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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823088/electrical-signals-triggered-controllable-formation-of-calcium-alginate-film-for-wound-treatment
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Xiaoli Liu, Huan Liu, Xue Qu, Miao Lei, Chuchu Zhang, Hua Hong, Gregory F Payne, Changsheng Liu
Wound dressings play important roles in the management of wounds, and calcium cross-linked alginate (Ca(2+)-Alg) is a commonly used hydrogel that is adapted for wound treatment. However, conventional methods for fabricating Ca(2+)-Alg hydrogels can be tedious and difficult to control because of the rapid Ca(2+)-induced gelation of alginate. In this study, An electrodeposition method was used to rapidly and controllably fabricate Ca(2+)-Alg films for wound treatment. Several measures of film growth (e.g., thickness and mass) are shown to linearly correlate to the imposed charge transfer at the electrode...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823078/sesquiterpenes-from-fruits-of-torilis-japonica-with-inhibitory-activity-on-melanin-synthesis-in-b16-cells
#2
Da Hye Song, Yang Hee Jo, Jong Hoon Ahn, Seon Beom Kim, Cheong-Yong Yun, Youngsoo Kim, Bang Yeon Hwang, Mi Kyeong Lee
Melanin, a dark macromolecular pigment, protects skin from harmful damage. However, abnormal accumulation is responsible for hyperpigmentation disorders. Melanogenesis inhibitors have therefore become important constituents in cosmetic products for depigmentation. Torilis japonica Decandolle (Umbelliferae) is a biennial plant which is distributed in East Asia. Fruits of this plant have been used for the treatment of skin disease and inflammation. In our previous study, torilin, a major sesquiterpene of T. japonica, showed an inhibitory effect on melanin production in α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH)-activated B16 melanoma cells...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823054/recent-advances-in-synthetic-lipopeptides-as-anti-microbial-agents-designs-and-synthetic-approaches
#3
REVIEW
Jun-Jie Koh, Shuimu Lin, Roger W Beuerman, Shouping Liu
Infectious diseases impose serious public health burdens and continue to be a global public health crisis. The treatment of infections caused by multidrug-resistant pathogens is challenging because only a few viable therapeutic options are clinically available. The emergence and risk of drug-resistant superbugs and the dearth of new classes of antibiotics have drawn increasing awareness that we may return to the pre-antibiotic era. To date, lipopeptides have been received considerable attention because of the following properties: They exhibit potent antimicrobial activities against a broad spectrum of pathogens, rapid bactericidal activity and have a different antimicrobial action compared with most of the conventional antibiotics used today and very slow development of drug resistance tendency...
August 19, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823025/nanomedicine-associated-with-photodynamic-therapy-for-glioblastoma-treatment
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REVIEW
Leonardo B de Paula, Fernando L Primo, Antonio C Tedesco
Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is the most recurrent and malignant astrocytic glioma found in adults. Biologically, GBMs are highly aggressive tumors that often show diffuse infiltration of the brain parenchyma, making complete surgical resection difficult. GBM is not curable with surgery alone because tumor cells typically invade the surrounding brain, rendering complete resection unsafe. Consequently, present-day therapy for malignant glioma remains a great challenge. The location of the invasive tumor cells presents several barriers to therapeutic delivery...
August 19, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823024/effect-of-kaempferia-parviflora-extract-on-knee-osteoarthritis
#5
Hiroko Kobayashi, Ryo Suzuki, Kei Sato, Takatoshi Ogami, Hiroshi Tomozawa, Masahito Tsubata, Koji Ichinose, Masaki Aburada, Wataru Ochiai, Kiyoshi Sugiyama, Tsutomu Shimada
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is becoming more prevalent worldwide due to increases in the numbers of elderly and obese patients. Currently, pharmaceutical medicines used for the treatment of OA are for symptomatic therapy and therefore new therapeutic agents are needed. Kaempferia parviflora (KP) is a plant growing naturally in Southeast Asia and has various pharmacological effects including an anti-inflammatory effect, but no effect on OA has yet been reported. We therefore conducted a search for the effects KP and the active components of KP extract (KPE) exert on OA as well as its mechanism of action...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823010/the-reliability-of-rifampicin-resistance-as-a-proxy-for-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-a-systematic-review-of-studies-from-iran
#6
REVIEW
M J Nasiri, S Zamani, A Pormohammad, M M Feizabadi, H R Aslani, M Amin, R Halabian, A A Imani Fooladi
In Iran, patients showing rifampicin (RIF) resistance detected by the Xpert® MTB/RIF assay are considered as candidates for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment. Despite the fact that RIF resistance has been used as a proxy for MDR-TB, little is known about the proportion of isoniazid (INH) resistance patterns in RIF-resistant TB. We systematically searched MEDLINE, Embase, and other databases up to March 2017 for studies addressing the proportion of INH resistance patterns in RIF-resistant TB in Iran...
