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Amirhossein Mafi, Srinivas Abbina, Manu Thomas Kalathottukaren, James H Morrissey, Charles Haynes, Jayachandran N Kizhakkedathu, Jim Pfaendtner, Keng C Chou
Inorganic polyphosphate (polyP) released by human platelets has recently been shown to activate blood clotting and identified as a potential target for the development of novel antithrombotics. Recent studies have shown that polymers with cationic binding groups (CBGs) inhibit polyP and attenuate thrombosis. However, a good molecular-level understanding of the binding mechanism is lacking for further drug development. While molecular dynamics (MD) simulation can provide molecule-level information, the time scale required to simulate these large biomacromolecules makes classical MD simulation impractical...
March 14, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Lu Zhang, Yuanyuan Ge, Jin Li, Jia Hao, Hui Wang, Jun He, Xiu-Mei Gao, Yan-Xu Chang
Columbianetin-β-d-glucopyranoside (CBG) and its metabolite columbianetin (CBN) are the bioactive constituents of Angelicae pubescentis radix (APR). They exhibit the anti-platelet aggregation, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. The absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) of CBG has not been reported to date. Both high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection and ultra high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry methods were developed and validated for the study of ADME of CBG...
February 25, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Ann R Kaisen, Janet A Parkosewich, Kelly A Bonito
Purpose The purpose of the study was to identify the rate and factors associated with timely mealtime capillary blood glucose (CBG) testing and insulin coverage in hospitalized patients with diabetes. Methods A descriptive-correlational design was used with a random sample of patients (n = 77) and nurses (n = 36) on a medicine and a neuroscience unit of a large Magnet hospital. After written consent was obtained, post-meal patient and nurse interviews were conducted to collect information about patient, nurse, and situational factors known to influence timely mealtime diabetes care...
February 1, 2018: Diabetes Educator
Jian Zhang, Junwei Ma, Hongxin Wang, Junhong Li
The study assessed the correlation between cortisol (COR) levels and concurrent infection for the patients with hepatitis B cirrhosis for corresponding countermeasure analysis. In total, 86 patients with hepatitis B cirrhosis (non-infection group) and 32 patients with hepatitis B cirrhosis complicated with infection (infection group) who were diagnosed and treated in the Beijing YouAn Hospital from March 2014 to March 2017 were selected. The fasting venous blood of all the patients was drawn to detect COR, cortisol binding globulin (CBG), blood routine indexes, C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT), endotoxin and other indicators...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Antonella Smeriglio, Salvatore V Giofrè, Enza M Galati, Maria T Monforte, Nicola Cicero, Valeria D'Angelo, Gianpaolo Grassi, Clara Circosta
Aldose reductase (ALR2) is a key enzyme involved in diabetic complications and the search for new aldose reductase inhibitors (ARIs) is currently very important. The synthetic ARIs are often associated with deleterious side effects and medicinal and edible plants, containing compounds with aldose reductase inhibitory activity, could be useful for prevention and therapy of diabetic complications. Non-psychotropic phytocannabinoids exert multiple pharmacological effects with therapeutic potential in many diseases such as inflammation, cancer, diabetes...
February 7, 2018: Fitoterapia
Amy Showen, Tara A Russell, Stephanie Young, Sachin Gupta, Melinda M Gibbons
Surgical site infection (SSI) is a common cause of morbidity in general and vascular surgery patients. There is inconsistent evidence on the association of glycemic status with SSI, and its utility in predicting and mitigating SSI. General and vascular surgery patients at a public teaching hospital had the following markers of glycemic status prospectively collected: preoperative hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and capillary blood glucose (cBG, within six months before surgery), perioperative cBG (within 24 hours before surgery), and postoperative cBG (peak value up to 48 hours after surgery)...
