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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346736/light-activatable-red-blood-cell-membrane-camouflaged-dimeric-prodrug-nanoparticles-for-synergistic-photodynamic-chemotherapy
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Qing Pei, Xiuli Hu, Xiaohua Zheng, Shi Liu, Yawei Li, Xiabin Jing, Zhigang Xie
Biomimetic approach offers numerous opportunities to design therapeutic platforms with enhanced antitumor performance and biocompatibility. Herein we report a novel red blood cell membrane-camouflaged nanoparticle (RBC(M(TPC-PTX))) for synergistic chemo- and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Specifically, the inner core is mainly constructed by reactive oxygen species (ROS)-responsive PTX dimer (PTX2-TK) and photosensitizer 5,10,15,20-tetraphenylchlorin (TPC). In vitro experiments show that the prepared RBC(M(TPC-PTX)) is readily taken up into endosomes...
January 18, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346609/decreased-serum-levels-of-ghrelin-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-premenopausal-women-with-metabolic-syndrome
#2
Masoumeh Jabbari, Sorayya Kheirouri, Mohammad Alizadeh
Objective: We aimed to investigate the association between serum levels of ghrelin and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) with MetS and its components in premenopausal women. Methods: 43 patients with MetS and 43 healthy controls participated in this study. Participants' body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP) were measured. Serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C and HDL-C), fasting blood sugar (FBS), insulin, BDNF and ghrelin determined...
January 12, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345044/preclinical-characterisation-of-absorption-distribution-metabolism-and-excretion-properties-of-tak-063
#3
Kimio Tohyama, Miyako Sudo, Akio Morohashi, Suguru Kato, Junzo Takahashi, Yoshihiko Tagawa
TAK-063 is currently being developed to treat schizophrenia. In this study, we investigated the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) properties of TAK-063 using several paradigms. Following oral administration of TAK-063 at 0.3 mg/kg, bioavailability of TAK-063 was 27.4% in rats and 49.5% in dogs with elimination half-lives of 3.1 hr in rats and 3.7 hr in dogs. TAK-063 is a highly permeable compound without P-glycoprotein (P-gp) or breast cancer resistance protein substrate liability and can be readily absorbed into systemic circulation via the intestine...
January 17, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344968/a-novel-nested-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-targeting-plasmodium-mitochondrial-dna-in-field-collected-anopheles-mosquitoes
#4
M Calzetta, E Perugini, G Seixas, C A Sousa, W M Guelbeogo, N Sagnon, A Della Torre, J Pinto, M Pombi, E Mancini
Sensitive techniques for the detection of Plasmodium (Aconoidasida: Plasmodiidae) sporozoites in field-collected malaria vectors are essential for the correct assessment of risk for malaria transmission. A real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) protocol targeting Plasmodium mtDNA proved to be much more sensitive in detecting sporozoites in mosquitoes than the widely used enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay targeting Plasmodium circumsporozoite protein (CSP-ELISA). However, because of the relatively high costs associated with equipment and reagents, RT-PCRs are mostly used to assess the outcomes of experimental infections in the frame of research experiments, rather than in routine monitoring of mosquito infection in the field...
January 18, 2018: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344587/an-exploratory-study-of-red-raspberry-rubus-idaeus-l-poly-phenols-metabolites-in-human-biological-samples
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Xuhuiqun Zhang, Amandeep Sandhu, Indika Edirisinghe, Britt Burton-Freeman
Red raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) contains a variety of polyphenols including anthocyanins and ellagitannins. Red raspberry polyphenols absorbed in different forms (parent compounds, degradants or microbial metabolites) are subject to xenobiotic metabolism in the intestine, liver, and/or kidney, forming methylate, glucuronide, and sulfate conjugated metabolites. Upon acute exposure, (poly)phenol/metabolite presence in the blood depends mainly on intestinal absorption, enterohepatic circulation, and metabolism by resident microbiota...
