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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783192/interaction-of-dna-and-mononucleotides-with-theophylline-investigated-using-electrochemical-biosensors-and-biosensing
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Katarína Nemčeková, Ján Labuda, Viktor Milata, Jana Blaškovičová, Jozef Sochr
The understanding of DNA-drug interaction mechanism is among the important aspects of biological studies for drug design, discovery and pharmaceutical development processes. Published rather detailed FTIR and UV-visible spectroscopic studies on the interactions of theophylline, theobromine and caffeine with calf thymus DNA have shown effective binding of these methylxanthine derivatives to DNA and RNA involving H-bonds. However, to our knowledge, there is no such investigation using electrochemical approach...
May 3, 2018: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783145/electrochemical-biosensor-system-using-a-cmos-microelectrode-array-provides-high-spatially-and-temporally-resolved-images
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William Tedjo, Jasmine E Nejad, Rachel Feeny, Lang Yang, Charles S Henry, Stuart Tobet, Tom Chen
The ability to view biological events in real time has contributed significantly to research in the life sciences. While video capture of real time changes in anatomical relationships is important, it is equally important to visualize real time changes in the chemical communications that drive cell behaviors. This paper describes an electrochemical imaging system capable of capturing changes in chemical gradients in live tissue slices. The system consists of a CMOS microchip with 8192 configurable Pt surface electrodes, on-chip potentiostat, on-chip control logic, and a microfluidic device designed to interface with the CMOS chip to support ex vivo tissue experimentation...
April 10, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781254/determination-of-carbon-isotope-ratios-for-honey-samples-by-means-of-a-liquid-chromatography-isotope-ratio-mass-spectrometry-system-coupled-with-a-post-column-pump
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Hiroto Kawashima, Momoka Suto, Nana Suto
RATIONALE: Liquid chromatography/isotope ratio mass spectrometry (LC/IRMS) has been used to authenticate and trace products such as honey, wine, and lemon juice, and compounds such as caffeine and pesticides. However, LC/IRMS has several disadvantages, including the high cost of the CO2 membrane and blocking by solidified sodium persulfate. Here, we developed an improved system for determining carbon isotope ratios by LC/IRMS. METHODS: The main improvement was the use of a post-column pump...
May 20, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779481/absorptive-and-secretory-transport-of-selected-artemisinin-derivatives-across-caco-2-cell-monolayers
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Jaco Heyns, Clarissa Willers, Richard K Haynes, Ho N Wong, Josias H Hamman, Chrisna Gouws
Malaria continues to be a major health concern and affects more than 200 million people a year. Drugs currently used for treatment of malaria are increasingly rendered ineffectual by the ongoing emergence of parasite resistance. For any new drugs, however, knowledge of their membrane permeability is an essential pre-requisite for eventual use. Treatment failure and emergence of resistance can occur as a result of reduced availability of the drug at the desired site of action. Cell-based permeability assays such as Caco-2 cell monolayers serve as a model for predicting drug absorption and efflux, and provide an estimate of drug bioavailability...
May 18, 2018: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778093/bio-detheobromination-of-cocoa-pod-husks-reduction-of-ochratoxin-a-content-without-change-in-nutrient-profile
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Daniel Oduro-Mensah, Augustine Ocloo, Sammy T Lowor, Cheetham Mingle, Laud K N-A Okine, Naa Ayikailey Adamafio
BACKGROUND: Utilization of cocoa pod husks (CPH) in animal feed is hindered by the presence of theobromine, which is variably toxic to animals. Treatment of this agro-waste to remove theobromine, while preserving its nutrient content, would allow beneficial use of the millions of metric tonnes discarded annually. The aim of this study was to assess the suitability of selected theobromine-degrading filamentous fungi for use as bio-tools in degradation of theobromine in CPH. RESULTS: The candidate fungi assessed in this study were an Aspergillus niger (AnTD) and three Talaromyces spp...
May 19, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777991/co-evolutionary-associations-between-root-associated-microbiomes-and-root-transcriptomes-in-wild-and-cultivated-rice-varieties
#6
Lei Tian, Shaohua Shi, Lina Ma, Fahad Nasir, Xiujun Li, Lam-Son Phan Tran, Chunjie Tian
The plants and root-associated microbiomes are closely related. Plant metabolic substances can serve as a nutrient source for the microbiome, and in return, the microbiome can regulate the production of plant metabolic substances. Wild rice (Oryza rufipogon), as the ancestor of cultivated rice (Oryza sativa), has changed several metabolic pathways and root-associated microbiome during evolution. Thus, the study of the different associations between metabolic pathways and root-associated microbiomes in wild and cultivated rice varieties is important for rice breeding...
