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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344229/preparation-and-characterization-of-the-adriamycin-loaded-amphiphilic-chitosan-nanoparticles-and-their-application-in-the-treatment-of-liver-cancer
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Chang-Hua Kou, Jin Han, Xi-Lin Han, Hui-Jie Zhuang, Zi-Ming Zhao
In the present study, two nanoparticles including lactose myristoyl carboxymethyl chitosan (LMCC) and algal polysaccharide myristoyl carboxymethyl chitosan (AMCC), were obtained for hepatic-targeted Adriamycin (ADM) drug delivery systems. ADM was successfully loaded into the LMCC or AMCC nanoparticle by dialysis. The release function and liver targeting of the nanoparticles was explored, and it was revealed that ADM release from the nanoparticles was greatest at acidic pH 5.5. ADM-conjugated nanoparticles were readily taken up by HU7 human hepatocellular carcinoma cells, relative to HT22 mouse hippocampal neuron cells in vitro...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339921/cardiopulmonary-exercise-test-and-pao2-in-evaluation-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-copd
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Ingunn Skjørten, Janne Mykland Hilde, Morten Nissen Melsom, Jonny Hisdal, Viggo Hansteen, Kjetil Steine, Sjur Humerfelt
Background: Exercise tolerance decreases as COPD progresses. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is common in COPD and may reduce performance further. COPD patients with and without PH could potentially be identified by cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET). However, results from previous studies are diverging, and a unified conclusion is missing. We hypothesized that CPET combined with arterial blood gases is useful to discriminate between COPD outpatients with and without PH. Methods: In total, 93 COPD patients were prospectively included...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330650/a-cold-adapted-endoglucanase-from-camel-rumen-with-high-catalytic-activity-at-moderate-and-low-temperatures-an-anomaly-of-truly-cold-adapted-evolution-in-a-mesophilic-environment
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Kamran Khalili Ghadikolaei, Javad Gharechahi, Kamahldin Haghbeen, Kambiz Akbari Noghabi, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh, Hossein Shahbani Zahiri
Endoglucanases are important enzymes in plant biomass degradation. They have current and potential applications in various industrial sectors including human and animal food processing, textile, paper, and renewable biofuel production. It is assumed that the cold-active endoglucanases, with high catalytic rates in moderate and cold temperatures, can improve the cost-effectiveness of industrial processes by lowering the need for heating and, thus, energy consumption. In this study, the endoglucanase CelCM3 was procured from a camel rumen metagenome via gene cloning and expression in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3)...
January 12, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323627/a-phase-3-multicenter-prospective-open-label-study-to-evaluate-the-safety-of-a-single-dose-of-secnidazole-2%C3%A2-g-for-the-treatment-of-women-and-postmenarchal-adolescent-girls-with-bacterial-vaginosis
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Steven E Chavoustie, Janet K Gersten, Milroy J Samuel, Jane R Schwebke
BACKGROUND: A novel formulation of secnidazole is under development in the United States for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV). Efficacy and safety of other formulations of secnidazole have been reported. The objective of this study is to evaluate the safety of a single-dose oral granule formulation of secnidazole in a U.S. population of women with BV. METHODS: In this open-label study, patients were enrolled based on the following criteria: off-white, thin, homogeneous vaginal discharge; vaginal pH ≥4...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313348/bedford-type-palladacycle-catalyzed-miyaura-borylation-of-aryl-halides-with-tetrahydroxydiboron-in-water
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Anna Zernickel, Weiyuan Du, Seema Ghorpade, Dinesh Nanaji Sawant, Arwa A Makki, Nagaiyan Sekar, Jörg Eppinger
A mild aqueous protocol for palladium catalyzed Miyaura borylation of aryl iodides, aryl bromides and aryl chlorides with tetrahydroxydiboron (BBA) as a borylating agent is developed. The developed methodology requires low catalyst loading of Bedford-type palladacycle catalyst (0.05 mol %) and works best under mild reaction conditions at 40 °C in short time of 6 hours in water. In addition, our studies show that for Miyaura borylation using BBA in aqueous condition, maintaining a neutral reaction pH is very important for reproducibility and higher yields of corresponding borylated products...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305183/antibacterial-activity-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-isolated-from-tibetan-yaks
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Lei Wang, Hui Zhang, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Khalid Mehmood, Xiong Jiang, Mujahid Iqbal, Xiaole Tong, Xing Gao, Jiakui Li
The main purpose of our study was to isolate the Lactobacillus strains from Tibetan yaks, which may have antibacterial activity. Three Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum) strains named LP1, LP2, LP3 and one Pediococcus pentosaceus (P. pentosaceus) named PT2 were isolated from fecal samples of Tibetan yaks. We regarded indigenous Escherichia coli (E. coli ATCC 25922) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus ATCC 25923) as indicator pathogens. The Bacteriocins derived from these isolated strains manifested high antibacterial activity against E...
