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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434032/diabetes-bone-and-glucose-lowering-agents-basic-biology
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REVIEW
Beata Lecka-Czernik
Skeletal fragility often accompanies diabetes and does not appear to correlate with low bone mass or trauma severity in individuals with diabetes. Instead (and in contrast to those with osteoporotic bone disease), bone remodelling and bone turnover are compromised in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, contributing to defective bone material quality. This review is one of a pair discussing the relationship between diabetes, bone and glucose-lowering agents; an accompanying review is provided in this issue of Diabetologia by Ann Schwartz (DOI: 10...
April 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433729/comparative-vertical-transmission-of-rickettsia-by-dermacentor-variabilis-and-amblyomma-maculatum
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Emma K Harris, Victoria I Verhoeve, Kaikhushroo H Banajee, Jacqueline A Macaluso, Abdu F Azad, Kevin R Macaluso
The geographical overlap of multiple Rickettsia and tick species coincides with the molecular detection of a variety of rickettsial agents in what may be novel tick hosts. However, little is known concerning transmissibility of rickettsial species by various tick hosts. To examine the vertical transmission potential between select tick and rickettsial species, two sympatric species of ticks, Dermacentor variabilis and Amblyomma maculatum, were exposed to five different rickettsial species, including Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia parkeri, Rickettsia montanensis, Rickettsia amblyommatis, or flea-borne Rickettsia felis...
April 6, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433569/vitamin-d-binding-protein-rs7041-polymorphism-and-high-residual-platelet-reactivity-in-patients-receiving-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-with-clopidogrel-or-ticagrelor
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Monica Verdoia, Veronica Daffara, Patrizia Pergolini, Roberta Rolla, Paolo Marino, Giorgio Bellomo, Alessandro Carriero, Giuseppe De Luca
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency represents a major health problem in general population, especially for its association with cardiovascular disorders and thrombotic risk, even in patients on dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). Vitamin D Binding Protein (VDBP) is the main transporter of vitamin D in the bloodstream and genetic polymorphisms of this protein have been shown to account for a significant variability of vitamin D levels and its systemic effects. Contrasting data have linked the rs7041 T→G substitution with cardiovascular disease...
April 19, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433532/exci-cest-exploiting-pharmaceutical-excipients-as-mri-cest-contrast-agents-for-tumor-imaging
#4
Dario Livio Longo, Fatima Zzahra Moustaghfir, Alexandre Zerbo, Lorena Consolino, Annasofia Anemone, Martina Bracesco, Silvio Aime
Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) approach is a novel tool within magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that allows visualization of molecules possessing exchangeable protons with water. Many molecules, employed as excipients for the formulation of finished drug products, are endowed with hydroxyl, amine or amide protons, thus can be exploitable as MRI-CEST contrast agents. Their high safety profiles allow them to be injected at very high doses. Here we investigated the MRI-CEST properties of several excipients (ascorbic acid, sucrose, N-acetyl-d-glucosamine, meglumine and 2-pyrrolidone) and tested them as tumor-detecting agents in two different murine tumor models (breast and melanoma cancers)...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432778/cross-species-studies-of-cognition-relevant-to-drug-discovery-a-translational-approach
#5
REVIEW
T W Robbins
This Review advances the case that bidirectional, cross-species translation of findings from experimental animals to and from humans is an important strategy for drug discovery. Animal models of mental disorders require appropriate behavioural or cognitive outcome variables that can be generalized cross-species. One example is the treatment of impulsive behaviour in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with stimulant drugs. Performance on the stop signal reaction task as an index of impulsivity is improved both in healthy human volunteers and in patients with adult ADHD by stimulant drugs and also by the selective noradrenergic reuptake blocker atomoxetine...
