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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538979/stanniocalcin-1-is-an-ocular-hypotensive-agent-and-a-downstream-effector-molecule-that-is-necessary-for-the-intraocular-pressure-lowering-effects-of-latanoprost
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Gavin W Roddy, Kimberly B Viker, Nelson S Winkler, Cindy K Bahler, Bradley H Holman, David Sheikh-Hamad, Uttio Roy Chowdhury, W Daniel Stamer, Michael P Fautsch
Purpose: To identify downstream signaling molecules through which intraocular pressure (IOP) is lowered following treatment with the prostaglandin analog latanoprost. Methods: Total RNA and protein isolated from primary human Schlemm's canal cells (n = 3) treated with latanoprost (free acid; 100 nM) were processed for quantitative PCR and Western blot analysis. IOP was evaluated in stanniocalcin-1 (STC-1-/-) and wild-type mice following treatment with latanoprost or Rho kinase inhibitor Y27632...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538555/the-anatomy-of-the-facial-vein-implications-for-plastic-reconstructive-and-aesthetic-procedures
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Sebastian Cotofana, Hanno Steinke, Alexander Schlattau, Markus Schlager, Jonathan M Sykes, Malcolm Z Roth, Alexander Gaggl, Riccardo E Giunta, Robert H Gotkin, Thilo L Schenck
BACKGROUND: Anatomical knowledge of the facial vasculature is crucial for successful plastic, reconstructive, and minimally invasive procedures of the face. Whereas the majority of previous investigations focused on facial arteries, the precise course, variability, and relationship with adjacent structures of the facial vein have been widely neglected. METHODS: Seventy-two fresh frozen human cephalic cadavers (32 male and 40 female cadavers; mean age, 75.2 ± 10...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538110/the-effect-of-individual-movements-and-interventions-on-the-spread-of-influenza-in-long-term-care-facilities
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Mehdi Najafi, Marek Laskowski, Pieter T de Boer, Evelyn Williams, Ayman Chit, Seyed M Moghadas
BACKGROUND: Nosocomial influenza poses a serious risk among residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs). OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the effect of resident and staff movements and contact patterns on the outcomes of various intervention strategies for influenza control in an LTCF. METHODS: We collected contact frequency data in Canada's largest veterans' LTCF by enroling residents and staff into a study that tracked their movements through wireless tags and signal receivers...
May 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537933/hypersensitivity-reactions-to-gadolinium-based-contrast-agents
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Jie Shen Fok, William B Smith
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) have been utilized since the late 1980s to enhance the diagnostic value of MRI studies. They are known to have excellent safety profile and serious adverse reactions are uncommon despite widespread global use. However, immediate hypersensitivity reactions are well described in the literature, with urticaria the most common manifestation. Anaphylaxis can occur, though fatality is extremely rare. This review explores the incidence of GBCA-related hypersensitivity reactions and highlights potential risk factors...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534682/diabetic-ketoacidosis-a-common-debut-of-diabetes-among-african-americans-with-type-2-diabetes
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Priyathama Vellanki, Guillermo E Umpierrez
OBJECTIVE: More than half of African Americans (AA) with a new diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis have clinical and metabolic features of type 2 diabetes during follow-up. This particular presentation of diabetes has been termed as ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes (KPDM) or atypical diabetes. METHODS: We review the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology and acute and long-term management of AA with KPDM and compare these similarities to patients with type 2 diabetes...
