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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547750/management-of-long-term-therapy-with-biological-drugs-in-psoriatic-patients-with-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-real-life-setting
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Andrea Conti, Stefano Piaserico, Paolo Gisondi, Giulia Odorici, Giovanna Galdo, Claudia Lasagni, Giovanni Pellacani
Psoriatic patients with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) need a prophylaxis before starting a treatment with biological drugs. The aim of this study is to investigate the safety and efficacy of prophylaxis of LTBI in psoriatic patients receiving long-term biological drugs. The study included 56 patients (42 male and 14 female) affected by moderate-to-severe psoriasis (mean PASI: 12.8 ± 6.9 SD) treated with anti-TNF-α and/or anti IL 12, 23 and/or anti-CD11 drugs with a diagnosis of LTBI. LTBI diagnosis was based on tuberculin skin test and/or QuantiFERON TB Gold test positivity and chest X-ray suggestive, without clinical, or microbiological evidence of active disease...
May 26, 2017: Dermatologic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544340/a-high-valent-non-heme-%C3%AE-oxo-mniv-dimer-generated-from-a-thiolate-bound-mnii-complex-and-o2
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Carole Duboc, Deborah Brazzolotto, Fabián G Cantú Reinhard, Julian Smith-Jones, Marius Retegan, Lucia Amidani, Abayomi S Faponle, Kallol Ray, Christian Philouze, Sam P de Visser, Marcello Gennari
This study deals with the unprecedented reactivity of dinuclear non heme MnII-thiolate complexes with O2, which dependent on the protonation state of the initial MnII dimer selectively generates either a di-μ-oxo or μ-oxo-μ-hydroxo MnIV complex. Both dimers have been characterized by different techniques including single-crystal X-ray diffraction and mass spectrometry. Oxygenation reactions carried out with labeled 18O2 unambiguously shows that the oxygen atoms present in the MnIV dimers originate from O2...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544330/%C3%AE-radical-phosphines-synthesis-structure-and-reactivity
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Manuel Alcarazo, Lianghu Gu, Yiying Zheng, Estela Haldón, Richard Goddard, Eckhard Bill, Walter Thiel
A series of phosphines featuring a persistent radical were synthesized in two steps by condensation of dialkyl-/diarylchlorophosphines with stable cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes (cAACs) followed by one-electron reduction of the corresponding cationic intermediates. Structural, spectroscopic and computational data indicate that the spin density in these phosphines is mainly localized on the original carbene carbon from the cAAC fragment; thus, it remains in the α-position to the central phosphorus. The potential of these α-radical phosphines to serve as spin-labeled ligands is demonstrated through the preparation of several Au(I) derivatives, which were also structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543733/development-of-real-time-rt-pcr-assays-for-detection-of-three-classes-of-hhv-6a-gene-transcripts
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Masaru Ihira, Akiko Urashima, Hiroki Miura, Fumihiko Hattori, Yoshiki Kawamura, Ken Sugata, Tetsushi Yoshikawa
Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), a member of the betaherpesvirus family, has two distinct species: HHV-6A and HHV-6B. HHV-6B real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) has been used to distinguish between active and latent viral infection. In this study, we developed a real-time RT-PCR assay to detect HHV-6A-specific transcripts and evaluated its reliability for analysis of clinical samples. To develop HHV-6A-specific real-time RT-PCR assays, three different classes of gene transcripts (immediate early: U90; early: U12; and late: U100) were selected as targets...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542922/study-of-retinal-neurodegeneration-and-maculopathy-in-diabetic-meriones-shawi-a-particular-animal-model-with-human-like-macula
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Imane Hammoum, Maha Benlarbi, Ahmed Dellaa, Klaudia Szabó, Bulcsú Dékány, Dávid Csaba, Zsuzsanna Almási, Rozina I Hajdú, Rached Azaiz, Ridha Charefeddine, Ákos Lukáts, Rafika Benchouacha-Chekir
The purpose of this work was to evaluate a potentially useful animal model, Meriones shawi (M.sh) - developing metabolic X syndrome, diabetes and possessing a visual streak similar to human macula - in the study of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema (DME). Type 2 diabetes (T2D) was induced by high fat diet administration in M.sh. Body weights, blood glucose levels were monitored throughout the study. Diabetic retinal histopathology was evaluated 3 and 7 months after diabetes induction. Retinal thickness was measured, retinal cell types were labeled by immunohistochemistry and the number of stained elements were quantified...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537382/in-situ-monitoring-of-the-mechanosynthesis-of-the-archetypal-metal-organic-framework-hkust-1-effect-of-liquid-additives-on-the-milling-reactivity
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Tomislav Stolar, Lisa Batzdorf, Stipe Lukin, Dijana Žilić, Cristina Motillo, Tomislav Friščić, Franziska Emmerling, Ivan Halasz, Krunoslav Užarević
We have applied in situ monitoring of mechanochemical reactions by high-energy synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction to study the role of liquid additives on the mechanochemical synthesis of the archetypal metal-organic framework (MOF) HKUST-1, which was one of the first and is still among the most widely investigated MOF materials to be synthesized by solvent-free procedures. It is shown here how the kinetics and mechanisms of the mechanochemical synthesis of HKUST-1 can be influenced by milling conditions and additives, yielding on occasion two new and previously undetected intermediate phases containing a mononuclear copper core, and that finally rearrange to form the HKUST-1 architecture...
