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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812127/-uveitis-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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I Foeldvari, K Walscheid, A Heiligenhaus
BACKGROUND: Uveitis is the most common extra-articular manifestation of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). It occurs, according to German registry data, in around 12% of JIA patients and can lead to a loss of vision, especially in cases of delayed diagnosis and/or inadequate therapy. OBJECTIVE: A review of current aspects of diagnosis and therapy was carried out. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a review article of the current literature. RESULTS: The risk of uveitis is significantly elevated in patients with an oligoarticular course of JIA, ANA positivity and young age at onset of JIA...
August 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811071/biological-evaluation-of-2-pyrazolinyl-1-carbothioamide-derivatives-against-hct116-human-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines-and-elucidation-on-qsar-and-molecular-binding-modes
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Beom Soo Kim, Soon Young Shin, Seunghyun Ahn, Dongsoo Koh, Young Han Lee, Yoongho Lim
In the search of compounds exhibiting anticancer activity, 37 derivatives of 2-pyrazolinyl-1-carbothioamide were designed and synthesized. Clonogenic cell survival assays were adapted to measure the cytotoxicities of the synthetic derivatives against HCT116 human colon cancer cell lines. Half-maximal cell growth inhibitory concentrations (GI50) ranged from 0.49 to 41.22µM. The compound with the lowest GI50 value, 3-(2-hydroxy-4,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-5-(naphthalen-1-yl)-N-(3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl)-pyrazolinyl-1-carbothioamide, was subjected to further biological studies, including cell viability and apoptosis assays to examine levels of annexin-V in the outer plasma membrane layer and poly ADP-ribose polymerase cleavage...
August 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810867/new-inducible-promoter-for-gene-expression-and-synthetic-biology-in-yarrowia-lipolytica
#3
Marion Trassaert, Marie Vandermies, Fréderic Carly, Olivia Denies, Stéphane Thomas, Patrick Fickers, Jean-Marc Nicaud
BACKGROUND: The oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica is increasingly used as alternative cell factory for the production of recombinant proteins. At present, several promoters with different strengths have been developed based either on the constitutive pTEF promoter or on oleic acid inducible promoters such as pPOX2 and pLIP2. Although these promoters are highly efficient, there is still a lack of versatile inducible promoters for gene expression in Y. lipolytica. RESULTS: We have isolated and characterized the promoter of the EYK1 gene coding for an erythrulose kinase...
August 15, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810197/photochemical-formation-of-chitosan-stabilized-near-infrared-absorbing-silver-nanoworms-a-green-synthetic-strategy-and-activity-on-gram-negative-pathogenic-bacteria
#4
Sreekar Marpu, Samar S Kolailat, Daniel Korir, Brian L Kamras, Ratnesh Chaturvedi, Abel Joseph, Christopher M Smith, Misael C Palma, Jyoti Shah, Mohammad A Omary
A facile, single-step, non-seeded photochemical protocol for producing a new type of anisotropic silver nanostructure, "nanoworms", with curved longer dimensions and smooth, rounded edges. The nanoworms exhibit surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption in the near-infrared window (NIRW) region and are stabilized using biocompatible polymer chitosan, rendering biocompatibility and amplified safety for biological utility of the composition. Both NIRW-absorbing nanoworms and visible-absorbing nanospheres herein are attained exclusively by employing green chemistry principles...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810159/hair-testing-to-assess-both-known-and-unknown-use-of-drugs-amongst-ecstasy-users-in-the-electronic-dance-music-scene
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Joseph J Palamar, Alberto Salomone, Enrico Gerace, Daniele Di Corcia, Marco Vincenti, Charles M Cleland
BACKGROUND: Data on both known and unknown drug use in the electronic dance music (EDM) scene is important to inform prevention and harm reduction. While surveys are the most common method of querying drug use, additional biological data can help validate use and detect unknown/unintentional use of drugs such as new psychoactive substances (NPS). We sought to determine the extent of both known and unknown use of various substances in this high-risk scene. METHODS: We hair-tested 90 self-reported past-year ecstasy/MDMA/Molly users attending EDM parties in New York City during the summer of 2016 using UHPLC-MS/MS...
