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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803438/inhibitor-of-endocannabinoid-deactivation-protects-against-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-neurotoxic-effects-of-paraoxon
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Karen L G Farizatto, Sara A McEwan, Vinogran Naidoo, Spyros P Nikas, Vidyanand G Shukla, Michael F Almeida, Aaron Byrd, Heather Romine, David A Karanian, Alexandros Makriyannis, Ben A Bahr
The anticholinesterase paraoxon (Pxn) is related to military nerve agents that increase acetylcholine levels, trigger seizures, and cause excitotoxic damage in the brain. In rat hippocampal slice cultures, high-dose Pxn was applied resulting in a presynaptic vulnerability evidenced by a 64% reduction in synapsin IIb (syn IIb) levels, whereas the postsynaptic protein GluR1 was unchanged. Other signs of Pxn-induced cytotoxicity include the oxidative stress-related production of stable 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE)-protein adducts...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794144/nasal-high-flow-therapy-a-novel-treatment-rather-than-a-more-expensive-oxygen-device
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REVIEW
Eleni Ischaki, Ioannis Pantazopoulos, Spyros Zakynthinos
Nasal high flow is a promising novel oxygen delivery device, whose mechanisms of action offer some beneficial effects over conventional oxygen systems. The administration of a high flow of heated and humidified gas mixture promotes higher and more stable inspiratory oxygen fraction values, decreases anatomical dead space and generates a positive airway pressure that can reduce the work of breathing and enhance patient comfort and tolerance. Nasal high flow has been used as a prophylactic tool or as a treatment device mostly in patients with acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure, with the majority of studies showing positive results...
September 30, 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775113/dialysis-associated-steal-syndrome-with-limb-ischaemia
#3
Dimitrios Karavias, Ioannis Tsolakis, Spyros Papadoulas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 3, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772802/strong-photoluminescence-enhancement-of-silicon-oxycarbide-through-defect-engineering
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Brian Ford, Natasha Tabassum, Vasileios Nikas, Spyros Gallis
The following study focuses on the photoluminescence (PL) enhancement of chemically synthesized silicon oxycarbide (SiCxOy) thin films and nanowires through defect engineering via post-deposition passivation treatments. SiCxOy materials were deposited via thermal chemical vapor deposition (TCVD), and exhibit strong white light emission at room-temperature. Post-deposition passivation treatments were carried out using oxygen, nitrogen, and forming gas (FG, 5% H₂, 95% N₂) ambients, modifying the observed white light emission...
April 23, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769580/esophageal-motility-after-laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy
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Eleni Sioka, George Tzovaras, Fotios Tsiopoulos, Dimitris Papamargaritis, Spyros Potamianos, Constantine Chatzitheofilou, Dimitris Zacharoulis
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) modifies the upper gastrointestinal tract motility. Controversial data currently exist. The aim of the study was to evaluate esophageal motility before and after LSG. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Morbid obese patients scheduled for LSG underwent reflux symptoms evaluation and manometry preoperatively and postoperatively. The preoperative and postoperative results were compared and analyzed. RESULTS: Eighteen patients were enrolled...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732790/performance-of-the-%C3%AE-lacta-test-for-rapid-detection-of-expanded-spectrum-cephalosporin-nonsusceptible-enterobacteriaceae
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Georgia Vrioni, Vasiliki Mamali, Olympia Zarkotou, Evaggelia Voulgari, Evaggelia Dimitroulia, Katerina Themeli-Digalaki, Spyros Pournaras, Athanassios Tsakris
OBJECTIVES: To study the performance of the rapid chromogenic βLACTA test for the rapid detection of expanded-spectrum cephalosporin (ESC) nonsusceptibility among Enterobacteriaceae, in a region endemic for potent β-lactamases. METHODS: The βLACTA test was applied prospectively on 235 consecutive Enterobacteriaceae clinical isolates and163 previously characterized ESC-nonsusceptible Enterobacteriaceae producing a range of β-lactamases. RESULTS: βLACTA exhibited excellent sensitivity (96...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706923/influence-of-abo-blood-group-on-sports-performance
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Giuseppe Lippi, Giorgio Gandini, Gian Luca Salvagno, Spyros Skafidas, Luca Festa, Elisa Danese, Martina Montagnana, Fabian Sanchis-Gomar, Cantor Tarperi, Federico Schena
BACKGROUND: Despite being a recessive trait, the O blood group is the most frequent worldwide among the ABO blood types. Since running performance has been recognized as a major driver of evolutionary advantage in humans, we planned a study to investigate whether the ABO blood group may have an influence on endurance running performance in middle-aged recreational athletes. METHODS: The study population consisted of 52 recreational, middle-aged, Caucasian athletes (mean age: 49±13 years, body mass index, 23...
