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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911496/gram-scale-chemical-synthesis-of-base-modified-ribonucleoside-5-o-triphosphates
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Muthian Shanmugasundaram, Annamalai Senthilvelan, Anilkumar R Kore
This unit delineates a simple, reliable, straight-forward, general, and efficient chemical method for the synthesis of modified nucleoside-5'-O-triphosphates such as 5-methylcytidine-5'-O-triphosphate (5-Me-CTP), pseudouridine-5'-O-triphosphate (pseudo-UTP), and N(1) -methylpseudouridine-5'-O-triphosphate (N(1) -methylpseudo-UTP), starting from the corresponding nucleoside. The reaction utilizes an improved protection-free "one-pot, three-step" Ludwig synthetic strategy that involves the monophosphorylation of the nucleoside with phosphorous oxychloride followed by reaction with tributylammonium pyrophosphate and subsequent hydrolysis of the resulting cyclic intermediate to furnish the corresponding ribonucleoside triphosphate (NTP) in moderate yields...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910140/side-effects-of-irinotecan-cpt-11-the-clinically-used-drug-for-colon-cancer-therapy-are-eliminated-in-experimental-animals-treated-with-latex-proteins-from-calotropis-procera-apocynaceae
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Nylane Maria Nunes de Alencar, Flávio da Silveira Bitencourt, Ingrid Samantha Tavares de Figueiredo, Patrícia Bastos Luz, Roberto César P Lima-Júnior, Karoline Sabóia Aragão, Pedro Jorge Caldas Magalhães, Gerly Anne de Castro Brito, Ronaldo Albuquerque Ribeiro, Ana Paula Fragoso de Freitas, Marcio Viana Ramos
Intestinal mucositis (IM) is the critical side effect of irinotecan (CPT-11), which is the front-line drug used for the treatment of colorectal cancer. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of latex proteins (LP) from Calotropis procera to prevent IM and diarrhea in animals. Swiss mice were treated daily with saline or LP (1, 5, or 50 mg/kg, i.v.) 24 h prior to CTP-11 (75 mg/kg/4 days, i.p) and for additional 6 days. Animal survival, body weight variation, and diarrhea were registered. After animal sacrifice (day 7 post first injection of CPT-11), intestinal samples were collected to study morphology and inflammatory parameters...
December 2, 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909922/production-of-biologically-active-recombinant-goose-fsh-in-a-single-chain-form-with-a-ctp-linker-sequence
#3
Hui Li, Huanxi Zhu, Qinming Qin, Mingming Lei, Zhendan Shi
FSH is a glycoprotein hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that is essential for gonadal development and reproductive function. In avian reproduction study, especially in avian reproduction hormone study, it is hindered by the lack of biologically active FSH. In order to overcome this shortcoming, we prepared recombinant goose FSH as a single chain molecule and tested its biological activities in the present study. Coding sequences for mature peptides of goose FSH α and β subunits were amplified from goose pituitary cDNA...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908505/diagnostic-advantage-of-stress-computed-tomography-myocardial-perfusion-over-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-for-the-assessment-of-myocardial-ischemia
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Yasushi Ueki, Atsushi Izawa, Daisuke Kashiwagi, Shigeki Nishiyama, Shinichi Aso, Chihiro Suzuki, Shumpei Sakurai, Kazuhiro Oguchi, Yoshikazu Yazaki, Uichi Ikeda, Koichiro Kuwahara
BACKGROUND: This study compared adenosine stress computed tomography myocardial perfusion (CTP) with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in the diagnosis of functionally significant coronary artery stenosis using fractional flow reserve (FFR) as reference standard. METHODS: We included a total of 93 coronary arteries from 31 patients in whom at least one vessel with ≥50% stenosis was detected with computed tomography coronary angiography. All patients underwent both SPECT and adenosine stress CTP, followed by invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and FFR...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906622/sensitive-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-lc-ms-assay-reveals-novel-insights-on-dna-methylation-and-incorporation-of-gemcitabine-its-metabolite-difluorodeoxyuridine-deoxyuridine-and-rx-3117-into-dna
#5
Richard J Honeywell, Dzjemma Sarkisjan, Ietje Kathmann, Michael H Kristensen, Godefridus J Peters
