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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214837/efficacy-of-glucosamine-sulphate-in-skin-ageing-results-from-an-ex-vivo-anti-ageing-model-and-a-clinical-trial
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Audrey Gueniche, Isabelle Castiel-Higounenc
BACKGROUND: Glucosamine sulphate (GS) is essential in the biosynthesis of glycolipids, glycoproteins, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), hyaluronate, and proteoglycans. Connective tissues primarily contain collagen and proteoglycans and play an important role in skin ageing. OBJECTIVE: The objectives were to assess ex vivo the impact of GS on skin ageing parameters and in vivo the effect of GS on the skin physiology of mature healthy volunteers after oral intake. METHODS: The impact of GS on skin ageing was assessed ex vivo via different immunohistochemical assays and histology and via a clinical study using biopsies...
February 18, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212628/is-propofol-injection-pain-really-important-to-patients
#2
Wen Wang, Linxin Wu, Chaobin Zhang, Li Sun
BACKGROUND: Propofol injection pain (PIP) has been adequately studied during the past decades. However, patients' opinion on this problem and the incidence of patients' recall of this brief discomfort are still unknown. Thus, we conducted this study to know the patients' perspectives on PIP and provide useful information about the incidence of recall of PIP under our routine general anesthesia. METHODS: Five hundred preoperative questionnaires were distributed to patients who were scheduled for elective open thyroidectomy under general anesthesia from May 2016 to July 2016...
February 17, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209294/sulfated-glycosaminoglycans-and-non-classically-secreted-proteins-basic-fgf-and-epimorphin-coordinately-regulate-tgf-%C3%AE-induced-cell-behaviors-of-human-scar-dermal-fibroblasts
#3
Tomoatsu Horigome, Shinya Takumi, Kota Shirai, Takumi Kido, Natsumi Hagiwara-Chatani, Ayumi Nakashima, Naoki Adachi, Hiroko Yano, Yohei Hirai
BACKGROUND: Upon skin injuries, dermal fibroblasts actively produce transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), which leads to the formation of α-smooth muscle actin (αSMA)-positive granulation tissues. The hyperplasia or incomplete regression of these tissues subsequently causes scar formation in the skin, where sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), side chains of unique proteoglycans, are supposed to play important roles. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to clarify the effects of sulfated GAGs on dermal cell behaviors triggered by the TGF-β signaling, along with its possible regulators basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and cell surface epimorphin...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208177/feasibility-and-associated-limitations-of-office-based-laryngeal-surgery-using-carbon-dioxide-lasers
#4
Hao-Chun Hu, Shu-Yi Lin, Yi-Ting Hung, Shyue-Yih Chang
Importance: There are few reports evaluating awake, office-based carbon dioxide (CO2) laser surgery for laryngeal lesions. To date, this study was the largest reported case series of office-based laryngeal surgery by fiber delivery CO2 laser. Office-based laryngeal surgical procedures have become increasingly popular. Technical problems and treatment outcomes associated with the use of a CO2 laser for office-based laryngeal surgery have yet to be fully addressed. Objectives: To discuss a single institution's clinical experience with office-based CO2 laser laryngeal surgery and the feasibility and limitations associated with this procedure...
February 16, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207930/elevation-of-glycosaminoglycans-in-the-amniotic-fluid-of-a-fetus-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-vii
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Francyne Kubaski, Ana Carolina Brusius-Facchin, Robert W Mason, Pravin Patel, Maira G Burin, Kristiane Michelin-Tirelli, Rejane Gus Kessler, Fernanda Bender, Sandra Leistner-Segal, Carolina A Moreno, Denise P Cavalcanti, Roberto Giugliani, Shunji Tomatsu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to quantify GAGs in amniotic fluid (AF) from an MPS VII fetus compared with age-matched fetuses obtained from normal pregnancies. METHOD: Disaccharides were measured by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), compared to age-matched controls. Enzyme assay was performed in AF supernatant or cultured amniocytes. GUSB was analyzed by next generation sequencing using Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine with a customized panel...
