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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458226/-outbreaks-of-scabies-in-schools-and-use-of-ivermectin
#1
Josef A I Weigl
BACKGROUND: At Pentecost 2017 outbreaks of scabies occurred in three schools in Ploen County. Several classes were supposed to go on an excursion or had returned from an excursion with symptomatic kids. METHODS: Rapid investigation, on site outbreak confirmation, home visits of the environment of the index cases, simultaneous mass treatment and post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) with Ivermectin according to the outbreak characteristics were applied. RESULTS: The index case of school A was ill since 5 months, but was misdiagnosed as eczema...
February 19, 2018: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458210/preparation-of-a-solid-self-microemulsifying-drug-delivery-system-by-hot-melt-extrusion
#2
Luis Antonio D Silva, Susana L Almeida, Ellen C P Alonso, Priscila B R Rocha, Felipe T Martins, Luís A P Freitas, Stephania F Taveira, Marcilio S S Cunha-Filho, Ricardo N Marreto
Hot-melt extrusion (HME) has gained increasing attention in the pharmaceutical industry; however, its potential in the preparation of solid self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (S-SMEDDS) is still unexplored. This study sought to prepare enteric S-SMEDDS by HME and evaluate the effects of the process and formulation variables on S-SMEDDS properties via Box-Behnken design. Liquid SMEDDS were developed, and carvedilol was used as a class II model drug. Mean size, polydispersity index (PdI) and zeta potential of the resulting microemulsions were determined...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458161/multiple-mycotoxin-analysis-in-nut-products-occurrence-and-risk-characterization
#3
Sara C Cunha, S Sá, José O Fernandes
Nuts consumption plays an important role in Mediterranean diet, being a good source of proteins, vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids. However, nuts can be also a source of harmful mycotoxins with negative impact on human health. In this work, the occurrence of 16 mycotoxins belonging to different chemical classes, was assessed in several nut products. The analytical method used was based on modified QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) procedure followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis...
February 16, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458141/long-non-coding-rnas-within-the-tumour-microenvironment-and-their-role-in-tumour-stroma-cross-talk
#4
Filippo Del Vecchio, Gui Han Lee, Joamir Hawezi, Rahul Bhome, Sian Pugh, Emre Sayan, Gareth Thomas, Graham Packham, John Primrose, Martin Pichler, Alexander Mirnezami, George Calin, Marc Bullock
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a diverse class of RNA transcripts which have limited protein coding potential. They perform a variety of cellular functions in health, but have also been implicated during malignant transformation. A further theme in recent years is the critical role of the tumour microenvironment and the dynamic interactions between cancer and stromal cells in promoting invasion and disease progression. Whereas the contribution of deregulated lncRNAs within cancer cells has received considerable attention, their significance within the tumour microenvironment is less well understood...
February 16, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458126/structural-and-mechanistic-analysis-of-the-choline-sulfatase-from-sinorhizobium-melliloti-a-class-i-sulfatase-specific-for-an-alkyl-sulfate-ester
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Bert van Loo, Markus Schober, Eugene Valkov, Magdalena Heberlein, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Kurt Faber, Marko Hyvönen, Florian Hollfelder
Hydrolysis of organic sulfate esters proceeds by two distinct mechanisms, water attacking at either sulfur (S-O bond cleavage) or carbon (C-O bond cleavage). In primary and secondary alkyl sulfates attack at carbon is favored, whereas in aromatic sulfates and sulfated sugars attack at sulfur is preferred. This mechanistic distinction is mirrored in the classification of enzymes that catalyze sulfate ester hydrolysis: arylsulfatases catalyze S-O cleavage in sulfate sugars and arylsulfates and alkyl sulfatases break the C-O bond of alkyl sulfates...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458050/investigation-of-metabolic-stability-of-the-novel-alk-inhibitor-brigatinib-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#6
Hany W Darwish, Adnan A Kadi, Mohamed W Attwa, Halah S Almutairi
Brigatinib (BGB) belongs to a class of drugs called ALK inhibitor. On April 28, 2017, BGB has been approved by U.S. FDA for use in metastatic ALK-positive NSCLC. A fast, specific, sensitive and validated LC-MS/MS method was developed for the quantification of BGB in human plasma matrix. This method was applied successfully to study metabolic stability of BGB. Reversed phase (C18 column) and isocratic binary mobile phase (55% 0.1% formic acid: 45% ACN) were used for chromatographic separation of BGB and ponatinib (IS)...
