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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324940/use-of-local-field-potentials-of-dissociated-cultures-grown-on-multi-electrode-arrays-for-pharmacological-assays
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G D C Mendis, E Morrisroe, C A Reid, S K Halgamuge, S Petrou
In vitro Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEA) are an extracellular recording technology that enables the analysis of networks of neurons in vitro. Neurons in culture exhibit a range of behavioral dynamics, which can be measured in terms of individual action potentials, network-wide synchronized firing and a host of other features that characterize network activity. MEA data analysis was historically focused on high frequency spike data forgoing the low frequency content of the signal. In this study, we use local field potentials, which are low frequency components of MEA signals, to differentiate between two types of antiepileptic drugs (p<;0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324845/pharmacological-effects-of-%C3%AE-d-mannuronic-acid-m2000-on-mir-146a-irak1-traf6-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-gene-expression-as-target-molecules-in-inflammatory-reactions
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Seyed Shahabeddin Mortazavi Jahromi, Mehdi Malek Jamshidi, Ali Farazmand, Zahra Aghazadeh, Mehdi Yousefi, Abbas Mirshafiey
BACKGROUND: Impaired expression and function of microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in the pathogenesis of many autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Moreover, there is a close relationship between TLRs and miRNAs and impairment in regulating their expression which can play a vital role in the immunopathogenesis of many inflammatory reactions. This research aimed to study the pharmaceutical effects of M2000 (β-d-mannuronic acid) on the expression of miR-146a and its two target molecules (IRAK1 and TRAF6), and the transcription factor NF-κB in the HEK-Blue hTLR2 cell line...
January 24, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324808/midwives-perceptions-of-partner-presence-in-childbirth-pain-alleviation-in-nigeria-hospitals
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Abigail Uchenna Emelonye, Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, Taina Pitkäaho, Alex Aregbesola
OBJECTIVE: partner presence in the labour room can influence childbirth pain outcomes and maternal well-being. We examined midwives' perception of the use of partner presence in the management of childbirth pain in Nigerian hospitals. DESIGN: a descriptive cross-sectional quantitative study. SETTING: maternity units of four hospitals in Abuja, Nigeria, Jun.-Dec., 2014. PARTICIPANTS: 100 midwives selected through convenience sampling...
March 8, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324720/highly-sensitive-electrochemical-detection-of-palmatine-using-a-biocompatible-multiwalled-carbon-nanotube-poly-l-lysine-composite
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Balamurugan Thirumalraj, Subbiramaniyan Kubendhiran, Shen-Ming Chen, Kuan-Yu Lin
To date, the natural alkaloids are mostly used in the field of pharmacological applications and the active substance of palmatine was extensively used in cancer therapy and other biomedical applications. Hence, in this study we report a simple preparation of poly-l-lysine (PLL) electro-polymerized on the surface of functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNT) for electrochemical detection of palmatine content in human serum and urine samples. The active amino group of PLL plays a vital role towards the oxidation palmatine and exhibits superior electrocatalytic activity...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324010/separating-the-anti-inflammatory-and-diabetogenic-effects-of-glucocorticoids-through-lxr%C3%AE-antagonism
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Rucha Patel, Lilia Magomedova, Ricky Tsai, Stéphane Angers, Arturo Orellana, Carolyn L Cummins
Synthetic glucocorticoids (GCs) including dexamethasone (DEX) are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs. Long-term use of GCs, however, can result in metabolic side effects such as hyperglycemia, hepatosteatosis, and insulin resistance. The glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and liver X receptors (LXRα and LXRβ) regulate overlapping genes involved in gluconeogenesis and inflammation. We have previously shown that Lxrβ-/- mice are resistant to the diabetogenic effects of DEX, but still sensitive to its immunosuppressive actions...
