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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923201/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-a-new-class-of-benzothiazines-as-neuroprotective-agents
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Alessandra Mancini, Alessia Chelini, Angela Di Capua, Loretta Castelli, Simone Brogi, Marco Paolino, Germano Giuliani, Andrea Cappelli, Maria Frosini, Lorenzo Ricci, Erminia Leonelli, Gianluca Giorgi, Antonio Giordani, Jacopo Magistretti, Maurizio Anzini
Neurodegenerative diseases are disorders related to the degeneration of central neurons that gradually lead to various, severe alterations of cognitive and/or motor functions. Currently, for no such diseases does any pharmacological treatment exist able to arrest its progression. Riluzole (1) is a small molecule able to interfere with multiple cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, and is the only approved treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the progression of which proved to significantly slow, thus increasing somewhat average survival...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922269/genomic-study-of-the-type-ivc-secretion-system-in-clostridium-difficile-understanding-c-difficile-evolution-via-horizontal-gene-transfer
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Wen Zhang, Ying Cheng, Pengcheng Du, Yuanyuan Zhang, Hongbing Jia, Xianping Li, Jing Wang, Na Han, Yujun Qiang, Chen Chen, Jinxing Lu
Clostridium difficile, the etiological agent of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), is a gram-positive, spore-forming bacillus that is responsible for ∼20% of antibiotic-related cases of diarrhea and nearly all cases of pseudomembranous colitis. Previous data have shown that a substantial proportion (11%) of the C. difficile genome consists of mobile genetic elements, including seven conjugative transposons. However, the mechanism underlying the formation of a mosaic genome in C. difficile is unknown. The type-IV secretion system (T4SS) is the only secretion system known to transfer DNA segments among bacteria...
August 30, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922198/dnmt1-modulation-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-and-hypothetic-influence-on-mitochondrial-dna-methylation-status-during-long-term-nucleo-t-side-analogues-therapy
#3
Giordano Madeddu, Silvia Ortu, Giovanni Garrucciu, Ivana Maida, Michela Melis, Alberto Augusto Muredda, Maria Stella Mura, Sergio Babudieri
Inhibition of viral replication is the most important goal in patients with Hepatitis B virus chronic infection (CHB). Currently, five oral nucleo(t)side analogues (NAs), including Lamivudine, Adefovir, Telbivudine, Entecavir and Tenofovir, have been approved for treatment. The widespread use of NAs has also been linked with a progressive growth of unlikely anomaly attributable to mitochondrial dysfunctions, not previously recognized. Here we explore the hypothesis that NAs may cause persistent epigenetic changes during prolonged NAs therapy in CHB patients...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922057/antiproliferative-activities-of-amaryllidaceae-alkaloids-from-lycoris-radiata-targeting-dna-topoisomerase-i
#4
Gui-Lin Chen, Yong-Qiang Tian, Jian-Lin Wu, Na Li, Ming-Quan Guo
Crude Amaryllidaceae alkaloids (AAs) extracted from Lycoris radiata are reported to exhibit significant anti-cancer activity. However, the specific alkaloids responsible for the pharmacodynamic activity and their targets still remain elusive. In this context, we strived to combine affinity ultrafiltration with topoisomerase I (Top I) as a target enzyme aiming to fish out specific bioactive AAs from Lycoris radiata. 11 AAs from Lycoris radiata were thus screened out, among which hippeastrine (peak 5) with the highest Enrichment factor (EF) against Top I exhibited good dose-dependent inhibition with IC50 at 7...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922049/identification-of-kiaa1199-as-a-biomarker-for-pancreatic-intraepithelial-neoplasia
#5
Han Na Suh, Sohee Jun, Ah-Young Oh, Mrinal Srivastava, Sunhye Lee, Cullen M Taniguchi, Songlin Zhang, Won Sup Lee, Junjie Chen, Bum-Joon Park, Jae-Il Park
