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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145424/levosimendan-protects-human-hepatocytes-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Stefanie N Brunner, Nicolai V Bogert, Andreas A Schnitzbauer, Eva Juengel, Anton Moritz, Isabella Werner, Angela Kornberger, Andres Beiras-Fernandez
BACKGROUND: Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is a major challenge in liver transplantation. The mitochondrial pathway plays a pivotal role in hepatic IRI. Levosimendan, a calcium channel sensitizer, was shown to attenuate apoptosis after IRI in animal livers. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of levosimendan on apoptosis in human hepatocytes. METHODS: Primary human hepatocytes were either exposed to hypoxia or cultured under normoxic conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145333/risk-factors-and-a-simple-model-for-predicting-bile-leakage-after-radical-hepatectomy-in-patients-with-hepatic-alveolar-echinococcosis
#2
Xianwei Yang, Yiwen Qiu, Wentao Wang, Xi Feng, Shu Shen, Bo Li, Tianfu Wen, Jiayin Yang, Mingqing Xu, Zheyu Chen, Lunan Yan
Postoperative bile leakage (BL) is a major complication of hepatic alveolar echinococcosis (HAE). The purpose of this study was to identify the risk factors for BL and to establish a simple scoring system for predicting BL.A total of 152 patients with HAE were included in the study between May 2004 and December 2016. The patient's baseline data, laboratory blood tests, imaging features, and surgical management were collected. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used to screen for factors to predict BL...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143452/engineering-improved-variants-of-the-antifungal-peptide-histatin-5-with-reduced-susceptibility-to-candida-albicans-secreted-aspartic-proteases-and-enhanced-antimicrobial-potency
#3
Svetlana P Ikonomova, Parisa Moghaddam-Taaheri, Mary Ann Jabra-Rizk, Yan Wang, Amy J Karlsson
Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen and a commensal organism that commonly colonizes mucosal surfaces, including those inside the human mouth. To help control C. albicans, human saliva contains the antifungal peptide histatin 5 (Hst-5), which has strong antifungal activity against C. albicans. However, the pathogen produces secreted aspartic proteases (Saps) that cleave Hst-5 at lysine residues and eliminate its antifungal properties. We designed variants of Hst-5 with its lysine residues substituted with arginine or leucine to evaluate the effect on proteolysis by Saps...
November 15, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143132/thermostable-and-highly-specific-l-aspartate-oxidase-from-thermococcus-litoralis-dsm-5473-cloning-overexpression-and-enzymological-properties
#4
Tsubasa Washio, Tadao Oikawa
We successfully expressed the L-aspartate oxidase homolog gene (accession no: OCC_06611) of Thermococcus litoralis DSM 5473 in the soluble fraction of Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) using a pET21b vector with 6X His tag at its C-terminus. The gene product (Tl-LASPO) showed L-aspartate oxidase activity in the presence of FAD in vitro, and this report is the first that details an L-aspartate oxidase derived from a Thermococcus species. The homologs of Tl-LASPO existed mainly in archaea, especially in the genus of Thermococcus, Pyrococcus, Sulfolobus, and Halobacteria...
November 15, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142752/protective-effect-of-hydrogen-rich-water-on-liver-function-of-colorectal-cancer-patients-treated-with-mfolfox6-chemotherapy
#5
Qingxi Yang, Guangdong Ji, Rongtao Pan, Yinghui Zhao, Peng Yan
The present study was conducted to investigate the protective effect of hydrogen-rich water on the liver function of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients treated with mFOLFOX6 chemotherapy. A controlled, randomized, single-blind clinical trial was designed. A total of 152 patients with CRC were recruited by the Department of Oncology of Taishan Hospital (Taian, China) between June 2010 and February 2016, among whom 146 met the inclusion criteria. Subsequently, 144 patients were randomized into the treatment (n=80) and placebo (n=64) groups...
