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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319781/systematic-study-of-imidazoles-inhibiting-ido1-via-the-integration-of-molecular-mechanics-and-quantum-mechanics-calculations
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Yi Zou, Fang Wang, Yan Wang, Wenjie Guo, Yihua Zhang, Qiang Xu, Yisheng Lai
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) is regarded as an attractive target for cancer immunotherapy. To rationalize the detailed interactions between IDO1 and its inhibitors at the atomic level, an integrated computational approach by combining molecular mechanics and quantum mechanics methods was employed in this report. Specifically, the binding modes of 20 inhibitors was initially investigated using the induced fit docking (IFD) protocol, which outperformed other two docking protocols in terms of correctly predicting ligand conformations...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318581/characterization-of-the-chemical-structures-and-physical-properties-of-exopolysaccharides-produced-by-various-streptococcus-thermophilus-strains
#2
U Pachekrepapol, J A Lucey, Y Gong, R Naran, P Azadi
Exopolysaccharides (EPS) produced by some lactic acid bacteria are often used by the dairy industry to improve the rheological and physical properties of yogurt, but the relationship between their structure and functional effect is still unclear. The EPS from different species, or different strains from the same species, may differ in terms of molar mass, repeating unit structure, and EPS yield during fermentation of milk. This study aimed to characterize the detailed properties of EPS produced from 7 strains of Streptococcus thermophilus, which is one of the key cultures used for yogurt manufacture...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318305/on-demand-driver-vigilance-enhancement-without-explicit-drowsiness-detection-further-analysis-of-the-pilot-study-results
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R Michael Van Auken, Brad K Hagoski, Dean P Chiang, Shane Chang
OBJECTIVE: A new active safety concept that engages the driver's psychosensory pain-processing mechanism to automatically trigger vigilance enhancement on-demand was proposed in Chang ( 2012 ). This concept is based on the hypothesis that a human's pain threshold will decline as he/she becomes drowsy, consequently triggering the vigilance enhancer. The objective of this pilot study was to develop methods to test this hypothesis, the results of which could lead to further refinement of the hypothesis and methods, with the ultimate goal of developing new active safety concepts that exploit the driver's endogenous psychosensory pain-processing mechanisms...
March 20, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317752/facile-preparation-of-magnetic-carbon-nanotubes-immobilized-lipase-for-highly-efficient-synthesis-of-1-3-dioleoyl-2-palmitoylglycerol-rich-human-milk-fat-substitutes
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Mingming Zheng, Shi Wang, Xia Xiang, Jie Shi, Juan Huang, Qianchun Deng, Fenghong Huang, Junyong Xiao
In this study, Candida lipolytica lipase (CLL) was immobilized on magnetic multi-walled carbon nanotubes (mMWCNTs) via hydrophobic and cation-exchange interaction. The resultant immobilized CLL showed much better thermal stability, biocatalyst activity and easier recycling than the free form. A method for efficient enzymatic acidolysis of tripalmitin (PPP) with oleic acid (OA), to produce OPO-rich TAGs, was developed, using the immobilized CLL as the biocatalyst. Under optimized conditions (2% water, 20mg/ml enzyme, 1:6 PPP/OA, 50°C, 2h), the content of OPO in the final product reached 46...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317490/speculative-considerations-about-some-cardiology-enigmas
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Paulo Roberto Barbosa Evora, Andre Schmidt, Livia Arcêncio, José Antonio Marin-Neto
Write a review text or point-of-view that takes into account the interests, if not of all, but of most readers of a scientific journal is an arduous task. The editorial can be grounded in published articles, even in a single article of undeniable importance and, it can also represent a trend of specialty. Therefore, especially for the sake of the reader's motivation, the present text was freely designed to discuss some cardiology enigmas in the context of the heart valve and coronary artery disease (CAD). Concerning the CAD five well-known enigmas will be considered: 1) The absence of arteriosclerosis in intramyocardial coronary arteries; 2) The unique and always confirmed superior evolution of the left internal thoracic artery as a coronary graft; 3) The prophylactic left internal thoracic artery graft in mildly-stenosed coronary lesions, and; 4) The high incidence of perioperative atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with CAD, and; 5) The handling of disease-free saphenous vein graft at the time of reoperation...
