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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107625/gold-nanoshell-mediated-remote-myotube-activation
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Attilio Marino, Satoshi Arai, Yanyan Hou, Andrea Degl'Innocenti, Valentina Cappello, Barbara Mazzolai, Young-Tae Chang, Virgilio Mattoli, Madoka Suzuki, Gianni Ciofani
Mild heat stimulation of muscle cells within the physiological range represents an intriguing approach for the modulation of their functions. In this work, photothermal conversion was exploited to remotely stimulate striated muscle cells by using gold nanoshells (NS) in combination with near-infrared (NIR) radiation. Temperature increments of approximately 5°C were recorded by using an intracellular fluorescent molecular thermometer and were demonstrated to efficiently induce myotube contraction. The mechanism at the base of this phenomenon was thoroughly investigated and was observed to be a Ca2+-independent event directly involving actin-myosin interactions...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107614/sirt1-dependent-anti-senescence-effects-of-cell-deposited-matrix-on-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#2
Long Zhou, Xi Chen, Tao Liu, Caihong Zhu, Michelle Si, Joseph Jargstorf, Mao Li, Guoqing Pan, Yihong Gong, Zong-Ping Luo, Huilin Yang, Ming Pei, Fan He
Human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) are considered an attractive cell source for tissue regeneration. However, environmental oxidative stress can trigger premature senescence in MSCs and thus compromises their regenerative potential. Extracellular matrix (ECM) derived from MSCs has been shown to facilitate cell proliferation and multilineage differentiation. This investigation evaluated the effect of cell-deposited decellularized ECM (DECM) on oxidative stress-induced premature senescence in UC-MSCs...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105568/koumine-exhibits-anxiolytic-properties-without-inducing-adverse-neurological-effects-on-functional-observation-battery-open-field-and-vogel-conflict-tests-in-rodents
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Chao-Jie Chen, Zhi-Feng Zhong, Zhi-Ming Xin, Long-Hui Hong, Yan-Ping Su, Chang-Xi Yu
Koumine, an active alkaloid of neurotoxic plant Gelsemium, has been focused on its therapeutic uses, especially in central nervous system. Nevertheless, less is known about the neurological effects of koumine, which hampers its potential therapeutic exploitation. Moreover, as the anxiolytic potential of Gelsemium has raised many critical issues, its active principles on the anxiolytic and other neurological effects need to be further investigated. Here, we used functional observation battery (FOB) of mice to systematically measure the neurological effects of koumine at the effective doses, and then further confirmed its anxiolytic properties in open-field test (OFT) of mice and Vogel conflict test (VCT) of rats...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105334/chronic-kidney-disease-in-children-and-the-role-of-epigenetics-future-therapeutic-trajectories
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Samuel N Uwaezuoke, Henrietta U Okafor, Vivian N Muoneke, Odutola I Odetunde, Chioma L Odimegwu
Global differences in the observed causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children are well documented and are attributed to dissimilarities in clime, race, hereditary, and ancestry. Thus, familial clustering and disparities in CKD prevalence rates across ethnic and racial groups indicate that the progression of renal disease has a strong genetic component. Mammalian studies have demonstrated a feasible nexus between nutrition and non-genetic exposure (around the time of conception and in epigenetic changes) in the expression of major genes identified in renal organogenesis...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105278/hydrazone-linker-as-a-useful-tool-for-preparing-chimeric-peptide-nonpeptide-bifunctional-compounds
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Jolanta Dyniewicz, Piotr F J Lipiński, Piotr Kosson, Anna Leśniak, Marta Bochyńska-Czyż, Adriana Muchowska, Dirk Tourwé, Steven Ballet, Aleksandra Misicka, Andrzej W Lipkowski
The area of multitarget compounds, joining two pharmacophores within one molecule, is a vivid field of research in medicinal chemistry. Not only pharmacophoric elements are essential for the design and activity of such compounds, but the type and length of linkers used to connect them are also crucial. In the present contribution, we describe compound 1 in which a typical opioid peptide sequence is combined with a fragment characteristic for neurokinin-1 receptor (NK1R) antagonists through a hydrazone bridge...
January 12, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105196/nanotechnology-for-multimodality-treatment-of-cancer
#6
Xiao-Ying Zhang, Pei-Ying Zhang
Nanotechnology is the latest evolving field and its applications in medicine in recent decades has shown great potential. It has also given a new face to the therapeutics against cancer in recent years. The electronic databases of MEDLINE, EMBASE and PubMed were searched for recent studies, reporting the importance of nanomedicine. The concluding remarks of the above papers mostly confirmed the growing potential of nanomedicine, particularly in the field of cancer. Furthermore, nanomedicine has been observed to promote the therapeutic effect of agents by formulating them into nanocarriers...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104972/utilization-study-of-antihypertensives-in-a-south-indian-tertiary-care-teaching-hospital-and-adherence-to-standard-treatment-guidelines
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Supratim Datta
AIM: Hypertension represents a major health problem primarily because of its role in contributing to the initiation and progression of major cardiovascular diseases. Concerns pertaining to hypertension and its sequelae can be substantially addressed and consequent burden of disease reduced by early detection and appropriate therapy of elevated blood pressure. This cross-sectional observational study aims at analyzing the utilization pattern of antihypertensives used for the treatment of hypertension at a tertiary care hospital in perspective of standard treatment guidelines...
