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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532144/physically-targeted-intravenous-polyurethane-nanoparticles-for-controlled-release-of-atorvastatin-calcium
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Behnaz Sadat Eftekhari, Akbar Karkhaneh, Ali Alizadeh
Background: Intravenous drug delivery is an advantageous choice for rapid administration, immediate drug effect, and avoidance of first-pass metabolism in oral drug delivery. In this study, the synthesis, formulation, and characterization of atorvastatin-loaded polyurethane (PU) nanoparticles were investigated for intravenous route of administration. Methods: First, PU was synthesized and characterized. Second, nanoparticles were prepared in four different ratios of drug to polymer through two different techniques including emulsion-diffusion and single-emulsion...
May 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532100/the-controlled-drug-release-by-ph-sensitive-molecularly-imprinted-nanospheres-for-enhanced-antibacterial-activity
#2
Congyang Mao, Xianzhou Xie, Xiangmei Liu, Zhenduo Cui, Xianjin Yang, K W K Yeung, Haobo Pan, Paul K Chu, Shuilin Wu
In this study, we prepared pH-sensitive hybrid nanospheres through the implementation of a facile molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) technique combined with a UV-initiated precipitation polymerization method using vancomycin (VA) for the templates. During the course of this investigation, both 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and 2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) were utilized as the functional monomers, while ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) was used as a cross-linker. The obtained MIP nanospheres exhibited well-controlled particle size, with a drug loading capacity of about 17%, much higher than that of the non-imprinted polymer (NIP) nanospheres (5%)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532011/molecularly-imprinted-polymer-for-human-viral-pathogen-detection
#3
REVIEW
Aijaz Ahmad Malik, Chanin Nantasenamat, Theeraphon Piacham
Molecular imprinting has become an attractive synthetic approach for the fabrication of novel functional polymers with pre-designed molecular target selectivity. Such molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) have been applied in wide range of areas such as chemical and biological sensors, solid phase extraction and drug assays owing to their inherent robustness, reusability and reproducibility. Furthermore, MIPs can also be used as tools for studies concerning antibody/receptor binding site mimicry as well as being used as antibody substitutes for biomedical applications...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531844/development-of-an-uplc-ms-ms-method-for-simultaneous-quantitation-of-11-d-amino-acids-in-different-regions-of-rat-brain-application-to-a-study-on-the-associations-of-d-amino-acid-concentration-changes-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#4
Zhe Li, Yuping Xing, Xingjie Guo, Yan Cui
There are significant differences in d-amino acid concentrations between healthy people and Alzheimer's disease patients. In order to investigate the potential correlation between d-amino acids and Alzheimer's disease, a simple and sensitive ultra high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed. The method was applied to simultaneous determination of 11 d-amino acids in different regions of rat brain. Rat brain homogenates were firstly pretreated with protein precipitation procedure and then derivatized with (S)-N-(4-nitrophenoxycarbonyl) phenylalanine methoxyethyl ester [(S)-NIFE]...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531826/how-many-familial-hypercholesterolemia-patients-are-eligible-for-pcsk9-inhibition
#5
Luis Masana, Nuria Plana, Sofia Pérez-Calahorra, Daiana Ibarretxe, Itziar Lamiquiz-Moneo, Juan Pedro-Botet, Manuel Suárez-Tembra, Pedro Valdivielso, Emilio Ortega, Fernando Civeira
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a high cardiovascular risk condition. Less than 20% of patients achieve the LDL targets. Although PCSK9 inhibitors improve control and reduce cardiovascular events, official recommendations for their use are restrictive. We aim to assess the number of FH patients suitable for PCSK9 inhibition according to the European guidelines. METHODS: A total of 2685 FH patients, with a minimum follow-up of 6 months, included in the Dyslipidemia Registry of the Spanish Arteriosclerosis Society, were sorted according to the intensity of their lipid-lowering therapy (LLT) and LDL cholesterol levels achieved...