May 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537308/catalytically-active-ceria-supported-cobalt-manganese-oxide-nanocatalysts-for-oxidation-of-carbon-monoxide
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Xu Wang, Lin-Ying Du, Meng Du, Chao Ma, Jie Zeng, Chun-Jiang Jia, Rui Si
A low-concentration cobalt (∼6 at%) and manganese (∼3 at%) bimetallic oxide catalyst supported on ceria nanorods (CoMnOx/CeO2), as well as its related single metal oxide counterparts (CoOx/CeO2 and MnOx/CeO2) was synthesized via a deposition-precipitation approach. The fresh samples after air-calcination at 400 °C were tested under the reaction conditions of CO oxidation, and showed the following order of reactivity: CoMnOx/CeO2 > CoOx/CeO2 > MnOx/CeO2. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) data identified that the structure of the CeO2 support was maintained during deposition of metal (Co, Mn) ions while the corresponding vis-Raman spectra verified that more oxygen vacancies were created after deposition-precipitation than those in pure ceria nanorods...
May 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534525/covalently-linked-dengue-virus-envelope-glycoprotein-dimers-reduce-exposure-of-the-immunodominant-fusion-loop-epitope
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Alexander Rouvinski, Wanwisa Dejnirattisai, Pablo Guardado-Calvo, Marie-Christine Vaney, Arvind Sharma, Stéphane Duquerroy, Piyada Supasa, Wiyada Wongwiwat, Ahmed Haouz, Giovanna Barba-Spaeth, Juthathip Mongkolsapaya, Félix A Rey, Gavin R Screaton
A problem in the search for an efficient vaccine against dengue virus is the immunodominance of the fusion loop epitope (FLE), a segment of the envelope protein E that is buried at the interface of the E dimers coating mature viral particles. Anti-FLE antibodies are broadly cross-reactive but poorly neutralizing, displaying a strong infection enhancing potential. FLE exposure takes place via dynamic 'breathing' of E dimers at the virion surface. In contrast, antibodies targeting the E dimer epitope (EDE), readily exposed at the E dimer interface over the region of the conserved fusion loop, are very potent and broadly neutralizing...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534518/cdk20-interacts-with-keap1-to-activate-nrf2-and-promotes-radiochemoresistance-in-lung-cancer-cells
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Q Wang, J Ma, Y Lu, S Zhang, J Huang, J Chen, J-X Bei, K Yang, G Wu, K Huang, J Chen, S Xu
Radiochemoresistance is considered the main cause of local recurrence and distant metastasis in lung cancer. However, the underlying mechanisms of radiochemoresistance remain to be uncovered. In this study, we determine the functions of cell cycle-related kinase (CDK20) in radiochemoresistance. CDK20 is a newly identified protein kinase, which plays critical roles in cell growth and proliferation in several types of cancer. Using tandem affinity purification technology, we provide evidences that CDK20 binds to the ubiquitin ligase Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (KEAP1), which targets transcriptional factor nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (NRF2) for degradation...
May 22, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533092/thiol-reactive-drug-substrates-of-human-p-glycoprotein-label-the-same-sites-to-activate-atpase-activity-in-membranes-or-dodecyl-maltoside-detergent-micelles
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Tip W Loo, David M Clarke
P-glycoprotein (P-gp, ABCB1) is an ABC drug pump that is clinically important because it is involved in multidrug resistance. Many studies have used purified P-gp in detergent (n-dodecyl-β-D-maltoside; DM) micelles to map the locations of the drug-binding sites. A potential problem is that DM could be a substrate and affect binding of drugs to P-gp. To test whether DM was a substrate of P-gp, we used an assay involving drug-rescue of the immature 150 kDa misprocessed P-gp mutant (L1260A) to show that DM is not substrate...
