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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821163/metformin-maintains-mucosal-integrity-in-experimental-model-of-colitis-by-inhibiting-oxidative-stress-and-pro-inflammatory-signaling
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Abhimanu Pandey, Sneh Verma, Vijay L Kumar
Metformin, an antidiabetic drug, is well known for its multifarious properties and its ability to modulate inflammatory cascade. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory condition of the colon where drugs exhibiting anti-inflammatory property have been shown to induce and maintain remission. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of metformin against acetic-acid induced colitis in rat. The study included five groups of rats namely normal control, experimental control, drug treated groups (50 and 500mg/kg of metformin, MET50, MET500 and 300mg/kg of mesalazine, MSZ300)...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821162/oral-administration-of-thymoquinone-mitigates-the-effect-of-cisplatin-on-brush-border-membrane-enzymes-energy-metabolism-and-antioxidant-system-in-rat-intestine
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Faaiza Shahid, Zeba Farooqui, Subuhi Abidi, Iqbal Parwez, Farah Khan
Cisplatin (CP) is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent that elicits severe gastrointestinal toxicity. Nigella sativa, a member of family Ranunculaceae, is one of the most revered medicinal plant known for its numerous health benefits. Thymoquinone (TQ), a major bioactive component derived from the volatile oil of Nigella sativa seeds, has been shown to improve gastrointestinal functions in animal models of acute gastric/intestinal injury. In view of this, the aim of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of TQ on CP induced toxicity in rat intestine and to elucidate the mechanism underlying these effects...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821083/vapor-sensing-with-color-tunable-multilayered-coatings-of-cellulose-nanocrystals
#3
Yu Zhao, Guizhi Gao, Dagang Liu, Donglin Tian, Yinyan Zhu, Yu Chang
Colloidal cellulose nanocrystals were LBL deposited to form firmly-stacked optical coatings in which the nanorods regulated their head-to-tail association and aligned in the axial-centrifuged direction. The periodically transition from blue to orange of reflected colors was tunable via deposition layer adjustment. While the sensing coating was exposed to vapors of NH3(.)H2O, H2O, HCl and HAc, respectively, the color variation in the response process was irreversible at room temperature and highly dependent on vapor diffusion and chemical interface interaction...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820778/src-kinase-inhibition-attenuates-morphine-tolerance-without-affecting-reinforcement-or-psychomotor-stimulation
#4
Fiona A Bull, Daniel T Baptista-Hon, Claire Sneddon, Lisa Wright, Wendy Walwyn, Tim G Hales
BACKGROUND: Prolonged opioid administration leads to tolerance characterized by reduced analgesic potency. Pain management is additionally compromised by the hedonic effects of opioids, the cause of their misuse. The multifunctional protein β-arrestin2 regulates the hedonic effects of morphine and participates in tolerance. These actions might reflect µ opioid receptor up-regulation through reduced endocytosis. β-Arrestin2 also recruits kinases to µ receptors. We explored the role of Src kinase in morphine analgesic tolerance, locomotor stimulation, and reinforcement in C57BL/6 mice...
August 18, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820727/sustained-off-treatment-response-after-discontinuation-of-long-term-nucleos-t-ide-analogue-treatment-in-hbeag-seronegative-hepatitis-b-a-case-series
#5
Marion Muche, Ulrike Meyer, Britta Siegmund, Rajan Somasundaram, Hans-Joerg Epple
International guidelines recommend lifelong nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) treatment in individuals with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection who are hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) seronegative, because hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) seroconversion is rarely achieved. However, after terminating therapy, sustained responses and HBsAg loss have been observed. Clinical characteristics identifying persons with favorable outcomes after discontinuing NA therapy have not yet been defined. This case series describes outcomes of 6 individuals with HBeAg-seronegative CHB infection without cirrhosis and low plasma levels of HBsAg who discontinued long-term NA treatment...
