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Juke S Lolkema, Dirk Jan Slotboom
The recently determined crystal structure of the bacterial Na(+)-citrate symporter CitS provides unexpected structural and mechanistic insights. The protein has a fold that has not been seen in other proteins, but the oligomeric state, domain organization and proposed transport mechanism strongly resemble those of the sodium-dicarboxylate symporter vcINDY, and the putative exporters YdaH and MtrF, thus hinting at convergence in structure and function. CitS and the related proteins are predicted to translocate their substrates by an elevator-like mechanism, in which a compact transport domain slides up and down through the membrane while the dimerization domain is stably anchored...
October 21, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
Sushmita Das, Rakesh Mandal, Vidya Nand Rabidas, Neena Verma, Krishna Pandey, Ashok Kumar Ghosh, Sreekant Kesari, Ashish Kumar, Bidyut Purkait, Chandra Sekhar Lal, Pradeep Das
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), with the squeal of Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL), is a global threat for health. Studies have shown sodium stibogluconate (SSG) resistance in VL patients with chronic arsenic exposure. Here, we assessed the association between arsenic exposure and risk of developing PKDL in treated VL patients. METHODS: In this retrospective study, PKDL patients (n = 139), earlier treated with SSG or any other drug during VL, were selected from the study cohort...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Guojian Yin, Guoyong Hu, Rong Wan, Ge Yu, Xiaofeng Cang, Jie Xiong, Jianbo Ni, Yanling Hu, Miao Xing, Yuting Fan, Wenqin Xiao, Lei Qiu, Maochun Tang, Yan Zhao, Shaofeng Wang, Xingpeng Wang
OBJECTIVES: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have shown an obvious protective effect on acute pancreatitis (AP). The purpose of the present study was to analyze the effect of bone marrow MSC-derived microvesicles (bmMSC-MVs) on AP and explore the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Bone marrow MSCs and bmMSC-MVs were isolated from Sprague-Dawley rats. Cerulein-induced mild AP (MAP) and sodium taurocholate-induced severe AP (SAP) were used as AP models in vivo and in vitro...
October 2016: Pancreas
Katherine R Grey, Jamie L Hanson, Solveig L Hagen, Sara A Hylwa, Erin M Warshaw
BACKGROUND: Surfactants are cleansing agents used in products such as shampoos and soaps. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to identify positivity rates to 3 novel amide-containing surfactants (sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, isostearamidopropyl morpholine lactate, and disodium lauroamphodiacetate) and evaluate co-reactivity with other surfactants in patients with known surfactant sensitivity. METHODS: Previously patch-tested, surfactant-positive patients were identified via chart review and invited to participate...
October 21, 2016: Dermatitis
Chen Wang, Ying Duan Lei, Frank Wania
Dissolved inorganic salt(s) influence the partitioning of organic compounds into the aqueous phase. This influence is especially significant in atmospheric aerosol, which usually contains large amount of ions, including sodium, ammonium, chloride, sulfate and nitrate. However, empirical data on this salt effect are very sparse. Here, the partitioning of numerous organic compounds into solutions of Na2SO4, NH4Cl and NH4NO3 was measured and compared with existing data for NaCl and (NH4)2SO4. Salt mixtures were also tested in order to establish whether the salt effect is additive...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Igor V Ukrainets, Lidiya A Petrushova, Svitlana V Shishkina, Lina A Grinevich, Galina Sim
In order to obtain and then test pharmocologically any possible conformers of the new feasible analgesic N-benzyl-4-hydroxy-1-methyl-2,2-dioxo-1H-2λ⁶,1-benzothiazine-3-carboxamide, its 4-O-sodium salt was synthesized using two methods. X-ray diffraction study made possible to determine that, depending on the chosen synthesis conditions, the above-mentioned compound forms either monosolvate with methanol or monohydrate, where organic anion exists in the form of three different conformers. Pharmacological testing of the two known pseudo-enantiomeric forms of the original N-benzylamide and of the two solvates of its sodium salt was performed simultaneously under the same conditions and in equimolar doses...