February 16, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457982/discovery-of-gdc-0853-a-potent-selective-and-non-covalent-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-in-early-clinical-development
#7
James J Crawford, Adam R Johnson, Dinah L Misner, Lisa D Belmont, Georgette M Castanedo, Regina Choy, Melis Coraggio, Liming Dong, Charles Eigenbrot, Rebecca Erickson, Nico Ghilardi, Jonathan Hau, Arna Katewa, Pawan Bir Kohli, Wendy Lee, Joseph W Lubach, Brent S McKenzie, Daniel Fred Ortwine, Leah Schutt, Suzanne Tay, Binqing Wei, Karin Reif, Lichuan Liu, Harvey Wong, Wendy B Young
Btk is a non-receptor cytoplasmic tyrosine kinase involved in B-cell and myeloid cell activation, downstream of B-cell and Fcγ receptors, respectively. Pre-clinical studies have indicated that inhibition of Btk activity might offer a potential therapy in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Here we disclose the discovery and pre-clinical characterization of a potent, selective, and non-covalent Btk inhibitor currently in clinical development. GDC-0853 (29) suppresses B cell- and myeloid cell-mediated components of disease, and demonstrates dose-dependent activity in an in vivo rat model of inflammatory arthritis...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457971/visible-light-photocatalysis-does-it-make-a-difference-in-organic-synthesis
#8
Leyre Marzo, Santhosh K Pagire, Oliver Reiser, Burkhard König
Visible light photocatalysis has evolved over the last decade into a widely used method in organic synthesis. For many important transformations, such as cross-coupling reactions, alpha-amino functionalizations, cycloadditions, ATRA reactions, or fluorinations, photocatalytic variants have been reported. In this review, we try to compare classical and photocatalytic procedures for selected classes of reactions and highlight their advantages and limitations. In many cases, the photocatalytic reactions proceed at milder reaction conditions, typically at room temperature, and stoichiometric reagents are replaced by simple oxidants or reductants, like air oxygen or amines...
February 19, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457959/biosynthesis-and-applications-of-prenylquinones
#9
Makoto Kawamukai
Prenylquinones are isoprenoid compounds with a characteristic quinone structure and isoprenyl tail that are ubiquitous in almost all living organisms. There are four major prenylquinone classes: ubiquinone (UQ), menaquinone (MK), plastoquinone (PQ), and rhodoquinone (RQ). The quinone structure and isoprenyl tail length differ among organisms. UQ, PQ, and RQ contain benzoquinone, while MK contains naphthoquinone. UQ, MK, and RQ are involved in oxidative phosphorylation, while PQ functions in photosynthetic electron transfer...
February 19, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457915/how-good-are-we-at-selecting-students-that-meet-our-mission-outcomes-of-the-2011-and-2012-entering-classes-selected-by-a-locally-developed-multiple-mini-interview
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Carol A Terregino, H Liesel Copeland, Sonia Garcia Laumbach, Daniel Mehan, Dana Dunleavy, Thomas Geiger
BACKGROUND: Can a locally developed multiple mini interview (MMI) process lead to outcomes reflective of local values and mission? METHODS: In 2017, the authors performed a retrospective analysis of the relationship of MMI with multiple-choice-based outcomes and non-multiple-choice-based outcomes, including clerkship competencies, OSCE, scholarship/service/leadership, academic honor society induction, peer and faculty humanism nominations, and overall performance at graduation for two entering classes with acceptance decisions based exclusively on a locally developed MMI...
February 19, 2018: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457894/small-molecule-allosteric-modulators-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors-drug-target-interactions
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Shaoyong Lu, Jian Zhang
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest class of signaling receptors that are most frequently targeted by therapeutic drugs. Allosteric modulators bound to GPCRs at allosteric sites provide the potential for differential selectivity and improved safety compared with traditional orthosteric ligands. The recent breakthroughs in GPCR structural biology have made structures of GPCRs from classes A, B, C, and F complexed with small-molecule allosteric modulators available. Knowledge on the detailed receptor-modulator interactions at the allosteric sites is useful for structure-based GPCR drug design of novel therapeutics...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457879/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-luminex-donor-specific-cross-match
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M Chowdhry, R N Makroo, Y Thakur, V Sharma, M Singh, M Kumar
The presence of donor specific antibodies directed against human leukocyte antigen significantly influences renal transplant due to antibody mediated rejection (AMR). We performed the screening of pre-renal transplant patients for preformed anti HLA antibodies using Antihuman globulin augmented-CDC crossmatch (AHG-CDCXm), Luminex donor specific crossmatch (LumXm) and HLA antibody screening. Seven hundred and fifty four patients were assessed for LumXm. HLA antibody screening was possible in 325 out of 754 cases...
February 19, 2018: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457866/epigenetic-effects-of-metformin-from-molecular-mechanisms-to-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
S C Bridgeman, G C Ellison, P E Melton, P Newsholme, Cds Mamotte
There is a growing body of evidence that links epigenetic modifications to type 2 diabetes. Researchers have more recently investigated effects of commonly used medications, including those prescribed for diabetes, on epigenetic processes. This work reviews the influence of the widely used antidiabetic drug metformin on epigenomics, microRNA levels and subsequent gene expression and potential clinical implications. Metformin may influence the activity of numerous epigenetic modifying enzymes, mostly via modulating the activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)...
