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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641127/deep-brain-stimulation-of-subthalamic-nucleus-helps-in-improving-late-phase-motor-planning-in-parkinson-s-disease
#1
Patil Ashlesh, Sood Sanjay Kumar, Kochhar Kanwal Preet, Goyal Vinay
OBJECTIVE: Deep brain stimulation of subthalamic nucleus (DBS-STN) is a well-accepted treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD) but its effect on motor planning in the disease is yet unclear. This study examines the effect of switching the stimulation ON and OFF on components of bereitschaftspotentials in PD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Scalp bereitschaftspotentials were recorded during self-paced right wrist extensions at Fz, Cz, Pz, C3 and C4 sites in patients on DBS-STN plus medications (DBS-STN group) as treatment modality or on medications only (Med group) and compared with age matched healthy controls...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641093/hematological-parameters-and-red-blood-cell-morphological-abnormality-of-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency-co-inherited-with-thalassemia
#2
Jutharat Pengon, Saovaros Svasti, Sumalee Kamchonwongpaisan, Phantip Vattanaviboon
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency and thalassemia are genetically independent hemolytic disorders. Co-inheritance of both disorders may affect red blood cell pathology to a greater extent than normally seen in either disorder alone. This study determines the prevalence and evaluates hematological changes of G-6-PD deficiency and thalassemia co-inheritance. METHODS: G-6-PD deficiency was screened from 200 male thalassemia blood samples using a fluorescent spot test...
June 15, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641012/regioselective-direct-c-4-functionalization-of-indole-total-syntheses-of-agroclavine-and-elymoclavine
#3
Jianbo Lv, Bin Wang, Kuo Yuan, Yuan Wang, Yanxing Jia
An efficient rhodium-catalyzed method for direct C-H functionalization at the C4 position of unprotected indoles has been developed. The utility of this method is demonstrated by the concise total syntheses of agroclavine and elymoclavine in a divergent manner. These syntheses feature a Pd-catalyzed asymmetric allylic alkylation reaction to assemble the triyclic indole moiety, and a ring-closing metathesis reaction to form the D ring.
June 22, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640963/a-truncated-molecular-star
#4
Soumyakanta Prusty, Kohei Yazaki, Michito Yoshizawa, Dillip Kumar Chand
Pentanuclear coordination complex assembled from palladium(II) component and non-chelating ligand(s) is hitherto unreported. The pentanuclear complex [Pd5(L1)5(L2)5](BF4)10, 1 that was prepared by the spontaneous complexation of [Pd(DMSO)4](BF4)2 with the non-chelating bidentate ligands 1,4-phenylenebis(methylene) diisonicotinate, L1 and 4,4'-bipyridine, L2 in one-pot at room temperature is reported here. The planar polycyclic complex 1 with outer diameters of ~3 nm is termed as a "molecular star" owing to its resemblance with "star pentagon" shape...