October 19, 2016: Scientia Pharmaceutica
Akshay Shekhar, Xianming Lin, Fang-Yu Liu, Jie Zhang, Huan Mo, Lisa Bastarache, Joshua C Denny, Nancy J Cox, Mario Delmar, Dan M Roden, Glenn I Fishman, David S Park
Rapid impulse propagation in the heart is a defining property of pectinated atrial myocardium (PAM) and the ventricular conduction system (VCS) and is essential for maintaining normal cardiac rhythm and optimal cardiac output. Conduction defects in these tissues produce a disproportionate burden of arrhythmic disease and are major predictors of mortality in heart failure patients. Despite the clinical importance, little is known about the gene regulatory network that dictates the fast conduction phenotype. Here, we have used signal transduction and transcriptional profiling screens to identify a genetic pathway that converges on the NRG1-responsive transcription factor ETV1 as a critical regulator of fast conduction physiology for PAM and VCS cardiomyocytes...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
John Ashurst, Shane R Sergent, Benjamin R Sergent
Hypokalemia and hyperkalemia are the most common electrolyte disorders managed in the emergency department. The diagnosis of these potentially life-threatening disorders is challenging due to the often vague symptomatology a patient may express, and treatment options may be based upon very little data due to the time it may take for laboratory values to return. This review examines the most current evidence with regard to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of potassium disorders. In this review, classic paradigms, such as the use of sodium polystyrene and the routine measurement of serum magnesium, are tested, and an algorithm for the treatment of potassium disorders is discussed...
November 2016: Emergency Medicine Practice
Darla E Kendzor, Marlyn Allicock, Michael S Businelle, Lona F Sandon, Kelley Pettee Gabriel, Summer G Frank
BACKGROUND: The current study evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of a diet and physical activity intervention for homeless adults. METHODS: Shelter residents (N = 32) were randomly assigned to a 4-week diet and physical activity intervention (n = 17) or an assessment-only control group (n = 15). Intervention participants received tailored educational newsletters, pedometers with step goals, and twice daily fruit/vegetable snacks. Key measures included 24-hour dietary recall interviews and accelerometer-measured moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Md Akhlaquer Rahman, Md Mujahid, Arshad Hussain
AIMS: The purpose of the current study was to investigate the feasibility of producing solid self-emulsifying pellets using the extrusion/spheronization technique with an aim to increase the bioavailability of selected drug and also to encounter the problems associated with liquid lipid formulations. Self-emulsifying formulations are experiencing a very active development as reflected by the numerous publications and patents being granted on these systems. The patents on self-emulsifying formulation (US20036630150) and (US20006054136) helped in selecting the drug and excipients...
October 21, 2016: Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation
Heidy Martínez-Pacheco, Guillermo Ramírez-Galicia, Midalia Vergara-Arias, Jürg Gertsch, Jonathan Manuel Fragoso-Vázquez, David Méndez-Luna, A L Abujamra, Cabrera-Pérez Laura Cristina, Rosales-Hernández Martha Cecilia, I Mendoza-Lujambio, José Correa-Basurto
Histone deacetylase 8 (HDAC8) is a plausible target for the development of novel anticancer drugs using a metal-chelating group and hydrophobic moieties as pharmacophores. It is known that valproic acid (administered as its salt, sodium valproate; VPANa+) is an HDAC8 inhibitor characterized by its hydrophobic chains. Nevertheless, VPA is hepatotoxic and VPA analogues might be explored for less hepatotoxic antiproliferative compounds. In this work, docking and QSAR studies of 500 aryl-VPA derivatives as possible HDAC8 inhibitors were performed in order to explore and select potential anti-proliferative compounds...
October 19, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Max Roemer, Brian W Skelton, Matthew J Piggott, George A Koutsantonis
This paper describes the facile preparation of 1,1'-diacetyloctamethylferrocene (2) by acylation of octamethylferrocene (1) with acetyl chloride. Chloroformylation with POCl3/DMF of 2 affords a variety of products, including 1,1'-bis-(1-chlorovinyl)octamethylferrocene (3b) in high yield. Compound 3b cyclises in aqueous sodium hydroxide/DMF to an octamethyl[1,4]-ferrocenophane bearing a 1-dimethylaminobuta-1,3-diene-handle (4).
