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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821129/characterization-and-anticoagulant-activity-of-a-fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate-with-unusually-procoagulant-effect-from-sea-cucumber
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Mohamed Ben Mansour, Rafik Balti, Véronique Ollivier, Hichem Ben Jannet, Frédéric Chaubet, Raoui Mounir Maaroufi
The fucosylated chondroitin sulfate (FuCS) was isolated from the sea cucumber Holothuria polii body wall and then purified by anion exchange chromatography and the structure was characterized by FT-IR and NMR spectroscopy. Anticoagulant activity was measured in plasma by classical anticoagulation tests and the thrombin generation was assessed by calibrated automated thrombography. The results showed that the FuCS obtained at a yield of 4.66% possesses high sulfate content 43% and an average molecular mass of 45...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821026/ultrahigh-antibacterial-efficacy-of-meropenem-loaded-chitosan-nanoparticles-in-a-septic-animal-model
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Ayat Abdelkader, Mohamed A El-Mokhtar, Ola Abdelkader, Mostafa A Hamad, Mahmoud Elsabahy, Omaima N El-Gazayerly
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most significant health challenges worldwide. Meropenem is a broad spectrum beta-lactam antibiotic that possesses high activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. However, it has a short plasma half-life, and thus requiring frequent administration of high doses. For the first time, meropenem-loaded chitosan nanoparticles were prepared and evaluated as a potential tool to overcome antimicrobial resistance and to improve pharmacokinetics of the drug. Spherical nanosized particles were prepared and demonstrated ultrahigh encapsulation efficiency of meropenem (i...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820881/vector-competence-of-populations-of-aedes-aegypti-from-three-distinct-cities-in-kenya-for-chikungunya-virus
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Sheila B Agha, Edith Chepkorir, Francis Mulwa, Caroline Tigoi, Samwel Arum, Milehna M Guarido, Peris Ambala, Betty Chelangat, Joel Lutomiah, David P Tchouassi, Michael J Turell, Rosemary Sang
BACKGROUND: In April, 2004, chikungunya virus (CHIKV) re-emerged in Kenya and eventually spread to the islands in the Indian Ocean basin, South-East Asia, and the Americas. The virus, which is often associated with high levels of viremia in humans, is mostly transmitted by the urban vector, Aedes aegypti. The expansion of CHIKV presents a public health challenge both locally and internationally. In this study, we investigated the ability of Ae. aegypti mosquitoes from three distinct cities in Kenya; Mombasa (outbreak prone), Kisumu, and Nairobi (no documented outbreak) to transmit CHIKV...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820863/improvements-in-resilience-stress-and-somatic-symptoms-following-online-resilience-training-a-dose-response-effect
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Brad Smith, Andrew Shatté, Adam Perlman, Michael Siers, Wendy D Lynch
OBJECTIVE: To determine if participation in an online resilience program impacts resilience, stress, and somatic symptoms. METHODS: Approximately 600 enrollees in the meQuilibrium resilience program received a series of brief, individually prescribed video, and text training modules in a user-friendly format. Regression models tested how time in the program affected change in resilience from baseline and how changes in resilience affected change in stress and reported symptoms...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820857/kinematic-and-neuromuscular-measures-of-intensity-during-plyometric-jumps
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David Cristóbal Andrade, Oscar Manzo, Ana Rosa Beltrán, Cristian Álvarez, Rodrigo Del Rio, Camilo Toledo, Jason Moran, Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo
The aim of this study was to assess jumping performance and neuromuscular activity in lower limb muscles after drop jumps (DJ) from different drop heights (intensity) and during continuous jumping (fatigue), using markers such as reactive strength, jump height, mechanical power and surface electromyography (sEMG). The eccentric (EC) and concentric (CON) sEMG from the medial gastrocnemius (MG), biceps femoris (BF) and rectus (R) muscles were assessed during all tests. In a cross-sectional, randomized study, eleven volleyball players (age 24...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820802/antioxidation-role-of-different-lateral-stellate-ganglion-block-in-isoproterenol-induced-acute-myocardial-ischemia-in-rats
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Na Wei, Meng Chi, Lin Deng, Guonian Wang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To determine whether stellate ganglion block (SGB) treatment exerts protective effects against isoproterenol (ISO)-induced acute myocardial ischemia (AMI) due to its antioxidant effects, we aimed to evaluate the protective effects of different lateral SGB agents on the tissue antioxidant status in ISO-induced AMI in male Sprague-Dawley rats. METHODS: The AMI model received an acute ISO overdose to make cardiac ischemia damage at a single dose of 110 mg/kg injected subcutaneously into the rats...
