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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092819/silver-nanoparticles-supported-over-mesoporous-alumina-as-an-efficient-nanocatalyst-for-n-alkylation-of-hetero-aromatic-amines-and-aromatic-amines-using-alcohols-as-alkylating-agent
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Priyanka Paul, Piyali Bhanja, Noor Salam, Usha Mandi, Asim Bhaumik, Seikh Mafiz Alam, Sk Manirul Islam
We have successfully embedded rhombohedral crystallites of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) over mesoporous alumina (Ag@Al2O3) material for the first time. The Ag@Al2O3 has been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), ultra high resolution transmission electron microscopy (UHR-TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), N2 adsorption/desorption isotherm, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra (UV-Vis), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The PXRD confirms the presence of the rhombohedral phase of Ag nanoparticles...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092693/pathogenic-streptococcus-strains-employ-novel-escape-strategy-to-inhibit-bacteriostatic-effect-mediated-by-mammalian-peptidoglycan-recognition-protein
#2
Jing Wang, Youjun Feng, Changjun Wang, Swaminath Srinivas, Chen Chen, Hui Liao, Elaine He, Shibo Jiang, Jiaqi Tang
Pathogenic streptococcal species are responsible for some of the most lethal and prevalent animal and human infections. Previous reports have identified a candidate pathogenicity island (PAI) in two highly virulent clinical isolates of Streptococcus suis type 2 (SS2), a causative agent of high-mortality streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS). This PAI contains a Type-IVC secretion system C subgroup (Type-IVC secretion system) that is involved in the secretion of unknown pathogenic effectors that are responsible for STSS caused by highly virulent strains of SS2...
January 16, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092467/early-investigational-antibiotics-for-the-treatment-of-acute-exacerbations-of-chronic-bronchitis
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Matthew E Falagas, Maria Georgiou
Acute exacerbations in patients with chronic bronchitis are a leading cause of hospitalizations and death. Bacteria contribute significantly to such exacerbations. The aim of this review was to explore the potential role of investigational antibiotics in the treatment of these episodes. Areas covered: The available literature in PubMed database, in websites related to investigational drugs and in websites of the producing companies has been searched. The in vitro activity against pathogens involved in acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis and the pharmacokinetic profile of antibiotics currently under development were taken into consideration for inclusion in the review...
January 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092214/treatment-of-delta-hepatitis-today-and-in-the-future-a-review
#4
Ibrahim Halil Bahcecioglu, Abdurrahman Sahin
Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) is a defective satellite virus and propagates in the presence of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) surface antigen (HBsAg). Approximately 5% of the people who infected with HBV are also infected with HDV. Chronic hepatitis caused by delta is the most severe form of chronic viral hepatitis including accelerated fibrosis, liver decompensation and development of hepatocellular carcinoma. Interferon-based therapies still remain the only treatment option of the hepatitis delta. The beneficiary effects of the interferon-based therapies, however, stop frequently with termination of the given therapy and relapse rate is very high...
January 16, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091791/a-novel-scalable-robust-downstream-process-for-oncolytic-rat-parvovirus-isoelectric-point-based-elimination-of-empty-particles
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Barbara Leuchs, Veronika Frehtman, Markus Riese, Marcus Müller, Jean Rommelaere
The rodent protoparvovirus H-1PV, with its oncolytic and oncosuppressive properties, is a promising anticancer agent currently under testing in clinical trials. This explains the current demand for a scalable, good manufacturing practice-compatible virus purification process yielding high-grade pure infectious particles and overcoming the limitations of the current system based on density gradient centrifugation. We describe here a scalable process offering high purity and recovery. Taking advantage of the isoelectric point difference between full and empty particles, it eliminates most empty particles...