June 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640879/dual-targeting-of-a-virus-movement-protein-to-er-and-plasma-membrane-subdomains-is-essential-for-plasmodesmata-localization
#5
Kazuya Ishikawa, Masayoshi Hashimoto, Akira Yusa, Hiroaki Koinuma, Yugo Kitazawa, Osamu Netsu, Yasuyuki Yamaji, Shigetou Namba
Plant virus movement proteins (MPs) localize to plasmodesmata (PD) to facilitate virus cell-to-cell movement. Numerous studies have suggested that MPs use a pathway either through the ER or through the plasma membrane (PM). Furthermore, recent studies reported that ER-PM contact sites and PM microdomains, which are subdomains found in the ER and PM, are involved in virus cell-to-cell movement. However, functional relationship of these subdomains in MP traffic to PD has not been described previously. We demonstrate here the intracellular trafficking of fig mosaic virus MP (MPFMV) using live cell imaging, focusing on its ER-directing signal peptide (SPFMV)...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640713/dispersal-hazards-of-pseudogymnoascus-destructans-by-bats-and-human-activity-at-hibernacula-in-summer
#6
Anne E Ballmann, Miranda R Torkelson, Elizabeth A Bohuski, Robin E Russell, David S Blehert
Bats occupying hibernacula during summer are exposed to Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the causative agent of white-nose syndrome (WNS), and may contribute to its dispersal. Furthermore, equipment and clothing exposed to cave environments are a potential source for human-assisted spread of Pd. To explore dispersal hazards for Pd during the nonhibernal season, we tested samples that were collected from bats, the environment, and equipment at hibernacula in the eastern US between 18 July-22 August 2012. Study sites included six hibernacula known to harbor bats with Pd with varying winter-count impacts from WNS and two hibernacula (control sites) without prior history of WNS...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640630/suzuki-miyaura-cross-coupling-of-n-acylpyrroles-and-pyrazoles-planar-electronically-activated-amides-in-catalytic-n-c-cleavage
#7
Guangrong Meng, Roman Szostak, Michal Szostak
The formation of C-C bonds from amides by catalytic activation of the amide bond has been thus far possible by steric distortion. Herein, we report the first example of a general Pd-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling of planar amides enabled by the combination of (i) electronic-activation of the amide nitrogen in N-acylpyrroles and pyrazoles and (ii) the use of a versatile Pd-NHC catalysis platform. The origin and selectivity of forming acylmetals, including the role of twist, are discussed.
June 22, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640596/drug-target-kinetics-in-drug-discovery
#8
Peter J Tonge
The development of therapies for the treatment of neurological cancer faces a number of major challenges including the synthesis of small molecule agents that can penetrate the blood brain barrier (BBB). Given the likelihood that in many cases drug exposure will be lower in the CNS than in systemic circulation, it follows that strategies should be employed that can sustain target engagement at low drug concentration. Time dependent target occupancy is a function of both the drug and target concentration as well as the thermodynamic and kinetic parameters that describe the binding reaction coordinate, and sustained target occupancy can be achieved through structural modifications that increase target (re)binding and/or that decrease the rate of drug dissociation...
June 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637142/feasibility-of-a-cognitive-strategy-training-intervention-for-people-with-parkinson-s-disease
#9
Erin R Foster, Daniel Spence, Joan Toglia
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of a novel client-centered cognitive strategy training intervention for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a case series of seven people with PD without dementia but with subjective cognitive decline. The intervention involved ≥5 treatment sessions at the participant's home. Participant acceptance and engagement were assessed by the Credibility/Expectancy Questionnaire (CEQ), Client Satisfaction Questionnaire (CSQ), enjoyment and effort ratings, and homework completion...
February 23, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637099/aggregation-and-phosphorylation-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-with-proteinase-k-resistance-in-focal-%C3%AE-synucleinopathy-predominantly-localized-to-the-cardiac-sympathetic-nervous-system
#10
Nei Fukasawa, Takahiro Fukuda, Masato Nagaoka, Tohru Harada, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Masahiro Ikegami
Aggregates of α-synuclein, a major component of Lewy bodies (LBs) and Lewy neurites (LNs), are distributed throughout the nervous system, including the central nervous system (CNS), sympathetic ganglia, enteric nervous system (ENS), cardiac and pelvic plexuses, submandibular gland, adrenal medulla and skin, in incidental Lewy body disease (ILBD), Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and pure autonomic failure (PAF) [1-3]. Here we report focal α-synucleinopathy predominantly localized to the cardiac sympathetic nervous system (SNS)...
