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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214451/a-novel-lc-ms-ms-method-for-the-simultaneous-quantification-of-topiramate-and-its-main-metabolites-in-human-plasma
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Daniela Milosheska, Robert Roškar
The aim of the present report was to develop and validate simple, sensitive and reliable LC-MS/MS method for quantification of topiramate (TPM) and its main metabolites: 2,3-desisopropylidene TPM, 4,5-desisopropylidene TPM, 10-OH TPM and 9-OH TPM in human plasma samples. The most abundant metabolite 2,3-desisopropylidene TPM was isolated from patients urine, characterized and afterwards used as an authentic standard for method development and validation. Sample preparation method employs 100μL of plasma sample and liquid-liquid extraction with a mixture of ethyl acetate and diethyl ether as extraction solvent...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214433/anxiety-and-cannabis-related-problem-severity-among-dually-diagnosed-outpatients-the-impact-of-false-safety-behaviors
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Julia D Buckner, Michael J Zvolensky, Anthony H Ecker, Emily R Jeffries, Austin W Lemke, Kimberlye E Dean, Michael S Businelle, Matthew W Gallagher
Cannabis use disorder (CUD) co-occurs with anxiety disorders at high rates. Little is known about the mechanisms linking CUD and anxiety disorders. One theoretically-driven perspective is that individuals with anxiety disorders may be more apt to use FSBs (i.e., behaviors that may be effective in decreasing anxiety in the short-term, but can maintain and even exacerbate anxiety in the long-term), which can perpetuate cannabis use despite cannabis-related problems. The present study tested whether FSB use explained the relation of anxiety symptom severity with cannabis quantity and related problems among 77 adults with CUD and comorbid anxiety disorders seeking outpatient CUD treatment...
February 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214427/intense-2-7%C3%AE-m-emission-in-er-3-doped-zinc-fluoride-glass
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Feifei Huang, Yanyan Guo, Ying Tian, Shiqing Xu, Junjie Zhang
A novel erbium ion doped zinc fluoride glass was prepared. 2.7μm emission and transmittance properties together with thermal ability were investigated. An enhanced 2.7μm emission was observed by introducing ZnF2 in the ZrF4-based fluoride glass. Meanwhile, the J-O parameters and branching ratios (β) of Er(3+)-doped zinc fluoride glass were calculated and analyzed. The present Er(3+)-doped zinc fluoride glass with large emission cross-section (0.92×10(-20)cm(2)) and long decay lifetime (2.05ms) at 2.7μm indicates that it have very promising applications for solid state lasers around 3μm...
February 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214373/improved-detection-of-zika-virus-rna-in-human-and-animal-specimens-by-a-novel-highly-sensitive-and-specific-real-time-rt-pcr-assay-targeting-the-5-untranslated-region-of-zika-virus
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Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Kah-Meng Tee, Zheng Zhu, Jessica Oi-Ling Tsang, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Terance Gi-Wai Tsang, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Vincent Kwok-Man Poon, Siddharth Sridhar, Feifei Yin, Ivan Fan-Ngai Hung, Sandy Ka-Yee Chau, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Kwok-Hung Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen
OBJECTIVE AND METHOD: We developed and evaluated five novel real-time RT-PCR assays targeting conserved regions in the 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR), envelope (E'), non-structural protein 2A (NS2A), NS5, and 3'-UTR of the ZIKV genome. RESULTS: The ZIKV-5'-UTR assay exhibited the lowest in-vitro limit of detection (5-10 RNA copies/reaction and 3.0×10(-1) plaque-forming units/ml). Compared to the modified version of a widely adopted RT-PCR assay targeting the ZIKV-E gene, the ZIKV-5'-UTR assay showed better sensitivity in human clinical specimens, and representative mouse specimens, including many organs which are known to be involved in human ZIKV infection but difficult to obtain in clinical settings...
