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Mohamed A Korany, Hoda Mahgoub, Rim S Haggag, Marwa A A Ragab, Osama A Elmallah
A direct, eco-friendly, stability-indicating GC method was developed for the determination of Lacosamide (LCM) in tablet dosage forms in presence of its degradation products as well as in human urine in presence of the co-administered drug Zonisamide (ZON). The assay method in tablets was validated according to the ICH guidelines, while the method for determination of LCM in urine was validated according to FDA; Bioanalytical Method Validation guidance. Linear response (r = 0.9998) was observed over the range of 20-280 μg/mL of LCM, with detection and quantitation limits of 5...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Stanley M Walls, Anthony Cammarato, Dale A Chatfield, Karen Ocorr, Greg L Harris, Rolf Bodmer
Lipotoxic cardiomyopathy (LCM) is characterized by abnormal myocardial accumulation of lipids, including ceramide; however, the contribution of ceramide to the etiology of LCM is unclear. Here, we investigated the association of ceramide metabolism and ceramide-interacting proteins (CIPs) in LCM in the Drosophila heart model. We find that ceramide feeding or ceramide-elevating genetic manipulations are strongly associated with cardiac dilation and defects in contractility. High ceramide-associated LCM is prevented by inhibiting ceramide synthesis, establishing a robust model of direct ceramide-associated LCM, corroborating previous indirect evidence in mammals...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Amr Badawy, Toshimi Kaido, Atsushi Yoshizawa, Shintaro Yagi, Ken Fukumitsu, Hideaki Okajima, Shinji Uemoto
BACKGROUND: The impact of HLA compatibility and positive lymphocyte cross-match (LCM) on organ transplantation is well-recognized particularly in kidney and heart transplantation, however, it is still debatable in liver transplantation (LT). So, the aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of HLA mismatch and positive LCM on the outcome of LT. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the data of all adult recipients who underwent living donor LT at our institute between January 2010 and July 2016...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
Izabela Laczmanska, Maria Sasiadek, Lukasz Laczmanski
BACKGROUND/AIM: Laser capture microdissection (LCM) is one of the most important tools in molecular and histopathological tissue analysis. We compared the expression level of protein phosphatase genes in LCM and surgical colorectal cancer samples to evaluate whether there is a significant difference in molecular profiling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The expression levels of 99 protein phosphatase and 15 control genes were analysed in 104 microdissected, 81 surgical colorectal cancer and 25 control samples...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
Ziba Karimi, Mojtaba Shamsipur, Mahmoud Amouzadeh Tabrizi, Sadegh Rostamnia
In this study, a novel electrochemical sensor for the determination of methanol based on palladium nanoparticles supported on Santa barbara amorphous-15- PrNHEtNH2 (PdNPs@SBA-15-PrEn) as nanocatalysis platform is presented. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electrochemical methods are employed to characterize the PdNPs@SBA-15-PrEn nanocomposite. The Nafion-Pd@SBA-15-PrEn modified glassy carbon electrode (Nafion-PdNPs@SBA-15-PrEn/GCE) displayed the high electrochemical activity and excellent catalytic characteristic for electro-oxidation of methanol in an alkaline solution...
February 21, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
Fernando Á Fernández-Álvarez, Annie Machordom, Ricardo García-Jiménez, César A Salinas-Zavala, Roger Villanueva
Cephalopods are primarily active predators throughout life. Flying squids (family Ommastrephidae) represents the most widely distributed and ecologically important family of cephalopods. While the diets of adult flying squids have been extensively studied, the first feeding diet of early paralarvae remains a mystery. The morphology of this ontogenetic stage notably differs from other cephalopod paralarvae, suggesting a different feeding strategy. Here, a combination of Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM) and DNA metabarcoding of wild-collected paralarvae gut contents for eukaryotic 18S v9 and prokaryotic 16S rRNA was applied, covering almost every life domain...
February 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lyndsay Avery, Jessica Filderman, Andrea L Szymczak-Workman, Lawrence P Kane
Tim-3 is highly expressed on a subset of T cells during T cell exhaustion in settings of chronic viral infection and tumors. Using lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) Clone 13, a model for chronic infection, we found that Tim-3 was neither necessary nor sufficient for the development of T cell exhaustion. Nonetheless, expression of Tim-3 was sufficient to drive resistance to PD-L1 blockade therapy during chronic infection. Strikingly, expression of Tim-3 promoted the development of short-lived effector T cells, at the expense of memory precursor development, after acute LCMV infection...