June 21, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637095/selective-cd28-blockade-results-in-superior-inhibition-of-donor-specific-t-follicular-helper-cell-and-antibody-responses-relative-to-ctla-4-ig
#11
I R Badell, G M La Muraglia, D Liu, M E Wagener, G Ding, M L Ford
Donor-specific antibodies (DSA) are a barrier to improved long-term outcomes following kidney transplantation. Costimulation blockade with CTLA-4-Ig has shown promise as a potential therapeutic strategy to control DSA. T follicular helper (Tfh) cells, a subset of CD4(+) T cells required for optimum antibody production, are reliant on the CD28 costimulatory pathway. We have previously shown that selective CD28 blockade leads to superior allograft survival through improved control of CD8(+) T cells relative to CTLA-4-Ig, but the impact of CD28-specific blockade on CD4(+) Tfh cells is unknown...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637018/the-efficacy-of-anti-pd-1-pd-l1-therapy-and-its-comparison-with-egfr-tkis-for-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#12
REVIEW
Zhixin Sheng, Xu Zhu, Yanhua Sun, Yanxia Zhang
PURPOSE: To better understand the efficacy and safety of anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy (atezolizumab, pembrolizumab, nivolumab) in patients with previously treated advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: The Cochrane Controlled Trial Register, Embase, Medline, and the Science Citation Index were searched for prospective published reports of atezolizumab, pembrolizumab, nivolumab in previously treated patients with advanced NSCLC. RESULTS: Finally, we identified 14 prospective published reports including four trials of atezolizumab covering 542 subjects, three trials of pembrolizumab covering 1566 subjects, seven trials of nivolumab covering 1678 subjects...
June 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636985/changes-in-programmed-death-ligand-1-expression-during-cisplatin-treatment-in-patients-with-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#13
Chan-Young Ock, Sehui Kim, Bhumsuk Keam, Soyeon Kim, Yong-Oon Ahn, Eun-Jae Chung, Jin-Ho Kim, Tae Min Kim, Seong Keun Kwon, Yoon Kyung Jeon, Kyeong Chun Jung, Dong-Wan Kim, Hong-Gyun Wu, Myung-Whun Sung, Dae Seog Heo
Programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression is regarded as a predictive marker for anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy. The purpose of study was to explore the changes in PD-L1 expression in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) during treatment. Paired HNSCC tissues prior to and after cisplatin-based treatment were evaluated to determine PD-L1 protein expression by immunohistochemistry. Among the 35 HNSCC patient samples, PD-L1 expression status changed after treatment in 37.1% (13/35) of samples. Among the 13 patients whose baseline PD-L1 was negative, PD-L1 expression was increased in 9 cases (69...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636875/effects-of-prenatal-binge-like-ethanol-exposure-and-maternal-stress-on-postnatal-morphological-development-of-hippocampal-neurons-in-rats
#14
Ewa Jakubowska-Dogru, Birsen Elibol, Ilknur Dursun, Sinan Yürüker
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse negatively affecting human health and it is known as a potent teratogen responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults. Searching for the potential morphological correlates of these effects, in this study, we compared the course of developmental changes in the morphology of principal hippocampal neurons in fetal-alcohol (A group), intubated control (IC group), and intact control male rats (C group) over a protracted period of the first two postnatal months...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636851/first-line-nivolumab-in-stage-iv-or-recurrent-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#15
COMMENT
David P Carbone, Martin Reck, Luis Paz-Ares, Benjamin Creelan, Leora Horn, Martin Steins, Enriqueta Felip, Michel M van den Heuvel, Tudor-Eliade Ciuleanu, Firas Badin, Neal Ready, T Jeroen N Hiltermann, Suresh Nair, Rosalyn Juergens, Solange Peters, Elisa Minenza, John M Wrangle, Delvys Rodriguez-Abreu, Hossein Borghaei, George R Blumenschein, Liza C Villaruz, Libor Havel, Jana Krejci, Jesus Corral Jaime, Han Chang, William J Geese, Prabhu Bhagavatheeswaran, Allen C Chen, Mark A Socinski
BACKGROUND: Nivolumab has been associated with longer overall survival than docetaxel among patients with previously treated non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In an open-label phase 3 trial, we compared first-line nivolumab with chemotherapy in patients with programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1)-positive NSCLC. METHODS: We randomly assigned, in a 1:1 ratio, patients with untreated stage IV or recurrent NSCLC and a PD-L1 tumor-expression level of 1% or more to receive nivolumab (administered intravenously at a dose of 3 mg per kilogram of body weight once every 2 weeks) or platinum-based chemotherapy (administered once every 3 weeks for up to six cycles)...