January 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091547/corydalis-edulis-maxim-promotes-insulin-secretion-via-the-activation-of-protein-kinase-cs-pkcs-in-mice-and-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
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Jiao Zheng, Yunfang Zhao, Qixing Lun, Yuelin Song, Shepo Shi, Xiaopan Gu, Bo Pan, Changhai Qu, Jun Li, Pengfei Tu
Corydalis edulis Maxim., a widely grown plant in China, had been proposed for the treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus. In this study, we found that C. edulis extract (CE) is protective against diabetes in mice. The treatment of hyperglycemic and hyperlipidemic apolipoprotein E (ApoE)-/- mice with a high dose of CE reduced serum glucose by 28.84% and serum total cholesterol by 17.34% and increased insulin release. We also found that CE significantly enhanced insulin secretion in a glucose-independent manner in hamster pancreatic β cell (HIT-T15)...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091414/acute-myeloid-leukemia-advancements-in-diagnosis-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Meng-Ge Yu, Hu-Yong Zheng
OBJECTIVE: Leukemia is the most common pediatric malignancy and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in children. Among all subtypes, a lack of consensus exists regarding the diagnosis and treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Patient survival rates have remained modest for the past three decades in AML. Recently, targeted therapy has emerged as a promising treatment. DATA SOURCES: We searched the PubMed database for recently published research papers on diagnostic development, target therapy, and other novel therapies of AML...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090777/biodegradable-neuro-compatible-peptide-hydrogel-promotes-neurite-outgrowth-shows-significant-neuroprotection-and-delivers-anti-alzheimer-drug
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Anindyasundar Adak, Gaurav Das, Surajit Barman, Saswat Mohapatra, Debmalya Bhunia, Batakrishna Jana, Surajit Ghosh
A novel neuro-compatible peptide based hydrogel has been designed and developed, which contains microtubule stabilizing and neuroprotective short peptide. This hydrogel shows strong three dimensional cross-linked fibrillary networks, which can capture water molecules. Interestingly, this hydrogel serves as excellent biocompatible soft-material for 2D and 3D (neuro-sphere) neuron cell culture and provides stability of key cytoskeleton filaments such as microtubule and actin. Remarkably, it was observed that this hydrogel slowly enzymatically degrades and releases neuroprotective peptide, which promotes neurite outgrowth of neuron cell as well as exhibits excellent neuroprotection against anti-NGF induced toxicity in neuron cells...
January 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090589/spiral-perfusion-imaging-with-consecutive-echoes-spice%C3%A2-for-the-simultaneous-mapping-of-dsc-and-dce-mri-parameters-in-brain-tumor-patients-theory-and-initial-feasibility
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Eric S Paulson, Douglas E Prah, Kathleen M Schmainda
Dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) and dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the perfusion imaging techniques most frequently used to probe the angiogenic character of brain neoplasms. With these methods, T1- and T2/T2*-weighted imaging sequences are used to image the distribution of gadolinium (Gd)-based contrast agents. However, it is well known that Gd exhibits combined T1, T2, and T2* shortening effects in tissue, and therefore, the results of both DCE- and DSC-MRI can be confounded by these opposing effects...
December 2016: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090367/novel-uses-for-lipid-lowering-agents
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REVIEW
Megan Brafford May, Ashley Glode
Statin use leads to a reduction in the downstream products of the mevalonate pathway. Knowledge of this pathway has led scientists to investigate the role of statins in cancer prevention and treatment. Statins appear to possess a variety of pleiotropic effects, including inhibition of cell proliferation; enhanced apoptosis; and modulation of inflammation, endothelial function, and angiogenesis. In cancer specifically, experimental studies have found that statins may induce cancer cell apoptosis and inhibit tumor growth, angiogenesis, and metastasis...
