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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550653/phytochemical-profile-and-angiotensin-i-converting-enzyme-ace-inhibitory-activity-of-limonium-michelsonii-lincz
#1
Janar Jenis, Jeong Yoon Kim, Zia Uddin, Yeong Hun Song, Hyeong-Hwan Lee, Ki Hun Park
Members of the genus Limonium are widely used as medicinal herbs due to their health-promoting effects, such as an ability to improve blood circulation by inhibiting angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE). While the potential of L. michelsonii Lincz. (a medicinal plant endemic to Kazakhstan) to inhibit ACE has been demonstrated, the inhibitory activities of its secondary metabolites have not been explored. In this work, the principal phenolic compounds (1-20) among these metabolites were isolated to determine the components responsible for ACE inhibition...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550467/resource-partitioning-between-pacific-walruses-and-bearded-seals-in-the-alaska-arctic-and-sub-arctic
#2
L E Oxtoby, L Horstmann, S M Budge, D M O'Brien, S W Wang, T Schollmeier, M J Wooller
Climate-mediated changes in the phenology of Arctic sea ice and primary production may alter benthic food webs that sustain populations of Pacific walruses (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) and bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus). Interspecific resource competition could place an additional strain on ice-associated marine mammals already facing loss of sea ice habitat. Using fatty acid (FA) profiles, FA trophic markers, and FA stable carbon isotope analyses, we found that walruses and bearded seals partitioned food resources in 2009-2011...
May 26, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549971/tpp-dendrimer-nanocarriers-for-sirna-delivery-to-the-pulmonary-epithelium-and-their-dry-powder-and-metered-dose-inhaler-formulations
#3
Elizabeth Bielski, Qian Zhong, Hamad Mirza, Matthew Brown, Ashura Molla, Teresa Carvajal, Sandro R P da Rocha
The regulation of genes utilizing the RNA interference (RNAi) mechanism via the delivery of synthetic siRNA has great potential in the treatment of a variety of lung diseases. However, the delivery of siRNA to the lungs is challenging due to the poor bioavailability siRNA when delivered intraveneously, and difficulty in formulating and maintaining the activity of free siRNA when delivered directly to the lungs using inhalation devices. The use of non-viral vectors such as cationic dendrimers can help enhance the stability of siRNA and its delivery to the cell cytosol...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549890/-18-f-labeled-indole-based-analogs-as-highly-selective-radioligands-for-imaging-sigma-2-receptors-in-the-brain
#4
Liang Wang, Jiajun Ye, Yingfang He, Winnie Deuther-Conrad, Jinming Zhang, Xiaojun Zhang, Mengchao Cui, Jörg Steinbach, Yiyun Huang, Peter Brust, Hongmei Jia
We have designed and synthesized a series of indole-based σ2 receptor ligands containing 5,6-dimethoxyisoindoline or 6,7-dimethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline as pharmacophore. In vitro competition binding assays showed that all ten ligands possessed low nanomolar affinity (Ki=1.79-5.23nM) for σ2 receptors and high subtype selectivity (Ki (σ2)/Ki (σ1)=56-708). Moreover, they showed high selectivity for σ2 receptor over the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (>1000-fold). The corresponding radiotracers [(18)F]16 and [(18)F]21 were prepared by an efficient one-pot, two-step reaction sequence with a home-made automated synthesis module, with 10-15% radiochemical yield and radiochemical purity of >99%...
May 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549778/stepwise-introduction-of-the-best-care-always-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infection-prevention-bundle-in-a-network-of-south-african-hospitals
#5
Guy A Richards, Adrian J Brink, Angeliki P Messina, Charles Feldman, Karin Swart, Dena van den Bergh
BACKGROUND: Health care associated infection (HAI) remains a major international problem. AIM: The "Best Care Always!" (BCA) campaign, was launched in South Africa to reduce common preventable HAI, including catheter associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). METHODS: The intervention occurred in 43 Netcare Private Hospitals increasing later to 49 with 958 ICU and 439 high care (HC) beds and 1207 ICU and 493 HC beds, respectively. .Phase 1: April 2010-March 2011: ICU Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) nurse driven change: Commitment from management and doctors and training of IPC nurses...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549352/eye-abduction-reduces-but-does-not-eliminate-competition-in-the-oculomotor-system
#6
Paul J Boon, Jan Theeuwes, Artem V Belopolsky
Although it is well established that there is a tight coupling between covert attention and the eye movement system there is an ongoing controversy whether this relationship is functional. Previous studies demonstrated that disrupting the ability to execute an eye movement interferes with the allocation of covert attention. One technique that prevents the execution of an eye movement involves the abduction of the eye in the orbit while presenting the stimuli outside of the effective oculomotor range (Craighero, Nascimben, & Fadiga, 2004)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549265/facile-screening-of-potential-xenoestrogens-by-an-estrogen-receptor-based-reusable-optical-biosensor
#7
Lanhua Liu, Xiaohong Zhou, Yun Lu, Didi Shan, Bi Xu, Miao He, Hanchang Shi, Yi Qian
The apparent increase in hormone-induced cancers and disorders of the reproductive tract has led to a growing demand for new technologies capable of screening xenoestrogens. We reported an estrogen receptor (ER)-based reusable fiber biosensor for facile screening estrogenic compounds in environment. The bioassay is based on the competition of xenoestrogens with 17β-estradiol (E2) for binding to the recombinant receptor of human estrogen receptor α (hERα) protein, leaving E2 free to bind to fluorophore-labeled anti-E2 monoclonal antibody...
