Mangifera indica, Moringa oleifera, Acacia nilotica, Arachis hypogaea, Senna nigricans, Azadirachta indica, Calotropis procera, Leptadenia hastata, Ziziphus mauritiana, and Solanum incanum...
April 2017: Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508897/whole-genome-analysis-of-a-schistosomiasis-transmitting-freshwater-snail
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Coen M Adema, LaDeana W Hillier, Catherine S Jones, Eric S Loker, Matty Knight, Patrick Minx, Guilherme Oliveira, Nithya Raghavan, Andrew Shedlock, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Halime D Arican-Goktas, Juliana G Assis, Elio Hideo Baba, Olga L Baron, Christopher J Bayne, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Kyle K Biggar, Michael Blouin, Bryony C Bonning, Chris Botka, Joanna M Bridger, Katherine M Buckley, Sarah K Buddenborg, Roberta Lima Caldeira, Julia Carleton, Omar S Carvalho, Maria G Castillo, Iain W Chalmers, Mikkel Christensens, Sandra Clifton, Celine Cosseau, Christine Coustau, Richard M Cripps, Yesid Cuesta-Astroz, Scott F Cummins, Leon di Stephano, Nathalie Dinguirard, David Duval, Scott Emrich, Cédric Feschotte, Rene Feyereisen, Peter FitzGerald, Catrina Fronick, Lucinda Fulton, Richard Galinier, Sandra G Gava, Michael Geusz, Kathrin K Geyer, Gloria I Giraldo-Calderón, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Michelle A Gordy, Benjamin Gourbal, Christoph Grunau, Patrick C Hanington, Karl F Hoffmann, Daniel Hughes, Judith Humphries, Daniel J Jackson, Liana K Jannotti-Passos, Wander de Jesus Jeremias, Susan Jobling, Bishoy Kamel, Aurélie Kapusta, Satwant Kaur, Joris M Koene, Andrea B Kohn, Dan Lawson, Scott P Lawton, Di Liang, Yanin Limpanont, Sijun Liu, Anne E Lockyer, TyAnna L Lovato, Fernanda Ludolf, Vince Magrini, Donald P McManus, Monica Medina, Milind Misra, Guillaume Mitta, Gerald M Mkoji, Michael J Montague, Cesar Montelongo, Leonid L Moroz, Monica C Munoz-Torres, Umar Niazi, Leslie R Noble, Francislon S Oliveira, Fabiano S Pais, Anthony T Papenfuss, Rob Peace, Janeth J Pena, Emmanuel A Pila, Titouan Quelais, Brian J Raney, Jonathan P Rast, David Rollinson, Izinara C Rosse, Bronwyn Rotgans, Edwin J Routledge, Kathryn M Ryan, Larissa L S Scholte, Kenneth B Storey, Martin Swain, Jacob A Tennessen, Chad Tomlinson, Damian L Trujillo, Emanuela V Volpi, Anthony J Walker, Tianfang Wang, Ittiprasert Wannaporn, Wesley C Warren, Xiao-Jun Wu, Timothy P Yoshino, Mohammed Yusuf, Si-Ming Zhang, Min Zhao, Richard K Wilson
Biomphalaria snails are instrumental in transmission of the human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni. With the World Health Organization's goal to eliminate schistosomiasis as a global health problem by 2025, there is now renewed emphasis on snail control. Here, we characterize the genome of Biomphalaria glabrata, a lophotrochozoan protostome, and provide timely and important information on snail biology. We describe aspects of phero-perception, stress responses, immune function and regulation of gene expression that support the persistence of B...
May 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501655/changes-of-auditory-event-related-potentials-in-ovariectomized-rats-injected-with-d-galactose-protective-role-of-rosmarinic-acid
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Deniz Kantar-Gok, Enis Hidisoglu, Hakan Er, Alev Duygu Acun, Yusuf Olgar, Piraye Yargıcoglu
Rosmarinic acid (RA), which has multiple bioactive properties, might be a useful agent for protecting central nervous system against age related alterations. In this context, the purpose of the present study was to investigate possible protective effects of RA on mismatch negativity (MMN) component of auditory event-related potentials (AERPs) as an indicator of auditory discrimination and echoic memory in the ovariectomized (OVX) rats injected with d-galactose combined with neurochemical and histological analyses...
May 10, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497178/optimization-of-production-of-c-phycocyanin-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances-by-arthrospira-sp
#9
Monchai Dejsungkranont, Yusuf Chisti, Sarote Sirisansaneeyakul
The key factors influencing the production of C-phycocyanin (C-PC) and extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) by photoautotrophic culture of Arthrospira sp. were optimized using Taguchi method. Six factors were varied at either three or two levels as follows: light intensity at three levels; three initial culture pHs; two species of Arthrospira; three concentrations of Zarrouk's medium; three rates of aeration of the culture with air mixed with 2% v/v carbon dioxide; and two incubation temperatures. All cultures ran for 14 days...