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers and has an extremely poor prognosis. Despite recent progress in both basic and clinical research, most pancreatic cancers are detected at an incurable stage owing to the absence of disease-specific symptoms. Thus, developing novel approaches for detecting pancreatic cancer at an early stage is imperative. Our in silico and immunohistochemical analyses showed that KIAA1199 is specifically expressed in human pancreatic cancer cells and pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia, the early lesion of pancreatic cancer, in a genetically engineered mouse model and in human patient samples...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922025/water-exchange-method-significantly-improves-adenoma-detection-rate-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hui Jia, Yanglin Pan, Xuegang Guo, Lina Zhao, Xiangping Wang, Linhui Zhang, Tao Dong, Hui Luo, Zhizheng Ge, Jun Liu, Jianyu Hao, Ping Yao, Yao Zhang, Hongyu Ren, Weizhen Zhou, Yujie Guo, Wei Zhang, Xiaolin Chen, Dayong Sun, Xiaoqiang Yang, Xiaoyu Kang, Na Liu, Zhiguo Liu, Felix Leung, Kaichun Wu, Daiming Fan
OBJECTIVES: Adenoma detection rate (ADR) is a key colonoscopy quality indicator in Western clinical literature. Our low ADR prompted us to assess novel methods to improve performance. Western retrospective reports suggested that water exchange (WE) could increase ADR. However, most of these studies used pain score or intubation rate as the primary outcome. Here we test the hypothesis that WE significantly increases ADR among Chinese colonoscopists and design a prospective randomized controlled trial using ADR as our primary outcome...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922011/detecting-stoichiometry-of-macromolecular-complexes-in-live-cells-using-fret
#7
Manu Ben-Johny, Daniel N Yue, David T Yue
The stoichiometry of macromolecular interactions is fundamental to cellular signalling yet challenging to detect from living cells. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) is a powerful phenomenon for characterizing close-range interactions whereby a donor fluorophore transfers energy to a closely juxtaposed acceptor. Recognizing that FRET measured from the acceptor's perspective reports a related but distinct quantity versus the donor, we utilize the ratiometric comparison of the two to obtain the stoichiometry of a complex...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921075/longitudinal-monitoring-of-reconstructed-activity-concentration-on-a-clinical-time-of-flight-pet-ct-scanner
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Lawrence R MacDonald, Amy E Perkins, Chi-Hua Tung
Positron emission tomography (PET) images are potential quantitative biomarkers. Understanding long-term (months/years) biomarker variability is important for establishing confidence intervals on studies using such biomarkers over these time frames. PET biomarkers are derived from activity concentration ([Formula: see text]) extracted from PET images. Over 30 months, we measured the stability of decay-normalized counts ([Formula: see text]) and [Formula: see text] by scanning the same 4.5-cm-diameter Ge-68 cylinder weekly, the same Na-22 point source daily, and a refilled 20-cm F-18 cylinder phantom monthly on a clinical TOF-PET/CT scanner...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920922/crystal-structure-of-bis-%C3%AE-2-ethyl-ene-%C3%AE-5-penta-methyl-cyclo-penta-dien-yl-cobalt
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Chandika D Ramful, Katherine N Robertson, Kai E O Ylijoki
The title compound, [Co(C10H15)(C2H4)2], was prepared by Na/Hg reduction of [Co2(C10H15)2(μ-Cl)2] in THF under an ethyl-ene atmosphere and crystallized from pentane at 193 K. The Co-C(olefin) bonds have an average length of 2.022 (2) Å, while the Co-C(penta-dien-yl) bonds average 2.103 (19) Å. The olefin C=C bonds are 1.410 (1) Å. The dihedral angle between the planes defined by the cyclo-penta-dienyl ligand and the two olefin ligands is 0.25 (12)°. In the crystal, mol-ecules are linked into chains by C-H⋯π inter-actions...
September 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920831/assessment-of-drug-induced-proarrhythmias-due-to-pilsicainide-in-patients-with-atrial-tachyarrhythmias
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Hideki Koike, Tadashi Fujino, Makiko Koike, Shintaro Yao, Masaya Shinohara, Ken Kitahara, Toshio Kinoshita, Hitomi Yuzawa, Takeya Suzuki, Hideyuki Sato, Shunji Fukunaga, Kenzaburo Kobayashi, Takanori Ikeda
BACKGROUND: Pilsicainide, a pure Na(+) channel blocker, is a popular antiarrhythmic drug for the management of atrial tachyarrhythmias (AT), in Japan. However, serious drug-induced proarrhythmias (DIPs) may unexpectedly occur. We assessed the clinical background of AT patients presenting with DIPs caused by pilsicainide. METHODS: This study retrospectively enrolled 874 consecutive patients (543 men, 63.6±15.3 years old, and 57.9±16.5 kg of body weight), who were orally administered pilsicainide for AT management...