August 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823005/normocalcaemic-primary-hyperparathyroidism-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-algorithm
#7
Joaquín Gómez-Ramírez, Radu Mihai
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in understanding the implications of diagnosing normocalcaemic primary hyperparathyroidism (nPHPT). Many patients hope that nPHPT might explain some of their symptoms, but surgeons hesitate to offer treatment to patients whose calcium levels are normal but whose parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels are elevated in the absence of secondary causes of hyperparathyroidism. This potential new diagnosis is not well understood and may lead to inappropriate investigation and possible unnecessary operations...
August 19, 2017: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822996/examining-bias-in-studies-of-statin-treatment-and-survival-in-patients-with-cancer
#8
Louise Emilsson, Xabier García-Albéniz, Roger W Logan, Ellen C Caniglia, Mette Kalager, Miguel A Hernán
Importance: Patients with cancer who use statins appear to have a substantially better survival than nonusers in observational studies. However, this inverse association between statin use and mortality may be due to selection bias and immortal-time bias. Objective: To emulate a randomized trial of statin therapy initiation that is free of selection bias and immortal-time bias. Design, Setting, and Participants: We used observational data on 17 372 patients with cancer from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare database (2007-2009) with complete follow-up until 2011...
August 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822994/glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonist-stimulates-mitochondrial-bioenergetics-in-human-adipocytes
#9
Joanna Góralska, Agnieszka Śliwa, Anna Gruca, Urszula Raźny, Monika Chojnacka, Anna Polus, Bogdan Solnica, Małgorzata Malczewska-Malec
Glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs) are relatively new pharmacological agents used to normalize glucose level in type 2 diabetes. Recently, GLP-1RAs have been approved for the treatment of obesity to reduce body weight in non-diabetic patients. The extra-pancre-atic effects of GLP-1RAs, as well as their molecular mechanism of action, are still poorly understood. Thus this study was aimed to verify the hypothesis that the mechanism of action of the GLP-1RAs involves mitochondria and that GLP-1RAs administration can improve mitochondrial functions...
August 19, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822990/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-mangostins-induces-autophagy-and-shows-synergistic-effectwith-gemcitabine-in-pancreatic-cancer-cell-lines
#10
Myoungjae Kim, Young-Won Chin, Eun Joo Lee
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal and aggressive cancers in the world. However, no effective treatment is currently available for pancreatic cancer. The objective of this study was to determine the anti-pancreatic cancer effect of α-mangostin (αM) and γ-mangostin (γM) extracted from the pericarp of Garcinia mangostana L.. Both αM and γM reduced the viability of pancreatic cancer cells MIA PaCa-2 and PANC-1 in a dose-dependent manner. These compounds induced apoptosis by increasing c-PARP and c-Caspase 3 levels...
August 21, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822914/motor-correlates-of-phantom-limb-pain
#11
Sanne Kikkert, Melvin Mezue, David Henderson Slater, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Irene Tracey, Tamar R Makin
Following amputation, individuals ubiquitously report experiencing lingering sensations of their missing limb. While phantom sensations can be innocuous, they are often manifested as painful. Phantom limb pain (PLP) is notorious for being difficult to monitor and treat. A major challenge in PLP management is the difficulty in assessing PLP symptoms, given the physical absence of the affected body part. Here, we offer a means of quantifying chronic PLP by harnessing the known ability of amputees to voluntarily move their phantom limbs...
July 25, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822913/polyphosphate-is-a-key-factor-for-cell-survival-after-dna-damage-in-eukaryotic-cells
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Samuel Bru, Bàrbara Samper-Martín, Eva Quandt, Sara Hernández-Ortega, Joan M Martínez-Laínez, Eloi Garí, Marta Rafel, Javier Torres-Torronteras, Ramón Martí, Mariana P C Ribeiro, Javier Jiménez, Josep Clotet
Cells require extra amounts of dNTPs to repair DNA after damage. Polyphosphate (polyP) is an evolutionary conserved linear polymer of up to several hundred inorganic phosphate (Pi) residues that is involved in many functions, including Pi storage. In the present article, we report on findings demonstrating that polyP functions as a source of Pi when required to sustain the dNTP increment essential for DNA repair after damage. We show that mutant yeast cells without polyP produce less dNTPs upon DNA damage and that their survival is compromised...