May 11, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462996/enabling-the-electrochemical-activity-in-sodium-iron-metaphosphate-nafe-po3-3-sodium-battery-insertion-material-structural-and-electrochemical-insights
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Ritambhara Gond, Sher Singh Meena, S M Yusuf, Vivekanand Shukla, Naresh K Jena, Rajeev Ahuja, Shigeto Okada, Prabeer Barpanda
Sodium-ion batteries are widely pursued as an economic alternative to lithium-ion battery technology, where Fe- and Mn-based compounds are particularly attractive owing to their elemental abundance. Pursuing phosphate-based polyanionic chemistry, recently solid-state prepared NaFe(PO3)3 metaphosphate was unveiled as a novel potential sodium insertion material, although it was found to be electrochemically inactive. In the current work, employing energy-savvy solution combustion synthesis, NaFe(2+)(PO3)3 was produced from low-cost Fe(3+) precursors...
May 2, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447589/neuroretinal-evaluation-using-optical-coherence-tomography-in-patients-affected-by-pituitary-tumors
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Yasar Altun, Ayse Sevgi Karadag, Seyho Cem Yucetas, Sadullah Saglam, A Z A Tak, Ilhan Cag, Yusuf Ehi
AIM: To investigate the thickness of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL), the ganglion cell layer (GCL), inner plexiform layer (IPL), and choroid thickness (CT) in patients with pituitary tumours, microadenoma and macroadenoma, using spectral optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: Thirty six patients who had micro and macroadenoma, and 34 healthy participants (control group) were included in the study. Spectral OCT was used to measure the RNFL, GCL, IPL, and CT values for all patients...
2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442364/effects-of-repeated-cocaine-exposure-and-withdrawal-on-voluntary-ethanol-drinking-and-the-expression-of-glial-glutamate-transporters-in-mesocorticolimbic-system-of-p-rats
#12
Alaa M Hammad, Yusuf S Althobaiti, Sujan C Das, Youssef Sari
Glutamatergic neurotransmission within the brain's reward circuits plays a major role in the reinforcing properties of both ethanol and cocaine. Glutamate homeostasis is regulated by several glutamate transporters, including glutamate transporter type 1 (GLT-1), cystine/glutamate transporter (xCT), and glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST). Cocaine exposure has been shown to induce a dysregulation in glutamate homeostasis and a decrease in the expression of GLT-1 and xCT in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). In this study, alcohol preferring (P) rats were exposed to free-choice of ethanol (15% and 30%) and/or water for five weeks...
April 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426886/risk-of-stroke-in-chronic-heart-failure-patients-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-but-without-atrial-fibrillation-analysis-of-the-charm-preserved-and-i-preserve-trials
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Azmil H Abdul-Rahim, Ana-Cristina Perez, Rachael L MacIsaac, Pardeep S Jhund, Brian L Claggett, Peter E Carson, Michel Komajda, Robert S McKelvie, Michael R Zile, Karl Swedberg, Salim Yusuf, Marc A Pfeffer, Scott D Solomon, Gregory Y H Lip, Kennedy R Lees, John J V McMurray
Aims: The incidence and predictors of stroke in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HF-PEF), but without atrial fibrillation (AF), are unknown. We described the incidence of stroke in HF-PEF patients with and without AF and predictors of stroke in those without AF. Methods and results: We pooled data from the CHARM-Preserved and I-Preserve trials. Using Cox regression, we derived a model for stroke in patients without AF in this cohort and compared its performance with a published model in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction (HF-REF)-predictive variables: age, body mass index, New York Heart Association class, history of stroke, and insulin-treated diabetes...
March 7, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385077/proteomic-analysis-and-functional-studies-of-baicalin-on-proteins-associated-with-skin-cancer
#14
Dan Li, Bingjiang Lin, Nabiha Yusuf, Erin M Burns, Xiuqin Yu, Dan Luo, Wei Min
Abundant evidence supports the key role of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in skin cancer development. The human skin, especially the epidermal layer, is the main defense against UV radiation. Baicalin is a major bioactive component of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, a plant which has been found to exhibit antitumor activity. The anticarcinogenic mechanism of baicalin is not completely understood. We have reported that baicalin inhibited UVB-induced photo-damage and apoptosis in HaCaT cells (human skin keratinocytes)...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370146/reproducibility-of-2-dimensional-shear-wave-elastography-assessment-of-the-liver-a-direct-comparison-with-point-shear-wave-elastography-in-healthy-volunteers
#15
Cheng Fang, Eleni Konstantatou, Odyssefs Romanos, Gibran T Yusuf, Daniel J Quinlan, Paul S Sidhu
OBJECTIVES: Two-dimensional shear wave elastography (2D-SWE) imaging for the noninvasive assessment of tissue stiffness was assessed for reproducibility in healthy volunteers in quantifying liver elasticity, compared with an established point shear wave elastography (p-SWE) technique also known as virtual touch quantification (VTQ) (SIEMENS). METHODS: Eleven healthy volunteers were examined by four experienced operators on two occasions, separated by two weeks (sessions A and B)...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349673/involvement-of-oxidative-stress-in-protocatechuic-acid-mediated-bacterial-lethality
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Taofeek O Ajiboye, Ramat S Habibu, Kabiru Saidu, Fatimah Z Haliru, Hikmat O Ajiboye, Najeeb O Aliyu, Oluwayemisi B Ibitoye, Judith N Uwazie, Hamdalat F Muritala, Sharafa A Bello, Idris I Yusuf, Aisha O Mohammed
The involvement of oxidative stress in protocatechuic acid-mediated bacterial lethality was investigated. Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of protocatechuic acid against Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus are 600 and 700 μg/ml, 600 and 800 μg/ml, and 600 and 800 μg/ml, respectively. The optical densities and colony-forming units of protocatechuic acid-treated bacteria decreased in time-dependent manner. Protocatechuic acid (4× MIC) significantly increased the superoxide anion content of E...
