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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549802/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-androst-3-5-diene-3-carboxylic-acid-derivatives-as-inhibitors-of-5%C3%AE-reductase-type-1-and-2
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Kejing Lao, Jie Sun, Chong Wang, Weiting Lyu, Boshen Zhou, Ruheng Zhao, Qian Xu, Qidong You, Hua Xiang
5α-Reductase is a key enzyme responsible for dihydrotestosterone biosynthesis and has been recognized as an important target for discovering new drugs against benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In this study, a series of novel steroidal androst-3,5-diene-3-carboxylic acids have been designed and synthesized. Biological evaluations were performed on their 5α-reductase inhibitory activities by both in vitro enzyme inhibition assay and in vivo by prostate weighing method. Results showed that most of them displayed excellent 5α-reductase inhibitory potency...
May 23, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549354/the-facespan-the-perceptual-span-for-face-recognition
#2
Michael Papinutto, Junpeng Lao, Meike Ramon, Roberto Caldara, Sébastien Miellet
In reading, the perceptual span is a well-established concept that refers to the amount of information that can be read in a single fixation. Surprisingly, despite extensive empirical interest in determining the perceptual strategies deployed to process faces and an ongoing debate regarding the factors or mechanism(s) underlying efficient face processing, the perceptual span for faces-the Facespan-remains undetermined. To address this issue, we applied the gaze-contingent Spotlight technique implemented in an old-new face recognition paradigm...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541501/satellite-based-estimates-of-long-term-exposure-to-fine-particulate-matter-are-associated-with-c-reactive-protein-in-30%C3%A2-034-taiwanese-adults
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Zilong Zhang, Ly-Yun Chang, Alexis K H Lau, Ta-Chien Chan, Yuan Chieh Chuang, Jimmy Chan, Changqing Lin, Wun Kai Jiang, Keith Dear, Benny C Y Zee, Eng-Kiong Yeoh, Gerard Hoek, Tony Tam, Xiang Qian Lao
Background: Particulate matter (PM) air pollution is associated with the risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, the biological mechanism underlying the associations remains unclear. Atherosclerosis, the underlying pathology of cardiovascular disease, is a chronic inflammatory process. We therefore investigated the association of long-term exposure to fine PM (PM 2.5 ) with C-reactive protein (CRP), a sensitive marker of systemic inflammation, in a large Taiwanese population...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540719/one-step-toward-a-new-generation-of-c-mos-compatible-oxide-p-n-junctions-structure-of-the-lsmo-zno-interface-elucidated-by-an-experimental-and-theoretical-synergic-work
#4
Daniele Pullini, Mauro Francesco Sgroi, Agnes Nora Mahmoud, Nicolas Gauquelin, Lorenzo Maschio, Anna Maria Ferrari, Rik Groenen, Cas Damen, Guus Rijnders, Karel H W van den Bos, Sandra Van Aert, Johan Verbeeck
Heterostructures formed by La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/ZnO (LSMO/ZnO) interfaces exhibit extremely interesting electronic properties making them promising candidatea for novel oxide p-n junctions with multifunctional features. In this work, the structure of the interface is studied through a combined experimental/theoretical approach, . Hetero-structures were grown epitaxially and homogeneously on 4" silicon wafers, characterized by advanced electron microscopy imaging and spectroscopy, and simulated by ab-initio DFT calculations...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537623/the-effects-of-lattice-strain-dislocations-and-microstructure-on-the-transport-properties-of-ysz-films
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George F Harrington, Andrea Cavallaro, David W McComb, Stephen J Skinner, John A Kilner
Enhanced conductivity in YSZ films has been of substantial interest over the last decade. In this paper we examine the effects of substrate lattice mismatch and film thickness on the strain in YSZ films and the resultant effect on the conductivity. 8 mol% YSZ films have been grown on MgO, Al2O3, LAO and NGO substrates, thereby controlling the lattice mismatch at the film/substrate interface. The thickness of the films was varied to probe the interfacial contribution to the transport properties, as measured by impedance spectroscopy and tracer diffusion...
