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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230801/ethnopharmacology-chemistry-and-biological-properties-of-four-malian-medicinal-plants
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REVIEW
Karl Egil Malterud
The ethnopharmacology, chemistry and pharmacology of four Malian medicinal plants, Biophytum umbraculum, Burkea africana, Lannea velutina and Terminalia macroptera are reviewed. These plants are used by traditional healers against numerous ailments: malaria, gastrointestinal diseases, wounds, sexually transmitted diseases, insect bites and snake bites, etc. The scientific evidence for these uses is, however, limited. From the chemical and pharmacological evidence presented here, it seems possible that the use in traditional medicine of these plants may have a rational basis, although more clinical studies are needed...
February 21, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228928/rotating-snakes-illusion-quantitative-analysis-reveals-a-region-in-luminance-space-with-opposite-illusory-rotation
#2
Lea Atala-Gérard, Michael Bach
The Rotating Snakes Illusion employs patterns with repetitive asymmetric luminance steps forming a "snake wheel." In the underlying luminance sequence {black, dark grey, white, light grey}, coded as {0, g1, 100, g2}, we varied g1 and g2 and measured illusion strength via nulling: Saccades were performed next to a "snake wheel" that rotated physically; observers adjusted rotation until a stationary percept obtained. Observers performed the perceptual nulling of the seeming rotation reliably. Typical settings for (g1, g2), measured from images by Kitaoka, are around (20%, 60%)...
January 2017: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228775/envenomation-by-the-red-tailed-coral-snake-micrurus-mipartitus-in-colombia
#3
Carlos A Cañas, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Santiago Castaño-Valencia
BACKGROUND: Although the red-tailed coral snake (Micrurus mipartitus) is widely distributed in Colombia and its venom is highly neurotoxic and life threatening, envenomation by this species is rare. Therefore, this report may shed some light on the clinical presentation of M. mipartitus bites. CASE PRESENTATIONS: Herein, we describe two cases of patients bitten by red-tailed coral snakes, illustrating the clinical presentation of the victims, the outcomes and treatment provided...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227655/development-of-a-snake-like-dexterous-manipulator-for-skull-base-surgery
#4
Suat Coemert, Anzhu Gao, John P Carey, Mattias F Traeger, Russell H Taylor, Tim C Lueth, Mehran Armand, Suat Coemert, Anzhu Gao, John P Carey, Mattias F Traeger, Russell H Taylor, Tim C Lueth, Mehran Armand, Anzhu Gao, Russell H Taylor, Mattias F Traeger, Mehran Armand, Suat Coemert, Tim C Lueth, John P Carey
Petrous apex lesions constitute considerable surgical challenges due to their location in the skull base and close relationship with critical structures such as inner ear, carotid arteries, facial nerves and jugular bulb. These lesions often cannot be treated completely with rigid tools due to the limited accessibility. We are aiming to develop a snake-like manipulator to assist surgeons with the infralabyrinthine treatment of petrous apex lesions with increased dexterity. This snake-like dexterous manipulator (SDM) with 3...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226685/tracking-of-the-anterior-mitral-leaflet-in-echocardiographic-sequences-using-active-contours
#5
Malik Saad Sultan, Nelson Martins, Diana Veiga, Manuel Joao Ferreira, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Malik Saad Sultan, Nelson Martins, Diana Veiga, Manuel Joao Ferreira, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Diana Veiga, Nelson Martins, Malik Saad Sultan, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Manuel Joao Ferreira
Echocardiography assessment of cardiac valves plays a vital role in the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease. In the vast majority of cases, the mitral valve gets affected, leading to the thickening of its leaflets that may result in the fusion of their tips. This changes the appearance and reduces the mobility of the leaflets, which also reduce the heart efficiency. Quantifying such parameters provides diagnostic insight. To achieve that, the first step is to identify and then track fast moving leaflets. This work is focused on Anterior Mitral Leaflet (AML) tracking...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226680/fast-scale-invariant-lateral-lumbar-vertebrae-detection-and-segmentation-in-x-ray-images
#6
Ruhan Sa, William Owens, Raymond Wiegand, Vipin Chaudhary, Ruhan Sa, William Owens, Raymond Wiegand, Vipin Chaudhary, William Owens, Ruhan Sa, Raymond Wiegand, Vipin Chaudhary