October 24, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Alex Fogli Iseppe, Angela Pignatelli, Ottorino Belluzzi
Within the olfactory bulb (OB), periglomerular (PG) cells consist of various types of interneurons, generally classified by their chemical properties such as neurotransmitter and calcium binding proteins. Calretinin (CR) characterizes morphologically and functionally the more numerous and one of the less known subpopulation of PG cells in the OB. Using of transgenic mice expressing eGFP under the CR promoter, we have tried to obtain the first functional characterization of these cells. Electrophysiological recordings were made in these cells using the patch-clamp technique in thin slices...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
N Pugazhenthiran, K Kaviyarasan, T Sivasankar, A Emeline, D Bahnemann, R V Mangalaraja, S Anandan
Porous NiTiO3 nanorods were synthesized through the sonochemical route followed by calcination at various temperature conditions. Surface morphology of the samples was tuned by varying the heat treatment temperature from 100 to 600°C. The synthesized NiTiO3 nanorods were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, diffused reflectance spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analyses. The characterization studies revealed that the NiTiO3 nanomaterial was tuned to porous and perfectly rod shaped structure during the heat treatment at 600°C...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Katarina Bukara, Ivana Drvenica, Vesna Ilić, Ana Stančić, Danijela Mišić, Borislav Vasić, Radoš Gajić, Dušan Vučetić, Filip Kiekens, Branko Bugarski
The objective of our study was to develop controlled drug delivery system based on erythrocyte ghosts for amphiphilic compound sodium diclofenac considering the differences between erythrocytes derived from two readily available materials - porcine slaughterhouse and outdated transfusion human blood. Starting erythrocytes, empty erythrocyte ghosts and diclofenac loaded ghosts were compared in terms of the encapsulation efficiency, drug releasing profiles, size distribution, surface charge, conductivity, surface roughness and morphology...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Carlos Sanhueza, Joaquín Araos, Luciano Naranjo, Fernando Toledo, Ana R Beltrán, Marco A Ramírez, Jaime Gutiérrez, Fabián Pardo, Andrea Leiva, Luis Sobrevia
Cancer cells generate protons (H(+)) that are extruded to the extracellular medium mainly via the Na(+)/H(+) exchanger 1 (NHE1), which regulates intracellular pH (pHi) and cell proliferation. In primary cultures of human ascites-derived ovarian cancer cells (haOC) we assayed whether NHE1 was required for pHi modulation and cell proliferation. Human ovary expresses NHE1, which is higher in haOC and A2780 (ovarian cancer cells) compared with HOSE cells (normal ovarian cells). Basal pHi and pHi recovery (following a NH4Cl pulse) was higher in haOC and A2780, compared with HOSE cells...
October 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Lasse Skibsbye, Thomas Jespersen, Torsten Christ, Mary M Maleckar, Jonas van den Brink, Pasi Tavi, Jussi T Koivumäki
BACKGROUND: Refractoriness of cardiac cells limits maximum frequency of electrical activity and protects the heart from tonic contractions. Short refractory periods support major arrhythmogenic substrates and augmentation of refractoriness is therefore seen as a main mechanism of antiarrhythmic drugs. Cardiomyocyte excitability depends on availability of sodium channels, which involves both time- and voltage-dependent recovery from inactivation. This study therefore aims to characterise how sodium channel inactivation affects refractoriness in human atria...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Sonja Gandhi, Salimah Z Shariff, Ahmed Al-Jaishi, Jeffrey P Reiss, Muhammad M Mamdani, Daniel G Hackam, Lihua Li, Eric McArthur, Matthew A Weir, Amit X Garg
BACKGROUND: Hyponatremia may occur after initiation of a second-generation antidepressant drug. However, the magnitude of this risk among older adults in routine care is not well characterized. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, population-based, matched-cohort study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: In Ontario, Canada, 2003 to 2012, we compared older adults with a mood or anxiety disorder who were dispensed 1 of 9 second-generation antidepressant drugs with matched adults with comparable indicators of baseline health who were not dispensed an antidepressant drug (n=138,246 per group)...
October 20, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
E Vieira Dos Santos, C Sáez, P Cañizares, C A Martínez-Huitle, M A Rodrigo
This study demonstrates the application of reversible electrokinetic adsorption barrier (REKAB) technology to soils spiked with low-solubility pollutants. A permeable reactive barrier (PRB) of granular activated carbon (GAC) was placed between the anode and cathode of an electrokinetic (EK) soil remediation bench-scale setup with the aim of enhancing the removal of two low-solubility herbicides (atrazine and oxyfluorfen) using a surfactant solution (sodium dodecyl sulfate) as the flushing fluid. This innovative study focused on evaluating the interaction between the EK system and the GAC-PRB, attempting to obtain insights into the primary mechanisms involved...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Aijaz Ahmed Babar, Mazhar Hussain Peerzada, Abdul Khalique Jhatial, Noor-Ul-Ain Bughio
Conventionally, cellulosic fabric dyed with reactive dyes requires significant amount of salt. However, the dyeing of a solvent spun regenerated cellulosic fiber is a critical process. This paper presents the dyeing results of lyocell fabrics dyed with conventional pad batch (CPB) and pad ultrasonic batch (PUB) processes. The dyeing of lyocell fabrics was carried out with two commercial dyes namely Drimarine Blue CL-BR and Ramazol Blue RGB. Dyeing parameters including concentration of sodium hydroxide, sodium carbonate and dwell time were compared for the two processes...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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