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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227192/acoustic-evaluation-of-pirfenidone-on-patients-with-combined-pulmonary-fibrosis-emphysema-syndrome
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Sonia Charleston-Villalobos, Norma Castaneda-Villa, Ramon Gonzalez-Camarena, M Mejia-Avila, H Mateos-Toledo, Tomas Aljama-Corrales, Sonia Charleston-Villalobos, Norma Castaneda-Villa, Ramon Gonzalez-Camarena, M Mejia-Avila, H Mateos-Toledo, Tomas Aljama-Corrales, Tomas Aljama-Corrales, Ramon Gonzalez-Camarena, Sonia Charleston-Villalobos, Norma Castaneda-Villa, M Mejia-Avila, H Mateos-Toledo
The combined pulmonary fibrosis emphysema syndrome (CPFES) overall has a poor prognosis with a 5-year survival of 35-80%. Consequently, to evaluate possible positive effects on patients of novel agents as pirfenidone is relevant. However, the efficacy of pirfenidone in CPFES patients is still not well-known. In this study we propose an alternative to evaluate the effects of pirfenidone treatment on CPFES patients via acoustic information. Quantitative analysis of discontinuous adventitious lung sounds (DLS), known as crackles, has been promising to detect and characterize diverse pulmonary pathologies...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226413/thrombalexin-use-of-a-cytotopic-anticoagulant-to-reduce-thrombotic-microangiopathy-in-a-highly-sensitized-model-of-kidney-transplantation
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Miriam Manook, Jean Kwun, Christian Burghuber, Kannan Samy, Michael Mulvihill, Janghoon Yoon, He Xu, Andrea L MacDonald, Kyle Freischlag, Verna Curfman, Evelyn Branum, David Howell, Alton Brad Farris, Richard A Smith, Stephen Sacks, Anthony Dorling, Nizam Mamode, Stuart Knechtle
Early activation of coagulation is an important factor in the initiation of innate immunity, as characterized by thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). In transplantation, systemic anti-coagulation is difficult due to bleeding. A novel 'cytotopic' agent, 'Thrombalexin', (TLN) combines a cell-membrane bound (mirystoyl tail) anti-thrombin (HLL peptide) which can be perfused directly to the donor organ or cells.. Thromboelastography (TEG) was used to measure time to clot formation (r-time) in both rhesus and human blood, comparing TLN vs...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226194/melatonin-systemically-ameliorates-drought-stress-induced-damage-in-medicago-sativa-plants-by-modulating-nitro-oxidative-homeostasis-and-proline-metabolism
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Chrystalla Antoniou, Giannis Chatzimichail, Rafaella Xenofontos, Giannis Pavlou, Evangelia Panagiotou, Anastasis Christou, Vasileios Fotopoulos
Recent reports have uncovered the multifunctional role of melatonin in plant physiological responses under optimal and sub-optimal environmental conditions. In this study, we explored whether melatonin pretreatment could provoke priming effects in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) plants subsequently exposed to prolonged drought stress (7 days), by withholding watering. Results revealed that the rhizospheric application of melatonin (10 μM) remarkably enhanced the drought tolerance of alfalfa plants, as evidenced by the observed plant tolerant phenotype, as well as by the higher levels of chlorophyll fluorescence and stomatal conductance, compared with non-treated drought-stressed plants...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226192/carbazole-linked-nir-aza-bodipy-dyes-as-triplet-sensitizers-and-photoacoustic-contrast-agents-for-deep-tissue-imaging
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Nagaiyan Sekar, Ramaiah D, Yogesh Gawale, Adarsh N, Joseph J, M Pramanik, S K Kalva
Four novel N-ethylcarbazole linked aza-BODIPY dyes (8a-b and 9a-b) were synthesized and characterized. The presence of N-ethylcarbazole moiety shifts their absorption and fluorescence spectra to the near-infrared region, ca. 650-730 nm, of electromagnetic spectra. These dyes possess strong molar absorptivity in the range of 3-4 x 104 M-1cm-1 with low fluorescence quantum yields. The triplet excited state as well as singlet oxygen generation of these dyes were enhanced upon iodination at the core position. The core iodinated dyes 9a-b showed excellent triplet quantum yield of ca...
