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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225654/germicidal-efficacy-and-mammalian-skin-safety-of-222-nm-uv-light
#1
Manuela Buonanno, Brian Ponnaiya, David Welch, Milda Stanislauskas, Gerhard Randers-Pehrson, Lubomir Smilenov, Franklin D Lowy, David M Owens, David J Brenner
We have previously shown that 207-nm ultraviolet (UV) light has similar antimicrobial properties as typical germicidal UV light (254 nm), but without inducing mammalian skin damage. The biophysical rationale is based on the limited penetration distance of 207-nm light in biological samples (e.g. stratum corneum) compared with that of 254-nm light. Here we extended our previous studies to 222-nm light and tested the hypothesis that there exists a narrow wavelength window in the far-UVC region, from around 200-222 nm, which is significantly harmful to bacteria, but without damaging cells in tissues...
February 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225091/phase-separation-in-ceramide-np-containing-lipid-model-membranes-neutron-diffraction-and-solid-state-nmr
#2
Annett Schroeter, Sören Stahlberg, Barbora Školová, Stefan Sonnenberger, Adina Eichner, Daniel Huster, Kateřina Vávrová, Thomas Hauß, Bodo Dobner, Reinhard H H Neubert, Alexander Vogel
The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the skin and protects the organism against external influences as well as water loss. It consists of corneocytes embedded in a mixture of ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol in a molar ratio of roughly 1 : 1 : 1. The unique structural and compositional arrangement of these stratum corneum lipids is responsible for the skin barrier properties. Many studies investigated the organization of these barrier lipids and, in particular, the exact conformation of ceramides...
February 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224926/a-30-month-worksite-based-lifestyle-program-to-promote-cardiovascular-health-in-middle-aged-bank-employees-design-of-the-tansnip-pesa-randomized-controlled-trial
#3
Jennifer K Coffeng, Hidde P van der Ploeg, José M Castellano, Juan M Fernández-Alvira, Borja Ibáñez, Inés García-Lunar, Allard J van der Beek, Antonio Fernández-Ortiz, Agustín Mocoroa, Laura García-Leal, Evelyn Cárdenas, Carolina Rojas, María I Martínez-Castro, Silvia Santiago-Sacristán, Miriam Fernández-Gallardo, José M Mendiguren, Sameer Bansilal, Willem van Mechelen, Valentín Fuster
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. With atherosclerosis as the underlying cause for many CVD events, prevention or reduction of subclinical atherosclerotic plaque burden (SAPB) through a healthier lifestyle may have substantial public health benefits. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to describe the protocol of a randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of a 30-month worksite-based lifestyle program aimed to promote cardiovascular health in participants having a high or a low degree of SAPB compared with standard care...
February 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223752/a-case-of-terra-firma-forme-dermatosis-treated-with-salicylic-acid-alcohol-peeling
#4
Sin Wook Chun, Suk Young Lee, Jong Baik Kim, Hoo Min Choi, Byung In Ro, Han Kyoung Cho
Terra firma-forme dermatosis (TFFD) is a bizarre, acquired and idiopathic dermatosis that etiology has still not been fully defined. It is characterized by the presence of asymptomatic, brownish dirt-like lesion maybe due to disorder of keratinization. These lesions cannot be removed with ordinary cleansing. Therefore, TFFD can be differentiated from dermatosis neglecta. Patient was a 17-year-old man with brownish lesions on his face for 1 month. The patient had a history of regular washing habit with soap and water...
February 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220545/the-effects-of-a-topical-lipid-complex-therapy-on-dogs-with-atopic-dermatitis-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
#5
Stefan Hobi, Christoph Klinger, Janine Classen, Ralf S Mueller
BACKGROUND: Canine atopic dermatitis is a common clinical presentation. The skin barrier seems to play a fundamental role in the pathogenesis. Therefore a topical spot-on product containing a mixture of lipids may improve clinical signs without adverse effects if it were to improve stratum corneum barrier function. ANIMALS: Twenty six privately owned atopic dogs of different breed, age, gender and weight were included in a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study...