July 2017: Topics in Antiviral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820674/restoration-of-fmri-decodability-does-not-imply-latent-working-memory-states
#6
Sebastian Schneegans, Paul M Bays
Recent imaging studies have challenged the prevailing view that working memory is mediated by sustained neural activity. Using machine learning methods to reconstruct memory content, these studies found that previously diminished representations can be restored by retrospective cueing or other forms of stimulation. These findings have been interpreted as evidence for an activity-silent working memory state that can be reactivated dependent on task demands. Here, we test the validity of this conclusion by formulating a neural process model of working memory based on sustained activity and using this model to emulate a spatial recall task with retro-cueing...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820443/omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-improve-endothelial-dysfunction-in-chronic-renal-failure-role-of-enos-activation-and-of-oxidative-stress
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Michela Zanetti, Gianluca Gortan Cappellari, Davide Barbetta, Annamaria Semolic, Rocco Barazzoni
BACKGROUND: Endothelial dysfunction is a key vascular alteration in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Omega 3 (n-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) reduce vascular oxidative stress and inflammation. We investigated whether n-3 PUFA could reverse endothelial dysfunction in CKD by improving endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) function and oxidative stress. METHODS: 5/6 nephrectomized male Wistar rats (CKD; n = 10) and sham operated animals (SHAM; n = 10) were treated for 6 weeks with standard diet...
August 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820419/-the-state-of-fallopian-tubes-in-women-with-urogenital-chlamydia-and-infertility
#8
K Arustamyan, E Totoyan, A Karapetyan, A Gasparyan
The aim of this work was to assess the state of the fallopian tubes in women with urogenital chlamydia (UC) and infertility. 344 women 18-49 y.o with infertility have been investigated. UC was detected in 133 of them -38.7%, (main group), UC was absent in 211 (61.3%) patients (comparision group). In the main group prevailed the tubal or tubal peritoneal factor of infertility (51.9% versus 19.4% in the comparison group, p<0.001). UC in women in the main (62.4%) was in the form of mixed infection. Obstruction of the fallopian tubes and adhesions in the pelvic region were more often detected in patients of the main group (p<0...
July 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820331/polo-like-kinase-1-plk1-dependent-phosphorylation-of-methylenetetrahydrofolate-reductase-mthfr-regulates-replication-via-histone-methylation
#9
Xueyan Li, Shanshan Nai, Yuehe Ding, Qizhi Geng, Bingtao Zhu, Kai Yu, Wei-Guo Zhu, Meng-Qiu Dong, Xiao-Dong Su, Xingzhi Xu, Jing Li
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a key enzyme regulating the folate cycle and its genetic variations have been associated with various human diseases. Previously we identified that MTHFR is phosphorylated by cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1) at T34 and MTHFR underlies heterochromatin maintenance marked by H3K9me3 levels. Herein we demonstrate that pT34 creates a binding motif that docks MTHFR to the polo-binding domain (PBD) of polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1), a fundamental kinase that orchestrates many cell cycle events...
August 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820300/meningeal-worm-parelaphostrongylus-tenuis-as-a-cause-of-mortality-in-the-restored-elk-cervus-canadensis-population-in-missouri
#10
M Colter Chitwood, Barbara J Keller, Harith Saeed Al-Warid, Kelly Straka, Aaron M Hildreth, Lonnie Hansen, Joshua J Millspaugh
Meningeal worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) is an important cause of mortality of elk (Cervus canadensis) in populations in the eastern US and has been implicated in the failure of several restoration attempts. From 2011 to 2013, the Missouri Department of Conservation translocated 108 adult and yearling elk from Kentucky (US) to southern Missouri (US) to establish a free-ranging population. From release in spring 2011 through August 2015, we monitored 167 elk (adult, yearling, and calf) to determine causes of mortality...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820288/cohesive-silicone-gel-implants-with-smooth-textured-or-polyurethane-coated-surface-to-restore-volume-in-eviscerated-sockets
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Cristiano Abreu, Seizo Yamashita, Alicia Galindo-Ferreiro, Marilia Modolo, Claudia H Pellizzon, Carlos R Padovani, Mariangela E A Marques, Silvana A Schellini
The purpose of this article is to evaluate the three different surface coating on cohesive silicone gel implants in eviscerated rabbit eye sockets. Forty-five albino rabbits underwent right eye evisceration and received hemisphere-shaped cohesive silicone gel implants with smooth (Group 1), textured (Group 2), or polyurethane-coated surface (Group 3) in the socket. The animals were euthanized at 7, 30, and 90 days postoperatively. Computed tomography of the orbits was performed prior to euthanasia. Subsequently, the orbital contents were removed and underwent histologic and morphometric examination...
