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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917883/green-cellulose-based-nanocomposite-catalyst-design-and-facile-performance-in-aqueous-synthesis-of-pyranopyrimidines-and-pyrazolopyranopyrimidines
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Ali Maleki, Abbas Ali Jafari, Somayeh Yousefi
A cellulose-based nanobiocomposite decorated with Fe3O4 nanoparticles was prepared, characterized and applied as an easily recoverable and reusable green nanocatalyst in the synthesis of pyrano[2,3-d]pyrimidine derivatives in water at room temperature. The characterization was performed by using a variety of conventional analytical instruments such as Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), thermal analysis (TGA/DTA) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) analyses...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917801/development-of-a-quantitative-approach-in-blood-plasma-for-low-dosed-hallucinogens-and-opioids-using-lc-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#2
Achim T Caspar, Andreas B Kollas, Hans H Maurer, Markus R Meyer
The WHO annually reports an increasing abuse of new psychoactive substances (NPS), which are a heterogeneous group of synthetic drugs and are consumed as substitute for controlled drugs of abuse. In this work, we focused on highly potent derivatives such those of phenethylamine (2C), N-2-methoxybenzyl phenethylamine (NBOMes), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and fentanyl. Severe to fatal intoxications were described due to their high potency. Therefore, they have to be taken at very low doses resulting in low blood concentration in the low ng/mL range, which is a challenge for reliable analytical detection and quantification...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916482/disposition-of-treosulfan-and-its-active-monoepoxide-in-a-bone-marrow-liver-lungs-brain-and-muscle-studies-in-a-rat-model-with-clinical-relevance
#3
Michał Romański, Anna Kasprzyk, Mateusz Walczak, Agnieszka Ziółkowska, Franciszek Główka
For the recent years, the application of treosulfan (TREO)-based conditioning prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has been increasing as an alternative to busulfan-based therapy, especially for patients presenting high risk of developing hepato-, pulmo-, and neurotoxicity. So far, the penetration of TREO and its epoxy-derivatives into central nervous system and aqueous humor of the eye has been investigated. However, lacking knowledge on the compounds distribution into the other key tissues precludes comprehensive understanding and assessment of TREO clinical efficacy and toxicity...
September 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916437/sex-specific-99th-percentiles-derived-from-the-aacc-universal-sample-bank-for-the-roche-gen-5-ctnt-assay-comorbidities-and-statistical-methods-influence-derivation-of-reference-limits
#4
Ian L Gunsolus, Allan S Jaffe, Anne Sexter, Karen Schulz, Ranka Ler, Brittany Lindgren, Amy K Saenger, Sara A Love, Fred S Apple
OBJECTIVES: Our purpose was to determine a) overall and sex-specific 99th percentile upper reference limits (URL) and b) influences of statistical methods and comorbidities on the URLs. METHODS: Heparin plasma from 838 normal subjects (423 men, 415 women) were obtained from the AACC (Universal Sample Bank). The cobas e602 measured cTnT (Roche Gen 5 assay); limit of detection (LoD), 3ng/L. Hemoglobin A1c (URL 6.5%), NT-proBNP (URL 125ng/L) and eGFR (60mL/min/1.73m(2)) were measured, along with identification of statin use, to better define normality...
September 12, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916341/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-benzamide-and-phenyltetrazole-derivatives-with-amide-and-urea-linkers-as-bcrp-inhibitors
#5
Nehaben A Gujarati, Leli Zeng, Pranav Gupta, Zhe-Sheng Chen, Vijaya L Korlipara
Breast cancer resistant protein (BCRP/ABCG2), a 72kDa plasma membrane transporter protein is a member of ABC transporter superfamily. Increased expression of BCRP causes increased efflux and therefore, reduced intracellular accumulation of many unrelated chemotherapeutic agents leading to multidrug resistance (MDR). A series of 31 benzamide and phenyltetrazole derivatives with amide and urea linkers has been synthesized to serve as potential BCRP inhibitors in order to overcome BCRP-mediated MDR. The target derivatives were tested for their cytotoxicity and reversal effects in human non-small cell lung cancer cell line H460 and mitoxantrone resistant cell line H460/MX20 using the MTT assay...
