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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776015/delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-potentiates-fear-memory-salience-through-functional-modulation-of-mesolimbic-dopaminergic-activity-states
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Aurelie Fitoussi, Jordan Zunder, Huibing Tan, Steven R Laviolette
Chronic or acute exposure to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, has been associated with numerous neuropsychiatric side-effects, including dysregulation of emotional processing and associative memory formation. Clinical and pre-clinical evidence suggests that the effects of THC are due to the ability to modulate mesolimbic dopamine (DA) activity states in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and ventral tegmental area (VTA). Nevertheless, the mechanisms by which THC modulates mesolimbic DA function and emotional processing are not well understood...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776014/association-of-objectively-measured-physical-activity-with-brain-structure-uk-biobank-study
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Mark Hamer, Nikhil Sharma, G David Batty
BACKGROUND: Physical activity may be beneficial for cognition but mechanisms are unclear. We examined the association between objectively assessed physical activity and brain volume, with a focus on the hippocampus region. METHODS: We used data from UK Biobank (n=5,272; aged 55.4±7.5 yrs; 45.6% men) collected through 2013-2016. Participants wore the Axivity AX3 wrist-worn triaxial accelerometer for seven days to assess habitual physical activity. Structural magnetic resonance imaging was performed using a standard Siemens Skyra 3T running VD13A SP4 to obtain images of the brain...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776009/dependence-receptors-the-dark-side-awakens
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REVIEW
Ana-Maria Negulescu, Patrick Mehlen
Transmembrane receptors are usually seen as on and off switch: when the specific ligand is bound, the receptor is on and transduces a downstream signal, while when the ligand is absent, the receptor is off. Over the last two decades several reports have argued from an alternative view where some receptors, depending on the context, will be active both in the presence and in the absence of ligand, being sort of onA and onB switch rather than on and off. These receptors have been named Dependence Receptors (DR) and they share the ability to actively trigger cell death when unbound by their respective ligands...
May 18, 2018: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776007/development-and-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-swedish-propensity-to-achieve-healthy-lifestyle-scale-in-patients-with-hypertension
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Anders Broström, A H Pakpour, Martin Ulander, Per Nilsen
PURPOSE: To develop and validate a Swedish questionnaire to measure propensity for behaviour change regarding food habits, physical activity and weight reduction in patients with hypertension. DESIGN: Cross-sectional design. METHODS: A total of 270 consecutive patients with hypertension diagnosed at 4 primary care centres in Sweden were included. The 6-item Swedish version of the Propensity to Achieve Healthy Lifestyle Scale (PAHLS) was developed to measure propensity for behaviour change regarding food habits, physical activity and weight reduction...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776002/the-chaos-of-hospitalisation-for-patients-with-critical-limb-ischaemia-approaching-major-amputation
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Susan Monaro, Sandra West, Jana Pinkova, Janice Gullick
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To illuminate the hospital experience for patients and families when major amputation has been advised for critical limb ischaemia (CLI). BACKGROUND: CLI creates significant burden to the health system and the family, particularly as the person with CLI approaches amputation. Major amputation is often offered as a late intervention for CLI in response to the marked deterioration of an ischaemic limb, and functional decline from reduced mobility, intractable pain, infection and/or toxaemia...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776001/evidence-for-formation-of-a-radical-mediated-flavin-n5-covalent-intermediate
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Yumin Dai, Hannah R Valentino, Pablo Sobrado
The redox-neutral reaction catalyzed by 2-haloacrylate hydratase (2-HAH) leads to the conversion of 2-chloroacrylate to pyruvate. Previous mechanistic studies demonstrated formation of a flavin-iminium ion as an important intermediate in the 2-HAH catalytic cycle. Time-resolved flavin absorbance studies were performed in this study and the data showed that the enzyme is capable of stabilizing both anionic and neutral flavin semiquinone species. The presence of a radical scavenger decreases the activity in a concentration-dependent manner...
May 18, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775996/interplay-between-adenylate-metabolizing-enzymes-and-amp-activated-protein-kinase
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REVIEW
Marcella Camici, Simone Allegrini, Maria Grazia Tozzi
Purine nucleotides are involved in a variety of cellular functions, such as energy storage and transfer, and signalling, in addition to being the precursors of nucleic acids and cofactors of many biochemical reactions. They can be generated through two separate pathways, the de novo biosynthesis pathway and the salvage pathway. De novo purine biosynthesis leads to the formation of IMP, from which the adenylate and guanylate pools are generated by two additional steps. The salvage pathways utilize hypoxanthine, guanine and adenine to generate the corresponding mononucleotides...
May 18, 2018: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775970/anti-inflammatory-flavanones-and-flavanols-from-the-roots-of-pongamia-pinnata
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Ran Wen, Haining Lv, Yong Jiang, Pengfei Tu
A phytochemical study of the roots of Pongamia pinnata afforded 29 flavanones and flavanols, including 7 previously undescribed compounds. The structures of the isolated compounds were determined by 1D and 2D NMR and mass spectroscopy data. The absolute configurations of the compounds were assigned via analysis of the specific rotations and electronic circular dichroism spectra, application of Mosher's method, and by comparing the calculated and experimental electronic circular dichroism spectra. The isolates were evaluated for their inhibitory effects on nitric oxide production in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated BV-2 microglial cells...
