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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454110/personalizing-chinese-medicine-by-integrating-molecular-features-of-diseases-and-herb-ingredient-information-application-to-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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REVIEW
Lin Huang, Haichang Li, Duoli Xie, Tieliu Shi, Chengping Wen
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been widely used as a complementary medicine in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) treatment. In this study, we proposed a new classification of Chinese Medicines (CMs) by integrating the latest discoveries in disease molecular mechanisms and traditional medicine theory. We screened out a set of chemical compounds on basis of AML differential expression genes and chemical-protein interactions and then mapped them to Traditional Chinese Medicine Integrated Database. 415 CMs contain those compounds and they were categorized into 8 groups according to the Traditional Chinese Pharmacology...
April 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453275/dielectric-response-of-cytoplasmic-water-and-its-connection-to-the-vitality-of-human-red-blood-cells-ii-the-influence-of-storage
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Evgeniya Levy, Marcelo David, Gregory Barshtein, Saul Yedgar, Leonid Livshits, Paul Ben Ishai, Yuri Feldman
Maintaining an appropriate inventory of packaged blood products is a critical part of modern medicine. Consequently, the assessment of red blood cell (RBC) functionality is instrumental for the monitoring of the quality of stored RBC (sRBC) in the blood bank. We present a comprehensive study of sRBC lesion kinetics in SAGM (Saline, Adenine, Glucose, Mannitol) solution, using microwave dielectric spectroscopy (0.5 GHz - 50 GHz) and cell deformability. As part of the research we have isolated the microwave dielectric response of cytoplasmic water in sRBC...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453272/bacterial-iron-uptake-pathways-gates-for-the-import-of-bactericide-compounds
#3
Isabelle J Schalk, Gaëtan L A Mislin
Bacterial resistance to most antibiotics in clinical use has reached alarming proportions. A challenge for modern medicine will be to discover new antibiotics or strategies to combat multidrug resistant bacteria, especially Gram-negative bacteria for which the situation is particularly critical. Vectorization of bactericide compounds by siderophores (iron chelators produced by bacteria) is a promising strategy able to considerably increase the efficacy of drugs. Such a Trojan horse strategy can also extend activity of specific Gram-positive antibiotics to Gram-negative bacteria...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449529/do-hospitals-need-oncological-critical-care-units
#4
EDITORIAL
Abby Koch, William Checkley
Since the inception of critical care as a formal discipline in the late 1950s, we have seen rapid specialization to many types of intensive care units (ICUs) to accommodate evolving life support technologies and novel therapies in various disciplines of medicine. Indeed, the field has expanded such that specialized ICUs currently exist to address critical care problems in medicine, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, trauma, burns, organ transplant and cardiothoracic surgeries. Specialization does not only need new infrastructure, but also training and staffing of health care providers, ancillary staff, and development and implementation of processes of care...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449293/a-novel-approach-to-study-medical-decision-making-in-the-clinical-setting-the-own-point-of-view-perspective
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Thierry Pelaccia, Jacques Tardif, Emmanuel Triby, Bernard Charlin
BACKGROUND: Making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions is a critical activity among physicians. It relies on the ability of physicians to use cognitive processes and specific knowledge in the context of a clinical reasoning. This ability is a core competency in physicians, especially in the field of emergency medicine where the rate of diagnostic errors is high. Studies that explore medical decision-making in an authentic setting are increasing significantly. They are based on the use of qualitative methods which are applied at two separate times: 1) a video recording of the subject's actual activity in an authentic setting and 2) an interview with the subject, supported by the video recording...
April 27, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449031/rnablueprint-flexible-multiple-target-nucleic-acid-sequence-design
#6
Stefan Hammer, Birgit Tschiatschek, Christoph Flamm, Ivo L Hofacker, Sven Findeiß
Motivation: Realizing the value of synthetic biology in biotechnology and medicine requires the design of molecules with specialized functions. Due to its close structure to function relationship, and the availability of good structure prediction methods and energy models, RNA is perfectly suited to be synthetically engineered with predefined properties. However, currently available RNA design tools cannot be easily adapted to accommodate new design specifications. Furthermore, complicated sampling and optimization methods are often developed to suit a specific RNA design goal, adding to their inflexibility...
April 25, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448979/combination-of-correctors-rescues-cftr-transmembrane-domain-mutants-by-mitigating-their-interactions-with-proteostasis
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Miquéias Lopes-Pacheco, Clément Boinot, Inna Sabirzhanova, Daniele Rapino, Liudmila Cebotaru
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Premature degradation of mutated cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein causes cystic fibrosis (CF), the commonest Mendelian disease in Caucasians. Despite recent advances in precision medicines for CF patients, many CFTR mutants have not been characterized and the effects of these new therapeutic approaches are still unclear for those mutants. METHODS: Cells transfected or stably expressing four CFTR transmembrane-domain mutants (G85E, E92K, L1077P, and M1101K) were used to: 1) characterize the mutants according to their protein expression, thermal sensitivity, and degradation pathways; 2) evaluate the effects of correctors in rescuing them; and 3) explore the effects of correctors on CFTR interactions with proteostasis components...