Fully automatic localization of lumbar vertebrae from clinical X-ray images is very challenging due to the variation of X-ray quality, scale, contrast, number of visible vertebrae, etc. To overcome these challenges, we present a novel framework, where we accelerate a scale-invariant object detection method using Support Vector Machines (SVM) trained on Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG) features and segmenting a fine vertebra contour using Gradient Vector Flow (GVF) based snake model. Support Vector Machines trained on HOG features are now an object detection standard in many perception fields and have demonstrated good performance on medical images as well...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222889/pre-cancer-risk-assessment-in-habitual-smokers-from-dic-images-of-oral-exfoliative-cells-using-active-contour-and-svm-analysis
#7
Susmita Dey, Ripon Sarkar, Kabita Chatterjee, Pallab Datta, Ananya Barui, Santi P Maity
Habitual smokers are known to be at higher risk for developing oral cancer, which is increasing at an alarming rate globally. Conventionally, oral cancer is associated with high mortality rates, although recent reports show the improved survival outcomes by early diagnosis of disease. An effective prediction system which will enable to identify the probability of cancer development amongst the habitual smokers, is thus expected to benefit sizable number of populations. Present work describes a non-invasive, integrated method for early detection of cellular abnormalities based on analysis of different cyto-morphological features of exfoliative oral epithelial cells...
February 9, 2017: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220850/comparing-the-survival-rate-of-juvenile-chinook-salmon-migrating-through-hydropower-systems-using-injectable-and-surgical-acoustic-transmitters
#8
Z D Deng, J J Martinez, H Li, R A Harnish, C M Woodley, J A Hughes, X Li, T Fu, J Lu, G A McMichael, M A Weiland, M B Eppard, J R Skalski, R L Townsend
Acoustic telemetry is one of the primary technologies for studying the behavior and survival of fishes throughout the world. The size and performance of the transmitter are key limiting factors. The newly developed injectable transmitter is the first acoustic transmitter that can be implanted via injection instead of surgery. A two-part field study was conducted to evaluate the performance of the injectable transmitter and its effect on the survival of implanted fish. The injectable transmitter performed well and similarly to the proceeding generation of commercially-available JSATS transmitters tested concurrently...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219972/venomics-integrative-venom-proteomics-and-beyond
#9
REVIEW
Juan J Calvete
Venoms are integrated phenotypes that evolved independently in, and are used for predatory and defensive purposes by, a wide phylogenetic range of organisms. The same principles that contribute to the evolutionary success of venoms, contribute to making the study of venoms of great interest in such diverse fields as evolutionary ecology and biotechnology. Evolution is profoundly contingent, and nature also reinvents itself continuosly. Changes in a complex phenotypic trait, such as venom, reflect the influences of prior evolutionary history, chance events, and selection...
February 20, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217606/a-mixed-toxidrome-presenting-with-bilateral-ptosis-with-normal-pupils-the-first-case-in-the-literature
#10
Sanket Mahajan, Janki Shah
Snakebite is an environmental hazard associated with a significant morbidity and mortality. Two main types of toxicity occur due to snakebite, namely vasculotoxicity and neurotoxicity. Neurotoxic snakebites present mainly with bilateral ptosis with dilated pupils and/or difficulty in breathing. Jatropha curcas belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae and is commonly referred to as "Ratanjyot" in Gujarati. It has got many medicinal uses such as anticancerous properties and bio-oil. There are very few cases of its toxicity in adults...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216410/coagulopathy-and-extensive-local-swelling-following-green-pit-viper-trimeresurus-trigonocephalus-envenoming-in-sri-lanka
#11
R M M K Namal Rathnayaka, S A M Kularatne, P E A Nishanthi Ranathunga
Trimeresurus trigonocephalus (Sri Lankan Green pit viper) is a moderately venomous arboreal snake endemic to Sri Lanka. Even though, its bites are not uncommon, published reports of such cases are limited to three in literature. We report three cases of coagulopathy following Green pit viper bites and treatment with fresh frozen plasma.
