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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914361/development-of-cxcr4-modulators-by-virtual-hts-of-a-novel-amide-sulfamide-compound-library
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Renren Bai, Qi Shi, Zhongxing Liang, Younghyoun Yoon, Yiran Han, Amber Feng, Shuangping Liu, Yoonhyeun Oum, C Chris Yun, Hyunsuk Shim
CXCR4 plays a crucial role in recruitment of inflammatory cells to inflammation sites at the beginning of the disease process. Modulating CXCR4 functions presents a new avenue for anti-inflammatory strategies. However, using CXCR4 antagonists for a long term usage presents potential serious side effect due to their stem cell mobilizing property. We have been developing partial CXCR4 antagonists without such property. A new computer-aided drug design program, the FRESH workflow, was used for anti-CXCR4 lead compound discovery and optimization, which coupled both compound library building and CXCR4 docking screens in one campaign...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914285/human-parechovirus-and-enterovirus-initiate-distinct-cns-innate-immune-responses-pathogenic-and-diagnostic-implications
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Danielle Fortuna, Ana María Cárdenas, Erin H Graf, Larry A Harshyne, D Craig Hooper, Michael Prosniak, John Shields, Mark T Curtis
BACKGROUND: Human parechovirus (HPeV) and enterovirus (EV) cause a range of human diseases including serious CNS infections. Little is known regarding the immune response to HPeV meningitis compared to EV meningitis or how the immune response to HPeV reflects its pathogenesis. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the innate immune response to HPeV CNS infection in order to increase our understanding of HPeV pathogenesis and possibly help identify HPeV in the clinical setting...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914227/removal-of-supernumerary-teeth-utilizing-a-computer-aided-design-computer-aided-manufacturing-surgical-guide
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Chanwoo Jo, Doohwan Bae, Byungho Choi, Jihun Kim
Supernumerary teeth need to be removed because they can cause various complications. Caution is needed because their removal can cause damage to permanent teeth or tooth germs in the local vicinity. Surgical guides have recently been used in maxillofacial surgery. Because surgical guides are designed through preoperative analysis by computer-aided design software and fabricated using a 3-dimensional printer applying computer-aided manufacturing technology, they increase the accuracy and predictability of surgery...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914125/having-a-physician-rather-than-a-place-as-a-usual-source-of-care-would-be-better-from-2012-korea-health-panel-data
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Kyeong Min Kim, Hyunsoo Jeon, Jae Ho Lee
A usual source of care (USC) in primary care improves health care quality and can result in improved health. However, current research about the type of USC (place only vs. physician with a place) is insufficient as an evidence to support the value of primary care. We analyzed data from the 2012 Korea Health Panel survey of adults aged 18 years or older (n = 11,873) who reported whether having a USC or not to compare the effects by type of USC on medical care use and out-of-pocket costs. Descriptive analysis showed significant differences in the distributions of sociodemographic and health status factors except frequency of outpatient visit by type of USC...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914108/diagnostic-usefulness-of-dermoscopy-in-differentiating-lichen-aureus-from-nummular-eczema
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Kee Suck Suh, Jong Bin Park, Myeong Hyeon Yang, Soo Young Choi, Hyun Hwangbo, Min Soo Jang
Lichen aureus (LA) is a variant of pigmented purpuric dermatosis that is characterized clinically by rust macules, papules or plaques, mainly on the legs. In some cases, LA can be difficult to be distinguished from nummular eczema (NE) with the naked eye. Dermoscopy can be applied to skin lesions, revealing additional features that can be highly valuable for correct diagnosis. This study was conducted to investigate characteristic dermoscopic findings of LA and to identify distinctive features that can differentiate it from NE...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914064/computational-tools-for-aiding-rational-antibody-design
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Konrad Krawczyk, James Dunbar, Charlotte M Deane
Antibodies are a group of proteins responsible for mediating immune reactions in vertebrates. They are able to bind a variety of structural motifs on noxious molecules tagging them for elimination from the organism. As a result of their versatile binding properties, antibodies are currently one of the most important classes of biopharmaceuticals. In this chapter, we discuss how knowledge-based computational methods can aid experimentalists in the development of potent antibodies. When using common experimental methods for antibody development, we often know the sequence of an antibody that binds to our molecule, antigen, of interest...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914045/achievements-and-challenges-in-computational-protein-design
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Ilan Samish
Computational protein design (CPD), a yet evolving field, includes computer-aided engineering for partial or full de novo designs of proteins of interest. Designs are defined by a requested structure, function, or working environment. This chapter describes the birth and maturation of the field by presenting 101 CPD examples in a chronological order emphasizing achievements and pending challenges. Integrating these aspects presents the plethora of CPD approaches with the hope of providing a "CPD 101". These reflect on the broader structural bioinformatics and computational biophysics field and include: (1) integration of knowledge-based and energy-based methods, (2) hierarchical designated approach towards local, regional, and global motifs and the integration of high- and low-resolution design schemes that fit each such region, (3) systematic differential approaches towards different protein regions, (4) identification of key hot-spot residues and the relative effect of remote regions, (5) assessment of shape-complementarity, electrostatics and solvation effects, (6) integration of thermal plasticity and functional dynamics, (7) negative design, (8) systematic integration of experimental approaches, (9) objective cross-assessment of methods, and (10) successful ranking of potential designs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914018/encapsulation-of-%C3%AE-sitosterol-in-polyurethane-by-sol-gel-electrospinning
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Musarat Amina, Touseef Amna, Nawal Al-Musayeib, Sami A Zabin, M Shamshi Hassan, Myung-Seob Khil
Pristine β-sitosterol or in combination with other phytosterols is utilized in an array of enriched commercial foods. Considering the presence of β-sitosterol in different functional foods and its potential role in prevention and cure of neurodegenerative diseases, the aims of our investigation were to encapsulate β-sitosterol in nanofibers and to estimate influence of β-sitosterol on proliferation of fibroblasts. Electrospun nanofibers have widely been used as scaffolds to mimic natural extracellular matrix...