May 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533635/tc-99m-ethylenedicysteine-and-tc-99m-dimercaptosuccinic-acid-scintigraphy-comparison-of-the-two-for-detection-of-scarring-and-differential-cortical-function
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Anitha Dharmalingam, Shwetal U Pawar, Sandesh V Parelkar, Suruchi S Shetye, Mangala K Ghorpade, Gundu H Tilve
CONTEXT: The differential cortical function obtained by Tc-99m EC is comparable to that of Tc-99m DMSA. However, identification of scars on Tc-99m EC images needs to be studied. AIMS: The aim of the study is to evaluate role of Tc-99m EC for detection of scarring and differential cortical function by comparing with Tc-99m DMSA. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Prospective observational study of recurrent UTI; minimum 6 weeks after acute episode; when urine examination is negative for pus cells...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine: IJNM: the Official Journal of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533242/coadministration-of-liposomal-amphotericin-b-and-contrast-medium-does-not-increase-risk-of-kidney-injury
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John C O'Horo, Douglas R Osmon, Omar M Abu Saleh, Jasmine R Marcelin, Kamel A Gharaibeh, Abdurrahman M Hamadah, Amelia K Barwise, Bryce M Kayhart, Jennifer S McDonald, Robert J McDonald, Nelson Leung
Intravenous radiographic contrast medium and amphotericin B are commonly required in the care of patients with fungal infections. Both interventions have proposed nephrotoxicity through similar mechanisms. We systematically examined patients who received coadministration of liposomal amphotericin B (AmBisome; GE Healthcare) and intravenous contrast medium within a 24-hour period and compared them with patients who underwent non--contrast medium studies. We found 114 cases and 85 controls in our study period...
May 22, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533239/plasmodium-falciparum-and-p-vivax-demonstrate-contrasting-chloroquine-resistance-reversal-phenotypes
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Grennady Wirjanata, Irene Handayuni, Pak Prayoga, Leo Leonardo, Dwi Apriyanti, Leily Trianty, Ruland Wandosa, Basbak Gobay, Enny Kenangalem, Jeanne Rini Poespoprodjo, Rintis Noviyanti, Dennis E Kyle, Qin Cheng, Ric N Price, Jutta Marfurt
High-grade chloroquine (CQ) resistance has emerged in both P. falciparum and P. vivax The aim of the present study was to investigate phenotypic differences of CQ resistance in both of these species and the ability of known CQ resistance reversal agents (CQRRAs) to alter CQ susceptibility.Between April 2015 and April 2016, the potential of verapamil (VP), mibefradil (MF), L703,606 (L7), and primaquine (PQ) to reverse CQ resistance was assessed in 46 P. falciparum and 34 P. vivax clinical isolates in Papua, Indonesia, where CQ resistance is present in both species, using a modified schizont maturation assay...
May 22, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533234/differential-activity-of-the-oral-glucan-synthase-inhibitor-scy-078-against-wild-type-and-echinocandin-resistant-strains-of-candida-spp
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Michael A Pfaller, Shawn A Messer, Paul R Rhomberg, Mariana Castanheira
SCY-078 (formerly MK-3118) is a novel orally active inhibitor of fungal β- (1, 3)-glucan synthase (GS). SCY-078 is a derivative of enfumafungin and is structurally distinct from the echinocandin class of antifungal agents. We evaluated the in vitro activity of this compound against wild-type (WT) and echinocandin-resistant isolates containing mutations in the FKS genes of Candida spp. Against 36 Candida spp. FKS mutants tested, 30 (83.3%) were non-WT to 1 or more echinocandins and only 9 (25.0%) were non-WT (MIC, >WT-upper limit) to SCY-078...