September 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820684/lack-of-efficacy-of-liposomal-amphotericin-b-against-acute-and-chronic-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-in-mice
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Karl V Clemons, Raymond A Sobel, Marife Martinez, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira, David A Stevens
Acute and chronic infection with Trypanosoma cruzi affects millions of people. The current therapeutic options are highly toxic and often not effective. Liposomal amphotericin B (LABORATORY) has been demonstrated previously to have some activity in murine models. In our studies, higher dosages given multiple times were tested for activity against acute or chronic disease, exploring whether intermittent and brief regimens could be effective, as might then prove useful in human, particularly outpatient, therapy...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820681/efficacy-safety-and-cost-effectiveness-of-thermotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-leishmania-donovani-induced-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Wardha F Refai, Nayani P Madarasingha, Buthsiri Sumanasena, Sudath Weerasingha, Amala De Silva, Rohini Fernandopulle, Abhay R Satoskar, Nadira D Karunaweera
Leishmania donovani causes cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Sri Lanka. Standard treatment is multiple, painful doses of intralesional sodium stibogluconate (IL-SSG). Treatment failures are increasingly reported, hence the need to investigate alternatives. Efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of thermotherapy were assessed for the first time for L. donovani CL. A single blinded noninferiority randomized controlled trial was conducted on new laboratory-confirmed CL patients with single lesions (N = 213). Selected patients were randomly assigned to 1) test group (N = 98; single session of radiofrequency-induced heat therapy (RFHT) given at 50°C for 30 seconds) and 2) control group (N = 115; 1-3 mL IL-SSG given weekly, until cure/10 doses)...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820634/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-effects-of-atm-atr-signaling-pathway-on-proliferation-apoptosis-and-radiosensitivity-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-cells
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Ming Wang, Gang Liu, Guo-Ping Shan, Bing-Bing Wang
AIM: The study investigated the ability of ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM)/Rad3-related (ATR) signaling pathway to influence the proliferation, apoptosis, and radiosensitivity of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: NPC tissues and corresponding adjacent normal tissues were collected from 143 NPC patients. The NPC CNE2 cells were assigned into a control group, X-ray group, CGK-733 group, and X-ray+CGK-733 group. The mRNA levels of ATM and ATR were evaluated using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and the protein levels of ATM and ATR using western blotting...