March 17, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317484/redox-systems-antioxidants-and-sarcopenia
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Bertrand Fougère, Gabor Abellan van Kan, Bruno Vellas, Matteo Cesari
According to the free-radical theory of aging, oxidative stress is a key contributor to the onset of age-related conditions by inducing structural and functional alterations in several cellular components. Although innate defenses exist for limiting the occurrence of such detrimental effects, their ability to counteract the continuous and large production of reactive oxygen species becomes increasingly inefficient with aging. In this context, interventions aimed at preserving the homeostatic balance between oxidant production and antioxidant protection may be beneficial on the pathophysiological modifications and clinical manifestations featuring the aging process...
March 17, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317458/use-of-the-instantaneous-wave-free-ratio-or-fractional-flow-reserve-in-pci
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Justin E Davies, Sayan Sen, Hakim-Moulay Dehbi, Rasha Al-Lamee, Ricardo Petraco, Sukhjinder S Nijjer, Ravinay Bhindi, Sam J Lehman, Darren Walters, James Sapontis, Luc Janssens, Christiaan J Vrints, Ahmed Khashaba, Mika Laine, Eric Van Belle, Florian Krackhardt, Waldemar Bojara, Olaf Going, Tobias Härle, Ciro Indolfi, Giampaolo Niccoli, Flavo Ribichini, Nobuhiro Tanaka, Hiroyoshi Yokoi, Hiroaki Takashima, Yuetsu Kikuta, Andrejs Erglis, Hugo Vinhas, Pedro Canas Silva, Sérgio B Baptista, Ali Alghamdi, Farrel Hellig, Bon-Kwon Koo, Chang-Wook Nam, Eun-Seok Shin, Joon-Hyung Doh, Salvatore Brugaletta, Eduardo Alegria-Barrero, Martijin Meuwissen, Jan J Piek, Niels van Royen, Murat Sezer, Carlo Di Mario, Robert T Gerber, Iqbal S Malik, Andrew S P Sharp, Suneel Talwar, Kare Tang, Habib Samady, John Altman, Arnold H Seto, Jasvindar Singh, Allen Jeremias, Hitoshi Matsuo, Rajesh K Kharbanda, Manesh R Patel, Patrick Serruys, Javier Escaned
Background Coronary revascularization guided by fractional flow reserve (FFR) is associated with better patient outcomes after the procedure than revascularization guided by angiography alone. It is unknown whether the instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR), an alternative measure that does not require the administration of adenosine, will offer benefits similar to those of FFR. Methods We randomly assigned 2492 patients with coronary artery disease, in a 1:1 ratio, to undergo either iFR-guided or FFR-guided coronary revascularization...
March 18, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317409/ombitasvir-and-paritaprevir-boosted-with-ritonavir-and-combined-with-dasabuvir-for-chronic-hepatitis-c
#8
Robert Flisiak, Marta Flisiak-Jackiewicz
Hepatitis C is a leading cause of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma responsible for almost 700,000 deaths worldwide annually. Until 2014, management of HCV infections was based on interferon alfa containing regimens, with efficacy of 40-70% and a high adverse event rate. Interferon-free therapeutic options improved sustained viral response (SVR) rate to >90% and safety profile to placebo-like levels. Areas covered: This article describes all-oral regimen consisting of three direct acting antivirals (DAA) - ombitasvir (OBV), paritaprevir (PTV) and dasabuvir (DSV), which in clinical practice is boosted with ritonavir (r) and sometimes with ribavirin (RBV)...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317398/cardiac-transplantation-towards-a-new-noninvasive-approach-of-cardiac-allograft-rejection
#9
Sophie I Mavrogeni, George Athanasopoulos, Aggeliki Gouziouta, Evangelos Leontiadis, Stamatis Adamopoulos, Genovefa Kolovou
Cardiac allograft rejection (CAR) may occur after transplantation and remains silent, until hemodynamic deterioration takes place. Endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) is applied to early detect CAR. Although, flexible bioptoms have decreased the incidence of lethal complications, EMB remains an invasive procedure carrying risk of tamponade and permanent heart block. Therefore, a new non-invasive approach is needed. Areas covered: AlloMap molecular expression testing and graft-derived cell-free DNA (GcfDNA) test can be used as blood indices of acute and chronic CAR, respectively...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317234/esophageal-stasis-in-achalasia-patients-without-symptoms-after-treatment-does-not-predict-symptom-recurrence
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F B van Hoeij, A J P M Smout, A J Bredenoord
BACKGROUND: After achalasia treatment, a subset of patients has poor esophageal emptying without having symptoms. There is no consensus on whether to pre-emptively treat these patients. We hypothesized that, if left untreated, these patients will experience earlier symptom recurrence than patients without stasis. METHODS: 99 treated achalasia patients who were in clinical remission (Eckardt ≤3) at 3 months after treatment were divided into two groups, based on presence or absence of esophageal stasis on a timed barium esophagogram performed after 3 months...