May 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531975/chemical-manipulation-of-oxygen-vacancy-and-antibacterial-activity-in-zno
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Lakshmi Prasanna V, Rajagopalan Vijayaraghavan
Pure and doped ZnO (cation and anion doping) compositions have been designed in order to manipulate oxygen vacancy and antibacterial activity of ZnO. In this connection, we have synthesized and characterized micron sized ZnO, N doped micron sized ZnO, nano ZnO, nano Na and La doped ZnO. The intrinsic vacancies in pure ZnO and the vacancies created by N and Na doping in ZnO have been confirmed by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy(XPS) and Photoluminiscence Spectroscopy(PL). Reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as hydroxyl radicals, superoxide radicals and H2O2 responsible for antibacterial activity have been estimated by PL, UV-Vis spectroscopy and KMnO4 titrations respectively...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530814/reactive-molecular-dynamics-simulations-to-understand-mechanical-response-of-thaumasite-under-temperature-and-strain-rate-effects
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Shahin Hajilar, Behrouz Shafei, Tao Cheng, Andres Jaramillo-Botero
Understanding the structural, thermal, and mechanical properties of thaumasite is of great interest to the cement industry, mainly because it is the phase responsible for the aging and deterioration of civil infrastructures made of cementitious materials attacked by external sources of sulfate. Despite its importance, the effects of temperature and strain rate on the mechanical response of thaumasite have remained unexplored to date. In this study, the mechanical properties of thaumasite are fully characterized using the reactive molecular dynamics (RMD) method...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529615/a-novel-blood-tool-of-cancer-prognosis-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-the-fibrinogen-albumin-ratio
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Zihui Tan, Man Zhang, Qiang Han, Jing Wen, Kongjia Luo, Peng Lin, Lanjun Zhang, Hong Yang, Jianhua Fu
Background: Coagulation and nutrition play important roles in cancer progression. We aim to investigate the impact of the fibrinogen/albumin ratio(FAR) in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) patients. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 1135 patients with radical esophagectomy for ESCC from January 2008 to December 2010 in our center. X-tile software was used to determine the optimal cutoff levels for these biomarkers. Results: The optimal cutoff value was 0.08 for the FAR by the X-tile software. The FAR was statistically significantly associated with age(p=0...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529590/cepharanthine-exerts-antitumor-activity-on-choroidal-melanoma-by-reactive-oxygen-species-production-and-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-activation
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Qi Zhu, Baofeng Guo, Linlin Chen, Qiuye Ji, Hang Liang, Naiyan Wen, Ling Zhang
Choroidal melanoma is the most common primary intraocular tumor in adults. Cepharanthine (CEP), a natural alkaloid extracted from the roots of Stephania cepharantha Hayata, has been demonstrated to inhibit the proliferation of various cancer cells. However, its potential anticancer effect in choroidal melanoma has not been clarified yet. In the present study, it was identified that CEP may potently inhibit the proliferation of human choroidal melanoma cells, induce cell death and cell cycle arrest, and activate cellular apoptotic proteins, including Bcl-2-associated X protein, caspase and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525592/neurosyphilis-increases-hiv-associated-central-nervous-system-inflammation-but-does-not-explain-cognitive-impairment-in-hiv-infected-individuals-with-syphilis
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Emily L Ho, Clare L Maxwell, Shelia B Dunaway, Sharon K Sahi, Lauren C Tantalo, Sheila A Lukehart, Christina M Marra
Background: HIV-infected individuals with previous syphilis have cognitive impairment. We tested the hypothesis that neurosyphilis causes cognitive impairment in HIV by amplifying HIV-related CNS inflammation. Methods: 132 HIV-infected participants enrolled in a study of CSF abnormalities in syphilis underwent the mental alternation test (MAT), venipuncture and lumbar puncture. CSF concentrations of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 10 (CXCL10), chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 (CCL2) and neurofilament light (NFL) were determined by commercial assays...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525266/gliotoxin-biosynthesis-structure-mechanism-and-metal-promiscuity-of-carboxypeptidase-glij
#16
Antoine Marion, Michael Groll, Daniel H Scharf, Kirstin Scherlach, Manuel Glaser, Holger Sievers, Michael Schuster, Christian Hertweck, Axel A Brakhage, Iris Antes, Eva M Huber
The formation of glutathione (GSH) conjugates, best known from the detoxification of xenobiotics, is a widespread strategy to incorporate sulfur into biomolecules. The biosynthesis of gliotoxin, a virulence factor of the human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, involves attachment of two GSH molecules and their sequential decomposition to yield two reactive thiol groups. The degradation of the GSH moieties requires the activity of the Cys-Gly carboxypeptidase GliJ, for which we describe the X-ray structure here...