August 2017: Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820402/does-signaling-of-estrogen-related-receptors-affect-structure-and-function-of-bank-vole-leydig-cells
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P Pawlicki, A Milon, M Zarzycka, J Galas, W Tworzydlo, A Kaminska, L Pardyak, K Lesniak, A Pacwa, B Bilinska, E Gorowska-Wojtowicz, M Kotula-Balak
To get a deeper insight into the function of estrogen-related receptors (ERRs) and dissect underlying mechanism in Leydig cells, ERRs (type α, β and γ) were blocked or activated in testes of adult bank voles (Myodes glareolus) which show seasonal changes in the intratesticular sex hormones level. Both actively reproducing animals (long day conditions; LD) and those with regression of the reproductive system (short day conditions; SD) received intraperitoneal injections of selective ERRα antagonist 3-[4-(2,4-Bis-trifluoromethylbenzyloxy)-3-methoxyphenyl]-2-cyano-N-(5-trifluoromethyl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)acrylamide (XCT 790) or selective ERRβ/ERRγ agonist N-(4-(Diethylaminobenzylidenyl)-N'-(4-hydroxybenzoyl)-hydrazine (DY131) (50 μ/kg bw; six doses every other day)...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820396/the-role-of-mtor-inhibitors-and-hmg-coa-reductase-inhibitors-on-young-and-old-endothelial-cell-functions-critical-for-re-endothelialisation-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-an-in-vitro-study
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K Korybalska, E Kawka, A Breborowicz, J Witowski
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has become a standard treatment in patients with acute coronary syndrome. However, it is associated with endothelial cell denudation, which may predispose to in-stent thrombosis and restenosis. Pharmacological methods which prevent restenosis can delay post-PCI re-endothelialisation. We have therefore examined how atorvastatin (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor), sirolimus and everolimus (mTOR inhibitors) affect young and old endothelial cell functions which are responsible for wound healing after PCI...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820285/oligometastatic-cancer-stereotactic-ablative-radiotherapy-for-patients-affected-by-isolated-body-metastasis
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Andrea Lancia, Gianluca Ingrosso, Alessandra Carosi, Luana Di Murro, Emilia Giudice, Sara Cicchetti, Pasquale Morelli, Daniela di Cristino, Claudia Bruni, Alessandra Murgia, Alessandro Cancelli, Irene Turturici, Anjali Iadevaia, Elisabetta Ponti, Riccardo Santoni
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the outcome of patients affected by a single isolated body metastasis treated with stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seven-eight patients were treated with SBRT for isolated body metastasis. The most frequent primary tumor was prostate cancer (28.2%), followed by colorectal cancer (23.1%) and lung cancer (20.5%). Median age at diagnosis of oligometastatic disease was 70 years (range 47-88). Median Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) was 90 (range 70-100)...
August 18, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820232/recognizing-and-managing-adrenal-disorders-in-the-emergency-department
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Amy Cutright, Stephen Ducey, Claudia L. Barthold
Primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency are underrecognized conditions among emergency department patients, affecting an estimated 10% to 20% of critically ill patients. The signs and symptoms of cortisol deficit can be nonspecific and wide-ranging, and identification and swift treatment with stress-dosing of hydrocortisone is vital to avoid life-threatening adrenal crisis. Laboratory evaluation focuses on identification of electrolyte abnormalities typical of adrenal insufficiency, and while additional testing may depend on the type and severity of symptoms, it should not delay corticosteroid replacement...
September 2017: Emergency Medicine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820170/paradoxical-worsening-of-a-case-of-tb-subretinal-abscess-with-serpiginous-like-choroiditis-following-the-initiation-of-antitubercular-therapy
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Sudha K Ganesh, B Sowkath Ali
A 37-year-old immunocompetent male patient presented with the blurring of vision, both eyes for the past1 year. Fundus examination revealed bilateral multiple subretinal abscesses with areas of healed serpiginous-like choroiditis. Laboratory investigations showed positive tuberculin skin test, positive QuantiFERON TB-Gold Test, and high resolution computed tomography chest showed enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes. The aqueous sample revealed polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) (MPB64 genome)...
August 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820142/nanomelatonin-triggers-superior-anticancer-functionality-in-a-human-malignant-glioblastoma-cell-line
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Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Anup Kumar Srivastava, Atul Dev, Babita Kaundal, Subhasree Roy Choudhury, Surajit Karmakar
Melatonin (MEL) has promising medicinal value as an anticancer agent in a variety of malignancies, but there are difficulties in achieving a therapeutic dose due to its short half-life, low bioavailability, poor solubility and extensive first-pass metabolism. In this study chitosan/tripolyphosphate (TPP) nanoparticles were prepared by an ionic gelation method to overcome the therapeutic challenges of melatonin and to improve its anticancer efficacy. Characterization of the melatonin-loaded chitosan (MEL-CS) nanoformulation was performed using transmission and scanning electron microscopies, dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction...