Antimetabolites are incorporated into DNA and RNA, affecting their function. Liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) permits the sensitive, selective analysis of normal nucleosides. The method was adapted to measure the incorporation of deoxyuridine, gemcitabine (difluorodeoxycytidine), its metabolite difluorodeoxyuridine (dFdU), and the novel compound fluorocyclopentenylcytosine (RX3117). DNA was degraded to its deoxynucleotides for quantification by LC-MS-MS, gradient chromatography on a Phenomenex prodigy-3-ODS with positive ionization...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906313/experimental-study-on-the-transition-of-plasmonic-resonance-modes-in-double-ring-dimers-by-conductive-junctions-in-the-terahertz-regime
#6
Huifang Zhang, Chun Li, Caihong Zhang, Xueqian Zhang, Jianqiang Gu, Biaobing Jin, Jiaguang Han, Weili Zhang
Plasmonic dimers that made from two subwavelength particles have drawn much attention in the recent years, which are quite promising in local field enhancement, sensing, high frequency conductance probing and electron tunneling. In this work, we experimentally investigate the mode transition effect of different plasmonic resonances in double-ring dimers when introducing conductive junction at the dimer gap in the terahertz regime. Without the junction, the dimers support a single dipolar bonding dimer plasmonic (BDP) mode...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905560/increased-emr2-expression-on-neutrophils-correlates-with-disease-severity-and-predicts-overall-mortality-in-cirrhotic-patients
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Chien-Hao Huang, Wen-Juei Jeng, Yu-Pin Ho, Wei- Teng, Yi-Chung Hsieh, Wei-Ting Chen, Yi-Cheng Chen, Hsi-Hsien Lin, I-Shyan Sheen, Chun-Yen Lin
Patients with liver cirrhosis are susceptible to infections with high short-term mortalities. One CD97-related EGF-TM7 molecule, EMR2 (EGF-like molecule containing mucin-like hormone receptor 2), had been shown to regulate human neutrophil function, potentiate systemic inflammation. Nevertheless, EMR2 could also suppress neutrophil survival. Studying the role of EMR2 on neutrophil would be intriguing. 48 healthy volunteers and 100 cirrhotic patients were enrolled. Neutrophils were isolated from peripheral blood and cell surface markers were measured by flow cytometry...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904659/advances-in-myocardial-ct-perfusion-imaging-technology
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REVIEW
Yan Yi, Zheng-Yu Jin, Yi-Ning Wang
With the booming development of CT technology, CT-based myocardial perfusion imaging (CTP) has begun to mature and has exhibited great advantages and application prospects as a complete evaluation method of anatomy and function for CAD. This article summarizes the CTP technology progress and analytical methods of CTP in recent years, briefly reviews the clinical relevance, and subsequently discusses the limitation and future development.
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904512/evaluation-of-inhomogeneities-of-repolarization-in-patients-with-psoriasis-vulgaris
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Korhan Soylu, Sinan İnci, Gökhan Aksan, Gökay Nar, Esra Pancar Yüksel, Hande Serra Ocal, Mustafa Çapraz, Serkan Yüksel, Mahmut Şahin
INTRODUCTION: The arrhythmia potential has not been investigated adequately in psoriatic patients. In this study, we assessed the ventricular repolarization dispersion, using the Tp-e interval and the Tp-e/QT ratio, and investigated the association with inflammation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seventy-one psoriasis vulgaris patients and 70 age- and gender-matched healthy individuals were enrolled in the study. The severity of the disease was calculated using Psoriasis Area and Severity Index scoring...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900607/mammalian-nucleotidyl-cyclases-and-their-nucleotide-binding-sites
#10
Stefan Dove
Mammalian membranous and soluble adenylyl cyclases (mAC, sAC) and soluble guanylyl cyclases (sGC) generate cAMP and cGMP from ATP and GTP, respectively, as substrates. mACs (nine human isoenzymes), sAC, and sGC differ in their overall structures owing to specific membrane-spanning and regulatory domains but consist of two similarly folded catalytic domains C1 and C2 with high structure-based homology between the cyclase species. Comparison of available crystal structures - VC1:IIC2 (a construct of domains C1a from dog mAC5 and C2a from rat mAC2), human sAC and sGC, mostly in complex with substrates, substrate analogs, inhibitors, metal ions, and/or modulators - reveals that especially the nucleotide binding sites are closely related...