May 12, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531279/mechanisms-governing-inflammasome-activation-assembly-and-pyroptosis-induction
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Sannula Kesavardhana, Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti
Inflammasomes are multimeric protein complexes that regulate inflammatory responses and pyroptotic cell death to exert host defense against microbes. Intracellular pattern-recognition receptors such as nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat receptors (NLRs) and absent in melanoma 2 like receptors (ALRs) assemble the inflammasome complexes in response to pathogens and danger or altered-self signals in the cell. Inflammasome sensors, in association with an adaptor protein - apoptosis associated speck-like protein containing a caspase-activation and -recruitment domain (ASC) - activate inflammatory caspase-1 to enable the release of inflammatory cytokines and induce cell death, conferring host defense against pathogens...
May 20, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531277/genome-wide-discovery-of-viral-micrornas-based-on-phylogenetic-analysis-and-structural-evolution-of-various-human-papillomavirus-subtypes
#7
Shun-Long Weng, Kai-Yao Huang, Julia Tzu-Ya Weng, Fang-Yu Hung, Tzu-Hao Chang, Tzong-Yi Lee
In mammals, microRNAs (miRNAs) play key roles in controlling posttranscriptional regulation through binding to the mRNAs of target genes. Recently, it was discovered that viral miRNAs may be involved in human cancers and diseases. It is likely that viral miRNAs help viruses enter the latent phase of their life cycle and become undetected by the host's immune system, while increasing the host's risk for cancer development. Cervical cancer is typically related to the infection of human papillomavirus (HPV) through sexual transmission...
May 20, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531244/awareness-prevalence-treatment-and-control-of-hypertension-in-western-nepal
#8
Dinesh Neupane, Archana Shrestha, Shiva Raj Mishra, Joakim Bloch, Bo Christensen, Craig S McLachlan, Arjun Karki, Per Kallestrup
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is a significant contributor to cardiovascular and renal diseases. In low-income settings like Nepal, there are few epidemiological studies assessing hypertension burden. Thus, the purpose was to determine prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension in Nepal. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in semi-urban area of western Nepal among randomly selected participants, aged between 25 and 65 years. Systolic blood pressure (BP) ≥140 mm Hg and/or diastolic BP of ≥90 mm Hg and/or taking current antihypertensive medicine defined as hypertension...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531203/potential-health-gains-for-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-in-daily-clinical-practice-a-real-world-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-sequential-first-and-second-line-treatments
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S De Groot, H M Blommestein, W K Redekop, S Sleijfer, L A L M Kiemeney, E Oosterwijk, C A Uyl-de Groot
INTRODUCTION: Randomised controlled trials have shown that targeted therapies like sunitinib are effective in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). Little is known about the current use of these therapies, and their associated costs and effects in daily clinical practice. We estimated the real-world cost-effectiveness of different treatment strategies comprising one or more sequentially administered drugs. METHODS: Analyses were performed using patient-level data from a Dutch population-based registry including patients diagnosed with primary mRCC from January 2008 to December 2010 (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531186/parvovirus-b19-induced-vascular-damage-in-the-heart-is-associated-with-elevated-circulating-endothelial-microparticles
#10
Katrin Bachelier, Susanne Biehl, Viktoria Schwarz, Ingrid Kindermann, Reinhard Kandolf, Martina Sauter, Christian Ukena, Ali Yilmaz, Karen Sliwa, Claus-Thomas Bock, Karin Klingel, Michael Böhm
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of viral myocarditis is difficult by clinical criteria but facilitated by detection of inflammation and viral genomes in endomyocardial biopsies. Parvovirus B19 (B19V) targets endothelial cells where viral nucleic acid is exclusively detected in the heart. Microparticles (MPs) are released after cell damage or activation of specific cells. We aimed to investigate whether circulating endothelial MPs (EMPs) in human and experimental models of myocarditis are associated with B19V myocarditis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531108/regulation-of-metabolic-activity-by-p53
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REVIEW
Jessica Flöter, Irem Kaymak, Almut Schulze
Metabolic reprogramming in cancer cells is controlled by the activation of multiple oncogenic signalling pathways in order to promote macromolecule biosynthesis during rapid proliferation. Cancer cells also need to adapt their metabolism to survive and multiply under the metabolically compromised conditions provided by the tumour microenvironment. The tumour suppressor p53 interacts with the metabolic network at multiple nodes, mostly to reduce anabolic metabolism and promote preservation of cellular energy under conditions of nutrient restriction...