April 13, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777765/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-an-oral-sustained-release-hepatoprotective-caffeine-loaded-w-o-pickering-emulsion-formula-containing-wheat-germ-oil-and-stabilized-by-magnesium-oxide-nanoparticles
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Heba Elmotasem, Hala K Farag, Abeer A A Salama
The objective of this study was to innovate an effective oral sustained release hepatoprotective formula for - the water soluble drug - caffeine. Caffeine is rapidly absorbed and eliminated which dictates frequent administration to achieve adequate therapeutic effect. A w/o Pickering emulsion incorporating caffeine in the internal phase was primed. It contained wheat germ oil and was stabilized by synthesized magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO NPs). Components selection was based on their antioxidant, hepatoprotective and anticarcinogenic effects...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777049/prospective-study-of-coffee-consumption-and-cancer-incidence-in-non-white-populations
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Song-Yi Park, Neal D Freedman, Christopher A Haiman, Loic Le Marchand, Lynne R Wilkens, Veronica Wendy Setiawan
BACKGROUND: Coffee intake has been associated with risk of cancers, but the findings, mostly from studies in white populations, are inconsistent. We examined the association of coffee consumption with overall cancer incidence and specific cancer sites in a prospective study of African Americans, Native Hawaiians, Japanese Americans, Latinos and whites. METHODS: 167,720 participants of the Multiethnic Cohort in Hawaii and Los Angeles were included. Baseline coffee intake was assessed by a validated food-frequency questionnaire...
May 18, 2018: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773015/caffeine-a-potential-protective-agent-against-cognitive-decline-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Azhar Hussain, Elsa S Tabrez, Volodymyr Mavrych, Olena Bolgova, Jagannadha Rao Peela
Over the past few decades, caffeine has been well recognized as a stimulant whose effects can be detected particularly in the central nervous system. A stimulating effect of caffeine has been found useful in treating patients with many neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). AD is reported to be a rapidly increasing public health problem with lack of a remedial treatment. However, the assumed protective effects of caffeine against AD are of huge interest. This study substantiates caffeine's role as a potential prevention agent against AD through several epidemiological studies...
2018: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771141/headache-comorbidities-and-lifestyle-in-an-adolescent-population-the-teens-study
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Marta Torres-Ferrus, Carme Vila-Sala, Manuel Quintana, Sara Ajanovic, Victor José Gallardo, Juan Bernardo Gomez, José Alvarez-Sabin, Alfons Macaya, Patricia Pozo-Rosich
Objective To evaluate the prevalence and characteristics of headache and its relationship with comorbidities and lifestyle in a teenage population. Methods This is a cross-sectional study. Data was collected from students aged 12-18 years from six different schools in Catalonia, Spain. They completed an anonymous questionnaire with demographic, lifestyle, medical data, presence of recurrent headaches and its features, and completed the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. We defined probable migraine if headache presented ≥ 3 ICHD-3 beta criteria for migraine...
January 1, 2018: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770579/cholinesterase-targeting-by-polyphenols-a-therapeutic-approach-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Nasimudeen R Jabir, Fayaz Rahman Khan, Shams Tabrez
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive irreversible neurodegenerative disorder characterized by excessive deposition of β-amyloid (Aβ) oligomers, and neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs), comprising of hyperphosphorylated tau proteins. The cholinergic system has been suggested as the earliest and most affected molecular mechanism that describes AD pathophysiology. Moreover, cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs) are the potential class of drugs that can amplify cholinergic activity to improve cognition and global performance and reduce psychiatric and behavioral disturbances...
May 16, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770111/chronic-caffeine-treatment-protects-against-%C3%AE-synucleinopathy-by-reestablishing-autophagy-activity-in-the-mouse-striatum
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Yanan Luan, Xiangpeng Ren, Wu Zheng, Zhenhai Zeng, Yingzi Guo, Zhidong Hou, Wei Guo, Xingjun Chen, Fei Li, Jiang-Fan Chen
Despite converging epidemiological evidence for the inverse relationship of regular caffeine consumption and risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD) with animal studies demonstrating protective effect of caffeine in various neurotoxin models of PD, whether caffeine can protect against mutant α-synuclein (α-Syn) A53T-induced neurotoxicity in intact animals has not been examined. Here, we determined the effect of chronic caffeine treatment using the α-Syn fibril model of PD by intra-striatal injection of preformed A53T α-Syn fibrils...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768713/clinical-drug-drug-interaction-potential-of-bfe1224-prodrug-of-antifungal-ravuconazole-using-two-types-of-cocktails-in-healthy-subjects
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Yasuyuki Ishii, Yuko Ito, Shunji Matsuki, Kasumi Sanpei, Osamu Ogawa, Kenji Takeda, Edgar L Schuck, Naoto Uemura
BFE1224, prodrug of ravuconazole, is a novel, once-daily, oral, triazole antifungal drug, and currently in development for the treatment of onychomycosis. The clinical drug-drug interaction (DDI) potential of BFE1224 with cytochrome P450 (CYP) and transporter was assessed by using two types of cocktails in healthy subjects in separate clinical studies. The CYP and transporter cocktails consisted of caffeine/tolbutamide/omeprazole/dextromethorphan/midazolam used in study 1 and digoxin/rosuvastatin used in study 2...
May 16, 2018: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768288/caffeine-sodium-benzoate-for-electroconvulsive-therapy-augmentation
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Kevin M Bozymski, Teresa G Potter, Vasu Venkatachalam, Ananda K Pandurangi, Ericka L Crouse
OBJECTIVES: Because of an ongoing manufacturer shortage of injectable caffeine sodium benzoate (CSB), patients at our health system were given CSB compounded in-house to increase seizure response during electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Therefore, we aimed to evaluate its effectiveness and safety as an ECT augmentation agent. METHODS: Medical records of patients who received compounded CSB at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System were reviewed to identify adults receiving it as part of an index ECT treatment course between June 2012 and December 2016...