August 18, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820076/a-novel-danshensu-tetramethylpyrazine-conjugate-dt-018-provides-cardioprotection-by-preserving-mitochondrial-function-through-the-mef2d-pgc-1%C3%AE-pathway
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Xiaojing Zhang, Jingxiong Luo, Yali Huang, Huixing Deng, Huihui Hu, Pei Yu, Yewei Sun, Luchen Shan, Yuqiang Wang
In this work, we explored the protective effect of DT-018, a danshensu and tetramethylpyrazine conjugate, on mitochondrial injury induced by tert-butylhydroperoxide (t-BHP) and its possible mechanisms of action. DT-018 effectively quenched intracellular and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS), preserved the mitochondrial function, restored the intracellular level of ATP and augmented mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) while suppressed mitochondrial swelling in isolated myocardial mitochondria...
August 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819979/the-influence-of-a-novel-dimeric-ceramide-molecule-on-the-nanostructure-and-the-thermotropic-phase-behavior-of-a-stratum-corneum-model-mixture
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Sören Stahlberg, Adina Eichner, Stefan Sonnenberger, Andrej Kovacik, Stefan Lange, Thomas Schmitt, Bruno Demé, Thomas Hauss, Bodo Dobner, Reinhard H H Neubert, Daniel Huster
The stratum corneum (SC) is the outermost layer of the skin and composed of a multilayered assembly of mostly ceramids (Cer), free fatty acids, cholesterol (Chol), and cholesterol sulphate (Chol-S). Due to the tight packing of these lipids, the SC features unique barrier properties defending the skin from environmental influences. Under pathological conditions, where the skin barrier function is compromised, topical application of molecules that rigidify the SC may lead to a restored barrier function. To this end, molecules are required that incorporate into the SC and bring back the original rigidity of the skin barrier...
August 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819878/aspergillus-bronchitis-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Claudia Brandt, Jobst Roehmel, Volker Rickerts, Volker Melichar, Nadja Niemann, Carsten Schwarz
Aspergillus fumigatus frequently colonizes the airways of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and may cause various severe infections, such as bronchitis. Serological data, sputum dependent markers and longitudinal data of treated cases of Aspergillus bronchitis were evaluated for further description of this infection. This study, which comprises three substudies, aimed to analyze epidemiological data of Aspergillus in CF and the entity of Aspergillus bronchitis. In a first step, data of the German Cystic Fibrosis Registry were used to evaluate the frequency of Aspergillus colonization in patients with CF (n = 2599)...
August 17, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819872/-hearing-restoration-with-cochlear-implants-after-translabyrinthine-vestibular-schwannoma-resection
#15
C Bohr, S Müller, J Hornung, U Hoppe, H Iro
BACKGROUND: Hearing restoration after translabyrinthine vestibular schwannoma resection is a challenge. Because the cochlea can begin to ossify a few months after cochlear or labyrinthine injury, the time interval for cochlear implant surgery is limited. To avoid complete ossification and to prolong the time interval until cochlear implantation, it is possible to insert a placeholder (depth gauge) into the cochlea and perform the cochlear implant surgery at a later time point (two-stage approach)...
