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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823053/identification-of-a-ron-tyrosine-kinase-receptor-binding-peptide-using-phage-display-technique-and-computational-modeling-of-its-binding-mode
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Omid Zarei, Silvia Benvenuti, Fulya Ustun-Alkan, Maryam Hamzeh-Mivehroud, Siavoush Dastmalchi
RON (Recepteur d'Origine Nantais) tyrosine kinase receptor is a promising target for therapeutic intervention in cancer therapy. The aim of this work was identification of RON-binding peptides using phage display and computational modeling their mode of binding. A 12-mer peptide phage library was utilized to perform biopanning against RON. The RON-binding ability of the selected peptide-displaying phage and their possible binding sites were examined by ELISA. Binding modes and affinities were also predicted by docking and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823012/ratio-of-circulating-estrogen-receptors-beta-and-alpha-er%C3%AE-er%C3%AE-indicates-endoscopic-activity-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Pablo M Linares, Alicia Algaba, Ana Urzainqui, Mercedes Guijarro-Rojas, Rafael González-Tajuelo, Jesús Garrido, María Chaparro, Javier P Gisbert, Fernando Bermejo, Iván Guerra, Víctor Castellano, María-Encarnación Fernández-Contreras
BACKGROUND: Data supporting a role of female hormones and/or their receptors in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are increasing, but most of them are derived from animal models. Estrogen receptors alpha (ERα) and beta (ERβ) participate in immune and inflammatory response, among a variety of biological processes. Their effects are antagonistic, and the net action of estrogens may depend on their relative proportions. AIM: To determine the possible association between the balance of circulating ERβ and ERα (ERβ/ERα) and IBD risk and activity...
August 19, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822808/bml-111-equilibrated-ace-angii-at1r-and-ace2-ang-1-7-mas-axis-to-protect-hepatic-fibrosis-in-rats
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Quandong Hu, Zhenzhen Hu, Qiongfeng Chen, Yonghong Huang, Zi Mao, Fangyun Xu, Xiaoyan Zhou
BACKGROUND: It was recently reported Lipoxins (LXs) had protective effects on fibrous diseases, and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) had played vital and bidirectional roles in hepatic fibrosis. In this paper, a hepatic fibrosis model, induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCL4) in rats, was used to observe the relations between RAAS and LXs, as well as to further explore the alternative anti-fibrosis mechanisms of LXs. METHODS: The model was evaluated by morphological observations and biochemical assays...
August 16, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822706/comparison-of-real-time-pcr-nested-pcr-and-galactomannan-antigen-detection-by-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-in-sera-for-diagnosis-of-invasive-aspergillosis
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S Hedhili, N Baccouchi, H Souid, B Jemli, S Gargouri
Conventional methods for diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA) lack sensitivity and specificity. Serological methods still have many cases of cross-reactivity. However, molecular techniques seem to arise as a rapid approach, specific and direct that could be used in the diagnosis of IA. In this study, we analyzed 88 serum samples from patients of having IA using GM-ELISA test, nested PCR with primers for the rRNA 18S of Aspergillus genus and real time PCR specific for A. fumigatus. Among the 88 samples, 64 of them had positive GM titers and 23 had positive nested PCRs; 18 of the 23 PCR-positive samples were also GM-positive...
August 16, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822684/cross-reactivity-and-inhibition-myotoxic-effects-induced-by-bothrops-snake-venoms-using-specific-polyclonal-anti-bnsp7-antibodies
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Lamartine L Melo, Mirian M Mendes, Lívia M Alves, Thais F Isabel, Sâmela A P B Vieira, Sarah N C Gimenes, Andreimar M Soares, Veridiana M Rodrigues, Luiz F M Izidoro
Polyclonal antibodies raised in Balb-c mice against BnSP-7, a Lys-49 phospholipase A2, were used to measure cross reactivity against other snake venoms. Using ELISA, these antibodies were able to recognize PLA2s isoforms present in venoms of botropic snakes at 1:6400, 1:3200 and 1:100 ratios (w/w). These antibodies highly recognized proteins of low molecular weight (∼14,000) from crude snake venom Bp and Bm by Western Blotting. PLA2 these venoms, by alignment of primary structures demonstrated high identity with BnSP-7 PLA2, especially in the C-terminal region...