December 2, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913917/network-meta-analysis-an-introduction-for-clinicians
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Benjamin Rouse, Anna Chaimani, Tianjing Li
Network meta-analysis is a technique for comparing multiple treatments simultaneously in a single analysis by combining direct and indirect evidence within a network of randomized controlled trials. Network meta-analysis may assist assessing the comparative effectiveness of different treatments regularly used in clinical practice and, therefore, has become attractive among clinicians. However, if proper caution is not taken in conducting and interpreting network meta-analysis, inferences might be biased. The aim of this paper is to illustrate the process of network meta-analysis with the aid of a working example on first-line medical treatment for primary open-angle glaucoma...
December 2, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913866/communicating-branches-between-lingual-and-hypoglossal-nerve-observation-using-sihler-s-staining-technique
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Joe Iwanaga, Koichi Watanabe, Tsuyoshi Saga, Yoko Tabira, Moriyoshi Nakamura, Christian Fisahn, R Shane Tubbs, Jingo Kusukawa, Koh-Ichi Yamaki
PURPOSE: Many dental procedures are at risk of injuring the lingual nerve. We performed this study to better elucidate the microanatomy that exists between the ipsilateral lingual and hypoglossal nerves so that iatrogenic injury can be avoided. METHODS: Adult human cadaveric tongues (ten sides) underwent Sihler's staining to identify the microanatomy between the lingual and hypoglossal nerves. RESULTS: The lingual nerve entered the middle part of the anterior two-thirds of the tongue from its lateral side and divided into two to four thick branches...
December 2, 2016: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913763/perceived-benefit-from-hearing-aid-use-and-life-space-mobility-among-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Hannele Polku, Tuija M Mikkola, Jean-Pierre Gagné, Merja Rantakokko, Erja Portegijs, Taina Rantanen, Anne Viljanen
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between perceived benefit from hearing aid (HA) use and life-space mobility among older adults. METHOD: Cross-sectional analysis of 76- to 91-year-old community-dwelling adults (n = 702). Data on perceived hearing with and without a HA were obtained via postal questionnaire and data on life-space mobility (Life-Space Assessment, range = 0-120) via phone interview. RESULTS: Participants who perceived more benefit from HA use, had a better life-space mobility score (M = 65, SD = 2...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Aging and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913653/dimensional-evaluation-of-patient-specific-3d-printing-using-calcium-phosphate-cement-for-craniofacial-bone-reconstruction
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Liciane Sabadin Bertol, Rodrigo Schabbach, Luís Alberto Loureiro Dos Santos
The 3D printing process is highlighted nowadays as a possibility to generate individual parts with complex geometries. Moreover, the development of 3D printing hardware, software and parameters permits the manufacture of parts that can be not only used as prototypes, but are also made from materials that are suitable for implantation. In this way, this study investigates the process involved in the production of patient-specific craniofacial implants using calcium phosphate cement, and its dimensional accuracy...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913546/diagnosing-von-willebrand-disease-genetic-analysis
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Anne Goodeve
Investigation of a patient with possible von Willebrand disease (VWD) includes a range of phenotypic analyses. Often, this is sufficient to discern disease type, and this will suggest relevant treatment. However, for some patients, phenotypic analysis does not sufficiently explain the patient's disorder, and for this group, genetic analysis can aid diagnosis of disease type. Polymerase chain reaction and Sanger sequencing have been mainstays of genetic analysis for several years. More recently, next-generation sequencing has become available, with the advantage that several genes can be simultaneously analyzed where necessary, eg, for discrimination of possible type 2N VWD or mild hemophilia A...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913528/mutations-in-mpns-prognostic-implications-window-to-biology-and-impact-on-treatment-decisions
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Jamile M Shammo, Brady L Stein
The last decade has witnessed tremendous scientific advances, ushered in by the JAK2 V617F discovery, contributing to enhanced diagnostic capability and understanding of the biology of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). Discovery of the calreticulin mutations filled a diagnostic gap; more recent work sheds light on its contribution to disease pathogenesis, and prognosis. Recent studies have also identified novel JAK2 and MPL mutations in patients with essential thrombocythemia and myelofibrosis (MF). Especially in MF, the driver mutational profile has prognostic implications, with additive contributions from the acquisition of additional somatic mutations...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913500/fitness-in-the-elderly-how-to-make-decisions-regarding-acute-myeloid-leukemia-induction
