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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736939/fetal-hemoglobin-in-sickle-cell-anemia-the-arab-indian-haplotype-and-new-therapeutic-agents
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REVIEW
Alawi H Habara, Elmutaz M Shaikho, Martin H Steinberg
Fetal hemoglobin (HbF) has well-known tempering effects on the symptoms of sickle cell disease and its levels vary among patients with different haplotypes of the sickle hemoglobin gene. Compared with sickle cell anemia haplotypes found in patients of African descent, HbF levels in Saudi and Indian patients with the Arab-Indian (AI) haplotype exceed that in any other haplotype by nearly two-fold. Genetic association studies have identified some loci associated with high HbF in the AI haplotype but these observations require functional confirmation...
July 24, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734166/naturally-occurring-immunomodulators-with-antitumor-activity-an-insight-on-their-mechanisms-of-action
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REVIEW
Shimaa Ibrahim Abdelmonym Mohamed, Ibrahim Jantan, Md Areeful Haque
Natural products with immunomodulatory activity are widely used in treatment of many diseases including autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders in addition to cancer. They gained a great interest in the last decades as therapeutic agents since they provide inexpensive and less toxic products than the synthetic chemotherapeutic agents. Immunomodulators are the agents that have the ability to boost or suppress the host defense response that can be used as a prophylaxis as well as in combination with other therapeutic modalities...
July 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733703/induction-of-accelerated-senescence-by-the-microtubule-stabilizing-agent-peloruside-a
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Ariane Chan, Connie Gilfillan, Nikki Templeton, Ian Paterson, Peter T Northcote, John H Miller
Chemotherapeutic agents can induce accelerated senescence in tumor cells, an irreversible state of cell cycle arrest. Paclitaxel, a microtubule-stabilizing agent used to treat solid tumors of the breast, ovary, and lung and discodermolide, another stabilizing agent from a marine sponge, induce senescence in cultured cancer cells. The aim of this study was to determine if the microtubule-stabilizing agent peloruside A, a polyketide natural product from a marine sponge, can induce accelerated senescence in a breast cancer cell line MCF7...
July 22, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732331/an-evaluation-of-dna-damage-in-human-lymphocytes-and-sperm-exposed-to-methyl-methanesulfonate-involving-the-regulation-pathways-associated-with-apoptosis
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Khaled Habas, Mojgan Najafzadeh, Adolf Baumgartner, Martin H Brinkworth, Diana Anderson
Exposure to DNA-damaging agents produces a range of stress-related responses. These change the expression of genes leading to mutations that cause cell cycle arrest, induction of apoptosis and cancer. We have examined the contribution of haploid and diploid DNA damage and genes involved in the regulation of the apoptotic process associated with exposure, The Comet assay was used to detect DNA damage and quantitative RT-PCR analysis (qPCR) to detect gene expression changes in lymphocytes and sperm in response to methyl methanesulfonate...
June 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731692/quinolinyl-nitrone-rp19-induces-neuroprotection-after-transient-brain-ischemia
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Maria Irene Ayuso, Emma Martinez-Alonso, Mourad Chioua, Alejandro Escobar-Peso, Rafael Gonzalo-Gobernado, Joan Montaner, José Marco-Contelles, Alberto Alcazar
There is a need to develop additional effective therapies for ischemic stroke. Nitrones, which were first developed as reactive oxygen species (ROS)-trapping compounds, have been proposed as neuroprotective agents for ischemic stroke, a ROS-related disorder. The previous reported ROS-trapping compound, quinolyl nitrone RP19, is here being assayed to induce neuroprotection to ischemia-reperfusion injury in three experimental ischemia models: (i), oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) on primary neuronal cultures; (ii), transient global cerebral ischemia in four-vessel occlusion model; and (iii), transient focal cerebral ischemia in middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model...
