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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941417/protective-role-of-liriodendrin-in-mice-with-dextran-sulphate-sodium-induced-ulcerative-colitis
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Zhen Zhang, Lei Yang, Botao Wang, Lanqiu Zhang, Qi Zhang, Dihua Li, Shukun Zhang, Hongwei Gao, Ximo Wang
Sargentodoxa cuneata, containing syringaresinol and its glycoside liriodendrin as the main bioactive compounds, is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine for treating intestinal inflammation. In our preliminary study, liriodendrin inhibited NF-kB activation in sepsis-induced acute lung injury. The present study was designed to investigate its effect on dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis in a mouse model and to explore the possible related mechanisms. Experimental colitis was established by giving mice drinking water containing 3% (w/v) DSS for 7days...
September 20, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941410/the-contribution-of-human-non-human-animal-chimeras-to-stem-cell-research
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REVIEW
Sonya Levine, Laura Grabel
Chimeric animals are made up of cells from two separate zygotes. Human/non-human animal chimeras have been used for a number of research purposes, including human disease modeling. Pluripotent stem cell (PSC) research has relied upon the chimera approach to examine the developmental potential of stem cells, to determine the efficacy of cell replacement therapies, and to establish a means of producing human organs. Based on ethical issues, this work has faced pushback from various sources including funding agencies...
September 14, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941405/the-effect-of-zoledronate-containing-primer-on-dentin-bonding-of-a-universal-adhesive
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Walter Zenobi, Victor Pinheiro Feitosa, Maria Elisa Martins Moura, Camillo D'arcangelo, Lidiany Karla de Azevedo Rodrigues, Salvatore Sauro
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the bonding ability and nanoleakage of a universal adhesive applied to dentin pre-treated using a zoledronate-containing primer (zol-primer) before and after mechanical load cycling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Flat dentin surfaces obtained from human molars were assigned to one of the following adhesion procedures (n=6): 1-Single Bond Universal (SBU) applied in etch-and-rinse mode; 2- SBU applied as etch-and-rinse after the application of zol-primer; 3- SBU applied in self-etch strategy; 4- SBU applied as self-etch after the use of zol-primer...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941401/effect-based-assessment-of-toxicity-removal-during-wastewater-treatment
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Pia Välitalo, Riccardo Massei, Ilse Heiskanen, Peter Behnisch, Werner Brack, Andrew J Tindall, David Du Pasquier, Eberhard Küster, Anna Mikola, Tobias Schulze, Markus Sillanpää
Wastewaters contain complex mixtures of chemicals, which can cause adverse toxic effects in the receiving environment. In the present study, the toxicity removal during wastewater treatment at seven municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) was investigated using an effect-based approach. A battery of eight bioassays was applied comprising of cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, endocrine disruption and fish embryo toxicity assays. Human cell-based CALUX assays, transgenic larval models and the fish embryo toxicity test were particularly sensitive to WWTP effluents...
September 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941400/coagulation-of-surface-water-observations-on-the-significance-of-biopolymers
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Zhaoyang Su, Ting Liu, Wenzheng Yu, Xing Li, Nigel J D Graham
Although the treatment of natural surface waters by coagulation has been investigated extensively, the detailed interaction between natural organic matter and alum is still not adequately understood or predictable, owing to the complexity of different components of the organic matrix and the conditions during coagulation. In this paper, we present the results of a novel approach to the study of the topic, which involved the progressive separation of organic components according to size, followed by coagulation of the filtrate solution, in order to expose the influence of particular organic fractions...
September 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941397/semi-analytical-modeling-of-anchor-loss-in-plate-mounted-resonators
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Christoph Schaal, Robert M'Closkey, Ajit Mal
A semi-analytical technique for estimating the energy loss in a resonator mounted to an infinite plate substrate is proposed in this paper. In a plate, only Lamb waves have to be considered, leading to a simplified characterization of the energy carried away from a vibrating source on the plate surface. Instead of employing absorbing elements at the boundaries of the plate-resonator finite element model, it is shown how the semi-analytical approach of stitching together analytical Lamb wave expressions to the finite element model can be utilized...
September 14, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941393/mobile-health-application-to-assist-doctors-in-antibiotic-prescription-an-approach-for-antibiotic-stewardship
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Felipe Francisco Tuon, Juliano Gasparetto, Luciana Cristina Wollmann, Thyago Proença de Moraes
BACKGROUND: Technologies applied to mobile devices can be an important strategy in antibiotic stewardship programs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of a decision-making application on antibiotic prescription. METHODS: This was an observational, analytical and longitudinal study on the implementation of an antimicrobial guide for mobile application (app). This study analyzed the period of 12 months before and 12 months after the app implementation at a university hospital based on local epidemiology, avoiding high cost drugs and reducing the potential for drug resistance including carbapenem...
