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Shaoling Lin, Lai Tsz Ching, Xinxin Ke, Peter Chi Keung Cheung
The composition profile and the antioxidant properties of phenolics in water extracts obtained from the fresh fruiting bodies of 4 common cultivated Asian edible mushrooms-Agrocybe aegerita, Pleurotus ostreatus, P. eryngii, and Pholiota nameko were compared. The water extract from A. aegerita (AaE) had the highest total phenolic content (TPC) at 54.18 ± 0.27 gallic acid equivalents (μmol/L)/mg extract (P < 0.05), as measured by the Folin-Ciocalteu method, and consisted of the largest number (including gallic acid, protocatechuic acid, chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, and sinapic acid) and total amounts of phenolic acids identified by Fourier transform-ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
Vikram D Krishnamurthy, Jesse Gutnick, Rachel Slotcavage, Judy Jin, Eren Berber, Allan Siperstein, Joyce J Shin
BACKGROUND: Given the increasing number of endocrine surgery fellowship graduates, we investigated if expectations and job opportunities changed over time. METHODS: American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) fellowship graduates, surgery department chairs, and physician recruiters were surveyed. Univariate analysis was performed with JMP Pro 12 software. RESULTS: We identified 141 graduates from 2008-2015; survey response rate was 72% (n = 101)...
November 17, 2016: Surgery
Roy Phitayakorn, Rachel R Kelz, Emil Petrusa, Rebecca S Sippel, Cord Sturgeon, Kepal N Patel, Nancy D Perrier
BACKGROUND: Proficiency with common endocrine operations is expected of graduating, general surgery residents. However, no expert consensus guidelines exist about these expectations. METHODS: Members of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons were surveyed about their opinions on resident proficiency with common endocrine operations. RESULTS: Overall response rate was 38%. A total of 92% of the respondents operate with residents. On average, they believed that the steps of a total thyroidectomy for benign disease and a well-localized parathyroidectomy could be performed by a postgraduate year 4 surgery resident...
November 16, 2016: Surgery
G Titos, A Del Águila, A Cazorla, H Lyamani, J A Casquero-Vera, C Colombi, E Cuccia, V Gianelle, G Močnik, A Alastuey, F J Olmo, L Alados-Arboledas
Biomass burning (BB) is a significant source of atmospheric particles in many parts of the world. Whereas many studies have demonstrated the importance of BB emissions in central and northern Europe, especially in rural areas, its impact in urban air quality of southern European countries has been sparsely investigated. In this study, highly time resolved multi-wavelength absorption coefficients together with levoglucosan (BB tracer) mass concentrations were combined to apportion carbonaceous aerosol sources...
November 11, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Charles Faisant, Aurélie Du Thanh, Catherine Mansard, Alban Deroux, Isabelle Boccon-Gibod, Laurence Bouillet
Idiopathic non-histaminergic acquired angioedema (InH-AAE) is a rare disease characterized by AE resistant to antihistamines and a chronic course. We report five new cases of InH-AAE (two women and three men) with a rapid and dramatic response to the anti-immunoglobulin-E antibody omalizumab. In our literature review, we found 13 other relevant cases with a good response to this treatment. Overall, in 6 out of 18 patients, the doses of omalizumab required to prevent recurrences of attacks were higher than the licensed dose for chronic urticaria...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Birendra Kumar Singh, Seok Hoon Park, Hyang-Bok Lee, Young-Aae Goo, Hyoung Shik Kim, Seung Hee Cho, Jeong Hun Lee, Ghe Whan Ahn, Jin Pyo Kim, Su Myoung Kang, Eun-Ki Kim
BACKGROUND: Kojic acid was used for decades in the cosmetic industry as an antimelanogenic agent. However, there are two major drawbacks of Kojic acid, one is cytotoxicity and second are instability on storage. These limitations led the scientist to synthesize the active Kojic acid peptides. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we synthesize and investigate the effect of five Kojic acid peptides to overcome the limitation of Kojic acid. METHODS: The peptide was analyzed and purified by high-performance liquid chromatography and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectroscopy...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Priyanka Pahwa, Rajesh Kumar Goel
Asparagus adscendens Roxb. commonly known as safed musli and belonging to the Liliaceae family is cultivated mainly in Asian countries. In traditional medicine, safed musli is recommended as nerve tonic and remedy for memory impairment. The present study was aimed to evaluate nootropic and antiamnesic activities of Asparagus adscendens extract (AAE) using in silico and in vivo approach. Phytoconstituents of A. adscendens root reported in literature were subjected to in silico prediction using PASS and Pharmaexpert...