November 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142469/hypothermic-machine-perfusion-with-metformin-university-of-wisconsin-solution-for-ex-vivo-preservation-of-standard-and-marginal-liver-grafts-in-a-rat-model
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Yi-Chao Chai, Guo-Xin Dang, Hai-Qi He, Jian-Hua Shi, Hong-Ke Zhang, Rui-Tao Zhang, Bo Wang, Liang-Shuo Hu, Yi Lv
AIM: To compare the effect of University of Wisconsin (UW) solution with or without metformin, an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator, for preserving standard and marginal liver grafts of young and aged rats ex vivo by hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP). METHODS: Eighteen young (4 mo old) and 18 aged (17 mo old) healthy male SD rats were selected and randomly divided into three groups: control group, UW solution perfusion group (UWP), and UW solution with metformin perfusion group (MUWP)...
October 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142422/chemotaxonomic-diversity-of-three-ficus-species-their-discrimination-using-chemometric-analysis-and-their-role-in-combating-oxidative-stress
#7
Nawal Al-Musayeib, Sherif S Ebada, Haidy A Gad, Fadia S Youssef, Mohamed Lotfy Ashour
Background: Genus Ficus (Moraceae) constitutes more than 850 species and about 2000 varieties and it acts as a golden mine that could afford effective and safe remedies combating many health disorders. Objectives: Discrimination of Ficus cordata, Ficus ingens, and Ficus palmata using chemometric analysis and assessment of their role in combating oxidative stress. Materials and Methods: Phytochemical profiling of the methanol extracts of the three Ficus species and their successive fractions was performed using high-performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization mass spectrometry...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142421/extract-of-bauhinia-vahlii-shows-antihyperglycemic-activity-reverses-oxidative-stress-and-protects-against-liver-damage-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
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Ahmed H Elbanna, Mohammed M Nooh, Engy A Mahrous, Amal E Khaleel, Taha S Elalfy
Background: Several studies have affirmed the effectiveness of some Bauhinia plants as antihyperglycemic agents. Objective: We investigated the possible effect of Bauhinia vahlii leaves extract in reducing hyperglycemia and reversing signs of organ damage associated with diabetes in streptozotocin (STZ) rat model. Materials and Methods: Both polar fraction of the B. vahlii leaves (defatted ethanolic extract [DEE]) and nonpolar fraction (n-hexane extract) were evaluated in vitro for α-glucosidase inhibition and 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging potential...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142404/chalepin-a-compound-from-ruta-angustifolia-l-pers-exhibits-cell-cycle-arrest-at-s-phase-suppresses-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-signal-transducer-and-activation-of-transcription-3-stat3-phosphorylation-and-extrinsic-apoptotic-pathway-in-non-small-cell
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Jaime Stella Moses Richardson, Norhaniza Aminudin, Sri Nurestri Abd Malek
Background: Plants have been a major source of inspiration in developing novel drug compounds in the treatment of various diseases that afflict human beings worldwide. Ruta angustifolia L. Pers known locally as Garuda has been conventionally used for various medicinal purposes such as in the treatment of cancer. Objective: A dihydrofuranocoumarin named chalepin, which was isolated from the chloroform extract of the plant, was tested on its ability to inhibit molecular pathways of human lung carcinoma (A549) cells...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142399/the-effect-of-thymoquinone-on-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-levels-and-oxidative-dna-damage-on-experimental-diabetic-rats
#10
Ayşe Usta, Semiha Dede
Background: Thymoquinone (TQ), the basic bioactive phytochemical constituent of seed oil of Nigella sativa, is one of these herbal drugs known for antidiabetic effects. This study was carried out to assess the effects of the possible role of TQ on nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and oxidative DNA damage levels in experimental diabetic rats. Materials and Methods: Twenty-eight male Wistar Albino rats (200-250 g) were used as experimental subjects. The rats were divided into four groups, including the control, control supplemented with TQ (CT), diabetic (D), and diabetic supplemented with TQ (DT), each containing seven rats...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142388/analysis-of-free-amino-acids-in-different-extracts-of-orthosiphon-stamineus-leaves-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-combined-with-solid-phase-extraction