June 22, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636794/differences-and-similarities-between-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-and-asthma-in-schoolchildren
#16
Björn Nordlund, Anna James, Christina Ebersjö, Gunilla Hedlin, Eva B Broström
BACKGROUND: The long-term respiratory characteristics of ex-preterm children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) are not established. The objective of this study was to describe hallmarks of BPD at school age in comparison to children with atopic asthma. METHODS: This study was a cross-sectional descriptive comparative study in a hospital-based setting. Thirty schoolchildren diagnosed with BPD (10.4 years/born at 26.6 weeks' gestation) and 30 age- and sex-matched children with asthma and sensitized to airborne allergens (IgE >0...
June 21, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636577/comorbidity-and-suicidality-in-patients-diagnosed-with-panic-disorder-agoraphobia-and-major-depression
#17
Borjanka Batinic, Goran Opacic, Tijana Ignjatov, David S Baldwin
BACKGROUND: Comorbidity of anxiety and depression (both current and lifetime) is associated with greater chronicity and an increased risk of suicidality. We wished to ascertain which symptom clusters had the strongest association with suicidality. Our aims were (1) to examine the presence of current comorbidity and suicidality in patients diagnosed with panic disorder/agoraphobia (PD/A) and major depression (MD), and their relationship with duration of psychiatric treatment and frequency of hospital admission; and (2) to examine which coexisting symptoms were most strongly predictive of suicidality in sub-groups and the overall group...
June 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636208/a-phase-i-trial-of-prn1008-a-novel-reversible-covalent-inhibitor-of-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-in-healthy-volunteers
#18
Patrick F Smith, Janakan Krishnarajah, Philip A Nunn, Ron J Hill, Dane Karr, D Tam, Mohammad Masjedizadeh, Jens O Funk, Steve G Gourlay
AIM: To evaluate the safety, tolerability, and PK/PD of PRN1008, a novel BTK inhibitor, in healthy volunteers, and thus determine the dose range for future clinical studies. METHODS: This was a two-part randomized, placebo controlled study in healthy volunteers using a liquid formulation. Part I was a single ascending dose design with dose levels of 50 to 1200 mg (n=6 active, 2 placebo per cohort); Part II was a multiple ascending dose design, with dose regimens ranging from 300 mg to 900 mg daily, either qd or bd for 10 days...
June 21, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636184/pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-of-bococizumab-a-monoclonal-antibody-to-pcsk9-after-single-subcutaneous-injection-at-3-sites-nct-02043301
#19
Ellen Q Wang, Anna Plotka, Joanne Salageanu, Catherine Sattler, Carla Yunis
AIM: To characterize the single-dose pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) of bococizumab, a monoclonal antibody inhibiting proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), administered subcutaneously (s.c.) to the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm (NCT02043301). METHODS: Seventy-five adults with low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) ≥130 mg/dL and not on background lipid-lowering therapy were randomized (1:1:1) to a single 150-mg s.c. dose of bococizumab administered to the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm...
June 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635644/pd-1-pd-l1-blockade-therapy-for-tumors-with-downregulated-mhc-class-i-expression
#20
REVIEW
Michal Šmahel
The therapy of different advanced-stage malignancies with monoclonal antibodies blocking programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1)/PD-1 ligand 1 (PD-L1) signaling has had an impressive long-lasting effect in a portion of patients, but in most cases, this therapy was not successful, or a secondary resistance developed. To enhance its efficacy in treated patients, predictive biomarkers are searched for and various combination treatments are intensively investigated. As the downregulation of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules is one of the most frequent mechanisms of tumor escape from the host's immunity, it should be considered in PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint inhibition...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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