May 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549185/visibility-and-persistence-of-marker-dyes-and-effect-on-the-quality-and-mating-competitiveness-of-mass-reared-flies-diptera-tephritidae-anastrepha-obliqua-and-bisexual-and-genetic-sexing-tapachula-7-strains-of-a-ludens
#8
José Arredondo, Lia Ruiz, Gladis López, Francisco Díaz-Fleischer
Fluorescent dyes are commonly used in the sterile insect technique (SIT) for marking insects for a proper identification after recapture. However, the quality of the mark must be balanced against insect performance, because dyes can negatively affect some parameters of insect performance and reduce their effectiveness in control with the SIT. We determined the visibility and persistence and the effect of dyes on the quality of Anastrepha obliqua (Macquart) and Anastrepha ludens (Loew) (bisexual and genetic sexing strains) by testing four concentrations of a dye (Day-Glo) from 0 to 2...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548976/effect-of-prior-injury-on-changes-to-biceps-femoris-architecture-across-an-afl-season
#9
Ryan G Timmins, Matthew N Bourne, Jack T Hickey, Nirav Maniar, Paul J Tofari, Morgan D Williams, David A Opar
PURPOSE: To assess in-season alterations of biceps femoris long head (BFlh) fascicle length in elite Australian footballers with and without a history of HSI. METHODS: Thirty elite Australian football players were recruited. Twelve had a history of unilateral HSI. Eighteen had no HSI history. All had their BFlh architecture assessed at approximately monthly intervals, six times across a competitive season. RESULTS: The previously injured limb's BFlh fascicles increased from the start of the season and peaked at week 5...
May 25, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548600/a-multi-spectroscopic-and-molecular-docking-approach-to-investigate-the-interaction-of-antiviral-drug-oseltamivir-with-ct-dna
#10
Neda Hosseinpour Moghadam, Sadegh Salehzadeh, Nahid Shahabadi, Reza Golbedaghi
The possible interaction between the antiviral drug oseltamivir and calf thymus DNA at physiological pH was studied by spectrophotometry, competitive spectrofluorimetry, differential pulse voltammogram (DPV), circular dichroism spectroscopy (CD), viscosity measurements, salt effect, and computational studies. Intercalation of oseltamivir between the base pairs of DNA was shown by a sharp increase in specific viscosity of DNA and a decrease of the peak current and a positive shift in differential pulse voltammogram...
May 26, 2017: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548454/corema-album-unbiased-dioecy-in-a-competitive-environment
#11
Ana Martins, Helena Freitas, Sofia Costa
1.Corema album is a dioecious coastal shrub. Dioecious plants growing in these resource-limited habitats may present spatial segregation of the sexes (SSS) or demographic biases because of the different reproductive effort between sexes. In these environments facilitation is a more common interaction between plants than competition. To assess factors determining the distribution of C. album male and female plants, we investigated the influence of habitat type (sand dunes and coastal woodlands), assessed the occurrence of SSS or demographic biases, and also a possible role of these shrubs as nurse plants...
May 26, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548247/market-for-artemether-lumefantrine-to-treat-childhood-malaria-in-a-district-of-southern-mozambique
#12
Sergi Alonso, Khátia Munguambe, Elisa Sicuri
Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa. Artemisinin-based combination therapies are used as first-line treatment drugs, but their market is far from competitive. Market failures include limited availability, low quality, lack of information, and high costs of access. We estimated the theoretical demand for one of the most common artemisinin-based combination therapies, artemether-lumefantrine (AL), and its determinants among caregivers of children with malaria seeking care at public health facilities, thus, entitled to receive drugs for free, in southern Mozambique (year 2012)...
May 26, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548243/cross-reactive-saliva-iga-antibodies-to-oxidized-ldl-and-periodontal-pathogens-in-humans
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Ramin Akhi, Chunguang Wang, Mikael Kyrklund, Outi Kummu, S Pauliina Turunen, Kati Hyvärinen, Arja Kullaa, Tuula Salo, Pirkko J Pussinen, Sohvi Hörkkö
AIM: Oxidized Low-Density Lipoproteins (oxLDL) are formed as a result of lipid peroxidation and are highly immunogenic and proatherogenic. In this study, saliva antibodies binding to oxLDL, Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa), were characterized and their cross reactivity was evaluated. MATERIAL & METHODS: Resting and stimulated saliva samples were collected from 36 healthy adults (mean age 26 years). Saliva IgA, IgG and IgM autoantibody levels to copper oxidized LDL (CuOx-LDL) and malondialdehyde acetaldehyde modified LDL (MAA-LDL), were determined with chemiluminescence immunoassay...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548147/reentrant-phase-separation-behavior-of-active-particles-with-anisotropic-janus-interaction
#14
Mingfeng Pu, Huijun Jiang, Zhonghuai Hou
Recent studies showed substantial evidence of dynamic clustering and phase separation in active particle systems, but the role of anisotropic interaction between the particles has not been addressed yet. Here we investigate the phase separation of active particles that experience an anisotropic Janus interaction with tunable strength in two dimensional space by using Langevin dynamics simulations. Interestingly, we find that phase separation shows a re-entrance behavior with variation of the Janus interaction strength: while small Janus interaction can enhance the formation of living clusters and phase separation, large Janus interaction would destroy the large cluster...
