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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761568/the-effects-of-ramadan-fasting-on-anterior-segment-parameters-visual-acuity-and-intraocular-pressures-of-the-eye
#1
Ozlem Barut Selver, Melis Palamar, Kevser Gerceker, Sait Egrilmez, Ayse Yagci
OBJECTIVE: It is aimed to determine whether fasting during Ramadan has any significant effect on anterior chamber parameters, visual acuity and intraocular pressures. METHODS: 31 fasting (Group 1) and 30 non-fasting healthy volunteers (Group 2) were enrolled. All cases underwent an ophthalmological examination and anterior segment parameter evaluation (central corneal thickness (CCT), anterior chamber depth (ACD), anterior chamber volume (ACV), anterior chamber angle (ACA), pupil size) with Pentacam before and after the breaking of the Ramadan fast in Group 1, before and after dinner in Group 2...
2017: Open Ophthalmology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717975/development-of-a-novel-polymeric-nanocomposite-complex-for-drugs-with-low-bioavailability
#2
Mduduzi N Sithole, Yahya E Choonara, Lisa C du Toit, Pradeep Kumar, Thashree Marimuthu, Pierre P D Kondiah, Viness Pillay
Semi-synthetic biopolymer complex (SSBC) nanoparticles were investigated as a potential oral drug delivery system to enhance the bioavailability of a poorly water-soluble model drug acyclovir (ACV). The SSBCs were prepared from cross-linking of hydroxyl groups on hyaluronic acid (HA) with poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) resulting in ether linkages. Thereafter, conjugation of 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) onto HA-PAA was accomplished using a 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC)/N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-promoted coupling reaction...
July 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711432/inactivated-orf-virus-shows-disease-modifying-antiviral-activity-in-a-guinea-pig-model-of-genital-herpesvirus-infection
#3
Astrid Friebe, Angela Siegling, Olaf Weber
BACKGROUND: Inactivated Orf virus (iORFV) has been used as a preventative as well as a therapeutic immunomodulator in veterinary medicine in different species. iORFV elicits strong effects on cytokine secretion in mice and human immune cells leading to an auto-regulated loop of initial up-regulation of inflammatory and Th1-related cytokines followed by Th2-related cytokines that attenuate immunopathology. The therapeutic potential of iORFV has been recognized in several models for difficult-to-treat disease areas such as chronic viral diseases, liver fibrosis or various forms of cancer...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703303/terminally-truncated-isopenicillin-n-synthase-generates-a-dithioester-product-evidence-for-a-thioaldehyde-intermediate-and-a-new-mode-of-reaction-for-non-heme-iron-oxidases
#4
Luke McNeill, Toby Brown, Malkit Sami, Ian Clifton, Nicolai Burzlaff, Timothy Claridge, Robert Adlington, Jack Baldwin, Peter J Rutledge, Christopher Schofield
Isopenicillin N synthase (IPNS) catalyses the oxidation of a tripeptide, L-δ-(α-aminoadipoyl)-L-cysteinyl-D-valine (ACV), to isopenicillin N (IPN), the first-formed β-lactam in penicillin biosynthesis. IPNS catalysis is dependent upon an iron(II) cofactor and oxygen as co-substrate. In the absence of substrate, the carbonyl oxygen of the side-chain amide of the penultimate residue, Gln330, co-ordinates to the active site metal. Substrate binding ablates this interaction, triggering rearrangement of seven C-terminal residues which move to take up a conformation that extends the final α-helix and encloses the active site...
