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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549212/synthesis-of-four-monoterpene-derived-organosulfates-and-their-quantification-in-atmospheric-aerosol-samples
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Yuchen Wang, Jingyun Ren, X H Hilda Huang, Rongbiao Tong, Jian Zhen Yu
Monoterpenes, a major class of biogenic volatile organic compounds, are known to produce oxidation products that further react with sulfate to form organosulfates. The accurate quantification of monoterpene-derived organosulfates (OSs) is necessary for quantifying this controllable aerosol source; however, it has been hampered by a lack of authentic standards. Here we report a unified synthesis strategy starting from the respective monoterpene through Upjohn dihydroxylation or Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation followed by mono-sulfation with sulfur trioxide-pyridine complex...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549142/how-do-performance-based-financing-programmes-measure-quality-of-care-a-descriptive-analysis-of-68-quality-checklists-from-28-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Erik Josephson, Jessica Gergen, Martha Coe, Samantha Ski, Supriya Madhavan, Sebastian Bauhoff
This paper seeks to systematically describe the length and content of quality checklists used in performance-based financing programmes, their similarities and differences, and how checklists have evolved over time. We compiled a list of supply-side, health facility-based performance-based financing (PBF) programmes in low- and lower middle-income countries based on a document review. We then solicited PBF manuals and quality checklists from implementers and donors of these PBF mechanisms. We entered each indicator from each quality checklist into a database verbatim in English, and translated into English from French where appropriate, and categorized each indicator according to the Donabedian framework and an author-derived categorization...
May 26, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548953/from-rapalogs-to-anti-aging-formula
#3
Mikhail V Blagosklonny
Inhibitors of mTOR, including clinically available rapalogs such as rapamycin (Sirolimus) and Everolimus, are gerosuppressants, which suppress cellular senescence. Rapamycin slows aging and extends life span in a variety of species from worm to mammals. Rapalogs can prevent age-related diseases, including cancer, atherosclerosis, obesity, neurodegeneration and retinopathy and potentially rejuvenate stem cells, immunity and metabolism. Here, I further suggest how rapamycin can be combined with metformin, inhibitors of angiotensin II signaling (Losartan, Lisinopril), statins (simvastatin, atorvastatin), propranolol, aspirin and a PDE5 inhibitor...
May 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548488/a-fluorescent-split-aptamer-for-visualizing-rna-rna-assembly-in-vivo
#4
Khalid K Alam, Kwaku D Tawiah, Matthew F Lichte, David Porciani, Donald H Burke
RNA-RNA assembly governs key biological processes and is a powerful tool for engineering synthetic genetic circuits. Characterizing RNA assembly in living cells often involves monitoring fluorescent reporter proteins, which are at best indirect measures of underlying RNA-RNA hybridization events and are subject to additional temporal and load constraints associated with translation and activation of reporter proteins. In contrast, RNA aptamers that sequester small molecule dyes and activate their fluorescence are increasingly utilized in genetically encoded strategies to report on RNA-level events...
May 26, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548470/whole-exome-sequencing-of-etv6-runx1-in-four-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukaemia-cases
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Zubaidah Zakaria, Norodiyah Othman, Azli Ismail, Nor Rizan Kamaluddin, Ezalia Esa, Eni Juraida Abdul Rahman, Yuslina Mat Yusoff, Fazlin Mohd Fauzi, Ten Sew Keoh
Background: ETV6/RUNX1 gene fusion is the most frequently seen chromosomal abnormality in childhood acute lymphobastic leukamia (ALL). However, additional genetic changes are known to be required for the development of this type of leukaemia. Therefore, we here aimed to assess the somatic mutational profile of four ALL cases carrying the ETV6/RUNX1 fusion gene using whole-exome sequencing. Methods: DNA was isolated from bone marrow samples using a QIAmp DNA Blood Mini kit and subsequently sequenced using the Illumina MiSeq system...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548098/rationally-designed-mineralization-for-selective-recovery-of-the-rare-earth-elements
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Takaaki Hatanaka, Akimasa Matsugami, Takamasa Nonaka, Hideki Takagi, Fumiaki Hayashi, Takao Tani, Nobuhiro Ishida
The increasing demand for rare earth (RE) elements in advanced materials for permanent magnets, rechargeable batteries, catalysts and lamp phosphors necessitates environmentally friendly approaches for their recovery and separation. Here, we propose a mineralization concept for direct extraction of RE ions with Lamp (lanthanide ion mineralization peptide). In aqueous solution containing various metal ions, Lamp promotes the generation of RE hydroxide species with which it binds to form hydrophobic complexes that accumulate spontaneously as insoluble precipitates, even under physiological conditions (pH ∼6...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547747/deciphering-common-recognition-principles-of-nucleoside-mono-di-and-tri-phosphates-binding-in-diverse-proteins-via-structural-matching-of-their-binding-sites
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Raghu Bhagavat, Narayanaswamy Srinivasan, Nagasuma Chandra
Nucleoside triphosphate (NTP) ligands are of high biological importance and essential for all life forms. A pre-requisite for them to participate in diverse biochemical processes is their recognition by diverse proteins. It is thus of great interest to understand the basis for such recognition in different proteins. Towards this, we have employed a structural bioinformatics approach and analyse structures of 4677 NTP complexes available in PDB. Binding sites were extracted and compared exhaustively by using PocketMatch, a sensitive in-house site comparison algorithm, which resulted in grouping the entire dataset into 27 site-types...