February 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225711/reactive-oxygen-therapy-a-novel-therapy-in-soft-tissue-infection
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Matthew Dryden
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The global burden of disease in skin and soft tissue lesions is enormous. Many chronic, poorly healing lesions get treated with antibiotics despite the lack of evidence for long-term antibiotics. There is a global antibiotic resistance crisis driven largely by inappropriate use of large volumes of antibiotics. One solution is to reduce the selection pressure on bacteria by reducing the volume of antibiotic use in medicine, agriculture and the environment. There are few novel antimicrobials...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225264/fatty-acid-comprising-lysine-conjugates-anti-mrsa-agents-that-display-in-vivo-efficacy-by-disrupting-biofilms-with-no-resistance-development
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Mohini Mohan Konai, Jayanta Haldar
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have developed resistance to antibiotics of last resort such as vancomycin, linezolid and daptomycin. Additionally, their biofilm forming capability has set an alarming situation in the treatment of bacterial infections. Herein we report the potency of fatty acid comprising lysine conjugates as novel anti-MRSA agents, which were not only capable of killing growing planktonic MRSA at low concentration (MIC = 3.1-6.3 µg/mL), but also displayed potent activity against non-dividing stationary phase cells...
February 22, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224712/a-novel-astrovirus-associated-with-encephalitis-and-ganglionitis-in-domestic-sheep
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F Pfaff, K Schlottau, S Scholes, A Courtenay, B Hoffmann, D Höper, M Beer
In June 2013, a 4-year-old Welsh Mountain ewe and in March 2014 a 10-day-old lamb of the same breed and the same flock presented progressive neurological signs including depressed sensorium, tremor, and unusual behaviour. Neuropathological examination of the brain and spinal cord detected non-suppurative polioencephalomyelitis and dorsal root ganglionitis, characteristic of a neurotropic viral agent in both sheep. Metagenomic analysis of different tissue samples from both animals identified a novel Ovine Astrovirus (OvAstV)...
February 22, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224478/targeting-the-nf-e2-related-factor-2-pathway-a-novel-strategy-for-traumatic-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Li Zhang, Handong Wang
As an essential component of cellular defense against a variety of endogenous and exogenous stresses, nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) has received increased attention in the past decades. Multiple studies indicate that Nrf2 acts not only as an important protective factor in injury models but also as a downstream target of therapeutic agents. Activation of Nrf2 has increasingly been linked to many human diseases, especially in central nervous system (CNS) injury such as traumatic brain injury (TBI)...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224377/curcumin-attenuates-surgery-induced-cognitive-dysfunction-in-aged-mice
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Xiang Wu, Huixin Chen, Chunhui Huang, Xinmei Gu, Jialing Wang, Dilin Xu, Xin Yu, Chu Shuai, Liping Chen, Shun Li, Yiguo Xu, Tao Gao, Mingrui Ye, Wei Su, Haixiong Liu, Jinrong Zhang, Chuang Wang, Junping Chen, Qinwen Wang, Wei Cui
Post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is associated with elderly patients undergoing surgery. However, pharmacological treatments for POCD are limited. In this study, we found that curcumin, an active compound derived from Curcuma longa, ameliorated the cognitive dysfunction following abdominal surgery in aged mice. Further, curcumin prevented surgery-induced anti-oxidant enzyme activity. Curcumin also increased brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)-positive area and expression of pAkt in the brain, suggesting that curcumin activated BDNF signaling in aged mice...
February 21, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224267/selection-of-dna-aptamers-for-extra-cellular-domain-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-to-detect-her2-positive-carcinomas
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A Sett, B B Borthakur, U Bora
BACKGROUND: Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2, an orphan receptor of ErbB family) is considered as an important biomarker as it plays a key role in the development and progression of aggressive types of breast, ovarian, stomach and gastric cancer. In the present study, we developed novel DNA aptamers against the extra-cellular domain (ECD) of Her2 protein for detection of Her2-positive carcinomas. METHODS: We cloned and expressed Her2-ECD protein in E...
