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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527750/estimating-serum-concentrations-of-dioxin-like-compounds-in-the-u-s-population-effective-2005-2006-and-2007-2008-a-multiple-imputation-and-trending-approach-incorporating-nhanes-pooled-sample-data
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Anne Bichteler, Daniele S Wikoff, Francis Loko, Mark A Harris
Dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) are monitored in the U.S. population using data collected with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Until recently, participants' serum samples have been analyzed individually, and summary statistics defining reference ranges by age, gender, and race/ethnicity have served as the background by which other biomonitoring data can be evaluated. In the most recent NHANES DLC data, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008, participants' sera have been physically pooled prior to laboratory analysis, introducing major challenges to their utility as a reference population: variability among individuals and relations with covariates are lost, and individual design effects cannot be applied...
May 18, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527704/anti-madcam-antibody-pf-00547659-for-ulcerative-colitis-turandot-a-phase-2-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
#2
Séverine Vermeire, William J Sandborn, Silvio Danese, Xavier Hébuterne, Bruce A Salzberg, Maria Klopocka, Dino Tarabar, Tomas Vanasek, Miloš Greguš, Paul A Hellstern, Joo Sung Kim, Miles P Sparrow, Kenneth J Gorelick, Michelle Hinz, Alaa Ahmad, Vivek Pradhan, Mina Hassan-Zahraee, Robert Clare, Fabio Cataldi, Walter Reinisch
BACKGROUND: PF-00547659 is a fully human monoclonal antibody that binds to human mucosal addressin cell adhesion molecule-1 (MAdCAM-1) to selectively reduce lymphocyte homing to the intestinal tract. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of PF-00547659 in patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. METHODS: This phase 2, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial recruited patients aged 18-65 years from 105 centres in 21 countries, with a history (≥3 months) of active ulcerative colitis extending more than 15 cm beyond the anal verge (with a total Mayo score ≥6 and a Mayo endoscopic subscore ≥2) who had failed or were intolerant to at least one conventional therapy...
May 17, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527126/polycaprolactone-based-nanoparticles-loaded-with-indomethacin-for-anti-inflammatory-therapy-from-preparation-to-ex-vivo-study
#3
Waisudin Badri, Karim Miladi, Sophie Robin, Céline Viennet, Qand Agha Nazari, Géraldine Agusti, Hatem Fessi, Abdelhamid Elaissari
PURPOSE: This work focused on the preparation of polycaprolactone based nanoparticles containing indomethacin to provide topical analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect for symptomatic treatment of inflammatory diseases. Indomethacin loaded nanoparticles are prepared for topical application to decrease indomethacin side effects and administration frequency. Oppositely to already reported works, in this research non-invasive method has been used for the enhancement of indomethacin dermal drug penetration...
May 19, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525539/prediction-of-multiple-recurrent-events-a-comparison-of-extended-cox-models-in-bladder-cancer
#4
Hilde Smedinga, Ewout W Steyerberg, Willemien Beukers, David van Klaveren, Ellen C Zwarthoff, Yvonne Vergouwe
Recurrence of bladder cancer can occur repeatedly in the same patient after treatment of the primary tumor. Models predicting the risk of a next recurrence may inform individualized decision-making on surveillance frequency. We aimed to assess the usefulness of extensions of the Cox proportional hazards model for repeated events in this context. We analyzed 531 Dutch patients with bladder cancer (1990-2012) with information on 7 pre-specified predictors at the time of diagnosing the primary and recurrent tumors...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524044/expression-of-keratin-1-keratin-10-desmoglein-1-and-desmocollin-1-in-the-epidermis-possible-downregulation-by-interleukin-4-and-interleukin-13-in-atopic-dermatitis
#5
Ami Totsuka, Miyuki Omori-Miyake, Makoto Kawashima, Junji Yagi, Yuichiro Tsunemi
