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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202059/cardiosphere-derived-cells-do-not-improve-cardiac-function-in-rats-with-cardiac-failure
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Taís Hanae Kasai-Brunswick, Andréa Rodrigues da Costa, Raiana Andrade Quintanilha Barbosa, Bruna Farjun, Fernanda Cristina Paccola Mesquita, Danúbia Silva Dos Santos, Isalira Peroba Ramos, Grazielle Suhett, Guilherme Visconde Brasil, Sandro Torrentes da Cunha, José Oscar R Brito, Juliana do Amaral Passipieri, Adriana Bastos Carvalho, Antonio Carlos Campos de Carvalho
BACKGROUND: Heart failure represents an important public health issue due to its high costs and growing incidence worldwide. Evidence showing the regenerative potential of postmitotic heart tissue has suggested the existence of endogenous cardiac stem cells in adult hearts. Cardiosphere-derived cells (CDC) constitute a candidate pool of such cardiac stem cells. Previous studies using acute myocardial infarction (MI) models in rodents demonstrated an improvement in cardiac function after cell therapy with CDC...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197170/glutathionylation-of-pea-chloroplast-2-cys-prx-and-mitochondrial-prx-iif-affects-their-structure-and-peroxidase-activity-and-sulfiredoxin-deglutathionylates-only-the-2-cys-prx
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Aingeru Calderón, Alfonso Lázaro-Payo, Iván Iglesias-Baena, Daymi Camejo, Juan J Lázaro, Francisca Sevilla, Ana Jiménez
Together with thioredoxins (Trxs), plant peroxiredoxins (Prxs), and sulfiredoxins (Srxs) are involved in antioxidant defense and redox signaling, while their regulation by post-translational modifications (PTMs) is increasingly regarded as a key component for the transduction of the bioactivity of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Among these PTMs, S-glutathionylation is considered a protective mechanism against overoxidation, it also modulates protein activity and allows signaling. This study explores the glutathionylation of recombinant chloroplastic 2-Cys Prx and mitochondrial Prx IIF from Pisum sativum...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168011/semipurified-ethyl-acetate-partition-of-methanolic-extract-of-melastoma-malabathricum-leaves-exerts-gastroprotective-activity-partly-via-its-antioxidant-antisecretory-anti-inflammatory-action-and-synergistic-action-of-several-flavonoid-based-compounds
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Noor Wahida Ismail Suhaimy, Ahmad Khusairi Noor Azmi, Norhafizah Mohtarrudin, Maizatul Hasyima Omar, Siti Farah Md Tohid, Manraj Singh Cheema, Lay Kek Teh, Mohd Zaki Salleh, Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria
Recent study has demonstrated the gastroprotective activity of crude methanolic extract of M. malabathricum leaves. The present study evaluated the gastroprotective potential of semipurified extracts (partitions): petroleum ether, ethyl acetate (EAMM), and aqueous obtained from the methanolic extract followed by the elucidation of the gastroprotective mechanisms of the most effective partition. Using the ethanol-induced gastric ulcer assay, all partitions exerted significant gastroprotection, with EAMM being the most effective partition...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167639/therapeutic-restoration-of-endothelial-glycocalyx-in-sepsis
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Jong Wook Song, Joseph A Zullo, Dionysios Liveris, Matthew Dragovich, X Frank Zhang, Michael S Goligorsky
Endothelial glycocalyx (EG) is disintegrated during sepsis. We showed (Am J Pathol, 2016) that this occurs very early in the course of sepsis and its prevention improves survival of mice with sepsis. Here, we sought to investigate the possibility to pharmacologically accelerate the restoration of disintegrated EG in sepsis. We used a soilage injection model to induce polymicrobial sepsis in C57/BL6 mice and measured total body EG. En face aortic preparations were used for staining for markers of EG and atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to measure EG in vitro...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144898/ambient-ionization-mass-spectrometry-measurement-of-aminotransferase-activity
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Xin Yan, Xin Li, Chengsen Zhang, Yang Xu, R Graham Cooks
A change in enzyme activity has been used as a clinical biomarker for diagnosis and is useful in evaluating patient prognosis. Current laboratory measurements of enzyme activity involve multi-step derivatization of the reaction products followed by quantitative analysis of these derivatives. This study simplified the reaction systems by using only the target enzymatic reaction and directly detecting its product. A protocol using paper spray mass spectrometry for identifying and quantifying the reaction product has been developed...
