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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938459/selective-glucocorticoid-receptor-antagonist-cort125281-activates-brown-adipose-tissue-and-alters-lipid-distribution-in-male-mice
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Jan Kroon, Lisa L Koorneef, Jose K van den Heuvel, Cristy R C Verzijl, Nienke M van de Velde, Isabel M Mol, Hetty C M Sips, Hazel Hunt, Patrick C N Rensen, Onno C Meijer
Glucocorticoids influence a wide range of metabolic processes in the human body and excessive glucocorticoid exposure is known to contribute to the development of metabolic disease. We evaluated the utility of the novel glucocorticoid receptor (GR) antagonist CORT125281 for its potential to overcome adiposity, glucose intolerance and dyslipidaemia, and compared this head-to-head with classic GR antagonist RU486 (mifepristone). We show that, while RU486 displays cross-reactivity to the progesterone and androgen receptor, CORT125281 selectively inhibits GR transcriptional activity...
September 18, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938232/best-practice-guidelines-for-the-measurement-of-physical-activity-levels-in-stroke-survivors-a-secondary-analysis-of-an-observational-study
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Louise Tinlin, Natalie Fini, Julie Bernhardt, Lucy K Lewis, Tim Olds, Coralie English
The aim of this study was to investigate the phenomenon of activity (increased activity in response to monitor wear) and determine the minimum wear time of accelerometers when objectively measuring habitual physical activity levels of community dwelling stroke survivors. Exploratory, secondary analyses of cross-sectional data were carried out. Physical activity variables [sitting, standing and stepping time, step count, light physical activity and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA)] were measured with two activity monitors for 7 days...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937071/insomnia-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-multicenter-study-from-morocco
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Mohamed Amine Hamzi, Kawtar Hassani, Mohamed Asseraji, Driss El Kabbaj
Previous studies have shown that insomnia is a common sleep disorder in patients with end-stage renal disease. This study aims to determine the prevalence and risk factors of insomnia in our chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients. This is a cross-sectional study conducted in three HD units in Morocco. To assess the prevalence of insomnia, we used a specific questionnaire. Patients complaining of difficulty in falling asleep and/or nocturnal awakenings occurring seven nights a week during the last month were included in the group "insomnia;" the other patients were used as controls...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936535/8-oxo-7-8-dihydro-2-deoxyguanosine-and-abasic-site-tandem-lesions-are-oxidation-prone-yielding-hydantoin-products-that-strongly-destabilize-duplex-dna
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Aaron M Fleming, Cynthia J Burrows
In DNA, 2'-deoxyguanosine (dG) is susceptible to oxidative modification by reactive oxygen species (ROS) yielding many products, one of which is 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine (dOG). Interestingly, dOG is stable but much more labile toward oxidation than dG, furnishing 5-guanidinohydantoin-2'-deoxyribose (dGh) that is favored in the duplex context or spiroiminodihydantoin-2'-deoxyribose (dSp) that is favored in the oxidation of single-stranded contexts. Previously, exposure of DNA to ionizing radiation found ∼50% of the dOG exists as a tandem lesion with an adjacent formamide site...
September 22, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934876/comparison-of-intra-articular-injection-of-hyaluronic-acid-and-n-acetyl-cysteine-in-the-treatment-of-knee-osteoarthritis-a-pilot-study
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Mustafa Ozcamdalli, Abdulhamit Misir, Turan Bilge Kizkapan, Erdal Uzun, Fuat Duygulu, Cevat Yazici, Ibrahim Halil Kafadar
Objective To compare the relative effectiveness of intra-articular N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and hyaluronic acid (HA) on pain, function and cartilage degradation markers in patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis (OA). Design We prospectively conducted a clinical trial with 20 patients having a diagnosis of Kellgren-Lawrence grade 2-3 knee OA, and randomly allocated to the HA or NAC groups. Groups were matched on age, sex, and body mass index. Injections of 3-mL HA (Hylan G-F 20) or 3-mL NAC (Asist ampoule) were administered as a single shot...