October 4, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Lisa S MacBeth, Gerald W Volcheck, Juraj Sprung, Toby N Weingarten
PURPOSE: Two types of bradykinin-mediated angioedema, hereditary angioedema (HAE) and acquired angioedema (AAE), result from deficiency or dysfunction of C1 esterase inhibitor, leading to an overproduction of bradykinin, which can lead to vascular permeability and life-threatening angioedema of the airway. The objective of this study was to review perioperative outcomes in a series of patients with HAE and AAE and to review current knowledge about anesthetic complications in patients with HAE or AAE...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Waqas Khan Kayani, Erum Dilshad, Tanveer Ahmed, Hammad Ismail, Bushra Mirza
BACKGROUND: Ajuga bracteosa has been extensively used traditionally for the treatment of a variety of diseases. The aim of the study was to scientifically validate the wide-scale exploitation of A. bracteosa in folk medicine various in vitro and in vivo assays. Moreover, these activities were related to the intrinsic biologically active phytoecdysteroids of A. bracteosa. METHODS: Aerial and root parts of A. bracteosa were first extracted separately with chloroform (AbCA and AbCR) and the residue was again extracted with methanol (AbMA and AbMR)...
September 27, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
James Dormer, Xulei Qin, Ming Shen, Silun Wang, Xiaodong Zhang, Rong Jiang, Mary B Wagner, Baowei Fei
Accurate extraction of cardiac fiber orientation from diffusion tensor imaging is important for determining heart structure and function. However, the acquisition of magnetic resonance (MR) diffusion tensor images is costly and time consuming. By comparison, cardiac ultrasound imaging is rapid and relatively inexpensive, but it lacks the capability to directly measure fiber orientations. In order to create a detailed heart model from ultrasound data, a three-dimensional (3D) diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) with known fiber orientations can be registered to an ultrasound volume through a geometric mask...
February 27, 2016: Proceedings of SPIE
Natalia Romero-Franco, Juan Antonio Montaño-Munuera, Pedro Jiménez-Reyes
CONTEXT: Knee joint position sense (JPS) is a key parameter for optimum performance in many sports, but is frequently negatively affected by injuries and/or fatigue during training sessions. Although evaluation of JPS may provide key information to reduce the risk of injury, it often requires expensive and/or complex tools that make monitoring proprioceptive deterioration difficult. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to analyze the validity and reliability of a digital inclinometer to measure knee JPS in a closed kinetic chain (CKC)...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
Raymond R MacNeil, Daniel J Müller
The effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs is limited due to accompanying adverse effects which can pose considerable health risks and lead to patient noncompliance. Pharmacogenetics (PGx) offers a means to identify genetic biomarkers that can predict individual susceptibility to antipsychotic-induced adverse effects (AAEs), thereby improving clinical outcomes. We reviewed the literature on the PGx of common AAEs from 2010 to 2015, placing emphasis on findings that have been independently replicated and which have additionally been listed to be of interest by PGx expert panels...
July 2016: Molecular Neuropsychiatry
Delphine Gobert, Romain Paule, Denise Ponard, Pierre Levy, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Laurence Bouillet, Isabelle Boccon-Gibod, Christian Drouet, Stéphane Gayet, David Launay, Ludovic Martin, Arsène Mekinian, Véronique Leblond, Olivier Fain
Acquired angioedema (AAE) due to C1-inhibitor (C1INH) deficiency is rare. Treatment options for acute attacks are variable and used off-label. Successful treatment of the associated lymphoma with rituximab seems to prevent acute attacks in subjects with AAE. The aim of this study was to describe AAE manifestations, its associated diseases, and patients' responses to treatments in a representative cohort.A retrospective nationwide study was conducted in France. The inclusion criteria were recurrent angioedema attacks and an acquired decrease in functional C1INH <50% of the reference value...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
D L Erickson, C A Coop
CASE REPORT: A 59-year old man currently on >5 years of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) therapy presented to the emergency department with angioedema of the tongue and difficulty swallowing. After receiving conventional therapy of antihistamine, steroids, and epinephrine, the patient's condition continued to deteriorate, with imminent intubation. The patient was treated with a C1-esterase inhibitor (C1-INH) and experienced rapid resolution of symptoms, which avoided airway complications...
