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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212410/a-high-throughput-genetic-screen-identifies-previously-uncharacterized-borrelia-burgdorferi-genes-important-for-resistance-against-reactive-oxygen-and-nitrogen-species
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Meghan E Ramsey, Jenny A Hyde, Diana N Medina-Perez, Tao Lin, Lihui Gao, Maureen E Lundt, Xin Li, Steven J Norris, Jon T Skare, Linden T Hu
Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease in humans, is exposed to reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS and RNS) in both the tick vector and vertebrate reservoir hosts. B. burgdorferi contains a limited repertoire of canonical oxidative stress response genes, suggesting that novel gene functions may be important for protection of B. burgdorferi against ROS or RNS exposure. Here, we use transposon insertion sequencing (Tn-seq) to conduct an unbiased search for genes involved in resistance to nitric oxide, hydrogen peroxide, and tertiary-butyl hydroperoxide in vitro...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211532/structure-of-a-lov-protein-in-apo-state-and-implications-for-construction-of-lov-based-optical-tools
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Vladimir Arinkin, Joachim Granzin, Katrin Röllen, Ulrich Krauss, Karl-Erich Jaeger, Dieter Willbold, Renu Batra-Safferling
Unique features of Light-Oxygen-Voltage (LOV) proteins like relatively small size (~12-19 kDa), inherent modularity, highly-tunable photocycle and oxygen-independent fluorescence have lately been exploited for the generation of optical tools. Structures of LOV domains reported so far contain a flavin chromophore per protein molecule. Here we report two new findings on the short LOV protein W619_1-LOV from Pseudomonas putida. First, the apo-state crystal structure of W619_1-LOV at 2.5 Å resolution reveals conformational rearrangements in the secondary structure elements lining the chromophore pocket including elongation of the Fα helix, shortening of the Eα-Fα loop and partial unfolding of the Eα helix...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205348/photochemical-eradication-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-by-blue-light-activation-of-riboflavin
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Karim Makdoumi, Ray Goodrich, Anders Bäckman
PURPOSE: To compare elimination of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by exposure of blue light alone and with riboflavin. METHODS: A reference strain of MRSA was cultured and diluted in PBS with and without riboflavin (0.01%). Fifteen microlitre was added on a microscope slide, creating a fluid layer with a thickness of around 400 microns. Both of the bacterial suspensions were exposed to blue light, and the effect between exposure with and without riboflavin was compared...
February 15, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202638/vitamin-concentrations-in-human-milk-vary-with-time-within-feed-circadian-rhythm-and-single-dose-supplementation
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Daniela Hampel, Setareh Shahab-Ferdows, M Munirul Islam, Janet M Peerson, Lindsay H Allen
Background: Human milk is the subject of many studies, but procedures for representative sample collection have not been established. Our improved methods for milk micronutrient analysis now enable systematic study of factors that affect its concentrations.Objective: We evaluated the effects of sample collection protocols, variations in circadian rhythms, subject variability, and acute maternal micronutrient supplementation on milk vitamin concentrations.Methods: In the BMQ (Breast-Milk-Quality) study, we recruited 18 healthy women (aged 18-26 y) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, at 2-4 mo of lactation for a 3-d supplementation study...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197339/refractive-topographic-and-aberrometric-results-at-2-year-follow-up-for-accelerated-corneal-cross-link-for-progressive-keratoconus
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Ercüment Bozkurt, Engin Bilge Ozgurhan, Betul Ilkay Sezgin Akcay, Tugba Kurt, Yusuf Yildirim, Zehra Karaagaç Günaydin, Ahmet Demirok
Purpose. To report the visual, refractive, and corneal topography and wavefront aberration results of accelerated corneal cross-linking (CXL) during a 24-month follow-up. Methods. Forty-seven eyes underwent riboflavin-ultraviolet A-induced accelerated CXL treatment (30 mW/cm(2) with a total dose of 7.2 joules/cm(2)). Uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), spherical and cylindrical values, keratometry (K) measurements (Ksteep, Kflat, Kavg, and Kapex), central corneal thickness, and anterior corneal aberrometric analyses including total wavefront error (WFE), total high order aberration (HOA), astigmatism, trefoil, coma, quadrafoil, secondary astigmatism, and spherical aberration were evaluated...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196224/loss-of-tryptophan-fluorescence-correlates-with-mechanical-stiffness-following-photo-crosslinking-treatment-of-rabbit-cornea
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Maura Williams, William Lewis, Walfre Franco
Purpose: A clinical treatment option for keratoconus involves the use of UV-initiated photo-crosslinking with riboflavin to increase corneal stiffness. Our study investigates whether endogenous fluorescence changes following treatment for keratoconus can be correlated to alterations in the stiffness of the cornea, thereby guiding treatment of keratoconus. Methods: A total of 78 ex vivo rabbit eyes were treated with either riboflavin-dextran solution plus UV light, dextran solution plus UV light, or riboflavin-dextran solution only for half treatment (2...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192592/an-algorithm-to-predict-the-biomechanical-stiffening-effect-in-corneal-cross-linking
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Sabine Kling, Farhad Hafezi
PURPOSE: To develop an algorithm to predict the stiffening effect of CXL and to verify the accuracy with results obtained from experimental measurements. METHODS: The algorithm considers different variables: the reaction kinetics of riboflavin diffusion and riboflavin photodegradation to determine the effective riboflavin concentration in different stromal layers; the oxygen diffusion and ultraviolet (UV) absorption to determine the amount of reactive oxygen species as a function of time and stromal depth...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182848/simultaneous-determination-of-8-b-vitamins-in-rat-intestinal-perfusate-to-identify-effects-of-osmotic-pressures-on-absorptions
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Xiaobo Wang, Jian Xiao, Hui Zhou, Ying Qiu, Hui Peng, Yangyang Sun, Jiwen Zhang, Wei Qian, Lixin Sun
A rapid and accurate HPLC-DAD method was developed and validated to simultaneously determine eight B-vitamins (VBs, namely thiamine, riboflavin, niacinamide, calcium pantothenic, pyridoxine, biotin, folic acid, and cyanocobalamin) and phenolsulfonphthalein in rat intestinal perfusate. Chromatography separation was achieved using an Inertsil ODS-3 column (250 × 4.6 mm i.d., 5 µm) at the temperature of 40 °C. Gradient elution mode was applied at the flow rate of 1.0 mL/min with the mobile phase of acetonitrile-30 mM K2 HPO4 (pH 5...