December 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920792/hippocampal-volumetry-as-a-biomarker-for-dementia-in-people-with-low-education
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Jaime D Mondragón, César Celada-Borja, Fernando Barinagarrementeria-Aldatz, Martín Burgos-Jaramillo, Héctor Manuel Barragán-Campos
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To evaluate the relationship between hippocampal volume and cognitive decline in patients with dementia due to probable Alzheimer's disease (AD), amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and education, and the possible relationship between cognitive reserve and education in this population. METHODS: From February 2013 to October 2015, 76 patients (25 men, 51 women) were classified according to the NIA-AA diagnostic criteria. We used two 3.0-tesla MRI scanners and performed manual hippocampal volumetry...
September 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920525/fabrication-and-characterization-of-drug-loaded-nano-hydroxyapatite-polyamide-66-scaffolds-modified-with-carbon-nanotubes-and-silk-fibroin
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Meng-Zhu Yao, Ming-Yi Huang-Fu, Hui-Na Liu, Xia-Rong Wang, Xiaoxia Sheng, Jian-Qing Gao
Nano-hydroxyapatite/polyamide 66 (nHA/PA66) porous scaffolds were fabricated by a phase inversion method. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and silk fibroin (SF) were used to modify the surface of the nHA/PA66 scaffolds by freeze-drying and cross-linking. Dexamethasone was absorbed to the CNTs to promote the osteogenic differentiation of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs). The cell viability of BMSCs was investigated by changing the concentration of the CNT dispersion, and the most biocompatible scaffold was selected...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920473/na-hco3-cotransporter-is-expressed-on-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-cells-during-rat-pancreatic-development
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Li-Hua Cao, Cheng-Cai Xia, Zhao-Chun Shi, Ning Wang, Zheng-Hua Gu, Li-Zhi Yu, Qi Wan, Wei De
AIM: To determine the expression and localization of the electrogenic Na(+)/HCO3(-) cotransporter (NBC1) in rat pancreas during development. METHODS: The rat pancreas from postnatal and embryos removed from the uterus of pregnant rats that had been sacrificed by CO2 asphyxiation were used. Rat pancreas from embryonic day (E) 15.5 and E18.5 rat embryos was isolated under a stereomicroscope. Rat pancreas from postnatal (P) days 0, 7, 14, 21 and adult was directly isolated by the unaided eye...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920129/chronic-inhibition-of-renal-outer-medullary-potassium-channel-not-only-prevented-but-also-reversed-development-of-hypertension-and-end-organ-damage-in-dahl-salt-sensitive-rats
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Xiaoyan Zhou, Michael J Forrest, Wanda Sharif-Rodriguez, Gail Forrest, Daphne Szeto, Olga Urosevic-Price, Yonghua Zhu, Andra S Stevenson, Yuchen Zhou, Sloan Stribling, Maya Dajee, Shawn P Walsh, Alexander Pasternak, Kathleen A Sullivan
The renal outer medullary potassium (ROMK) channel mediates potassium recycling and facilitates sodium reabsorption through the Na(+)/K(+)/2Cl(-) cotransporter in the loop of Henle and potassium secretion at the cortical collecting duct. Evidence from the phenotype of humans and rodents with functional ROMK deficiency supports the contention that selective ROMK inhibitors (ROMKi) will represent a novel diuretic with potential of therapeutic benefit for hypertension. ROMKi have recently been synthesized by Merck & Co, Inc...
December 5, 2016: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920027/sodium-taste-during-sodium-appetite
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Ralph Norgren
Sodium appetite appears to be an excellent model to study the neural mechanisms of motivation. In this issue of Chemical Senses, experiments by St John (2016) challenge 2 hypotheses for how a systemic sodium deficit guides an animal to find and ingest more Na ions in the environment. Both hypotheses deal with modifications of the sensory neural code produced by Na(+) ions on the tongue. One envisions a change in the Na(+) signal amplitude. A reduction could make the strong Na(+) signals less aversive; an increase, weak signals more noticeable...