July 12, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659899/a-novel-method-to-titrate-herpes-simplex-virus-1-hsv-1-using-laser-based-scanning-of-near-infrared-fluorophores-conjugated-antibodies
#5
Marco Fabiani, Dolores Limongi, Anna Teresa Palamara, Giovanna De Chiara, Maria Elena Marcocci
Among several strategies used for Herpes simplex virus (HSV) detection in biological specimens, standard plaque assay (SPA) remains the most reliable method to evaluate virus infectivity and quantify viral replication. However, it is a manual procedure, thereby affected by operator subjectivity, and it may be particularly laborious for multiple sample analysis. Here we describe an innovative method to perform the titration of HSV type 1 (HSV-1) in different samples, using the "In-Cell Western(TM)" Assay (ICW) from LI-COR, a quantitative immunofluorescence assay that exploits laser-based scanning of near infrared (NIR)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655605/gadolinium-enhanced-7-0%C3%A2-t-magnetic-resonance-imaging-assessment-of-the-aqueous-inflow-in-rat-eyes-in%C3%A2-vivo
#6
Lu Li, Yuxiang Yuan, Liwen Chen, Mu Li, Pingting Ji, Jieling Gong, Yin Zhao, Hong Zhang
The goal of this study was to calculate the anterior chamber volume and assess aqueous inflow in rat eyes in vivo, under anesthetic condition. Gadolinium-contrast agent (Gd-DTPA, 234.5 mg/ml) was administered to Sprague-Dawley rat eyes via anterior chamber injection or instillation of 234.5 or 117.25 mg/ml Gd-DTPA in 0.2% azone as eye drops, and changes of Gd signal visualized by 7.0 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The safety of local application of Gd-DTPA and azone were performed after MRI scanning...
September 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647416/related-factors-of-asymmetrical-vein-sign-in-acute-middle-cerebral-artery-stroke-and-correlation-with-clinical-outcome
#7
Jinchao Yu, Liming Wang, Zhenzhi Li, Shanshan Wang, Guangbin Wang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to analyze the related factors of asymmetrical cortical vein sign (ACVS) and asymmetrical medullary vein sign (AMVS) on susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) in patients with acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke and whether their presence can be used as an independent predictor for clinical outcome. METHODS: According to the presence of ACVS and AMVS on SWI, 124 patients with acute MCA stroke within 3 days were divided into several different groups...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629987/anti-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-activity-of-houttuynoid-a-%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-flavonoid-from-houttuynia-cordata-thunb
#8
Ting Li, Libao Liu, Hongling Wu, Shaodan Chen, Qinchang Zhu, Hao Gao, Xiongtao Yu, Yi Wang, Wenhan Su, Xinsheng Yao, Tao Peng
Early events in herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection reactivate latent human immunodeficiency virus, Epstein-Barr virus, and human papillomavirus in the presence of acyclovir (ACV). The common use of nucleoside analog medications, such as ACV and pencyclovir, has resulted in the emergence of drug-resistant HSV-1 strains in clinical therapy. Therefore, new antiherpetics that can inhibit early events in HSV-1 infection should be developed. An example of this treatment is Houttuynia cordata Thunb. water extract, which can inhibit HSV-1 infection through multiple mechanisms...
June 17, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602743/apple-cider-vinegar-boosted-immunomodulatory-and-health-promoting-effects-of-lactobacillus-casei-in-common-carp-cyprinus-carpio
#9
Roghieh Safari, Seyed Hossein Hoseinifar, Shabnam Nejadmoghadam, Mohsen Khalili
The present study was performed to investigate the immunomodulatory and health promoting effects of combined or singular administration of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and Lactobacillus casei in common carp (Cyprinus carpio) diet. An 8-week feeding trial was designed with following treatments: Control (basal diet), Pro (contains 10(7) CFU g(-1)L. casei), LACV (contains 1% ACV), HACV (contains 2% ACV), Pro + LACV (contains 10(7) CFU g(-1)L. casei plus 1% ACV) and Pro + HACV (contains 10(7) CFU g(-1)L...
August 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600708/effect-of-refractive-status-on-valsalva-induced-anterior-segment-changes
#10
Necip Kara, Serhat Kenan
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of the Valsalva maneuver (VM) on anterior segment parameters and its association with refractive status. METHOD: In this prospective study, 120 eyes of 120 subjects were evaluated. Subjects were divided into three groups: myopic (n = 40 patients), hyperopic (n = 40 patients), and emmetropic (control group, n = 40 subjects). The anterior segment parameters, including keratometric, pachymetric, and anterior chamber parameters, were measured using the Sirius System (Costruzione Strumenti Oftalmici, Florence, Italy) before and during VM...