February 18, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214359/gene-expression-plasticity-in-response-to-salinity-acclimation-in-threespine-stickleback-ecotypes-from-different-salinity-habitats
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Taylor C Gibbons, David C H Metzger, Timothy M Healy, Patricia M Schulte
Phenotypic plasticity is thought to facilitate the colonization of novel environments and shape the direction of evolution in colonizing populations. However, the relative prevalence of various predicted patterns of changes in phenotypic plasticity following colonization remain unclear. Here we use a whole-transcriptome approach to characterize patterns of gene expression plasticity in the gills of a freshwater-adapted and a saltwater-adapted ecotype of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) exposed to a range of salinities...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214350/upregulation-of-microrna-15a-contributes-to-pathogenesis-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-aaa-by-modulating-the-expression-of-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-2b-cdkn2b
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Peng Gao, Jiyuan Si, Bin Yang, Jixiang Yu
BACKGROUND The objective of the present study was to identify the association between miR-15a-5p and CDKN2B, and their roles in regulating the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). MATERIAL AND METHODS We searched the miRNA database online (www.mirdb.org) and used a luciferase reporter assay system to study the regulatory relationship between miR-15a-5p and CDKN2B. We also conducted real-time PCR and Western blot analysis to study the mRNA and protein expression level of CDKN2B among different patient groups (participants with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and normal controls) or cells treated with scramble control, miR-15a-5p mimics, CDKN2B siRNA, and miR-15a-5p inhibitors...
February 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214340/molecular-tiling-on-the-surface-of-a-bacterial-spore-the-exosporium-of-the-bacillus-anthracis-cereus-thuringiensis-group
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Cassandra Terry, Shuo Jiang, David S Radford, Wan Qiang, Svetomir Tzokov, Anne Moir, Per A Bullough
Bacteria of the genera Bacillus and Clostridium form highly resistant spores, which in the case of some pathogens act as the infectious agents. An exosporium forms the outermost layer of some spores; it plays roles in protection, adhesion, dissemination, host targeting in pathogens, and germination control. The exosporium of the Bacillus cereus group, including the anthrax pathogen, contains a 2D-crystalline basal layer, overlaid by a hairy nap. BclA and related proteins form the hairy nap, and require ExsFA (BxpB) for their localisation on the basal layer...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214288/an-accelerator-mass-spectrometry-enabled-microtracer-study-to-evaluate-the-first-pass-effect-on-the-absorption-of-yh4808
#8
Anhye Kim, Byung-Yong Yu, Stephen R Dueker, Kwang-Hee Shin, Hwa Suk Kim, Hyungmi Ahn, Joo-Youn Cho, Kyung-Sang Yu, In-Jin Jang, Howard Lee
(14) C-labeled YH4808, a novel potassium-competitive acid blocker, was intravenously administered as a microtracer at 80 μg (11.8 kBq or 320 nCi) concomitantly with the non-radiolabeled oral drug at 200 mg to determine the absolute bioavailability and to assess the effect of pharmacogenomics on the oral absorption of YH4808. The absolute bioavailability was low and highly variable (mean, 10.1%; range, 2.3-19.3%), and M3 and M8, active metabolites of YH4808, were formed 22.6- and 38.5-fold higher after oral administration than intravenous administration, respectively...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214285/-local-failures-of-nasopharynx-carcinoma-anatomoclinical-aspects-and-therapeutic-results
#9
L Ghorbal, F Elloumi, W Siala, A Khabir, A Ghorbel, M Frikha, J Daoud
PURPOSE: Retrospective analysis of clinical aspects and therapeutic results of nasopharynx cancer local failures. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty patients with local failure with or without nodal involvement of nasopharyngeal carcinoma were treated between 1993 and 2013. Reirradiation of nasopharynx was delivered at the dose of 60Gy. Platinum-based chemotherapy was indicated in case of locally advanced disease and/or associated nodal failure. RESULTS: The mean age at diagnosis of primitive tumour was 41...
