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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436684/serenoa-repens-for-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-current-evidence-and-its-clinical-implications-in-naturopathic-medicine
#1
Soo Liang Ooi, Sok Cheon Pak
OBJECTIVES: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) commonly affects men above 40 years old. The progression of BPH is often accompanied with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) that can significantly affect the quality of life of the patients. Serenoa repens (saw palmetto) is a popular herbal remedy indicated for LUTS/BPH. We reviewed the current research on the efficacy of S. repens on LUTS/BPH as a monotherapy as well as combination therapies. DESIGN: Non-systematic searches were performed in PubMed for human studies and systematic reviews on the topic...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430433/-2r-3s-2-r-3-r-manniflavanone-protects-proliferating-skeletal-muscle-cells-against-oxidative-stress-and-stimulates-myotube-formation
#2
Suresh Acharya, Timo D Stark, Seung Tack Oh, Songhee Jeon, Sok Cheon Pak, Mina K Kim, Toshiaki Matsutomo, Jinyoung Hur, Thomas Hofmann, Rodney A Hill, Onesmo B Balemba
We investigated the antioxidative properties of (2R,3S,2''R,3''R)-Manniflavanone (MF) using in vitro assays, and examined its effects on myogenesis and lactate-induced oxidative stress in C2C12 cells. MF was purified from Garcinia buchananii stem bark. H2O2 and ORAC assay demonstrated that MF is a powerful antioxidant. This finding was supported by DPPH radical scavenging activity of MF. MF was less cytotoxic to C2C12 cells compared to ascorbic acid and myricetin. Moreover, MF accelerated myotube formation in the differentiated C2C12 cells by up-regulating myogenic proteins such as MyoG and MHC...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430160/subverting-host-cell-p21-activated-kinase-a-case-of-convergent-evolution-across-pathogens
#3
REVIEW
Simona John Von Freyend, Terry Kwok-Schuelein, Hans Netter, Gholamreza Haqshenas, Jean-Philippe Semblat, Christian Doerig
Intracellular pathogens have evolved a wide range of strategies to not only escape from the immune systems of their hosts, but also to directly exploit a variety of host factors to facilitate the infection process. One such strategy is to subvert host cell signalling pathways to the advantage of the pathogen. Recent research has highlighted that the human serine/threonine kinase PAK, or p21-activated kinase, is a central component of host-pathogen interactions in many infection systems involving viruses, bacteria, and eukaryotic pathogens...
April 21, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428444/impact-of-atrial-fibrillation-on-the-clinical-course-of-apical-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#4
Sang-Eun Lee, Jin-Kyu Park, Jae-Sun Uhm, Jong Youn Kim, Hui-Nam Pak, Moon-Hyoung Lee, Boyoung Joung
BACKGROUND: Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (ApHCM) is considered a 'benign' form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, with limited data on the long-term outcome. However, the clinical impact of atrial fibrillation (AF) in ApHCM is largely unknown. The hypothesis was that AF is common and has a prognostic implication in ApHCM. METHODS: The occurrence of AF and outcome was assessed in 306 consecutive patients with ApHCM (68% male, 62±11 years). RESULTS: AF occurred in 77 patients with ApHCM (prevalence, 25...