February 19, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457738/reproducibility-and-feasibility-of-strategies-for-morphologic-assessment-of-renal-biopsies-using-the-nephrotic-syndrome-study-network-digital-pathology-scoring-system
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Jarcy Zee, Jeffrey B Hodgin, Laura H Mariani, Joseph P Gaut, Matthew B Palmer, Serena M Bagnasco, Avi Z Rosenberg, Stephen M Hewitt, Lawrence B Holzman, Brenda W Gillespie, Laura Barisoni
CONTEXT: - Testing reproducibility is critical for the development of methodologies for morphologic assessment. Our previous study using the descriptor-based Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network Digital Pathology Scoring System (NDPSS) on glomerular images revealed variable reproducibility. OBJECTIVE: - To test reproducibility and feasibility of alternative scoring strategies for digital morphologic assessment of glomeruli and explore use of alternative agreement statistics...
February 19, 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457710/investigation-of-%C3%AE-mno-2-tunneled-structures-as-model-cation-hosts-for-energy-storage
#15
Lisa M Housel, Lei Wang, Alyson Abraham, Jianping Huang, Genesis D Renderos, Calvin D Quilty, Alexander B Brady, Amy C Marschilok, Kenneth J Takeuchi, Esther S Takeuchi
Future advances in energy storage systems rely on identification of appropriate target materials and deliberate synthesis of the target materials with control of their physiochemical properties in order to disentangle the contributions of distinct properties to the functional electrochemistry. This goal demands systematic inquiry using model materials that provide the opportunity for significant synthetic versatility and control. Ideally, a material family that enables direct manipulation of characteristics including composition, defects, and crystallite size while remaining within the defined structural framework would be necessary...
February 19, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457664/production-and-structural-analysis-of-membrane-anchored-proteins-in-phospholipid-nanodiscs
#16
Kolio Raltchev, Joka Pipercevic, Franz Hagn
Structural studies on membrane-anchored proteins containing a transmembrane (TM) helix has been hampered by difficulties in producing these proteins in a natively folded form. Detergents that are required to solubilize the hydrophobic TM helix usually destabilize the soluble domain. Thus, TM helices are removed for structural studies, which neglects the pivotal role of a membrane on protein function. Here, we present a versatile strategy for the production of this protein class attached to phospholipid nanodiscs...
February 19, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457655/importance-of-growth-rate-on-hg-and-pcb-bioaccumulation-in-fish
#17
Jiajia Li, G Douglas Haffner, Gordon Paterson, David M Walters, Michael D Burtnyk, Ken G Drouillard
To evaluate the effect of fish growth on mercury (Hg) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) bioaccumulation, a non-steady state toxicokinetic model, combined with a Wisconsin bioenergetics model, was developed to simulate Hg and PCB bioaccumulation in Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus). The model was validated by comparing observed versus predicted Hg and PCB 180 concentrations across 5 age classes from five different waterbodies across North America. The non-steady state model generated accurate predictions for Hg and PCB bioaccumulation in three of five waterbodies: Apsey, Sharbot and Stonelick Lake...
February 19, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457644/trajectories-of-frontal-brain-activity-and-socio-emotional-development-in-children
#18
Kristie L Poole, Diane L Santesso, Ryan J Van Lieshout, Louis A Schmidt
Asymmetric frontal brain activity is thought to reflect individual differences in approach- and avoidance-oriented motivation and emotional experience. Using a prospective longitudinal design, the authors investigated whether trajectories of frontal electroencephalogram (EEG) asymmetry in children (Mage = 6.39 years at enrollment) predicted subjective, behavioral, and autonomic indices of socioemotional processes. Resting frontal EEG activity was measured across four separate repeated assessments spanning approximately 2 years...
February 19, 2018: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457627/combination-pharmacotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-fibromyalgia-in-adults
#19
REVIEW
Joelle Thorpe, Bonnie Shum, R Andrew Moore, Philip J Wiffen, Ian Gilron
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a chronic widespread pain condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Current pharmacotherapies are often ineffective and poorly tolerated. Combining different agents could provide superior pain relief and possibly also fewer side effects. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of combination pharmacotherapy compared to monotherapy or placebo, or both, for the treatment of fibromyalgia pain in adults. SEARCH METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, and Embase to September 2017...
February 19, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457544/mesoscale-organization-of-domains-in-the-plasma-membrane-beyond-the-lipid-raft
#20
Stella M Lu, Gregory D Fairn
The plasma membrane is compartmentalized into several distinct regions or domains, which show a broad diversity in both size and lifetime. The segregation of lipids and membrane proteins is thought to be driven by the lipid composition itself, lipid-protein interactions and diffusional barriers. With regards to the lipid composition, the immiscibility of certain classes of lipids underlies the "lipid raft" concept of plasmalemmal compartmentalization. Historically, lipid rafts have been described as cholesterol and (glyco)sphingolipid-rich regions of the plasma membrane that exist as a liquid-ordered phase that are resistant to extraction with non-ionic detergents...
February 18, 2018: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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