February 14, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214267/a-japanese-male-with-a-novel-ano5-mutation-with-minimal-muscle-weakness-and-muscle-pain-till-his-late-fifties
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Masato Kadoya, Katsuhisa Ogata, Mikiya Suzuki, Yutaka Honma, Kazunari Momma, Kana Yatabe, Takuhisa Tamura, Kenichi Kaida, Naomasa Miyata, Ichizo Nishino, Ikuya Nonaka, Mitsuru Kawai
Limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2L (LGMD2L) is an adult-onset slowly progressive muscular dystrophy associated with anoctamin 5 (ANO5) gene mutation, mainly reported from Northern and Central Europe. We report the case of a Japanese male patient with a novel homozygous mutation of c.2394dup, p.Arg799Thrfs in ANO5 gene, the second patient in the Asian population. He had had marked elevation of creatine kinase (CK) level for more than 10 years with minimal muscular symptoms consisting of muscle stiffness and occasional cramps, preceding the onset of proximal limb weakness...
January 18, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214218/implication-of-downregulation-and-prospective-pathway-signaling-of-microrna-375-in-lung-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Wen-Jie Chen, Ting-Qing Gan, Hui Qin, Su-Ning Huang, Li-Hua Yang, Ye-Ying Fang, Zu-Yun Li, Lin-Jiang Pan, Gang Chen
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is one of the most typical cancers in the world. Altered expression profiles of microRNA-375(miR-375) are linked to many diseases including lung cancer. However, the relationship between miR-375 and lung squamous cell carcinoma (LUSC) is controversial. METHODS: We first evaluated the 23 LUSCs and the paired normal lung tissues by qRT-PCR. Then we analyzed the LUSC samples with miR-375 expression based on The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO)...
January 22, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214207/microrna-155-targets-map3k10-and-regulates-osteosarcoma-cell-growth
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Chuangjian Wang, Xiaobo Zhang, Chunlin Zhang, Fuying Zhai, Ying Li, Zongqiang Huang
Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer prevalent in young adults. Recent studies suggested that aberrant microRNA expression plays an essential role in osteosarcoma pathogenesis. In this study, we found miR-155 up-regulation in different osteosarcoma cell lines U2OS, Saos-2 and MG-63. Through bioinformatic prediction and analysis, we identified its target MAP3K10 that involved in cell proliferation and apoptosis. This work demonstrates novel interaction between microRNA, intercellular MAPK signaling and apoptosis in osteosarcoma, which will provide targets for therapeutic development...
February 1, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214202/elevated-expression-of-microrna-19a-predicts-a-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-osteosarcoma
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Pingzhou Zou, Jian Ding, Shiping Fu
MicroRNA (miR)-19a, a member of the miR-17-92 cluster, functions as an oncomiRNA in multiple kinds of cancers. However, its involvement in human osteosarcomas remains unclear. In this study, to analyze the expression pattern of miR-19a and to investigate its clinical implication in human osteosarcomas, quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction was performed to detect expression levels of miR-19a in 166 self-pairs of osteosarcoma and noncancerous bone tissues. Associations between miR-19a expression and various clinicopathological parameters and patients' prognosis of osteosarcomas were further evaluated...
December 29, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214140/a-review-of-strategies-for-infarct-size-reduction-during-acute-myocardial-infarction
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REVIEW
Yasir Parviz, Sethumadhavan Vijayan, Shahar Lavi
Advances in medical and interventional therapy over the last few decades have revolutionized the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. Despite the ability to restore epicardial coronary artery patency promptly through percutaneous coronary intervention, tissue level damage may continue. The reported 30-day mortality after all acute coronary syndromes is 2 to 3%, and around 5% following myocardial infarction. Post-infarct complications such as heart failure continue to be a major contributor to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality...
February 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214130/stability-of-sensory-topographies-in-adult-cortex
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REVIEW
Tamar R Makin, Sliman J Bensmaia
Textbooks teach us that the removal of sensory input to sensory cortex, for example, following arm amputation, results in massive reorganisation in the adult brain. In this opinion article, we critically examine evidence for functional reorganisation of sensory cortical representations, focusing on the sequelae of arm amputation on somatosensory topographies. Based on literature from human and non-human primates, we conclude that the cortical representation of the limb remains remarkably stable despite the loss of its main peripheral input...
