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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231683/the-adverse-effects-of-exercise-and-supraphysiological-dose-of-testosterone-enanthate-te-on-exploratory-activity-in-elevated-plus-maze-epm-test-indications-for-using-total-exploratory-activity-tea-as-a-new-parameter-for-exploratory-activity-estimation-in-epm
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OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was the estimation of effects induced by chronic administration of supraphysiological dose of TE and prolonged exercise in male rats on anxiety levels (alterations in exploratory activity patterns in EPM). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two sedentary (control - C and testosterone-enanthate - T) and two exercise (exercise - E and testosterone-enanthate plus exercise - T+E) groups (n=32) underwent adequate protocols - the swimming protocol (1 h/day) and TE (20 mg/kg/w, s...
October 24, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231026/late-administration-of-a-palladium-lipoic-acid-complex-poly-mva-modifies-cardiac-mitochondria-but-not-functional-or-structural-manifestations-of-radiation-induced-heart-disease-in-a-rat-model
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Vijayalakshmi Sridharan, John W Seawright, Francis J Antonawich, Merrill Garnett, Maohua Cao, Preeti Singh, Marjan Boerma
Exposure of the heart to ionizing radiation can cause adverse myocardial remodeling. In small animal models, local heart irradiation causes persistent alterations in cardiac mitochondrial function and swelling. POLY-MVA is a dietary supplement that contains a palladium lipoic acid complex that targets mitochondrial complex I and has been demonstrated to have greater redox potential than lipoic acid alone. POLY-MVA improves mitochondrial function and anti-oxidant enzyme activity in the aged rat heart. In this study, we tested whether POLY-MVA can mitigate cardiac effects of ionizing radiation...
February 23, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230987/urinary-antibiotics-of-pregnant-women-in-eastern-china-and-cumulative-health-risk-assessment
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Hexing Wang, Na Wang, Junhua Qian, Lingyun Hu, Peixin Huang, Meifang Su, Xin Yu, Chaowei Fu, Feng Jiang, Qi Zhao, Ying Zhou, Haijiang Lin, Gengsheng He, Yue Chen, Qingwu Jiang
Exposure to antibiotics during pregnancy can pose a systematic effect on human health. A few bio-monitoring studies have demonstrated an extensive exposure of children to antibiotics, but there is still lack of data for pregnant women. To assess the exposure of pregnant women to antibiotics and potential health risk, we investigated 536 pregnant women aged 16-42 years from two geographically different study sites in Eastern China in 2015. We measured 21 antibiotics of five categories (seven fluoroquinolones, three phenicols, four tetracyclines, three macrolides, and four sulfonamides) in urines by using the isotope dilution ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to quadrupole time of-flight mass spectrometry...
February 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230829/genetic-effects-in-children-exposed-in-prenatal-period-to-ionizing-radiation-after-the-chornobyl-nuclear-power-plant-accident
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Ye I Stepanova, V Yu Vdovenko, Zh A Misharina, V I Kolos, L P Mischenko
AIM: To study the genetic effects in children exposed to radiation in utero as a result of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant accident accounting the total radiation doses and equivalent radiation doses to the red bone marrow. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Incidence of minor developmental anomalies was studied in children exposed to radiation in utero (study group) and in the control group (1144 subjects surveyed in total). Cytogenetic tests using the method of differential G-banding of chromosomes were conducted in 60 children of both study and control groups (10-12-year-olds) and repeatedly in 39 adolescents (15-17-year-olds)...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230777/cryptomphalus-aspersa-mollusc-egg-extract-promotes-regenerative-effects-in-human-dermal-papilla-stem-cells
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María Teresa Alameda, Esther Morel, Concepción Parrado, Salvador González, Ángeles Juarranz
The aim of this study was to test, by an in vitro approach, whether a natural extract derived from eggs of the mollusc Cryptomphalus aspersa (e-CAF) that seems to present regenerative properties, can enhance the mobilization of human hair dermal papilla cells (HHDPCs) and play a role on tissue repair and regeneration. We have tested HHDPCs proliferation by the 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium-bromide (MTT) assay; cell migration by using a wound healing assay, as well as the modulation of the expression of cytoskeletal (F-actin and vimentin) and cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix (ECM) (vinculin and P-FAK) proteins...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230352/disease-modifying-effects-of-m1-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptor-activation-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-mouse-model
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Evan P Lebois, Jason P Schroeder, Thomas J Esparza, Thomas M Bridges, Craig W Lindsley, P Jeffrey Conn, David L Brody, John Scott Daniels, Allan I Levey
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia worldwide and currently no disease-modifying therapy is available to slow or prevent AD, underscoring the urgent need for neuroprotective therapies. Selective M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mAChR) activation is an attractive mechanism for AD therapy since M1 mediates key effects on memory, cognition, and behavior and has potential for disease-modifying effects on Aβ formation and tau phosphorylation. To validate M1 as a neuroprotective treatment target for AD, the M1-selective agonist, VU0364572, was chronically dosed to 5XFAD mice from a young age preceding Aβ pathology (2 months) to an age where these mice are known to display memory impairments (6 months)...