January 2, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285742/characterisation-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-the-gut-of-cyprinus-carpio-that-may-be-effective-against-lead-toxicity
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Sib Sankar Giri, Jin Woo Jun, Saekil Yun, Hyoun Joong Kim, Sang Guen Kim, Jeong Woo Kang, Sang Wha Kim, Se Jin Han, Se Chang Park, V Sukumaran
The present study was conducted to isolate and characterise Pb-resistant lactic acid bacteria (LAB), and thus determine their potential for use as probiotics against Pb toxicity. A total of 107 Pb-resistant LAB strains were isolated from the gut content of Cyprinus carpio, of which 41 were established to be gram-positive and catalase-negative. Investigation of the Pb-binding ability of these isolated LAB identified seven strains (P2, P6, P7, P9, P16, P19 and P22) with comparatively high Pb-binding activities...
December 28, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282155/choreoathetosis-an-unusual-adverse-effect-of-dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine-a-case-report
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Benjamin Momo Kadia, Christian Morfaw, Armelle Corrine Gounoue Simo
BACKGROUND: Dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine is a combination of dihydroartemisinin and piperaquine which is highly effective in the treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria. Its adverse effects are generally tolerable and temporary. Choreoathetosis, an involuntary movement disorder characterized by continuous irregular twisting of the body, is not a documented adverse effect of this medication. CASE PRESENTATION: A 41-year-old Cameroonian man of black African ethnicity was brought to our primary care hospital because over the previous 6 hours he had been experiencing involuntary twisting movements of his body and he no longer had control of his limbs...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249032/cistus-monspeliensis-l-as-a-potential-species-for-rehabilitation-of-soils-with-multielemental-contamination-under-mediterranean-conditions
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Daniel Arenas-Lago, Erika S Santos, Luisa C Carvalho, Maria Manuela Abreu, Maria Luisa Andrade
The Iberian Pyrite Belt (IPB; SW of the Iberian Peninsula) is one of the most important volcanogenic massive sulphide ore deposits in the world. Cistus monspeliensis L. is a native woody shrub that grows spontaneously in non-contaminated soils as well as in soils with multielemental contamination from the IPB. In this study, different ecophysiological parameters of C. monspeliensis growing in soils with different levels of metal(loid)s were evaluated to assess the potential of this species for revegetation of degraded areas...