November 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895394/concise-review-interferon-free-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-virus-associated-cirrhosis-and-liver-graft-infection
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REVIEW
Nina Weiler, Stefan Zeuzem, Martin-Walter Welker
Chronic hepatitis C is a major reason for development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma and a leading cause for liver transplantation. The development of direct-acting antiviral agents lead to (pegylated) interferon-alfa free antiviral therapy regimens with a remarkable increase in sustained virologic response (SVR) rates and opened therapeutic options for patients with advanced cirrhosis and liver graft recipients. This concise review gives an overview about most current prospective trials and cohort analyses for treatment of patients with liver cirrhosis and liver graft recipients...
November 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895299/optimal-computed-tomographic-perfusion-scan-duration-for-assessment-of-acute-stroke-lesion-volumes
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Aimen S Kasasbeh, Søren Christensen, Matus Straka, Nishant Mishra, Michael Mlynash, Roland Bammer, Gregory W Albers, Maarten G Lansberg
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The minimal scan duration needed to obtain reliable lesion volumes with computed tomographic perfusion (CTP) has not been well established in the literature. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed the impact of gradual truncation of the scan duration on acute ischemic lesion volume measurements. For each scan, we identified its optimal scan time, defined as the shortest scan duration that yields measurements of the ischemic lesion volumes similar to those obtained with longer scanning, and the relative height of the fitted venous output function at its optimal scan time...
December 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893446/stability-of-radiomic-features-in-ct-perfusion-maps
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M Bogowicz, O Riesterer, R A Bundschuh, P Veit-Haibach, M Hüllner, G Studer, S Stieb, S Glatz, M Pruschy, M Guckenberger, S Tanadini-Lang
This study aimed to identify a set of stable radiomic parameters in CT perfusion (CTP) maps with respect to CTP calculation factors and image discretization, as an input for future prognostic models for local tumor response to chemo-radiotherapy. Pre-treatment CTP images of eleven patients with oropharyngeal carcinoma and eleven patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) were analyzed. 315 radiomic parameters were studied per perfusion map (blood volume, blood flow and mean transit time). Radiomics robustness was investigated regarding the potentially standardizable (image discretization method, Hounsfield unit (HU) threshold, voxel size and temporal resolution) and non-standardizable (artery contouring and noise threshold) perfusion calculation factors using the intraclass correlation (ICC)...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891826/ct-brain-perfusion-a-static-phantom-study-of-contrast-to-noise-ratio-and-radiation-dose
#14
Stewart M Midgley, Damien L Stella, Bruce Cv Campbell, Francesca Langenberg, Paul F Einsiedel
INTRODUCTION: Computed tomography perfusion (CTP) is increasingly employed in the diagnosis and management of ischaemic stroke but radiation dose can be significant and optimising contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) is challenging. This study aimed to quantify and optimise the balance between CNR as a surrogate for image quality and radiation dose. METHODS: A perspex head phantom with vials of dilute contrast agent was scanned using a Siemens Definition Flash 128-slice scanner...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891371/prediction-of-post-operative-mortality-in-patients-with-hcv-related-cirrhosis-undergoing-non-hepatic-surgeries
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Khalid Hemida, Reham Ezzat Al Swaff, Sherif Sadek Shabana, Hani Said, Fatma Ali-Eldin
INTRODUCTION: Patients with chronic liver diseases are at great risk for both morbidity and mortality during the post-operative period due to the stress of surgery and the effects of general anaesthesia. AIM: The main aim of this study was to evaluate the value of Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) score, as compared to Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CTP) score, for prediction of 30- day post-operative mortality in Egyptian patients with liver cirrhosis undergoing non-hepatic surgery under general anaesthesia...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885712/a-randomized-controlled-trial-comparing-lactulose-plus-albumin-versus-lactulose-alone-for-treatment-of-hepatic-encephalopathy