December 5, 2016: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919537/acute-toxicity-reduction-and-toxicity-identification-in-pigment-contaminated-wastewater-during-anaerobic-anoxic-oxic-a-a-o-treatment-process
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Minjie Deng, Ying Zhang, Xie Quan, Chunhong Na, Shuo Chen, Wei Liu, Shuping Han, Shigeki Masunaga
In China, a considerable part of industrial wastewater effluents are discharged into the municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) after pretreatment in their own wastewater treatment plants. Even though the industrial effluents meet the professional emission standards, many micro-pollutants still remained, and they could be resistant in the municipal WWTPs with conventional activated sludge process. Pigment wastewater was chosen in this study, and the acute toxicity reduction and identification of the pigment-contaminated wastewater treated by the conventional anaerobic-anoxic-oxic (A/A/O) process were evaluated...
December 2, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919351/identification-of-familial-hypercholesterolemia-in-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-a-chinese-cohort-study
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Sha Li, Yan Zhang, Cheng-Gang Zhu, Yuan-Lin Guo, Na-Qiong Wu, Ying Gao, Ping Qing, Xiao-Lin Li, Jing Sun, Geng Liu, Qian Dong, Rui-Xia Xu, Chuan-Jue Cui, Jian-Jun Li
BACKGROUND: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is marked by an elevated plasma cholesterol and risk of premature cardiovascular disease. An increased burden of FH is being realized. OBJECTIVE: To provide data on FH in Chinese patients with myocardial infarction (MI) and its potential contribution to early MI. METHODS: A total of 1843 consecutive patients undergoing coronary angiography with their first MI were recruited. The clinical FH was diagnosed using the Dutch Lipid Clinic Network criteria...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918944/groundwater-nitrate-pollution-and-human-health-risk-assessment-by-using-hhra-model-in-an-agricultural-area-ne-china
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Yuanzheng Zhai, Xiaobing Zhao, Yanguo Teng, Xiao Li, Junjun Zhang, Jin Wu, Rui Zuo
In order to learn the pollution circumstance of groundwater nitrate detailedly in Songnen Plain of Northeast China and estimate its potential risk to human health of local residents, a total of 389 groundwater samples were collected in 2014 and studied from residential areas and public water supply wells in 11 cities and counties in southeastern of Songnen Plain. The analysis results showed that the spatial distributions of main chemical components in groundwater had great variations with statistical concentrations in the order of TDS> HCO3> Ca> NO3> Cl> Na> SO4> Mg> K> NH4> NO2...
December 1, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918749/correlation-of-nasal-mucosal-temperature-with-subjective-nasal-patency-in-healthy-individuals
#19
Ryan S Bailey, Kevin P Casey, Sachin S Pawar, Guilherme J M Garcia
Importance: Historically, otolaryngologists have focused on nasal resistance to airflow and minimum airspace cross-sectional area as objective measures of nasal obstruction using methods such as rhinomanometry and acoustic rhinometry. However, subjective sensation of nasal patency may be more associated with activation of cold receptors by inspired air than with respiratory effort. Objective: To investigate whether subjective nasal patency correlates with nasal mucosal temperature in healthy individuals...
December 1, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918626/evolutionary-origins-of-abnormally-large-shoot-sodium-accumulation-in-nonsaline-environments-within-the-caryophyllales
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Philip J White, Helen C Bowen, Martin R Broadley, Hamed A El-Serehy, Konrad Neugebauer, Anna Taylor, Jacqueline A Thompson, Gladys Wright
The prevalence of sodium (Na)-'hyperaccumulator' species, which exhibit abnormally large shoot sodium concentrations ([Na]shoot ) when grown in nonsaline environments, was investigated among angiosperms in general and within the Caryophyllales order in particular. Shoot Na concentrations were determined in 334 angiosperm species, representing 35 orders, grown hydroponically in a nonsaline solution. Many Caryophyllales species exhibited abnormally large [Na]shoot when grown hydroponically in a nonsaline solution...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
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