February 20, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219023/phase-ii-trials-in-osteosarcoma-recurrences-a-systematic-review-of-past-experience
#6
REVIEW
Natacha Omer, Marie-Cécile Le Deley, Sophie Piperno-Neumann, Perrine Marec-Berard, Antoine Italiano, Nadège Corradini, Carine Bellera, Laurence Brugières, Nathalie Gaspar
BACKGROUND: The most appropriate design of Phase-II trials evaluating new therapies in osteosarcoma remains poorly defined. OBJECTIVE: To study consistency in phase-II clinical trials evaluating new therapies for osteosarcoma recurrences with respect to eligibility criteria, response assessment, end-points, statistical design and reported results. METHODS: Systematic review of clinical trials registered on clinicaltrials.gov, clinicaltrialsregister...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218900/in-vivo-three-photon-imaging-of-activity-of-gcamp6-labeled-neurons-deep-in-intact-mouse-brain
#7
Dimitre G Ouzounov, Tianyu Wang, Mengran Wang, Danielle D Feng, Nicholas G Horton, Jean C Cruz-Hernández, Yu-Ting Cheng, Jacob Reimer, Andreas S Tolias, Nozomi Nishimura, Chris Xu
High-resolution optical imaging is critical to understanding brain function. We demonstrate that three-photon microscopy at 1,300-nm excitation enables functional imaging of GCaMP6s-labeled neurons beyond the depth limit of two-photon microscopy. We record spontaneous activity from up to 150 neurons in the hippocampal stratum pyramidale at ∼1-mm depth within an intact mouse brain. Our method creates opportunities for noninvasive recording of neuronal activity with high spatial and temporal resolution deep within scattering brain tissues...
February 20, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217941/combining-internet-based-and-postal-survey-methods-in-a-survey-among-gynecologists-results-of-a-randomized-trial
#8
Sinja Alexandra Ernst, Tilman Brand, Stefan K Lhachimi, Hajo Zeeb
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether a combination of Internet-based and postal survey methods (mixed-mode) compared to postal-only survey methods (postal-only) leads to improved response rates in a physician survey, and to compare the cost implications of the different recruitment strategies. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: All primary care gynecologists in Bremen and Lower Saxony, Germany, were invited to participate in a cross-sectional survey from January to July 2014. STUDY DESIGN: The sample was divided into two strata (A; B) depending on availability of an email address...
February 19, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213845/topical-formulation-containing-beeswax-based-nanoparticles-improved-in-vivo-skin-barrier-function
#9
Carla Souza, Luis Alexandre Pedro de Freitas, Patrícia Maria Berardo Gonçalves Maia Campos
Lipid nanoparticles have shown many advantages for treatment/prevention of skin disorders with damaged skin barrier function. Beeswax is a favorable candidate for the development of nanosystems in the cosmetic and dermatological fields because of its advantages for the development of products for topical application. In the present study, beeswax-based nanoparticles (BNs) were prepared using the hot melt microemulsion technique and incorporated to a gel-cream formulation. The formulation was subsequently evaluated for its rheological stability and effect on stratum corneum water content (SCWC) and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) using in vivo biophysical techniques...