March 27, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314144/hydrophobicity-and-polymer-compatibility-of-poss-modified-wyoming-na-montmorillonite-for-developing-polymer-clay-nanocomposites
#17
Rustam Hojiyev, Yusuf Ulcay, Mirabbos Hojamberdiev, Mehmet S Çelik, William M Carty
The aim of the present work was to investigate the hydrophobicity and polymer compatibility of aminopropylisooctyl polyhedral oligomeric silsequioxane (POSS) - modified Na-montmorillonite (Na-MMT) towards developing polymer-clay nanocomposites. The effect of different concentrations of POSS on properties of Na-MMT was studied. The intercalation ability of the POSS molecules into the Na-MMT interlayer was analyzed by X-ray diffraction. It was found that the d001 value was increased with increasing the POSS concentration, indicating the successful intercalation of the POSS molecules into the Na-MMT interlayer...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298421/mimicry-of-an-hiv-broadly-neutralizing-antibody-epitope-with-a-synthetic-glycopeptide
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S Munir Alam, Baptiste Aussedat, Yusuf Vohra, R Ryan Meyerhoff, Evan M Cale, William E Walkowicz, Nathan A Radakovich, Kara Anasti, Lawrence Armand, Robert Parks, Laura Sutherland, Richard Scearce, M Gordon Joyce, Marie Pancera, Aliaksandr Druz, Ivelin S Georgiev, Tarra Von Holle, Amanda Eaton, Christopher Fox, Steven G Reed, Mark Louder, Robert T Bailer, Lynn Morris, Salim S Abdool-Karim, Myron Cohen, Hua-Xin Liao, David C Montefiori, Peter K Park, Alberto Fernández-Tejada, Kevin Wiehe, Sampa Santra, Thomas B Kepler, Kevin O Saunders, Joseph Sodroski, Peter D Kwong, John R Mascola, Mattia Bonsignori, M Anthony Moody, Samuel Danishefsky, Barton F Haynes
A goal for an HIV-1 vaccine is to overcome virus variability by inducing broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs). One key target of bnAbs is the glycan-polypeptide at the base of the envelope (Env) third variable loop (V3). We have designed and synthesized a homogeneous minimal immunogen with high-mannose glycans reflective of a native Env V3-glycan bnAb epitope (Man9-V3). V3-glycan bnAbs bound to Man9-V3 glycopeptide and native-like gp140 trimers with similar affinities. Fluorophore-labeled Man9-V3 glycopeptides bound to bnAb memory B cells and were able to be used to isolate a V3-glycan bnAb from an HIV-1-infected individual...
March 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297422/a-methodology-for-on-board-cbct-imaging-dose-using-optically-stimulated-luminescence-detectors
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Noor Mail, Muhammad Yusuf, Nazeeh Alothmany, A Abdulrahman Kinsara, Fahad Abdulkhaliq, Suliman M Ghamdi, Abdelhamid Saoudi
Cone-beam computed tomography CBCT systems are used in radiation therapy for patient alignment and positioning. The CBCT imaging procedure for patient setup adds substantial radiation dose to patient's normal tissue. This study presents a complete procedure for the CBCT dosimetry using the InLight optically-stimulated-luminescence (OSL) nanoDots. We report five dose parameters: the mean slice dose (DMSD); the cone beam dose index (CBDIW); the mean volume dose (DMVD); point-dose profile, D(FOV); and the off-field Dose...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282061/hydroxychloroquine-retinopathy
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I H Yusuf, S Sharma, R Luqmani, S M Downes
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ; Plaquenil) is used increasingly in the management of a variety of autoimmune disorders, with well established roles in dermatology and rheumatology and emerging roles in oncology. Hydroxychloroquine has demonstrated a survival benefit in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus; some clinicians advocate its use in all such patients. However, Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine (CQ) have been associated with irreversible visual loss due to retinal toxicity. Hydroxychloroquine retinal toxicity is far more common than previously considered; an overall prevalence of 7...
June 2017: Eye
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