May 20, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531099/vitamin-a-status-of-women-and-children-in-yaound%C3%A3-and-douala-cameroon-is-unchanged-one-year-after-initiation-of-a-national-vitamin-a-oil-fortification-program
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Reina Engle-Stone, Martin Nankap, Alex Ndjebayi, Marie-Madeleine Gimou, Avital Friedman, Marjorie J Haskell, Ann Tarini, Kenneth H Brown
Vitamin A (VA) fortification of cooking oil is considered a cost-effective strategy for increasing VA status, but few large-scale programs have been evaluated. We conducted representative surveys in Yaoundé and Douala, Cameroon, 2 years before and 1 year after the introduction of a mandatory national program to fortify cooking oil with VA. In each survey, 10 different households were selected within each of the same 30 clusters (n = ~300). Malaria infection and plasma indicators of inflammation and VA (retinol-binding protein, pRBP) status were assessed among women aged 15-49 years and children aged 12-59 months, and casual breast milk samples were collected for VA and fat measurements...
May 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530800/label-free-multiplexed-single-molecule-analysis-of-protein-dna-complexes-with-nanopores
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Garbiñe Celaya, Judit Perales-Calvo, Arturo Muga, Fernando Moro, David Rodriguez-Larrea
Protein interactions with specific DNA sequences are crucial in the control of gene expression and the regulation of replication. Single-molecule methods offer excellent capabilities to unravel the mechanism and kinetics of these interactions. Here we develop a nanopore approach where a target DNA sequence is contained in a hairpin followed by a ssDNA. This system allows DNA-protein complexes to be distinguished from bare DNA molecules as they are pulled through a single nanopore detector, providing both equilibrium and kinetic information...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530758/self-thermophoretic-motion-of-controlled-assembled-micro-nanomotors
#14
Xiankun Lin, Tieyan Si, Zhiguang Wu, Qiang He
As artificial active colloids, micro-/nanomotors (MNMs) can convert energy from the environment into mechanical motion in different fluids, showing potential applications in diverse fields such as targeted drug delivery and photothermal therapy. However, chemical fuels for typical catalytic MNMs, e.g., hydrogen peroxide, are highly toxic to organisms, and thus fuel-free MNMs are required. Recently, we have developed near-infrared light (NIR) propelled MNMs through integrating plasmonic gold nanoshells into nanoparticles or layer-by-layer assemblies in an asymmetric manner...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530677/whole-genome-resequencing-of-292-pigeonpea-accessions-identifies-genomic-regions-associated-with-domestication-and-agronomic-traits
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Rajeev K Varshney, Rachit K Saxena, Hari D Upadhyaya, Aamir W Khan, Yue Yu, Changhoon Kim, Abhishek Rathore, Dongseon Kim, Jihun Kim, Shaun An, Vinay Kumar, Ghanta Anuradha, Kalinati Narasimhan Yamini, Wei Zhang, Sonnappa Muniswamy, Jong-So Kim, R Varma Penmetsa, Eric von Wettberg, Swapan K Datta
Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan), a tropical grain legume with low input requirements, is expected to continue to have an important role in supplying food and nutritional security in developing countries in Asia, Africa and the tropical Americas. From whole-genome resequencing of 292 Cajanus accessions encompassing breeding lines, landraces and wild species, we characterize genome-wide variation. On the basis of a scan for selective sweeps, we find several genomic regions that were likely targets of domestication and breeding...