February 14, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214111/remediation-of-contaminated-lands-in-the-niger-delta-nigeria-prospects-and-challenges
#16
REVIEW
Nenibarini Zabbey, Kabari Sam, Adaugo Trinitas Onyebuchi
Contamination of the total environment (air, soil, water and biota) by crude oil has become a paramount interest in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Studies have revealed variable impacts of oil toxicity on the environment and exposed populations. The revelation gained much international attention in 2011 with the release of Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This has up scaled local and international pressures for urgent clean-up and restoration of degraded bio-resource rich environments of the Niger Delta, starting from Ogoniland...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214109/a-novel-mutation-in-trem2-gene-causing-nasu-hakola-disease-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
Efthimios Dardiotis, Vasileios Siokas, Eva Pantazi, Maria Dardioti, Dimitrios Rikos, Georgia Xiromerisiou, Aikaterini Markou, Dimitra Papadimitriou, Matthaios Speletas, Georgios M Hadjigeorgiou
Nasu-hakola disease (NHD) is a rare disease characterized by bone cysts and fractures, frontal lobe syndrome, and progressive presenile dementia. NHD may be the prototype of primary microglial disorders of the CNS or, as they have been coined, "microgliopathies". Mutations in TREM2 and TYROBP genes are known to cause NHD. Interestingly, recent evidence-associated rare genetic variants of TREM2 gene with increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease...
January 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214091/multidonor-intensive-faecal-microbiota-transplantation-for-active-ulcerative-colitis-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
#18
Sudarshan Paramsothy, Michael A Kamm, Nadeem O Kaakoush, Alissa J Walsh, Johan van den Bogaerde, Douglas Samuel, Rupert W L Leong, Susan Connor, Watson Ng, Ramesh Paramsothy, Wei Xuan, Enmoore Lin, Hazel M Mitchell, Thomas J Borody
BACKGROUND: The intestinal microbiota is implicated in the pathogenesis of ulcerative colitis. Faecal microbiota transplantation is a novel form of therapeutic microbial manipulation, but its efficacy in ulcerative colitis is uncertain. We aimed to establish the efficacy of intensive-dosing, multidonor, faecal microbiota transplantation in active ulcerative colitis. METHODS: We conducted a multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial at three hospitals in Australia...
February 14, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214087/targeting-the-pd-1-pd-l1-axis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#19
REVIEW
Rajiv Kumar, Dearbhaile Collins, Saoirse Dolly, Fiona McDonald, Mary E R O'Brien, Timothy A Yap
The last decade has witnessed rapid advances in the discovery and development of immune checkpoint inhibitors in cancer medicine, particularly drugs targeting programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) and programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The proven antitumor efficacy coupled with low rates of drug-related toxicities observed, albeit idiosyncratic, with these novel immunotherapeutics have led to the registration of multiple PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors, such as nivolumab, pembrolizumab, and atezolizumab, in second-line advanced NSCLC, whereas durvalumab and avelumab are in late-phase clinical testing...
December 23, 2016: Current Problems in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214058/phylogenetic-multilocus-sequence-analysis-of-indigenous-slow-growing-rhizobia-nodulating-cowpea-vigna-unguiculata-l-in-greece
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Anastasia P Tampakaki, Christos T Fotiadis, Georgia Ntatsi, Dimitrios Savvas
Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) is a promiscuous grain legume, capable of establishing efficient symbiosis with diverse symbiotic bacteria, mainly slow-growing rhizobial species belonging to the genus Bradyrhizobium. Although much research has been done on cowpea-nodulating bacteria in various countries around the world, little is known about the genetic and symbiotic diversity of indigenous cowpea rhizobia in European soils. In the present study, the genetic and symbiotic diversity of indigenous rhizobia isolated from field-grown cowpea nodules in three geographically different Greek regions were studied...
February 2, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
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