January 18, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344309/adult-stem-cells-in-vascular-remodeling
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REVIEW
Dong Wang, LeeAnn K Li, Tiffany Dai, Aijun Wang, Song Li
Understanding the contribution of vascular cells to blood vessel remodeling is critical for the development of new therapeutic approaches to cure cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and regenerate blood vessels. Recent findings suggest that neointimal formation and atherosclerotic lesions involve not only inflammatory cells, endothelial cells, and smooth muscle cells, but also several types of stem cells or progenitors in arterial walls and the circulation. Some of these stem cells also participate in the remodeling of vascular grafts, microvessel regeneration, and formation of fibrotic tissue around biomaterial implants...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344302/evans-blue-attachment-enhances-somatostatin-receptor-subtype-2-imaging-and-radiotherapy
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Rui Tian, Orit Jacobson, Gang Niu, Dale O Kiesewetter, Zhantong Wang, Guizhi Zhu, Ying Ma, Gang Liu, Xiaoyuan Chen
Purpose: Radionuclide therapy directed against tumors that express somatostatin receptors (SSTRs) has proven effective for the treatment of advanced, low- to intermediate-grade neuroendocrine tumors in the clinic. In clinical usage, somatostatin peptide-based analogs, labeled with therapeutic radionuclides, provide an overall response rate of about 30%, despite the high cumulative activity injected per patient. We set out to improve the effectiveness of somatostatin radiotherapy by preparing a chemical analog that would clear more slowly through the urinary tract and, concomitantly, have increased blood circulation half-life and higher targeted accumulation in the tumors...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344255/plasma-olfactomedin-4-level-in-peripheral-blood-and-its-association-with-clinical-features-of-breast-cancer
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Chaoqian Liu, Yan Guo, Weiwei Wu, Zhenzhen Zhang, Lu Xu, Kainan Wu, Wei Hu, Guoping Liu, Junyi Shi, Cheng Xu, Jianwei Bi, Yuan Sheng
The present study aimed to investigate the expression of olfactomedin 4 (OLFM4) in plasma of patients with breast cancer and its association with diagnosis, metastasis and prognosis of breast cancer. OLFM4 gene expression level of peripheral blood plasma in 60 patients with breast cancer and 26 healthy donors was examined by ELISA. The expression of OLFM4 in tumor tissues of patients with breast cancer was evaluated by immunohistochemistry (protein expression) and reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (mRNA expression), respectively...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344025/insulin-resistance-in-kidney-disease-is-there-a-distinct-role-separate-from-that-of-diabetes-or-obesity
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REVIEW
Adam Whaley-Connell, James R Sowers
Insulin resistance is a central component of the metabolic dysregulation observed in obesity, which puts one at risk for the development of type 2 diabetes and complications related to diabetes such as chronic kidney disease. Insulin resistance and compensatory hyperinsulinemia place one at risk for other risk factors such as dyslipidemia, hypertension, and proteinuria, e.g., development of kidney disease. Our traditional view of insulin actions focuses on insulin-sensitive tissues such as skeletal muscle, liver, adipose tissue, and the pancreas...
December 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343785/a-patient-specific-lumped-parameter-model-of-coronary-circulation
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Zheng Duanmu, Min Yin, Xueling Fan, Xilan Yang, Xiaoyu Luo
A new lumped-parameter model for coronary hemodynamics is developed. This model is developed for the whole coronary network based on CT scans of a patient-specific geometry including the right coronary tree, which is absent in many previous mathematical models. The model adopts the structured tree model boundary conditions similar to the work of Olufsen et al., thus avoiding the necessity of invasive perfusion measurements. In addition, we also incorporated the effects of the head loss at the two inlets of the large coronary arteries for the first time...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343314/cell-free-dna-the-role-in-pathophysiology-and-as-a-biomarker-in-kidney-diseases
#11
Peter Celec, Barbora Vlková, Lucia Lauková, Janka Bábíčková, Peter Boor
Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is present in various body fluids and originates mostly from blood cells. In specific conditions, circulating cfDNA might be derived from tumours, donor organs after transplantation or from the foetus during pregnancy. The analysis of cfDNA is mainly used for genetic analyses of the source tissue -tumour, foetus or for the early detection of graft rejection. It might serve also as a nonspecific biomarker of tissue damage in critical care medicine. In kidney diseases, cfDNA increases during haemodialysis and indicates cell damage...
January 18, 2018: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343301/circulating-pcsk9-levels-and-2-hpg-are-positively-correlated-in-metabolic-diseases-in-a-chinese-han-population
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Wen Guo, Yingyun Gong, Yong Gu, Zhenzhen Fu, Hongqi Fan, Beibei Gao, Xiaohui Zhu, Jinxiang Fu, Yang Zhao, Min Sun, Xing Liu, Xian-Cheng Jiang, Tao Yang, Hongwen Zhou
BACKGROUND: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), which plays a crucial role in lipoprotein metabolism, has been also regarded as an important marker for atherosclerosis. Available evidence indicated that 2-h postchallenge plasma glucose (2-hPG) could be another biomarker for atherosclerosis. However, currently the association between circulating PCSK9 and 2-hPG remains unclear. Here, we explored this potential link in a Chinese Han population. METHODS: Totally, 600 Chinese Han subjects from Nanjing district, China, were enrolled for the 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), and they included normal glucose tolerance (NGT, n = 200), impaired glucose regulation (IGR, n = 200), and type 2 diabetes (T2DM, n = 200)...
January 17, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343193/perinatal-sclerostin-concentrations-in-abnormal-fetal-growth-the-impact-of-gestational-diabetes
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Despina D Briana, Maria Boutsikou, Antonios Marmarinos, Dimitrios Gourgiotis, Ariadne Malamitsi-Puchner
OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate maternal and cord blood concentrations of sclerostin -an osteocyte-secreted factor, inhibiting osteoblast differentiation and bone formation and associated with adverse metabolism- in pregnancies with normal and abnormal fetal growth. METHODS: Plasma sclerostin concentrations were determined by ELISA in 80 maternal and 80 cord blood samples from asymmetric intrauterine-growth-restricted (IUGR, n = 30), large-for-gestational-age (LGA, n = 30) and appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA, n = 20) singleton full-term pregnancies...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342933/in-vitro-anticoagulant-activity-and-active-components-of-safflower-injection
#14
Kai-Hong Wang, Shi-Fei Li, Yi Zhao, Hong-Xia Li, Li-Wei Zhang
Safflower injection is well-known as a traditional Chinese medicine used to improve the blood circulation. In this study, seven safflower injection samples from different companies were evaluated for their in vitro anticoagulant activity by measuring their activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) and prothrombin time (PT) against human plasma. The screening results suggested that the safflower injections exhibited a significant prolonging influence on APTT (p < 0.05 vs. the control group), but not on prolonging PT (p > 0...