May 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536884/an-update-in-symptom-clusters-using-the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system-in-a-palliative-radiotherapy-clinic
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Vithusha Ganesh, Liying Zhang, Stephanie Chan, Bo Angela Wan, Leah Drost, May Tsao, Cyril Danjoux, Elizabeth Barnes, Rachel McDonald, Leigha Rowbottom, Pearl Zaki, Ronald Chow, Matthew K Hwang, Carlo DeAngelis, Nicholas Lao, Edward Chow
PURPOSE: To identify symptom clusters in advanced cancer patients attending a palliative radiotherapy clinic using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS). METHODS: Principal component analysis (PCA), exploratory factor analysis (EFA), and hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) were used to identify symptom clusters among the nine ESAS items using scores from each patient's first visit. RESULTS: ESAS scores from 182 patients were analyzed...
May 23, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528487/role-of-medicines-of-unknown-identity-in-adverse-drug-reaction-related-hospitalizations-in-developing-countries-evidence-from-a-cross-sectional-study-in-a-teaching-hospital-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic
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Céline Caillet, Chanvilay Sichanh, Gaëtan Assemat, Myriam Malet-Martino, Agnès Sommet, Haleh Bagheri, Noudy Sengxeu, Niphonh Mongkhonmath, Mayfong Mayxay, Lamphone Syhakhang, Maryse Lapeyre-Mestre, Paul N Newton, Anne Roussin
INTRODUCTION: The health dangers of medicines of unknown identity (MUIs) [loose pharmaceutical units repackaged in individual bags without labelling of their identity] have been suspected in L/MICs. Using visual and analytical tools to identify MUIs, we investigated the frequency of, and factors associated with, adverse drug reaction (ADR)-related hospitalizations in a central hospital in Vientiane Capital, Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). METHODS: All unplanned admissions, except for acute trauma and intentional overdose, were prospectively recorded during a 7-week period in 2013, leading to include 453 adults hospitalized for ≥24 h...
May 20, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528177/tetrodotoxin-in-asian-newts-salamandridae
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Mari Yotsu-Yamashita, Stefan W Toennes, Dietrich Mebs
Tetrodotoxin (TTX) and its analogues occur in a wide range of marine animals but also in terrestrial vertebrates such as frogs, toads and newts. Despite numerous studies on TTX in New World newts (Notophthalmus viridescens, Taricha spp.), few data only exist for Asian newts. Methanolic extracts of newts from China (Cynops orientalis, Pachytriton labiatus, Paramesotriton chinensis), Vietnam (Paramesotriton deloustali, P. guangxiensis), and Laos (Laotriton laoensis) were analyzed by liquid-chromatography-fluorescent detection (LC-FLD) and mass-spectrometry (LC-MS)...
May 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525479/outcome-of-bilateral-c1-laminar-hooks-combined-with-c2-pedicle-screw-fixation-for-the-treatment-of-c1-c2-instability-a-report-of-18-cases-from-a-single-chinese-center
#9
Lifeng Lao, Guibin Zhong, Qianyi Li, Xinfeng Li, Bin Chen, Lie Qian, Zude Liu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective technical report. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of bilateral C1 laminar hooks combined with C2 pedicle screw fixation for the treatment of C1-C2 instability. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Various posterior atlantoaxial fixations for C1-C2 instability have been developed. However, due to anatomic anomalies of the vertebral artery, the smallness of the pedicle, trajectories of broken screws, or a lack of surgical experience, a simple atlantoaxial fixation technique with good safety and effectiveness is urgently needed...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511673/long-term-safety-and-efficacy-of-vismodegib-in-patients-with-advanced-basal-cell-carcinoma-final-update-of-the-pivotal-erivance-bcc-study
#10
Aleksandar Sekulic, Michael R Migden, Nicole Basset-Seguin, Claus Garbe, Anja Gesierich, Christopher D Lao, Chris Miller, Laurent Mortier, Dedee F Murrell, Omid Hamid, Jorge F Quevedo, Jeannie Hou, Edward McKenna, Natalie Dimier, Sarah Williams, Dirk Schadendorf, Axel Hauschild
BACKGROUND: In the primary analysis of the ERIVANCE BCC trial, vismodegib, the first US Food and Drug Administration-approved Hedgehog pathway inhibitor, showed objective response rates (ORRs) by independent review facility (IRF) of 30% and 43% in metastatic basal cell carcinoma (mBCC) and locally advanced BCC (laBCC), respectively. ORRs by investigator review were 45% (mBCC) and 60% (laBCC). Herein, we present long-term safety and final investigator-assessed efficacy results in patients with mBCC or laBCC...
