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Shekhar Dethe, M Deepak, Amit Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst., commonly known as Brahmi, is renowned in Indian traditional system for its potent memory enhancing activity, which has been validated by various scientific studies. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to understand the molecular mechanism of memory enhancing activity of BacoMind(®) (BM), a standardized extract of B. monnieri. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BM was screened in vitro in a panel of cell-free and receptor-transfected cell assays...
July 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Nicole M Hjortland, Andrew D Mesecar
USP17 is a deubiquitinating enzyme that is upregulated in numerous cancers and therefore a drug target. We developed a robust expression, purification, and assay system for USP17 enabling its enzymatic and structural characterization. USP17 was expressed in E. coli as inclusion bodies and then solubilized, refolded, and purified using affinity and size-exclusion chromatography. Milligram quantities of pure USP17 can be produced that is catalytically more efficient (kcat/Km = 1500 (x10(3)) M(-1) sec(-1)) than other human USPs studied to date...
October 15, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Gianina Ravenscroft, Nataliya Di Donato, Gabriele Hahn, Mark R Davis, Paul D Craven, Gemma Poke, Katherine R Neas, Teresa M Neuhann, William B Dobyns, Nigel G Laing
Autosomal dominantly inherited mutations of BICD2 are associated with congenital-onset spinal muscular atrophy characterised by lower limb predominance. A few cases have also showed upper motor neuron pathology, including presenting with features resembling hereditary spastic paraplegia. The age-of-onset for the published families is usually at birth but also included cases with childhood- and adult-onset disease. In this report we described two isolated probands that presented in utero with features associated with reduced fetal movements...
September 19, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Hiroyuki Matsuura, Fukiko Ichida, Tsutomu Saji, Shunichi Ogawa, Kenji Waki, Masahide Kaneko, Masahiro Tahara, Takashi Soga, Yasuo Ono, Satoshi Yasukochi
BACKGROUND: The 1st nationwide survey by the Japanese Society of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of acute or fulminant myocarditis (AMC/FMC) in children revealed that the survival rate of FMC was only 51.6%. The 2nd nationwide survey was performed to evaluate the recent outcomes of pediatric myocarditis.Methods and Results:Questionnaires regarding patients aged ≤18 years with AMC/FMC during the period from January 2006 to December 2011 were mailed. A total of 221 cases (age 6...
October 4, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Marcella Araújo Manfredi, Alyne Alexandrino Antunes, Larissa de Oliveira Passos Jesus, Maria Aparecida Juliano, Luiz Juliano, Wagner Alves de Souza Judice
Kex2 is a Ca(2+)-dependent serine protease from S. cerevisiae. Characterization of the substrate specificity of Kex2 is of particular interest because this protease serves as the prototype of a large family of eukaryotic subtilisin-related proprotein-processing proteases that cleave sites consisting of pairs or clusters of basic residues. Our goal was to study the prime region subsite S' of Kex2 because previous studies have only taken into account non-prime sites using AMC substrates but not the specificity of prime sites identified through structural modeling or predicted cleavage sites...
October 5, 2016: Biochimie
S Nishioka, H Wakabayashi, T Yoshida
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Although malnutrition commonly affects stroke patients, there are no validated screening tools. We verified the usefulness of non-paralytic anthropometric measurements for the nutritional screening of stroke. SUBJECTS/METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in consecutive stroke patients with hemiplegia aged ⩾65 years, with Mini Nutritional Assessment Short Form score ⩽11. Diagnostic malnutrition criteria from the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism were the reference standards: body mass index (BMI) <18...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Shivali Jindal, Sanjeev Anand, Kang Huang, Julie Goddard, Lloyd Metzger, Jayendra Amamcharla
The development of bacterial biofilms on stainless steel (SS) surfaces poses a great threat to the quality of milk and other dairy products as the biofilm-embedded bacteria can survive thermal processing. Established biofilms offer cleaning challenges because they are resistant to most of the regular cleaning protocols. Sporeforming thermoduric organisms entrapped within biofilm matrix can also form heat-resistant spores, and may result in a long-term persistent contamination. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of different nonfouling coatings [AMC 18 (Advanced Materials Components Express, Lemont, PA), Dursan (SilcoTek Corporation, Bellefonte, PA), Ni-P-polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, Avtec Finishing Systems, New Hope, MN), and Lectrofluor 641 (General Magnaplate Corporation, Linden, NJ)] on SS plate heat exchanger surfaces, to resist the formation of bacterial biofilms...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Minsu Kwon, Hyejin Jang, Eun Hye Kim, Jong-Lyel Roh
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) is a key molecule in the DNA damage response (DDR), which is a major target of both chemotherapies and radiotherapies. PARP inhibitors therefore comprise a promising class of anticancer therapeutics. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of the PARP inhibitor olaparib, and also sought to identify the mechanism and predictive marker associated with olaparib sensitivity in head and neck cancer (HNC) cells. A total of 15 HNC cell lines, including AMC HNC cells, were tested...