#11
Armaghan Shafaei, Nor Hidayah Ab Halim, Norhidayah Zakaria, Zhari Ismail
Background: Orthosiphon stamineus (OS) Benth is a medicinal plant and native in Southeast Asia. Previous studies have shown that OS leaves possess antioxidant, cytotoxic, diuretic, antihypertensive, and uricosuric effects. These beneficial effects have been attributed to the presence of primary and secondary metabolites such as polyphenols, amino acids, and flavonoids. Objective: To develop and validate an high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)-diode array detector (DAD) method combined with solid-phase extraction that involves precolumn derivatization with O-phthaladehyde for simultaneous analysis of free amino acids in OS leaves extracts...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142221/biogenic-selenium-and-its-hepatoprotective-activity
#12
Baozhen Li, Dan Li, Weixin Jing, Jinhua Fan, Hans-Uwe Dahms, Shao-Chin Lee, Lan Wang
Elemental selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) have multiple biological activities. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of biogenic SeNPs (BioSeNPs) on CCl4-induced liver damage in mice. The results showed that: (i) when compared to sodium selenite (SS), BioSeNPs has a similar tissue distribution after intragastrical administration to mice; (ii) BioSeNPs and SS showed comparable efficacy in increasing the activities of glutathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductase in liver cell lines, mice blood and liver; (iii) pretreatment with BioSeNPs inhibiting the elevation of activities of various enzymes significantly which included aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, lactate dehydrogenase and liver lipid peroxide (p < 0...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142210/millisecond-dynamics-of-btk-reveal-kinome-wide-conformational-plasticity-within-the-apo-kinase-domain
#13
Mohammad M Sultan, Rajiah Aldrin Denny, Ray Unwalla, Frank Lovering, Vijay S Pande
Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a key enzyme in B-cell development whose improper regulation causes severe immunodeficiency diseases. Design of selective BTK therapeutics would benefit from improved, in-silico structural modeling of the kinase's solution ensemble. However, this remains challenging due to the immense computational cost of sampling events on biological timescales. In this work, we combine multi-millisecond molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with Markov state models (MSMs) to report on the thermodynamics, kinetics, and accessible states of BTK's kinase domain...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142170/characterization-of-a-rat-model-of-moderate-liver-dysfunction-based-on-alpha-naphthylisothiocyanate-induced-cholestasis
#14
Melanie K Bothe, Christoph Meyer, Udo Mueller, Jean-Christophe Queudot, Virginie Roger, Johannes Harleman, Martin Westphal
Plasma amino acid level changes occur in mild, moderate and severe stages of liver injury in human patients. In animal models, however, data are mainly restricted to severe liver injury models in rats. Here we present the characterization of a rat model of moderate liver dysfunction secondary to alpha-napthylisothiocyanate (ANIT)-induced cholestasis. Rats treated with 30 mg/kg/day ANIT for 3 weeks exhibited a time-dependent increase in plasma alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and bilirubin levels and a decrease in albumin concentration...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142168/background-data-on-nod-shi-scid-il-2r%C3%AE-null-mice-nog-mice
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Kenichiro Kasahara, Yachiyo Fukunaga, Saori Igura, Rie Andoh, Tsubasa Saito, Isamu Suzuki, Hiroyuki Kanemitsu, Daisuke Suzuki, Ken Goto, Daichi Nakamura, Masahiro Mochizuki, Masahiko Yasuda, Ryo Inoue, Kazutoshi Tamura, Mariko Nagatani
To obtain background data of NOD/Shi-scid IL-2Rγ(null) (NOG) mice, severely immunedeficient mice, a total of 120 animals were examined at 7, 26 and 52 weeks-old (20 mice/sex/group). The survival rate at 52 weeks-old was 95% (19/20) in both sexes. Clinically, circling behavior in one direction along the cage wall was observed in males after 8 weeks and females after 47 weeks-old, and hunchback position was found in males after 32 weeks-old. Hematologically, lymphocyte count markedly decreased at all ages, while white blood cell count increased in several mice at 52 weeks-old...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141871/potential-approaches-to-prevent-hypoglycemia-associated-autonomic-failure