May 22, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533078/simulation-of-carotid-artery-stenting-reduces-training-procedure-and-fluoroscopy-times
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Andre F Gosling, Daniel E Kendrick, Ann H Kim, Anil Nagavalli, Ethan S Kimball, Nathaniel T Liu, Vikram S Kashyap, John C Wang
OBJECTIVE: Outcomes from carotid artery stenting (CAS) are related to experience and technical expertise of the operator. Simulation of CAS may enhance clinical proficiency. We interrogated the impact of endovascular simulation of CAS procedures in operators who are at various stages of training. METHODS: Twelve trainees (students [n = 4]; junior surgery residents, postgraduate year [PGY] 1-3 [n = 4]; and senior surgery residents or fellows, PGY 4-7 [n = 4]) were apprised of characteristics of an endovascular simulator and CAS procedures...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532831/cryosurvival-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-produced-bovine-embryos-supplemented-with-l-carnitine-and-concurrent-reduction-of-fatty-acids
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E Held-Hoelker, S L Klein, F Rings, D Salilew-Wondim, M Saeed-Zidane, C Neuhoff, D Tesfaye, K Schellander, M Hoelker
Lipid accumulation is associated with reduced embryonic quality, causing limited survival after cryopreservation. Therefore, in the present study we aimed to reveal the effects of supplementation of a lipid reducing agent, l-carnitine and the removal of fatty acids during in vitro culture on the morphological as well as on the molecular level. To accomplish that, presumptive zygotes were cultured in 4 contrasting groups: namely SOFaa medium supplemented with BSA, (BSA), SOFaa medium supplemented with fatty acid free BSA (FAF), SOFaa medium supplemented with BSA as well as l-Carnitine (BSA + LC) and SOFaa medium concurrently supplemented with fatty acid free BSA and l-Carnitine (FAF + LC)...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532763/nanomaterial-enabled-cancer-therapy
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Sabina Quader, Kazunori Kataoka
While cancer remains the major cause of death worldwide, nanomaterial (NM)-based diagnosis and treatment modalities are showing remarkable potential to better tackle clinical oncology by effectively targeting therapeutic agents to tumors. NMs can selectively accumulate in solid tumors, and they can improve the bioavailability and reduce the toxicity of encapsulated cytotoxic agents. Additional noteworthy functions of NMs in cancer treatment include the delivery of contrast agents to image tumor sites, delivery of genetic materials for gene therapy, and co-delivery of multiple agents to achieve combination therapy or simultaneous diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532702/trimetazidine-in-the-prevention-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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Tarek A Ibrahim, Ramzy H El-Mawardy, Ahmed S El-Serafy, Ehab M El-Fekky
BACKGROUND: Contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) may be defined as Acute Renal Failure (ARF) that occurs within 24-72h of exposure to intra-venous or intra-arterial iodinated contrast media that cannot be attributed to other causes. CIN occurs in up to 5% of hospitalized patients with normal renal function prior to injection of contrast media. It occurs more frequently in patients with renal impairment particularly if associated with diabetic nephropathy. Among all procedures utilizing contrast agents for either diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary interventions are associated with the highest rates of CIN...
February 10, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532411/aldehyde-dehydrogenase-2-2-knock-in-mice-show-increased-reactive-oxygen-species-production-in-response-to-cisplatin-treatment
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Jeewon Kim, Che-Hong Chen, Jieying Yang, Daria Mochly-Rosen
BACKGROUND: The aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzyme family metabolizes and detoxifies both exogenous and endogenous aldehydes. Since chemotherapeutic agents, such as cisplatin, generate cytotoxic aldehydes and oxidative stress, and chemoresistant cancer cells express high levels of ALDH enzymes, we hypothesized that different ALDH expression within cells may show different chemosensitivity. ALDH2 has the lowest Km for acetaldehyde among ALDH isozymes and detoxifies acetaldehydes in addition to other reactive aldehydes, such as 4-hydroxy-nonenal, malondialdehyde and acrolein produced from lipid peroxidation by reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532176/synthesis-of-n-alkylated-chitosan-and-its-interactions-with-blood
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Yuchen Huang, Yi Zhang, Longbao Feng, Liumin He, Rui Guo, Wei Xue
When hydrophobically modified chitosan (HM-CHI) comes into contact with red blood cells (RBCs), it can cause agglomeration. This property leads HM-CHI to be a potential agent to form a rapid haemostatic plug to stop bleeding at wound sites. In this study, we investigated the properties of the HM-CHI biopolymer to act as an agent that rapidly clots blood. We have examined the synthesis and structural characteristics of HM-CHI - blood substances using X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and elemental analysis...