June 9, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576448/stepwise-characterization-of-non-synonymous-mutations-in-the-hsv-1-thymidine-kinase-gene-by-different-functional-assays
#11
Marisa Kaspar, Kathrin Bohn-Wippert, Peter Bellstedt, Sabine Häfner, Matthias Görlach, Andreas Sauerbrei
Twenty amino acid substitutions in the thymidine kinase (TK) of clinical herpes simplex virus type 1 strains were assessed for conferring acyclovir (ACV) resistance. Site-directed mutagenesis, cell-free protein synthesis and protein expression in Escherichia coli were performed to obtain recombinant TK proteins, which were authenticated by Western blotting. A modified enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was carried out to determine the phosphorylation activity of the mutants towards 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU)...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513489/the-influence-of-corneal-collagen-cross-linking-on-anterior-chamber-in-keratoconus
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Nihat Polat, Abuzer Gunduz, Cemil Colak
AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of the corneal changes following corneal cross-linking (CXL) on the anterior chamber in keratoconus patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-five eyes of 32 patients who had been diagnosed with progressive keratoconus and had undergone CXL were included in this retrospective study. The thinnest corneal thickness of the progressive keratoconus patients included in the study was >400 μ. The preoperative (T0), postoperative 6th month (T1), and postoperative 1st year (T2) anterior chamber volume (ACV), anterior chamber angle (ACA), and anterior chamber depth (ACD) scheimpflug imaging values were obtained for each eye...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504010/effects-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-on-intraocular-pressure-and-anterior-segment-parameters-in-open-angle-eyes
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Gamze Uçan Gündüz, Neslihan Parmak Yener, Oğuzhan Kılınçel, Cem Gündüz
PURPOSE: To evaluate the short- and long-term effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on intraocular pressure (IOP) and anterior segment parameters in open angle eyes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 325 eyes of 166 subjects. Subjects were divided into three groups: Group 1 included 116 eyes of 58 patients receiving SSRIs for 1 week-6 months, Group 2 included 102 eyes of 53 patients receiving SSRIs for longer than 6 months and Group 3 included 107 eyes of 55 healthy subjects not receiving any drugs...
June 1, 2017: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461835/problems-in-the-diagnosis-of-cyclic-vomiting-syndrome-in-children
#14
Laura Mihaela Trandafir, Maricel Burlacu, Alexandra Ana Maria Tudose, Ioana Nascu, Paula Grigorescu-Sido
The cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is an infrequent condition in pediatric practice, in which recurrent vomiting episodes are followed by asymptomatic periods. The authors report the case of an 8-year and 2-month old child who had been hospitalized on several occasions for persistent vomiting accompanied by nausea, and periumbilical and epigastric abdominal pain. The child's anamnesis and clinical examination determined the doctors to suspect aCVS, which was later confirmed due toruling out all of the differential diagnoses: infectious, drug-related or surgical causes...
June 2016: Mædica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453848/association-of-the-emergence-of-acyclovir-resistant-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-with-prognosis-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-patients
#15
Satsuki Kakiuchi, Masanori Tsuji, Hidekazu Nishimura, Tomoki Yoshikawa, Lixin Wang, Mutsuyo Takayama-Ito, Hitomi Kinoshita, Chang-Kweng Lim, Hikaru Fujii, Souichi Yamada, Shizuko Harada, Akira Oka, Masashi Mizuguchi, Shuichi Taniguchi, Masayuki Saijo
Background.: Antiviral-resistant herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) has been recognized as an emerging clinical problem among patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Methods.: A prospective observational study was conducted at a hematological center over a 2-year period. Oropharyngeal swab samples were serially collected each week from 1 week before and up to 100 days after HSCT and were tested for virus isolation. The HSV-1 isolates were tested for sensitivity to acyclovir (ACV)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369223/severe-aortic-stenosis-with-low-aortic-valve-calcification-characteristics-and-outcome-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#16
Yigal Abramowitz, Hasan Jilaihawi, Philippe Pibarot, Tarun Chakravarty, Mohammad Kashif, Yoshio Kazuno, Yoshio Maeno, Hiroyuki Kawamori, Geeteshwar Mangat, John Friedman, Wen Cheng, Raj R Makkar
Aims: High aortic valve calcification (AVC) assessed with CT may be used to differentiate between severe and non-severe aortic stenosis (AS). Nonetheless, in some cases patients with low calcification are diagnosed with haemodynamically severe AS. The prevalence, mechanism of valve stenosis and implications for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) of low AVC severe AS remain unclear. We assessed the clinical and haemodynamic characteristics and the outcome of patients with severe AS and low AVC that undergo TAVI...