April 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448886/new-analytical-method-for-determination-of-epimer-metabolites-in-rat-plasma-after-oral-administration-of-paeoniflorin-by-uplc-tof-ms-following-picolinoyl-derivatization
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Zhigang Wang, Shuhan Tang, Masao Hattori, Hailong Zhang, Ping Wang, Xiuhong Wu, Ning Zhang
A highly sensitive analytical method was developed to study the in vivo metabolism of paeoniflorin, one of the most principal components in traditional Chinese medicine. After hydrolyzation with sulfatase, the epimer metabolites 7S-paeonimetabolin I and 7R-paeonimetabolin I of paeoniflorin in rat plasma were successfully detected and well separated by LC-MS following picolinoyl derivatization for the first time. Borneol was used as the internal standard to quantify 7S-paeonimetabolin I and 7R-paeonimetabolin I in rat plasma...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448871/immunomodulatory-effects-of-stem-cells-therapeutic-option-for-neurodegenerative-disorders
#9
REVIEW
Martin Caprnda, Peter Kubatka, Katarina Gazdikova, Iveta Gasparova, Vanda Valentova, Nadezda Stollarova, Giampiero La Rocca, Nazarii Kobyliak, Jozef Dragasek, Ioana Mozos, Robert Prosecky, Dario Siniscalco, Dietrich Büsselberg, Luis Rodrigo, Peter Kruzliak
Stem cells have the capability of self-renewal and can differentiate into different cell types that might be used in regenerative medicine. Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) currently lack effective treatments. Although stem cell therapy is still on the way from bench to bedside, we consider that it might provide new hope for patients suffering with neurodegenerative diseases. In this article, we will give an overview of recent studies on the potential therapeutic use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), neural stem cells (NSCs), embryonic stem cells (ESCs), induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and perinatal stem cells to neurodegenerative disorders and we will describe their immunomodulatory mechanisms of action in specific therapeutic modalities...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448782/amcp-partnership-forum-driving-value-and-outcomes-in-oncology
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Innovation in cancer treatment has provided a wealth of recently available therapeutic agents and a healthy drug pipeline that promises to change the way we approach this disease and the lives of those affected in the years to come. However, the majority of these new agents, many of which are targeted to specific genomic features of various tumors, may challenge the health care system's ability to afford cancer care. This innovation drives the need to focus on the value of the treatments provided to patients with cancer and on methods to optimize the efficiency of the dollars we spend, in addition to the clinical value itself...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448593/benzodiazepines-z-drugs-and-the-risk-of-hip-fracture-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Karen Donnelly, Robert Bracchi, Jonathan Hewitt, Philip A Routledge, Ben Carter
BACKGROUND: Hip fractures in the older person lead to an increased risk of mortality, poorer quality of life and increased morbidity. Benzodiazepine (BNZ) use is associated with increased hip fracture rate, consequently Z-drugs are fast becoming the physician's hypnotic prescription of choice yet data on their use is limited. We compared the risk of hip fracture associated with Z-drugs and BNZ medications, respectively, and examined if this risk varied with longer-term use. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We carried out a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448314/a-30-minute-monthly-live-webinar-based-journal-club-activity-alters-the-self-reported-behaviors-of-dermatologic-surgeons
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Amy E Zavell, Judah N Greenberg, Murad Alam, Eric S Armbrecht, Ian A Maher
BACKGROUND: Journal clubs provide a way to communicate advances in recent literature. In outpatient surgical subspecialties, such as dermatologic surgery, physicians may face challenges in finding or attending meetings pertinent to their practice. OBJECTIVE: To assess the utility of a live web-based journal club in dermatologic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Monthly 30-minute journal club sessions covering 5 to 6 scholarly articles. Anonymous surveys were used to evaluate the utility and self-reported learning associated with each meeting...