January 27, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323939/tac1-gene-products-regulate-pituitary-hormone-secretion-and-gene-expression-in-prepubertal-grass-carp-pituitary-cells
#6
Guangfu Hu, Mulan He, Wendy K W Ko, Anderson O L Wong
Tachykinin 1 (TAC1) is known to have diverse functions in mammals but similar information is scarce in lower vertebrates including fish species. Using grass carp as a model, the pituitary actions, receptor specificity and post-receptor signaling of TAC1 gene products, namely substance P (SP) and neurokinin A (NKA), were examined. As a first step, TAC1 encoding carp SP and NKA as well as tachykinin receptors NK1R and NK2R were cloned in carp pituitary. Expression studies revealed that the newly cloned receptors were functional and with pharmacological properties similar to mammalian counterparts...
March 13, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323904/pyrrolidine-dithiocarbamate-administered-during-ex-vivo-lung-perfusion-promotes-rehabilitation-of-injured-donor-rat-lungs-obtained-after-prolonged-warm-ischemia
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Cyril Francioli, Xingyu Wang, Roumen Parapanov, Etienne Abdelnour, Jérôme Lugrin, Fabrizio Gronchi, Jean Perentes, Philippe Eckert, Hans-Beat Ris, Lise Piquilloud, Thorsten Krueger, Lucas Liaudet
Damaged lung grafts obtained after circulatory death (DCD lungs) and warm ischemia may be at high risk of reperfusion injury after transplantation. Such lungs could be pharmacologically reconditioned using ex-vivo lung perfusion (EVLP). Since acute inflammation related to the activation of nuclear factor kappaB (NF-κB) is instrumental in lung reperfusion injury, we hypothesized that DCD lungs might be treated during EVLP by pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC), an inhibitor of NF-κB. Rat lungs exposed to 1h warm ischemia and 2 h cold ischemia were subjected to EVLP during 4h, in absence (CTRL group, N = 6) or in presence of PDTC (2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323714/osteointegration-and-resorption-of-intravertebral-and-extravertebral-calcium-phosphate-cement
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Roman Klein, Ralf Tetzlaff, Christel Weiss, Meike-Kristina Schäfer, Michael Tanner, Bernd Wiedenhöfer, Ingo Grafe, Peter-Jürgen Meeder, Gerd Noeldge, Peter P Nawroth, Christian Kasperk
STUDY DESIGN: Eleven patients with painful osteoporotic vertebral fractures who underwent kyphoplasty using calcium phosphate (CaP) cement were followed up for 1 week, 1, 2, and 3 years in a monocentric, nonrandomized, noncontrolled retrospective trial. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates long-term radiomorphologic features of intraosseous CaP cement implants and of extraosseous CaP cement leakages for up to 3 years after implantation by kyphoplasty. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Kyphoplasty is frequently used for the treatment of painful osteoporotic fractures...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323645/pediatric-multiple-sclerosis
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Anusha K Yeshokumar, Sona Narula, Brenda Banwell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses the epidemiologic factors involved in the pathogenesis of pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS), which have been the focus of numerous studies in the last several years. We also review the clinical features (including diagnostic evaluation and differential diagnosis) of, treatment approach to, and prognosis of pediatric MS. RECENT FINDINGS: Up to 10% of patients with MS have their initial demyelinating before the age of 18 years...
March 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323490/triterpenoid-acids-as-important-antiproliferative-constituents-of-european-elderberry-fruits
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Michał Gleńsk, Elżbieta Czapińska, Marta Woźniak, Ireneusz Ceremuga, Maciej Włodarczyk, Grzegorz Terlecki, Piotr Ziółkowski, Ewa Seweryn
In Europe, both the fruits and flowers of Sambucus nigra L. have been used against cold, as well as laxative, diaphoretic, and diuretic remedies. There are also a number of commercially available food products that contain elderberry juice, puréed or dried elderberries. Recent comprehensive literature data on pharmacology and chemistry of Sambuci fructus have encouraged us to screen extracts with different polarities from this plant material against cancer cell lines. The cytotoxic activity of the ethyl acetate and aqueous acetone extracts from elderberries as well as detected triterpenoids on human colon adenocarcinoma cell line (LoVo) and human breast cancer cell line (MCF-7) was investigated by sulforhodamine B assay...