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REVIEW
Eric Lontchi-Yimagou, Jee Young You, Michelle Carey, Ilan Gabriely, Harry Shamoon, Meredith Hawkins
Clear health benefits are associated with intensive glucose control in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). However, maintaining near-normal glycemia remains an elusive goal for many patients, in large part owing to the risk of severe hypoglycemia. In fact, recurrent episodes of hypoglycemia lead to 'hypoglycemia-associated autonomic failure' (HAAF), characterized by defective counter-regulatory responses to hypoglycemia. Extensive studies to understand the mechanisms underlying HAAF have revealed multiple potential etiologies, suggesting various approaches to prevent the development of HAAF...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141471/dietary-chlorogenic-acid-regulates-gut-microbiota-serum-free-amino-acids-and-colonic-serotonin-levels-in-growing-pigs
#17
Yi Wu, Wenhui Liu, Qi Li, Yafei Li, Yali Yan, Fang Huang, Xin Wu, Quancheng Zhou, Xugang Shu, Zheng Ruan
Chlorogenic acid (CGA) has many biological properties, including antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is one of the most abundant phenolic acids available in the human diet. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of CGA on regulation of the gut microbiota, and on the levels of free amino acids and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT, serotonin). Ninety-six healthy growing pigs were randomly assigned to two treatment groups: the Ctrl group (control group, standard feed) and the CGA group [standard feed plus 0...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141371/-effect-of-recombinant-human-growth-hormone-therapy-on-metabolic-parameters-in-patients-with-craniopharyngioma
#18
J F Mao, X Wang, S Y Xiong, J J Zheng, B Q Yu, M Nie, X Y Wu, S T Qi
Objective: To investigate the effects of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) on metabolic parameters in patients with craniopharyngioma surgeries. Methods: Totallys 30 patients with craniopharyngioma were included in this retrospective study. They were divided into growth hormone (GH) group and control group according to whether they received rhGH therapy or not. The following parameters, including body mass index (BMI), weight, waist circumstance, transaminase, fasting blood glucose, lipid profile and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) were compared after rhGH therapy for 4-6 months...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140312/plasma-amino-acid-abnormalities-in-chronic-heart-failure-mechanisms-potential-risks-and-targets-in-human-myocardium-metabolism
#19
Roberto Aquilani, Maria Teresa La Rovere, Daniela Corbellini, Evasio Pasini, Manuela Verri, Annalisa Barbieri, Anna Maria Condino, Federica Boschi
The goal of this study was to measure arterial amino acid levels in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), and relate them to left ventricular function and disease severity. Amino acids (AAs) play a crucial role for heart protein-energy metabolism. In heart failure, arterial AAs, which are the major determinant of AA uptake by the myocardium, are rarely measured. Forty-one subjects with clinically stable CHF (New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II to IV) were analyzed. After overnight fasting, blood samples from the radial artery were taken to measure AA concentrations...
November 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140261/proximate-composition-and-nutritional-value-of-three-macroalgae-ascophyllum-nodosum-fucus-vesiculosus-and-bifurcaria-bifurcata
#20
José M Lorenzo, Rubén Agregán, Paulo E S Munekata, Daniel Franco, Javier Carballo, Selin Şahin, Ramón Lacomba, Francisco J Barba
Proximate composition (moisture, protein, lipid and ash content) and nutritional value (fatty acid, amino acid and mineral profile) of three macroalgae (Ascophyllum nodosum, Fucus vesiculosus and Bifurcaria bifurcate) were studied. Chemical composition was significantly (p < 0.001) different among the three seaweeds. In this regard, the B. bifurcata presented the highest fat content (6.54% of dry matter); whereas, F. vesiculosus showed the highest protein level (12.99% dry matter). Regarding fatty acid content, the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) were the most abundant followed by saturated fatty acids (SFAs) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs)...
November 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
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