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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630154/design-of-self-assembling-transmembrane-helical-bundles-to-elucidate-principles-required-for-membrane-protein-folding-and-ion-transport
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Nathan H Joh, Gevorg Grigoryan, Yibing Wu, William F DeGrado
Ion transporters and channels are able to identify and act on specific substrates among myriads of ions and molecules critical to cellular processes, such as homeostasis, cell signalling, nutrient influx and drug efflux. Recently, we designed Rocker, a minimalist model for Zn(2+)/H(+) co-transport. The success of this effort suggests that de novo membrane protein design has now come of age so as to serve a key approach towards probing the determinants of membrane protein folding, assembly and function. Here, we review general principles that can be used to design membrane proteins, with particular reference to helical assemblies with transport function...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627473/glycyrrhetic-acid-but-not-glycyrrhizic-acid-strengthened-entecavir-activity-by-promoting-its-subcellular-distribution-in-the-liver-via-efflux-inhibition
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Qianying Chen, Hongzhu Chen, Wenjie Wang, Jiali Liu, Wenyue Liu, Ping Ni, Guowei Sang, Guangji Wang, Fang Zhou, Jingwei Zhang
Entecavir (ETV) is a superior nucleoside analogue used to treat hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Although its advantages over other agents include low viral resistance and the elicitation of a sharp decrease in HBV DNA, adverse effects such as hepatic steatosis, hepatic damage and lactic acidosis have also been reported. Glycyrrhizin has long been used as hepato-protective medicine. The clinical combination of ETV plus glycyrrhizin in China displays better therapeutic effects and lower rates of liver damage...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627365/mitochondria-metabolic-reprogramming-in-the-formation-of-neurons-from-peripheral-cells-cause-or-consequence-and-the-implications-to-their-utility
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Gary E Gibson, Ankita Thakkar
The induction of pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) from differentiated cells such as fibroblasts and their subsequent conversion to neural progenitor cells (NPC) and finally to neurons is intriguing scientifically, and its potential to medicine nearly infinite, but unrealized. A better understanding of the changes at each step of the transformation will enable investigators to use them better to model neurological disease. Each step of conversion from a differentiated cell to an iPSC to a NPC to neurons requires large changes in glycolysis including aerobic glycolysis, the pentose shunt, the tricarboxylic acid cycle, the electron transport chain and in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 13, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627037/quantitative-gd-dota-uptake-from-cerebrospinal-fluid-into-rat-brain-using-3d-vfa-spgr-at-9-4t
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Hedok Lee, Kristian Mortensen, Simon Sanggaard, Palle Koch, Hans Brunner, Bjørn Quistorff, Maiken Nedergaard, Helene Benveniste
PURPOSE: We propose a quantitative technique to assess solute uptake into the brain parenchyma based on dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI). With this approach, a small molecular weight paramagnetic contrast agent (Gd-DOTA) is infused in the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and whole brain gadolinium concentration maps are derived. METHODS: We implemented a 3D variable flip angle spoiled gradient echo (VFA-SPGR) longitudinal relaxation time (T1) technique, the accuracy of which was cross-validated by way of inversion recovery rapid acquisition with relaxation enhancement (IR-RARE) using phantoms...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626426/potential-of-central-eastern-and-western-africa-medicinal-plants-for-cancer-therapy-spotlight-on-resistant-cells-and-molecular-targets
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Armelle T Mbaveng, Victor Kuete, Thomas Efferth
Cancer remains a major health hurdle worldwide and has moved from the third leading cause of death in the year 1990 to second place after cardiovascular disease since 2013. Chemotherapy is one of the most widely used treatment modes; however, its efficiency is limited due to the resistance of cancer cells to cytotoxic agents. The present overview deals with the potential of the flora of Central, Eastern and Western African (CEWA) regions as resource for anticancer drug discovery. It also reviews the molecular targets of phytochemicals of these plants such as ABC transporters, namely P-glycoprotein (P-gp), multi drug-resistance-related proteins (MRPs), breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP, ABCG2) as well as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR/ErbB-1/HER1), human tumor suppressor protein p53, caspases, mitochondria, angiogenesis, and components of MAP kinase signaling pathways...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624793/bufalin-reverses-abcb1-mediated-drug-resistance-in-colorectal-cancer
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Ze-Ting Yuan, Xiao-Jing Shi, Yu-Xia Yuan, Yan-Yan Qiu, Yu Zou, Cheng Liu, Hui Yu, Xue He, Ke Xu, Pei-Hao Yin
Multidrug resistance (MDR), mainly mediated by ABCB1 transporter, is a major cause for chemotherapy failure. Bufalin (BU), an active component of the traditional Chinese medicine chan'su, has been reported to have antitumor effects on various types of cancer cells. The purpose of this present study was to investigate the reversal effect of BU on ABCB1-mediated multidrug resistance in colorectal cancer. BU at safe concentration (5, 10, 20 nM) could reverse chemosensitivity of ABCB1-overexpression HCT8/ADR, LoVo/ADR and HCT8/ABCB1 nearly back to their parental cells level...
