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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245070/blood-brain-barrier-permeability-and-neuroprotective-effects-of-three-main-alkaloids-from-the-fruits-of-euodia-rutaecarpa-with-mdck-phamdr-cell-monolayer-and-pc12-cell-line
#1
Yi-Nan Zhang, Yan-Fang Yang, Xiu-Wei Yang
The fruits of Euodia rutaecarpa (Euodiae Fructus, EF), the widely used traditional Chinese medicine, have various central nervous system effects. Alkaloids following as evodiamine (EDM), rutaecarpine (RCP) and dehydroevodiamine (DEDM) are the major substances in EF. The MDCK-pHaMDR cell monolayer model was utilized as a blood-brain barrier (BBB) surrogate model to study their BBB permeability. The transport samples were analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography and the apparent permeability coefficients (Papp) were calculated...
December 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244537/role-of-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-on-short-term-blood-pressure-variability-in-hypertensive-patients
#2
Minako Inoue, Kiyoshi Matsumura, Yoshie Haga, Yasuo Kansui, Kenichi Goto, Toshio Ohtsubo, Takanari Kitazono
The relationship between the renin-angiotensin aldosterone system and short-term blood pressure variability has not been well elucidated. Here, we investigated whether blood pressure variability determined by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring differed among patients with primary aldosteronism (PA), renovascular hypertension (RVHT), and essential hypertension (EHT). We examined 25 patients with PA, 28 patients with RVHT, and 18 patients with EHT. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring was conducted in all patients...
December 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243838/evaluation-of-umbilical-vein-blood-volume-flow-in-preeclampsia-by-angle-independent-3d-sonography
#3
Stephen Z Pinter, Oliver D Kripfgans, Marjorie C Treadwell, Anna W Kneitel, J Brian Fowlkes, Jonathan M Rubin
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between umbilical vein blood volume flow and the condition of preeclampsia in an at-risk maternal patient cohort. Umbilical vein volume flow was quantified by a 3-dimensional (3D) sonographic technique that overcomes several limitations of standard sonographic flow measurement methods. METHODS: A total of 35 patients, each with a singleton pregnancy, were recruited to provide 5 patients with preeclampsia, derived as a subset from a 26-patient at-risk group, and 9 patients with normal pregnancies...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243802/significant-difference-of-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-between-colorectal-cancer-adenomatous-polyp-and-healthy-people
#4
W-W Zhou, Y-P Chu, G-Y An
OBJECTIVE: Tumor was reported to correlate with inflammation and the host's inflammatory response to tumor has been shown to independently predict the outcome. Many measures of the systemic inflammatory response have been studied in recent years. In the present study the full blood count (leukocyte, neutrophil, lymphocyte) of colorectal cancers (CRCs) adenomatous polyps, and healthy people were collected, and the difference of ratios was studied. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 752 individuals (242 colorectal cancers, 248 adenomatous polyps, and 262 healthy people) were randomized enrolled in the present study...
December 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243370/neurological-nutritional-and-alcohol-consumption-factors-underlie-cognitive-and-motor-deficits-in-chronic-alcoholism
#5
Rosemary Fama, Anne-Pascale Le Berre, Cheshire Hardcastle, Stephanie A Sassoon, Adolf Pfefferbaum, Edith V Sullivan, Natalie M Zahr
Variations in pattern and extent of cognitive and motor impairment occur in alcoholism (ALC). Causes of such heterogeneity are elusive and inconsistently accounted for by demographic or alcohol consumption differences. We examined neurological and nutritional factors as possible contributors to heterogeneity in impairment. Participants with ALC (n = 96) and a normal comparison group (n = 41) were examined on six cognitive and motor domains. Signs of historically determined subclinical Wernicke's encephalopathy were detected using the Caine et al...