September 29, 2016: Cell Cycle
Christopher Smith, Jillian S Parboosingh, Kym M Boycott, Carsten G Bönnemann, Jean K Mah, Ryan E Lamont, A Micheil Innes, Francois P Bernier
Mutations in GLE1 cause two recessive subtypes of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a condition characterized by joint contractures at birth, and all previously reported patients died in the perinatal period. GLE1 related AMC has been almost exclusively reported in the Finnish population and is caused by a relatively common pathogenic splicing mutation in that population. Here, we report two non-Finnish brothers with novel compound heterozygous splicing mutations in GLE1, one of whom has survived to 12 years of age...
September 29, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Shenhao Dai, Marie Jaeger, Pierre Simon Jouk, Dominic Pérennou, Klaus Dieterich
OBJECTIVE: Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is a clinical diagnosis characterized by the presence of at least two joint contractures at birth. Causes of AMC are numerous involving CNS, neuromuscular system, connective and bone tissue. This study is the first to describe disability patterns of a cohort of adults with AMC. MATERIALS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-nine patients (age 33.8±11.5 years; 23 females) underwent between 2010 and 2016 a 4 day evaluation in the PMR ward during the multidisciplinary consultations for AMC at the Reference Centre of Congenital Anomalies in Grenoble: 25 with amyoplasia, 8 with distal arthrogryposis (DA), and 6 with other atypical diseases...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Peng Chen, Jiadi Sun, Ye Zhu, Xun Yu, Long Meng, Yang Li, Xiaoya Liu
Degrading Mg and its alloys are a category of implant materials for bone surgery, but rapid corrosion in physiological environment limits their clinical applications. To improve the corrosion resistance of Mg-based implants, a biodegradable composite polymer coating is deposited on an Mg rod in this work. The strategy is to decorate Mg surfaces with poly(γ-glutamic acid)-g-7-amino-4-methylcoumarin/hydroxyapatite (γ-PGA-g-AMC/HAp) composite nanoparticles through electrophoretic deposition in ethanol. The morphology and chemical composition of the resulting coating material are determined by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
December 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
Konstantin V Zavadovsky, Victor V Saushkin, Mikhail S Khlynin, Sergey V Popov, Yuri B Lishmanov
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of idiopathic ventricular tachycardia and premature ventricular beats on cardiac function and dyssynchrony and to elucidate relationships between data of scintigraphic and intracardiac electrophysiology studies. METHODS: The study comprised 64 patients with idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias (VA) (median age of 14 years ranging from 8 to 18 years). Control group comprised 20 patients (median age of 12 ranging from 7 to 16 years) without cardiac arrhythmias...