April 12, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448135/total-synthesis-of-%C3%A2-lycojaponicumin-d-and-lycodoline-type-lycopodium-alkaloids
#13
Xian-He Zhao, Qing Zhang, Ji-Yuan Du, Xin-Yun Lu, Ye-Xing Cao, Yu-Hua Deng, Chun-An Fan
Lycopodium alkaloids with structural diversity and biological significance have been stimulating an increasing interest in synthetic and medicinal communities, in which inspiration and exploration of their related biogenetic relationship generally comprises one of the major concerns. Driven by the plausible biogenetic entry to lycojaponicumin D as the first member of Lycopodium alkaloids having structurally unusual C(3)-C(13) linked scaffold, a new connection with lycodoline has been proposed and discovered on the basis of the design of an unprecedented bioinspired tandem fragmentation/Mannich reaction...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448041/mass-spectrometry-and-luminogenic-based-approaches-to-characterize-phase-i-metabolic-competency-of-in-vitro-cell-cultures
#14
Andrew Baxter, Emmanuel Minet
Xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes play a key function in the biotransformation of medicines and toxicants by adding functional groups that increase solubility and facilitate excretion. On some occasions those structural modifications lead to the formation of new toxic products. In order to reduce animal testing, chemical risk can be assessed using metabolically competent cells. The expression of metabolic enzymes, however, is not stable over time in many in vitro primary culture systems and is often partial or absent in cell lines...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447899/the-american-college-of-surgeons-minimum-standards-for-hospitals-and-the-provision-of-high-quality-laboratory-services
#15
James R Wright
CONTEXT: - The first major project of the American College of Surgeons (Chicago, Illinois), founded in 1913, was implementing Minimum Standards for Hospitals. The 1918 standard (1) established medical staff organizations in hospitals; (2) restricted membership to licensed practitioners in good standing; (3) mandated that the medical staff work with hospital administration to develop and adopt regulations and policies governing their professional work; (4) required standardized, accessible medical records; and (5) required availability of diagnostic and therapeutic facilities...
May 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447479/autotaxin-inhibitors-a-patent-review-2012-2016
#16
Aikaterini Nikolaou, Maroula G Kokotou, Dimitris Limnios, Anastasia Psarra, George Kokotos
Autotaxin (ATX) is a secreted enzyme that hydrolyzes lysophosphatidylcholine to lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and choline. The ATX/LPA axis has received increasing interest in recent years because both the enzyme ATX and the bioactive lipid LPA are involved in various pathological conditions such as tumor progression and metastasis, fibrotic diseases, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, chronic hepatitis, obesity and impaired glucose homeostasis. Thus, a great effort has been devoted in developing synthetic ATX inhibitors as new agents to treat various diseases including cancer and fibrotic diseases...
April 27, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447476/mtbvac-from-discovery-to-clinical-trials-in-tuberculosis-endemic-countries
#17
Dessislava Marinova, Jesus Gonzalo-Asensio, Nacho Aguilo, Carlos Martin
BCG remains the only vaccine against tuberculosis (TB) in use today and despite its impressive global coverage, the nature of BCG protection against the pulmonary forms of TB remains subject to ongoing debate. Because of the limitations of BCG, novel TB vaccine candidates have been developed and several have reached the clinical pipeline. One of these candidates is MTBVAC, the first and only TB vaccine in the clinical pipeline to date based on live-attenuated Mycobacterium tuberculosis that has successfully entered clinical evaluation, a historic milestone in human vaccinology...
April 27, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447409/factor-viii-inhibitors-advances-in-basic-and-translational-science
#18
REVIEW
J D Lai, D Lillicrap
In the treatment of hemophilia A, the 20%-30% risk of developing of anti-factor VIII (FVIII) antibodies, or inhibitors, is the dominant concern among healthcare providers. Immune tolerance induction remains the only effective method of eradicating inhibitors in approximately 75% of patients, but is accompanied by significant emotional and economical burden. While certain risk factors, such as the type of FVIII mutation, offer some insight, there remains no strategy to confidently predict the development of an inhibitor...
May 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447115/human-genetics-as-a-model-for-target-validation-finding-new-therapies-for-diabetes
#19
REVIEW
Soren K Thomsen, Anna L Gloyn
Type 2 diabetes is a global epidemic with major effects on healthcare expenditure and quality of life. Currently available treatments are inadequate for the prevention of comorbidities, yet progress towards new therapies remains slow. A major barrier is the insufficiency of traditional preclinical models for predicting drug efficacy and safety. Human genetics offers a complementary model to assess causal mechanisms for target validation. Genetic perturbations are 'experiments of nature' that provide a uniquely relevant window into the long-term effects of modulating specific targets...
April 26, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446900/bioactive-molecule-from-streptomyces-sp-mitigates-mdr-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-zebrafish-infection-model
#20
Lalitha Cheepurupalli, Thiagarajan Raman, Sudarshan S Rathore, Jayapradha Ramakrishnan
The emergence and spread of multi-drug resistant (MDR) especially carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae is a major emerging threat to public health, leading to excess in mortality rate as high as 50-86%. MDR K. pneumoniae manifests all broad mechanisms of drug resistance, hence development of new drugs to treat MDR K. pneumoniae infection has become a more relevant question in the scientific community. In the present study a potential Streptomyces sp. ASK2 was isolated from rhizosphere soil of medicinal plant...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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