May 18, 2018: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775963/brain-ischemic-preconditioning-protects-against-ischemic-injury-and-preserves-the-blood-brain-barrier-via-oxidative-signaling-and-nrf2-activation
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Tuo Yang, Yang Sun, Leilei Mao, Meijuan Zhang, Qianqian Li, Lili Zhang, Yejie Shi, Rehana K Leak, Jun Chen, Feng Zhang
Brain ischemic preconditioning (IPC) with mild ischemic episodes is well known to protect the brain against subsequent ischemic challenges. However, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Here we demonstrate the critical role of the master redox transcription factor, nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2), in IPC-mediated neuroprotection and blood-brain barrier (BBB) preservation. We report that IPC causes generation of endogenous lipid electrophiles, including 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE), which release Nrf2 from inhibition by Keap1 (via Keap1-C288) and inhibition by glycogen synthase kinase 3β (via GSK3β-C199)...
May 6, 2018: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775962/preterm-birth-and-oxidative-stress-effects-of-acute-physical-exercise-and-hypoxia-physiological-responses
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Agnès Martin, Camille Faes, Tadej Debevec, Chantal Rytz, Grégoire Millet, Vincent Pialoux
Preterm birth is a global health issue that can induce lifelong medical sequela. Presently, at least one in ten newborns are born prematurely. At birth, preterm newborns exhibit higher levels of oxidative stress (OS) due to the inability to face the oxygen rich environment in which they are born into. Moreover, their immature respiratory, digestive, immune and antioxidant defense systems, as well as the potential numerous medical interventions following a preterm birth, such as oxygen resuscitation, nutrition, phototherapy and blood transfusion further contribute to high levels of OS...
May 1, 2018: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775961/antioxidant-response-elements-discovery-classes-regulation-and-potential-applications
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REVIEW
Azhwar Raghunath, Kiruthika Sundarraj, Raju Nagarajan, Frank Arfuso, Jinsong Bian, Alan P Kumar, Gautam Sethi, Ekambaram Perumal
Exposure to antioxidants and xenobiotics triggers the expression of a myriad of genes encoding antioxidant proteins, detoxifying enzymes, and xenobiotic transporters to offer protection against oxidative stress. This articulated universal mechanism is regulated through the cis-acting elements in an array of Nrf2 target genes called antioxidant response elements (AREs), which play a critical role in redox homeostasis. Though the Keap1/Nrf2/ARE system involves many players, AREs hold the key in transcriptional regulation of cytoprotective genes...
May 7, 2018: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775956/typology-of-new-psychoactive-substance-use-among-the-general-australian-population
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Rachel Sutherland, Amy Peacock, Amanda Roxburgh, Monica J Barratt, Lucinda Burns, Raimondo Bruno
AIM: The aim of this study was to examine the typology of Australian illicit drug consumers to determine whether those who use new psychoactive substances (NPS) differ from those using other illicit substances. METHODS: Data were from the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, a representative population study; analyses were limited to participants reporting past year illicit drug use (including NPS; n = 3309). Latent class analysis identified groups based on past year substance use, and a weighted multivariable, multinomial regression model was used to examine characteristics associated with group membership...
May 3, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775949/design-and-synthesis-of-some-new-carboxamide-and-propanamide-derivatives-bearing-phenylpyridazine-as-a-core-ring-and-the-investigation-of-their-inhibitory-potential-on-in-vitro-acetylcholinesterase-and-butyrylcholinesterase
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Burcu Kilic, Hayrettin O Gulcan, Fatma Aksakal, Tugba Ercetin, Nihan Oruklu, E Umit Bagriacik, Deniz S Dogruer
A series of new carboxamide and propanamide derivatives bearing phenylpyridazine as a core ring were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their ability to inhibit both cholinesterase enzymes. In addition, a series of carboxamide and propanamide derivatives bearing biphenyl instead of phenylpyridazine were also synthesized to examine the inhibitory effect of pyridazine moiety on both cholinesterase enzymes. The inhibitory activity results revealed that compounds 5b, 5f, 5h, 5j, 5l pyridazine-3-carboxamide derivative, exhibited selective acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibition with IC50 values ranging from 0...
May 8, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775948/novel-3-phenylcoumarin-lipoic-acid-conjugates-as-multi-functional-agents-for-potential-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Leili Jalili-Baleh, Hamid Nadri, Hamid Forootanfar, Alireza Samzadeh-Kermani, Tuba Tüylü Küçükkılınç, Beyza Ayazgok, Mahban Rahimifard, Maryam Baeeri, Mohsen Doostmohammadi, Loghman Firoozpour, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari, Mohammad Abdollahi, Mohammad Reza Ganjali, Saeed Emami, Mehdi Khoobi, Alireza Foroumadi
New series of triazole-containing 3-phenylcoumarin-lipoic acid conjugates were designed as multi-functional agents for treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The target compounds 4a-o were synthesized via the azide-alkyne cycloaddition reaction and their biological activities were primarily evaluated in terms of neuroprotection against H2 O2 -induced cell death in PC12 cells and AChE/BuChE inhibition. The promising compounds 4j and 4i containing four carbons spacer were selected for further biological evaluations...