June 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706727/pd_manager-an-mhealth-platform-for-parkinson-s-disease-patient-management
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Kostas M Tsiouris, Dimitrios Gatsios, George Rigas, Dragana Miljkovic, Barbara Koroušić Seljak, Marko Bohanec, Maria T Arredondo, Angelo Antonini, Spyros Konitsiotis, Dimitrios D Koutsouris, Dimitrios I Fotiadis
PD_Manager is a mobile health platform designed to cover most of the aspects regarding the management of Parkinson's disease (PD) in a holistic approach. Patients are unobtrusively monitored using commercial wrist and insole sensors paired with a smartphone, to automatically estimate the severity of most of the PD motor symptoms. Besides motor symptoms monitoring, the patient's mobile application also provides various non-motor self-evaluation tests for assessing cognition, mood and nutrition to motivate them in becoming more active in managing their disease...
June 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698090/the-superior-frontal-transsulcal-approach-to-the-anterior-ventricular-system-exploring-the-sulcal-and-subcortical-anatomy-using-anatomic-dissections-and-dti-tractography
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Christos Koutsarnakis, Faidon Liakos, Aristotelis V Kalyvas, Georgios P Skandalakis, Spyros Komaitis, Fotini Christidi, Efstratios Karavasilis, Evangellia Liouta, George Stranjalis
OBJECTIVE: To explore the superior frontal sulcus morphology, trajectory of the applied surgical corridor and white matter bundles that are traversed during the superior frontal transsulcal transventricular approach METHODS: Twenty (20) normal, adult, formalin-fixed cerebral hemispheres and two (2) cadaveric heads were included in the study. The superior frontal sulcus (SFS) topography, morphology and dimensions were recorded in all specimens. Fourteen (14) hemispheres were investigated through the fiber dissection technique while the remaining six (6) were explored using coronal cuts...
July 8, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685492/role-of-intramuscular-levofolinate-administration-in%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-treatment-of-hereditary-folate-malabsorption-report-of-three-cases
#10
Emanuela Manea, Paul Gissen, Simon Pope, Simon J Heales, Spyros Batzios
Hereditary folate malabsorption is a rare autosomal recessive disorder caused by impaired active folate transport across membranes and into the central nervous system due to loss-of-function mutations in proton-coupled folate transporter (PCFT). Newborns with this condition have initially normal folate stores, but as they are unable to absorb dietary folate and use rapidly their stores because of their growth demands, symptoms appear in the early infancy. Significant neurological morbidity usually follows the initial non-specific clinical presentation and delayed initiation of treatment...