February 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216408/neuroprotective-property-of-low-molecular-weight-fraction-from-b-jararaca-snake-venom-in-h2o2-induced-cytotoxicity-in-cultured-hippocampal-cells
#12
Samyr Machado Querobino, Daniel Carneiro Carrettiero, Maricilia Silva Costa, Carlos Alberto-Silva
In central nervous system cells, low molecular weight fractions (LMWF) from snake venoms can inhibit changes in mitochondrial membrane permeability, preventing the diffusion of cytochrome c to the cytoplasm, inhibiting the activation of pro-apoptotic factors. Here, we evaluated the neuroprotective activity of LMWF from Bothrops jararaca (Bj) snake venom in H2O2-induced cytotoxicity in cultured hippocampal cells. SDS-PAGE, FT-IR and MALDI-TOF analysis of LMWF (<14 kDa) confirmed the absence of high-molecular-weight proteins in the fraction...
February 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209480/thermal-stabilization-of-anti-%C3%AE-cobratoxin-single-domain-antibodies
#13
George P Anderson, Jessica H Liu, Dan Zabetakis, Jinny L Liu, Ellen R Goldman
There is an unmet need for snake antivenoms that can be stored ready to use near the point of care. To address that need we have taken two anti-α-cobratoxin single domain antibodies and increased their thermal stability to improve their ambient temperature shelf-life. The anti-α-cobratoxin single domain antibodies C2 and C20 were first isolated, and demonstrated to be toxin neutralizing by Richard et al., 2013 (Richard, G., Meyers, A.J., McLean, M.D., Arbabi-Ghahroudi, M., MacKenzie, R., Hall, J.C., 2013...
February 14, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207897/correction-inhibitory-effects-of-hydroethanolic-leaf-extracts-of-kalanchoe-brasiliensis-and-kalanchoe-pinnata-crassulaceae-against-local-effects-induced-by-bothrops-jararaca-snake-venom
#14
Júlia Morais Fernandes, Juliana Félix-Silva, Lorena Medeiros da Cunha, Jacyra Antunes Dos Santos Gomes, Emerson Michell da Silva Siqueira, Luisa Possamai Gimenes, Norberto Peporine Lopes, Luiz Alberto Lira Soares, Matheus de Freitas Fernandes-Pedrosa, Silvana Maria Zucolotto
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168658.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205610/cr-laao-an-l-amino-acid-oxidase-from-calloselasma-rhodostoma-venom-as-a-potential-tool-for-developing-novel-immunotherapeutic-strategies-against-cancer
#15
Tássia R Costa, Danilo L Menaldo, Karina F Zoccal, Sandra M Burin, Alexandre F Aissa, Fabíola A de Castro, Lúcia H Faccioli, Lusânia M Greggi Antunes, Suely V Sampaio
L-amino acid oxidases from snake venoms have been described to possess various biological functions. In this study, we investigated the inflammatory responses induced in vivo and in vitro by CR-LAAO, an L-amino acid oxidase isolated from Calloselasma rhodostoma venom, and its antitumor potential. CR-LAAO induced acute inflammatory responses in vivo, with recruitment of neutrophils and release of IL-6, IL-1β, LTB4 and PGE2. In vitro, IL-6 and IL-1β production by peritoneal macrophages stimulated with CR-LAAO was dependent of the activation of the Toll-like receptors TLR2 and TLR4...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205127/apoptosis-induced-by-a-snake-venom-metalloproteinase-from-bothrops-alternatus-venom-in-c2c12-muscle-cells
#16
Soledad Bustillo, Andrea C Van de Velde, Verónica Matzner Perfumo, Claudia C Gay, Laura C Leiva
In this study, the apoptosis inducing effects of baltergin as well as its influence on cell adhesion and migration on muscles cells in vitro were studied. Morphological analysis made by scanning electron and phase contrast microscopy demonstrated typical futures of programmed cell death, apoptosis. This mechanism was confirmed by fluorescence staining, molecular analysis of endonuclease activity and increased mRNA expression level of two representative genes (p53 and bax). On the other hand, baltergin exert an inhibition effect on myoblast cell adhesion and migration in vitro probably through a mechanism that involves the interaction of this enzyme with cell integrins...