September 7, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915971/genotrophic-effect-of-neurotrophins-restart-of-%C3%AE-cell-regeneration-in-diabetes-mellitus
#6
Mariyana G Hristova
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an epidemic worldwide and a proved risk factor for cardiovascular complications. In 89% of the cases, it deals, in fact, with metabolic syndrome of multifactorial etiopathogenesis. This paradigm has been generalized by the neurotrophic theory emphasizing the role of hyponeurotrophinemia of key factor. Both type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome are characterized by insulin resistance and pancreatic β-cell damage. Cyclic keeping the fast enhances plasma neurotrophin levels...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915422/determination-of-hydroxyurea-in-human-plasma-by-hplc-uv-using-derivatization-with-xanthydrol
#7
Tiphaine Legrand, Marie-Georgine Rakotoson, Frédéric Galactéros, Pablo Bartolucci, Anne Hulin
A simple and rapid high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method using ultraviolet (UV) detection was developed to determine hydroxyurea (HU) concentration in plasma sample after derivatization with xanthydrol. Two hundred microliters samples were spiked with methylurea (MeU) as internal standard and proteins were precipitated by adding methanol. Derivatization of HU and MeU was immediately performed by adding 0.02M xanthydrol and 1.5M HCl in order to obtain xanthyl-derivatives of HU and MeU that can be further separated using HPLC and quantified using UV detection at 240nm...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914800/effect-of-clotting-duration-and-temperature-on-bdnf-measurement-in-human-serum
#8
Patrizia Amadio, Leonardo Sandrini, Alessandro Ieraci, Elena Tremoli, Silvia Stella Barbieri
Brain-derived neurothrophic factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophin expressed in different tissues and cells, including neurons, endothelial cells, leukocytes, megakaryocytes and platelets. Modifications of BDNF in plasma and/or in serum are associated with neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome and with mortality risk. Indeed, changes in blood levels of BDNF may reflect those of its tissue of origin and/or promote pathological dysfunctions. The measurement of BDNF amount in plasma or in serum has been characterized with particular attention in the impact of different anti-coagulants, clotting duration, temperature (≤21 °C) and delay in blood sample centrifugation as well as in stability of storage...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914500/comprehensive-proteomics-analysis-of-exosomes-derived-from-human-seminal-plasma
#9
C Yang, W-B Guo, W-S Zhang, J Bian, J-K Yang, Q-Z Zhou, M-K Chen, W Peng, T Qi, C-Y Wang, C-D Liu
Exosomes are membranous nanovesicles of endocytic origin that carry and transfer regulatory bioactive molecules and mediate intercellular communication between cells and tissues. Although seminal exosomes have been identified in human seminal plasma, their exact composition and possible physiologic function remain unknown. The objective of this study was to perform a comprehensive proteomics analysis of exosomes derived from human seminal plasma. Seminal exosomes were isolated and purified from 12 healthy donors using a 30% sucrose cushion-based exosome-isolation protocol, followed by characterization by western blot, transmission electron microscopy, and nanoparticle tracking analysis before performing extensive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry proteomics analysis...
September 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914407/association-of-fetuin-b-with-markers-of-liver-fibrosis-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#10
Thomas Ebert, Nicolas Linder, Alexander Schaudinn, Harald Busse, Joachim Berger, Ralf Lichtinghagen, Volker Keim, Johannes Wiegand, Thomas Karlas
OBJECTIVE: The liver-derived plasma protein fetuin B is associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and impaired glucose homeostasis in mice. However, its association with non-invasive ultrasound- and magnetic resonance (MR)-based markers of liver fibrosis and steatosis, the enhanced liver fibrosis (ELF) score, liver biopsy, as well as rs738409 in PNPLA3, has not been elucidated in NAFLD, so far. DESIGN AND METHODS: The association of circulating fetuin B and transient elastography (TE), controlled attenuation parameter (CAP), (1)H-MR-spectroscopy, the ELF score, liver biopsy, as well as risk alleles in rs738409 in PNPLA3, was studied in 101 NAFLD patients as compared to 15 healthy controls...