August 16, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822574/analysis-of-individual-and-total-microcystins-in-surface-water-by-on-line-preconcentration-and-desalting-coupled-to-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Gabriel Munoz, Sung Vo Duy, Audrey Roy-Lachapelle, Barry Husk, Sébastien Sauvé
A fast and high-throughput method is proposed for the determination of total microcystins (ΣMC) in environmental surface waters. After a 1-h Lemieux-von Rudloff oxidation step to yield the 2-methyl-3-methoxy-4-phenylbutyric acid (MMPB) moiety, samples were quenched, filtered, and directly analyzed. This was achieved via solid phase extraction (SPE) coupled on-line to ultra-high performance liquid chromatography electrospray ionization triple stage quadrupole mass spectrometry. The choice of on-line SPE settings was conducted using experimental designs...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822314/a-portable-smart-phone-device-for-rapid-and-sensitive-detection-of-e-coli-o157-h7-in-yoghurt-and-egg
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Mohamed Maarouf Ali Zeinhom, Yijia Wang, Yang Song, Mei-Jun Zhu, Yuehe Lin, Dan Du
The detection of E. coli O157:H7 in foods has held the attention of many researchers because of the seriousness attributed to this pathogen. In this study, we present a simple, sensitive, rapid and portable smartphone based fluorescence device for E. coli O157:H7 detection. This field-portable fluorescent imager on the smartphone involves a compact laser-diode-based photosource, a long-pass (LP) thin-film interference filter and a high-quality insert lenses. The design of the device provided a low noise to background imaging system...
August 4, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822267/a-similar-pro-anti-inflammatory-cytokine-balance-is-present-in-the-airways-of-competitive-athletes-and-non-exercising-asthmatics
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Marcin Kurowski, Janusz Jurczyk, Agnieszka Olszewska-Ziąber, Marzanna Jarzębska, Hubert Krysztofiak, Marek L Kowalski
PURPOSE: Intensive exercise modifies airway inflammation and infection susceptibility. We aimed to determine the effect of exercise on pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine (TNF-α, IL-1ra, IL-10) and innate immunity protein (HSPA1, sCD14) levels in exhaled breath condensate (EBC) and nasal secretions of competitive athletes, non-exercising asthmatics and healthy controls (HC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study group consisted of 15 competitive athletes (five speed skaters and ten swimmers) aged 15-25...
August 16, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822107/successful-treatment-and-fdg-pet-ct-monitoring-of-hhv-6-encephalitis-in-a-non-neutropenic-patient-case-report-and-literature-review
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Elda Righi, Alessia Carnelutti, Daniele Muser, Francesco Zaja, Elisa Lucchini, Federico Pea, Fernando Di Gregorio, Abass Alavi, Matteo Bassetti
Human herpesvirus (HHV)-6 reactivation is associated with severe forms of encephalitis among patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Cases in non-neutropenic patients are uncommon. The efficacy of ganciclovir and other compounds that are used for the treatment of HHV-6 encephalitis remains suboptimal and linked to toxicity. Valganciclovir, the oral prodrug of ganciclovir, could be practical to treat outpatients, but it is not commonly used for severe cases. We report a case of HHV-6 encephalitis in a non-neutropenic patient successfully treated with valganciclovir and undergoing therapeutic drug monitoring in plasma and in the cerebrospinal fluid...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822072/cellular-and-molecular-oxidative-stress-related-effects-in-uterine-myometrial-and-trophoblast-decidual-tissues-after-perigestational-alcohol-intake-up-to-early-mouse-organogenesis
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Tamara Anahí Coll, Gabriela Chaufan, Leticia Gabriela Pérez-Tito, Martín Ricardo Ventureira, María Del Carmen Ríos de Molina, Elisa Cebral
The placenta plays a major role in embryo-fetal defects and intrauterine growth retardation after maternal alcohol consumption. Our aims were to determine the oxidative status and cellular and molecular oxidative stress effects on uterine myometrium and trophoblast-decidual tissue following perigestational alcohol intake at early organogenesis. CF-1 female mice were administered with 10% alcohol in drinking water for 17 days prior to and up to day 10 of gestation. Control females received ethanol-free water...