May 26, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548030/everolimus-inhibited-multiple-isoforms-of-udp-glucuronosyltransferases-ugts
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Zuo Du, Guang Wang, Yun-Feng Cao, Cui-Min Hu, Kun Yang, Yong-Zhe Liu, Chun-Ze Zhang, Wei-Hua Zhang, Zhi-Tu Zhu, Hong-Zhi Sun, Xiao-Yu Sun, Mo Hong, Zhong-Ze Fang
1. Everolimus is an inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and has been clinically utilized to prevent the rejection of organ transplants. This study aims to determine the inhibition of everolimus on the activity of phase II drug-metabolizing enzymes UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs). 2. The results showed that 100 uM of everolimus exerted more than 80% inhibition towards UGT1A1, -1A3, and -2B7. UGT1A3 and UGT2B7 were selected to elucidate the inhibition mechanism, and in silico docking showed that hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interactions mainly contributed to the strong binding of everolimus towards the activity cavity of UGT1A3 and UGT2B7...
May 26, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547994/self-assembled-molecular-nanowires-for-high-performance-organic-transistors
#16
Luke R Fleet, James E Stott, Byron Villis, Salahud Din, Michele Serri, Gabriel Aeppli, Sandrine Heutz, Arokia Nathan
While organic semiconductors provide tantalising possibilities for low-cost, light-weight, flexible electronic devices, their current use in transistors - the fundamental building block - is rather limited as their speed and reliability is not competitive with their inorganic counterparts, and is simply too poor for many practical applications. Through self-assembly, highly ordered nanostructures can be prepared that have more competitive transport characteristics, but no simple, scalable method has been discovered that can produce devices based on such nanostructures...
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547799/the-effects-of-intransitive-competition-on-coexistence
#17
Laure Gallien, Niklaus E Zimmermann, Jonathan M Levine, Peter B Adler
Coexistence theory has been developed with an almost exclusive focus on interactions between two species, often ignoring more complex and indirect interactions, such as intransitive loops, that can emerge in competition networks. In fact, intransitive competition has typically been studied in isolation from other pairwise stabilising processes, and thus little is known about how intransitivity interacts with more traditional drivers of species coexistence such as niche partitioning. To integrate intransitivity into traditional coexistence theory, we developed a metric of growth rate when rare, Δri¯, to identify and quantify the impact of intransitive competition against a backdrop of pairwise stabilising niche differences...
May 26, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547116/groove-binding-of-vanillin-and-ethyl-vanillin-to-calf-thymus-dna
#18
Kaixin Xia, Guowen Zhang, Song Li, Deming Gong
Vanillin (VAN) and ethyl vanillin (EVA) are widely used food additives as flavor enhancers, but may have a potential security risk. In this study, the properties of binding of VAN or EVA with calf thymus DNA (ctDNA) were characterized by multi-spectroscopic methods, multivariate curve resolution-alternating least-squares (MCR-ALS) algorithm and molecular simulation. The concentration profiles for the components (VAN or EVA, ctDNA and VAN-ctDNA or EVA-ctDNA complex) by the MCR-ALS analysis showed that VAN or EVA interacted with ctDNA and formed VAN-ctDNA or EVA-ctDNA complex...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546971/the-impact-of-the-customer-relationship-management-on-organizational-productivity-customer-trust-and-satisfaction-by-using-the-structural-equation-model-a-study-in-the-iranian-hospitals
#19
Maryam Yaghoubi, Hamed Asgari, Marzieh Javadi
CONTEXT: One of the challenges in the fiercely competitive space of health organizations is responding to customers and building trust and satisfaction in them in the shortest time, with best quality and highest productivity. Hence the aim of this study is to survey the impact of customer relationship management (CRM) on organizational productivity, customer loyalty, satisfaction and trust in selected hospitals of Isfahan (in Iran). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study is a correlation descriptive research...
2017: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546907/phosphate-framework-electrode-materials-for-sodium-ion-batteries
#20
REVIEW
Yongjin Fang, Jiexin Zhang, Lifen Xiao, Xinping Ai, Yuliang Cao, Hanxi Yang
Sodium ion batteries (SIBs) have been considered as a promising alternative for the next generation of electric storage systems due to their similar electrochemistry to Li-ion batteries and the low cost of sodium resources. Exploring appropriate electrode materials with decent electrochemical performance is the key issue for development of sodium ion batteries. Due to the high structural stability, facile reaction mechanism and rich structural diversity, phosphate framework materials have attracted increasing attention as promising electrode materials for sodium ion batteries...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
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