October 1, 2017: American Surgeon
A-C Schwinn, F Sauer, V Gerber, R M Bruckmaier, J J Gross
Cortisol levels reflect hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis activity. While most plasma cortisol is supposed to be bound to the soluble cortisol binding globulin (CBG), only free cortisol (FC) actively regulates metabolic and immunological processes. We aimed to establish a multi-species suitable method to assess FC in cows and horses which in combination with total cortisol (TC) allows interpreting proportional changes of cortisol in saliva as well as in blood in response to a standardized HPA axis activation via ACTH...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Concepción García, María Gómez-Cañas, Sonia Burgaz, Belén Palomares, Yolanda Gómez-Gálvez, Cristina Palomo-Garo, Sara Campo, Joel Ferrer-Hernández, Carolina Pavicic, Carmen Navarrete, M Luz Bellido, Moisés García-Arencibia, M Ruth Pazos, Eduardo Muñoz, Javier Fernández-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Neuroprotection with cannabinoids in Parkinson's disease (PD) has been afforded predominantly with antioxidant or anti-inflammatory cannabinoids. In the present study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties of VCE-003.2, a quinone derivative of the non-psychotrophic phytocannabinoid cannabigerol (CBG), which may derive its activity at the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ). The compound is also an antioxidant. METHODS: We evaluated VCE-003...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Akira Minematsu, Yasue Nishii, Susumu Sakata
Intake of high-fat/high-sucrose (HFS) diet or high fat diet influences bone metabolism in young rodents, but its effects on bone properties of aged rodents still remain unclear. This study aimed to examine the effects of HFS diet intake on trabecular bone architecture (TBA) and cortical bone geometry (CBG) in aged rats. Fifteen male Wistar rats over 1 year were randomly divided into two groups. One group was fed a standard laboratory diet (SLD) and the other group was fed a HFS diet for six months. The femur/tibia, obtained from both groups at the end of experimental period, were scanned by micro-computed tomography for TBA/CBG analyses...
June 2018: Bone Reports
Brendan J Nolan, Jane Sorbello, Nigel Brown, Goce Dimeski, Warrick J Inder
PURPOSE: The ACTH1-24 stimulation test is commonly used to assess the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Given variations in CBG concentration and binding affinity, serum total cortisol may misclassify some patients. Salivary cortisol correlates well with serum free cortisol but is easier to measure and widely available in commercial laboratories. The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of measuring salivary cortisol during the ACTH1-24 stimulation test. DESIGN AND METHODS: Case-control study in a clinical research facility...
January 3, 2018: Endocrine
Marc Simard, Caroline Underhill, Geoffrey L Hammond
Corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG) is a plasma carrier of glucocorticoids. Human and rat CBGs have six N-glycosylation sites. Glycosylation of human CBG influences its steroid-binding activity and there are N-glycosylation sites in the reactive center loops (RCLs) of human and rat CBGs. Proteolysis of the RCL of human CBG causes a structural change that disrupts steroid binding. We now show that mutations of conserved N-glycosylation sites at N238 in human CBG and N230 in rat CBG disrupt steroid binding...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Yan-Hong Wang, Bharathi Avula, Mahmoud A ElSohly, Mohamed M Radwan, Mei Wang, Amira S Wanas, Zlatko Mehmedic, Ikhlas A Khan
Cannabinoids are a group of terpenophenolic compounds in the medicinal plant Cannabis sativa (Cannabaceae family). Cannabigerolic acid, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A, cannabidiolic acid, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabigerol, cannabidiol, cannabichromene, and tetrahydrocannabivarin are major metabolites in the classification of different strains of C. sativa. Degradation or artifact cannabinoids cannabinol, cannabicyclol, and Δ8-tetrahydrocannabinol are formed under the influence of heat and light during processing and storage of the plant sample...
December 20, 2017: Planta Medica
Oleksandr Ostrenko, Pietro Incardona, Rajesh Ramaswamy, Lutz Brusch, Ivo F Sbalzarini
Chemical reaction networks are ubiquitous in biology, and their dynamics is fundamentally stochastic. Here, we present the software library pSSAlib, which provides a complete and concise implementation of the most efficient partial-propensity methods for simulating exact stochastic chemical kinetics. pSSAlib can import models encoded in Systems Biology Markup Language, supports time delays in chemical reactions, and stochastic spatiotemporal reaction-diffusion systems. It also provides tools for statistical analysis of simulation results and supports multiple output formats...
December 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
Mary Gemmel, Danny Harmeyer, Eszter Bögi, Marianne Fillet, Lesley A Hill, Geoffrey L Hammond, Thierry D Charlier, Jodi L Pawluski
There is increasing evidence that mental health concerns, stress-related mental illnesses, and parental stress prior to conception have long-term effects on offspring outcomes. However, more work is needed to understand how pre-gestational stress might affect neurobehavioral outcomes in the mother. We investigated how chronic stress prior to gestation affects maternal behavior and related physiology, and aimed to determine the role that perinatal SSRIs have in altering these stress effects. To do this, female Sprague-Dawley rats were subject to chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) prior to breeding...