May 2, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775947/hit-optimization-studies-of-3-hydroxy-indolin-2-one-analogs-as-potential-anti-hiv-1-agents
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Subhash Chander, Cheng-Run Tang, Ashok Penta, Ping Wang, Deepak P Bhagwat, Nicolas Vanthuyne, Muriel Albalat, Payal Patel, Sanskruti Sankpal, Yong-Tang Zheng, Murugesan Sankaranarayanan
In the current study, twenty-two compounds based upon 3-hydroxy-3-(2-oxo-2-phenylethyl)indolin-2-one nucleus were designed, synthesized and in vitro evaluated for HIV-1 RT inhibition and anti-HIV-1 activity. Compounds 3d, 5c and 5e demonstrated encouraging potency against RT enzyme as well as HIV-1 in low micromolar to nanomolar concentration with good to excellent safety index. Structure activity relationship studies revealed that halogens such as bromo or chloro at 5th the position of oxindole ring remarkably enhanced the potency against RT...
May 9, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775946/il-9-exhibits-elevated-expression-in-osteonecrosis-of-femoral-head-patients-and-promotes-cartilage-degradation-through-activation-of-jak-stat-signaling-in-vitro
#16
Wei Geng, Wen Zhang, Jinzhu Ma
Osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) often causes severe symptoms in young people and limits the mobility of the hip joint. Interleukin-9 (IL-9) is a multi-functional inflammatory factor that participates in lumbar disk herniation and arthritis and has been reported in many studies. However, the correlation between IL-9 and ONFH is unclear. The present study aimed to determine the role of IL-9 in the pathogenetic mechanism of osteonecrosis. To assess IL-9 expression in ONFH and femoral neck fracture patients, cartilage tissue was examined through western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry...
May 15, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775944/alterations-of-cytochrome-p450-and-the-occurrence-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-tilapia-caged-in-the-reservoirs-of-the-igua%C3%A3-u-river
#17
F Y Yamamoto, G D Diamante, M S Santana, D R Santos, R Bombardeli, C C Martins, C A Oliveira Ribeiro, D Schlenk
Environmental chemicals originating from human activities, such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), may interfere with the endocrine system of aquatic organisms. The effect of these chemicals on biota and human populations is of high public concern but remains poorly understood, especially in aquatic environments of South America. The aim of this study was to investigate the bioavailability of POPs and the related effects in caged male tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in four cascading reservoirs of the Iguaçu River, Southern Brazil...
May 15, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775942/toxicological-effects-on-earthworms-eisenia-fetida-exposed-to-sub-lethal-concentrations-of-bde-47-and-bde-209-from-a-metabolic-point
#18
Ruoyu Liang, Juan Chen, Yajuan Shi, Yonglong Lu, Suriyanarayanan Sarvajayakesavalu, Xiangbo Xu, Xiaoqi Zheng, Kifayatullah Khan, Chao Su
Earthworms improve the soil fertility and they are also sensitive to soil contaminants. Earthworms (Eisenia fetida), standard reference species, were usually chosen to culture and handle for toxicity tests. Metabolic responses in earthworms exposed to 2, 2', 4, 4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) and decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209) were inhibitory and interfered with basal metabolism. In this study, 1 H-NMR based metabolomics was used to identify sensitive biomarkers and explore metabolic responses of earthworms under sub-lethal BDE-47 and BDE-209 concentrations for 14 days...
May 15, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775941/effects-of-arm-weight-on-gait-performance-in-healthy-subjects
#19
Hyung Suk Yang, C Roger James, Lee T Atkins, Steven F Sawyer, Phillip S Sizer, Neeraj A Kumar, Jongyeol Kim
Previous studies have investigated how additional arm weights affect gait. Although light weights (0.45 kg) seemed to elicit performance improvements in Parkinsonian patients, it was not studied how light weights affect gait parameters in healthy individuals. It is important to understand normal responses in a healthy population so that clinical effects might be better understood. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of arm weights on arm swing amplitude, gait performance, and muscle activity in healthy people...
May 15, 2018: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775938/treatment-of-perfluoroalkyl-acids-by-heat-activated-persulfate-under-conditions-representative-of-in-situ-chemical-oxidation
#20
Thomas A Bruton, David L Sedlak
Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) are a class of organic contaminants notable for their extreme persistence. The unique chemical properties of these compounds make them difficult to remove from water using most standard water treatment techniques. To gain insight into the possibility of remediating contaminated groundwater by in situ chemical oxidation with heat-activated persulfate, PFAA removal and the generation of transformation products were evaluated under laboratory conditions. Solution pH had a strong influence on the removal of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), resulting in its transformation into shorter-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) at pH values below 3...
April 21, 2018: Chemosphere
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