May 16, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511110/determination-of-regional-relationships-among-salmonella-spp-isolated-from-retail-pork-circulating-in-the-chiang-mai-municipality-area-using-a-wgs-data-approach
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Prapas Patchanee, Thanaporn Eiamsam-Ang, Juntakarn Vanaseang, Phacharaporn Boonkhot, Pakpoom Tadee
Salmonella is recognized as a significant zoonotic foodborne pathogen, and pork products are involved in one-fifth of infections. Whole genome sequencing data of Salmonella isolated from retail's pork circulating in the Chiang Mai Municipality area between April 2013 and September 2014, were used to focus on genetic diversity and proven in pig-human transmission based on Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST). Additionally, WGS data were used to investigate virulence genes, to assess the hazard or pathogenic potential transferred into the food production chain...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510199/taxonomic-placement-of-paphiopedilum-rungsuriyanum-cypripedioideae-orchidaceae-based-on-morphological-cytological-and-molecular-analyses
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Yung-I Lee, Mei-Chu Chung, Kongmany Sydara, Onevilay Souliya, Sulivong Luang Aphay
BACKGROUND: Paphiopedilum rungsuriyanum from Northern Laos was discovered and described in 2014. It is characterized by having miniature tessellated leaves, a flower having a helmet shaped lip with a V-shaped neckline, and a semi-lunate, 3-dentate staminode with an umbo. These morphological features distinguish P. rungsuriyanum from the other known sections/subgenera of Paphiopedilum, making it difficult to group with existing infrageneric units. RESULTS: Paphiopedilum rungsuriyanum has chromosome number of 2n = 26...
December 2017: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505561/class-enzyme-based-motors-for-on-the-fly-enantiomer-analysis-of-amino-acids
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Laura García-Carmona, María Moreno-Guzmán, María Cristina González, Alberto Escarpa
Here, two class-enzyme motors are properly designed allowing the rapid dispersion of the class-enzyme D-amino acid oxidase (DAO) and L-amino acid oxidase (LAO) for selective "on the fly" biodetection of D and L-amino acids (AAs), respectively. The efficient movement together with the continuous release of fresh class-enzyme leads to a greatly accelerated enzymatic reaction processes without the need of external stirring or chemical and physical attachment of the enzyme. Ultra-fast detection (<2min) and accurate quantifications of L-phenylalanine (L-Phe) in plasma and whole-blood newborns samples diagnosed with Phenylketonuria and total D-AAs in Vibrio cholera cultures are pioneer illustrated as relevant examples of each enantiomer determination...
May 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505314/diversity-of-mosquitoes-diptera-culicidae-attracted-to-human-subjects-in-rubber-plantations-secondary-forests-and-villages-in-luang-prabang-province-northern-lao-pdr
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Julie-Anne A Tangena, Phoutmany Thammavong, Naritsara Malaithong, Thavone Inthavong, Phuthasone Ouanesamon, Paul T Brey, Steve W Lindsay
The impact of the rapid expansion of rubber plantations in South-East Asia on mosquito populations is uncertain. We compared the abundance and diversity of adult mosquitoes using human-baited traps in four typical rural habitats in northern Lao PDR: secondary forests, immature rubber plantations, mature rubber plantations, and villages. Generalized estimating equations were used to explore differences in mosquito abundance between habitats, and Simpson's diversity index was used to measure species diversity...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503330/febuxostat-attenuates-renal-damage-besides-exerting-hypouricemic-effect-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
#15
Jianmin Ran, Gang Xu, Huixuan Ma, Hailing Xu, Yan Liu, Rongshao Tan, Ping Zhu, Jun Song, Gancheng Lao
Aim. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of febuxostat, a novel inhibitor of xanthine oxidase (XO), on renal damage in streptozotocin- (STZ-) induced diabetic rats. Methods. Diabetes was induced by the intraperitoneal injection of STZ in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Sham-injected rats served as controls. The control and diabetic rats were treated with and without febuxostat for 8 weeks, respectively. Fasting blood and 24-h urine samples were collected every 4 weeks. Rat livers were extracted for detecting gene expression, content, and bioactivity of XO...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496105/off-stoichiometry-driven-carrier-density-variation-at-the-interface-of-laalo3-srtio3