May 25, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547181/sequential-feeding-of-lipid-supplement-enriches-beef-adipose-tissues-with-18-3n-3-biohydrogenation-intermediates
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P Vahmani, J L Aalhus, D C Rolland, T A McAllister, N Prieto, H C Block, S D Proctor, L L Guan, M E R Dugan
The present study was designed to determine if feeding steers extruded flaxseed and hay (25 and 75%; DM basis) together as a total mixed ration (TMR), or sequentially (non-TMR) would result in different enrichments of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and their biohydrogenation intermediates (BHI) in beef adipose tissues [subcutaneous (SC) vs perirenal (PR) fat]. Forty-eight Angus cross steers (325 ± 16 kg) were stratified by weight to six pens, and pens were randomized to either TMR or non-TMR and fed ad libitum for an average of 242 days...
May 25, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546540/a-bioactive-chemical-markers-based-strategy-for-quality-assessment-of-botanical-drugs-xuesaitong-injection-as-a-case-study
#9
Zhenzhong Yang, Qing Shao, Zhiwei Ge, Ni Ai, Xiaoping Zhao, Xiaohui Fan
Current chemical markers based quality assessment methods largely fail to reflect intrinsic chemical complexity and multiple mechanisms of action of botanical drugs (BD). The development of novel quality markers is greatly needed. Here we propose bioactive chemical markers (BCM), defined as a group of chemo-markers that exhibit similar pharmacological activities comparable to the whole BD, which can therefore be used to effectively assess the quality of BD. As a proof-of-concept, a BCM-based strategy was developed and applied to Xuesaitong Injection (XST) for assessing the efficacy and consistency of different batches...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546232/genetic-defects-in-pediatric-onset-adrenal-insufficiency-in-japan
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Naoko Amano, Satoshi Narumi, Mie Hayashi, Masaki Takagi, Kazuhide Imai, Toshirou Nakamura, Rumi Hachiya, Goro Sasaki, Keiko Homma, Tomohiro Ishii, Tomonobu Hasegawa
CONTEXT: Most patients with pediatric-onset primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI), such as 21-hydroxylase deficiency, can be diagnosed by measuring the urine or serum levels of steroid metabolites. However, the etiology is often difficult to determine in a subset of patients lacking characteristic biochemical findings. OBJECTIVE: To assess the frequency of genetic defects in Japanese children with biochemically uncharacterized PAI, and characterize the phenotypes of mutation-carrying patients...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545974/development-of-5-hydroxypyrazole-derivatives-as-reversible-inhibitors-of-lysine-specific-demethylase-1
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Daniel P Mould, Ulf Bremberg, Allan M Jordan, Matthis Geitmann, Alba Maiques-Diaz, Alison E McGonagle, Helen F Small, Tim C P Somervaille, Donald Ogilvie
A series of reversible inhibitors of lysine specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) with a 5-hydroxypyrazole scaffold have been developed from compound 7, which was identified from the patent literature. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and biochemical analysis showed it to be a reversible LSD1 inhibitor with an IC50 value of 0.23µM. Optimisation of this compound by rational design afforded compounds with Kd values of <10nM. In human THP-1 cells, these compounds were found to upregulate the expression of the surrogate cellular biomarker CD86...
May 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545888/delivering-safer-immunotherapies-for-cancer
#12
Lauren Milling, Yuan Zhang, Darrell J Irvine
Cancer immunotherapy is now a powerful clinical reality, with a steady progression of new drug approvals and a massive pipeline of additional treatments in clinical and preclinical development. However, modulation of the immune system can be a double-edged sword: Drugs that activate immune effectors are prone to serious non-specific systemic inflammation and autoimmune side effects. Drug delivery technologies have an important role to play in harnessing the power of immune therapeutics while avoiding on-target/off-tumor toxicities...
May 22, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545629/moral-vindications
#13
Victor Kumar
Psychologists and neuroscientists have recently been unearthing the unconscious processes that give rise to moral intuitions and emotions. According to skeptics like Joshua Greene, what has been found casts doubt on many of our moral beliefs. However, a new approach in moral psychology develops a learning-theoretic framework that has been successfully applied in a number of other domains. This framework suggests that model-based learning shapes intuitions and emotions. Model-based learning explains how moral thought and feeling are attuned to local material and social conditions...
