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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454112/the-challenge-of-treating-hepatitis-c-virus-associated-cryoglobulinemic-vasculitis-in-the-era-of-anti-cd20-monoclonal-antibodies-and-direct-antiviral-agents
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Dario Roccatello, Savino Sciascia, Daniela Rossi, Laura Solfietti, Roberta Fenoglio, Elisa Menegatti, Simone Baldovino
Mixed cryoglobulinemia syndrome (MC) is a systemic vasculitis involving kidneys, joints, skin, and peripheral nerves. While many autoimmune, lymphoproliferative, and neoplastic disorders have been associated with this disorder, hepatitis C virus (HCV) is known to be the etiologic agent in the majority of patients. Therefore, clinical research has focused on anti-viral drugs and, more recently, on the new, highly potent Direct-acting Antiviral Agents (DAAs). These drugs assure sustained virologic response (SVR) rates >90%...
April 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447661/the-nonsystemic-vasculitic-neuropathies
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REVIEW
Michael P Collins, Robert D Hadden
Nonsystemic vasculitic neuropathy (NSVN) is an under-recognized single-organ vasculitis of peripheral nerves that can only be diagnosed with a nerve biopsy. A Peripheral Nerve Society guideline group published consensus recommendations on the classification, diagnosis and treatment of NSVN in 2010, and new diagnostic criteria for vasculitic neuropathy were developed by the Brighton Collaboration in 2015. In this Review, we provide an update on the classification, diagnosis and treatment of NSVN. NSVN subtypes include Wartenberg migratory sensory neuropathy and postsurgical inflammatory neuropathy...
April 27, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446186/fingolimod-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-neuritis-and-contributes-to-schwann-cell-mediated-axonal-protection
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Björn Ambrosius, Kalliopi Pitarokoili, Lisa Schrewe, Xiomara Pedreiturria, Jeremias Motte, Ralf Gold
BACKGROUND: Fingolimod, a sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulator with well-described immunomodulatory properties involving peripheral immune cell trafficking, was the first oral agent approved for the treatment of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. Analogous immunomodulatory treatment options for chronic peripheral autoimmune neuropathies are lacking. METHODS: We tested fingolimod in the animal model of experimental autoimmune neuritis in Lewis rat. Six to eight-week-old female rats were immunized with P2 peptide and from this day on treated with fingolimod...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446076/behavior-of-uncharged-oximes-compared-to-hi6-and-2-pam-in-the-human-ache-tabun-conjugate-a-molecular-modeling-approach
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Felipe Rodrigues de Souza, Danielle Rodrigues Garcia, Teobaldo Cuya Guizado, Kamil Kuca, Ricardo Bicca de Alencastro, Tanos Celmar Costa França
Tabun is one of the most dangerous the nerve agent because it has deleterious effects like inhibition of the essential enzymes acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE). Some oximes, such HI6 as 2-PAM are nucleophiles that capable to reactivate inhibited human AChE under some conditions. Zwitterionic and cationic species have the best chance of productive action on inhibited AChE. However uncharged oximes can give important interaction information. In order to investigate the interaction and behavior of cationic and uncharged oximes, we performed molecular docking simulations and molecular dynamics and calculated binding energies of complexes of these compounds with human AChE...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444710/can-we-define-and-characterize-the-aging-lower-urinary-tract-ici-rs-2015
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REVIEW
Bahareh Vahabi, Adrian S Wagg, Peter F W M Rosier, Kevin L J Rademakers, Marie-Astrid Denys, Michel Pontari, Thelma Lovick, Francoise A Valentini, Pierre P Nelson, Karl-Erik Andersson, Christopher H Fry
The prevalence of lower urinary tract (LUT) symptoms increases with age but the etiology is unknown. This article aims to identify research directions that clarify the basis of this association. The initial question is whether biological age is the variable of interest or a time-dependent accumulation of factors that impact on LUT function at rates that differ between individuals. In particular, the accumulation of conditions or agents due to inflammatory states or tissue ischemia is important. Much of the above has been concerned with changes to bladder function and morphology...