January 31, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123990/formulation-and-development-of-plasma-volume-expander-using-natural-and-modified-starch-from-solanum-tuberosum
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Nilima A Thombre, Ajit V Vishwakarma, Trupti S Jadhav, Sanjay J Kshirsagar
BACKGROUND: To formulation and development of plasma volume expander (PVE) by using natural and modified starch from Solanum tuberosum. The function of blood circulation is to provide the needs of the body tissues and to maintain an appropriate environment in all tissue fluids of the body for the optimal survival and functions of the cells. Rapid restoration of the blood volume is necessary to decrease reduction in the amount of the blood. The PVEs are isotonic colloidal solutions, act by increasing the osmotic pressure of the intravascular compartment, which leads to the influx of the interstitial fluids through the capillary pore which, in turn, leads to the increase in the volume of the blood...
October 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032948/effect-of-peg-architecture-on-the-hybridization-thermodynamics-and-protein-accessibility-of-pegylated-oligonucleotides
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Fei Jia, Xueguang Lu, Xuyu Tan, Dali Wang, Xueyan Cao, Ke Zhang
PEGylation is an attractive approach to modifying oligonucleotides intended for therapeutic purposes. PEG conjugation reduces protein interactions with the oligonucleotide, and helps to overcome their intrinsic biopharmaceutical shortcomings, such as poor enzymatic stability, rapid body clearance, and unwanted immunostimulation. However, the effect of PEG architecture and the manner in which the PEG component interferes with the hybridization of the oligonucleotide remain poorly understood. In this study, we systematically compare the hybridization thermodynamics and protein accessibility of several DNA conjugates involving linear, Y-shaped, and brush-type PEG...
December 29, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867278/effect-of-methanolic-leaf-extract-of-talinum-triangulare-jacq-willd-on-biochemical-parameters-in-diet-induced-dyslipidemia-wistar-rats
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Olubukola Sinbad Olorunnisola, Adewale Adetutu, Anthony Jide Afolayan, Abiodun Olusoji Owoade
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of methanolic leaf extract of Talinum triangulare on hematological parameters, enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant status, and serum lipid in Wistar rats fed standard laboratory, or 2% cholesterol-enrich diet. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Wistar rats (180-210g) divided into six groups of six animals (males) each were fed 2% cholesterol-enriched diet and orally treated with 0.9% saline or extract of Talinum triangulare (250, 500, and 1000 mg/kg per body weight) daily for eight weeks...
October 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822556/impact-of-sample-type-and-dna-isolation-procedure-on-genomic-inference-of-microbiome-composition
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Berith E Knudsen, Lasse Bergmark, Patrick Munk, Oksana Lukjancenko, Anders Priemé, Frank M Aarestrup, Sünje J Pamp
Explorations of complex microbiomes using genomics greatly enhance our understanding about their diversity, biogeography, and function. The isolation of DNA from microbiome specimens is a key prerequisite for such examinations, but challenges remain in obtaining sufficient DNA quantities required for certain sequencing approaches, achieving accurate genomic inference of microbiome composition, and facilitating comparability of findings across specimen types and sequencing projects. These aspects are particularly relevant for the genomics-based global surveillance of infectious agents and antimicrobial resistance from different reservoirs...