January 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342213/circulating-neutrophil-transcriptome-may-reveal-intracranial-aneurysm-signature
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Vincent M Tutino, Kerry E Poppenberg, Kaiyu Jiang, James N Jarvis, Yijun Sun, Ashish Sonig, Adnan H Siddiqui, Kenneth V Snyder, Elad I Levy, John Kolega, Hui Meng
BACKGROUND: Unruptured intracranial aneurysms (IAs) are typically asymptomatic and undetected except for incidental discovery on imaging. Blood-based diagnostic biomarkers could lead to improvements in IA management. This exploratory study examined circulating neutrophils to determine whether they carry RNA expression signatures of IAs. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from patients receiving cerebral angiography. Eleven samples were collected from patients with IAs and 11 from patients without IAs as controls...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342143/regulation-of-embryonic-haematopoietic-multipotency-by-ezh1
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Linda T Vo, Melissa A Kinney, Xin Liu, Yuannyu Zhang, Jessica Barragan, Patricia M Sousa, Deepak K Jha, Areum Han, Marcella Cesana, Zhen Shao, Trista E North, Stuart H Orkin, Sergei Doulatov, Jian Xu, George Q Daley
All haematopoietic cell lineages that circulate in the blood of adult mammals derive from multipotent haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). By contrast, in the blood of mammalian embryos, lineage-restricted progenitors arise first, independently of HSCs, which only emerge later in gestation. As best defined in the mouse, 'primitive' progenitors first appear in the yolk sac at 7.5 days post-coitum. Subsequently, erythroid-myeloid progenitors that express fetal haemoglobin, as well as fetal lymphoid progenitors, develop in the yolk sac and the embryo proper, but these cells lack HSC potential...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342135/structures-of-%C3%AE-klotho-reveal-a-zip-code-like-mechanism-for-endocrine-fgf-signalling
#17
Sangwon Lee, Jungyuen Choi, Jyotidarsini Mohanty, Leiliane P Sousa, Francisco Tome, Els Pardon, Jan Steyaert, Mark A Lemmon, Irit Lax, Joseph Schlessinger
Canonical fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) activate FGF receptors (FGFRs) through paracrine or autocrine mechanisms in a process that requires cooperation with heparan sulfate proteoglycans, which function as co-receptors for FGFR activation. By contrast, endocrine FGFs (FGF19, FGF21 and FGF23) are circulating hormones that regulate critical metabolic processes in a variety of tissues. FGF19 regulates bile acid synthesis and lipogenesis, whereas FGF21 stimulates insulin sensitivity, energy expenditure and weight loss...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341162/impact-of-genomics-on-the-surgical-management-of-melanoma
#18
REVIEW
P M Ferguson, G V Long, R A Scolyer, J F Thompson
BACKGROUND: Although surgery for early-stage melanoma offers the best chance of cure, recent advances in molecular medicine have revolutionized the management of late-stage melanoma, leading to significant improvements in clinical outcomes. Research into the genomic drivers of disease and cancer immunology has not only ushered in a new era of targeted and immune-based therapies for patients with metastatic melanoma, but has also provided new tools for monitoring disease recurrence and selecting therapeutic strategies...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341153/circulating-tumour-cells-and-dna-as-liquid-biopsies-in-gastrointestinal-cancer
#19
REVIEW
O Nordgård, K Tjensvoll, B Gilje, K Søreide
BACKGROUND: Blood is the most extensively studied body fluid and, because it contains circulating tumour cells (CTCs) and circulating tumour-derived cell-free DNA (ctDNA), it may represent a liquid biopsy for cancer. Methods for enrichment and detection of CTCs and ctDNA, their clinical applications and future opportunities in gastrointestinal cancers were the focus of this review. METHODS: The PubMed database was searched for literature up to 24 June 2017, with a focus on the past 10 years...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340881/circulating-free-dna-integrity-and-concentration-as-independent-prognostic-markers-in-metastatic-breast-cancer
#20
Jie Cheng, Tim Holland-Letz, Markus Wallwiener, Harald Surowy, Katarina Cuk, Sarah Schott, Andreas Trumpp, Klaus Pantel, Christof Sohn, Andreas Schneeweiss, Barbara Burwinkel
PURPOSE: Non-invasive blood-based molecular markers have been investigated for cancer diagnosis and prognosis. Circulating free or cell-free DNA (cfDNA) variables have been shown to be putative markers in breast cancer prognosis. METHODS: Here, we investigated the potential prognostic ability of cfDNA concentration and cfDNA integrity (cfDI) in a study cohort of 268 patients by quantitative PCR. We compared cfDNA concentration and cfDI at baseline and after one cycle of therapy in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients...
January 16, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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