December 15, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241762/eltrombopag-for-advanced-myelodysplastic-syndromes-or-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-and-severe-thrombocytopenia-aspire-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-2-trial
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Moshe Mittelman, Uwe Platzbecker, Boris Afanasyev, Sebastian Grosicki, Raymond S M Wong, Achilles Anagnostopoulos, Benjamin Brenner, Claudio Denzlinger, Giuseppe Rossi, Arnon Nagler, Regina Garcia-Delgado, Maria Socorro O Portella, Zewen Zhu, Dominik Selleslag
BACKGROUND: Thrombocytopenia is a life-threatening complication in patients with advanced myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). In this study (ASPIRE), we aimed to assess eltrombopag, an oral thrombopoietin receptor agonist, for thrombocytopenia (grade 4) treatment in adult patients with advanced MDS or AML. METHODS: ASPIRE consisted of an open-label, double-blind phase for 8 weeks and a randomised, double-blind phase (parts 1 and 2, reported here) for 12 weeks, and an open-label extension (part 3)...
December 11, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241485/normal-ldl-cholesterol-levels-are-associated-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-the-absence-of-risk%C3%A2-factors
#7
Leticia Fernández-Friera, Valentín Fuster, Beatriz López-Melgar, Belén Oliva, José M García-Ruiz, José Mendiguren, Héctor Bueno, Stuart Pocock, Borja Ibáñez, Antonio Fernández-Ortiz, Javier Sanz
BACKGROUND: Absence of cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs) is traditionally considered low risk for atherosclerosis; however, individuals without CVRFs, as currently defined, still have events. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to identify predictors of subclinical atherosclerosis in CVRF-free individuals. METHODS: Participants from the PESA (Progression of Early Subclinical Atherosclerosis) study (n = 4,184) without conventional CVRFs were evaluated (n = 1,779; 45...
December 19, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240784/effects-of-calcium-channel-blockers-comparing-to-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-receptor-blockers-in-patients-with-hypertension-and-chronic-kidney-disease-stage-3-to-5-and-dialysis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#8
Yen-Chung Lin, Jheng-Wei Lin, Mai-Szu Wu, Kuan-Chou Chen, Chiung-Chi Peng, Yi-No Kang
BACKGROUND: Calcium channel blocker (CCB) or two renin angiotensin aldosterone system blockades (RAAS), angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), are major potent and prevalently used as initial antihypertensive agents for mild to moderate hypertension, but no uniform agreement as to which antihypertensive drugs should be given for initial therapy, especially among chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. DESIGN: A systematic review and meta-analysis comparing CCBs and the two RAAS blockades for hypertensive patients with CKD stage 3 to 5D...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239412/screening-natural-libraries-of-human-milk-oligosaccharides-against-lectins-using-car-esi-ms
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Amr El-Hawiet, Yajie Chen, Km Shams-Ud-Doha, Elena N Kitova, Pavel I Kitov, Lars Bode, Naim Hage, Franco H Falcone, John S Klassen
Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) afford many health benefits to breast-fed infants, such as protection against infection and regulation of the immune system, through the formation of non-covalent interactions with protein receptors. However, the molecular details of these interactions are poorly understood. Here, we describe the application of catch-and-release electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (CaR-ESI-MS) for screening natural libraries of HMOs against lectins. The HMOs in the libraries were first identified based on molecular weights (MWs), ion mobility separation arrival times (IMS-ATs) and collision-induced dissociation (CID) fingerprints of their deprotonated anions...
December 14, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239254/the-relationship-between-cell-apoptosis-dysfunction-and-fen1-e160d-mutation-in-lupus-nephritis-patients
#10
Jing Wang, Ping Cao, Yuan-Yuan Qi, Xue-Ping Chen, Li Ma, Rong-Rong Deng, Li-Li Zhang, Yu Zhao
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the role of FEN1 E160D mutation in lupus nephritis (LN) patients with cell apoptosis dysfunction. METHODS: (1) Cell apoptosis was detected from 50 paraffin samples obtained from renal biopsies of patients with Class IV LN by TUNEL method and the relationship of the systemic lupus erythematosus disease activity index 2000 (SLEDAI 2000) and renal tissue cell apoptotic index (AI) was discussed. (2) FEN1 gene 61563142-61563342 containing E160D were analysed by extracting genomic DNA from peripheral blood collected from the above 50 LN patients and 25 patients with nephrectomy caused by renal trauma...