September 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768026/combined-near-infrared-fluorescent-imaging-and-micro-computed-tomography-for-directly-visualizing-cerebral-thromboemboli
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Dong-Eog Kim, Jeong-Yeon Kim, Su-Kyoung Lee, Ju Hee Ryu, Ick Chan Kwon, Cheol-Hee Ahn, Kwangmeyung Kim, Dawid Schellingerhout
Direct thrombus imaging visualizes the root cause of thromboembolic infarction. Being able to image thrombus directly allows far better investigation of stroke than relying on indirect measurements, and will be a potent and robust vascular research tool. We use an optical imaging approach that labels thrombi with a molecular imaging thrombus marker - a Cy5.5 near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) probe that is covalently linked to the fibrin strands of the thrombus by the fibrin-crosslinking enzymatic action of activated coagulation factor XIIIa during the process of clot maturation...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764938/1-2-4-triazolidine-3-thiones-have-specific-activity-against-acinetobacter-baumannii-among-common-nosocomial-pathogens
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Brendan W Corey, Mitchell G Thompson, Lauren E Hittle, Anna C Jacobs, Edward A Asafo-Adjei, William M Huggins, Roberta J Melander, Christian Melander, Robert K Ernst, Daniel V Zurawski
Acinetobacter baumannii are Gram-negative bacilli that pose a constant threat to susceptible patients because of increased resistance to multiple antibiotics and persistence in the hospital environment. After genome analysis, we discovered that A. baumannii harbors genes that share homology to an enzymatic pathway that elongates long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) in fungi. Previously, 1,2,4-triazolidine-3-thiones (T-3-Ts) were shown to inhibit hyphae production in fungi, and this same LCFA elongation pathway was implicated as the possible target...
November 3, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754186/sp-04-1-the-role-of-natriuretic-peptides-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cardiovascular-diseases
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Zhanna Kobalava
The burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in general and heart failure (HF) in particular continues to increase worldwide. CVD are major contributors to death and morbidity and recognized as important drivers of healthcare expenditure. Chronic overactivity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays a key role in human hypertension and HF pathophysiology. RAAS is fundamental in the overall regulation of cardiovascular homeostasis through the actions of hormones, which regulate vascular tone, and specifically blood pressure through vasoconstriction and renal sodium and water retention...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717133/the-fractionation-of-adipose-tissue-procedure-to-obtain-stromal-vascular-fractions-for-regenerative-purposes
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Joris A van Dongen, Hieronymus P Stevens, Mojtaba Parvizi, Berend van der Lei, Martin C Harmsen
Autologous adipose tissue transplantation is clinically used to reduce dermal scarring and to restore volume loss. The therapeutic benefit on tissue damage more likely depends on the stromal vascular fraction of adipose tissue than on the adipocyte fraction. This stromal vascular fraction can be obtained by dissociation of adipose tissue, either enzymatically or mechanical. Enzymatic dissociation procedures are time-consuming and expensive. Therefore, we developed a new inexpensive mechanical dissociation procedure to obtain the stromal vascular fraction from adipose tissue in a time sparing way, which is directly available for therapeutic injection...
November 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686559/evaluating-genomic-dna-extraction-methods-from-human-whole-blood-using-endpoint-and-real-time-pcr-assays
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Linda Koshy, A L Anju, S Harikrishnan, V R Kutty, V T Jissa, Irin Kurikesu, Parvathy Jayachandran, A Jayakumaran Nair, A Gangaprasad, G M Nair, P R Sudhakaran
The extraction of genomic DNA is the crucial first step in large-scale epidemiological studies. Though there are many popular DNA isolation methods from human whole blood, only a few reports have compared their efficiencies using both end-point and real-time PCR assays. Genomic DNA was extracted from coronary artery disease patients using solution-based conventional protocols such as the phenol-chloroform/proteinase-K method and a non-phenolic non-enzymatic Rapid-Method, which were evaluated and compared vis-a-vis a commercially available silica column-based Blood DNA isolation kit...
September 29, 2016: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27685525/2-deoxy-d-glucose-enhances-dichloroacetate-antitumor-action-against-lewis-lung-carcinoma
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O N Pyaskovskaya, D L Kolesnik, A G Fedorchuk, I V Prokhorova, G I Solyanik
UNLABELLED: Aerobic glycolysis that supports high proliferation rate and survival of tumor cells in unfavorable conditions is among fundamental features of tumor metabolism. The search for active modulators of energetic metabolism capable of suppressing tumor growth and metastasis could result in higher effectiveness of anticancer therapy. AIM: To study antitumor and antimetastatic activity of the modulators of energetic metabolism dichloroacetate (DCA) and 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG) used in combination treatment of Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC)...