February 15, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198202/clinacanthus-nutans-a-review-on-ethnomedicinal-uses-chemical-constituents-and-pharmacological-properties
#17
Ihsan N Zulkipli, Rajan Rajabalaya, Adi Idris, Nurul Atiqah Sulaiman, Sheba R David
CONTEXT: Medicinal plants have attracted global attention for their hidden therapeutic potential. Clinacanthus nutans (Burm.f) Lindau (Acanthaceae) (CN) is endemic in Southeast Asia. CN contains phytochemicals common to medicinal plants, such as flavonoids. Traditionally, CN has been used for a broad range of human ailments including snake bites and cancer. OBJECTIVES: This article compiles the ethnomedicinal uses of CN and its phytochemistry, and thus provides a phytochemical library of CN...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195896/contributing-factors-for-complications-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-snakebite-experience-in-a-medical-center-in-southern-taiwan
#18
Yu-Hsuan Hsieh, Jung-Hua Hsueh, Wen-Chung Liu, Kuo-Chung Yang, Kuei-Chang Hsu, Cheng-Ta Lin, Yen-Yi Ho, Lee-Wei Chen
OBJECTIVES: Snakebite usually results in various complications, such as significant soft tissue damage, infection, hematological, and neurological deficit. Surgical intervention, usually, is indicated in patients with tissue necrosis, infection, and compartment syndrome. To identify the contributing factors for complications and outcomes in different patients with snakebite so that outcomes can be evaluated and treatment of such patients can be initiated at the earliest. METHODS: Information was collected regarding age, sex, underlying disease, species of snake, and the course of treatment of the victims of snakebite who visited the emergency department of a medical center in southern Taiwan between 2004 and 2014...
February 14, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195584/live-birth-in-an-archosauromorph-reptile
#19
Jun Liu, Chris L Organ, Michael J Benton, Matthew C Brandley, Jonathan C Aitchison
Live birth has evolved many times independently in vertebrates, such as mammals and diverse groups of lizards and snakes. However, live birth is unknown in the major clade Archosauromorpha, a group that first evolved some 260 million years ago and is represented today by birds and crocodilians. Here we report the discovery of a pregnant long-necked marine reptile (Dinocephalosaurus) from the Middle Triassic (∼245 million years ago) of southwest China showing live birth in archosauromorphs. Our discovery pushes back evidence of reproductive biology in the clade by roughly 50 million years, and shows that there is no fundamental reason that archosauromorphs could not achieve live birth...
February 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194754/requirement-of-extracellular-ca-2-binding-to-specific-amino-acids-for-heat-evoked-activation-of-trpa1
#20
Erkin Kurganov, Shigeru Saito, Claire T Saito, Makoto Tominaga
Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is a homotetrameric nonselective cation-permeable channel that has six transmembrane domains and cytoplasmic N- and C-termini. The N-terminus is characterized by an unusually large number of ankyrin repeats. Although the 3-dimensional structure of human TRPA1 has been determined, and TRPA1 channels from insects to birds are known to be activated by heat stimulus, the mechanism for temperature-dependent TRPA1 activation is unclear. We previously reported that extracellular Ca(2+) , but not intracellular Ca(2+) , plays an important role in heat-evoked TRPA1 activation in green anole lizards (gaTRPA1)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Physiology
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