February 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230252/randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-2-study-of-ganaxolone-as-add-on-therapy-in-adults-with-uncontrolled-partial-onset-seizures
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Michael R Sperling, Pavel Klein, Julia Tsai
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ganaxolone as adjunctive therapy in adults with uncontrolled partial-onset seizures despite taking up to three concomitant antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). METHODS: Adults aged 18-69 years and refractory to conventional AEDs were enrolled in a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. After an 8-week baseline period, patients were randomized 2:1 to ganaxolone 1,500 mg/day or placebo for a 10-week treatment period (2-week forced titration and 8-week maintenance) followed by either tapering or entry into an open-label extension study...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230232/carisbamate-blockade-of-t-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channels
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Do Young Kim, Fang-Xiong Zhang, Stan T Nakanishi, Timothy Mettler, Ik-Hyun Cho, Younghee Ahn, Florian Hiess, Lina Chen, Patrick G Sullivan, S R Wayne Chen, Gerald W Zamponi, Jong M Rho
OBJECTIVES: Carisbamate (CRS) is a novel monocarbamate compound that possesses antiseizure and neuroprotective properties. However, the mechanisms underlying these actions remain unclear. Here, we tested both direct and indirect effects of CRS on several cellular systems that regulate intracellular calcium concentration [Ca(2+) ]i . METHODS: We used a combination of cellular electrophysiologic techniques, as well as cell viability, Store Overload-Induced Calcium Release (SOICR), and mitochondrial functional assays to determine whether CRS might affect [Ca(2+) ]i levels through actions on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), mitochondria, and/or T-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229948/mixing-and-capping-techniques-for-activated-carbon-based-sediment-remediation-efficiency-and-adverse-effects-for-lumbriculus-variegatus
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Sebastian Abel, Inna Nybom, Kimmo Mäenpää, Sarah E Hale, Gerard Cornelissen, Jarkko Akkanen
Activated carbon (AC) has been proven to be highly effective for the in-situ remediation of sediments contaminated with a wide range of hydrophobic organic contaminants (HOCs). However, adverse biological effects, especially to benthic organisms, can accompany this promising remediation potential. In this study, we compare both the remediation potential and the biological effects of several AC materials for two application methods: mixing with sediment (MIX) at doses of 0.1 and 1.0% based on sediment dw and thin layer capping (TLC) with 0...
February 16, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229903/acute-and-subchronic-toxicity-studies-of-methanol-extract-of-polygonum-minus-leaves-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Parayil Varghese Christapher, Subramani Parasuraman, Mohd Zaini Asmawi, Vikneswaran Murugaiyah
Medicinal plant preparations may contain high levels of toxic chemical constituents to potentially cause serious harm to animals and/or humans. Thus, toxicity studies are important to assess the toxic effects of plant derived products. Polygonum minus is used traditionally for different ailments in Southeast Asia. This study was conducted to establish the acute and subchronic toxicity profile of the methanol extract of P. minus leaves. The acute toxicity study showed that the methanol extract of P. minus is safe even at the highest dose tested of 2000 mg/kg in female Sprague Dawley rats...