September 23, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Kesavan Sadacharam, Mian Ahmad
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July 2016: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
Gwo-Chin Lee, Raymond H Kim
BACKGROUND: Because of improvements in ceramic materials and manufacturing, the incidence of ceramic failures has decreased over time. Recent concerns with corrosion have contributed to an increase in ceramic ball head utilization. The purpose of this study is to report the incidence of modern alumina bearing failures from a single major ceramic manufacturer in nearly 6 million hip implants and to identify trends in the modes of failure of these implants. METHODS: Beginning in the year 2000, CeramTec AG (Plochingen, Germany) began a comprehensive program for reporting and gathering failure data on its products...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
Jérôme Maluenda, Constance Manso, Loic Quevarec, Alexandre Vivanti, Florent Marguet, Marie Gonzales, Fabien Guimiot, Florence Petit, Annick Toutain, Sandra Whalen, Romulus Grigorescu, Anne Dieux Coeslier, Marta Gut, Ivo Gut, Annie Laquerrière, Jérôme Devaux, Judith Melki
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is a developmental condition characterized by multiple joint contractures resulting from reduced or absent fetal movements. Through linkage analysis, homozygosity mapping, and exome sequencing in four unrelated families affected by lethal AMC, we identified biallelic mutations in GLDN in the affected individuals. GLDN encodes gliomedin, a secreted cell adhesion molecule involved in the formation of the nodes of Ranvier. Transmission electron microscopy of the sciatic nerve from one of the affected individuals showed a marked lengthening defect of the nodes...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Wei Wang, Yun Zhu, Jianguang Yi, Wei Cheng
Remodeling of atrial electrophysiology and structure is the primary feature of atrial fibrillation (AF). Evidence suggests that abnormalities in the expression levels of embryological cardiovascular development‑associated transcription factors, including Nkx2.5, are crucial for the development of AF. Rat atrial myocardial cells (AMCs) in culture dishes were placed in an electric field and stimulated. Transmission electron microscopy was used to observe the ultrastucture prior to and following rapid pacing...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Peijie He, Shen Bo, Phil-Sang Chung, Jin-Chul Ahn, Liang Zhou
The present study aimed to investigate the effect, and elucidate the potential mechanisms, of 9-hydroxypheophorbide α-based photodynamic therapy (9-HPbD-PDT) on apoptosis and necrosis induction, and migration suppression of laryngeal cancer AMC-HN-3 (HN-3) cells. Phototoxicity initiated by 9-HPbD-PDT on HN-3 cells was observed in a photosensitizer dose-dependent pattern. There was an initial increase of apoptotic cells coupled with gradual enhancement of reactive oxygen series (ROS) generation at lower doses of 9-HPbD...
September 2016: Oncology Letters
Tippayarat Yoonuan, Supaporn Nuamtanong, Paron Dekumyoy, Orawan Phuphisut, Poom Adisakwattana
Cathepsin L is a cysteine protease belonging to the papain family. In parasitic trematodes, cathepsin L plays essential roles in parasite survival and host-parasite interactions. In this study, cathepsin L of the lung fluke Paragonimus pseudoheterotremus (PpsCatL) was identified and its molecular biological and immunological features characterized. A sequence analysis of PpsCatL showed that the gene encodes a 325-amino-acid protein that is most similar to P. westermani cathepsin L. The in silico three-dimensional structure suggests that PpsCatL is a pro-enzyme that becomes active when the propeptide is cleaved...
August 26, 2016: Parasitology Research
Syed Umar Faruq Syed Najmuddin, Muhammad Firdaus Romli, Muhajir Hamid, Noorjahan Banu Alitheen, Nik Mohd Afizan Nik Abd Rahman
BACKGROUND: Annona muricata Linn which comes from Annonaceae family possesses many therapeutic benefits as reported in previous studies and to no surprise, it has been used in many cultures to treat various ailments including headaches, insomnia, and rheumatism to even treating cancer. However, Annona muricata Linn obtained from different cultivation area does not necessarily offer the same therapeutic effects towards breast cancer (in regards to its bioactive compound production). In this study, anti-proliferative and anti-cancer effects of Annona muricata crude extract (AMCE) on breast cancer cell lines were evaluated...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Eun Hye Kim, Hyejin Jang, Daiha Shin, Seung Ho Baek, Jong-Lyel Roh
A principal limitation to the clinical use of cisplatin is the high incidence of chemoresistance to this drug. Combination treatments with other drugs may help to circumvent this problem. Wogonin, one of the major natural flavonoids, is known to reverse multidrug resistance in several types of cancers. We investigated the ability of wogonin to overcome cisplatin resistance in head and neck cancer (HNC) cells and further clarified its molecular mechanisms of action. Two cisplatin-resistant HNC cell lines (AMC-HN4R and -HN9R) and their parental and other human HNC cell lines were used...
November 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
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