July 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731136/mhy451-induces-cell-cycle-arrest-and-apoptosis-by-ros-generation-in-hct116-human-colorectal-cancer-cells
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Na Lam Hwang, Yong Jung Kang, Bokyung Sung, Seong Yeon Hwang, Jung Yoon Jang, Hye Jin Oh, Yu Ra Ahn, Do Hyun Kim, Su Jeong Kim, Sultan Ullah, Mohammad Akbar Hossain, Hyung Ryong Moon, Hae Young Chung, Nam Deuk Kim
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer and cause of cancer-related deaths. Despite advancements in conventional therapeutic approaches to CRC, most patients with CRC die of their disease. There is a need to develop novel therapeutic agents for this malignancy. Therefore, the present study aimed to examine the anticancer effects and elucidate the underlying mechanism of MHY451 in HCT116 human colorectal cancer cells. Treatment with MHY451 inhibited cell growth in a time- and concentration-dependent manner...
July 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730954/evaluation-of-in-vitro-anti-psoriatic-activity-of-a-novel-polyherbal-formulation-by-multiparametric-analysis
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Nadav Shraibom, Alka Madaan, Vidushi Joshi, Ritu Verma, Anika Chaudhary, Gautam Mishra, Anshumali Awasthi, Anu Taneja Singh, Manu Jaggi
The beneficial role of traditional herbal medicines in the treatment of inflammatory skin disorders has been widely reported. Psoriasis is characterized by uncontrolled hyper-proliferation of keratinocytes, disturbed apoptosis, over-secretion of inflammatory cytokines and angiogenic factors. We have developed a novel aqueous polyherbal formulation (SIRB-001) consisting of 3 herbs; Rheum palmatum L., Rehmannia glutinosa Libosch and Lonicera Japonica in the ratio 1:1:3. SIRB-001 has demonstrated efficacious effects in psoriasis patients...
July 20, 2017: Anti-inflammatory & Anti-allergy Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730643/differences-in-gadolinium-retention-after-repeated-injections-of-macrocyclic-mr-contrast-agents-to-rats
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Simona Bussi, Alessandra Coppo, Catherine Botteron, Valérie Fraimbault, Antonello Fanizzi, Elisa De Laurentiis, Sonia Colombo Serra, Miles A Kirchin, Fabio Tedoldi, Federico Maisano
PURPOSE: To compare the levels of gadolinium in the blood, cerebrum, cerebellum, liver, femur, kidneys, and skin after multiple exposure of rats to the macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) gadoterate, gadobutrol, and gadoteridol. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty male Wistar Han rats were randomized to three exposure groups (n = 15 per group) and one control group (n = 5). Animals in the exposure groups received a total of 20 GBCA administrations (four administrations per week for 5 consecutive weeks) at a dose of 0...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730467/organ-retention-of-gadolinium-in-mother-and-pup-mice-effect-of-pregnancy-and-type-of-gadolinium-based-contrast-agents
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Khongorzul Erdene, Takahito Nakajima, Satomi Kameo, Miski Aghnia Khairinisa, Oyunbold Lamid-Ochir, Amartuvshin Tumenjargal, Noriyuki Koibuchi, Hiroshi Koyama, Yoshito Tsushima
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of pregnancy and type of gadolinium (Gd)-based contrast agents (GBCAs) on organ retention of Gd in mother and pup mice after maternal administration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Gd-DTPA-BMA (gadodiamide) or Gd-DOTA (gadoterate dimeglumine) was administered (2.0 mmol/kg of maternal weight) four times to pregnant Balb/c mice from gestational day 16-19, respectively. At 28 days after birth, they were euthanized and their organs (blood, brain, liver, kidney, spleen, and bone) were removed for the measurement of Gd by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
July 20, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729229/pharbitis-nil-pn-induces-apoptosis-and-autophagy-in-lung-cancer-cells-and-autophagy-inhibition-enhances-pn-induced-apoptosis
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Hyun Jin Jung, Ju-Hee Kang, Seungho Choi, Youn Kyoung Son, Kang Ro Lee, Je Kyung Seong, Sun Yeou Kim, Seung Hyun Oh
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Pharbitis Nil (PN) is used as a main component of the existing drug, DA-9701, which was developed to treat functional dyspepsia (FD) in Korea. PN extracts isolated from its seeds have been reported to have anticancer effects. AIM OF THE STUDY: The purpose of this study was to investigate the underlying mechanism of the chemotherapeutic effects of PN in lung cancer cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed MTT assays, colony formation assays, flow cytometry assays, Western blot analysis, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), immunofluorescence analysis, and cell counting assays to study the molecular mechanism of chemotherapeutic effects of PN in lung cancer cells...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729070/abc-transporters-in-the-liver-fluke-opisthorchis-felineus
#11
Viatcheslav A Mordvinov, Nikita I Ershov, Darya S Pirozhkova, Yuri V Pakharukov, Maria Y Pakharukova
ATP-binding cassette transporters (ABC transporters) are essential components of normal cellular physiological machinery in all eukaryotic and prokaryotic species, including parasites. Some ABC transporters, e.g., P-glycoproteins, are involved in the efflux of toxins and xenobiotics from the cell. At present, nothing is known about ABC transporter genes in epidemiologically important liver flukes from the Opisthorchiidae family, including European liver fluke Opisthorchis felineus. Opisthorchiasis caused by O...