May 15, 2018: Journal of ECT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767622/at-a-glance-perceptions-of-caffeinated-drinks-among-youth-and-young-adults-in-canada
#15
Brittany Cormier, Jessica L Reid, David Hammond
The current study assessed youth and young adults' perceptions and attitudes toward caffeine and energy drinks (EDs). An online survey was conducted with 2036 panelists aged 12-24, about caffeine and ED knowledge, caffeine perceptions, and perceptions of ED safety. Few respondents (2.1%) could state Health Canada's recommended limit for caffeine intake, although most participants (64.9%) correctly stated the maximum number of EDs that should be consumed per day. When shown four beverages, only 17.5% correctly identified the beverage with the most caffeine...
May 2018: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765767/crystal-water-as-the-mol-ecular-glue-for-obtaining-different-co-crystal-ratios-the-case-of-gallic-acid-tris-caffeine-hexa-hydrate
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L Vella-Zarb, U Baisch
The crystal structure of the hexa-hydrate co-crystal of gallic acid and caffeine, C7 H6 O5 ·3C8 H10 N4 O2 ·6H2 O or GAL3CAF·6H2 O , is a remarkable example of the importance of hydrate water acting as structural glue to facilitate the crystallization of two components of different stoichiometries and thus to compensate an imbalance of hydrogen-bond donors and acceptors. The water mol-ecules provide the additional hydrogen bonds required to form a crystalline solid. Whereas the majority of hydrogen bonds forming the inter-molecular network between gallic acid and caffeine are formed by crystal water, only one direct classical hydrogen bond between two mol-ecules is formed between the carb-oxy-lic oxygen of gallic acid and the carbonyl oxygen of caffeine with d ( D ⋯ A ) = 2...
April 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765059/postnatal-microstructural-developmental-trajectory-of-corpus-callosum-subregions-and-relationship-to-clinical-factors-in-very-preterm-infants
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Radhika Teli, Margaret Hay, Alexa Hershey, Manoj Kumar, Han Yin, Nehal A Parikh
Our objectives were to define the microstructural developmental trajectory of six corpus callosum subregions and identify perinatal clinical factors that influence early development of these subregions in very preterm infants. We performed a longitudinal cohort study of very preterm infants (32 weeks gestational age or younger) (N = 36) who underwent structural MRI and diffusion tensor imaging serially at four time points - before 32, 32, 38, and 52 weeks postmenstrual age. We divided the corpus callosum into six subregions, performed probabilistic tractography, and used linear mixed effects models to evaluate the influence of antecedent clinical factors on its microstructural growth trajectory...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764601/adolescent-habitual-caffeine-consumption-and-hemodynamic-reactivity-during-rest-psychosocial-stress-and-recovery
#18
Jack E James, Birna Baldursdottir, Kamilla R Johannsdottir, Heiddis B Valdimarsdottir, Inga Dora Sigfusdottir
OBJECTIVE: Most adolescents regularly consume caffeine. Whereas observational studies have suggested that coffee may be cardio-protective, pharmacological experimentation with adults shows that caffeine at dietary doses increases blood pressure, thereby implicating regular caffeine consumption as a potential source of harm for cardiovascular health. The present study was in response to the dearth of caffeine research among younger consumers. It was hypothesised that compared to the consumption of little or no caffeine, adolescents who habitually consume caffeine have overall higher blood pressure and increased vascular resistance...
July 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764218/coping-with-shift-work-related-circadian-disruption-a-mixed-methods-case-study-on-napping-and-caffeine-use-in-australian-nurses-and-midwives
#19
Stephanie Centofanti, Siobhan Banks, Antonietta Colella, Caroline Dingle, Lisa Devine, Helen Galindo, Sophie Pantelios, Gorjana Brkic, Jillian Dorrian
INTRODUCTION: Two of the most ubiquitous fatigue countermeasures used by shift-working nurses are napping and caffeine. This mixed-methods case study investigated the ways nurses and midwives utilised napping and caffeine countermeasures to cope with shift work, and associated sleep, physical health and psychological health outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: N = 130 Australian shift-working nurses and midwives (mean age = 44 years, range = 21-67, 115F, 15M) completed the Standard Shiftwork Index...
May 15, 2018: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764217/chronotype-and-depressive-symptoms-in-students-an-investigation-of-possible-mechanisms
#20
Julia F Van den Berg, Liia Kivelä, Niki Antypa
Individuals with an evening chronotype are at increased risk of experiencing emotional problems, including depressive symptoms. However, the mechanisms underlying these associations remain unclear. The present study aimed to determine whether poor sleep quality, substance use and cognitive emotion regulation difficulties - which have been implicated in the etiology of depression - mediate the relationship between chronotype and depressive symptoms in a student sample, which was assessed cross-sectionally and after 1 year...
May 15, 2018: Chronobiology International
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