September 15, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912870/eosinophilic-biomarkers-for-detection-of-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-with-or-without-pulmonary-embolism
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Qiong-Fang Yang, Ting-Ting Lu, Cai-Min Shu, Lan-Fang Feng, Hao-Teng Chang, Qiao-Ying Ji
Eosinophilia has been implicated in the pathophysiology of acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD). However, the role of eosinophil activation in the development of AECOPD remains unclear. In the present study, the reliability of plasma levels of eosinophil activation markers, including eosinophil cationic protein (ECP), major basic protein (MBP), eosinophil-derived neurotoxin (EDN) and eosinophil peroxidase (EPX), were measured and used as diagnostic biomarkers of AECOPD with or without pulmonary embolism (PE)...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912713/meta-analysis-for-clinical-evaluation-of-xingnaojing-injection-for-the-treatment-of-cerebral-infarction
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REVIEW
Xiao Ma, Yu X Yang, Nian Chen, Qian Xie, Tao Wang, Xuan He, Jian Wang
Objective: Xingnaojing injection (XNJ) is derived from An-Gong-Niu-Huang pill, a well-known traditional Chinese patent medicine, which is widely used for stroke. To evaluate the therapeutic effect of XNJ on cerebral infarction, an extensive meta-analysis was used. Methods: Six major electronic databases including the Chinese Biomedical Database (CBM), Wanfang, the VIP medicine information system (VMIS) and the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library were examined to retrieve randomized controlled trials designed to evaluate the clinical efficacy of XNJ in treating CI before November 26, 2016...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912102/cholesterol-affects-the-interaction-between-an-ionic-liquid-and-phospholipid-vesicles-a-study-by-differential-scanning-calorimetry-and-nanoplasmonic-sensing
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Giacomo Russo, Joanna Witos, Antti H Rantamäki, Susanne K Wiedmer
The present work aims at studying the interactions between cholesterol-rich phosphatidylcholine-based lipid vesicles and trioctylmethylphosphonium acetate ([P8881][OAc]), a biomass dissolving ionic liquid (IL). The effect of cholesterol was assayed by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and nanoplasmonic sensing (NPS) measurement techniques. Cholesterol-enriched dipalmitoyl-phosphatidylcholine vesicles were exposed to different concentrations of the IL, and the derived membrane perturbation was monitored by DSC...
September 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912041/postoperative-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-monitoring-for-the-assessment-of-the-magnitude-of-shunting-through-blalock-taussig-anastomoses
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Cristian Mirabile, Alessandra Mazzola, Liana Valeanu, Vanessa Lopez-Lopez, Claudio Barbanti, Camilla Biselli, Carole Hennequin, Sophie Malekzadeh-Milani, Mirela Bojan
BACKGROUND: The Modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (MBTS) is the most common palliative operation performed in patients with complex cardiac defects. Postoperative morbidity and mortality rates are high, mainly due to shunt thrombosis and over-shunting. Over-shunting may be difficult to identify postoperatively based on conventional criteria. Since plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) concentrations correlate with the magnitude of shunting in various left-to-right shunt cardiac defects, we investigated its ability to identify postoperative MBTS over-shunting...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911633/an-analysis-method-for-flavan-3-ols-using-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-a-fluorescence-detector
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Liuqing Wang, Yoko Yamashita, Akiko Saito, Hitoshi Ashida
Procyanidins belong to a family of flavan-3-ols, which consist of monomers, (+)-catechin and (-)-epicatechin, and their oligomers and polymers, and are distributed in many plant-derived foods. Procyanidins are reported to have many beneficial physiological activities, such as antihypertensive and anticancer effects. However, the bioavailability of procyanidins is not well understood owing to a lack of convenient and high-sensitive analysis methods. The aim of this study was to develop an improved method for determining procyanidin content in both food materials and biological samples...