May 26, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623927/caffeoylquinic-acid-derivatives-rich-extract-from-gnaphalium-pensylvanicum-willd-ameliorates-hyperuricemia-and-acute-gouty-arthritis-in-animal-model
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Yan Jiang, Yan Lin, Yi-Juan Hu, Xiao-Jun Song, Hong-Hua Pan, Hong-Jian Zhang
BACKGROUND: The Gnaphalium pensylvanicum willd. is used in China as a folk medicine to treat anti-inflammatory, cough and rheumatism arthritis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential of the extract of G. pensylvanicum to treat hyperuricemia and acute gouty arthritis in animal model. METHODS: G. pensylvanicum extract was evaluated in an experimental model with potassium oxonate (PO) induced hyperuricemia in mice which was used to evaluate anti-hyperuricemia activity and xanthine oxidase (XO) inhibition...
June 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621878/isolation-and-chemical-characterization-of-agelaiatoxin8-avtx8-from-agelaia-vicina-wasp-venom-and-its-biological-effects-on-gaba-neurotransmission
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Andrea B Pizzo, Renê O Beleboni, Ruither O Gomes Carolino, Luciana de Oliveira, Antonio Miranda, Joaquim Coutinho-Netto, Andréia C K Fontana, Wagner Ferreira Dos Santos
Arthropod venoms are sources of molecules that may be useful tools to investigate molecular mechanisms of putative new medicines and laboratory drugs. Here we show the effects of the compound agelaiatoxin-8 (AVTx8), isolated from Agelaia vicina venom, on γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmission in rat brain synaptosomes. Analysis reveals that AvTx8 is composed by 14 amino acid residues with a molecular weight (MW) of 1567 Da. AvTx8 increased GABA release and inhibited GABA uptake in synaptosomes from rat cerebral cortex...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619110/effect-of-aspartic-acid-and-glutamate-on-metabolism-and-acid-stress-resistance-of-acetobacter-pasteurianus
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Haisong Yin, Renkuan Zhang, Menglei Xia, Xiaolei Bai, Jun Mou, Yu Zheng, Min Wang
BACKGROUND: Acetic acid bacteria (AAB) are widely applied in food, bioengineering and medicine fields. However, the acid stress at low pH conditions limits acetic acid fermentation efficiency and high concentration of vinegar production with AAB. Therefore, how to enhance resistance ability of the AAB remains as the major challenge. Amino acids play an important role in cell growth and cell survival under severe environment. However, until now the effects of amino acids on acetic fermentation and acid stress resistance of AAB have not been fully studied...
June 15, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615044/comparison-of-transportation-related-injury-mechanisms-and-outcome-of-young-road-users-and-adult-road-users-a-retrospective-analysis-on-24-373-patients-derived-from-the-traumaregister-dgu-%C3%A2
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Thomas Brockamp, Uli Schmucker, Rolf Lefering, Manuel Mutschler, Arne Driessen, Christian Probst, Bertil Bouillon, Paola Koenen
BACKGROUND: Most young people killed in road crashes are known as vulnerable road users. A combination of physical and developmental immaturity as well as inexperience increases the risk of road traffic accidents with a high injury severity rate. Understanding injury mechanism and pattern in a group of young road users may reduce morbidity and mortality. This study analyzes injury patterns and outcomes of young road users compared to adult road users. The comparison takes into account different transportation related injury mechanisms...
June 14, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612105/-polytrauma-and-concomitant-traumatic-brain-injury-the-role-of-the-trauma-surgeon
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A Antoni, T Heinz, J Leitgeb
BACKGROUND: Concomitant traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases mortality and reduces quality of life of polytrauma patients. These facts demand effective treatment strategies while the growing specialization of medicine is questioning the role of the trauma surgeon in the management of these patients. OBJECTIVES: Which factors influence outcome of polytrauma with concomitant TBI? Who should be responsible for the management of these patients and what is the limit of management? MATERIALS AND METHODS: A literature search using Medline via PubMed was performed with Medical Subject Headings and text word search...
June 13, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610596/complete-human-serum-maintains-viability-and-chondrogenic-potential-of-human-synovial-stem-cells-suitable-conditions-for-transplantation
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Mitsuru Mizuno, Hisako Katano, Koji Otabe, Keiichiro Komori, Yuji Kohno, Shizuka Fujii, Nobutake Ozeki, Masafumi Horie, Kunikazu Tsuji, Hideyuki Koga, Takeshi Muneta, Ichiro Sekiya
BACKGROUND: In our clinical practice, we perform transplantations of autologous synovial mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for cartilage and meniscus regenerative medicine. One of the most important issues to ensuring clinical efficacy involves the transport of synovial MSCs from the processing facility to the clinic. Complete human serum (100% human serum) is an attractive candidate material in which to suspend synovial MSCs for their preservation during transport. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether complete human serum maintained MSC viability and chondrogenic potential and to examine the optimal temperature conditions for the preservation of human synovial MSCs...