April 22, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432759/anesthetic-and-postanesthetic-effects-of-alfaxalone-butorphanol-compared-with-dexmedetomidine-ketamine-in-chinchillas-chinchilla-lanigera
#6
Lily Parkinson, Christoph Mans
Effective and safe anesthetic protocols are required for a variety of surgical and diagnostic procedures in chinchillas.Alfaxalone, a new anesthetic agent in the United States, can be administered intramuscularly and subcutaneously and is therefore potentially useful as an anesthetic induction agent in chinchillas. This study compared the anesthetic efficacy andpostanesthetic effects on food intake and fecal output of a combination of intramuscular alfaxalone (5 mg/kg) and butorphanol(0.5 mg/kg; AB anesthesia) with a combination of dexmedetomidine (0...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432590/pathological-analysis-of-the-surgical-margins-of-resected-glioblastomas-excised-using-photodynamic-visualization-with-both-5-aminolevulinic-acid-and-fluorescein-sodium
#7
Hirohito Yano, Noriyuki Nakayama, Naoyuki Ohe, Kazuhiro Miwa, Jun Shinoda, Toru Iwama
During glioma resection, 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) and fluorescein sodium (Fl-Na) are used for photodynamic tumor visualization. The objective of this study was to evaluate the pathological findings of the boundary zone between the tumor and adjacent normal brain in glioblastoma patients undergoing simultaneous double staining with 5-ALA and Fl-Na during surgery. Eight patients received 5-ALA (20 mg/kg orally) before the induction of general anesthesia, and Fl-Na (20 mg/kg) was administered intravenously before the dural incision was performed...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432473/vasopressin-and-vasopressin-antagonists-in-heart-failure
#8
Julie K Vishram-Nielsen, Finn Gustafsson
Despite the introduction of multiple new pharmacological agents over the past three decades in the field of heart failure (HF), overall prognosis remains poor. Hyponatremia is prevalent in HF patients and has been suggested as a contributor to poor response to standard therapy. Elevated levels of arginine vasopressin (AVP), a peptide hormone produced in the hypothalamus, play a role in development of hyponatremia, and AVP and its surrogate, copeptin, are related to changes in osmolality, hemodynamics, neuro-hormones as well as in overall outcome in HF patients...
April 22, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431881/design-and-synthesis-of-1-2-3-triazolo-phenanthrene-hybrids-as-cytotoxic-agents
#9
Niggula Praveen Kumar, Shalini Nekkanti, S Sujana Kumari, Pankaj Sharma, Nagula Shankaraiah
A series of new 1,2,3-triazolo-phenanthrene hybrids has been synthesized by employing Cu(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) reaction. These compounds were evaluated for their in vitro cytotoxic potential against various human cancer cell lines viz. lung (A549), prostate (PC-3 and DU145), gastric (HGC-27), cervical (HeLa), triple negative breast (MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-453) and breast (BT-549, 4T1) cells. Among the tested compounds, 7d displayed highest cytotoxicity against DU145 cells with IC50 value of 1...