March 20, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317135/free-mycophenolic-acid-determination-in-human-plasma-ultrafiltrate-by-a-validated-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method
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Paulina Łuszczyńska, Tomasz Pawiński, Paweł K Kunicki, Katarzyna Sikorska, Ryszard Marszałek
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to develop and fully validate LC-MS/MS method for free mycophenolic acid (MPA) concentration measurements in plasma ultrafiltrate that will be reliable and simple in preparation with deuterated MPA (MPA-d3) chosen as an internal standard. METHODS: The chromatographic separation was made with Zorbax Eclipse XDB-C18 column (4.6x150 mm) using a gradient of two solutions as a mobile phase: A) water and B) methanol, each containing 0...
March 20, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315952/kinetic-analysis-size-profiling-and-bioenergetic-association-of-dna-released-by-selected-cell-lines-in-vitro
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Janine Aucamp, Abel J Bronkhorst, Dimetrie L Peters, Hayley C Van Dyk, Francois H Van der Westhuizen, Piet J Pretorius
Although circulating DNA (cirDNA) analysis shows great promise as a screening tool for a wide range of pathologies, numerous stumbling blocks hinder the rapid translation of research to clinical practice. This is related directly to the inherent complexity of the in vivo setting, wherein the influence of complex systems of interconnected cellular responses and putative DNA sources creates a seemingly arbitrary representation of the quantitative and qualitative properties of the cirDNA in the blood of any individual...
March 18, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315740/population-based-mri-and-dti-templates-of-the-adult-ferret-brain-and-tools-for-voxelwise-analysis
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E B Hutchinson, S C Schwerin, K L Radomski, N Sadeghi, J Jenkins, M E Komlosh, M O Irfanoglu, S L Juliano, C Pierpaoli
Non-invasive imaging has the potential to play a crucial role in the characterization and translation of experimental animal models to investigate human brain development and disorders, especially when employed to study animal models that more accurately represent features of human neuroanatomy. The purpose of this study was to build and make available MRI and DTI templates and analysis tools for the ferret brain as the ferret is a well-suited species for pre-clinical MRI studies with folded cortical surface, relatively high white matter volume and body dimensions that allow imaging with pre-clinical MRI scanners...
March 15, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315352/bilirubin-and-brain-a-pharmacological-approach
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REVIEW
Cesare Mancuso
For many decades, the world scientific literature has accounted for a number of works on the biological effects of bilirubin-IXalpha (BR). The first studies focused on the neurotoxic effects of the excessive production of BR, in particular regarding both physiological neonatal jaundice and the more severe ones, typically as consequences of severe hemolysis or other underlying diseases. Only since 1987, has significant evidence, however, underlined the neuroprotective role of BR linked to the scavenging effect of free radicals as reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide and its congeners...