February 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213516/rapid-regulation-of-sialidase-activity-in-response-to-neural-activity-and-sialic-acid-removal-during-memory-processing-in-rat-hippocampus
#10
Akira Minami, Yuko Meguro, Sayaka Ishibashi, Ami Ishii, Mako Shiratori, Saki Sai, Yuuki Horii, Hirotaka Shimizu, Hokuto Fukumoto, Sumika Shinba, Risa Taguchi, Tadanobu Takahashi, Tadamune Otsubo, Kiyoshi Ikeda, Takashi Suzuki
Sialidase cleaves sialic acids on the extracellular cell surface as well as inside the cell, and is necessary for normal long-term potentiation (LTP) at MF-CA3 pyramidal cell synapses and for hippocampus-dependent spatial memory. Here, we investigated in detail the role of sialidase in memory processing. Sialidase activity measured with 4MU-Neu5Ac or X-Neu5Ac and FRV LB was increased by high K(+)-induced membrane depolarization. Sialidase activity was also increased by chemical LTP induction with forskolin and activation of BDNF signaling, non-NMDARs or NMDARs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212635/impact-of-semi-solid-formulations-on-skin-penetration-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles
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Umberto M Musazzi, Benedetta Santini, Francesca Selmin, Valentina Marini, Fabio Corsi, Raffaele Allevi, Anna M Ferretti, Davide Prosperi, Francesco Cilurzo, Miriam Colombo, Paola Minghetti
BACKGROUND: This work aimed to provide useful information on the incidence of the choice of formulation in semi-solid preparations of iron-oxide nanoparticles (IONs). The appropriate analytical methods to assess the IONs physical stability and the effect of the semi-solid preparations on IONs human skin penetration were discussed. The physical stability of IONs (Dh = 31 ± 4 nm; ζ = -65 ± 5 mV) loaded in five semi-solid preparations (0.3% w/v), namely Carbopol gel (CP), hydroxyethyl cellulose gel (HEC), carboxymethylcellulose gel (CMC), cetomacrogol cream (Cet) and cold cream was assessed by combining DLS and low-field pulsed NMR data...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211941/upfront-window-vincristine-irinotecan-treatment-of-high-risk-hepatoblastoma-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group-ahep0731-study-committee
#12
Howard M Katzenstein, Wayne L Furman, Marcio H Malogolowkin, Mark D Krailo, M Beth McCarville, Alexander J Towbin, Greg M Tiao, Milton J Finegold, Sarangarajan Ranganathan, Stephen P Dunn, Max R Langham, Eugene D McGahren, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Rebecka L Meyers
BACKGROUND: The identification of new therapies for high-risk (HR) hepatoblastoma is challenging. Children's Oncology Group study AHEP0731 included a HR stratum to explore the efficacy of novel agents. Herein, the authors report the response rate to the combination of vincristine (V) and irinotecan (I) and the outcome of patients with high-risk hepatoblastoma. METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed metastatic hepatoblastoma or those with a serum α-fetoprotein (AFP) level <100 ng/mL were eligible...
February 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211543/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-physiology-of-low-nanomolar-concentrations-of-zn-2-in-artificial-cerebrospinal-fluid
#13
Haruna Tamano, Ryusuke Nishio, Yukina Shakushi, Miku Sasaki, Yuta Koike, Misa Osawa, Atsushi Takeda
Artificial cerebrospinal fluid (ACSF), i.e., brain extracellular medium, which includes Ca(2+) and Mg(2+), but not other divalent cations such as Zn(2+), has been used for in vitro and in vivo experiments. The present study deals with the physiological significance of extracellular Zn(2+) in ACSF. Spontaneous presynaptic activity is suppressed in the stratum lucidum of brain slices from young rats bathed in ACSF containing 10 nM ZnCl2, indicating that extracellular Zn(2+) modifies hippocampal presynaptic activity...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210396/multivesicular-emulsion-ceramide-containing-moisturizers-an-evaluation-of-their-role-in-the-management-of-common-skin-disorders
#14
REVIEW
Joshua A Zeichner, James Q Del Rosso
Proper stratum corneum function plays a pivotal role in maintenance of skin health, and improper function leads to skin disease. The stratum corneum is comprised of corneocytes surrounded by intercelluar lipids including ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol. Ceramide predominant moisturizers have become a mainstay of treatment of skin disease. New technologies for delivery of ceramides include multivesicular emulsions, which deposit ceramides in a timerelease manner for a continuous rather than burst effect...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202334/synthesis-of-specifically-deuterated-ceramide-ap-c18-and-its-biophysical-characterization-using-neutron-diffraction
#15
Stefan Sonnenberger, Adina Eichner, Thomas Hauß, Annett Schroeter, Reinhard H H Neubert, Bodo Dobner
The very heterogeneous group of ceramides is known to be mandatory for proper barrier functions of the outermost layer of mammalian skin, referred to as stratum corneum (SC). The synthesis of a specifically deuterated ceramide [AP]-C18 variant is described. The synthesized ceramide contains the racemic forms of the α hydroxy fatty acid. For the biophysical implementation, the received diastereomeric ceramide was applied in a neutron diffraction experiment. Therefore, a SC lipid model membrane was prepared containing the described ceramide (CER), cholesterol (CHOL), stearic acid (SA), and cholesterol sulfate (ChS) in a ratio of 55/25/15/5wt%...