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207491/intrastructural-help-improving-the-hiv-1-envelope-antibody-response-induced-by-virus-like-particle-vaccines
#6
Vladimir Temchura, Klaus Überla
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The importance of IgG Fc-effector functions for the efficacy of HIV vaccines is increasingly recognized. Although different types of vaccines were shown to induce antibodies with different Fc-activities, there is no clear strategy how to raise antibody responses with a desired pattern of Fc-effector functions. Given the central role of T-helper cells in regulating the germinal center reaction and the differentiation of B cells in an antigen-specific manner, the review will discuss whether T-helper cells directed against non-HIV envelope (Env) antigens could be harnessed to improve the HIV-Env antibody response...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203251/sulfated-glycans-and-related-digestive-enzymes-in-the-zika-virus-infectivity-potential-mechanisms-of-virus-host-interaction-and-perspectives-in-drug-discovery
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Vitor H Pomin
As broadly reported, there is an ongoing Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak in countries of Latin America. Recent findings have demonstrated that ZIKV causes severe defects on the neural development in fetuses in utero and newborns. Very little is known about the molecular mechanisms involved in the ZIKV infectivity. Potential therapeutic agents are also under investigation. In this report, the possible mechanisms of action played by glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) displayed at the surface proteoglycans of host cells, and likely in charge of interactions with surface proteins of the ZIKV, are highlighted...
2017: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202766/inhibition-of-hiv-1-maturation-via-small-molecule-targeting-of-the-amino-terminal-domain-in-the-viral-capsid-protein
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Weifeng Wang, Jing Zhou, Upul D Halambage, Kellie A Jurado, Augusta V Jamin, Yujie Wang, Alan N Engelman, Christopher Aiken
The HIV-1 capsid protein is an attractive therapeutic target owing to its multifunctionality in virus replication and the high fitness cost of amino acid substitutions in capsid to HIV-1 infectivity. To date, small molecule inhibitors have been identified that inhibit HIV-1 capsid assembly and/or impair its function in target cells. Here we describe the mechanism of action of the previously reported capsid-targeting HIV-1 inhibitor, BI compound 1 (C1). We show that C1 acts during HIV-1 maturation to prevent assembly of a mature viral capsid...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198547/phylogenetic-characteristics-of-hiv-1-among-travelers-entering-china-from-myanmar-a-retrospective-study
#9
Li Zhang, Binhui Wang, Yaobo Liang, Yue Feng, Shuwei Dong, Yajuan Wang, Yaping Li, A-Mei Zhang, Li Liu, Weihong Qin, Xueshan Xia
Due to the open policy of the Chinese government, a large number of Burmese individuals enter China at land ports in Yunnan province for travel or business. However, the situation of HIV-1 infection and its phylogenetic characteristics among these travelers remains unclear, which is a potential threat to public health. From January 2003 to December 2012, a total of 1,961 travelers were detected to be positive for HIV-1 infection at land ports between Myanmar and Yunnan province, China. From 1153 (58.8%) Burmese of them, we randomly collected 489 serum samples for HIV-1 subtype/recombinant analysis...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191496/lidocaine-spray-alone-is-similar-to-spray-plus-viscous-solution-for-pharyngeal-observation-during-transoral-endoscopy-a-clinical-randomized-trial
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Tomoyuki Hayashi, Yoshiro Asahina, Yohei Waseda, Kazuya Kitamura, Takashi Kagaya, Takuya Seike, Kazuhiro Okada, Yuki Inada, Hisashi Takabatake, Noriaki Orita, Yuko Yanase, Tatsuya Yamashita, Itasu Ninomiya, Kenichi Yoshimura, Shuichi Kaneko
Background and study aims It is important to examine the pharynx during upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Pharyngeal anesthesia using topical lidocaine is generally used as pretreatment. In Japan, lidocaine viscous solution is the anesthetic of choice, but lidocaine spray is applied when the former is considered insufficient. However, the relationship between the extent of pharyngeal anesthesia and accuracy of observation is unclear. We compared the performance of lidocaine spray alone versus lidocaine spray combined with lidocaine viscous solution for pharyngeal observation during transoral endoscopy...