December 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238984/differing-disintegration-and-dissolution-rates-pharmacokinetic-profiles-and-gastrointestinal-tolerability-of-over-the-counter-ibuprofen-formulations
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Ingvar Bjarnason, Ozgur Sancak, Anne Crossley, Andrew Penrose, Angel Lanas
OBJECTIVES: Formulations of over the counter (OTC) NSAIDs differ substantially, but information is lacking on whether this alters their gastrointestinal profiles. To assess disintegration and dissolution rates and pharmacokinetics of four preparations of OTC ibuprofen and relate these with spontaneously reported gastrointestinal adverse events. METHODS: Disintegration and dissolution rates of ibuprofen tablets as (a) acid, (b) sodium salt, (c) lysine salt, and (d) as a liquid gelatine capsule were assessed...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238459/isolation-and-characterization-of-probiotics-from-dairies
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Babak Haghshenas, Yousef Nami, Ali Almasi, Norhafizah Abdullah, Dayang Radiah, Rozita Rosli, Abolfazl Barzegari, Ahmad Yari Khosroushahi
Background and Objectives: Probiotics are live microorganisms, which show beneficial health effects on hosts once consumed in sufficient amounts. LAB group can be isolated and characterized from traditional dairy sources. This study aimed at isolating, identifying, and in vitro characterizing (low pH/high bile salt tolerance, antibacterial activity, and antibiotic susceptibility) LAB strains from traditional Iranian dairy products. Materials and Methods: Isolated strains were identified by Gram staining, catalase assay, and 3 molecular identification methods; namely, (GTG) 5-PCR fingerprinting, ARDRA, and 16S rDNA gene sequencing...
August 2017: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232017/ph-resistant-monodispersed-polymer-lipid-nanodiscs
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Thirupathi Ravula, Nathaniel Z Hardin, Sudheer Ramadugu, Sarah J Cox, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy
Polymer lipid nanodiscs have provided an invaluable system for structural and functional studies of membrane proteins in their near-native environment. In spite of the recent advances in the development and usage of polymer lipid nanodisc systems, lack of control over size and poor tolerance to pH and divalent metal ions are major limitations for further applications. Here we report a facile modification of a low molecular weight styrene maleic acid copolymer to form monodispersed lipid bilayer nanodiscs that show ultra-stability towards a pH range of 2...
December 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224621/functional-expression-enhancement-of-bacillus-pumilus-cota-laccase-mutant-wlf-through-site-directed-mutagenesis
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Quan Luo, Yu Chen, Jing Xia, Kai-Qiang Wang, Yu-Jie Cai, Xiang-Ru Liao, Zheng-Bing Guan
Bacterial laccases are potential enzymes for biotechnological applications, such as detoxification of industrial effluents, decolorization of textile, and dimerization of phenolic acids, due to their remarkable advantages, including broad substrate spectrum, high thermostability, wide pH scope, and tolerance to alkaline environments. L386W/G417L/G57F (abbreviated as WLF), a good mutant of CotA-laccase from Bacillus pumilus W3, has been constructed and reported by our laboratory with highly improved catalytic efficiency...
February 2018: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218505/antibacterial-and-antibiofilm-activity-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-traditional-artisanal-milk-cheese-from-northeast-china-against-enteropathogenic-bacteria
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Xingyang Cui, Yunjia Shi, Shanshan Gu, Xin Yan, Hongyan Chen, Junwei Ge
The present study aims to investigate the probiotic properties of novel strains of lactic acid bacteria isolated from traditional artisanal milk cheese from Northeast China and to explore their antibacterial activity against enteropathogenic bacteria. Of the 321 isolates, 86 exhibited survival in low pH, resistance to pancreatin, and tolerance to bile salts; of these, 12 inhibited the growth of more than seven enteropathogenic bacteria and exhibited antibiofilm activities against Staphylococcus aureus CMCC26003 and/or Escherichia coli CVCC230...
December 7, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218223/additive-effects-of-pco2-and-temperature-on-respiration-rates-of-the-antarctic-pteropod-limacina-helicina-antarctica
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Umihiko Hoshijima, Juliet M Wong, Gretchen E Hofmann
The Antarctic pteropod, Limacina helicina antarctica, is a dominant member of the zooplankton in the Ross Sea and supports the vast diversity of marine megafauna that designates this region as an internationally protected area. Here, we observed the response of respiration rate to abiotic stressors associated with global change-environmentally relevant temperature treatments (-0.8°C, 4°C) and pH treatments reflecting current-day and future modeled extremes (8.2, 7.95 and 7.7 pH at -0.8°C; 8.11, 7.95 and 7...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213286/survival-of-five-strains-of-shiga-toxigenic-escherichia-coli-in-a-sausage-fermentation-model-and-subsequent-sensitivity-to-stress-from-gastric-acid-and-intestinal-fluid
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Tone Mari Rode, Anette McLeod, Ingrid Måge, Even Heir, Lars Axelsson, Askild L Holck
The ability of foodborne pathogens to exhibit adaptive responses to stressful conditions in foods may enhance their survival when passing through the gastrointestinal system. We aimed to determine whether Escherichia coli surviving stresses encountered during a model dry-fermented sausage (DFS) production process exhibit enhanced tolerance and survival in an in vitro gastrointestinal model. Salami sausage batters spiked with five E. coli isolates, including enterohaemorrhagic E. coli strains isolated from different DFS outbreaks, were fermented in a model DFS process (20°C, 21 days)...
