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L Pelligand, A Soubret, J N King, J Elliott, J P Mochel
The objective of this study was to model the pharmacokinetics (PKs) of robenacoxib in cats using a nonlinear mixed-effects (NLME) approach, leveraging all available information collected from cats receiving robenacoxib s.c. and/or i.v.: 47 densely sampled laboratory cats and 36 clinical cats sparsely sampled preoperatively. Data from both routes were modeled sequentially using Monolix 4.3.2. Influence of parameter correlations and available covariates (age, gender, bodyweight, and anesthesia) on population parameter estimates were evaluated by using multiple samples from the posterior distribution of the random effects...
October 22, 2016: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
Yu Harabuchi, Rina Yamamoto, Satoshi Maeda, Satoshi Takeuchi, Tahei Tahara, Tetsuya Taketsugu
Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations were carried out for *-excited 1,1'-dimethylstilbene (dmSB) at the spin-flip time-dependent density functional theory (SF-TDDFT) level with the TSF-index technique, to get insights into the substitution effects on the photoisomerization dynamics of stilbene (SB). It is found that the reaction path from the Franck-Condon structure of cis-dmSB is oriented toward the 4,4-dihydrophenanthrene (DHP) side from the beginning, which is in contrast to the case of SB where the pathway is oriented toward the twist-side in the initial stage...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Kristin Wiisanen Weitzel, Caitrin W McDonough, Amanda R Elsey, Benjamin Burkley, Larisa H Cavallari, Julie A Johnson
Objective. To evaluate the impact of personal genotyping and a novel educational approach on student attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs regarding pharmacogenomics and genomic medicine. Methods. Two online elective courses (pharmacogenomics and genomic medicine) were offered to student pharmacists at the University of Florida using a flipped-classroom, patient-centered teaching approach. In the pharmacogenomics course, students could be genotyped and apply results to patient cases. Results. Thirty-four and 19 student pharmacists completed the pharmacogenomics and genomic medicine courses, respectively, and 100% of eligible students (n=34) underwent genotyping...
September 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Ting Yu, Guangnan Zhou, Xia Hu, Shuji Ye
Understanding the transport behavior of the cholesterol molecules within cell membrane is a key challenge in cell biology at present. Here, we applied sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG-VS) to characterize the transport and organization of the cholesterol in different kinds of planar solid-supported lipid bilayers by combining achiral and chiral-sensitive polarization measurements. This method allows us to distinguish cholesterol organizations in the tail to tail, head to tail, head to head, and side-by-side manners...
October 18, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
C-Y Lin, T-W Chang, W-H Hsieh, M-C Hung, I-H Lin, S-C Lai, Y-J Tzeng
Tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA), a constituent of the traditional medicinal plant Salvia miltiorrhiza BUNGE, has been reported to possess anticancer activity through induction of apoptosis in many cancer cells. Surprisingly, the present study finds that Tan IIA simultaneously causes apoptosis and necroptosis in human hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2 cells. We further find that apoptosis can be converted to necroptosis by pan-caspase inhibitor Z-VAD-fmk, and the two death modes can be blocked by necroptotic inhibitor necrostatin-1...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
Yves Claude Guillaume, Lydie Lethier, Claire André
TRAIL is a member of the TNF family of cytokines which induces apoptosis of cancer cells via its binding to its cognate receptors, DR5 a high affinity site and DR4 a site of low affinity. Our working group has recently demonstrated that nanovectorization of TRAIL with single wall carbon nanotubes (abbreviated NPT) enhanced TRAIL affinity to the high affinity site DR5 and increased pro apoptotic potential in different human tumor cell lines. In this paper, the DR4 low affinity site was immobilized on a chromatographic support and the effect of temperature on a wide temperature range 1°C-50°C was studied to calculate the thermodynamic parameters of the binding of TRAIL and NPT to DR4 and DR5 receptors...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Hui Zhao, Changfeng Fang, Jun Gao, Chengbu Liu
Spin-state energies of heme-related models are of vital importance in biochemistry. To compute the energies of different spin states, the traditional ΔSCF method based on the density functional theory (DFT) is usually employed. In this work, the spin-flip TDDFT (SF-TDDFT) approach is investigated to compute the spin-state energies, with six different exchange-correlation (XC) functionals. With the present protocol, the spin contamination is fully avoided by choosing appropriate reference states. Additionally, multiple excited states can be obtained with SF-TDDFT...