September 20, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941392/liquid-phase-combinatorial-synthesis-of-1-2-5-trisubstituted-benzimidazole-derivatives-as-human-dhodh-inhibitors
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Nikum D Sitwala, Vivek K Vyas, Bhavesh C Variya, Snehal S Patel, Chirag C Mehta, Dharmraj N Rana, Manjunath D Ghate
The synthesis of 1,2,5-trisubstituted benzimidazole derivatives was carried out using liquid phase combinatorial approach using soluble polymer assisted support (PEG5000). Synthesised compounds were characterised by FTIR, ESI-MS, (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR. The purity of compounds was confirmed with HPLC analysis. Compounds were also docked into the binding site of human dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (hDHODH). The synthesised compounds were screened for hDHODH enzyme inhibition assay using brequinar as standard compound...
August 30, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941377/guiding-principles-of-value-creation-through-collaborative-innovation-in-pharmaceutical-research
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Liang Schweizer, Jeff He
Open innovation has become the main trend in pharmaceutical research. Potential obstacles and pitfalls of collaborations often lead to missed opportunities and/or poorly executed partnerships. This paper aims to provide a framework that facilitates the execution of successful collaborations. We start by mapping out three checkpoints onto early-stage collaborative partnerships: inception, ignition and implementation. Different value types and value drivers are then laid out for each stage of the partnership...
September 20, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941356/computational-approaches-to-identify-genetic-interactions-for-cancer-therapeutics
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Graeme Benstead-Hume, Sarah K Wooller, Frances M G Pearl
The development of improved cancer therapies is frequently cited as an urgent unmet medical need. Here we describe how genetic interactions are being therapeutically exploited to identify novel targeted treatments for cancer. We discuss the current methodologies that use 'omics data to identify genetic interactions, in particular focusing on synthetic sickness lethality (SSL) and synthetic dosage lethality (SDL). We describe the experimental and computational approaches undertaken both in humans and model organisms to identify these interactions...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939533/comparative-mapping-of-on-targets-and-off-targets-for-the-discovery-of-anti-trypanosomatid-folate-pathway-inhibitors
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Joanna Panecka-Hofman, Ina Pöhner, Francesca Spyrakis, Talia Zeppelin, Flavio Di Pisa, Lucia Dello Iacono, Alessio Bonucci, Antonio Quotadamo, Alberto Venturelli, Stefano Mangani, Maria Paola Costi, Rebecca C Wade
BACKGROUND: Multi-target approaches are necessary to properly analyze or modify the function of a biochemical pathway or a protein family. An example of such a problem is the repurposing of the known human anti-cancer drugs, antifolates, as selective anti-parasitic agents. This requires considering a set of experimentally validated protein targets in the folate pathway of major pathogenic trypanosomatid parasites and humans: (i) the primary parasite on-targets: pteridine reductase 1 (PTR1) (absent in humans) and bifunctional dihydrofolate reductase-thymidylate synthase (DHFR-TS), (ii) the primary off-targets: human DHFR and TS, and (iii) the secondary on-target: human folate receptor β, a folate/antifolate transporter...
September 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938793/effects-of-protein-or-amino-acid-supplementation-on-the-physical-growth-of-young-children-in-low-income-countries
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Joanne E Arsenault, Kenneth H Brown
Child growth stunting is common in low-income countries, possibly due to insufficient protein intakes. Most previous studies have concluded that children's protein intakes are adequate in relation to estimated requirements, but these studies did not consider issues of protein digestibility and effects of infection on dietary protein utilization. Using an alternative approach to assess the possible role of protein inadequacy in children's growth restriction, the results of 18 intervention trials in which supplementary protein or amino acids were provided to children ages 6-35 months and growth outcomes were reviewed...