May 22, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531554/efficacy-of-bacillus-subtilis-and-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-in-the-control-of-aspergillus-parasiticus-growth-and-aflatoxins-production-on-pistachio
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Fatemeh Siahmoshteh, Ilenia Siciliano, Houda Banani, Zohreh Hamidi-Esfahani, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh, Maria Lodovica Gullino, Davide Spadaro
Pistachio (Pistacia vera) is an important nut for its economic, nutritional and health aspects but it can be contaminated by aflatoxigenic fungi in the field and during storage. Biological control could be considered as an alternative to chemical treatment. In this study, we evaluated the antifungal and anti-mycotoxigenic capability of two Bacillus spp. both in vitro and on pistachio kernels. In in vitro conditions, both strains were able to reduce the mycelial growth and they were able to degrade the four aflatoxins during the first three days after inoculation...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531347/stacked-gold-nanodisks-for-bimodal-photoacoustic-and-optical-coherence-imaging
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Jung-Sub Wi, Jisoo Park, Heesung Kang, Donggeun Jung, Sang-Won Lee, Tae Geol Lee
Herein, we report on biological imaging nanoprobes: physically-synthesized gold nanodisks that have inherent optical advantages-a wide range of resonant wavelengths, tunable ratio of light absorption-to-scattering, and responsiveness to random incident light-due to their two-dimensional circular nanostructure. Based on our proposed physical synthesis where gold is vacuum-deposited onto a pre-patterned polymer template and released from the substrate in the form of a nanodisk, monodisperse two-dimensional gold nanodisks were prepared with independent control of their diameter and thickness...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531095/synthesis-of-1-2-3-triazolo-4-5-h-quinolone-derivatives-with-novel-anti-microbial-properties-against-metronidazole-resistant-helicobacter-pylori
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Mohammad Abu-Sini, Amal Mayyas, Nehaya Al-Karablieh, Rula Darwish, Yusuf Al-Hiari, Talal Aburjai, Shereen Arabiyat, Luay Abu-Qatouseh
Helicobacter pylori infection can lead to gastritis, peptic ulcer, and the development of mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma. Treatment and eradication of H. pylori infection can prevent relapse and accelerate the healing of gastric and duodenal ulcers as well as regression of malignancy. Due to the increasing emergence of antibiotic resistance among clinical isolates of H. pylori, alternative approaches using newly discovered antimicrobial agents in combination with the standard antibiotic regimens for the treatment of H...
May 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530407/a-gadolinium-complex-of-1-4-7-10-tetraazacyclododecane-1-4-7-trisacetic-acid-do3a-ethoxybenzyl-eob-conjugate-as-a-new-macrocyclic-hepatobiliary-mri-contrast-agent
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Ah Rum Baek, Hee-Kyung Kim, Subin Park, Gang Ho Lee, Hyo Jeung Kang, Jae Chang Jung, Joon-Suk Park, Hun-Kyu Ryeom, Tae-Jeong Kim, Yongmin Chang
We report the synthesis of a macrocyclic Gd chelate based on a 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7-trisacetic acid (DO3A) coordination cage bearing an ethoxybenzyl (EOB) moiety and discuss its use as a T1 hepatobiliary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent. The new macrocyclic liver agent shows high chelation stability and high r1 relaxivity compared with linear-type Gd chelates, which are the current clinically approved liver agents. Our macrocyclic, liver-specific Gd chelate was evaluated in vivo through biodistribution analysis and liver MRI, which demonstrated its high tumor detection sensitivity and suggested that the new Gd complex is a promising contrast agent for liver cancer imaging...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529640/lung-cancer-targeting-peptides-with-multi-subtype-indication-for-combinational-drug-delivery-and-molecular-imaging
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Yi-Hsuan Chi, Jong-Kai Hsiao, Ming-Huang Lin, Chen Chang, Chun-Hsin Lan, Han-Chung Wu
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Most targeted drugs approved for lung cancer treatment are tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) directed against EGFR or ALK, and are used mainly for adenocarcinoma. At present, there is no effective or tailored targeting agent for large cell carcinoma (LCC) or small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Therefore, we aimed to identify targeting peptides with diagnostic and therapeutic utility that possess broad subtype specificity for SCLC and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
2017: Theranostics
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