December 2016: Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104409/gigantol-from-dendrobium-chrysotoxum-lindl-binds-and-inhibits-aldose-reductase-gene-to-exert-its-anti-cataract-activity-an-in-vitro-mechanistic-study
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Jie Wu, Xue Li, Wencheng Wan, Qiaohong Yang, Weifeng Ma, Dan Chen, Jiangmiao Hu, C-Y Oliver Chen, Xiaoyong Wei
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Dendrobium. chrysotoxum Lindl is a commonly used species of medicinal Dendrobium which belongs to the family of Orchidaceae, locally known as "Shihu" or "Huangcao". D. chrysotoxum Lindl is widely known for medicinal values in traditional Chinese medicine as it possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-hyperglycemic induction, antitumor and antioxidant properties. STUDY AIM: To characterize the interaction between gigantol extracted from D...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103857/ameliorative-potential-of-alstonia-scholaris-linn-r-br-against-chronic-constriction-injury-induced-neuropathic-pain-in-rats
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Hasandeep Singh, Rohit Arora, Saroj Arora, Balbir Singh
BACKGROUND: Alstonia scholaris commonly known as 'Saptaparni' is an Indian traditional medicinal plant used in Ayurveda. It is commonly used to treat various disorders like asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, dysentery and malaria. In folklore medicine the milky juice of the plant is applied on wounds and ulcers to treat pain, ear ache and also in rheumatic pains. AIM: The present study was designed to investigate the potential of A. scholaris R. Br. in chronic constriction injury of sciatic nerve (CCI) induced neuropathic pain in rats...
January 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103632/global-health-and-emergency-care-defining-clinical-research-priorities
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Bhakti Hansoti, Adam R Aluisio, Meagan A Barry, Kevin Davey, Brian A Lentz, Payal Modi, Jennifer A Newberry, Melissa H Patel, Tricia A Smith, Alexandra M Vinograd, Adam C Levine
OBJECTIVES: Despite recent strides in the development of Global Emergency Medicine (EM), the field continues to lag in applying a scientific approach to identifying critical knowledge gaps and advancing evidence-based solutions to clinical and public health problems seen in emergency departments worldwide. Here, progress on the Global EM research agenda created at the 2013 Academic Emergency Medicine Global Health and Emergency Care Consensus Conference is evaluated and critical areas for future development in emergency care research internationally are identified...
January 19, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103207/determination-of-factors-affecting-physical-activity-status-of-university-students-on-a-health-sciences-campus
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Ayfer Dayi, Ayla Acikgoz, Guven Guvendi, Levent Bayrak, Burcu Ersoy, Cagri Gur, Omer Ozmen
Upon graduation, students studying in departments related to health will work in the health sector and will guide and enlighten people with their knowledge and behavior. The purpose of this study was to determine the factors affecting the physical activity (PA) conditions of university students on a health sciences campus. A cross-sectional study was carried out on 706 students in a Turkish university. The data was obtained from a survey prepared by the researchers. The 26-question survey aimed to discover the students' socio-demographic characteristics and their awareness and practices concerning PA...
January 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102920/evaluation-of-peripheral-intravenous-catheter-induced-local-complications-in-pediatrics
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Baraka M R Abusafia, Handan Boztepe
AIM: This study was conducted to evaluate the local complications in children who had a peripheral intravenous catheter. BACKGROUND: Currently, the insertion of peripheral intravenous catheters occurs in most children that are hospitalized. However, the development of some complications associated with the insertion of these catheters are unavoidable. A significant aspect of nursing care is to ensure the safety of the placement and management of peripheral intravenous catheters in children...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102844/human-adipose-stem-cell-differentiation-is-highly-affected-by-cancer-cells-both-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-implication-for-autologous-fat-grafting
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Francesca Paino, Marcella La Noce, Diego Di Nucci, Giovanni Francesco Nicoletti, Rosa Salzillo, Alfredo De Rosa, Giuseppe Andrea Ferraro, Gianpaolo Papaccio, Vincenzo Desiderio, Virginia Tirino
Recent studies showed that mesenchymal stem cells derived from adipose tissue can promote tumour progression, raising some concerns regarding their use in regenerative medicine. In this context, we co-cultured either SAOS2 osteosarcoma or MCF7 breast cancer cells with human adipose stem cells (hASCs), in order to evaluate potential effects of cancer cells on hASCs differentiation, in vitro and in vivo. In this study we observed that both SAOS2 and MCF7 cell lines induced an increase in hASCs proliferation, compared to hASCs alone, but, surprisingly, neither changes in the expression of CD90, CD29, CD324 and vimentin, nor variations in the Twist and Slug mRNAs were detectable...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101863/lessons-from-animal-models-of-cytoplasmic-intermediate-filament-proteins
#14
Jamal-Eddine Bouameur, Thomas M Magin
Cytoplasmic intermediate filaments (IFs) represent a major cytoskeletal network contributing to cell shape, adhesion and migration as well as to tissue resilience and renewal in numerous bilaterians, including mammals. The observation that IFs are dispensable in cultured mammalian cells, but cause tissue-specific, life-threatening disorders, has pushed the need to investigate their function in vivo. In keeping with human disease, the deletion or mutation of murine IF genes resulted in highly specific pathologies...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101788/embling-production-in-althaea-officinalis-l-through-somatic-embryogenesis-and-their-appraisal-via-histological-and-scanning-electron-microscopical-studies
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Ruphi Naz, Mohammad Anis, Abdulrahman A Alatar
In vitro propagation of a medicinally important plant, Althaea officinalis, has been achieved through somatic embryogenesis. Somatic embryos (globular to torpedo-shaped embryos) were induced on Murashige and Skoog's (MS) medium augmented with various concentrations of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D, 5.0, 10.0, 15.0, 20.0, and 25.0) alone or combined with N6-benzylaminopurine (BA, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 μM). These were directly formed from the cut ends and subsequently spread on the whole surface of internodal explants...