#16
Barjesh Chander Sharma, Jatinderpal Singh, Siddharth Srivastava, Alok Sangam, Alok Kumar Mantri, Nirupma Trehanpati, Shiv Kumar Sarin
BACKGROUND: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is associated with poor prognosis and treatment of HE is primarily directed at the reduction of the blood ammonia levels. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of albumin plus lactulose versus lactulose alone for treatment of overt HE. METHODS: In prospective randomized controlled trial, 120 patients with overt HE were randomized in 2 groups; group A lactulose plus albumin (n = 60) and group B, lactulose alone (n = 60)...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861231/wavelet-based-angiographic-reconstruction-of-computed-tomography-perfusion-data-diagnostic-value-in-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis
#17
Wolfgang G Kunz, Felix Schuler, Wieland H Sommer, Matthias P Fabritius, Lukas Havla, Felix G Meinel, Maximilian F Reiser, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Kolja M Thierfelder
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test the diagnostic value of wavelet-based angiographic reconstruction of CT perfusion data (waveletCTA) to detect cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) in patients who underwent whole-brain CT perfusion imaging (WB-CTP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Datasets were retrospectively selected from an initial cohort of 2863 consecutive patients who had undergone multiparametric CT including WB-CTP. WaveletCTA was reconstructed from WB-CTP: the angiographic signal was generated by voxel-based wavelet transform of time attenuation curves (TACs) from WB-CTP raw data...
November 17, 2016: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856334/quantitative-metabolic-flux-analysis-reveals-an-unconventional-pathway-of-fatty-acid-synthesis-in-cancer-cells-deficient-for-the-mitochondrial-citrate-transport-protein
#18
Lei Jiang, Adam Boufersaoui, Chendong Yang, Bookyung Ko, Dinesh Rakheja, Gerardo Guevara, Zeping Hu, Ralph J DeBerardinis
The mitochondrial citrate transport protein (CTP), encoded by SLC25A1, accommodates bidirectional trafficking of citrate between the mitochondria and cytosol, supporting lipid biosynthesis and redox homeostasis. Genetic CTP deficiency causes a fatal neurodevelopmental syndrome associated with the accumulation of L- and D-2-hydroxyglutaric acid, and elevated CTP expression is associated with poor prognosis in several types of cancer, emphasizing the importance of this transporter in multiple human pathologies...
November 14, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847768/the-efficacy-of-single-barrel-superficial-temporal-artery-middle-cerebral-artery-bypass-in-treatment-of-adult-patients-with-ischemic-type-moyamoya-disease
#19
Mahnjeong Ha, Chang Hwa Choi, Jae Il Lee, Seung Heon Cha, Sang Weon Lee, Jun Kyeung Ko
OBJECTIVE: So far, there is no study answering the question of which type of surgical technique is practically the most useful in the treatment of adult patients with ischemic type moyamoya disease (MMD). We evaluated the efficacy of single barrel superficial temporal artery (STA)-middle cerebral artery (MCA) bypass in the treatment of adult patients with ischemic type MMD by retrospectively collecting clinical and radiological data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review identified 31 adult patients who underwent 43 single barrel STA-MCA bypass procedures performed for treatment of ischemic-type MMD between 2006 and 2014...
September 2016: Journal of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834677/phosphorylation-of-dgk1-diacylglycerol-kinase-by-casein-kinase-ii-regulates-phosphatidic-acid-production-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#20
Yixuan Qiu, Azam Hassaninasab, Gil-Soo Han, George M Carman
In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Dgk1 diacylglycerol (DAG) kinase catalyzes the CTP-dependent phosphorylation of DAG to form phosphatidic acid (PA). The enzyme in conjunction with Pah1 PA phosphatase controls the levels of PA and DAG for the synthesis of triacylglycerol and membrane phospholipids, the growth of the nuclear/endoplasmic reticulum membrane, and the formation of lipid droplets. Little is known about how DAG kinase activity is regulated by posttranslational modification. In this work, we examined the phosphorylation of Dgk1 DAG kinase by casein kinase II (CKII)...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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