In the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD), skin barrier dysfunction and T-helper (Th) type 2 immune reactions play important roles. Alterations in the stratum spinosum of AD have not been studied in much detail. In this study, we investigated the changes of structural proteins and adhesion molecules residing in the stratum spinosum of AD lesional skin, and whether Th2 cytokines including interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13 alter the expression of these proteins. Skin samples were collected from patients with AD and from healthy controls...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522139/in-vivo-confocal-raman-microscopic-determination-of-depth-profiles-of-the-stratum-corneum-lipid-organization-influenced-by-application-of-various-oils
#6
ChunSik Choe, Johannes Schleusener, Jürgen Lademann, Maxim E Darvin
BACKGROUND: The intercellular lipids (ICL) of stratum corneum (SC) play an important role in maintaining the skin barrier function. The lateral and lamellar packing order of ICL in SC is not homogenous, but rather depth-dependent. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to analyze the influence of the topically applied mineral-derived (paraffin and petrolatum) and plant-derived (almond oil and jojoba oil) oils on the depth-dependent ICL profile ordering of the SC in vivo. METHOD: Confocal Raman microscopy (CRM), a unique tool to analyze the depth profile of the ICL structure non-invasively, is employed to investigate the interaction between oils and human SC in vivo...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517733/comparison-of-the-measuring-efficacy-of-transepidermal-water-loss-of-a-reasonably-priced-portable-closed-chamber-system-device-h4500-with-that-of-rather-expensive-conventional-devices-such-as-tewameter-%C3%A2-and-vapometer-%C3%A2
#7
K Kikuchi, M Asano, H Tagami, M Kato, S Aiba
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Although measuring transepidermal water loss (TEWL) is important to assess the barrier function of the stratum corneum (SC), the commercially available instruments are rather expensive. Recently launched Model H4500 employs a closed-chamber system to measure TEWL and is more reasonably priced compared to devices currently in general use. METHODS: To check the reproducibility of the obtained data with H4500, we conducted measurements on the volar forearms of healthy volunteers and compared these data with those measured with Vapometer(®) and Tewameter(®) ...
May 18, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515996/dermoscopy-of-alopecia-areata-a-retrospective-analysis
#8
Abhijeet K Jha, Uday K Udayan, P K Roy, Amar K J Amar, R K P Chaudhary
BACKGROUND: Dermoscopy devices can overcome the refractive properties of stratum corneum by interface medium or cross polarization such that the lesion can be easily seen. AIM: To examine the dermoscopic feature in alopecia areata and correlate the severity of disease with dermoscopic features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 72 patients suffering from alopecia areata (AA), irrespective of age and sex, who visited the dermatology outpatient department of a tertiary care center in Eastern India was carried out...
April 2017: Dermatology Practical & Conceptual
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513774/hippocampal-overexpression-of-down-syndrome-cell-adhesion-molecule-in-amyloid-precursor-protein-transgenic-mice
#9
Y L Jia, Z X Fu, B H Zhang, Y J Jia
Down syndrome cell adhesion molecule (DSCAM) is located within the Down syndrome critical region of chromosome 21. DSCAM is a broadly expressed neurodevelopmental protein involved in synaptogenesis, neurite outgrowth, and axon guidance. We previously demonstrated DSCAM overexpression in the cortex of amyloid precursor protein (APP) transgenic mice, suggesting possible regulatory interactions between APP and DSCAM. APP mice exhibit deficits in hippocampus-dependent learning and memory. In this preliminary study, we examined age-related changes in DSCAM expression within the hippocampus in 16 APP transgenic mice (1, 3, 6 and 12 months old)...
May 15, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508376/in-vivo-and-qualitative-studies-investigating-the-translational-potential-of-microneedles-for-use-in-the-older-population
#10
Helen L Quinn, Carmel M Hughes, Ryan F Donnelly
Microneedles (MNs) are a novel transdermal drug delivery platform, rapidly progressing from a substantive evidence base, towards commercialisation. As part of this transition, it is important to consider the future use of MNs by older people in order to ensure optimal therapeutic outcomes for this unique and increasing population group. This paper, therefore, considers the use of MNs by those aged over 65 years, investigating insertion parameters in ageing skin, alongside the feasibility and acceptability of the technology...