April 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438079/potential-non-cutaneous-sites-of-chelonid-herpesvirus-5-persistence-and-shedding-in-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas
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Annie Page-Karjian, Nicole L Gottdenker, Jordyn Whitfield, Lawrence Herbst, Terry M Norton, Branson Ritchie
Chelonid herpesvirus 5 (ChHV5), the likely etiologic agent of sea turtle fibropapillomatosis (FP), is predicted to be unevenly distributed within an infected turtle, with productive virus replication and virion shedding occurring in cutaneous tumor keratinocytes. In this study, we measured and compared ChHV5 DNA quantities in tumors, skin, urine, major organs, and nervous tissue samples. These samples were taken from the carcasses of 10 juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) with and without clinical signs of FP that stranded in Florida, USA during 2014...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434709/target-analysis-of-tert-butyldimethylsilyl-derivatives-of-nerve-agent-hydrolysis-products-by-selectable-one-dimensional-or-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
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Yasuo Seto, Masumi Tachikawa, Mieko Kanamori-Kataoka, Kikuo Sasamoto, Nobuo Ochiai
A target analysis method for the sensitive and discriminative determination of the nerve agent hydrolysis products alkyl methylphosphonic acids as their tert-butyldimethylsilyl (TBDMS) derivatives was developed using a combination of selectable one- and two-dimensional ((1)D/(2)D) GC-MS, and applied to the analysis of samples with significant interfering matrices. After sample drying, the alkylmethylphosphonic acids and methylphosphonic acid (MPA) were converted to TBDMS derivatives by addition of N-methyl-N-(tert-butyldimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide with heating, and subjected to (1)D/(2)D GC-MS...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429852/anti-inflammatory-and-retinal-protective-effects-of-capsaicin-on-ischemia-induced-injuries-through-the-release-of-endogenous-somatostatin
#8
Jun Wang, Wenke Tian, Shuaiwei Wang, Wenqiang Wei, Dongdong Wu, Honggang Wang, Li Wang, Ruisheng Yang, Ailing Ji, Yanzhang Li
The mechanisms regarding the retinal protective and anti-inflammatory effects of capsaicin (CAP) remain unclear. Somatostatin is contained in CAP-sensitive sensory neurons, including nerve terminals, from which it can be released by capsaicin. The present study provides a novel neurohumoral regulatory mechanism for CAP-induced-endogenous somatostatin in a retinal ischemic-reperfusion (I/R) mouse model. CAP (0.5 mg kg(-1) ) was injected subcutaneously 5 min after I/R. A selective somatostatin-depleting agent, cysteamine, was applied subcutaneously 4 hours before the experiment to examine the effects of endogenous somatostatin...
April 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428628/inflammatory-and-neuropathic-nociception-is-preserved-in-gpr55-knockout-mice
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Lawrence M Carey, Tannia Gutierrez, Liting Deng, Wan-Hung Lee, Ken Mackie, Andrea G Hohmann
The G-protein coupled receptor GPR55 has been postulated to serve as a novel cannabinoid receptor. A previous report indicated that GPR55 knockout mice fail to develop mechanical hyperalgesia, suggesting a pro-nociceptive role for GPR55 in the control of nociceptive responding. However, GPR55 knockout mice remain incompletely characterized in models of pathological pain. Here we provide a comprehensive assessment of responses of GPR55 knockout and wild-type mice to mechanical and thermal (heat, cold) stimulation in multiple, mechanistically distinct models of inflammatory and neuropathic pain...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421634/vagus-nerve-stimulation-a-new-promising-therapeutic-tool-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#10
B Bonaz, V Sinniger, S Pellissier
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), that is Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis, affects about 1.5 million persons in the USA and 2.2 million in Europe. The pathophysiology of IBD involves immunological, genetic and environmental factors. The treatment is medico-surgical but suspensive. Anti-TNFα agents have revolutionized the treatment of IBD but have side effects. In addition, a non-negligible percentage of patients with IBD stop or take episodically their treatment. Consequently, a nondrug therapy targeting TNFα through a physiological pathway, devoid of major side effects and with a good cost-effectiveness ratio, would be of interest...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418689/an-official-american-thoracic-society-workshop-report-chemical-inhalational-disasters-biology-of-lung-injury-development-of-novel-therapeutics-and-medical-preparedness
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Eleanor M Summerhill, Gary W Hoyle, Sven-Eric Jordt, Bronwen J Jugg, James G Martin, Sadis Matalon, Steven E Patterson, David J Prezant, Alfred M Sciuto, Erik R Svendsen, Carl W White, Livia A Veress
This report is based upon the proceedings from the Inhalational Lung Injury Workshop jointly sponsored by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) program on May 21, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA. The CounterACT program facilitates research leading to the development of new and improved medical countermeasures for chemical threat agents. The workshop was initiated by the Terrorism and Inhalational Disasters (TID) Section of the Environmental, Occupational, and Population Health Assembly (EOPH) of the ATS...