August 8, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822889/metformin-targets-gastric-cancer-stem-cells
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Sarah Courtois, Raúl V Durán, Julie Giraud, Elodie Sifré, Julien Izotte, Francis Mégraud, Philippe Lehours, Christine Varon, Emilie Bessède
Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide and has still a poor prognosis. Therefore, new therapeutic strategies are needed: among them, targeting cancer stem cells (CSCs) could offer new opportunities. The aim of our study was to evaluate the anti-tumoural effect of metformin on gastric cancer in vitro and in vivo and especially, to determine whether this molecule could target the gastric CSCs. Metformin effects were evaluated on the proliferation and tumourigenic properties of the gastric CSCs from patient-derived primary tumour xenografts (PDXs) and cancer cell lines (MKN45, AGS and MKN74) in vitro in conventional 2 dimensional (2D) and in 3 dimensional (3D) culture systems, in which only CSCs are able to form tumourspheres and in mouse xenograft models in vivo...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822887/the-changing-diagnostic-pathway-for-lung-cancer-patients-in-shanghai-china
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REVIEW
Tao Jiang, Shengxiang Ren, Xuefei Li, Chunxia Su, Caicun Zhou, Mary O'Brien
Accumulating evidence suggest that patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and specific genomic alterations including epidermal growth factor receptor and microtubule-associated protein-like 4 anaplastic lymphoma kinase could significantly benefit from molecular-targeted therapies compared with chemotherapy. Recently, immunotherapy based on programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) and its ligand (PD-L1) blockade prolong survival in patients with advanced NSCLC, especially in those patients with positive expression of PD-L1 and when used in the first-line setting...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822847/intestinal-adaptations-following-bariatric-surgery-towards-the-identification-of-new-pharmacological-targets-for-obesity-related-metabolic-diseases
#15
REVIEW
Lara Ribeiro-Parenti, Jean-Baptiste Cavin, Maude Le Gall
Although the gastrointestinal tract is the primary target of bariatric surgery, its contributions to the metabolic changes observed after surgery are still underestimated. Changes in the number of incretin-producing cells could result in the modified hormonal response seen after surgery. Additionally, the rate of absorption and consumption of glucose could contribute to the ameliorated glycaemia. Moreover, decreased intestinal permeability could prevent endotoxemia. Recently, numerous studies have focused on intestinal adaptation following bariatric surgeries...
August 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822844/a-ph-sensitive-methenamine-mandelate-loaded-nanoparticle-induces-dna-damage-and-apoptosis-of-cancer-cells
#16
Linhua Zhang, Wenbo Hao, Lv Xu, Yongfeng Gao, Xusheng Wang, Dunwan Zhu, Zhuo Chen, Xudong Zhang, Hongbo Chen, Lin Mei
Methenamine mandelate is a urinary antibacterial agent, which can be converted to formaldehyde in urine that has a relatively low pH of average 5.5-6.8. Here, we prepare a pH-sensitive PLGA-based nanoparticle containing both methenamine mandelate and NaHCO3. Methenamine mandelate/NaHCO3-coloaded nanoparticle could enter cells via endosome/lysosome pathway. The pH in lysosomes and endo-lysosomes is approximately 5.0. In the acidic environment, NaHCO3 reacts with proton and produce CO2 bubbles, which burst nanoparticles and lead to the rapidly release of methenamine mandelate...
August 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822784/a-novel-model-for-the-pharmacokinetic-studies-of-bevacizumab-and-etanercept-in-healthy-volunteers-and-patients
#17
Meizhen Li, Wei Qiang, Li Hu, Lei Wang, Zeneng Cheng
Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have been successfully applied to treat various diseases and shown a promising prospect in medical treatment. MAbs have some unique characteristics comparing with small chemical drugs, and their pharmacokinetic (PK) properties are much more complex than those of small chemical drugs, whose eliminations are usually linear. In this study, a new model was established through taking into account the mechanisms of the elimination of mAbs. The proposed model was applied to the modeling and simulation of two kinds of mAbs, including bevacizumab and etanercept, in PK studies of healthy volunteers and eligible patients, and the classical linear compartment model was set as control...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822761/down-regulation-of-vascular-ppar-%C3%AE-contributes-to-endothelial-dysfunction-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mice-exposed-to-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia
#18
Yanan Zhang, Chunlian Zhang, Haiou Li, Jingdong Hou
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), characterized by chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH), is associated with endothelial dysfunction. The prevalence of OSA is linked to an epidemic of obesity. CIH has recently been reported to cause endothelial dysfunction in diet-induced obese animals by exaggerating oxidative stress and inflammation, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. PPAR-γ, a ligand-inducible transcription factor that exerts anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, is down-regulated in the peripheral tissues in diet-induce obesity...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822755/does-the-transformation-of-dietitians-from-counseling-to-therapy-also-apply-to-the-physical-and-therapeutic-environment-a-case-study-of-israeli-practice
#19
Anat Gesser-Edelsburg, Yael Birman
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle change can be influenced through effective interaction between care receiver and care provider. The physical environment where the interaction occurs can affect the dynamics of long-term therapeutic treatment. There have been no studies on the perception of the physical environment in nutritional treatment. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to ascertain the impact of the physical environment on the dynamics and communication between dietitian and patient based on perceptions of dietitians...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822748/systematical-exploration-of-transcription-factors-in-cardiomyocytes-against-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-oxidative-stress-by-danhong-injection
#20
Jingjing Zhang, Feifei Guo, Junying Wei, Minghua Xian, Shihuan Tang, Ye Zhao, Mingwei Liu, Lei Song, Ya Geng, Hongjun Yang, Chen Ding, Luqi Huang
Oxidative stress plays a vital role in many pathological processes of the cardiovascular diseases. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear, especially on a transcription factor (TF) level. In this study, a new method, concatenated tandem array of consensus transcription factor response elements (catTFREs), and an Illumina-based RNA-seq technology were integrated and then combined with a network pharmacology strategy to systematically investigate the role of TFs in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced oxidative stress in cardiomyocytes; the damage was then rescued by Danhong injection (DHI), a Chinese standardized product approved for cardiovascular diseases treatment...
August 16, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
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