January 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191285/autoantibodies-against-oncogenic-erg-protein-in-prostate-cancer-potential-use-in-diagnosis-and-prognosis-in-a-panel-with-c-myc-amacr-and-herv-k-gag
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Anshu Rastogi, Amina Ali, Shyh-Han Tan, Sreedatta Banerjee, Yongmei Chen, Jennifer Cullen, Charles P Xavier, Ahmed A Mohamed, Lakshmi Ravindranath, Jigisha Srivastav, Denise Young, Isabell A Sesterhenn, Jacob Kagan, Sudhir Srivastava, David G McLeod, Inger L Rosner, Gyorgy Petrovics, Albert Dobi, Shiv Srivastava, Alagarsamy Srinivasan
Overdiagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer (CaP) is attributable to widespread reliance on PSA screening in the US. This has prompted us and others to search for improved biomarkers for CaP, to facilitate early detection and disease stratification. In this regard, autoantibodies (AAbs) against tumor antigens could serve as potential candidates for diagnosis and prognosis of CaP. Towards this, our goals were: i) To investigate whether AAbs against ERG oncoprotein (overexpressed in 25-50% of Caucasian American and African American CaP) are present in the sera of CaP patients; ii) To evaluate an AAb panel to enhance CaP detection...
November 2016: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188657/a-substance-exchanger-based-bioreactor-culture-of-pig-discs-for-studying-the-immature-nucleus-pulposus
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Pei Li, Yibo Gan, Haoming Wang, Yuan Xu, Lei Song, Liyuan Wang, Bin Ouyang, Qiang Zhou
Various research models have been developed to study the biology of disc cells. Recently, the adult disc nucleus pulposus (NP) has been well studied. However, the immature NP is underinvestigated due to a lack of a suitable model. This study aimed to establish an organ culture of immature porcine disc by optimizing culture conditions and using a self-developed substance exchanger-based bioreactor. Immature porcine discs were first cultured in the bioreactor for 7 days at various levels of glucose (low, medium, high), osmolarity (hypo-, iso-, hyper-) and serum (5, 10, 20%) to determine the respective optimal level...
February 11, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186586/-analysis-of-clinical-phenotype-and-genotype-of-unstable-hemoglobin-rush
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Shijun Ge, Biqing Yang, Wei Yi, Kai Huang, Hongxian Liu, Xiaoqin Huang, Jiayou Chu, Zhaoqing Yang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the hematological and genetic characteristics of unstable hemoglobin Rush (Hb Rush) and compound heterozygote of Hb Rush and thalassemia. METHODS: Peripheral blood samples and genomic DNA from three patients (including two ethnic Dai and one Han Chinese) with anemia of undetermined origin were collected. Hematological phenotypes of these patients were determined through red blood cell analysis and hemoglobin electrophoresis. Genotypes of alpha- and beta-globin genes, -158 XmnⅠ polymorphic site of (G)γ promoter region, and haplotypes of 7 polymorphic restriction sites in the beta-globin gene cluster were determined using PCR-based methods and DNA sequencing...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185909/customized-biomaterials-to-augment-chondrocyte-gene-therapy
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Nizeet I Aguilar, Stephen Trippel, Shuiliang Shi, Lawrence J Bonassar
: A persistent challenge in enhancing gene therapy is the transient availability of the target gene product. This is particularly true in tissue engineering applications. The transient exposure of cells to the product could be insufficient to promote tissue regeneration. Here we report the development of a new material engineered to have a high affinity for a therapeutic gene product. We focus on insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) for its highly anabolic effects on many tissues such as spinal cord, heart, brain and cartilage...
February 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182947/ho-2-pockets-myristoylated-gag
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Marilyn D Resh
Membrane binding of viral and cellular N-myristoylated proteins can be regulated by selectively sequestering myristate. In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Zhu et al. (2017) report on a myristate binding site within the cellular protein heme oxygenase-2 that acts as a trap to inhibit N-myristoylated protein function.