September 1, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938754/commentary-a-multi-factorial-and-dynamic-approach-to-health-inequalities-lessons-from-marmot-s-the-health-gap
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O Lundberg
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August 1, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938744/an-improved-ivm-method-for-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-from-small-follicles-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-patients-enhances-oocyte-competence-and-embryo-yield
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F Sánchez, F Lolicato, S Romero, M De Vos, H Van Ranst, G Verheyen, E Anckaert, J E J Smitz
STUDY QUESTION: Are meiotic and developmental competence of human oocytes from small (2-8 mm) antral follicles improved by applying an optimized IVM method involving a prematuration step in presence of C-Type Natriuretic Peptide (CNP) followed by a maturation step in presence of FSH and Amphiregulin (AREG)? SUMMARY ANSWER: A strategy involving prematuration culture (PMC) in the presence of CNP followed by IVM using FSH + AREG increases oocyte maturation potential leading to a higher availability of Day 3 embryos and good-quality blastocysts for single embryo transfer...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938687/mediastinal-lesions-across-the-age-spectrum-a-clinicopathological-comparison-between-pediatric-and-adult-patients
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Tingting Liu, Lika'a Fasih Y Al-Kzayer, Xiao Xie, Hua Fan, Shamil Naji Sarsam, Yozo Nakazawa, Lei Chen
The objective of this study was to identify the differences in histopathological distribution and clinical features of mediastinal lesions (MLs) across the age spectrum in Chinese series of patients and to compare with the available literature. A total of 409 cases of MLs, including 137 pediatric and 272 adult patients from a single institution, was reviewed and categorized into groups according to age. Among the 409 cases, the age showed a bimodal distribution with an increased incidence of MLs among (< 10 year) and (60-< 70 year) age groups...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938616/identification-of-potential-cancer-related-pseudogenes-in-lung-adenocarcinoma-based-on-cerna-hypothesis
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Yunzhen Wei, Zhiqiang Chang, Cheng Wu, Yinling Zhu, Kun Li, Yan Xu
Pseudogenes are initially regarded as non-functional genomic fossils resulted from inactivating gene mutations during evolution. Far from being silent, pseudogenes are proved to regulate the expression of protein-coding genes through function as microRNA sponge in vivo. The aim of our study was to propose an integrative systems biology approach to identify disease pseudogenes base on competitive endogenous RNA (ceRNA) hypothesis. Here, we applied our method to lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) RNASeq data from TCGA and identified 33 candidate pseudogenes...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938608/use-of-confocal-laser-endomicroscopy-with-a-fluorescently-labeled-fatty-acid-to-diagnose-colorectal-neoplasms
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Feihong Deng, Yuan Fang, Zhiyong Shen, Wei Gong, Tao Liu, Jing Wen, Wanling Zhang, Xianjun Zhu, Hui Zhong, Tong Wang, Fachao Zhi, Biao Nie
Endoscopic treatment for early colorectal cancer closely correlates with patient prognosis. However, endoscopic differentiation between carcinomas and non-neoplastic lesions remains difficult. Here, we topically stained colorectal neoplasms with a fatty acid analogue (BODIPY-FA) and quantified the fluorescent signals using confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) and fluorescence microscopy. We also analyzed protein expression in colorectal cancer tissues. We found that expression of fatty acid synthase was elevated, while the expression of fatty acid transporters was reduced in colorectal cancer...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938603/inhibition-of-avian-tumor-virus-replication-by-ccch-type-zinc-finger-antiviral-protein
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Mingjun Zhu, Xiaoqian Ma, Xiyao Cui, Jing Zhou, Chengui Li, Libo Huang, Yingli Shang, Ziqiang Cheng
CCCH type zinc finger antiviral protein (ZAP) is a host restriction factor that inhibits the replication of a variety of viruses in mammals. However, little is known about its antiviral activity on avian tumor virus. Avian leukosis virus subgroup J (ALV-J), an oncogenic retrovirus, induces myelocytomas and various other tumors in meat and egg type chickens. Here, we identified a chicken ZAP (chZAP) that increased at early stage, and subsequently decreased after infection of ALV-J in DF-1 cells, indicating the inducible feature of the endogenous chZAP...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938601/mutation-profile-based-methods-for-understanding-selection-forces-in-cancer-somatic-mutations-a-comparative-analysis
#19
Zhan Zhou, Yangyun Zou, Gangbiao Liu, Jingqi Zhou, Jingcheng Wu, Shimin Zhao, Zhixi Su, Xun Gu
Human genes exhibit different effects on fitness in cancer and normal cells. Here, we present an evolutionary approach to measure the selection pressure on human genes, using the well-known ratio of the nonsynonymous to synonymous substitution rate in both cancer genomes (CN /CS ) and normal populations (pN /pS ). A new mutation-profile-based method that adopts sample-specific mutation rate profiles instead of conventional substitution models was developed. We found that cancer-specific selection pressure is quite different from the selection pressure at the species and population levels...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938599/a-pathways-based-prediction-model-for-classifying-breast-cancer-subtypes
#20
Tong Wu, Yunfeng Wang, Ronghui Jiang, Xinliang Lu, Jiawei Tian
Breast cancer is highly heterogeneous and is classified into four subtypes characterized by specific biological traits, treatment responses, and clinical prognoses. We performed a systemic analysis of 698 breast cancer patient samples from The Cancer Genome Atlas project database. We identified 136 breast cancer genes differentially expressed among the four subtypes. Based on unsupervised clustering analysis, these 136 core genes efficiently categorized breast cancer patients into the appropriate subtypes. Functional enrichment based on Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes analysis identified six functional pathways regulated by these genes: JAK-STAT signaling, basal cell carcinoma, inflammatory mediator regulation of TRP channels, non-small cell lung cancer, glutamatergic synapse, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
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