February 20, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Masaharu Iwasaki, Petra Minder, Yíngyún Caì, Jens H Kuhn, John R Yates, Bruce E Torbett, Juan C de la Torre
Several mammalian arenaviruses (mammarenaviruses) cause hemorrhagic fevers in humans and pose serious public health concerns in their endemic regions. Additionally, mounting evidence indicates that the worldwide-distributed, prototypic mammarenavirus, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), is a neglected human pathogen of clinical significance. Concerns about human-pathogenic mammarenaviruses are exacerbated by of the lack of licensed vaccines, and current anti-mammarenavirus therapy is limited to off-label use of ribavirin that is only partially effective...
February 20, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Albert Collins Nganou Assonkeng, Noam Adir, Martin Mkandawire
Understanding of electronic energy transition (EET) mechanisms from the light-harvesting unit to the reaction centre in a natural system has been limited by; (a) the use of conventional transient time-resolved spectroscopy at room temperature, which result in high signal-to-noise ratio; and (b) examining extracts instead of intact light-harvesting units. Here, we report previously unknown differences and new insight in EET of two cyanobacteria species, Acaryochloris marina and Thermosynechoccocus vulvanus, which have been found only after using Uv-vis, hole-burning and fluorescence spectroscopy at ultra-low temperature and examining their intact light-harvesting unit, phycobilisomes (PBS)...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Martin Trapecar, Shahzada Khan, Benjamin L Cohn, Frank Wu, Shomyseh Sanjabi
Determining the magnitude of local immune response during mucosal exposure to viral pathogens is critical to understanding the mechanism of viral pathogenesis. We previously showed that vaginal inoculation of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) fails to induce a robust innate immune response in the lower female reproductive tract (FRT), allowing high titer viral replication and a delay in T-cell-mediated viral control. Despite this immunological delay, LCMV replication remained confined mainly to the FRT and the draining iliac lymph node...
February 19, 2018: Mucosal Immunology
Mohammad Reza Shooshtarian, Mansooreh Dehghani, Ferrante Margherita, Oliveri Conti Gea, Shima Mortezazadeh
This study aggregated Land Change Modeller (LCM) as a useful model in GIS with an extended Groundwater Quality Index (GWQI) developed by fuzzy Multi-Criteria Group Decision-Making models to investigate the effect of land use change and conversion on groundwater quality being supplied for drinking. The model's performance was examined through an applied study in Shiraz, Iran, in a five year period (2011 to 2015). Four land use maps including urban, industrial, garden, and bare were employed in LCM model and the impact of change in area and their conversion to each other on GWQI changes was analysed...
February 14, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Amélie D Zaza, Cécile H Herbreteau, Christophe N Peyrefitte, Sébastien F Emonet
Mammarenaviruses bud out of infected cells via the recruitment of the endosomal sorting complex required for transport through late domain motifs localized into their Z protein. Here, we demonstrated that mammarenaviruses lacking this protein can be rescued and are replicative, despite a 3-log reduction in virion production, in BHK-21 cells, but not in five other cell lines. Mutations of putative late domain motifs identified into the viral nucleoprotein resulted in the almost complete abolition of infectious virion production by Z-deleted mammarenaviruses...
February 13, 2018: Virology
Christian Brandt, Christian G Bien, Renate Helmer, Theodor W May
Therapeutic drug monitoring of antiepileptic drugs is based on patient serum samples. In this study, we evaluated the correlation between lacosamide (LCM) steady state concentrations in serum and saliva samples. Additionally, we investigated the relation with daily dose, and assessed the feasibility of saliva collection. This was an open-label, single center study including data from 25 patients at the Bethel Epilepsy Center treated with LCM (50-650 mg/d). Samples were collected in the morning (fasting values) and in selected cases at 50 minutes to 5 hours after the morning dose...