February 8, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182755/a-molecular-dynamics-based-algorithm-for-evaluating-the-glycosaminoglycan-mimicking-potential-of-synthetic-homogenous-sulfated-small-molecules
#16
Balaji Nagarajan, Nehru Viji Sankaranarayanan, Bhaumik B Patel, Umesh R Desai
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are key natural biopolymers that exhibit a range of biological functions including growth and differentiation. Despite this multiplicity of function, natural GAG sequences have not yielded drugs because of problems of heterogeneity and synthesis. Recently, several homogenous non-saccharide glycosaminoglycan mimetics (NSGMs) have been reported as agents displaying major therapeutic promise. Yet, it remains unclear whether sulfated NSGMs structurally mimic sulfated GAGs. To address this, we developed a three-step molecular dynamics (MD)-based algorithm to compare sulfated NSGMs with GAGs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179536/hiv-aids-vaccine-candidates-based-on-replication-competent-recombinant-poxvirus-nyvac-c-kc-expressing-trimeric-gp140-and-gag-derived-vlps-or-lacking-the-viral-molecule-b19-that-inhibits-type-i-interferon-activate-relevant-hiv-1-specific-b-and-t-cell-immune
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Juan García-Arriaza, Beatriz Perdiguero, Jonathan L Heeney, Michael S Seaman, David C Montefiori, Nicole L Yates, Georgia D Tomaras, Guido Ferrari, Kathryn E Foulds, Mario Roederer, Steven G Self, Bhavesh Borate, Raphael Gottardo, Sanjay Phogat, Jim Tartaglia, Susan W Barnett, Brian Burke, Anthony D Cristillo, Deborah E Weiss, Carter Lee, Karen V Kibler, Bertram L Jacobs, Ralf Wagner, Song Ding, Giuseppe Pantaleo, Mariano Esteban
The non-replicating attenuated poxvirus vector NYVAC expressing clade C(CN54) HIV-1 Env(gp120), Gag-Pol-Nef antigens (NYVAC-C) showed in phase I clinical trials limited immunogenicity. To enhance the capacity of the NYVAC vector to trigger broad humoral responses and a more balanced activation of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells, here we compared the HIV-1-specific immunogenicity elicited in non-human primates immunized with two replicating NYVAC vectors that have been modified by the insertion of K1L and C7L vaccinia viral host-range genes and express clade C(ZM96) trimeric HIV-1 gp140 protein or a Gag(ZM96)-Pol-Nef(CN54) polyprotein as Gag-derived virus-like particles (termed NYVAC-C-KC)...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179527/hiv-specific-granzyme-b-but-not-interferon-%C3%AE-secreting-t-cells-are-associated-with-reduced-viral-reservoirs-in-early-hiv-infection
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Feng Yun Yue, Jared C Cohen, Mu Ho, A K M Nur-Ur Rahman, Jun Liu, Shariq Mujib, Aamir Saiyed, Sabrina Hundal, Alexandra Khozin, Phil Bonner, Daheng Liu, Erika Benko, Colin Kovacs, Mario Ostrowski
A major barrier to an Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV) infection cure is the establishment of a viral reservoir despite cART. It is unclear how HIV-specific CTLs influence the size of the reservoir in early HIV infection. 28 subjects with early HIV infection were recruited to receive cART and followed for 48 weeks. HIV reservoirs in peripheral CD4+ T cells measured by cell associated proviral DNA and viral outgrowth cultures were determined at baseline and 48 weeks of cART. At baseline, Granzyme B and IFN-γ ELISpot assays were performed with peptides spanning the HIV proteome...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178737/hiv-1-molecular-epidemiology-among-newly-diagnosed-hiv-1-individuals-in-hebei-a-low-hiv-prevalence-province-in-china
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Xinli Lu, Xianjiang Kang, Yongjian Liu, Ze Cui, Wei Guo, Cuiying Zhao, Yan Li, Suliang Chen, Jingyun Li, Yuqi Zhang, Hongru Zhao
New human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) diagnoses are increasing rapidly in Hebei. The aim of this study presents the most extensive HIV-1 molecular epidemiology investigation in Hebei province in China thus far. We have carried out the most extensive systematic cross-sectional study based on newly diagnosed HIV-1 positive individuals in 2013, and characterized the molecular epidemiology of HIV-1 based on full length gag-partial pol gene sequences in the whole of Hebei. Nine HIV-1 genotypes based on full length gag-partial pol gene sequence were identified among 610 newly diagnosed naïve individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177755/modulation-of-amyloid-assembly-by-glycosaminoglycans-from-mechanism-to-biological-significance
#20
Noe Quittot, Mathew Sebastiao, Steve Bourgault
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are long and unbranched polysaccharides that are abundant in the extracellular matrix and basement membrane of multicellular organisms. These linear polyanionic macromolecules are involved in many physiological functions, from cell adhesion to cellular signaling. Interestingly, amyloid fibrils extracted from patients afflicted with protein misfolding diseases are virtually always associated with GAGs. Amyloid fibrils are highly organized nanostructures that have been historically associated with pathological states, such as Alzheimer's disease and systemic amyloidoses...
February 1, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
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