May 22, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530674/fifteen-new-risk-loci-for-coronary-artery-disease-highlight-arterial-wall-specific-mechanisms
#16
Joanna M M Howson, Wei Zhao, Daniel R Barnes, Weang-Kee Ho, Robin Young, Dirk S Paul, Lindsay L Waite, Daniel F Freitag, Eric B Fauman, Elias L Salfati, Benjamin B Sun, John D Eicher, Andrew D Johnson, Wayne H H Sheu, Sune F Nielsen, Wei-Yu Lin, Praveen Surendran, Anders Malarstig, Jemma B Wilk, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen, Katrine L Rasmussen, Pia R Kamstrup, Panos Deloukas, Jeanette Erdmann, Sekar Kathiresan, Nilesh J Samani, Heribert Schunkert, Hugh Watkins, Ron Do, Daniel J Rader, Julie A Johnson, Stanley L Hazen, Arshed A Quyyumi, John A Spertus, Carl J Pepine, Nora Franceschini, Anne Justice, Alex P Reiner, Steven Buyske, Lucia A Hindorff, Cara L Carty, Kari E North, Charles Kooperberg, Eric Boerwinkle, Kristin Young, Mariaelisa Graff, Ulrike Peters, Devin Absher, Chao A Hsiung, Wen-Jane Lee, Kent D Taylor, Ying-Hsiang Chen, I-Te Lee, Xiuqing Guo, Ren-Hua Chung, Yi-Jen Hung, Jerome I Rotter, Jyh-Ming J Juang, Thomas Quertermous, Tzung-Dau Wang, Asif Rasheed, Philippe Frossard, Dewan S Alam, Abdulla Al Shafi Majumder, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Rajiv Chowdhury, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Børge G Nordestgaard, Themistocles L Assimes, John Danesh, Adam S Butterworth, Danish Saleheen
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Although 58 genomic regions have been associated with CAD thus far, most of the heritability is unexplained, indicating that additional susceptibility loci await identification. An efficient discovery strategy may be larger-scale evaluation of promising associations suggested by genome-wide association studies (GWAS). Hence, we genotyped 56,309 participants using a targeted gene array derived from earlier GWAS results and performed meta-analysis of results with 194,427 participants previously genotyped, totaling 88,192 CAD cases and 162,544 controls...
May 22, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530546/the-role-of-qsar-and-virtual-screening-studies-in-type-2-diabetes-drug-discovery
#17
Simone Q Pantaleão, Drielli G V Fujji, Vinícius G Maltarollo, Danielle da C Silva, Gustavo H G Trossini, Karen C Weber, Luis P B Scott, Kathia M Honorio
BACKGROUND: Due to the increasing number of diabetes cases worldwide, there is an international concern to provide even more effective treatments to control this condition. METHODS: This review brings together a selection of studies that helped to broaden the comprehension of various biological targets and associated mechanisms involved in type 2 diabetes mellitus. RESULTS: Such studies demonstrated that QSAR techniques and virtual screenings have been successfully employed in drug design projects...
May 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530543/using-properties-of-tumor-microenvironments-for-controlling-local-on-demand-delivery-from-biopolymer-based-nanocarriers
#18
Abdullah K Alshememry, Suleiman S El-Tokhy, Larry D Unsworth
BACKGROUND: The 'tumor microenvironment' comprised of tumor cells, non-malignant stromal tissues, signaling molecules and the extracellular matrix. Tumor microenvironment has unique physical and physiological characteristics including vascular abnormalities, hypoxia, acidic pH, specific enzymes and growth factors upregulation and high reducing potential. It is these endogenous properties of the tumor environment that can be used to trigger the release of cancer therapeutics both locally and as a function of disease state...
May 21, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530412/declines-in-representational-quality-and-strategic-retrieval-processes-contribute-to-age-related-increases-in-false-recognition
#19
Alexandra N Trelle, Richard N Henson, Deborah A E Green, Jon S Simons
In a Yes/No object recognition memory test with similar lures, older adults typically exhibit elevated rates of false recognition. However, the contributions of impaired retrieval, relative to reduced availability of target details, are difficult to disentangle using such a test. The present investigation sought to decouple these factors by comparing performance on a Yes/No (YN) test to that on a Forced Choice (FC) test, which minimizes demands on strategic retrieval processes, enabling a more direct measure of the availability of object details...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530344/-suppression-of-a-non-trauma-related-threatening-thought-as-an-avoidance-strategy-in-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-patients
#20
Lilach Abramsky-Arazi, Zeev Kaplan, Hagit Cohen
AIMS: Our goal was to examine how suppression of nontrauma- related thoughts differs between PTSD patients and patients with non-PTSD anxiety disorder compared to a group of matched controls. BACKGROUND: Intrusive recollections of aspects of the traumatic event and its sequelae are at the core of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People who have suffered a traumatic event may implement some form of avoidance coping strategies in order to deal with the unwanted memories that accompany them...
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