April 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412715/non-centralized-and-functionally-localized-nervous-system-of-ophiuroids-evidence-from-topical-anesthetic-experiments
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Yoshiya Matsuzaka, Eiki Sato, Takeshi Kano, Hitoshi Aonuma, Akio Ishiguro
Ophiuroids locomote along the seafloor by coordinated rhythmic movements of multi-segmented arms. The mechanisms by which such coordinated movements are achieved are a focus of interest from the standpoints of neurobiology and robotics, because ophiuroids appear to lack a central nervous system that could exert centralized control over five arms. To explore the underlying mechanism of arm coordination, we examined the effects of selective anesthesia to various parts of the body of ophiuroids on locomotion. We observed the following: (1) anesthesia of the circumoral nerve ring completely blocked the initiation of locomotion; however, initiation of single arm movement, such as occurs during the retrieval of food, was unaffected, indicating that the inability to initiate locomotion was not due to the spread of the anesthetic agent...
April 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407906/antioxidant-and-antibiofilm-activities-of-secondary-metabolites-from-ziziphus-jujuba-leaves-used-for-infusion-preparation
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Silvia Damiano, Martino Forino, Arpan De, Luca A Vitali, Giulio Lupidi, Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati
Ziziphus jujuba Mill., jujube, leaf infusions are popular bedtime beverages as they improve sleep by soothing the nerves. With the aim of providing further insights into the polyphenol content of jujube leaf infusion and their antioxidant activities, a 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH)-guided purification of the aqueous extract of Z. jujuba Mill. leaves was conducted. Three major antioxidant polyphenols (i.e. quercitrin, catechin and gallocatechin) of the leaves were identified. In addition, a significant antibiofilm bioactivity against Streptococcus mutans, a causative agent of human dental caries, was detected for the aqueous leaf extract and its bio-guided separation resulted in the identification of the lupane triterpenoid alphitolic acid as the main antibiofilm metabolite...
September 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404526/stereospecific-cholinesterase-inhibition-by-o-s-diethylphenylphosphonothioate
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Ahmed Mohammed, Jennifer Sneathen, Sara Glazier Frojen, Louis Kuo, Cynthia M Dupureur
The inhibition kinetics and stereospecificity of the chiral nerve agent derivative O,S-diethylphenylphosphonothioate (DEPP) were examined for two forms of acetylcholinesterase (human and eel) and equine butyrylcholinesterase. Both S- and R-DEPP are poor inhibitors of eel AChE (IC50 150μM), consistent with a large, nondiscriminatory binding interaction in the active site of this enzyme. However, S-DEPP is active against human and equine AChE with low μM IC50s. DEPP stereospecificities (S/R) toward these enzymes are moderate (20) relative to other cholinesterase-organophosphate (OP) systems...
March 30, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397136/an-experimental-animal-model-for-percutaneous-procedures-used-in-trigeminal-neuralgia
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Johannes Herta, Wei-Te Wang, Romana Höftberger, Sabine Breit, Sibylle Kneissl, Helga Bergmeister, Heber Ferraz-Leite
OBJECT: This study describes an experimental rabbit model that allows the reproduction of percutaneous operations that are used in patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Attention was given to an exact anatomical description of the rabbit's middle cranial fossa as well as the establishment of conditions for a successful procedure. METHODS: Morphometric measurements were taken from 20 rabbit skulls and CT scans. The anatomy of the trigeminal nerve, as well as its surrounding structures, was assessed by bilateral dissection of 13 New Zealand white rabbits (NWR)...