October 17, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Somaie Salajeghe, Paul Babyn, Gordon E Sarty
BACKGROUND: In B1 encoded MRI, a realistic non-linear phase RF encoding coil will generate an inhomogeneous B1 field that leads to spatially dependent flip angles. The non-linearity of the B1 phase gradient can be compensated for in the reconstruction, but B1 inhomogeneity remains a problem. The effect of B1 inhomogeneity on tip angles for conventional, B0 encoded MRI, may be minimized using composite pulses. The objective of this study was to explore the feasibility of using composite pulses with non-linear RF phase encoding coils and to identify the most appropriate composite pulse scheme...
October 12, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Chuan-Han Chen, Jeon-Hor Chen, Hung-Chieh Chen, Jyh-Wen Chai, Po-Lin Chen, Clayton Chi-Cheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) relies on the ability of medical staff to recognize cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage at the spine. However, difficulties with interobserver discrepancy sometimes occurred while reading magnetic resonance myelography (MRM) because clear image definition was lacking. In this study, we tried to determine which pattern of CSF distribution is more reliable for diagnosis of CSF leakage by using MRM. METHODS: From January 2012 to August 2014, 19 SIH patients and 27 healthy controls (HC) were recruited into our study; 10 of the 19 patients were recovered (SIH-R) after treatment...
October 12, 2016: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
Karen L Maxwell, Vivian H Wright
The purpose of this study was to evaluate two teaching strategies with regard to quality and safety education for nurses content on quality improvement and safety. Two groups (total of 64 students) participated in online learning or online learning in conjunction with a flipped classroom. A pretest/posttest control group design was used. The use of online modules in conjunction with the flipped classroom had a greater effect on increasing nursing students' knowledge of quality improvement than the use of online modules only...
September 2016: Nursing Education Perspectives
Gwen E dePolo, Danil S Kaliakin, Sergey A Varganov
Rubredoxin is a small iron-sulfur protein involved in biological electron transfer, which is accomplished by changing the oxidation state of the iron atom in the active site. We investigate the possibility of spin-forbidden transitions between the lowest energy electronic states with different spin multiplicities in the rubredoxin active site models [Fe(SCH3)4](n) (n=2-, 1-, 0) using nonadiabatic transition state theory (NA-TST). The equilibrium structures, minimum energy crossing point structures and Hessians were obtained with density functional theory...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Amit Patel, C Prakash Gyawali
The utilization of impedance technology has enhanced our understanding and assessment of esophageal dysmotility. Esophageal high-resolution manometry (HRM) catheters incorporated with multiple impedance electrodes help assess esophageal bolus transit, and the combination is termed high-resolution impedance manometry (HRIM). Novel metrics have been developed with HRIM-including esophageal impedance integral ratio, bolus flow time, nadir impedance pressure, and impedance bolus height-that augments the assessment of esophageal bolus transit...
November 2016: Current Gastroenterology Reports
Stephen P Brazier, Vsevolod Telezhkin, Paul J Kemp
Proteomic studies have suggested a biochemical interaction between α subunit of the large conductance, voltage- and Ca(2+)-activated potassium channel (BKCaα), and annexin A5 (ANXA5), which we verify here by coimmunoprecipitation and double labelling immunocytochemistry. The observation that annexin is flipped to the outer membrane leaflet of the plasma membrane during apoptosis, together with the knowledge that the intracellular C-terminal of BKCaα contains both Ca(2+)-binding and a putative annexin-binding motif, prompted us to investigate the functional consequences of this protein partnership to cell death...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
John V Petrocelli, Asher L Rubin, Ryan L Stevens
Experiential and associative learning are essential to optimal decision making. However, research shows that, even when exposed to repeated trials, people often fail to learn probabilities and cause/effect covariations. Consistent with the counterfactual inflation hypothesis, it is proposed that counterfactuals can interfere with memory of repeated exposures and therefore inhibit learning. Five experimental studies tested counterfactual thinking as a potential mechanism underlying this learning deficit using a simple, biased coin flipping paradigm...