March 21, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320194/acquired-pendular-nystagmus
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REVIEW
Sarah Kang, Aasef G Shaikh
Acquired pendular nystagmus is comprised of quasi-sinusoidal oscillations of the eyes significantly affecting gaze holding and clarity of vision. The most common causes of acquired pendular nystagmus include demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis and the syndrome of ocular palatal tremor. However, several other deficits, such as pharmacological intoxication, metabolic and genetic disorders, and granulomatous disorders can lead to syndromes mimicking acquired pendular nystagmus. Study of the kinematic features of acquired pendular nystagmus has suggested a putative pathophysiology of an otherwise mysterious neurological disorder...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320189/tempol-4-hydroxy-tempo-inhibits-anoxia-induced-progression-of-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-associated-neurobehavioral-impairment-in-neonatal-rats
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Puneet K Samaiya, Gopeshwar Narayan, Ashok Kumar, Sairam Krishnamurthy
BACKGROUND: Anoxia leads to a robust generation of reactive oxygen species/nitrogen species which can result in mitochondrial dysfunction and associated cell death in the cerebral cortex of neonates. AIM: The present study investigated the pharmacological role of tempol in the treatment of rat neonatal cortical mitochondrial dysfunction induced insult progression (day-1 to day-7) and associated neurobehavioral alterations post-anoxia. METHODS: Rat pups of 30h age or postnatal day 2 (PND2) were randomly divided into 5 groups (n=5 per group): (1) Control; (2) Anoxia; (3) Anoxia+Tempol 75mg/kg; (4) Anoxia+Tempol 150mg/kg; and (5) Anoxia+Tempol 300mg/kg, and subjected to two episode of anoxia (10min each) at 24h of time interval in an enclosed chamber supplied with 100% N2...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320163/inhibition-of-17-beta-estradiol-on-neuronal-excitability-via-enhancing-girk1-mediated-inwardly-rectifying-potassium-currents-and-girk1-expression
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Yuwen Zhang, Yian Huang, Guoxiang Wang, Xin Wang, Yun Wang
BACKGROUND: Catamenial epilepsy is a common central nervous system disease in female, which is influenced by the 17-β-estradiol (estrogen) level during the menstrual cycle. Low level (<0.05ng/ml) of estrogen normally accompanies with the perimenstrual classification of catamenial epilepsy, however, without clear mechanism. In previous studies, estrogen has been demonstrated to possess widely regulatory effects on potassium channels. Here, the effect of 17-β-estradiol on modulating inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) currents was investigated in cultured hippocampal neurons...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320100/drosophila-melanogaster-a-potential-model-organism-for-identification-of-pharmacological-properties-of-plants-plant-derived-components
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REVIEW
Komal Panchal, Anand K Tiwari
Plants/plant-derived components have been used from ancient times to treat/cure several human diseases. Plants and their parts possess several chemical components that play the vital role in the improvement of human health and their life expectancy. Allopathic medicines have been playing a key role in the treatment of several diseases. Though allopathic medicines provide fast relief, long time consumption cause serious health concerns such as hyperallergic reactions, liver damage, etc. So, the study of medicinal plants which rarely cause any side effect is very important to mankind...
March 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320073/a-model-linking-video-gaming-sleep-quality-sweet-drinks-consumption-and-obesity-among-children-and-youth
#15
O Turel, A Romashkin, K M Morrison
There is a growing need to curb paediatric obesity. The aim of this study is to untangle associations between video-game-use attributes and obesity as a first step towards identifying and examining possible interventions. Cross-sectional time-lagged cohort study was employed using parent-child surveys (t1) and objective physical activity and physiological measures (t2) from 125 children/adolescents (mean age = 13.06, 9-17-year-olds) who play video games, recruited from two clinics at a Canadian academic children's hospital...