December 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238351/natural-killer-cell-activity-and-interleukin-12-in-metabolically-healthy-versus-metabolically-unhealthy-overweight-individuals
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Minjoo Kim, Minkyung Kim, Hye Jin Yoo, Jong Ho Lee
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the immune system is involved in the different metabolic circumstances in healthy and unhealthy overweight individuals. We examined the metabolic and immune characteristics of 117 overweight individuals. Subjects were classified as metabolically healthy overweight (MHO, n = 72) or metabolically unhealthy overweight (MUO, n = 45). The immune response was measured by circulating levels of natural killer (NK) cell activity and cytokines. Both groups were comparable with regards to age, sex distribution, smoking and drinking status, and body mass index...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237687/metabolic-profiling-of-adiponectin-levels-in-adults-mendelian-randomization-analysis
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Maria Carolina Borges, Aluísio J D Barros, Diana L Santos Ferreira, Juan Pablo Casas, Bernardo Lessa Horta, Mika Kivimaki, Meena Kumari, Usha Menon, Tom R Gaunt, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Deise F Freitas, Isabel O Oliveira, Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj, Evangelia Fourkala, Debbie A Lawlor, Aroon D Hingorani
BACKGROUND: Adiponectin, a circulating adipocyte-derived protein, has insulin-sensitizing, anti-inflammatory, antiatherogenic, and cardiomyocyte-protective properties in animal models. However, the systemic effects of adiponectin in humans are unknown. Our aims were to define the metabolic profile associated with higher blood adiponectin concentration and investigate whether variation in adiponectin concentration affects the systemic metabolic profile. METHODS AND RESULTS: We applied multivariable regression in ≤5909 adults and Mendelian randomization (using cis-acting genetic variants in the vicinity of the adiponectin gene as instrumental variables) for analyzing the causal effect of adiponectin in the metabolic profile of ≤37 545 adults...
December 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237123/construction-of-multivalent-homo-and-hetero-functional-abo-blood-group-glycoconjugates-using-a-trifunctional-linker-strategy
#13
Gour Chand Daskhan, Hanh-Thuc Ton Tran, Peter Meloncelli, Todd L Lowary, Lori J West, Christopher W Cairo
The design and synthesis of multivalent ligands displaying complex oligosaccharides is necessary for the development of therapeutics, diagnostics, and research tools. Here, we report an efficient conjugation strategy to prepare complex glycoconjugates with four copies of one or two separate glycan epitopes, providing 4-8 carbohydrate residues on a tetravalent poly(ethylene glycol) scaffold. This strategy provides complex glycoconjugates that approach the size of glycoproteins (15-18 kDa) while remaining well-defined...
December 13, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236915/prognostic-factors-of-the-short-term-outcomes-of-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-associated-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure
#14
Qing Lei, Kangjian Ao, Yinhua Zhang, Deqiang Ma, Deping Ding, Changzheng Ke, Yue Chen, Jie Luo, Zhongji Meng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of the baseline status of patients with hepatitis B virus-associated acute-on-chronic liver failure on short-term outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted that included a total of 138 patients with hepatitis B virus-associated acute-on-chronic liver failure admitted to the Department of Infectious Diseases, Taihe Hospital, Hubei University of Medicine, from November 2013 to October 2016. The patients were divided into a poor prognosis group (74 patients) and a good prognosis group (64 patients) based on the disease outcome...
November 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236674/citrullus-colocynthis-linn-fruit-extract-ameliorates-cisplatin-induced-hepato-renal-toxicity-in-rats
#15
Olufunmilayo O Adeyemi, Ismail O Ishola, Ifeoluwa D Ajani
Background Cisplatin-induced acute liver and kidney injuries are serious problems in cancer patients during treatment of solid tumours. Objective This study sought to investigate possible protective effect of ethanolic fruit extract of Citrullus colocynthis (CC) against cisplatin-induced hepato-renal toxicity in rats. Methods Thirty male albino rats (150-200 g) were divided into five groups (n=6) and treated as follows: group 1: vehicle (10 mL/kg, p.o.; normal control); group 2: vehicle (10 mL/kg); groups 3-5: CC (100, 200 or 400 mg/kg, p...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236077/a-pilot-study-of-children-s-blood-lead-levels-in-mount-isa-queensland
#16
Donna Green, Marianne Sullivan, Nathan Cooper, Annika Dean, Cielo Marquez
Mount Isa, Queensland, is one of three Australian cities with significant lead emissions due to nonferrous mining and smelting. Unlike the two other cities with lead mines or smelters, Mount Isa currently has no system of annual, systematic, community-wide blood lead level testing; and testing rates among Indigenous children are low. In previous screenings, this group of children has been shown to have higher average blood lead levels than non-Indigenous children. The first aim of this study was to assess whether parents and children would participate in less invasive, rapid point-of-care capillary testing...