October 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934731/fasting-spot-urine-ph-is-associated-with-metabolic-syndrome-in-the-japanese-population
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Masanori Shimodaira, Shinji Okaniwa, Tomohiro Nakayama
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between urine pH and metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components while controlling for covariates. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 5,430 Japanese subjects (4691 without MetS; 739 with MetS) undergoing health assessments. Partial correlation analysis and analysis of covariance were used for controlling confounding parameters (age, gender, serum uric acid (UA) levels, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, estimated glomerular filtration rate, and smoking and drinking statuses)...
September 19, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934461/effect-of-priming-with-seasonal-influenza-a-h3n2-virus-on-the-prevalence-of-cross-reactive-hemagglutination-inhibition-antibodies-to-swine-origin-a-h3n2-variants
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Feng Liu, Vic Veguilla, F Liaini Gross, Eric Gillis, Thomas Rowe, Xiyan Xu, Terrence M Tumpey, Jacqueline M Katz, Min Z Levine, Xiuhua Lu
Background: Recent outbreaks of swine-origin influenza A(H3N2) variant (H3N2v) viruses have raised public health concerns. Previous studies indicated that older children and young adults had the highest levels of hemagglutination-inhibition (HI) antibodies to 2010-2011 H3N2v viruses. However, newly emerging 2013 H3N2v have acquired antigenic mutations in the hemagglutinin at amino acid position 145 (N145K/R). We estimated the levels of serologic cross-reactivity among humans primed with seasonal influenza A(H3N2) (sH3N2), using postinfection ferret antisera...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934456/cross-reactive-antibody-responses-to-novel-h5nx-influenza-viruses-following-homologous-and-heterologous-prime-boost-vaccination-with-a-prepandemic-stockpiled-a-h5n1-vaccine-in-humans
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Min Z Levine, Crystal Holiday, Feng Liu, Stacie Jefferson, Eric Gillis, Abbie R Bellamy, Terrence Tumpey, Jacqueline M Katz
Recently, novel highly pathogenic avian influenza H5Nx viruses (clade 2.3.4.4) caused outbreaks in US poultry. We evaluated the potential of a stockpiled A(H5N1) A/Anhui/1/2005 (clade 2.3.4) vaccine to elicit cross-reactive antibody responses to these emerging viruses. Sera from subjects who received 2 doses of MF59-adjuvanted A/Anhui/1/2005, or 1 dose of MF59-adjuvanted A/Anhui/1/2005 following priming with a clade 1 vaccine were characterized by microneutralization assays and modified hemagglutination inhibition (HI) assays...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934246/discovery-of-pf-06928215-as-a-high-affinity-inhibitor-of-cgas-enabled-by-a-novel-fluorescence-polarization-assay
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Justin Hall, Amy Brault, Fabien Vincent, Shawn Weng, Hong Wang, Darren Dumlao, Ann Aulabaugh, Dikran Aivazian, Dana Castro, Ming Chen, Jeffrey Culp, Ken Dower, Joseph Gardner, Steven Hawrylik, Douglas Golenbock, David Hepworth, Mark Horn, Lyn Jones, Peter Jones, Eicke Latz, Jing Li, Lih-Ling Lin, Wen Lin, David Lin, Frank Lovering, Nootaree Niljanskul, Ryan Nistler, Betsy Pierce, Olga Plotnikova, Daniel Schmitt, Suman Shanker, James Smith, William Snyder, Timothy Subashi, John Trujillo, Edyta Tyminski, Guoxing Wang, Jimson Wong, Bruce Lefker, Leslie Dakin, Karen Leach
Cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) initiates the innate immune system in response to cytosolic dsDNA. After binding and activation from dsDNA, cGAS uses ATP and GTP to synthesize 2', 3' -cGAMP (cGAMP), a cyclic dinucleotide second messenger with mixed 2'-5' and 3'-5' phosphodiester bonds. Inappropriate stimulation of cGAS has been implicated in autoimmune disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus, thus inhibition of cGAS may be of therapeutic benefit in some diseases; however, the size and polarity of the cGAS active site makes it a challenging target for the development of conventional substrate-competitive inhibitors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932628/a-novel-in-silico-framework-to-improve-mhc-i-epitopes-and-break-the-tolerance-to-melanoma
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Cristian Capasso, Aniket Magarkar, Victor Cervera-Carascon, Manlio Fusciello, Sara Feola, Martin Muller, Mariangela Garofalo, Lukasz Kuryk, Siri Tähtinen, Lucio Pastore, Alex Bunker, Vincenzo Cerullo