March 2016: Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090231/effects-of-ipragliflozin-on-diabetic-nephropathy-and-blood-pressure-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-an-open-label-study
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Daisuke Ito, Emi Ikuma-Suwa, Kazuyuki Inoue, Kimie Kaneko, Morifumi Yanagisawa, Kouichi Inukai, Mitsuhiko Noda, Akira Shimada
BACKGROUND: Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are novel agents used to treat type 2 diabetic patients. We investigated the efficacy of the SGLT2 inhibitor ipragliflozin on diabetic nephropathy in Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: A 50 mg dose of ipragliflozin was administered for 24 weeks to 50 patients with type 2 diabetes who were concomitantly managed with diet and exercise therapy alone or antidiabetic medications other than SGLT2 inhibitors...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090067/discovery-and-synthesis-of-amino-acids-modified-deoxycholic-acid-derivatives-and-in-vitro-antiproliferative-evaluation
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Chunhui Zhao, Peizhe Zhao, Bin Feng, Xiyan Hou, Longxuan Zhao
A series of deoxycholic acid (DCA) derivatives bearing amino acid moiety has been synthesized and investigated for their potential antiproliferative activities. DCA derivative compounds were synthesized by a two or three step synthetic approach. Their bioactivities were evaluated using MTT method and Western blotting analysis on three tumor cell lines A549, MCF-7 and HeLa. The novel derivatives DCA3d, DCA5a, DCA5b, DCA5c, and DCA5d were found to be promising antiproliferative agents. Furthermore, DCA5b showed the greatest cytotoxic activity by induction of apoptosis...
January 13, 2017: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089998/first-clinical-experience-with-targeted-renal-nerve-demodulation-trend-1-using-a-neurotropic-agent-for-the-treatment-of-sympathetic-hypertension
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Nicholas Kipshidze, Horst Sievert, Michael H Wholey, Konstantin Kipiani, Vakhtang Kipiani, Tea Mukhuradze, Mark Wholey, Emily Stein, K T Venkateswara Rao
AIMS: To evaluate the feasibility and safety of a novel targeted neuromodulatory treatment for sympathetic hypertension involving a one-time local injection of neurotropic agents near renal nerves. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seven patients suffering from uncontrolled hypertension per ESH-ESC guidelines were treated using a single dose of NW2013, a neurotropic Na+/K+ ATPase antagonist. A microneedle catheter was used to administer 1.2 mL of NW2013 (0.6 mL per artery) to the perivascular space surrounding renal arteries using percutaneous endovascular procedures under fluoroscopic guidance...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089935/synergistic-antimicrobial-potential-of-essential-oils-in-combination-with-nanoparticles-emerging-trends-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Mahendra Rai, Priti Paralikar, Priti Jogee, Gauravi Agarkar, Avinash P Ingle, Marcos Derita, Susana Zacchino
The development of resistance to different antimicrobial agents by bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, etc. is a great challenge to the medical field for the treatment of infections caused by them, and therefore, there is a pressing need to search for new and novel antimicrobials. The antimicrobial activity of essential oils and biogenic nanoparticles is well known. Recent studies have demonstrated that nanoparticles functionalized with essential oils have significant antimicrobial potential against multidrug resistant pathogens...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089842/curbing-tumorigenesis-and-malignant-progression-through-the-pharmacological-control-of-the-wound-healing-process
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REVIEW
Melania Dovizio, Angela Sacco, Paola Patrignani
The prevention of cancer development and its progression is an urgent unmet medical need. Novel knowledge on the biology of cancer has evidenced that genetic changes occurring within cancer cells contribute, but are not sufficient, for tumor promotion and progression. The results of clinical studies and experimental animal models have suggested pursuing new avenues for the prevention of cancer development in the early stages, by using drugs that modulate platelet responses and those interfering with the synthesis and action of the mediators of inflammation...