August 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822022/eryptosis-and-oxidative-damage-in-hypertensive-and-dyslipidemic-patients
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Carmen Elisa Pinzón-Díaz, José Víctor Calderón-Salinas, Margarita Marcela Rosas-Flores, Gerardo Hernández, Alicia López-Betancourt, Martha Angélica Quintanar-Escorza
Arterial hypertension is a disease that often coexists with dyslipidemia. Both disorders can produce oxidative stress. Studies in vivo and in vitro have proven that oxidative stress can induce an increment of the erythrocyte apoptosis (eryptosis), through the rise of free intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]i). Higher levels of eryptosis have not been described in patients with hypertension, dyslipidemia, or both combined. This study involved 81 men between 26 and 50 years old, assorted into four groups: normotensive with and without dyslipidemia, and hypertensive with and without dyslipidemia...
August 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821706/apigenin-ameliorates-post-stroke-cognitive-deficits-in-rats-through-histone-acetylation-mediated-neurochemical-alterations
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Fengxia Tu, Qiongyi Pang, Tingting Huang, Yun Zhao, Meixia Liu, Xiang Chen
BACKGROUND To identify the effect of apigenin on cognitive deficits of rats after cerebral ischemia and reperfusion injury, and to investigate the potential molecular mechanisms. MATERIAL AND METHODS The rats were given sodium butyrate (NaB) or apigenin (20 or 40 mg/kg) for 28 days. Cognition was investigated by the Morris water maze (MWM) test. On day 28, the rats were euthanized and their hippocampal brain regions were used to identify biochemical and neurochemical alterations. The content of histone deacetylase (HDAC) was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
August 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821650/feedback-signal-from-motoneurons-influences-a-rhythmic-pattern-generator
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Horacio G Rotstein, Elisa Schneider, Lidia Szczupak
Motoneurons are not mere output units of neuronal circuits that control motor behavior, but participate in pattern generation. Research on the circuit that controls the crawling motor behavior in leeches indicated that motoneurons participate as modulators of this rhythmic motor pattern. Crawling results from successive bouts of elongation and contraction of the whole leech body. In the isolated segmental ganglia dopamine can induce a rhythmic antiphasic activity of the motoneurons that control contraction (DE-3 motoneurons) and elongation (CV motoneurons)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821484/measurement-and-mathematical-characterization-of-cell-level-pharmacokinetics-of-antibody-drug-conjugates-a-case-study-with-trastuzumab-vc-mmae
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Aman P Singh, Dhaval K Shah
The main objective of this work was to understand and mathematically characterize the cellular disposition of a tool ADC, trastuzumab-vc-MMAE (T-vc-MMAE). Towards this goal, three different analytical methods were developed to measure the concentrations of different ADC related analytes in the media and cell lysate. An LC-MS/MS method was developed to quantify unconjugated drug (i.e. MMAE) concentrations, a forced deconjugation method was developed to quantify total drug concentrations, and an ELISA method was developed to quantify total antibody (i...
August 18, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821422/adhesion-molecules-chemokines-and-matrix-metallo-proteinases-response-after-albendazole-and-albendazole-plus-steroid-therapy-in-swine-neurocysticercosis
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Satyendra K Singh, Kashi N Prasad, Aloukick K Singh, Kamlesh K Gupta, Amrita Singh, Mukesh Tripathi, Rakesh K Gupta
The treatment of neurocysticercosis (NCC) varies with location, number and stage of the Taenia solium cysticerci (cysts). Albendazole (ABZ) effectively kills cysticerci, and subsequently induces neuro-inflammation facilitated by leukocyte infiltration. We hypothesize that immune response varies around drug responder (degenerating/dying) and non-responder (viable) cysts after ABZ and ABZ plus steroid (ABZS) therapy, which may determine the disease pathogenesis. Twenty cysticercotic swine were treated with ABZ (n = 10; group1) and ABZS (n = 10; group2)...