March 20, 2017: Clinical Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320040/mitochondria-as-a-target-for-the-cardioprotective-effects-of-cydonia-oblonga-mill-and-ficus-carica-l-in-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
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Saman Gholami, Mir-Jamal Hosseini, Leila Jafari, Fatemeh Omidvar, Mohammad Kamalinejad, Vida Mashayekhi, Seyed Hojjat Hosseini, Azin Kardan, Jalal Pourahmad, Mohammad Reza Eskandari
Quince (Cydonia oblonga Mill.) and fig (Ficus carica L.) exhibit a broad spectrum of pharmacological activities. Regarding the cardiotoxic effect of doxorubicin (DOX) is mediated mainly through mitochondrial oxidative stress and dysfunction; the present study evaluated the cardioprotective effects of the aqueous extracts of Cydonia oblonga Mill. fruit (ACO) and Ficus carica L. fruit (AFC) against DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. Cardiomyocytes toxicity was induced in male Sprague Dawley rats by intraperitoneal (ip) injections of 2...
March 20, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320034/variations-in-infant-cyp2b6-genotype-associated-with-the-need-for-pharmacological-treatment-for-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-in-infants-of-methadone-maintained-opioid-dependent-mothers
#17
Helen Mactier, Poppy McLaughlin, Cheryl Gillis, Michael David Osselton
Background Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in infants of methadone-maintained opioid-dependent (MMOD) mothers cannot be predicted in individual cases. We investigated whether variation in infant genotype is associated with severity of NAS. Methods This is a pilot observational cohort study of 21 MMOD mothers and their newborns. Infant buccal swabs were obtained soon after delivery, together with a maternal blood sample for the determination of maternal plasma methadone concentration. Genomic variation in five opioid-related genes (ABCB1, COMT, CYP2B6, CYP2D6, and OPRM1) was ascertained from infant buccal swabs and related to need for pharmacological treatment of NAS...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319947/effects-of-capsaicin-on-older-patients-with-oropharyngeal-dysphagia-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-study
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Rui Nakato, Noriaki Manabe, Sayako Shimizu, Kozo Hanayama, Akiko Shiotani, Jiro Hata, Ken Haruma
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The standard of care for older patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD) is poor. Stimulation of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 might become a pharmacological strategy for these patients. This study aimed to compare the therapeutic effect of film food containing 0.75 µg of capsaicin in these patients. METHODS: In a crossover, randomized trial, 49 patients with OD were provided capsaicin or identical placebo at least 7 days apart. Patients' reported symptoms during repeated swallowing, the volume, pH and substance P (SP) concentrations in saliva, and cervical esophageal wall motion evaluated by ultrasonographic tissue Doppler imaging were obtained before and after capsaicin or placebo administration...
March 21, 2017: Digestion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319852/pterostilbene-a-dimethylated-analog-of-resveratrol-promotes-energy-metabolism-in-obese-rats
#19
Koji Nagao, Tomoyuki Jinnouchi, Shunichi Kai, Teruyoshi Yanagita
Pterostilbene (trans-3,5-dimethoxy-4-hydroxystilbene) is a dimethylated analog of resveratrol and has been reported to exert various pharmacological effects. In this study, we evaluated the effect of pterostilbene on the pathogenesis of obesity and energy metabolism in obese rats. Pterostilbene significantly activates silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog-1 and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha in vitro. At 4 weeks a 0.5% pterostilbene diet markedly suppressed the abdominal white adipose tissue (WAT) accumulation in obese rats...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319561/pediatric-enteric-neuropathies-diagnosis-and-current-management
#20
Maggie L Westfal, Allan M Goldstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neurointestinal diseases are increasingly recognized as causes of significant gastrointestinal morbidity in children. This review highlights the most common pediatric enteric neuropathies and their diagnosis and management, emphasizing insights and discoveries from the most recent literature available. RECENT FINDINGS: The embryologic and histopathologic causes of enteric neuropathies are varied. They range from congenital aganglionosis in Hirschsprung disease, to autoimmune-mediated loss of neuronal subtypes in esophageal achalasia and Chagas disease, to degenerative neuropathies in some cases of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction and gastroparesis...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
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