July 17, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726968/evaluation-of-spectral-photon-counting-computed-tomography-k-edge-imaging-for-determination-of-gold-nanoparticle-biodistribution-in-vivo
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Salim Si-Mohamed, David P Cormode, Daniel Bar-Ness, Monica Sigovan, Pratap C Naha, Jean-Baptiste Langlois, Lara Chalabreysse, Philippe Coulon, Ira Blevis, Ewald Roessl, Klaus Erhard, Loic Boussel, Philippe Douek
Spectral photon counting computed tomography (SPCCT) is an emerging medical imaging technology. SPCCT scanners record the energy of incident photons, which allows specific detection of contrast agents due to measurement of their characteristic X-ray attenuation profiles. This approach is known as K-edge imaging. Nanoparticles formed from elements such as gold, bismuth or ytterbium have been reported as potential contrast agents for SPCCT imaging. Furthermore, gold nanoparticles have many applications in medicine, such as adjuvants for radiotherapy and photothermal ablation...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726964/a-%C3%AE-galactosidase-probe-for-the-detection-of-cellular-senescence-by-mass-cytometry
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M A Lumba, L M Willis, S Santra, R Rana, L Schito, S Rey, B G Wouters, M Nitz
Mass cytometry (MC) is a powerful method that combines the cellular resolution of flow cytometry with the isotopic resolution of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). This combination theoretically allows for the simultaneous quantification of >80 different parameters at the single cell level, in turn allowing for the deep profiling of heterogeneous cell populations. The majority of available reagents for MC are antibodies labeled with heavy metal isotopes, allowing for the quantification of static biomarkers...
July 20, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726952/porphyra-polysaccharide-derived-carbon-dots-for-non-viral-co-delivery-of-different-gene-combinations-and-neuronal-differentiation-of-ectodermal-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Jiaxin Chen, Qiang Wang, Jie Zhou, Wenwen Deng, Qingtong Yu, Xia Cao, Jianping Wang, Fengxia Shao, Yang Li, Ping Ma, Myron Spector, Jiangnan Yu, Ximing Xu
In this study, multifunctional fluorescent carbon dots (CDs) were synthesized using a one-pot hydrothermal carbonization reaction, with the naturally-occurring porphyra polysaccharide (PPS) serving as a single carbon source for the first time and ethylenediamine (Ed) acting as the surface passivation agent. The resulting CDs enjoyed a high quantum yield (56.3%), excitation-dependent fluorescence, small size (<10 nm), spherical shape, uniform distribution, positive surface charge, low cytotoxicity and excellent ability to condense macromolecular plasmid DNA...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725238/a-non-targeted-metabolomics-approach-unravels-the-vocs-associated-with-the-tomato-immune-response-against-pseudomonas-syringae
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María Pilar López-Gresa, Purificación Lisón, Laura Campos, Ismael Rodrigo, José Luis Rambla, Antonio Granell, Vicente Conejero, José María Bellés
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by plants are secondary metabolites that mediate the plant interaction with pathogens and herbivores. These compounds may perform direct defensive functions, i.e., acting as antioxidant, antibacterial, or antifungal agents, or indirectly by signaling the activation of the plant's defensive responses. Using a non-targeted GC-MS metabolomics approach, we identified the profile of the VOCs associated with the differential immune response of the Rio Grande tomato leaves infected with either virulent or avirulent strains of Pseudomonas syringae DC3000 pv...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725153/ovulation-induction-by-metformin-among-obese-versus-non-obese-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#16
Yazed Sulaiman Al-Ruthia, Hazem Al-Mandeel, Hisham AlSanawi, Wael Mansy, Reem AlGasem, Lama AlMutairi
OBJECTIVES: There is some evidence that the efficacy of metformin as an ovulation stimulation agent depends on the body mass index (BMI) of the treated anovulatory women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The aim of this study was to examine the likelihood of successful ovulation among obese (BMI ⩾30 kg/m(2)) versus non-obese (BMI <30 kg/m(2)) women with PCOS. METHODS: A total of 243 medical charts of women with PCOS who visited King Khaled University Hospital (KKUH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, between 2006 and 2012 were reviewed...