August 12, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809975/discovery-of-synthetic-small-molecules-that-enhance-the-number-of-stomata-c-h-functionalization-chemistry-for-plant-biology
#6
Asraa Ziadi, Naoyuki Uchida, Hiroe Kato, Rina Hisamatsu, Ayato Sato, Shinya Hagihara, Kenichiro Itami, Keiko U Torii
The increasing climate changes and global warming are leading to colossal agricultural problems such as abatement of food production and quality. As stomatal development is considered to play a key role in crop plant productivity and water-use efficiency, studying stomatal development is useful for understanding the productivity of plant systems for both natural and agricultural systems. Herein, we report the first-in-class synthetic small molecules enhancing the number of stomata in Arabidopsis thaliana that have been discovered by screening of the chemical library and further optimized by the Pd-catalyzed C-H arylation reaction...
August 15, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809479/natural-seminal-amyloids-as-targets-for-development-of-synthetic-inhibitors-of-hiv-transmission
#7
Daniel A Sheik, Stephen Dewhurst, Jerry Yang
Amyloids refer to a class of protein or peptide aggregates that are heterogeneous in size, morphology, and composition, and are implicated to play a central role in many neurodegenerative and systemic diseases. The strong correlation between biological activity and extent of aggregation of amyloidogenic proteins and peptides has led to an explosion of research efforts to target these materials with synthetic molecules or engineered antibodies to try to attenuate their function in disease pathology. Although many of these efforts to attenuate amyloid function have shown great promise in laboratory settings, the vast majority of work has been focused on targeting amyloids associated with neurologic diseases, which has been met with significant additional challenges that preclude clinical evaluation...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809429/dissection-of-the-module-network-implementation-lemontree-enhancements-towards-applications-in-metagenomics-and-translation-in-autoimmune-maladies
#8
Youtao Lu, Xiaoyuan Zhou, Christine Nardini
Under the current deluge of omics, module networks distinctively emerge as methods capable of not only identifying inherently coherent groups (modules), thus reducing dimensionality, but also hypothesizing cause-effect relationships between modules and their regulators. Module networks were first designed in the transcriptomic era and further exploited in the multi-omic context to assess (for example) miRNA regulation of gene expression. Despite a number of available implementations, expansion of module networks to other omics is constrained by a limited characterization of the solutions' (modules plus regulators) accuracy and stability - an immediate need for the better characterization of molecular biology complexity in silico...
August 15, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809418/native-extracellular-matrix-derived-semipermeable-optically-transparent-and-inexpensive-membrane-inserts-for-microfluidic-cell-culture
#9
Mark J Mondrinos, Yoon-Suk Yi, Nan-Kun Wu, Xueting Ding, Dongeun Huh
Semipermeable cell culture membranes are commonly used in multilayered microfluidic devices to mimic the basement membrane in vivo and to create compartmentalized microenvironments for physiological cell growth and differentiation. However, existing membranes are predominantly made up of synthetic polymers, providing limited capacity to replicate cellular interactions with native extracellular matrices that play a crucial role in the induction of physiological phenotypes. Here we describe a new type of cell culture membranes engineered from native extracellular matrix (ECM) materials that are thin, semipermeable, optically transparent, and amenable to integration into microfluidic cell culture devices...
August 15, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808103/a-bioarchitectonic-approach-to-the-modular-engineering-of-metabolism
#10
REVIEW
Cheryl A Kerfeld
Dissociating the complexity of metabolic processes into modules is a shift in focus from the single gene/gene product to functional and evolutionary units spanning the scale of biological organization. When viewing the levels of biological organization through this conceptual lens, modules are found across the continuum: domains within proteins, co-regulated groups of functionally associated genes, operons, metabolic pathways and (sub)cellular compartments. Combining modules as components or subsystems of a larger system typically leads to increased complexity and the emergence of new functions...