2017: International Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200842/hemodynamic-and-gas-exchange-effects-of-inhaled-iloprost-in-patients-with-copd-and-pulmonary-hypertension
#17
Lan Wang, Yuan-Zhe Jin, Qin-Hua Zhao, Rong Jiang, Wen-Hui Wu, Su-Gang Gong, Jing He, Jin-Ming Liu, Zhi-Cheng Jing
Studies have shown that vasodilators such as iloprost can be useful for treating pulmonary hypertension (PH). However, in patients with COPD, vasodilators may inhibit hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction and impair gas exchange. The efficacy and safety of iloprost inhalation was assessed in 67 patients with PH associated with COPD (COPD-PH), diagnosed by right heart catheterization. Of these, 37 patients had severe PH (mean pulmonary arterial pressure [mPAP] >35 mmHg or mPAP 25-35 mmHg with low cardiac index [<2...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195961/encapsulation-of-the-therapeutic-microbe-akkermansia-muciniphila-in-a-double-emulsion-enhances-survival-in-simulated-gastric-conditions
#18
Kees C H van der Ark, Avis Dwi Wahyu Nugroho, Claire Berton-Carabin, Che Wang, Clara Belzer, Willem M de Vos, Karin Schroen
There is considerable attention for developing Akkermansia muciniphila as a new therapeutic microbe since it has shown to prevent diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes in mice. However, A. muciniphila is sensitive to gastric conditions such as low pH and oxygen. Therefore, we explored the possibility of encapsulating A. muciniphila in a water-in-oil-in-water (W/O/W) double emulsion, to allow for protection during gastric passage and subsequent release in the small intestine. The bacteria were efficiently encapsulated in the inner emulsion droplets and remained entrapped during in vitro gastric digestion...
December 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193980/a-randomized-multicenter-double-blind-study-to-evaluate-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-estradiol-vaginal-cream-0-003-in-postmenopausal-women-with-vaginal-dryness-as-the-most-bothersome-symptom
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David F Archer, Thomas D Kimble, F D Yuhua Lin, Simona Battucci, Vilma Sniukiene, James H Liu
BACKGROUND: Vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) is characterized by vaginal/vulvar dryness, irritation, dyspareunia, or dysuria. The objective of this study was to examine the efficacy and safety of a very low-dose estradiol vaginal cream (0.003%) applied twice per week in postmenopausal women with VVA-related vaginal dryness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study, postmenopausal women with moderate-severe vaginal dryness as the most bothersome VVA symptom were randomized (1:1) to estradiol cream 0...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179681/low-flow-extracorporeal-co2-removal-in-ards-patients-a-prospective-short-term-crossover-pilot-study
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Harlinde Peperstraete, Sunny Eloot, Pieter Depuydt, Filip De Somer, Carl Roosens, Eric Hoste
BACKGROUND: Lung protective mechanical ventilation (MV) is the corner stone of therapy for ARDS. However, its use may be limited by respiratory acidosis. This study explored feasibility of, effectiveness and safety of low flow extracorporeal CO2 removal (ECCO2R). METHODS: This was a prospective pilot study, using the Abylcap® (Bellco) ECCO2R, with crossover off-on-off design (2-h blocks) under stable MV settings, and follow up till end of ECCO2R. Primary endpoint for effectiveness was a 20% reduction of PaCO2 after the first 2-h...
November 28, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
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