December 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235553/pro-inflammatory-gene-expression-profile-in-obese-adults-with-high-plasma-gip-levels
#17
J Góralska, U Raźny, A Polus, J Stancel-Możwiłło, M Chojnacka, A Gruca, A Zdzienicka, A Dembińska-Kieć, B Kieć-Wilk, B Solnica, M Malczewska-Malec
BACKGROUND: GIP provides a novel link between the immune system and the gut, although results from different experimental and observational studies are contradictory, ranging from anti-inflammatory, through neutral to pro-inflammatory action of GIP. Thus, the aim of this study was to analyze inflammatory pathways on the level of gene expression and circulating inflammatory markers in relation to plasma GIP level. SUBJECTS/METHODS: The study included 128 obese adults...
December 13, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235218/efficacy-and-safety-of-rifaximin-in-japanese-patients-with-hepatic-encephalopathy-a-phase-2-3-multicenter-randomized-evaluator-blinded-active-controlled-trial-and-a-phase-3-multicenter-open-trial
#18
Kazuyuki Suzuki, Ryujin Endo, Yasuhiro Takikawa, Fuminori Moriyasu, Yutaka Aoyagi, Hisataka Moriwaki, Shuji Terai, Isao Sakaida, Yoshiyuki Sakai, Shuhei Nishiguchi, Toru Ishikawa, Hitoshi Takagi, Atsushi Naganuma, Takuya Genda, Takafumi Ichida, Koichi Takaguchi, Katsuhiko Miyazawa, Kiwamu Okita
AIM: The efficacy and safety of rifaximin in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) are widely known, but they have not been confirmed in Japanese patients with HE. Thus, two prospective, randomized studies (phase 2/3 study and phase 3 study) were conducted. METHODS: Subjects with grade I or II HE and hyperammonemia were enrolled. The phase 2/3 study, which was a randomized, evaluator-blinded, active-comparator, parallel-group study, was conducted at 37 institutions in Japan...
December 13, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234359/subtle-inflammation-a-possible-mechanism-of-future-cardiovascular-risk-in-obese-children
#19
Watchareewan Sontichai, Prapai Dejkhamron, Peraphan Pothacharoen, Prachya Kongtaweelert, Kevalee Unachak, Nuthapong Ukarapol
Purpose: The risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been shown to be associated with systemic inflammation in obese adults with metabolic syndrome (MetS). The aims of this study were to evaluate the prevalence of MetS and its relation to inflammatory markers in obese Thai children. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted. Children with history of endogenous obesity, chronic diseases, drug ingestion, and any acute illness within 2 weeks prior to enrollment were excluded...
November 2017: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234179/vitamin-e-coated-polysulfone-membrane-based-hemodiafiltration-attenuates-inflammation-in-a-rat-model-of-lipopolysaccharide-induced-systemic-inflammation
#20
Yoshihiro Hatanaka, Satoru Inoue, Koji Goto, Norihisa Yasuda, Seigo Hidaka, Takaaki Kitano
Background: Acute blood purification (ABP) therapy is used regularly in the clinical setting and reportedly alleviates organ failure associated with severe systemic inflammatory responses, leading to reduced mortality. The present study aimed to determine whether there is a difference in efficacy between polysulfone (PS) membranes, which are currently used regularly in the clinical setting, and vitamin E-coated polysulfone (VEPS) membranes, which are anticipated to exhibit the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin E...
September 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
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