February 21, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223863/design-synthesis-molecular-modeling-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-diaryl-heterocyclic-analogs-as-potential-selective-cyclooxygenase-2-cox-2-inhibitors
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Deema A Al-Turki, Mohamed A Al-Omar, Laila A Abou-Zeid, Ihsan A Shehata, Mohammed S Al-Awady
New series of 3,4-diaryl-2-thioxoimidazolidin-4-ones and 3-alkylthio-4,5-diaryl-4H-1,2,4-triazoles were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their activity as anti-inflammatory agents. Compounds 20, 21, 23 and 34 are highly selective inhibitors of COX-2 enzyme at a concentration of 100 mM relative to celecoxib, the standard reference. (±)-3-(4-Phenoxy-phenyl)-5-phenyl-2-thioxoimidazolidin-4-ones 23 exhibited the most active anti-inflammatory agent.
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223857/erythrocyte-nanovesicles-biogenesis-biological-roles-and-therapeutic-approach-erythrocyte-nanovesicles
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REVIEW
Gamaleldin I Harisa, Mohamed M Badran, Fars K Alanazi
Nanovesicles (NVs) represent a novel transporter for cell signals to modify functions of target cells. Therefore, NVs play many roles in both physiological and pathological processes. This report highlights biogenesis, composition and biological roles of erythrocytes derived nanovesicles (EDNVs). Furthermore, we address utilization of EDNVs as novel drug delivery cargo as well as therapeutic target. EDNVs are lipid bilayer vesicles rich in phospholipids, proteins, lipid raft, and hemoglobin. In vivo EDNVs biogenesis is triggered by an increase of intracellular calcium levels, ATP depletion and under effect of oxidative stress conditions...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223822/profile-of-venetoclax-and-its-potential-in-the-context-of-treatment-of-relapsed-or-refractory-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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REVIEW
Henriette Huber, Simone Edenhofer, Sven Estenfelder, Stephan Stilgenbauer
Over the last few years, dramatic changes have occurred in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The current standard for young and fit patients with CLL remains chemoimmunotherapy, namely the fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab (FCR) regimen. However, novel oral therapies are presently being introduced and represent a considerable breakthrough concerning effectiveness and safety profile. In particular, the very high-risk group of CLL patients, defined by the genetic aberration del(17p) and/or TP53 mutation, benefit from the new agents...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223815/antitumor-effects-of-oncolytic-herpes-simplex-virus-type-2-against-colorectal-cancer-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Lei Yin, Chunhong Zhao, Jixia Han, Zengjun Li, Yanan Zhen, Ruixue Xiao, Zhongfa Xu, Yanlai Sun
BACKGROUND: The incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) is on the rise. Furthermore, late-stage diagnoses and limited efficacious treatment options make CRC a complex clinical challenge. Therefore, a new therapeutic regimen with a completely novel therapeutic mechanism is necessary for CRC. In the present study, the therapeutic efficacy of oncolytic herpes simplex virus type 2 (oHSV2) in CRC was assessed in vitro and in vivo. oHSV2 is an oncolytic agent derived from herpes simplex virus type 2 that encodes granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223778/gancidin-w-a-potential-low-toxicity-antimalarial-agent-isolated-from-an-endophytic-streptomyces-suk10
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Noraziah Mohamad Zin, Mohd Shukri Baba, Abu Hassan Zainal-Abidin, Jalifah Latip, Noor Wini Mazlan, RuAngelie Edrada-Ebel
Endophytic Streptomyces strains are potential sources for novel bioactive molecules. In this study, the diketopiperazine gancidin W (GW) was isolated from the endophytic actinobacterial genus Streptomyces, SUK10, obtained from the bark of Shorea ovalis tree, and it was tested in vivo against Plasmodium berghei PZZ1/100. GW exhibited an inhibition rate of nearly 80% at 6.25 and 3.125 μg kg(-1) body weight on day four using the 4-day suppression test method on male ICR strain mice. Comparing GW at both concentrations with quinine hydrochloride and normal saline as positive and negative controls, respectively, 50% of the mice treated with 3...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223717/scale-up-and-pharmacokinetic-study-of-a-novel-mutated-chimeric-tissue-plasminogen-activator-mt-pa-in-rats
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Mozhgan Raigani, Mohammad-Reza Rouini, Ali-Akbar Golabchifar, Esmat Mirabzadeh, Behrouz Vaziri, Farzaneh Barkhordari, Fatemeh Davami, Fereidoun Mahboudi