February 26, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Kate C Verbeeten, Alexandra H Ahmet
Cortisol is a hydrophobic molecule that is largely bound to corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG) in the circulation. In the assessment of adrenal insufficiency, many clinicians measure a total serum cortisol level, which assumes that CBG is present in normal concentrations and with a normal binding affinity for cortisol. CBG concentration and affinity are affected by a number of common factors including oral contraceptive pills (OCPs), fever and infection, as well as rare mutations in the serine protease inhibitor A6 (SERPINA6) gene, and as such, total cortisol levels might not be the ideal way to assess adrenal function in all clinical circumstances...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
Piotr Robert Szkodziak, Piotr Czuczwar, Sławomir Woźniak, Filip Szkodziak, Tomasz Paszkowski
Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare tumour with high malignancy and poor prognosis. This tumour is rarely diagnosed in the reproductive age. Complete surgical resection is the only curative treatment for adrenal cancer in all stages. After surgery adjuvant chemotherapy is required. Mitotane is the most important drug in adrenal cancer chemotherapy. Mitotane's mode of action is not entirely explained. Animal studies have shown that the substance exerts a direct cytotoxic effect on the cells of the adrenal cortex...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
Cinzia Citti, Barbara Pacchetti, Maria Angela Vandelli, Flavio Forni, Giuseppe Cannazza
Hemp seed oil from Cannabis sativa L. is a very rich natural source of important nutrients, not only polyunsaturated fatty acids and proteins, but also terpenes and cannabinoids, which contribute to the overall beneficial effects of the oil. Hence, it is important to have an analytical method for the determination of these components in commercial samples. At the same time, it is also important to assess the safety of the product in terms of amount of any psychoactive cannabinoid present therein. This work presents the development and validation of a highly sensitive, selective and rapid HPLC-UV method for the qualitative and quantitative determination of the main cannabinoids, namely cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabidivarin (CBDV), present in 13 commercial hemp seed oils...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Phoebe D Edwards, Rudy Boonstra
Pregnancy is one of the defining characteristics of placental mammals. Key in the growth and development of the fetus during pregnancy are the dynamics of glucocorticoids (GCs) and their binding protein,corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG), which determines how much of the GCs are free and biologically active. Out of more than 5000 species of placental mammals in 19 different orders, our understanding of the dynamics of maternal GCs and CBG during pregnancy is largely limited to the detailed study of 3 groups - sheep, laboratory rodents, and humans...
April 1, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
María Pérez-Alonso, Laisa-Socorro Briongos, Marta Ruiz-Mambrilla, Eladio A Velasco, Lidia Linares, Luis Cuellar, José-Manuel Olmos, Daniel De Luis, Antonio Dueñas-Laita, José-Luis Pérez-Castrillón
AIMS: The objective of this study was to determine whether vitamin D and genistein supplementation had an additive beneficial effect on levels of vitamin D and bone markers and whether this effect was mediated by genes regulating isoflavone metabolism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We carried out a prospective study in postmenopausal women randomized to calcium and vitamin D supplementation or calcium, vitamin D, and genistein supplementation. Vitamin D, parathyroid hormone (PTH), cross-linked C-telopeptide (CTX), and procollagen 1 N-terminal (P1NP) were determined by electrochemiluminescence...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics
Kush Dev Singh Jarial, Anil Bhansali, Kanchan K Mukherjee, Rimesh Pal, Akhilesh Sharma, Rakesh K Vashishtha, Suja P Sukumar, Naresh Sachdeva, Rama Walia
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of various screening tests for the diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome (CS). METHODS: 35 patients of Cushing's syndrome and 16 patients of pseudo-Cushing's syndrome were enrolled. Assessment of 24h urinary free cortisol (UFC), late night salivary cortisol (LNSC), over night dexamethasone suppression test (ONDST), late night plasma cortisol (LNPC) and ACTH on outpatient basis, and during sleep as well as in awake state after 48 hours of hospital admission...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
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