April 20, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425814/verbal-short-term-memory-and-language-impairments-in-cantonese-speakers-after-stroke
#5
Diana Wai-Lam Ho, Anthony Pak-Hin Kong, Nim-Ting Koon
PURPOSE: The study examined the relationship between verbal short-term memory (STM) and language impairment in Cantonese speakers after stroke. It is hypothesised that Cantonese speakers with left-hemisphere (LH) stroke would perform worse than those with right hemisphere (RH) stroke and normal controls. Specific linguistic factors of Cantonese might affect results in the tasks. METHOD: Fifteen participants with LH stroke, 10 with RH stroke and 25 healthy controls were tested with auditory-verbal immediate serial recall (ISR) tasks and auditory linguistic tasks...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421759/is-the-accuracy-of-density-functional-theory-for-atomization-energies-and-densities-in-bonding-regions-correlated
#6
Kurt R Brorsen, Yang Yang, Michael V Pak, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
The development of approximate exchange-correlation functionals is critical for modern density functional theory. A recent analysis of atomic systems suggested that some modern functionals are straying from the path toward the exact functional because electron densities are becoming less accurate while energies are becoming more accurate since the year 2000. To investigate this trend for more chemically relevant systems, the electron densities in the bonding regions and the atomization energies are analyzed for a series of diatomic molecules with 90 different functionals...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417997/iterative-expansion-microscopy
#7
Jae-Byum Chang, Fei Chen, Young-Gyu Yoon, Erica E Jung, Hazen Babcock, Jeong Seuk Kang, Shoh Asano, Ho-Jun Suk, Nikita Pak, Paul W Tillberg, Asmamaw T Wassie, Dawen Cai, Edward S Boyden
We recently developed a method called expansion microscopy, in which preserved biological specimens are physically magnified by embedding them in a densely crosslinked polyelectrolyte gel, anchoring key labels or biomolecules to the gel, mechanically homogenizing the specimen, and then swelling the gel-specimen composite by ∼4.5× in linear dimension. Here we describe iterative expansion microscopy (iExM), in which a sample is expanded ∼20×. After preliminary expansion a second swellable polymer mesh is formed in the space newly opened up by the first expansion, and the sample is expanded again...
April 17, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416017/patient-complexity-and-genotype-phenotype-correlations-in-biliary-atresia-a-cross-sectional-analysis
#8
Guo Cheng, Patrick Ho-Yu Chung, Edwin Kin-Wai Chan, Man-Ting So, Pak-Chung Sham, Stacey S Cherny, Paul Kwong-Hang Tam, Maria-Mercè Garcia-Barceló
BACKGROUND: Biliary Atresia (BA) is rare and genetically complex, and the pathogenesis is elusive. The disease course is variable and can represent heterogeneity, which hinders effective disease management. Deciphering the BA phenotypic variance is a priority in clinics and can be achieved by the integrative analysis of genotype and phenotype. We aim to explore the BA phenotypic features and to delineate the source of its variance. METHODS: The study is a cross-sectional observational study collating with case/control association analysis...
April 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415285/ellipsoidal-brownian-self-driven-particles-in-a-magnetic-field
#9
Wai-Tong Louis Fan, On Shun Pak, Mario Sandoval
We study the two-dimensional Brownian dynamics of an ellipsoidal paramagnetic microswimmer moving at a low Reynolds number and subject to a magnetic field. Its corresponding mean-square displacement, showing the effect of a particles's shape, activity, and magnetic field on the microswimmer's diffusion, is analytically obtained. Comparison between analytical and computational results shows good agreement. In addition, the effect of self-propulsion on the transition time from anisotropic to isotropic diffusion of the ellipse is investigated...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414107/antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-bacteroides-fragilis-group-organisms-in-hong-kong-by-the-tentative-eucast-disc-diffusion-method
#10
Pak-Leung Ho, Chong-Yee Yau, Lok-Yan Ho, Eileen Ling-Yi Lai, Melissa Chun-Jiao Liu, Cindy Wing-Sze Tse, Kin-Hung Chow
This study used a recently developed EUCAST disc diffusion method to measure the susceptibility of 741 B. fragilis group isolates to six antibiotics. Isolates nonsusceptible to imipenem and metronidazole by the disc method were further investigated by E-test. Species identification was obtained by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS), PCR assays and 16S rRNA sequencing. The most common species were B. fragilis (n = 424, including 81 division II and 343 division I isolates), B...
April 14, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409970/observation-of-betatron-x-ray-radiation-in-a-self-modulated-laser-wakefield-accelerator-driven-with-picosecond-laser-pulses
#11
F Albert, N Lemos, J L Shaw, B B Pollock, C Goyon, W Schumaker, A M Saunders, K A Marsh, A Pak, J E Ralph, J L Martins, L D Amorim, R W Falcone, S H Glenzer, J D Moody, C Joshi
We investigate a new regime for betatron x-ray emission that utilizes kilojoule-class picosecond lasers to drive wakes in plasmas. When such laser pulses with intensities of ∼5×10^{18}  W/cm^{2} are focused into plasmas with electron densities of ∼1×10^{19}  cm^{-3}, they undergo self-modulation and channeling, which accelerates electrons up to 200 MeV energies and causes those electrons to emit x rays. The measured x-ray spectra are fit with a synchrotron spectrum with a critical energy of 10-20 keV, and 2D particle-in-cell simulations were used to model the acceleration and radiation of the electrons in our experimental conditions...