July 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910399/cholesterol-added-prior-to-vitrification-on-the-cryotolerance-of-immature-and-in-vitro-matured-bovine-oocytes
#16
Núria Arcarons, Roser Morató, Meritxell Vendrell, Marc Yeste, Manel López-Bejar, Kosala Rajapaksha, Muhammad Anzar, Teresa Mogas
This study examines whether incorporating cholesterol-loaded methyl-β-cyclodextrin (CLC) in the bovine oocyte plasma membrane improves oocyte tolerance to vitrification. In vitro matured oocytes were incubated with 2 mg/ml BODIPY-labeled CLC for different time intervals in FCS or PVA supplemented medium or exposed to different CLC concentrations to examine the subcellular localization of cholesterol by confocal microscopy live-cell imaging. Subsequently, the effects of optimized CLC concentrations and incubation times prior to vitrification on early embryo development were assessed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910333/reduced-proliferation-of-endothelial-colony-forming-cells-in-unprovoked-venous-thromboembolic-disease-as-a-consequence-of-endothelial-dysfunction
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Rubicel Hernandez-Lopez, Antonieta Chavez-Gonzalez, Patricia Torres-Barrera, Dafne Moreno-Lorenzana, Norma Lopez-DiazGuerrero, David Santiago-German, Irma Isordia-Salas, David Smadja, Mervin C Yoder, Abraham Majluf-Cruz, J Antonio Alvarado-Moreno
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolic disease (VTD) is a public health problem. We recently reported that endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) derived from endothelial cells (EC) (ECFC-ECs) from patients with VTD have a dysfunctional state. For this study, we proposed that a dysfunctional status of these cells generates a reduction of its proliferative ability, which is also associated with senescence and reactive oxygen species (ROS). METHODS AND RESULTS: Human mononuclear cells (MNCs) were obtained from peripheral blood from 40 healthy human volunteers (controls) and 50 patients with VTD matched by age (20-50 years) and sex to obtain ECFCs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910318/characterization-of-a-novel-panel-of-plasma-micrornas-that-discriminates-between-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-and-healthy-individuals
#18
Jia-Yi Cui, Hong-Wei Liang, Xin-Ling Pan, Di Li, Na Jiao, Yan-Hong Liu, Jin Fu, Xiao-Yu He, Gao-Xiang Sun, Chun-Lei Zhang, Chi-Hao Zhao, Dong-Hai Li, En-Yu Dai, Ke Zen, Feng-Min Zhang, Chen-Yu Zhang, Xi Chen, Hong Ling
Cavities are important in clinical diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Although microRNAs (miRNAs) play a vital role in the regulation of inflammation, the relation between plasma miRNA and pulmonary tuberculosis with cavity remains unknown. In this study, plasma samples were derived from 89 cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis (CP-TB) patients, 89 non-cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis (NCP-TB) patients and 95 healthy controls. Groups were matched for age and gender. In the screening phase, Illumina high-throughput sequencing technology was employed to analyze miRNA profiles in plasma samples pooled from CP-TB patients, NCP-TB patients and healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905451/gene-edited-human-kidney-organoids-reveal-mechanisms-of-disease-in-podocyte-development
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Yong Kyun Kim, Ido Refaeli, Craig R Brooks, Peifeng Jing, Ramila E Gulieva, Michael R Hughes, Nelly M Cruz, Yannan Liu, Angela J Churchill, Yuliang Wang, Hongxia Fu, Jeffrey W Pippin, Lih Y Lin, Stuart J Shankland, A Wayne Vogl, Kelly M McNagny, Benjamin S Freedman
A critical event during kidney organogenesis is the differentiation of podocytes, specialized epithelial cells that filter blood plasma to form urine. Podocytes derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC-podocytes) have recently been generated in nephron-like kidney organoids, but the developmental stage of these cells and their capacity to reveal disease mechanisms remains unclear. Here we show that hPSC-podocytes phenocopy mammalian podocytes at the capillary loop stage (CLS), recapitulating key features of ultrastructure, gene expression, and mutant phenotype...
September 14, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904736/beer-polyphenols-and-menopause-effects-and-mechanisms-a-review-of-current-knowledge
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REVIEW
Berner Andrée Sandoval-Ramírez, Rosa M Lamuela-Raventós, Ramon Estruch, Gemma Sasot, Monica Doménech, Anna Tresserra-Rimbau
Beer is one of the most frequently consumed fermented beverages in the world, and it has been part of the human diet for thousands of years. Scientific evidence obtained from the development of new techniques of food analysis over the last two decades suggests that polyphenol intake derived from moderate beer consumption may play a positive role in different health outcomes including osteoporosis and cardiovascular risk and the relief of vasomotor symptoms, which are commonly experienced during menopause and are an important reason why women seek medical care during this period; here, we review the current knowledge regarding moderate beer consumption and its possible effects on menopausal symptoms...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
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