February 12, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202227/phase-i-trial-of-radiation-therapy-and-sorafenib-in-unresectable-liver-metastases
#16
Rebecca B Goody, Anthony M Brade, Lisa Wang, Tim Craig, James Brierley, Robert Dinniwell, Rebecca K S Wong, Charles Cho, John Kim, Zahra Kassam, Jolie Ringash, Jennifer J Knox, Laura A Dawson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To determine maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and toxicities of sorafenib combined with stereotactic radiotherapy (SBRT) or whole liver radiotherapy (WLRT) in patients with liver metastases. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eligible patients had unresectable liver metastases. Sorafenib dose was escalated in 2 strata: I - SBRT: effective liver volume irradiated (Veff)<80% (30-60Gy in 6 fractions); II - WLRT: Veff>80% (21.6Gy in 6 fractions). Four weeks of sorafenib, with radiotherapy during weeks 2-3, was delivered at 3 escalating dose levels (200-400mg twice daily)...
February 12, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195544/on-stratified-adjusted-tests-by-binomial-trials
#17
Asanao Shimokawa, Etsuo Miyaoka
To estimate or test the treatment effect in randomized clinical trials, it is important to adjust for the potential influence of covariates that are likely to affect the association between the treatment or control group and the response. If these covariates are known at the start of the trial, random assignment of the treatment within each stratum would be considered. On the other hand, if these covariates are not clear at the start of the trial, or if it is difficult to allocate the treatment within each stratum, completely randomized assignment of the treatment would be performed...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194704/challenges-and-future-prospects-for-the-delivery-of-biologics-oral-mucosal-pulmonary-and-transdermal-routes
#18
Javier O Morales, Kristin R Fathe, Ashlee Brunaugh, Silvia Ferrati, Song Li, Miguel Montenegro-Nicolini, Zeynab Mousavikhamene, Jason T McConville, Mark R Prausnitz, Hugh D C Smyth
Biologic products are large molecules such as proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, etc., which have already produced many new drugs for clinical use in the last decades. Due to the inherent challenges faced by biologics after oral administration (e.g., acidic stomach pH, digestive enzymes, and limited permeation through the gastrointestinal tract), several alternative routes of administration have been investigated to enable sufficient drug absorption into systemic circulation. This review describes the buccal, sublingual, pulmonary, and transdermal routes of administration for biologics with relevant details of the respective barriers...
February 13, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193199/a-population-based-study-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-immigrants-and-non-immigrants-in-quebec-canada
#19
Christina Greenaway, Laurent Azoulay, Robert Allard, Joseph Cox, Viet Anh Tran, Claire Nour Abou Chakra, Russ Steele, Marina Klein
BACKGROUND: Immigrants originating from intermediate and high HCV prevalence countries may be at increased risk of exposure to hepatitis C infection (HCV) in their countries of origin, however they are not routinely screened after arrival in most low HCV prevalence host countries. We aimed to describe the epidemiology of HCV in immigrants compared to the Canadian born population. METHODS: Using the reportable infectious disease database linked to the landed immigration database and several provincial administrative databases, we assembled a cohort of all reported cases of HCV in Quebec, Canada (1998-2008)...
February 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192946/gold-nanoprobe-enabled-three-dimensional-ozone-imaging-by-optical-coherence-tomography
#20
Xueqin Jiang, Peijun Tang, Panpan Gao, Yu Shrike Zhang, Changqing Yi, Jianhua Zhou
Ozone (O3) would be harmful to human skin for its strong oxidizing property, especially when stratum corneum or corneal epithelium is wounded. Imaging the penetration and distribution of ozone at depth is beneficial for studying the influence of ozone on skin or eyes. Here, we introduced a facile method for three-dimensional (3D) imaging of the penetration of O3 into the anterior chamber of an isolated crucian carp eye by using optical coherence tomography (OCT) combined with gold triangular nanoprisms (GTNPs) as the contrast agent and molecular probe...
February 2, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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