July 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724464/refractory-longitudinally-extensive-transverse-myelitis-responsive-to-cyclophosphamide
#17
Laura J Baxter, Shuo Chen, Philippe Couillard, James N Scott, Christopher J Doig, Fiona Costello, Louis P Girard, John Klassen, Jodie M Burton
Severe longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (LETM) can cause quadriplegia, marked sensory dysfunction, and respiratory failure. Some patients are unresponsive to conventional immune therapy. We report two cases of severe immune-mediated LETM requiring intensive care admission that failed to respond to high-dose corticosteroids, plasma exchange, intravenous immunoglobulin, and rituximab. Disease cessation and significant recovery was achieved after cyclophosphamide induction. In patients with severe acute immune-mediated LETM who fail to respond to corticosteroids and plasma exchange, cyclophosphamide induction should be considered...
July 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724302/efficacy-and-safety-of-vedolizumab-as-a-treatment-option-for-moderate-to-severe-refractory-ulcerative-colitis-in-two-patients-after-liver-transplant-due-to-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis
#18
Raúl Vicente Olmedo Martín, Víctor Amo Trillo, Rocío González Grande, Miguel Jiménez Pérez
Vedolizumab is a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody that selectively blocks the lymphocyte integrin α4β7 and prevents its interaction with endothelial adhesion molecules and subsequent transmigration to the gastrointestinal tract. The drug was approved in 2014 for the induction and maintenance treatment of ulcerative colitis and moderate to severe Crohn's disease that is refractory or intolerant to conventional treatment with corticoids and immunosuppressants and/or anti-TNFα drugs. However, inflammatory bowel disease has a variable behavior following liver transplant...
July 14, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724178/could-myo-inositol-soft-gel-capsules-outperform-clomiphene-in-inducing-ovulation-results-of-a-pilot-study
#19
A-L Rolland, M Peigné, P Plouvier, A Dumont, S Catteau-Jonard, D Dewailly
OBJECTIVE: Insulin resistance is known to worsen polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). The management of insulin resistance is crucial in the treatment of PCOS and insulin-sensitizing molecule as myo-inositol (MYO) seems to have promising effects. The aim of our pilot study was to study whether supplementation with MYO can improve patients' sensitivity to clomiphene citrate (CC) in terms of ovulation and pregnancy rates. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included 26 patients with PCOS, eligible to ovulation induction with CC...
June 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723635/meta-analysis-of-the-efficacy-of-treatments-for-newly-diagnosed-and-relapsed-refractory-multiple-myeloma-with-del-17p
#20
Jinghua Liu, Hui Yang, Xiaochan Liang, Yuxin Wang, Jian Hou, Yanqin Liu, Jigang Wang, Fan Zhou
We analyzed the treatment of newly diagnosed and relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (NDMM/RRMM) patients with del(17p). Thirteen prospective studies that evaluated 3,187 MM patients, including 685with del(17p), were included in our meta-analysis. The incidence of del(17p) in NDMM and RRMM patients was similar (13% vs. 14%, respectively, P = 0.64, I2 = 94%). The overall response rate (ORR) to new agents was 40.5% and 67.1%, respectively, in RRMM patients with or without del(17p) (P = 0.1, I2 = 63.9%). NDMM patients with del(17p) treated with PAD (bortezomib, adriamycin, and dexamethasone) induction therapy followed by bortezomib maintenance therapy had higher progression-free survival (PFS) (25...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
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