April 10, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396583/atomic-level-structural-dynamics-of-polyoxoniobates-during-dmmp-decomposition
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Qi Wang, Robert C Chapleski, Anna M Plonka, Wesley O Gordon, Weiwei Guo, Thuy-Duong Nguyen-Phan, Conor H Sharp, Nebojsa S Marinkovic, Sanjaya D Senanayake, John R Morris, Craig L Hill, Diego Troya, Anatoly I Frenkel
Ambient pressure in situ synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques have been correlated to illuminate atomic-level details of bond breaking and formation during the hydrolysis of a chemical warfare nerve agent simulant over a polyoxometalate catalyst. Specifically, a Cs8[Nb6O19] polyoxoniobate catalyst has been shown to react readily with dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP). The atomic-level transformations of all reactant moieties, the [Nb6O19](8-) polyanion, its Cs(+) counterions, and the DMMP substrate, were tracked under ambient conditions by a combination of X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393024/biomechanics-of-sclera-crosslinked-using-genipin-in-rabbit
#17
Tai-Xiang Liu, Zheng Wang
AIM: To strengthen the biomechanics of collagen by crosslinking rabbit scleral collagen with genipin to develop a new therapy for preventing myopic progression. METHODS: Ten New Zealand rabbits were treated with 0.5 mmol/L genipin injected into the sub-Tenon's capsule in the right eyes. Untreated contralateral eyes served as the control. The treated area was cut into scleral strips measuring 4.0 mm×10.0 mm for stress-strain measurements (n=5). The remaining five treated eyes were prepared for histological examination...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391556/microtubule-targeting-agents-eribulin-and-paclitaxel-differentially-affect-neuronal-cell-bodies-in-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy
#18
Sarah J Benbow, Krystyna M Wozniak, Bridget Kulesh, April Savage, Barbara S Slusher, Bruce A Littlefield, Mary Ann Jordan, Leslie Wilson, Stuart C Feinstein
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a common side effect of anticancer treatment with microtubule-targeted agents (MTAs). The frequency of severe CIPN, which can be dose limiting and even life threatening, varies widely among different MTAs. For example, paclitaxel induces a higher frequency of severe CIPN than does eribulin. Different MTAs also possess distinct mechanisms of microtubule-targeted action. Recently, we demonstrated that paclitaxel and eribulin differentially affect sciatic nerve axons, with paclitaxel inducing more pronounced neurodegenerative effects and eribulin inducing greater microtubule stabilizing biochemical effects...
April 8, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388396/acute-facial-nerve-palsy-with-ipsilateral-soft-palate-ulcers
#19
C Mauprivez, C Comte, M Labrousse, R H Khonsari
Ramsay-Hunt syndrome (RHS) is a rare complication of herpes zoster in which reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection occurs in the geniculate ganglion. Major clinical findings are peripheral facial nerve palsy accompanied by ipsilateral ear pain and erythematous vesicular rash on the external ear (herpes zoster oticus) and in the mouth. Thus, diagnosis of RHS is usually clinical. However, auricular herpetic eruption is not always present, making diagnosis more difficult. This report describes a case of RHS with left facial palsy without skin lesions in 60-year-old woman...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388366/ellagic-acid-protects-against-neuron-damage-in-ischemic-stroke-through-regulating-the-ratio-of-bcl-2-bax-expression
#20
Qing-Shan Liu, Ran Deng, Shuran Li, Xu Li, Keqin Li, Kebaituli Gulibanumu, Xueli Li, Rui Liu
To research the effects of ellagic acid (EA), a low molecular weight polyphenol, on neuron cells and function, and to evaluate whether EA can be safely utilized by humans as a functional food or therapeutic agent, an oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation (ODG/R) model in primary cultured rat cortical neurons were created in this work. Administration of EA significantly decreased the volume of cerebrum infarction and the neurological deficit scores of the rats; EA treatment also increased the number of Bcl-2-positive cells and the ratio of Bcl-2-positive to Bax-positive neurons in semidarkness zone near brain ischemic focus in the PCI model...
April 7, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
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