January 12, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089698/novel-2-4-dichlorophenoxy-acetic-acid-substituted-thiazolidin-4-ones-as-anti-inflammatory-agents-design-synthesis-and-biological-screening
#16
Yakub Ali, Mohammad Sarwar Alam, Hinna Hamid, Asif Husain, Abhijeet Dhulap, Sameena Bano, Chetna Kharbanda
A library of fourteen 2-imino-4-thiazolidinone derivatives (1a-1n) has been synthesized and evaluated for in vivo anti-inflammatory activity and effect on ex-vivo COX-2 and TNF-α expression. Compounds 1k (5-(2,4-dichloro-phenooxy)-acetic acid (3-benzyl-4-oxo-thiazolidin-2-ylidene)-hydrazide) and 1m (5-(2,4-dichloro-phenooxy)-acetic acid (3-cyclohexyl-4-oxo-thiazolidin-2-ylidene)-hydrazide) exhibited in vivo inhibition of 81.14% and 78.80% respectively after 5h in comparison to indomethacin which showed 76...
December 31, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089350/rickettsia-prowazekii-methionine-aminopeptidase-as-a-promising-target-for-the-development-of-antibacterial-agents
#17
Travis R Helgren, Congling Chen, Phumvadee Wangtrakuldee, Thomas E Edwards, Bart L Staker, Jan Abendroth, Banumathi Sankaran, Nicole A Housley, Peter J Myler, Jonathon P Audia, James R Horn, Timothy J Hagen
Methionine aminopeptidase (MetAP) is a class of ubiquitous enzymes essential for the survival of numerous bacterial species. These enzymes are responsible for the cleavage of N-terminal formyl-methionine initiators from nascent proteins to initiate post-translational modifications that are often essential to proper protein function. Thus, inhibition of MetAP activity has been implicated as a novel antibacterial target. We tested this idea in the present study by targeting the MetAP enzyme in the obligate intracellular pathogen Rickettsia prowazekii...
November 10, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089348/shape-based-virtual-screening-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-novel-pyrrolone-derivatives-as-antiviral-agents-against-hcv
#18
Marcella Bassetto, Pieter Leyssen, Johan Neyts, Mark M Yerukhimovich, David N Frick, Andrea Brancale
A ligand-based approach was applied to screen in silico a library of commercially available compounds, with the aim to find novel inhibitors of the HCV replication starting from the study of the viral NS3 helicase. Six structures were selected for evaluation in the HCV subgenomic replicon assay and one hit was found to inhibit the HCV replicon replication in the low micromolar range. A small series of new pyrrolone compounds was designed and synthesised, and novel structures were identified with improved antiviral activity...
January 3, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089171/protease-inhibitors-of-parasitic-flukes-emerging-roles-in-parasite-survival-and-immune-defence
#19
REVIEW
Shiwanthi L Ranasinghe, Donald P McManus
Protease inhibitors play crucial roles in parasite development and survival, counteracting the potentially damaging immune responses of their vertebrate hosts. However, limited information is currently available on protease inhibitors from schistosomes and food-borne trematodes. Future characterization of these molecules is important not only to expand knowledge on parasitic fluke biology but also to determine whether they represent novel vaccine and/or drug targets. Moreover, protease inhibitors from flukes may represent lead compounds for the development of a new range of therapeutic agents against inflammatory disorders and cancer...
January 11, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088906/epratuzumab-and-blinatumomab-as-therapeutic-antibodies-for-treatment-of-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-current-status-and-future-perspectives
#20
Raffaella Franca, Diego Favretto, Marilena Granzotto, Giuliana Decorti, Marco Rabusin, Gabriele Stocco
BACKGROUND: More than 85% of children affected by acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are successfully treated; however relapse remains a remarkable clinical concern, with 50-60% of relapsing patients facing a fatal outcome. Management of relapsed patients includes standardized intensive risk-adapted regimens based on conventional drugs, and hematopoietic stem cells transplantation for patients with unfavourable features. Biological drugs, in particular the monoclonal antibody epratuzumab and the bi-functional recombinant single chain peptide blinatumomab, have been recently recognized as novel potential agents to be integrated in salvage ALL therapy to further improve rescue outcome...
January 12, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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