Because of high mortality caused by cardiovascular diseases, various fibrinolytic agents with diverse pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties have been developed. A novel mutated chimeric tissue plasminogen activator (mt-PA) was developed by the removal of first three domains of t-PA, insertion of GHRP sequence and mutation towards resistance to plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1). Mt-PA protein was expressed in Expi293F cells. The expression level of mt-PA was found to be 5000 IU/mL. Following purification, the pharmacokinetic properties of mt-PA were evaluated in three doses in rats...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223459/evolution-and-epidemiology-of-multidrug-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-the-united-kingdom-and-ireland
#17
Danesh Moradigaravand, Veronique Martin, Sharon J Peacock, Julian Parkhill
Klebsiella pneumoniae is a human commensal and opportunistic pathogen that has become a leading causative agent of hospital-based infections over the past few decades. The emergence and global expansion of hypervirulent and multidrug-resistant (MDR) clones of K. pneumoniae have been increasingly reported in community-acquired and nosocomial infections. Despite this, the population genomics and epidemiology of MDR K. pneumoniae at the national level are still poorly understood. To obtain insights into these, we analyzed a systematic large-scale collection of invasive MDR K...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223393/novel-bacterial-topoisomerase-inhibitors-with-potent-broad-spectrum-activity-against-drug-resistant-bacteria
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Cédric Charrier, Anne-Marie Salisbury, Victoria J Savage, Thomas Duffy, Emmanuel Moyo, Nathan Chaffer-Malam, Nicola Ooi, Rebecca Newman, Jonathan Cheung, Richard Metzger, David McGarry, Mark Pichowicz, Ralph Sigerson, Ian R Cooper, Gary Nelson, Hayley S Butler, Mark Craighead, Andrew J Ratcliffe, Stuart A Best, Neil R Stokes
The Novel Bacterial Topoisomerase Inhibitor class is an investigational type of antibacterial inhibitor of DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV that do not have cross-resistance with the quinolones. Here, we report the evaluation of the in vitro properties of a new series of this type of small molecules. Exemplar compounds selectively and potently inhibited the catalytic activities of Escherichia coli DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV but did not block the DNA breakage-reunion step. Compounds showed broad-spectrum inhibitory activity against a wide range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens, including biodefence microorganisms, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis No cross-resistance with quinolone-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and E...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223235/interleukin-32-inflammation-and-cancer
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REVIEW
Jin Tae Hong, Dong Ju Son, Chong Kil Lee, Do-Young Yoon, Dong Hun Lee, Mi Hee Park
Interleukin-32 (IL-32) is a novel cytokine involved in inflammation and cancer development. IL-32 gene consists of eight small exons, and IL-32 mRNA has nine alternative spliced isoforms, and was thought to be secreted because it contains an internal signal sequence and lacks a transmembrane region. IL-32 is initially expressed selectively in activated T cells by mitogen and activated NK cells and their expression is strongly augmented by microbes, mitogens, and other cytokines. The IL-32 is induced mainly by pathogens and pro-inflammatory cytokines, but IL-32 is more prominent in immune cells than in non-immune tissues...
February 13, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223232/the-versatility-and-paradox-of-gdf-11
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REVIEW
A Jamaiyar, W Wan, D M Janota, M K Enrick, W M Chilian, L Yin
In addition to its roles in embryonic development, Growth and Differentiation Factor 11 (GDF 11) has recently drawn much interest about its roles in other processes, such as aging. GDF 11 has been shown to play pivotal roles in the rescue of the proliferative and regenerative capabilities of skeletal muscle, neural stem cells and cardiomyocytes. We would be remiss not to point that some controversy exists regarding the role of GDF 11 in biological processes and whether it will serve as a therapeutic agent. The latest studies have shown that the level of circulating GDF 11 correlates with the outcomes of patients with cardiovascular diseases, cancer and uremia...
February 13, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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