April 7, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431804/prognostic-value-of-dynamic-mri-positive-enhancement-integral-color-mapping-in-osteosynthesis-of-undisplaced-femoral-neck-fractures
#10
Masatoshi Morimoto, Yoshinori Takahashi, Takahiro Kubo, Kosuke Sugiura, Yasuaki Tamaki, Shunichi Toki, Katsuyoshi Suganuma, Kazumasa Inoue, Keisuke Adachi, Takashi Chikawa, Koichi Sairyo, Akihiro Nagamachi
AIMS: The common treatment for an undisplaced femoral neck fracture is osteosynthesis. Two major complications of osteosynthesis are non-union and late collapse of the femoral head. We speculated that femoral head perfusion is one of the most important factors that affect the outcome of osteosynthesis after femoral neck fracture. We have preoperatively estimated femoral head perfusion by dynamic MRI positive enhancement integral color mapping (PEICM). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of undisplaced femoral neck fractures based on PEICM...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431607/sigma-1-receptor-in-brain-ischemia-reperfusion-possible-role-in-the-nr2a-induced-pathway-to-regulate-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor
#11
Qian Xu, Xue-Fei Ji, Tian-Yan Chi, Peng Liu, Ge Jin, Ling Chen, Li-Bo Zou
Sigma-1 receptor (σ1r) activation could attenuate the learning and memory deficits in the AD model, ischemia model and others. In our previous study, the activation of σ1r increased the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), possibly through the NR2A-induced pathway, and σ1r agonists might function as neuroprotectant agents in vascular dementia. Here, we used σ1r knockout mice to confirm the role of σ1r. Furthermore, an antagonist of NR2A was first used to investigate whether the NR2A-induced pathway is the necessary link between σ1r and BDNF...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430423/hafnium-based-contrast-agents-for-x-ray-computed-tomography
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Markus Berger, Marcus Bauser, Thomas Frenzel, Christoph Stephan Hilger, Gregor Jost, Silvia Lauria, Bernd Morgenstern, Christian Neis, Hubertus Pietsch, Detlev Sülzle, Kaspar Hegetschweiler
Heavy-metal-based contrast agents (CAs) offer enhanced X-ray absorption for X-ray computed tomography (CT) compared to the currently used iodinated CAs. We report the discovery of new lanthanide and hafnium azainositol complexes and their optimization with respect to high water solubility and stability. Our efforts culminated in the synthesis of BAY-576, an uncharged hafnium complex with 3:2 stoichiometry and broken complex symmetry. The superior properties of this asymmetrically substituted hafnium CA were demonstrated by a CT angiography study in rabbits that revealed excellent signal contrast enhancement...
April 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430357/reactive-oxygen-species-key-regulators-in-vascular-health-and-diseases
#13
REVIEW
Qishan Chen, Qiwen Wang, Jianhua Zhu, Qingzhong Xiao, Li Zhang
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are a group of small reactive molecules that play critical roles in the regulation of various cell functions and biological processes. In the vascular system, physiological levels of ROS are essential for normal vascular functions including endothelial homeostasis and smooth muscle cell contraction. In contrast, uncontrolled overproduction of ROS resulted from imbalance of ROS generation and elimination, leads to the development of vascular diseases. Excessive ROS cause vascular cell damages, recruitment of inflammatory cells, lipid peroxidation, activation of metalloproteinases, and deposition of extracellular matrix, collectively leading to vascular remodeling...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430241/probing-the-germination-kinetics-of-ethanol-treated-bacillus-thuringiensis-spores
#14
Guiwen Wang, Huanjun Chen, Xiaochun Wang, Lixin Peng, Yuan Peng, Yong-Qing Li
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is the most widely used microbial insecticide. To clarify the mechanism of bacterial resistance to ethanol toxicity, the present study investigated the effects of 70% (v/v) ethanol at a moderate temperature (65°C) on Bt spore germination by single-cell Raman spectroscopy and differential interference contrast microscopy. We found that over 80% of Bt spores were inviable after 30 min of treatment. Moreover, ethanol treatment affected spore germination; the time for initiation of rapid calcium dipicolinate (CaDPA) release (i...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429574/flip-angle-optimization-for-balanced-ssfp-cardiac-cine-imaging-following-the-application-of-standard-extracellular-contrast-agent-gadobutrol
#15
Daniel L R Kuetting, Darius Dabir, Julian Luetkens, Andreas Feisst, Rami Homsi, Daniel Thomas, Hans H Schild, Alois M Sprinkart
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of the flip angle (FA) on the blood-myocardium contrast and to define the FA leading to highest image quality in contrast-enhanced balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) images. bSSFP images provide excellent contrast between myocardium and blood with high signal-to-noise and contrast-to-noise ratios (SNR, CNR). In clinical practice, bSSFP images are typically acquired following the injection of extracellular contrast agents (ECAs), although ECAs decrease the blood-myocardium contrast...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429228/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-tumors-with-the-use-of-iron-oxide-magnetic-nanoparticles-as-a-contrast-agent
#16
A S Semkina, M A Abakumov, N F Grinenko, A A Lipengolts, N V Nukolova, V P Chekhonin
We studied the possibility of using BSA-coated magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging diagnosis of C6 glioblastoma, 4T1 mammary adenocarcinoma, and RS-1 hepatic mucous carcinoma. In all three cases, magnetic nanoparticles accumulated in the tumor and its large vessels. Magnetic resonance imaging with contrast agent allows visualization of the tumor tissue and its vascularization.