August 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820026/pilot-validation-of-an-individualised-pharmacokinetic-algorithm-for-protamine-dosing-after-systemic-heparinisation-for-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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Lachlan F Miles, Paolo Marchiori, Florian Falter
INTRODUCTION: This manuscript represents a pilot study assessing the feasibility of a single-compartment, individualised, pharmacokinetic algorithm for protamine dosing after cardiopulmonary bypass. METHODS: A pilot cohort study in a specialist NHS cardiothoracic hospital targeting patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass. Patients received protamine doses according to a pharmacokinetic algorithm (n = 30) or using an empirical, fixed-dose model (n = 30)...
September 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819949/addison-s-disease-concomitant-with-corticotropin-deficiency-and-pituitary-crh-resistance-a-case-report
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Krzysztof C Lewandowski, Katarzyna Malicka, Katarzyna Dąbrowska, Andrzej Lewiński
A 36-year-old woman was found to have a low morning ACTH concentration despite a history of Addison's disease. Past medical history: At the age of 23 years the subject developed Graves's disease, which was treated with radioiodine. At about the same time, she claimed to have two episodes of pancreatitis treated with cholecystectomy. About seven months later she was euthyroid on L-thyroxine (TSH 1.51 mIU/mL) but was admitted with hypotension, hyponatraemia (sodium 109 mmol/L), and low morning cortisol (119 nmol/L)...
2017: Endokrynologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819385/a-randomized-open-label-safety-and-exploratory-efficacy-study-of-kanglaite-injection-klti-plus-gemcitabine-versus-gemcitabine-in-patients-with-advanced-pancreatic-cancer
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Lee S Schwartzberg, Francis P Arena, Bryan J Bienvenu, Edward H Kaplan, Luis H Camacho, Luis T Campos, J Paul Waymack, Mary A Tagliaferri, Michael M Chen, Dapeng Li
Background: This study was designed to assess the safety and preliminary efficacy of KLTi plus gemcitabine in patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer. Methods: In a randomized, open-label study, patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer were randomized 2:1 to receive KLTi plus gemcitabine or gemcitabine monotherapy. Three sequential cohorts were tested at 30 g/day, 50 g/day, and 30 g/day. Gemcitabine was administered at 1000 mg/m(2) on days 1, 8 and 15 of each 28 day cycle...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819166/histone-protein-deacetylase-11-targeting-promotes-foxp3-treg-function
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Jianbing Huang, Liqing Wang, Satinder Dahiya, Ulf H Beier, Rongxiang Han, Arabinda Samanta, Joel Bergman, Eduardo M Sotomayor, Edward Seto, Alan P Kozikowski, Wayne W Hancock
Current interest in Foxp3+ T-regulatory (Treg) cells as therapeutic targets in transplantation is largely focused on their harvesting pre-transplant, expansion and infusion post-transplantation. An alternate strategy of pharmacologic modulation of Treg function using histone/protein deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) may allow more titratable and longer-term dosing. However, the effects of broadly acting HDACi vary, such that HDAC isoform-selective targeting is likely required. We report data from mice with constitutive or conditional deletion of HDAC11 within Foxp3+ Treg cells, and their use, along with small molecule HDAC11 inhibitors, in allograft models...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819056/effects-of-sublethal-doses-of-thiacloprid-and-its-formulation-calypso-%C3%A2-on-the-learning-and-memory-performance-of-honey-bees
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Léa Tison, Sophie Holtz, Amy Adeoye, Önder Kalkan, Nina S Irmisch, Randolf Menzel
Learning and memory play a central role in behavior and communication of foraging bees. We already showed that chronic uptake of the neonicotinoid thiacloprid affects the behavior of honey bees in the field. Foraging behavior, homing success, navigation performance, and social communication were impaired. Thiacloprid collected at a feeding site at low doses accumulates in foragers over time. Here we applied a laboratory standard procedure, the proboscis extension response (PER) conditioning, in order to assess which processes, acquisition, memory consolidation and/or memory retrieval were compromised after bees were fed either with thiacloprid or the formulation of thiacloprid named Calypso(®) at 3 different sublethal doses...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
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