May 15, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506834/safety-evaluation-of-dermal-exposure-to-phthalates-metabolism-dependent-percutaneous-absorption
#11
Masahiro Sugino, Tomomi Hatanaka, Hiroaki Todo, Yuko Mashimo, Takamasa Suzuki, Miho Kobayashi, Osamu Hosoya, Hideto Jinno, Kazuhiko Juni, Kenji Sugibayashi
Phthalates, known as reproductive toxicants and endocrine disruptors, are widely used as plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride products. The present study was conducted for risk identification of dermal exposure to phthalates. When dibutyl phthalate was applied to the skin of hairless rats and humans, only monobutyl phthalate appeared through the skin, and the permeability of the skin was higher than that after the application of the monoester directly. The inhibition of skin esterases made the skin impermeable to the metabolite following dermal exposure to dibutyl ester, whereas removal of the stratum corneum from the skin did not change the skin permeation behavior...
May 12, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506683/the-caspase-1-inhibitor-card18-is-specifically-expressed-during-late-differentiation-of-keratinocytes-and-its-expression-is-lost-in-lichen-planus
#12
Haihong Qin, Jiang Jin, Heinz Fischer, Michael Mildner, Maria Gschwandtner, Veronika Mlitz, Leopold Eckhart, Erwin Tschachler
BACKGROUND: CARD18 contains a caspase recruitment domain (CARD) via which it binds to caspase-1 and thereby inhibits caspase-1-mediated activation of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-1β. OBJECTIVES: To determine the expression profile and the role of CARD18 during differentiation of keratinocytes and to compare the expression of CARD18 in normal skin and in inflammatory skin diseases. METHODS: Human keratinocytes were induced to differentiate in monolayer and in 3D skin equivalent cultures...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505127/variability-of-dna-methylation-within-schizophrenia-risk-loci-across-subregions-of-human-hippocampus
#13
W Brad Ruzicka, Sivan Subburaju, Francine M Benes
Identification of 108 genomic regions significantly associated with schizophrenia risk by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium was a milestone for the field, and much work is now focused on determining the mechanism of risk associated with each locus. Within these regions, we investigated variability of DNA methylation, a low-level cellular phenotype closely linked to genotype, in two highly similar cellular populations sampled from the human hippocampus, to draw inferences about the elaboration of genotype to phenotype within these loci enriched for schizophrenia risk...
May 15, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503966/topical-use-of-dexpanthenol-a-70th-anniversary-article
#14
Ehrhardt Proksch, Raymond de Bony, Sonja Trapp, Stéphanie Boudon
Approximately 70 years ago, the first topical dexpanthenol-containing formulation (Bepanthen™ Ointment) has been developed. Nowadays, various topical dexpanthenol preparations exist, tailored according to individual requirements. Topical dexpanthenol has emerged as frequently used formulation in the field of dermatology and skin care. Various studies confirmed dexpanthenol's moisturizing and skin barrier enhancing potential. It prevents skin irritation, stimulates skin regeneration and promotes wound healing...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500960/infrared-reflectometry-of-skin-analysis-of-backscattered-light-from-different-skin-layers
#15
Miguel A Pleitez, Otto Hertzberg, Alexander Bauer, Tobias Lieblein, Mathias Glasmacher, Hans Tholl, Werner Mäntele
We have recently reported infrared spectroscopy of human skin in vivo using quantum cascade laser excitation and photoacoustic or photothermal detection for non-invasive glucose measurement . Here, we analyze the IR light diffusely reflected from skin layers for spectral contributions of glucose. Excitation of human skin by an external cavity tunable quantum cascade laser in the spectral region from 1000 to 1245cm(-1), where glucose exhibits a fingerprint absorption, yields reflectance spectra with some contributions from glucose molecules...