September 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807931/identification-of-novel-growth-regulators-in-plant-populations-expressing-random-peptides
#11
Zhilong Bao, Maureen A Clancy, Raquel F Carvalho, Kiona Elliott, Kevin M Folta
The use of chemical genomics approaches allows the identification of small molecules that integrate into biological systems, thereby changing discrete processes that influence growth, development or metabolism. Libraries of chemicals are applied to living systems, and changes in phenotype are observed, potentially leading to the identification of new growth regulators. This work describes an approach that is the nexus of chemical-genomics and synthetic biology. Here each plant in an extensive population synthesizes a unique small peptide arising from a transgene composed of a randomized nucleic acid sequence core, flanked by translational start, stop, and cysteine-encoding (for disulfide cyclization) sequences...
August 14, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807783/aggregation-and-its-influence-on-the-immunomodulatory-activity-of-synthetic-innate-defense-regulator-peptides
#12
Evan F Haney, Bing Catherine Wu, Kelsey Lee, Ashley L Hilchie, Robert E W Hancock
There is increasing interest in developing cationic host defense peptides (HDPs) and their synthetic derivatives as antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, and anti-biofilm agents. These activities are often evaluated without considering biologically relevant concentrations of salts or serum; furthermore certain HDPs have been shown to aggregate in vitro. Here we examined the effect of aggregation on the immunomodulatory activity of a synthetic innate defense regulator peptide, 1018 (VRLIVAVRIWRR-NH2). A variety of salts and solutes were screened to determine their influence on 1018 aggregation, revealing that this peptide "salts out" of solution in an anion-specific and concentration-dependent manner...
July 24, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807672/pharmacological-characterization-of-novel-synthetic-opioids-nso-found-in-the-recreational-drug-marketplace
#13
REVIEW
Michael H Baumann, Susruta Majumdar, Valerie Le Rouzic, Amanda Hunkele, Rajendra Uprety, Xi Ping Huang, Jin Xu, Bryan L Roth, Ying-Xian Pan, Gavril W Pasternak
Novel synthetic opioids (NSO) are increasingly encountered in illicit heroin and counterfeit pain pills. Many NSO are resurrected from older biomedical literature or patent applications, so limited information is available about their biological effects. Here we examined the pharmacology of three structurally-distinct NSO found in the recreational drug market: N-(1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-piperidinyl)-N-phenylbutyramide (butyrylfentanyl), 3,4-dichloro-N-[(1R,2R)-2-(dimethylamino)cyclohexyl]-N-methylbenzamide (U-47700) and 1-cyclohexyl-4-(1,2-diphenylethyl)piperazine (MT-45)...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807332/synthetic-biology-regulation-and-governance-lessons-from-tapic-for-the-united-states-european-union-and-singapore
#14
Benjamin D Trump
Synthetic biology is an emerging technology with potential benefits to various fields, yet also contains potential risks to human and environmental health. The field remains in an emerging state with limited quantitative guidance and a small but growing population of international researchers that conduct work within this field. Given the uncertain nature of this technology, an adaptive and anticipatory governance framework may be necessary to balance the potential benefits that may accrue from the technology's continued research alongside a desire to reduce or eliminate potential risks that may arise...
August 2, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806969/pharmacokinetic-and-urinary-profiling-reveals-the-prednisolone-cortisol-ratio-as-a-valid-biomarker-for-prednisolone-administration
#15
Lieven Van Meulebroek, Nathalie De Clercq, Julie Vanden Bussche, Mathias Devreese, Eric Fichant, Philippe Delahaut, Siska Croubels, Lynn Vanhaecke
BACKGROUND: In Europe, synthetic corticosteroids are not allowed in animal breeding for growth-promoting purposes. Nevertheless, a high prevalence of non-compliant urine samples was recently reported for prednisolone, however, without any indication of unauthorized use. Within this context, 20β-dihydroprednisolone and the prednisolone/cortisol ratio have been suggested as potential tools to discriminate between exogenous and endogenous urinary prednisolone. In this study, the validity of these strategies was verified by investigating the plasma pharmacokinetic and urinary excretion profiles of relevant glucocorticoids in bovines, subjected to exogenous prednisolone treatment or tetracosactide hexaacetate administration to induce endogenous prednisolone formation...