October 13, 2016: Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin
William Hoiles, Rini Gupta, Bruce Cornell, Charles Cranfield, Vikram Krishnamurthy
Tethered bilayer lipid membranes (tBLMs) provide a stable platform for modeling the dynamics and order of biological membranes where the tethers mimic the cytoskeletal supports present in biological cell membranes. In this paper coarse-grained molecular dynamics (CGMD) is applied to study the effects of tethers on lipid membrane properties. Using results from the CGMD model and the overdamped Fokker-Planck equation, we show that the diffusion tensor and particle density of water in the tBLM is spatially dependent...
2016: PloS One
Jeremy W Gordon, Eugene Milshteyn, Irene Marco-Rius, Michael Ohliger, Daniel B Vigneron, Peder E Z Larson
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to explore the impact of slice profile effects on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) mapping of hyperpolarized (HP) substrates. METHODS: Slice profile effects were simulated using a Gaussian radiofrequency (RF) pulse with a variety of flip angle schedules and b-value ordering schemes. A long T1 water phantom was used to validate the simulation results, and ADC mapping of HP [(13) C,(15) N2 ]urea was performed on the murine liver to assess these effects in vivo...
October 13, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Delong Wang, Ken-Ichi Miyazono, Masaru Tanokura
R.PabI is a type II restriction enzyme that recognizes the 5'-GTAC-3' sequence and belongs to the HALFPIPE superfamily. Although most restriction enzymes cleave phosphodiester bonds at specific sites by hydrolysis, R.PabI flips the guanine and adenine bases of the recognition sequence out of the DNA helix and hydrolyzes the N-glycosidic bond of the flipped adenine in a similar manner to DNA glycosylases. In this study, we determined the structure of R.PabI in complex with double-stranded DNA without the R.PabI recognition sequence by X-ray crystallography...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ian R Logan, Urszula L McClurg, Dominic L Jones, Daniel J O'Neill, Fadhel S Shaheen, John Lunec, Luke Gaughan, Craig N Robson
Inhibition of androgen receptor (AR) signalling represents the conventional medical management of prostate cancer. Ultimately this treatment fails because tumors develop an incurable, castrate resistant phenotype, resulting in an unmet need for new treatments in prostate cancer. The AR remains a viable therapeutic target in castrate resistant disease, such that novel ways of downregulating AR activities are attractive as potential treatments. Here we describe a mechanism by which the AR can be downregulated by the MDM2 antagonist Nutlin-3, resulting in loss of pro-survival c-FLIP gene expression and apoptosis...
October 9, 2016: Oncotarget
Seon Min Woo, Taeg Kyu Kwon
Jaceosidin is a flavonoid isolated from Artemisia vestita that has been reported to possess anti-tumor and anti-proliferative activities in many cancer cells. In this study, we investigated the anti-tumor activity of jaceosodin in renal carcinoma cells. Jaceosidin induced apoptosis in multiple human renal carcinoma cells (Caki, ACHN, A498, and 786-O), lung cancer cells (A549) and glioma cells (U251MG). In contrast, jaceosidin does not induce apoptosis in normal human umbilical vein cells (EA.hy926). Apoptotic cell death was associated with the activation of caspase-3 and cleavage of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase...
October 8, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Dustin A Carlson, Peter J Kahrilas, Zhiyue Lin, Ikuo Hirano, Nirmala Gonsalves, Zoe Listernick, Katherine Ritter, Michael Tye, Fraukje A Ponds, Ian Wong, John E Pandolfino
OBJECTIVES: Esophagogastric junction (EGJ) distensibility and distension-mediated peristalsis can be assessed with the functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP) during a sedated upper endoscopy. We aimed to describe esophageal motility assessment using FLIP topography in patients presenting with dysphagia. METHODS: In all, 145 patients (aged 18-85 years, 54% female) with dysphagia that completed upper endoscopy with a 16-cm FLIP assembly and high-resolution manometry (HRM) were included...
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
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