May 22, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545567/cancer-immunotherapy-by-targeting-immune-checkpoints-mechanism-of-t-cell-dysfunction-in-cancer-immunity-and-new-therapeutic-targets
#14
REVIEW
Hwei-Fang Tsai, Ping-Ning Hsu
Immune checkpoints or coinhibitory receptors, such as cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen (CTLA)-4 and programmed death (PD)-1, play important roles in regulating T cell responses, and they were proven to be effective targets in treating cancer. In chronic viral infections and cancer, T cells are chronically exposed to persistent antigen stimulation. This is often associated with deterioration of T cell function with constitutive activation of immune checkpoints, a state called 'exhaustion', which is commonly associated with inefficient control of tumors and persistent viral infections...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545456/towards-an-equitable-healthcare-in-china-evaluating-the-productive-efficiency-of-community-health-centers-in-jiangsu-province
#15
Lulin Zhou, Xinglong Xu, Henry Asante Antwi, Linna Wang
BACKGROUND: While the demand for the health service keeps escalating at the grass root or rural areas of China, a substantial portion of healthcare resources remains stagnant in the more developed cities and this has entrenched health inequity in many parts of China. At its conception, the Deepening Health Care Reform in 2012 China was intended to flush out these discrepancies and promote a more equitable and efficient distribution of health resources. Nearly half a decade of this reform, there are uncertainties as to whether the attainment of the objectives of the reform is in sight...
May 25, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545375/natural-product-gossypol-and-its-derivatives-in-precision-cancer-medicine
#16
Yun Zeng, Jingwen Ma, Liang Xu, Daocheng Wu
Gossypol, a natural product extracted from the seed, roots, and stem of cotton, was initially used as a male contraceptive but was subsequently investigated as a novel antitumor agent. This review depicts the current status of gossypol and its derivatives as novel antitumor agents as well as presents their preparation and characteristics, especially of some gossypol Schiff bases, through quantitative and structural analyses. The main attractive target sites of gossypol and its derivatives are Bcl-2 family proteins containing the anti-apoptosis proteins Bcl-2 and Bcl-XL...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545371/if-rodents-could-speak-a-psycho-behavioral-perspective-on-modelling-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd-in-animals-the-role-of-context
#17
De Wet Wolmarans, Dan J Stein, Brian H Harvey
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a heterogeneous and debilitating condition, characterized by intrusive thoughts and compulsive repetition over several domains of human functioning. Animal models of OCD are important instruments that have the potential to contribute significantly to our understanding of the condition. However, although there is consensus that pre-clinical models are valuable to elucidate the underlying neurobiology in psychiatric disease, the current paper attempts to prompt ideas on how interpretation of animal behavior can be expanded upon to more effectively converge with the human disorder...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545367/targeting-dna-minor-groove-by-hybrid-molecules-as-anticancer-agents
#18
Shalini Nekkanti, Ramya Tokala, Nagula Shankaraiah
Agents which can recognize and bind specific sequences of DNA offer selective therapy through the modulation of specific transcription factors or genes. Recently, there has been renewed interest in the field of anticancer minor groove binders. This may be attributed to the fact that many compounds of this class have demonstrated significant antitumor activity against a wide variety of cancers in recent clinical trials. This review will discuss the recent efforts to overcome the drawbacks of existing minor groove binding anticancer agents through rational drug design based on scaffolds with known antitumor activity...
May 22, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545260/thermostabilization-of-the-uronate-dehydrogenase-from-agrobacterium-tumefaciens-by-semi-rational-design
#19
Teresa Roth, Barbara Beer, André Pick, Volker Sieber
Aldaric acids represent biobased 'top value-added chemicals' that have the potential to substitute petroleum-derived chemicals. Until today they are mostly produced from corresponding aldoses using strong chemical oxidizing agents. An environmentally friendly and more selective process could be achieved by using natural resources such as seaweed or pectin as raw material. These contain large amounts of uronic acids as major constituents such as glucuronic acid and galacturonic acid which can be converted into the corresponding aldaric acids via an enzyme-based oxidation using uronate dehydrogenase (Udh)...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545238/epigenetic-strategies-to-boost-cancer-immunotherapies
#20
REVIEW
Maria J Barrero
Recently, immunotherapeutic approaches have shown impressive responses in a subset of cancer patients. However, the rate of success is low and a large percentage of treated patients do not experience clinical benefits. Therefore, additional strategies are needed to improve responses and select responsive patients. Emerging data suggest that epigenetic drugs can improve the responses to immunotherapy. Understanding the mechanisms of resistance to immunotherapy and the epigenetic events that take place during immune evasion is critical to providing a rational combined use of immunotherapies and epigenetic drugs...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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