August 14, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806680/sequestration-of-aluminium-iii-by-different-natural-and-synthetic-organic-and-inorganic-ligands-in-aqueous-solution
#16
Paola Cardiano, Rosalia Maria Cigala, Francesco Crea, Fausta Giacobello, Ottavia Giuffrè, Anna Irto, Gabriele Lando, Silvio Sammartano
The speciation of Al(3+) in aqueous solutions containing organic and inorganic ligands important from a biological (citrate (Cit(3-)), gluconate (Gluc(-)), lactate (Lac(-)), silicate (H2SiO4(2-)), carbonate (CO3(2-)), fluoride (F(-))) and industrial (Gantrez(®); polymethyl-vinyl-ether-co-maleic acids; GTZ S95 and GTZ AN169) point of view is reported. The stability constants of Al(3+)/L(z-) complexes (L(z-) = ligand with z(-) charge) were determined by potentiometry at T = 298.15 K and 0.10 ≤ I/M ≤ 1...
August 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806559/assessment-of-chemicals-released-in-the-marine-environment-by-dielectric-elastomers-useful-as-active-elements-in-wave-energy-harvesters
#17
Mirela-Fernanda Zaltariov, Adrian Bele, Lavinia Vasiliu, Luiza Gradinaru, Nicoleta Vornicu, Carmen Racles, Maria Cazacu
A series of elastomers, either natural or synthetic (some of them commercial, while others prepared in the laboratory), suitable for use as active elements in devices for wave energy harvesting, were evaluated concerning their behavior and effects on the marine environment. In this aim, the elastomer films, initially evaluated regarding their aspect, structure, surface wettability, and tolerance of microorganisms growth, were immersed in synthetic seawater (SSW) within six months for assessing compounds released...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806522/development-of-a-recombinant-multifunctional-biomacromolecule-for-targeted-gene-transfer-to-prostate-cancer-cells
#18
Arash Hatefi, Zahra Karjoo, Alireza Nomani
The objective of this study was to genetically engineer a fully functional single chain fusion peptide composed of motifs from diverse biological and synthetic origins that can perform multiple tasks including DNA condensation, cell targeting, cell transfection, particle shielding from immune system and effective gene transfer to prostate tumors. To achieve the objective, a single chain biomacromolecule (vector) consisted of four repetative units of histone H2A peptide, fusogenic peptide GALA, short elastin-like peptide and PC-3 cell targeting peptide was designed...
August 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806422/silver-nanoparticles-as-a-control-agent-against-facades-coated-by-aerial-algae-a-model-study-of-apatococcus-lobatus-green-algae
#19
Paulina Nowicka-Krawczyk, Joanna Żelazna-Wieczorek, Tomasz Koźlecki
Aerial algae are an important biological factor causing the biodegradation of building materials and facades. Conservation procedures aimed at the protection of historic and utility materials must be properly designed to avoid an increase of the degradation rate. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of silver nanoparticles (AgNP) synthetized with features contributing to the accessibility and toxicity (spherical shape, small size) on the most frequently occurring species of green algae in aerial biofilms and thus, the most common biodegradation factor-Apatococcus lobatus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805459/opuntia-ficus-indica-l-miller-as-a-source-of-bioactivity-compounds-for-health-and-nutrition
#20
M Aragona, E R Lauriano, S Pergolizzi, C Faggio
Plants with beneficial properties are known in traditional medicine. Nowadays, in spite of widespread availability of synthetic compounds, the search goes towards natural compounds to lower cost and few side effects. The increasing interest in preventive medicine encourages use of nutraceuticals, bioactive compounds of vegetable origin with important nutritional values. Among the medicinal plants, Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Miller (Family Cactaceae, subfamily Opuntiodeae, Genus Opuntia, subgenus Platyopuntia, species Opuntia ficus-indica (L...
August 14, 2017: Natural Product Research
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