May 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524089/green-synthesized-zinc-oxide-zno-nanoparticles-induce-oxidative-stress-and-dna-damage-in-lathyrus-sativus-l-root-bioassay-system
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Kamal K Panda, Dambaru Golari, A Venugopal, V Mohan M Achary, Ganngam Phaomei, Narasimham L Parinandi, Hrushi K Sahu, Brahma B Panda
Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONP-GS) were synthesised from the precursor zinc acetate (Zn(CH₃COO)₂) through the green route using the milky latex from milk weed (Calotropis gigantea L. R. Br) by alkaline precipitation. Formation of the ZnONP-GS was monitored by UV-visible spectroscopy followed by characterization and confirmation by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Both the ZnONP-GS and the commercially available ZnONP-S (Sigma-Aldrich) and cationic Zn(2+) from Zn(CH₃COO)₂ were tested in a dose range of 0-100 mg·L(-1) for their potency (i) to induce oxidative stress as measured by the generation reactive oxygen species (ROS: O₂(•-), H₂O₂ and (•)OH), cell death, and lipid peroxidation; (ii) to modulate the activities of antioxidant enzymes: catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), guaiacol peroxidase (GPX), and ascorbate peroxidase (APX); and (iii) to cause DNA damage as determined by Comet assay in Lathyrus sativus L...
May 18, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521663/towards-a-generic-procedure-for-the-detection-of-relevant-contaminants-from-waste-electric-and-electronic-equipment-weee-in-plastic-food-contact-materials-review-and-selection-of-key-parameters
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Franky Puype, Jiří Samsonek, Věra Vilímková, Šárka Kopečková, Andrea Ratiborská, Jan Knoop, Marion Egelkraut-Holtus, Markus Ortlieb, Uwe Oppermann
Recently, traces of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) have been detected in black plastic food contact materials (FCMs) indicating the presence of recycled plastics, mainly coming from waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) as BFRs are one of the main additives in electric applications. In order to evaluate efficiently and preliminary in situ the presence of WEEE in plastic FCMs, a generic procedure for evaluation of WEEE presence in plastic FCMs by using defined parameters having each an associated importance level has been proposed...
May 18, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521634/chorionic-histiocytic-hyperplasia-is-associated-with-chronic-inflammatory-lesions-in-the-placenta
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Philip J Katzman, Leon A Metlay, Loralee A McMahon, Li LiQiong, Bin Zhang
Background Chorionic histiocytic hyperplasia (CHH) is a cellular proliferation at the base of the chorion that was identified by the authors in examining placentas for chronic chorioamnionitis (CC). This study is a retrospective review of cases diagnosed with CHH, describing its incidence alone and with associated lesions, and the immunophenotype of lesional cells. Design In this retrospective study, a laboratory information system search over a 34-month period using the key phrase "chorionic stromal" was performed...
June 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518191/latio2n-lacro3-continuous-solid-solutions-towards-enhanced-photocatalytic-h2-evolution-under-visible-light-irradiation
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Jinwen Shi, Yazhou Zhang, Zhaohui Zhou, Yixiang Zhao, Jingyuan Liu, Hongbing Liu, Xiang Liao, Yuchao Hu, Daming Zhao, Shaohua Shen
(LaTiO2N)1-x(LaCrO3)x continuous solid solutions with an orthorhombic-phase ABX3 perovskite structure and with varied LaCrO3 contents (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) were synthesized by a polymerized complex method followed by a post-treatment process of nitridation for the first time. Visible-light-driven photocatalytic H2-evolution activities of the solid solutions gradually increased with the increase of x from 0.0 to 0.3, and then sharply decreased with the further increase of x from 0.3 to 1.0. With the increase of x, on the one hand, the narrowed bandgaps of solid solutions would enhance the generation of charge carriers and the increased lattice distortion of solid solutions could promote the separation and migration of charge carriers, thus mainly contributing to the improvement of photocatalytic activities; on the other hand, the lowered CBMs of solid solutions would reduce the driving force for reducing H2O to H2 and the decreased surface areas of solid solutions would weaken the adsorption of reactants and reduce the reactive sites, thereby resulting in the deterioration of photocatalytic activities...
May 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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