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Ming-Shiu Tsai, Chi-Sheng Li, Shih-Ting Guo, Ming-Yuan Song, Akhilesh Kr Singh, Wei-Li Lee, M-W Chu
The interface between LaAlO3 (LAO) and SrTiO3 (STO) has attracted enormous interests due to its rich physical phenomena, such as metallic nature, magnetism and superconductivity. In this work, we report our experimental investigations on the influence of the LAO stoichiometry to the metallic interface. Taking advantage of the oxide molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technique, a series of high quality LAO films with different nominal La/Al ratios and LAO thicknesses were grown on the TiO2-terminated STO substrates, where systematic variations of the LAO lattice constant and transport property were observed...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495807/neurologic-serious-adverse-events-associated-with-nivolumab-plus-ipilimumab-or-nivolumab-alone-in-advanced-melanoma-including-a-case-series-of-encephalitis
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James Larkin, Bartosz Chmielowski, Christopher D Lao, F Stephen Hodi, William Sharfman, Jeffrey Weber, Karijn P M Suijkerbuijk, Sergio Azevedo, Hewei Li, Daniel Reshef, Alexandre Avila, David A Reardon
BACKGROUND: Despite unprecedented efficacy across multiple tumor types, immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy is associated with a unique and wide spectrum of immune-related adverse events (irAEs), including neurologic events ranging from mild headache to potentially life-threatening encephalitis. Here, we summarize neurologic irAEs associated with nivolumab and ipilimumab melanoma treatment, present cases of treatment-related encephalitis, and provide practical guidance on diagnosis and management...
May 11, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495384/medicinal-chemistry-of-antischistosomal-drugs-praziquantel-and-oxamniquine
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Vinícius Barros Ribeiro da Silva, Bruna Rafaella Koresch Leiva Campos, Jamerson Ferreira de Oliveira, Jean-Luc Decout, Maria do Carmo Alves de Lima
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of diseases that, besides prevailing in poverty conditions, contribute to the maintenance of social inequality, being a strong barrier to a country development. Schistosomiasis, a NTD, is a tropical and subtropical disease caused by the trematode Schistosoma mansoni (Africa, Middle East, Caribbean, Brazil, Venezuela, Suriname), japonicum (China, Indonesia, the Philippines), mekongi (several districts of Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic), intercalatum and guianensis (areas of tropical rainforests in Central Africa) and hematobium (Middle East Africa, Corsica, France) whose adult forms inhabit the mesenteric vessels of the host, while the intermediate forms are found in the aquatic gastropod snails of the genus Biomphalaria...
July 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494836/pulmonary-toxicity-in-rats-caused-by-exposure-to-intratracheal-instillation-of-sio2-nanoparticles
#19
Hong Yang, Qiu Yun Wu, Ming Yue Li, Can Shan Lao, Ying Jian Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The effect of the silica nanoparticles (SNs) on lungs injury in rats was investigated to evaluate the toxicity and possible mechanisms for SNs. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were instilled intratracheally with 1 mL of saline containing 6.25, 12.5, and 25.0 mg of SNs or 25.0 mg of microscale SiO2 particles suspensions for 30 d, were then sacrificed. Histopathological and ultrastructural change in lungs, and chemical components in the urine excretions were investigated by light microscope, TEM and EDS...
April 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494013/modeling-spatial-variation-in-risk-of-presence-and-insecticide-resistance-for-malaria-vectors-in-laos
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Marc Souris, Sébastien Marcombe, Julie Laforet, Paul T Brey, Vincent Corbel, Hans J Overgaard
Climatic, sociological and environmental conditions are known to affect the spatial distribution of malaria vectors and disease transmission. Intensive use of insecticides in the agricultural and public health sectors exerts a strong selective pressure on resistance genes in malaria vectors. Spatio-temporal models of favorable conditions for Anopheles species' presence were developed to estimate the probability of presence of malaria vectors and insecticide resistance in Lao PDR. These models were based on environmental and meteorological conditions, and demographic factors...
2017: PloS One
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