May 1, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499146/rna-sequencing-reveals-pronounced-changes-in-the-noncoding-transcriptome-of-aging-synaptosomes
#16
Bei Jun Chen, Uwe Ueberham, James D Mills, Ludmil Kirazov, Evgeni Kirazov, Mara Knobloch, Jana Bochmann, Renate Jendrek, Konii Takenaka, Nicola Bliim, Thomas Arendt, Michael Janitz
Normal aging is associated with impairments in cognitive functions. These alterations are caused by diminutive changes in the biology of synapses, and ineffective neurotransmission, rather than loss of neurons. Hitherto, only a few studies, exploring molecular mechanisms of healthy brain aging in higher vertebrates, utilized synaptosomal fractions to survey local changes in aging-related transcriptome dynamics. Here we present, for the first time, a comparative analysis of the synaptosomes transcriptome in the aging mouse brain using RNA sequencing...
April 18, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497054/electrical-stimulation-for-wound-healing-simulation-on-the-effect-of-electrode-configurations
#17
Yung-Shin Sun
Endogenous electric field is known to play important roles in the wound-healing process, mainly through its effects on protein synthesis and cell migration. Many clinical studies have demonstrated that electrical stimulation (ES) with steady direct currents is beneficial to accelerating wound-healing, even though the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. In the present study, a three-dimensional finite element wound model was built to optimize the electrode configuration in ES. Four layers of the skin, stratum corneum, epidermis, dermis, and subcutis, with defined thickness and electrical properties were modeled...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496398/growth-of-thalamocortical-fibers-to-the-somatosensory-cortex-in-the-human-fetal-brain
#18
Željka Krsnik, Visnja Majić, Lana Vasung, Hao Huang, Ivica Kostović
Thalamocortical (TH-C) fiber growth begins during the embryonic period and is completed by the third trimester of gestation in humans. Here we determined the timing and trajectories of somatosensory TH-C fibers in the developing human brain. We analyzed the periods of TH-C fiber outgrowth, path-finding, "waiting" in the subplate (SP), target selection, and ingrowth in the cortical plate (CP) using histological sections from post-mortem fetal brain [from 7 to 34 postconceptional weeks (PCW)] that were processed with acetylcholinesterase (AChE) histochemistry and immunohistochemical methods...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495607/prenatal-exposure-to-lambda-cyhalothrin-alters-brain-dopaminegric-signalling-in-developing-rats
#19
Yogesh K Dhuriya, Pranay Srivastava, Rajendra K Shukla, Richa Gupta, Dhirendra Singh, Devendra Parmar, Aditya B Pant, Vinay K Khanna
The present study is focused to decipher the molecular mechanisms associated with dopaminergic alterations in corpus striatum of developing rats exposed prenatally to lambda-cyhalothrin (LCT), a new generation type II synthetic pyrethroid. There was no significant change in the mRNA and protein expression of DA-D1 receptors at any of the doses of LCT (0.5, 1 & 3mg/kg body weight) in corpus striatum of developing rats exposed prenatally to LCT on PD22 & PD45. Prenatal exposure to LCT (1 & 3mg/kg body weight) resulted to decrease the level of mRNA and protein of DA-D2 receptors in corpus stratum of developing rats on PD22 as compared to controls...
May 8, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494734/recent-advances-in-skin-penetration-enhancers-for-transdermal-gene-and-drug-delivery
#20
Morteza Amjadi, Babak Mostaghaci, Metin Sitti
There is a growing interest in transdermal delivery systems because of their noninvasive, targeted, and on-demand delivery of gene and drugs. However, efficient penetration of therapeutic compounds into the skin is still challenging largely due to the impermeability of the outermost layer of the skin, known as stratum corneum. Recently, there have been major research activities to enhance the skin penetration depth of pharmacological agents. This article reviews recent advances in the development of various strategies for skin penetration enhancement...
May 10, 2017: Current Gene Therapy
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