September 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27667389/on-column-trypsin-digestion-coupled-with-lc-ms-ms-for-quantification-of-apolipoproteins
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Christopher A Toth, Zsuzsanna Kuklenyik, Jeffrey I Jones, Bryan A Parks, Michael S Gardner, David M Schieltz, Jon C Rees, Michael L Andrews, Lisa G McWilliams, James L Pirkle, John R Barr
: Apolipoproteins measured in plasma or serum are potential biomarkers for assessing metabolic irregularities that are associated with the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). LC-MS/MS allows quantitative measurement of multiple apolipoproteins in the same sample run. However, the accuracy and precision of the LC-MS/MS measurement depends on the reproducibility of the enzymatic protein digestion step. With the application of an immobilized enzyme reactor (IMER), the reproducibility of the trypsin digestion can be controlled with high precision via flow rate, column volume and temperature...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651945/the-effects-of-methanolic-extract-of-melissa-officinalis-on-experimental-gastric-ulcers-in-rats
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Arezoo Saberi, Elham Abbasloo, Gholamreza Sepehri, Mahnaz Yazdanpanah, Ehsan Mirkamandari, Vahid Sheibani, Zohreh Safi
BACKGROUND: Melissa officinalis (MO) has potent antioxidant activity. Recent research has demonstrated the anti-ulcer properties of some medicinal plants through their antioxidant properties. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of methanolic extracts of MO on experimental gastric ulcers in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Wistar rats (200 - 250 g) were starved for 24 hours prior to the induction of gastric ulceration by either indomethacin (48 mg/kg/oral) or water immersion restraint (WIR) stress...
July 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27643143/sp-04-1-the-role-of-natriuretic-peptides-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cardiovascular-diseases
#18
Zhanna Kobalava
The burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in general and heart failure (HF) in particular continues to increase worldwide. CVD are major contributors to death and morbidity and recognized as important drivers of healthcare expenditure. Chronic overactivity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays a key role in human hypertension and HF pathophysiology. RAAS is fundamental in the overall regulation of cardiovascular homeostasis through the actions of hormones, which regulate vascular tone, and specifically blood pressure through vasoconstriction and renal sodium and water retention...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27600879/rational-design-and-engineering-of-a-mutant-variant-of-urate-oxidase-as-a-therapeutic-enzyme-a-molecular-dynamics-simulation-approach
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Sajjad Ahrari, Fatemeh Dabbagh, Sobhan Ahrari, Younes Ghasemi, Navid Mogharrab, Yasser Riazalhosseini
BACKGROUND: Urate oxidase is absent in humans so the enzyme is considered as an important therapeutic agent to control hyperuricemic disorders. Currently available enzymes with pharmaceutical applications have adverse effects associated with allergic reactions and anaphylactic shocks, in case of chronic treatment. Therefore, developing variant forms of the enzyme, with lower immunogenicity and similar or higher activity, is of great importance. AIM: Here, we tried to improve the structure of a recently resurrected ancestral mammalian urate oxidase (which is claimed to have higher enzymatic activity compared to other mammalian counterparts) by introducing eight rational mutations and verified the consequence of these mutations on immunogenicity, stability and the affinity of protein to uric acid by computational techniques...
September 5, 2016: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27594699/novel-96-well-quantitative-bioelectrocatalytic-analysis-platform-reveals-highly-efficient-direct-electrode-regeneration-of-cytochrome-p450-bm3-on-indium-tin-oxide
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Ronny Frank, Marcus Klenner, Ronny Azendorf, Manuel Bartz, Heinz-Georg Jahnke, Andrea A Robitzki
Enzymes are the most effective catalysts for a broad range of difficult chemical reactions e.g. hydroxylation of non-activated C-H Bonds and stereoselective synthesis. Nevertheless, a lot of enzymes are not accessible for the biotechnological applications or industrial use. One reason is the prerequisite of expensive cofactors. In this context, we developed a bioelectrocatalytic analysis platform for the electrochemical and photonic quantification of the direct electron transfer from the electrode to redox enzymes and therefore, bypass the need of soluble cofactors that had to be continuously exchanged or regenerated...
August 18, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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