February 9, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181352/benign-mitochondrial-myopathy-with-exercise-intolerance-in-a-large-multigeneration-family-due-to-a-homoplasmic-m-3250t-c-mutation-in-mttl1
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N Darin, C Hedberg-Oldfors, A-K Kroksmark, A-R Moslemi, G Kollberg, A Oldfors
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Most mitochondrial disorders with onset in early childhood are progressive and involve multiple organs. The m.3250T>C mutation in MTTL1 has previously been described in a few individuals with a possibly riboflavin-responsive myopathy and an association with sudden infant death syndrome was suspected. We describe a large family with this mutation and evaluate the effect of riboflavin treatment. METHODS: Medical data were collected with the help of a standardized data collection form...
February 9, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161573/chondrogenically-primed-tonsil-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-encapsulated-in-riboflavin-induced-photocrosslinking-collagen-hyaluronic-acid-hydrogel-for-meniscus-tissue-repairs
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Rachel H Koh, Yinji Jin, Byung-Jae Kang, Nathaniel S Hwang
: Current meniscus tissue repairing strategies involve partial or total meniscectomy, followed by allograft transplantation or synthetic material implantation. However, allografts and synthetic implants have major drawbacks such as the limited supply of grafts and lack of integration into host tissue, respectively. In this study, we investigated the effects of conditioned medium (CM) from meniscal fibrochondrocytes and TGF-β3 on tonsil-derived mesenchymal stem cells (T-MSCs) for meniscus tissue engineering...
February 1, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149672/corneal-cross-linking-with-riboflavin-and-uv-a-in-the-mouse-cornea-in-vivo-morphological-biochemical-and-physiological-analysis
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Sabine Kling, Arthur Hammer, Alain Conti, Farhad Hafezi
PURPOSE: To morphologically, biochemically, and physiologically characterize corneal cross-linking with riboflavin and UV-A light (CXL) in a newly established in vivo murine model. METHODS: C57BL/6 wild-type mice (N = 67) were treated with various CXL protocols, with modification of the following parameters: total energy (fluence) used, duration of UV-A irradiation, continuous versus pulsed irradiation, and CXL under hypoxic conditions (contact lens). Corneas were evaluated biomicroscopically, histologically, and using optical coherence tomography...
January 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134036/photocrosslinked-tyramine-substituted-hyaluronate-hydrogels-with-tunable-mechanical-properties-improve-immediate-tissue-hydrogel-interfacial-strength-in-articular-cartilage
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Patrick E Donnelly, Tony Chen, Anthony Finch, Caroline Brial, Suzanne A Maher, Peter A Torzilli
Articular cartilage lacks the ability to self-repair and a permanent solution for cartilage repair remains elusive. Hydrogel implantation is a promising technique for cartilage repair; however for the technique to be successful hydrogels must interface with the surrounding tissue. The objective of this study was to investigate the tunability of mechanical properties in a hydrogel system using a phenol-substituted polymer, tyramine-substituted hyaluronate (TA-HA), and to determine if the hydrogels could form an interface with cartilage...
April 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129292/persistent-epithelial-defects-and-corneal-opacity-after-collagen-cross-linking-with-substitution-of-dextran-t-500-with-dextran-sulfate-in-compounded-topical-riboflavin
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Roland Höllhumer, Stephanie Watson, Peter Beckingsale
PURPOSE: Collagen cross-linking (CXL) is a commonly performed procedure to prevent the progression of keratoconus. Riboflavin is an essential part of the procedure, which facilitates both the cross-linking process and protection of intraocular structures. Dextran can be added to riboflavin to create an isotonic solution. This case report highlights the importance of compounding riboflavin with the correct dextran solution. METHODS: A retrospective case series. RESULTS: Six eyes of 4 male patients with keratoconus aged from 20 to 38 years underwent CXL with substitution of 20% dextran (T-500) with 20% dextran sulfate in a compounded riboflavin 0...