June 1, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360224/ultrasound-evaluation-of-diaphragm-function-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-comparison-to-phrenic-stimulation-and-prognostic-implications
#17
Bruno-Pierre Dubé, Martin Dres, Julien Mayaux, Suela Demiri, Thomas Similowski, Alexandre Demoule
RATIONALE: In intensive care unit (ICU) patients, diaphragm dysfunction is associated with adverse clinical outcomes. Ultrasound measurements of diaphragm thickness, excursion (EXdi) and thickening fraction (TFdi) are putative estimators of diaphragm function, but have never been compared with phrenic nerve stimulation. Our aim was to describe the relationship between these variables and diaphragm function evaluated using the change in endotracheal pressure after phrenic nerve stimulation (Ptr,stim), and to compare their prognostic value...
March 30, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342892/comparison-of-three-cell-based-drug-screening-platforms-for-hsv-1-infection
#18
Leonardo D'Aiuto, Kelly Williamson, Peter Dimitrion, James McNulty, Carla E Brown, Chanti Babu Dokuburra, Alexander J Nielsen, Wen Jing Lin, Paolo Piazza, Mark E Schurdak, Joel Wood, Robert H Yolken, Paul R Kinchington, David C Bloom, Vishwajit L Nimgaonkar
Acyclovir (ACV) and its derivatives have been highly effective for treating recurrent, lytic infections with Herpes Simplex Virus, type 1 (HSV-1), but searches for additional antiviral drugs are motivated by recent reports of resistance to ACV, particularly among immunocompromised patients. In addition, the relative neurotoxicity of ACV and its inability to prevent neurological sequelae among HSV-1 encephalitis survivors compel searches for new drugs to treat HSV-1 infections of the central nervous system (CNS)...
June 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340537/study-on-a-3d-hydrogel-based-culture-model-for-characterizing-growth-of-fibroblasts-under-viral-infection-and-drug-treatment
#19
Xiaolu Zhu, Xianting Ding
Three-dimensional (3D) in vitro tissue models provide an approach for the systematic, repetitive, and quantitative study of drugs. In this study, we constructed an in vitro 3D acrylated hyaluronic acid (AHA) hydrogel model encapsulating fibroblasts, performed long-period 3D culture, and tested cellular topological changes and proliferation variation in the presence of herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) as an infecting virus and acyclovir (ACV) as the treatment drug. The AHA hydrogels were formed by using Michael addition chemistry of bis-cysteine containing MMP-degradable cross-linker onto AHA prefunctionalized with cell adhesion peptides (RGD)...
June 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337056/normative-values-and-contralateral-comparison-of-anterior-chamber-parameters-measured-by-pentacam-and-its-correlation-with-corneal-biomechanical-factors
#20
Mohammad Reza Sedaghat, Vahid Mohammad Zadeh, Kaveh Fadakar, Sakineh Kadivar, Mojtaba Abrishami
PURPOSE: To evaluate the normative values of anterior chamber parameters measured by Pentacam and corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF) measured by Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA) and their relationship. METHODS: In an observational cross-sectional study, patients aged 18-35 years were included. Exclusion criteria were history of any intraocular or corneal disease, anomaly or surgery; hyperopic spherical refraction more than +3, and myopic spherical refraction less than -5...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
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