March 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314870/perillyl-alcohol-a-pleiotropic-natural-compound-suitable-for-brain-tumor-therapy-targets-free-radicals
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REVIEW
Aline C Gomes, Angélica L Mello, Manuel G Ribeiro, Diogo G Garcia, Clovis O Da Fonseca, Marcela D'Alincourt Salazar, Axel H Schönthal, Thereza Quirico-Santos
Monoterpenes such as limonene and perillyl alcohol (POH) are promising natural compounds with pro-oxidant properties partly due to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced cytotoxicity, and antioxidant activity owing to their activity as free radical scavengers, inhibition of coenzyme Q synthesis, activation of antioxidant-responsive elements (inducing detoxification enzymes) and induction of apoptosis. Activation of ER-stress responses generates reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are highly reactive free radicals mainly produced during mitochondrial electron transfer for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis...
March 17, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314744/randomised-controlled-trial-comparing-ofatumumab-to-rituximab-in-children-with-steroid-dependent-and-calcineurin-inhibitor-dependent-idiopathic-nephrotic-syndrome-study-protocol
#16
Pietro Ravani, Alice Bonanni, Gian Marco Ghiggeri
INTRODUCTION: Oral steroids induce remission in about 90% of children with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS), which is characterised by severe proteinuria and hypoalbuminaemia. Some children become steroid-dependent (SD) and require addition of calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) to maintain remission. Since these oral agents are toxic, alternative interventions are needed for long-term treatment. The anti-CD20 antibody rituximab has shown promising steroid-sparing properties in clinical trials, but benefits are less convincing in complicated forms of SD-INS...
March 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314666/microbial-oil-a-plausible-alternate-resource-for-food-and-fuel-application
#17
REVIEW
B Bharathiraja, Sridevi Sridharan, V Sowmya, D Yuvaraj, R Praveenkumar
Microbes have recourse to low-priced substrates like agricultural wastes and industrial efflux. A pragmatic approach towards an emerging field- the exploitation of microbial oils for biodiesel production, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications, food additives, biopolymer production will be of immense remunerative significance in the near future. Due to high free fatty acid, nutritive content and simpler solvent extraction processes of microbial oils with plant oil, microbial oils can back plant oils in food applications...
March 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314502/nutrient-sensing-and-the-oxidative-stress-response
#18
REVIEW
Hanzhi Luo, Hou-Hsien Chiang, Makensie Louw, Albert Susanto, Danica Chen
The simplicity and effectiveness of calorie restriction (CR) in lifespan and healthspan extension have fascinated generations searching for the Fountain of Youth. CR reduces levels of oxidative stress and damage, which have been postulated in the free radical theory of aging as a major cause of aging and diseases of aging. This reduction has long been viewed as a result of passive slowing of metabolism. Recent advances in nutrient sensing have provided molecular insights into the oxidative stress response and suggest that CR triggers an active defense program involving a cascade of molecular regulators to reduce oxidative stress...
March 14, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314051/electroosmotic-flow-measurements-in-a-freely-suspended-liquid-film-experiments-and-numerical-simulations
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Abdulkadir Hussein Sheik, H C Hemaka Bandulasena, Victor Starov, Anna Trybala
Fluid flow profiles in free liquid films stabilised by anionic and cationic surfactants under an external electric field were investigated. Depthwise velocity fields were measured at the mid region of the free liquid film by confocal μ-PIV and corresponding numerical simulations were performed using Finite Element Method (FEM) to model the system. Depthwise change in velocity profiles was observed with electroosmotic flow dominating in the vicinity of the gas-liquid and solid-liquid interfaces while backpressure drives fluid in the opposite direction at the core of the film...
March 17, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306670/innovations-in-cardiac-transplantation
#20
Reema Hasan, Ashraf Abou El Ela, Daniel Goldstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the number of people living with heart failure continues to grow, future treatments will focus on efficient donor organ donation and ensuring safe and durable outcomes. This review will focus on organ procurement, graft surveillance and emerging therapies. RECENT FINDINGS: Preliminary studies into donation after cardiac death have indicated that this may be an effective means to increase the donor pool. Novel preservation techniques that include ex-vivo perfusion to improve donor metabolic stabilization prior to implantation may also expand the donor pool...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
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