August 17, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819834/recurrence-of-endovascularly-and-microsurgically-treated-intracranial-aneurysms-review-of-the-putative-role-of-aneurysm-wall-biology
#16
REVIEW
Serge Marbacher, Mika Niemelä, Juha Hernesniemi, Juhana Frösén
Although endovascular therapy has been proven safe and has become in many centers the primary method of treatment for intracranial aneurysms, the long-term durability of endovascular embolization remains a concern; at least for some aneurysms despite initial good result. While healing after clipping relies on mechanical occlusion, restoration after endovascular occlusion mainly requires the induction of a biological response. Healing after embolization depends on the growth of new tissue over the thrombus formed by the embolization material, or alternatively, on the organization of thrombus into fibrous tissue...
August 17, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819826/the-outcome-of-the-partial-resurfacing-arthroplasty-of-the-hip-shows-high-numbers-of-failures-and-conversion-to-total-arthroplasty
#17
Thilo Floerkemeier, Stefan Budde, Nils Wirries, Gabriela von Lewinski, Henning Windhagen, Marco Ezechieli
PURPOSE: Local cartilage and bony defects, which are too large for joint preserving cartilage treatment are difficult to treat. The implantation of a mini-resurfacing implant (Hemicap®, 2med, Hamburg, Germany) may be a possible alternative treatment for these patients. This partial replacement fills the defect and restores a smooth and continuous articular surface. The aim of this study was to determine short- to midterm results of the treatment of local cartilage defects of the femoral head using the Hemicap®...
August 17, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819688/airway-reconstruction-using-decellularized-tracheal-allografts-in-a-porcine-model
#18
Michinobu Ohno, Yasushi Fuchimoto, Huai-Che Hsu, Masataka Higuchi, Makoto Komura, Tetsuji Yamaoka, Akihiro Umezawa, Shin Enosawa, Tatsuo Kuroda
PURPOSE: Tracheal cartilage reconstruction is an essential approach for the treatment of tracheal congenital abnormalities or injury. Here, we evaluated the use of allogeneic decellularized tracheas as novel support scaffolds. METHODS: Six weaned pigs (4-week-old domestic males) were transplanted with allogeneic tracheal graft patches (three decellularized and three fresh tracheal scaffolds) onto artificial defects (approximately 15 × 15 mm). After 11 weeks, the tracheas were evaluated by bronchoscopy and histological studies...
August 17, 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819639/antioxidant-treatment-in-male-mice-prevents-mitochondrial-and-synaptic-changes-in-an-nmda-receptor-dysfunction-model-of-schizophrenia
#19
Aarron Phensy, Christopher Driskill, Karen Lindquist, Lan Guo, Vivek Jeevakumar, Bryan Fowler, Heng Du, Sven Kroener
Glutamate theories of schizophrenia suggest that the disease is associated with a loss of NMDA receptors, specifically on GABAergic parvalbumin-expressing interneurons (PVIs), leading to changes in the excitation-inhibition balance in the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Oxidative stress contributes to the loss of PVI and the development of schizophrenia. Here, we investigated whether the glutathione precursor N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) can prevent changes in synaptic transmission at pyramidal cells and PVIs that result from developmental NMDAR blockade and how these changes are related to mitochondrial dysfunction in the PFCs of mice...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819598/two-staged-bilateral-femoral-alignment-osteotomy-with-concomitant-total-knee-arthroplasty-in-an-achondroplasia-patient-a-case-report
#20
Sebastian G Walter, Tobias Schwering, Stefan Preiss
INTRODUCTION: Achondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism in humans and is orthopedically characterized by shortened extremities and an exaggerated lumbar lordosis. The surgical challenges are maintenance of axial alignment during limb lengthening as well as joint preservation and alignment restoration. CASE REPORT: We present a 46-year-old female suffering from achondroplasia with severe pain in both knees. Severe varus deformities of both femurs and degeneration of both knee joints became apparent on clinical and radiological examination...
March 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
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