March 31, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408931/drug-induced-pneumonitis-secondary-to-treatment-with-paritaprevir-ritonavir-ombitasvir-and-dasabuvir-viekira-pak%C3%A2-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-case-report-of-an-unexpected-life-threatening-adverse-reaction
#12
Shih Yea Sylvia Wu, Bridget Faire, Edward Gane
VIEKIRA PAK (ritonavir-boosted paritaprevir/ombitasvir and dasabuvir) is an approved treatment for compensated patients with genotype 1 (GT1) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. This oral regimen has minimal adverse effects and is well tolerated. Cure rates are 97% in patients infected with HCV GT 1a and 99% in those with HCV GT 1b. We report the first case of life-threatening allergic pneumonitis associated with VIEKIRA PAK. This unexpected serious adverse event occurred in a 68-year-old Chinese female with genotype 1b chronic hepatitis C and Child-Pugh A cirrhosis...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408623/protein-kinase-d1-pkd1-phosphorylation-on-ser-203-by-type-i-p21-activated-kinase-pak-regulates-pkd1-localization
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Jen-Kuan Chang, Yang Ni, Liang Han, James Sinnett-Smith, Rodrigo Jacamo, Osvaldo Rey, Steven H Young, Enrique Rozengurt
While PKC-mediated phosphorylation of protein kinase D1 (PKD1) has been extensively characterized, little is known about PKD1 regulation by other upstream kinases. Here, we report that stimulation of epithelial or fibroblastic cells with G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) agonists, including angiotensin II or bombesin induced rapid and persistent PKD1 phosphorylation at Ser(203), a highly conserved residue located within the PKD1 N-terminal domain. Exposure to PKD or PKC family inhibitors did not prevent PKD1 phosphorylation at Ser(203), indicating that it is not mediated by autophosphorylation...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399809/transcriptomic-profiling-of-two-pak-choi-varieties-with-contrasting-anthocyanin-contents-provides-an-insight-into-structural-and-regulatory-genes-in-anthocyanin-biosynthetic-pathway
#14
Lu Zhang, Bin Xu, Tao Wu, Yanfang Yang, Lianxue Fan, Muxuan Wen, Jiaxin Sui
BACKGROUND: The accumulation of anthocyanin in horticultural crops not only improves their stress tolerances but also their nutritional values. Many key regulatory and structural genes in anthocyanin biosynthesis have been identified in model plants, but limited information is available for non-model plant species featured with colored leaves. In this study, two Pak Choi varieties with green or purple leaves were selected to analyze the anthocyanin biosynthesis through RNA-Seq. RESULTS: A total of 2475 unigenes were differentially expressed between these tested varieties, including 1303 down-regulated and 1172 up-regulated genes in the purple-leafed one...
April 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395008/derivation-and-validation-of-a-serum-biomarker-panel-to-identify-infants-with-acute-intracranial-hemorrhage
#15
Rachel Pardes Berger, Brian J Pak, Mariya D Kolesnikova, Janet Fromkin, Richard Saladino, Bruce E Herman, Mary Clyde Pierce, David Englert, Paul T Smith, Patrick M Kochanek
Importance: Abusive head trauma is the leading cause of death from physical abuse. Missing the diagnosis of abusive head trauma, particularly in its mild form, is common and contributes to increased morbidity and mortality. Serum biomarkers may have potential as quantitative point-of-care screening tools to alert physicians to the possibility of intracranial hemorrhage. Objective: To identify and validate a set of biomarkers that could be the basis of a multivariable model to identify intracranial hemorrhage in well-appearing infants using the Ziplex System...