August 15, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821308/influence-of-gamma-irradiation-on-porcine-serum-albumin-structural-properties-and-allergenicity
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Xudong Zhu, Wei Wang, Juan Shen, Xinglian Xu, Guanghong Zhou
Pork provides an ideal source of food energy; however, pork can elicit an allergic reaction, and porcine serumalbumin (PSA) has been identified as a major allergen. This study examined the impact of gamma irradiation on the allergenicity and structural qualities of PSA; the PSA solution was gamma-irradiated at 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 kGy. Allergenicity was investigated by immunoblotting and competitive indirect ELISA using serum from patients who are allergic to pork, and conformational changes in irradiated PSA were measured by circular dichroism, sulfhydryl group detection, and fluorescence emission spectra...
August 18, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821221/acute-penicillium-marneffei-infection-stimulates-host-m1-m2a-macrophages-polarization-in-balb-c-mice
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Xiaoying Dai, Congzheng Mao, Xiuwan Lan, Huan Chen, Meihua Li, Jing Bai, Jingmin Deng, Qiuli Liang, Jianquan Zhang, Xiaoning Zhong, Yi Liang, Jiangtao Fan, Honglin Luo, Zhiyi He
BACKGROUND: Penicillium marneffei (P. marneffei) is a thermally dimorphic fungus pathogen that causes fatal infection. Alveolar macrophages are innate immune cells that have critical roles in protection against pulmonary fungal pathogens and the macrophage polarization state has the potential to be a deciding factor in disease progression or resolution. The aim of this study was to investigate mouse alveolar macrophage polarization states during P. marneffei infection. RESULTS: We used enzyme-linked immunosorbent (ELISA) assays, quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR), and Griess, arginase activity to evaluate the phenotypic markers of alveolar macrophages from BALB/C mice infected with P...
August 18, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821154/design-and-characterization-of-a-biocompatible-physical-hydrogel-based-on-scleroglucan-for-topical-drug-delivery
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Patrizia Paolicelli, Gabriele Varani, Settimio Pacelli, Elisa Ogliani, Martina Nardoni, Stefania Petralito, Alessandra Adrover, Maria Antonietta Casadei
Physical hydrogels of a high-carboxymethylated derivative of scleroglucan (Scl-CM300) were investigated as potential systems for topical drug delivery using three different therapeutic molecules (fluconazole, diclofenac and betamethasone). Rheological tests were carried out on drug-loaded hydrogels along with in-vitro release studies in a vertical Franz cell, in order to investigate if and how different drugs may influence the rheological and release properties of Scl-CM300 hydrogels. Experimental results and theoretical modeling highlighted that, in the absence of drug/polymer interactions (as for fluconazole and betamethasone) Scl-CM300 matrices offer negligible resistance to drug diffusion and a Fickian transport model can be adopted to estimate the effective diffusion coefficient in the swollen hydrogel...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821073/a-new-quality-index-for-benchmarking-of-different-cellulose-nanofibrils
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Johanna Desmaisons, Elisa Boutonnet, Martine Rueff, Alain Dufresne, Julien Bras
From a single plant source, a wide range of mechanically-deconstructed cellulose nanomaterials can be obtained due to the large number of possible combinations of pre-treatments, mechanical disintegration process, and post-treatments. It leads to the existence of a variety of cellulose nanofibrils with different shapes, morphologies, and properties on the market. The resulting material is actually a complex mixture of nanoscale particles, microfibrillated fibers, and residual fibers on the millimeter scale...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821016/expression-of-interferon-inducible-chemokines-and-sleep-wake-changes-during-early-encephalitis-in-experimental-african-trypanosomiasis
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Claudia Laperchia, Chiara Tesoriero, Paul F Seke-Etet, Valentina La Verde, Valeria Colavito, Gigliola Grassi-Zucconi, Jean Rodgers, Paul Montague, Peter G E Kennedy, Marina Bentivoglio
BACKGROUND: Human African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei, leads to neuroinflammation and characteristic sleep/wake alterations. The relationship between the onset of these alterations and the development of neuroinflammation is of high translational relevance, but remains unclear. This study investigates the expression of interferon (IFN)-γ and IFN-inducible chemokine genes in the brain, and the levels of CXCL10 in the serum and cerebrospinal fluid prior to and during the encephalitic stage of trypanosome infection, and correlates these with sleep/wake changes in a rat model of the disease...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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