August 5, 2016: Allergy & Rhinology
Nishith A Chudasama, Kamalesh Prasad, Arup Kumar Siddhanta
In a rapid one-step method protein-mimicking large agarose amino acid framework (AAE; GPC 156.7kDa) was conjugated with polyethylene glycol (PEG 9kDa) affording nano-sized PEGylated amphoteric agarose (PEG-AAE; <10nm; DLS) containing amino, carboxyl and ester groups [overall degree of substitution (DS) 0.91]. The PEG groups were at the residual free carboxylic acid groups of succinate half-ester moiety at C-6 positions of the 1, 3 β-d-galactopyranose moieties of AAE. This new nano-sized PEG-AAE performed like a giant protein conjugate (GPC 331...
October 20, 2016: Carbohydrate Polymers
Konrad Bork, Günther Witzke
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) could be used in the laboratory diagnosis of hereditary or acquired angioedema (HAE or AAE) with and without C1 inhibitor (C1-INH) deficiency. METHODS: In a prospective investigation, APTT and other coagulation parameters were determined in 149 adult patients with various types of angioedema and in 26 healthy participants (HP). RESULTS: Mean APTT was significantly shortened in HAE-C1-INH type I (p < 0...
2016: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
P F Zhang, B L Shi, J L Su, Y X Yue, Z X Cao, W B Chu, K Li, S M Yan
This experiment aimed to investigate the relieving action of Artemisia argyi aqueous extract (AAE) on immune stress in broiler chickens. A 2 × 2 factorial design was used to test the effect of 2 dietary treatments (adding 0 or 1000 mg/kg AAE) and 2 immune stress treatments (injecting saline or lipopolysaccharide (LPS)). A total of 96 one-day-old Arbor Acres (AA) broilers were randomly divided into four treatment groups with six replicates, four birds in each replicate. Broilers in Treatment groups 1 and 2 were fed with the basal diet, and those in Treatment groups 3 and 4 were fed with the experimental diet supplemented with 1000 mg/kg AAE...
July 23, 2016: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Tommy Frøseth Aae, Per-Henrik Randsborg, Anne Berg Breen, Håvard Visnes, Søren Vindfeld, Einar Andreas Sivertsen, Sverre Løken, Jan Brinchmann, Heidi Andreassen Hanvold, Asbjørn Årøen
BACKGROUND: Focal lesions to the articular cartilage in the knee might have demolishing consequences to the knee. There exists a wide range of possible surgical procedures targeting these injuries, however no significant differences have been found between these procedures. This may support that the improvement is a result of rehabilitation, and not the surgery itself. Arthroscopic microfracture (MF) treatment has gained popularity, and has become the treatment of choice in patients with knee cartilage defects globally...
July 16, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Rian You, James G Radney, Michael R Zachariah, Christopher D Zangmeister
Optical absorption spectra of laboratory generated aerosols consisting of black carbon (BC) internally mixed with nonabsorbing materials (ammonium sulfate, AS, and sodium chloride, NaCl) and BC with a weakly absorbing brown carbon surrogate derived from humic acid (HA) were measured across the visible to near-IR (550 to 840 nm). Spectra were measured in situ using a photoacoustic spectrometer and step-scanning a supercontinuum laser source with a tunable wavelength and bandwidth filter. BC had a mass-specific absorption cross section (MAC) of 7...
August 2, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
N Romero-Franco, P Jiménez-Reyes
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a warm-up and fatigue protocol on the vertical jump and knee joint position sense of sprinters. Thirty-two sprinters were randomly allocated to either a control group (CONT) or a plyometric group (PLYO) that performed a warm-up, followed by a high-intensity plyometric protocol. Absolute (AAE), relative (RAE), and variable (VAE) angular errors and vertical jump were evaluated before and after the warm-up, as well as after the plyometric protocol and again 5 min later...
June 24, 2016: Journal of Motor Behavior
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