April 21, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428655/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-cirrhotic-liver-diagnosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-evaluation-of-response-to-treatment-part-2
#17
REVIEW
Miguel Ramalho, António P Matos, Mamdoh AlObaidy, Fernanda Velloni, Ersan Altun, Richard C Semelka
In the second part of this review, we will describe the ancillary imaging features of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) that can be seen on standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocol, and on novel and emerging protocols such as diffusion weighted imaging and utilization of hepatocyte-specific/hepatobiliary contrast agent. We will also describe the morphologic sub-types of HCC, and give a simplified non-invasive diagnostic algorithm for HCC, followed by a brief description of the liver imaging reporting and data system (LI-RADS), and MRI assessment of tumor response following locoregional therapy...
March 2017: Radiologia Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428283/regulatory-aspects-of-optical-methods-and-exogenous-targets-for-cancer-detection
#18
Willemieke S Tummers, Jason M Warram, Kiranya E Tipirneni, John Fengler, Paula Jacobs, Lalitha Shankar, Lori Henderson, Betsy Ballard, Brian W Pogue, Jamey P Weichert, Michael Bouvet, Jonathan Sorger, Christopher H Contag, John V Frangioni, Michael F Tweedle, James P Basilion, Sanjiv S Gambhir, Eben L Rosenthal
Considerable advances in cancer-specific optical imaging have improved the precision of tumor resection. In comparison to traditional imaging modalities, this technology is unique in its ability to provide real-time feedback to the operating surgeon. Given the significant clinical implications of optical imaging, there is an urgent need to standardize surgical navigation tools and contrast agents to facilitate swift regulatory approval. Because fluorescence-enhanced surgery requires a combination of both device and drug, each may be developed in conjunction, or separately, which are important considerations in the approval process...
April 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427645/ultrasound-assisted-extraction-of-achyrocline-satureioides-prevents-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-mice
#19
Ketheley L Guss, Stefano Pavanni, Bruno Prati, Lucas Dazzi, Jairo P de Oliveira, Breno V Nogueira, Thiago M C Pereira, Marcio Fronza, Denise C Endringer, Rodrigo Scherer
Achyrocline satureioides or Macela, has been largely used in traditional folk medicine in Brazil as an anti-inflammatory agent and to treat various digestive disorders. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the preventive action of the extracts of A. satureioides obtained by maceration and ultrasound-assisted extraction, quercetin and N-acetylcysteine against contrast-induced nephropathy in mice. The antioxidant activity, cytotoxicity and inhibition of nitric oxide (NO) production in macrophages were evaluated...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427171/evaluation-of-intracavitary-administration-of-curcumin-for-the-treatment-of-sarcomatoid-mesothelioma
#20
Daniel L Pouliquen, Béatrice Nawrocki-Raby, Joëlle Nader, Stéphanie Blandin, Myriam Robard, Philippe Birembaut, Marc Grégoire
A rat model of sarcomatoid mesothelioma, mimicking some of the worst clinical conditions encountered, was established to evaluate the therapeutic potential of intracavitary curcumin administration.The M5-T1 cell line, selected from a collection established from F344 rats induced with asbestos, produces tumors within three weeks, with extended metastasis in normal tissues, after intraperitoneal inoculation in syngeneic rats. The optimal concentration/time conditions for killing M5-T1 cells with curcumin were first determined in vitro...
February 25, 2017: Oncotarget
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