April 10, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392526/determination-of-trace-hydrazine-in-environmental-water-samples-by-in-situ-solid-phase-extraction
#16
Toshikuni Kato, Shogo Sugahara, Takahiro Kajitani, Yukiko Senga, Michiko Egawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Yasushi Seike
A simple and rapid in situ method for the determination of hydrazine based on the concentration of aldazine compound formed by the reaction of hydrazine with p-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde was developed. This method was based on solid-phase extraction using a Sep-Pak C18 cartridge, followed by the quantification of hydrazine using a spectrophotometric method. To a sample solution of environmental water, p-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde solution was added to form aldazine by the reaction with hydrazine. The solution was passed through a Sep-Pak C18 cartridge for the adsorption of aldazine...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392078/association-of-air-pollution-with-increased-incidence-of-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias-recorded-by-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-vulnerable-patients-to-air-pollution
#17
In-Soo Kim, Jungwoo Sohn, Seung-Jun Lee, Jin-Kyu Park, Jae-Sun Uhm, Hui-Nam Pak, Moon-Hyoung Lee, Chang-Soo Kim, Boyoung Joung
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the acute effects of exposure to air pollution on ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTAs) in an East Asian population. The association between air pollution and VTA has not yet been studied in an East Asian country affected by the Asian dust phenomenon, which worsens air quality. METHODS: The study cohort consisted of 160patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) devices in the Seoul metropolitan area who were followed for 5...
March 30, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386126/mir-24-mediated-knockdown-of-h2ax-damages-mitochondria-and-the-insulin-signaling-pathway
#18
Jae Hoon Jeong, Young Cheol Kang, Ying Piao, Sora Kang, Youngmi Kim Pak
Mitochondrial deficits or altered expressions of microRNAs are associated with the pathogenesis of various diseases, and microRNA-operated control of mitochondrial activity has been reported. Using a retrovirus-mediated short-hairpin RNA (shRNA) system, we observed that miR-24-mediated H2AX knockdown (H2AX-KD) impaired both mitochondria and the insulin signaling pathway. The overexpression of miR-24 decreased mitochondrial H2AX and disrupted mitochondrial function, as indicated by the ATP content, membrane potential and oxygen consumption...
April 7, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385800/an-exome-chip-association-analysis-in-chinese-reveals-a-functional-missense-variant-of-gckr-that-regulates-fgf21-levels
#19
Chloe Yy Cheung, Clara S Tang, Aimin Xu, Chi-Ho Lee, Ka-Wing Au, Lin Xu, Carol Hy Fong, Kelvin Hm Kwok, Wing-Sun Chow, Yu-Cho Woo, Michele Yuen, Stacey S Cherny, JoJo Hai, Bernard My Cheung, Kathryn Tan, Tai-Hing Lam, Hung-Fat Tse, Pak-Chung Sham, Karen Sl Lam
Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) is increasingly recognized as an important metabolic regulator of glucose homeostasis. Here, we conducted an exome-chip association analysis by genotyping 5169 Chinese individuals from a community-based cohort and two clinic-based cohorts. A custom Asian Exome-chip was used to detect genetic determinants influencing circulating FGF21 levels. Single-variant association analysis interrogating 70,444 single nucleotide polymorphisms identified a novel locus, GCKR, significantly associated with circulating FGF21 levels at genome-wide significance...
April 6, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381469/phase-i-clinical-trial-of-autologous-stem-cell-sheet-transplantation-therapy-for-treating-cardiomyopathy
#20
Shigeru Miyagawa, Keitaro Domae, Yasushi Yoshikawa, Satsuki Fukushima, Teruya Nakamura, Atsuhiro Saito, Yasushi Sakata, Seiki Hamada, Koichi Toda, Kyongsun Pak, Masahiro Takeuchi, Yoshiki Sawa
BACKGROUND: When transplanted into failing heart, autologous somatic tissue-derived cells yield functional recovery via paracrine effects that enhance native regeneration. However, the therapeutic effects are modest. We developed a method in which scaffold-free cell sheets are attached to the epicardial surface to maximize paracrine effects. This Phase I clinical trial tested whether transplanting autologous cell-sheets derived from skeletal muscle is feasible, safe, and effective for treating severe congestive heart failure...
April 5, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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