February 16, 2018: Epilepsia
Marcus Lundberg, Anton Stenwall, Angie Tegehall, Olle Korsgren, Oskar Skog
It is currently unknown how the islet transcriptional pattern changes as glucose metabolism deteriorates and progresses to fulminant type 2 diabetes (T2D). In this study, we hypothesized that islets from donors with elevated HbA1c levels, but not yet diagnosed with T2D, would show signs of cell stress on a transcriptional level. Laser capture microdissection and qPCR arrays including 330 genes related to mitochondria, oxidative stress, or the unfolded protein response were used to extract and analyze islets from organ donors with HbA1c <5...
February 15, 2018: Islets
Nikole L Warner, Jenny D Jokinen, Juliane I Beier, Kevin J Sokoloski, Igor S Lukashevich
Mammarenavirusesare single-stranded RNA viruses with a bisegmented ambisense genome. Ingestion has been shown as a natural route of transmission for both Lassa virus (LASV) and Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV). Due to the mechanism of transmission, epithelial tissues are among the first host cells to come in contact with the viruses, and as such they potentially play a role in spread of virus to naïve hosts. The role of the intestinal epithelia during arenavirus infection remains to be uncharacterized...
February 10, 2018: Viruses
M C Lardone, F Argandoña, M Lorca, A Piottante, M Flórez, C Palma, M Ebensperger, A Castro
STUDY QUESTION: Is the expression of steroidogenic enzyme 17α-Hydroxylase/17,20-Lyase (CYP17A1) downregulated in Leydig cells (LCs) of men with spermatogenic failure and compensated impairment of LC function i.e. a low testosterone to LH (T/LH) ratio? SUMMARY ANSWER: Although the transcriptional expression of CYP17A1 is increased, its protein expression is decreased, in isolated LCs of men with spermatogenic failure and reduced serum T/LH. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Primary spermatogenic defects have been associated with functional and morphological abnormalities of LCs, characterized by decreased serum testosterone (T) levels, decreased T/LH, increased 17β-estradiol (E2) and E2/T ratio, and larger clusters of LCs (LC hyperplasia)...
February 9, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Alyne Simões, Zujian Chen, Yan Zhao, Lin Chen, Virgilia Macias, Luisa A DiPietro, Xiaofeng Zhou
MicroRNAs are ~22 nucleotide-long noncoding RNAs influencing many cellular processes (including wound healing) by their regulatory functions on gene expression. The ability to analyze microRNA in different cells at the wound site is essential for understanding the critical role(s) of microRNA during various phases of wound healing. Laser capture micro-dissection (LCM) is an effective method to distinguish between relevant and non-relevant cells or tissues and enables the researcher to obtain homogeneous, ultra-pure samples from heterogeneous starting material...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Anna Majer, Stephanie A Booth
Brain is a highly heterogeneous organ with numerous layers of specialized cells. Viral infection further adds complexity to downstream analysis because only a subpopulation of the brain is infected. In these instances, molecular changes that occur within infected cells are not truly reflected when whole tissue is used for downstream analysis. Laser capture microdissection (LCM) is a tool that allows for the selection and isolation of cells or regions of interest as determined by microscopic observation. It provides a platform for visually selecting the tissue that truly represents the material one wishes to study, such as viral infected cells...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yurdanur Uçar, İpek Aysan Meriç, Orhun Ekren
PURPOSE: To compare the fracture mechanics, microstructure, and elemental composition of lithography-based ceramic manufacturing with pressing and CAD/CAM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Disc-shaped specimens (16 mm diameter, 1.2 mm thick) were used for mechanical testing (n = 10/group). Biaxial flexural strength of three groups (In-Ceram alumina [ICA], lithography-based alumina, ZirkonZahn) were determined using the "piston on 3-ball" technique as suggested in test Standard ISO-6872...
February 11, 2018: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
Jie Miao, Jaka Sunarso, Xiaoguang Duan, Wei Zhou, Shaobin Wang, Zongping Shao
The efficient oxidative removal of persistent organic components in wastewater relies on low-cost heterogeneous catalysts that offer high catalytic activity, stability, and recyclability. Here, we designed a series of nanostructured Co-Mn containing perovskite catalysts, LaCo1-xMnxO3+δ (LCM, x = 0, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, and 1.0), with over-stoichiometric oxygen (δ > 0) to show superior catalytic activity for the degradation of a variety of persistent aqueous organic pollutants by activating peroxymonosulfate (PMS)...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
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