Tolerance toward tumor antigens, which are shared by normal tissues, have often limited the efficacy of cancer vaccines. However, wild type epitopes can be tweaked to activate cross-reactive T-cell clones, resulting in antitumor activity. The design of these analogs (i.e., heteroclitic peptides) can be difficult and time-consuming since no automated in silico tools are available. Hereby we describe the development of an in silico framework to improve the selection of heteroclitic peptides. The Epitope Discovery and Improvement System (EDIS) was first validated by studying the model antigen SIINFEKL...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932369/diagnostic-accuracy-of-fecal-calprotectin-in-assessing-the-severity-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-from-laboratory-to-clinic
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Soheila Moein, Durdi Qujeq, Mostafa Vaghari Tabari, Mehrdad Kashifard, Karimollah Hajian-Tilaki
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. In the past decades, fecal calprotectin has been proposed as a useful biomarker for the differential diagnosis between IBD patients and healthy controls. We designed this study to evaluate the diagnostic ability of fecal calprotectin (FC) and conventional inflammatory markers in IBD patients. METHODS: Thirty patients who underwent colonoscopy were cases and thirty healthy subjects undergoing colonoscopy as part of a medical check-up were the controls...
2017: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932306/prevalence-of-asymptomatic-arterial-hypertension-and-its-correlation-with-inflammatory-activity-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Ismet H Bajraktari, Sylejman Rexhepi, Idriz Berisha, Ali Lahu, Avni Kryeziu, Bastri Durmishi, Halit Bajraktari, Elton Bahtiri
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease that worsens during the course of the disease and can cause disability. Early RA refers to the onset of symptoms within the past 3 months. In RA, increased levels of mediators of inflammation may cause arterial stiffness consequently leading to arterial hypertension. AIM: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to assess the prevalence of asymptomatic arterial hypertension in early RA patients as well as the correlation with parameters of inflammation...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931897/identification-and-characterization-of-a-novel-sso7d-scaffold-based-binder-against-notch1
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Tenzin Gocha, Balaji M Rao, Ramanuj DasGupta
Notch signaling has important functions in regulating cell growth and development, misregulation of which has been implicated in various cancers. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) targeting Notch protein activity have already moved into clinical trials. However due to the limitations associated with cost and productivity of mAbs, there has been a surge in the development of complementary approaches that are based on non-antibody scaffolds. Non-antibody scaffolds are small proteins that are stable and can be engineered to develop high-affinity binders against specific targets of interest...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931689/vaccination-with-recombinant-parainfluenza-virus-5-expressing-neuraminidase-protects-against-homologous-and-heterologous-influenza-virus-challenge
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Alaina J Mooney, Jon D Gabbard, Zhuo Li, Daniel A Dlugolenski, Scott K Johnson, Ralph A Tripp, Biao He, S Mark Tompkins
Seasonal human influenza virus continues to cause morbidity and mortality annually, and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) along with other emerging influenzas continue to pose pandemic threats. Vaccination is considered the most effective measure for controlling influenza; however, current strategies rely on a precise vaccine match with currently circulating virus strains for efficacy, requiring constant surveillance and regular development of matched vaccines. Current vaccines focus on eliciting specific antibody responses against the hemagglutinin (HA) surface glycoprotein; however, the diversity of HAs across species and antigenic drift of circulating strains enables evasion of virus-inhibiting antibody responses, resulting in vaccine failure...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931072/high-prevalence-of-non-dipping-blood-pressure-and-vascular-stiffness-in-hiv-infected-south-africans-on-antiretrovirals
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M S Borkum, J M Heckmann, K Manning, J A Dave, N S Levitt, B L Rayner, N Wearne
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected individuals are at increased risk of tissue inflammation and accelerated vascular aging ('inflamm-aging'). Abnormal diurnal blood pressure (BP) rhythms such as non-dipping may contribute to an increased risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events in HIV infected individuals. However, little data exists on ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) and measures of vascular stiffness in the black African HIV infected population. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional analysis of otherwise well, HIV infected outpatients on ART for >5 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930619/asiatic-acid-nullified-aluminium-toxicity-in-in-vitro-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Mashoque Ahmad Rather, Arokiasamy Justin Thenmozhi, Thamilarasan Manivasagam, Jegadeesan Nataraj, Musthafa Mohamed Essa, Saravana Babu Chidambaram