#15
Arati V Rao
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a disease of the elderly, but less than half of these patients are offered therapy despite the evidence of better survival with treatment in this patient population. Assessing fit, vulnerable, and frail older adults with AML remains a challenge for the treating oncologist. A majority of AML patients are elderly and often have significant comorbidities, lack of social support, and older caregivers. Performance status (PS), a subjective measure of how a patient will tolerate cancer chemotherapy, has been strongly correlated with mortality in older AML patients...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913373/mobile-phone-apps-to-improve-medication-adherence-a-systematic-stepwise-process-to-identify-high-quality-apps
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Karla Santo, Sarah S Richtering, John Chalmers, Aravinda Thiagalingam, Clara K Chow, Julie Redfern
BACKGROUND: There are a growing number of mobile phone apps available to support people in taking their medications and to improve medication adherence. However, little is known about how these apps differ in terms of features, quality, and effectiveness. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to systematically review the medication reminder apps available in the Australian iTunes store and Google Play to assess their features and their quality in order to identify high-quality apps...
December 2, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912967/qualitative-analysis-of-copaifera-oleoresin-using-comprehensive-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-and-gas-chromatography-with-classical-and-cold-electron-ionisation-mass-spectrometry
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Yong Foo Wong, Thais M Uekane, Claudia M Rezende, Humberto R Bizzo, Philip J Marriott
Improved separation of both sesquiterpenes and diterpenic acids in Copaifera multijuga Hayne oleoresin, is demonstrated by using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) coupled to accurate mass time-of-flight mass spectrometry (accTOFMS). GC×GC separation employs polar phases (including ionic liquid phases) as the first dimension ((1)D) column, combined with a lower polarity (2)D phase. Elution temperatures (Te) of diterpenic acids (in methyl ester form, DAME) increased as the (1)D McReynolds' polarity value of the column phase decreased...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912880/combination-of-baicalein-and-10-hydroxy-camptothecin-exerts-remarkable-synergetic-anti-cancer-effects
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Qin Tang, Fangling Ji, Wenhui Sun, Jingyun Wang, Jianli Guo, Lianying Guo, Yachen Li, Yongming Bao
BACKGROUND: 10-Hydroxy camptothecin (HCPT), a naturally occurring alkaloid, is a clinical drug for cancer chemotherapy. Baicalein (BA) is a flavonoid extracted from the root of Scutellaria baicalensis. The synergistic anti-cancer effect of BA and HCPT has not been reported. PURPOSE: To explore whether and how BA enhances the anti-cancer effect of HCPT in BGC823 cells. METHODS: Cell viability was measured by MTT assay. Apoptosis and cell cycle were analyzed through flow cytometry and western blotting analysis...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912773/china-s-health-assistance-to-africa-opportunism-or-altruism
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REVIEW
Shuang Lin, Liangmin Gao, Melissa Reyes, Feng Cheng, Joan Kaufman, Wafaa M El-Sadr
China has made substantial health commitments to Africa in the past several decades. However, while much has been written regarding China-Africa aid overall, relatively little attention has been given to China's health aid. To better understand these investments, we provide an overview of the current framework and characteristics of China's health aid to Africa. China's health assistance has been perceived by some as opportunistic, largely as a demonstration of China's engagement in "soft power" and an attempt to enhance its access to natural resources and political favors by African countries...
December 3, 2016: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912152/hearing-loss-and-disability-exit-measurement-issues-and-coping-strategies
#20
Vibeke Tornhøj Christensen, Nabanita Datta Gupta
Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions related to aging, and previous descriptive evidence links it to early exit from the labor market. These studies are usually based on self-reported hearing difficulties, which are potentially endogenous to labor supply. We use unique representative data collected in the spring of 2005 through in-home interviews. The data contains self-reported functional and clinically-measured hearing ability for a representative sample of the Danish population aged 50-64. We estimate the causal effect of hearing loss on early retirement via disability benefits, taking into account the endogeneity of functional hearing...
November 25, 2016: Economics and Human Biology
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