June 13, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608962/image-based-computational-fluid-dynamics-in-the-lung-virtual-reality-or-new-clinical-practice
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Kelly S Burrowes, Jan De Backer, Haribalan Kumar
The development and implementation of personalized medicine is paramount to improving the efficiency and efficacy of patient care. In the respiratory system, function is largely dictated by the choreographed movement of air and blood to the gas exchange surface. The passage of air begins in the upper airways, either via the mouth or nose, and terminates at the alveolar interface, while blood flows from the heart to the alveoli and back again. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a well-established tool for predicting fluid flows and pressure distributions within complex systems...
June 13, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608578/cantharidin-inhibits-competitively-heme-fe-iii-binding-to-the-fa1-site-of-human-serum-albumin
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Fabio Polticelli, Loris Leboffe, Valentina Tortosa, Viviana Trezza, Gabriella Fanali, Mauro Fasano, Paolo Ascenzi
Cantharidin, a monoterpene isolated from the insect blister beetle, has long been used as a medicinal agent in the traditional Chinese medicine. Cantharidin inhibits a subgroup of serine/threonine phosphatases, thus inducing cell growth inhibition and cytotoxicity. Cantharidin has anticancer activity in vitro, since it is able of inducing p53-dependent apoptosis and double-strand breakage of DNA in cancer cells. Although the toxicity of cantharidin to the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts prevents its medical use, it is a promising lead compound for chemical modification to develop new anticancer therapeutics...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599040/intubation-of-the-right-atrium-during-an-attempted-modified-surgical-airway-in-a-pig
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Jason Bowman, Andrew Juergens, Matthew McClure, Dave Spear
In modern medicine, the surgical cricothyrotomy is an airway procedure of last resort. In austere environments, however, its simplicity may make it a more feasible option than carrying a full complement of laryngoscopes. To create a Transportation Security Agency-compliant compact first-response bag, we attempted to establish a surgical cricothyrotomy in a pig, using trauma shears, basic medical scissors, a pocket bougie, and an endotracheal tube. Bougies can provide tactile feedback via the "tracheal ring sign" and "stop sign" to indicate positive tracheal placement during orotracheal intubation...
2017: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598964/changes-in-expression-of-dopamine-its-receptor-and-transporter-in-nucleus-accumbens-of-heroin-addicted-rats-with-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf-overexpression
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Yixin Li, Baijuan Xia, Rongrong Li, Dan Yin, Wenmei Liang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to explore how changes in the expression of BDNF in MLDS change the effect of BDNF on dopamine (DA) neurons, which may have therapeutic implications for heroin addiction. MATERIAL AND METHODS We established a rat model of heroin addiction and observed changes in the expression of BDNF, DA, dopamine receptor (DRD), dopamine transporter (DAT), and other relevant pathways in NAc. We also assessed the effect of BDNF overexpression in the NAc, behavioral changes of heroin-conditioned place preference (CPP), and naloxone withdrawal in rats with high levels of BDNF...
June 9, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597423/illumina-based-transcriptomic-profiling-of-panax-notoginseng-in-response-to-arsenic-stress
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Yanfang Liu, Yanhua Mi, Jianhua Zhang, Qiwan Li, Lu Chen
BACKGROUND: Panax notoginseng, a famous herbal medicine, has recently attracted great attention on its safety and quality since P. notoginseng can accumulate and tolerate As from growing environment. For the purpose of understanding As damage to the quality of P. notoginseng as well as corresponding tolerance mechanisms, genes involved in As stress response were identified using Illumina sequencing. RESULTS: Totally 91,979,946 clean reads were generated and were de novo assembled into 172,355 unigenes...
December 2016: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588941/physicochemical-equivalence-of-generic-antihypertensive-medicines-equimeds-protocol-for-a-quality-of-medicines-assessment
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Julie Redfern, Rufus Adesoji Adedoyin, Sandra Ofori, Raghupathy Anchala, Vamadevan S Ajay, Luciano De Andrade, Jose Zelaya, Harparkash Kaur, Dina Balabanova, Mahmoud U Sani
BACKGROUND: Prevention and optimal management of hypertension in the general population is paramount to the achievement of the World Heart Federation (WHF) goal of reducing premature cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality by 25% by the year 2025 and widespread access to good quality antihypertensive medicines is a critical component for achieving the goal. Despite research and evidence relating to other medicines such as antimalarials and antibiotics, there is very little known about the quality of generic antihypertensive medicines in low-income and middle-income countries...
August 2016: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588693/effect-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-components-on-multidrug-resistance-in-tumors-mediated-by-p-glycoprotein
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Xi Xia, Susan P C Cole, Tiange Cai, Yu Cai
Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a major cause of chemotherapy failure. It occurs when an organism is resistant to one type of drug, but also develops resistance to other drugs with different structures and targets. There is a high incidence of MDR in cancer chemotherapy, therefore, finding an effective and non-toxic MDR reversal agent is an important goal, particularly for P-glycoprotein-mediated MDR in cancer. Improvements continue to be made to the status and understanding of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), due to the advantages of low toxicity and relatively minor side effects...
June 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586660/seminal-fluid
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Ben R Hopkins, Irem Sepil, Stuart Wigby
Seminal fluid does more than transport sperm. Hopkins et al., describe the diverse features and functions of seminal fluid, and its role in evolution and medicine.
June 5, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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