Aluminium (Al) is a ubiquitously distributed environmental toxicant that lacks biological functions; however, its accumulation in the brain has been demonstrated to be linked to several neuropathological conditions particularly Alzheimer's disease (AD). Asiatic acid (AA), a triterpene extracted from Centella asiatica, has been reported to cross the blood brain barrier and also displayed antioxidant and neuroprotective activities. The present study was aimed to explore the neuroprotective effect of AA against aluminium maltolate (Al(mal)3) induced neurotoxicity by assessing cell viability, mitochondrial membrane potential, levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), DNA damage and apoptosis (Hoechst and dual staining, comet assay; expressions of pro-apoptotic, anti-apoptotic and signaling indices) via AKT/GSK-3β signaling pathway in SH-SY 5Y  neuroblastoma cells...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930445/thermo-responsive-and-active-functional-fiber-mats-for-cultured-cell-recovery
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Wilaiporn Graisuwan, Songchan Puthong, Hui Zhao, Suda Kiatkamjornwong, Patrick Theato, Voravee P Hoven
Thermo-responsive and active functional fiber mats were prepared from random copolymer of poly(pentafluorophenyl acrylate-co-N-isopropylacrylamide) (P(PFPA-co-NIPAM)), which was synthesized by a controlled radical polymerization process based on reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT). As reactive sites, pentafluorophenyl ester (PFP) groups were incorporated in the copolymer to allow for a multiple post-polymerization modification. UV-crosslinkable moieties were first introduced by partially reacting PFP groups in the copolymer with ortho-nitrobenzyl (ONB)-protected diamine...
September 20, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929587/antibody-based-strategies-for-the-detection-of-luspatercept-ace-536-in-human-serum
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Christian Reichel, G Gmeiner, Mario Thevis
Luspatercept (ACE-536, ACVR2B-Fc), a fusion protein consisting of the extracellular domain of ActRIIB receptor and the Fc-part of human immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1), is currently under clinical development (Phase III). It stimulates the formation of red blood cells and hence may be misused by athletes for doping purposes in the future. Several antibody-based strategies for the detection of Luspatercept and other ACVR2B-Fc fusion proteins in human serum were evaluated (ELISA; IEF-, SDS-, and SAR-PAGE followed by Western blotting; immunoprecipitation)...
September 19, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929506/factitious-acth-dependent-apparent-hypercortisolism-the-problem-with-late-night-salivary-cortisol-measurements-collected-at-home
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G A Kline, J D Buse, J G Van Der Gugten, D T Holmes, A C Chin, S M H Sadrzadeh
Cushing's Syndrome (CS) is critical to identify because of the numerous and sometimes irreversible sequelae. Surreptitious glucocorticoid use is usually a straightforward consideration in the Cushingoid patient having suppressed ACTH levels, in the absence of adrenal mass or hyperplasia, and in whom screening tests for CS have unexpectedly low or high results depending on the specific steroid used and vulnerability of the assay employed to analytical cross-reactivity. We present a case of a patient with factitious hypercortisolism without suppressed ACTH...
September 20, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929362/brain-reactivity-to-visual-food-stimuli-after-moderate-intensity-exercise-in-children
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Travis D Masterson, C Brock Kirwan, Lance E Davidson, Michael J Larson, Kathleen L Keller, S Nicole Fearnbach, Alyssa Evans, James D LeCheminant
Exercise may play a role in moderating eating behaviors. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of an acute bout of exercise on neural responses to visual food stimuli in children ages 8-11 years. We hypothesized that acute exercise would result in reduced activity in reward areas of the brain. Using a randomized cross-over design, 26 healthy weight children completed two separate laboratory conditions (exercise; sedentary). During the exercise condition, each participant completed a 30-min bout of exercise at moderate-intensity (~ 67% HR maximum) on a motor-driven treadmill...
September 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
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