February 13, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229846/-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-approach-of-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria-recommendations-in-portugal
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Célia Costa, Margarida Gonçalo
Chronic spontaneous urticaria is a complex disorder, of unclear etiology, easily diagnosed although often difficult to treat. It has a significant impact on the patients' quality of life and results in high direct and indirect costs. The diagnosis of chronic spontaneous urticaria is mainly clinical and a limited number of tests is recommended for differential diagnosis and/or for the investigation/exclusion of possible causes. In addition to the complete blood count and C-reactive protein, and/or erythrocyte sedimentation rate, additional tests must be selected according to clinical criteria...
November 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229638/intranasal-insulin-treatment-improves-memory-and-learning-in-a-rat-amyloid-beta-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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S Farzampour, A Majdi, S Sadigh-Eteghad
Recently, insulin has been used as a pro-cognitive agent for the potential treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), because of its ability to cross the brain-blood barrier (BBB) by a saturable transport system. This study has been designed to evaluate the effects of intranasal insulin regimen, as a bypass system of BBB, on spatial memory in amyloid-beta (Aβ) model of AD in rat. Unilateral infusion of Aβ25-35 (10 nmol/2 µl/rat) into the lateral ventricular region of brain was used to produce a rat model of AD...
September 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229024/modafinil-decreases-anxiety-like-behaviour-in-zebrafish
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Adrian Johnson, Trevor James Hamilton
Modafinil (2-((diphenylmethyl)sulfinyl)acetamide), a selective dopamine and norepinephrine transporter inhibitor, is most commonly prescribed for narcolepsy but has gained recent interest for treating a variety of disorders. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) are becoming a model of choice for pharmacological and behavioural research. To investigate the behavioural effects of modafinil on anxiety, we administered doses of 0, 2, 20, and 200 mg/L for 30 minutes then tested zebrafish in the novel approach test. In this test, the fish was placed into a circular arena with a novel object in the center and motion-tracking software was used to quantify the time the fish spent in the outer area of the arena (thigmotaxis zone), middle third of the arena (transition zone) and center of the arena, as well as total distance traveled, immobility and meandering...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228405/inhibition-of-romk-blocks-macula-densa-tubuloglomerular-feedback-yet-causes-renal-vasoconstriction-in-anesthetized-rats
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Magali Araujo, William J Welch, Xiaoyan Zhou, Kathleen Sullivan, Shawn Walsh, Alexander Pasternak, Christopher S Wilcox
The Na+/K+/2Cl- cotransporter (NKCC2) on the loop of Henle is the site of action of furosemide. Since outer medullary potassium channel (ROMK) inhibitors prevent reabsorption by NKCC2, we tested the hypothesis that ROMK inhibition with a novel, selective ROMK inhibitor (Compound C) blocks tubuloglomerular feedback (TGF) and reduces vascular resistance. Loop perfusion of either ROMK inhibitor or furosemide caused dose-dependent blunting of TGF, but the response to furosemide was 10-fold more sensitive (IC50= 10-6M for furosemide and IC50=10-5M for Compound C)...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228162/efficacy-and-safety-of-indacaterol-glycopyrronium-fixed-dose-combination-in-mild-to-moderate-copd-patients-symptomatic-on-tiotropium-in-korea-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chin Kook Rhee, Hye Yun Park, Jeong-Woong Park, Ji-Hyun Lee, Tae-Hyung Kim, Sei Won Lee, Ji Ye Jung, Song Kim, Yong Il Hwang, Ki-Suck Jung
BACKGROUND: Long-acting bronchodilator monotherapy (long-acting β2-agonist [LABA] or long-acting muscarinic antagonist [LAMA]) is extensively used for treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with mild-to-moderate airflow limitation. However, a substantial number of patients remain symptomatic despite treatment with a single bronchodilator, necessitating a change in therapy. METHODS: This 12-week, randomized, multicenter, open-label, phase IV study aims to show that the once-daily indacaterol/glycopyrronium (IND/GLY) 110/50 μg fixed-dose LABA/LAMA combination results in an improved lung function in symptomatic patients with mild-to-moderate COPD who switch from once-daily tiotropium 18 μg...