March 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123493/experimental-studies-on-the-inactivation-of-hbv-in-blood-via-riboflavin-photochemical-treatment
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Zi-Yu Zhou, Xing-Xiu Bi
The aim of the study was to examine the influence of riboflavin photochemical method on the inactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and the functions of red blood cells. Twenty patients suffering viral hepatitis B were selected in this study, and venous blood was collected and final concentration of 1,500 µmol/l riboflavin were added, to accept the λ=400-500 nm. The light intensity of 40,000 lux was treated with 2 h. The effect of inactivation was then evaluated and the function of red blood cells was detected...
January 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122934/riboflavin-deficiency-in-rats-decreases-de-novo-formate-production-but-does-not-affect-plasma-formate-concentration
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Luke MacMillan, Simon G Lamarre, Robin P daSilva, René L Jacobs, Margaret E Brosnan, John T Brosnan
BACKGROUND: The one-carbon metabolism pathway is highly dependent on a number of B vitamins in order to provide one-carbon units for purine and thymidylate biosynthesis as well as homocysteine remethylation. Previous studies have examined folate and vitamin B-12 deficiency and their effects on formate metabolism; as of yet, to our knowledge, no studies on the effects of riboflavin deficiency on formate metabolism have been published. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to determine the effects of riboflavin deficiency on formate metabolism...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116953/brown-vialetto-van-laere-syndrome-as-a-mimic-of-neuroimmune-disorders
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Tyler Allison, Inés Roncero, Rob Forsyth, Keith Coffman, Jean-Baptiste Le Pichon
We present 3 patients identified at 2 different institutions with Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome. Each patient was initially diagnosed with a neuroimmune disorder for a period of a few weeks to a few months. In each case, genetic analysis revealed mutations in one of the riboflavin transporters, confirming Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome. It is likely that Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome is more common than previously reported, and because it mimics neuroimmune disorders, it may be misdiagnosed as such...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114577/biomechanical-strengthening-of-the-human-cornea-induced-by-nanoplatform-based-transepithelial-riboflavin-uv-a-corneal-cross-linking
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Cristina Labate, Marco Lombardo, Giuseppe Lombardo, Maria Penelope De Santo
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the biomechanical stiffening effect induced by nanoplatform-based transepithelial riboflavin/UV-A cross-linking protocol using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Methods: Twelve eye bank donor human sclerocorneal tissues were investigated using a commercial atomic force microscope operated in force spectroscopy mode. Four specimens underwent transepithelial corneal cross-linking using a hypotonic solution of 0.1% riboflavin with biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles of 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin plus enhancers (trometamol and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) and UV-A irradiation with a 10 mW/cm2 device for 9 minutes...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109593/apparent-ruminal-synthesis-of-b-vitamins-in-lactating-dairy-cows-fed-diets-with-different-forage-to-concentrate-ratios
#18
M Seck, J A Voelker Linton, M S Allen, D S Castagnino, P Y Chouinard, C L Girard
Effects of the forage-to-concentrate ratio on apparent ruminal synthesis of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folates, and vitamin B12 were evaluated in an experiment using 14 ruminally and duodenally cannulated Holstein cows. The experiment was a crossover design with two 15-d treatment periods and a 14-d preliminary period in which cows were fed a diet intermediate in composition between the treatment diets. Treatments were diets containing low-forage (44.8% forage, 32.8% starch, 24.4% neutral detergent fiber) or high-forage (61...
March 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107993/using-multiple-process-analytical-technology-probes-to-monitor-multivitamin-blends-in-a-tableting-feed-frame
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Pedro Durão, Clémence Fauteux-Lefebvre, Jean-Maxime Guay, Nicolas Abatzoglou, Ryan Gosselin
As Process Analytical Technology (PAT) implementation grows in the pharmaceutical industry, more studies are being performed to evaluate its suitability in new applications and processes within the manufacturing chain. As the last step in tablet production, the compression stage represents a critical phase that ensures product quality. In-line control put in place at this stage has the potential to detect powder blends that are out of specification limits and, thus, help to improve product quality. The objectives of the present project are to quantify the composition of a commercial 31-component multivitamin powder blend in real time on an industrial feed frame, using 3 different PAT tools: light-induced fluorescence spectroscopy, near infrared spectroscopy and red, green and blue color imaging...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106466/phototoxic-effect-of-topical-fluoroquinolones-administered-before-corneal-crosslinking-in-a-murine-model
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Victor E Reviglio, Matias Osaba, Gabriela Sambuelli, Irene C Kuo
PURPOSE: Corneal crosslinking by UV light (UV-CXL) has become a popular treatment for keratoconus and corneal ectasia. Fluoroquinolones (FQs), commonly administered topically before UV-CXL, are known to be phototoxic to the skin and lens. The purpose of this study was to investigate phototoxic effects of topical FQ treatment on murine corneas before UV-CXL, in which the corneal epithelium was kept intact. METHODS: Murine corneas were treated with various antibiotics with or without riboflavin before UV-CXL...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
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