January 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101461/acute-and-subchronic-toxicity-study-of-the-median-septum-of-juglans-regia-in-wistar-rats
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Asma Ravanbakhsh, Majid Mahdavi, Ghader Jalilzade-Amin, Shahram Javadi, Masoud Maham, Daryosh Mohammadnejad, Mohammad Reza Rashidi
Purpose: Median septum of Juglans regia L. (Juglandaceae) with anti-diabetic effects has been used in Iranian traditional medicine. The present study estimates both oral acute and subchronic toxicities. Methods: In the oral acute toxicity study, female Wistar rats were treated with doses of 10, 100, 1000, 1600, 2900 and 5000 mg/ kg of the Juglans regia septum of methanol extract (JRSME), and were monitored for 14 days. In subchronic study, JRSME was administered by gavage at dose of 1000 mg/kg daily in Wistar rats for 28 days...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101413/significant-and-sustaining-elevation-of-blood-oxygen-induced-by-chinese-cupping-therapy-as-assessed-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy
#17
Ting Li, Yaoxian Li, Yu Lin, Kai Li
Cupping therapy has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to relieve muscle pain/tendency/fatigue and to cure or reduce symbols of other diseases. However, its therapeutic effect is sparsely interpreted in the language of modern physiology. To objectively evaluate its therapeutic effect, we focused on dry cupping treatment and utilized near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to assess the concentration change in oxy-hemoglobin ([HbO2]), deoxy-hemoglobin ([Hb]), and blood volume in the course of cupping therapy over 13 volunteers on the infraspinatus muscle, where is usually applied for shoulder pains...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101351/pro-inflammatory-effect-of-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-formula-with-potent-anti-cancer-activity-in-vitro-impedes-tumor-inhibitory-potential-in-vivo
#18
Lei Xia, Maksym Plachynta, Tangjingjun Liu, Xiao Xiao, Jialei Song, Xiaogang Li, Mu Zhang, Yao Yao, Heng Luo, Xiaojiang Hao, Yaacov Ben-David
Medicinal formulas are a part of the complex discipline of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries in China and East Asia. These formulas predominantly consist of the extracts isolated from herbal plants, animal parts and medicinal minerals. The present study aimed to investigate the impact of 150 formulas, used as non-prescription drugs in China, on the treatment of cancer. A formula was identified, C54, commonly used to treat sore throats, which exhibited marked growth inhibition in vitro, associated with cell cycle arrest and apoptosis...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101215/rottlerin-induced-autophagy-leads-to-apoptosis-in-bladder-cancer-cells
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Ping Qi, Zhenhua He, Lixiu Zhang, Yuan Fan, Zhiping Wang
It has been well-established that apoptosis contributes to cancer cell death; however, the role of autophagy in cancer cell death remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of rottlerin, a traditional Indian medicine, on cell growth inhibition and autophagy in EJ human bladder carcinoma cells in vitro. Cell viability, measured by MTT assay, was found to be suppressed in a dose- and time-dependent manner. In addition, apoptosis was significantly increased in cells treated with rottlerin, as indicated by increased annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate/propidium iodide staining and changes in the cell cycle distribution that indicated blockage at G1 phase...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101150/promising-effects-of-chinese-traditional-treatment-for-child-typhoid-complicated-by-myocarditis
#20
Jing Tian, Xinjiang An, Mingyu Fu, Qingwen Wang
The clinical effects were compared and analyzed of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) 'Ling Gui Long Mu soup' combined with the conventional Western medications in treating child typhoid complicated by myocarditis. From July, 2010 to May, 2014, 54 children suffering from typhoid complicated by myocarditis were enrolled in the present study. The patients were divided into the observation and control groups (n=27 cases per group) according to the random number table. Patients in the observation group were treated with basic Western medicine combined with TCM 'Ling Gui Long Mu soup' while patients in the control group were treated only with Western medicine...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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