February 22, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228114/efficacy-of-1-5-and-20%C3%A2-mg-oral-sildenafil-in-the-treatment-of-adults-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-randomized-double-blind-study-with-open-label-extension
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Carmine Dario Vizza, B K S Sastry, Zeenat Safdar, Lutz Harnisch, Xiang Gao, Min Zhang, Manisha Lamba, Zhi-Cheng Jing
BACKGROUND: In a previous study, 6-minute walk distance (6MWD) improvement with sildenafil was not dose dependent at the 3 doses tested (20, 40, and 80 mg 3 times daily [TID]). This study assessed whether lower doses were less effective than the approved 20-mg TID dosage. METHODS: Treatment-naive patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension were randomized to 12 weeks of double-blind sildenafil 1, 5, or 20 mg TID; 12 weeks of open-label sildenafil 20 mg TID followed...
February 23, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227433/microprinted-tumor-spheroids-enable-anti-cancer-drug-screening
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Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana, Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana
Spheroids present a biologically relevant model of avascular tumors and a unique tool for discovery of anti-cancer drugs. Despite being used in research laboratories for several decades, spheroids are not routinely used for drug discovery primarily due to the difficulty of mass-producing uniformly-sized spheroids and intense labor involved in handling, drug treatment, and analyzing them. We overcome this barrier using a novel technology to robotically microprint spheroids in standard 384-well plates. An aqueous drop containing cancer cells is dispensed into a bath of a second, immiscible aqueous phase...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227381/graph-based-sinogram-denoising-for-tomographic-reconstructions
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Faisal Mahmood, Nauman Shahid, Pierre Vandergheynst, Ulf Skoglund, Faisal Mahmood, Nauman Shahid, Pierre Vandergheynst, Ulf Skoglund, Faisal Mahmood, Ulf Skoglund, Nauman Shahid, Pierre Vandergheynst
Limited data and low-dose constraints are common problems in a variety of tomographic reconstruction paradigms, leading to noisy and incomplete data. Over the past few years, sinogram denoising has become an essential preprocessing step for low-dose Computed Tomographic (CT) reconstructions. We propose a novel sinogram denoising algorithm inspired by signal processing on graphs. Graph-based methods often perform better than standard filtering operations since they can exploit the signal structure. This makes the sinogram an ideal candidate for graph based denoising since it generally has a piecewise smooth structure...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227144/optimal-medication-dosing-from-suboptimal-clinical-examples-a-deep-reinforcement-learning-approach
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Shamim Nemati, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Gari D Clifford, Shamim Nemati, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Gari D Clifford, Gari D Clifford, Mohammad M Ghassemi
Misdosing medications with sensitive therapeutic windows, such as heparin, can place patients at unnecessary risk, increase length of hospital stay, and lead to wasted hospital resources. In this work, we present a clinician-in-the-loop sequential decision making framework, which provides an individualized dosing policy adapted to each patient's evolving clinical phenotype. We employed retrospective data from the publicly available MIMIC II intensive care unit database, and developed a deep reinforcement learning algorithm that learns an optimal heparin dosing policy from sample dosing trails and their associated outcomes in large electronic medical records...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227051/optimal-decision-support-rules-improve-personalize-warfarin-treatment-outcomes
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Chih-Lin Chi, Kourosh Ravvaz, John Weissert, Peter J Tonellato, Chih-Lin Chi, Kourosh Ravvaz, John Weissert, Peter J Tonellato, Chih-Lin Chi, Kourosh Ravvaz, John Weissert, Peter J Tonellato
We tested optimization-based approaches to generate decision support rules used to improve personalized warfarin treatment based on clinical and genetic characteristics. Our approach simulated warfarin treatment outcomes using five existing treatment plans for clinical avatars (virtual patients). We used individual clinical avatar Time-in-Therapeutic-Range to represent the two-sided adverse risk to bleeding (over dosed - above therapeutic range) and thrombosis (under dosed - below therapeutic range) and as the objective function in the optimization to minimize overall risk...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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