July 7, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684976/use-of-costic-acid-a-natural-extract-from-dittrichia-viscosa-for-the-control-of-varroa-destructor-a-parasite-of-the-european-honey-bee
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Kalliopi Sofou, Demosthenis Isaakidis, Apostolos Spyros, Anita Büttner, Athanassios Giannis, Haralambos E Katerinopoulos
Costic acid has been isolated from the plant Dittrichia viscosa and its efficacy against Varroa destructor, a parasite of Apis mellifera, the European honey bee, has been studied. Costic acid exhibited potent in vivo acaricidal activity against the parasite. Initial experiments showed that the compound is not toxic for human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) at concentrations of up to 230 micromolar (μM), indicating that costic acid could be used as a safe, low-cost and efficient agent for controlling varroosis in honey bee colonies...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678776/crystal-structures-of-agonist-bound-human-cannabinoid-receptor-cb1
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Tian Hua, Kiran Vemuri, Spyros P Nikas, Robert B Laprairie, Yiran Wu, Lu Qu, Mengchen Pu, Anisha Korde, Shan Jiang, Jo-Hao Ho, Gye Won Han, Kang Ding, Xuanxuan Li, Haiguang Liu, Michael A Hanson, Suwen Zhao, Laura M Bohn, Alexandros Makriyannis, Raymond C Stevens, Zhi-Jie Liu
The cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) is the principal target of the psychoactive constituent of marijuana, the partial agonist Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ(9)-THC). Here we report two agonist-bound crystal structures of human CB1 in complex with a tetrahydrocannabinol (AM11542) and a hexahydrocannabinol (AM841) at 2.80 Å and 2.95 Å resolution, respectively. The two CB1-agonist complexes reveal important conformational changes in the overall structure, relative to the antagonist-bound state, including a 53% reduction in the volume of the ligand-binding pocket and an increase in the surface area of the G-protein-binding region...
July 27, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677397/c1-azacycloalkyl-hexahydrocannabinols
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Thanh C Ho, Naoyuki Shimada, Marcus A Tius, Spyros P Nikas, Wen Zhang, Alexandros Makriyannis
We report the design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of a novel class of cannabinergic ligands, namely C1'-azacycloalkyl hexahydrocannabinols. Our synthetic approaches utilize an advanced common chiral intermediate triflate from which all analogues could be derived. Key synthetic steps involve microwave-assisted Liebeskind-Srogl C-C cross-coupling and palladium-catalyzed decarboxylative coupling reactions. The C1'-N-methylazetidinyl and C1'-N-methylpyrrolidinyl analogues were found to be high affinity ligands for the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666479/desert-dust-outbreaks-and-respiratory-morbidity-in-athens-greece
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Stavroula-Myrto Trianti, Evangelia Samoli, Sophia Rodopoulou, Klea Katsouyanni, Spyros A Papiris, Anna Karakatsani
BACKGROUND: Ambient particulate matter (PM) has an adverse effect on respiratory morbidity. Desert dust outbreaks contribute to increased PM levels but the toxicity of desert dust mixed with anthropogenic pollutants needs clarification. METHODS: We identified 132 days with desert dust episodes and 177 matched days by day of the week, season, temperature and humidity between 2001 and 2006 in Athens, Greece. We collected data on regulated pollutants and daily emergency outpatient visits and admissions for respiratory causes...
July 1, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659922/a-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanovaccine-based-on-chimeric-peptides-from-different-leishmania-infantum-proteins-induces-dendritic-cells-maturation-and-promotes-peptide-specific-ifn%C3%AE-producing-cd8-t-cells-essential-for-the-protection-against-experimental-visceral
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Evita Athanasiou, Maria Agallou, Spyros Tastsoglou, Olga Kammona, Artemis Hatzigeorgiou, Costas Kiparissides, Evdokia Karagouni
Visceral leishmaniasis, caused by Leishmania (L.) donovani and L. infantum protozoan parasites, can provoke overwhelming and protracted epidemics, with high case-fatality rates. An effective vaccine against the disease must rely on the generation of a strong and long-lasting T cell immunity, mediated by CD4(+) TH1 and CD8(+) T cells. Multi-epitope peptide-based vaccine development is manifesting as the new era of vaccination strategies against Leishmania infection. In this study, we designed chimeric peptides containing HLA-restricted epitopes from three immunogenic L...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659858/biometric-digital-health-technology-for-measuring-motor-function-in-parkinson-s-disease-results-from-a-feasibility-and-patient-satisfaction-study
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Georgia Mitsi, Enrique Urrea Mendoza, Benjamin D Wissel, Elena Barbopoulou, Alok K Dwivedi, Ioannis Tsoulos, Athanassios Stavrakoudis, Alberto J Espay, Spyros Papapetropoulos
OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility, predictive value, and user satisfaction of objectively quantifying motor function in Parkinson's disease (PD) through a tablet-based application (iMotor) using self-administered tests. METHODS: PD and healthy controls (HCs) performed finger tapping, hand pronation-supination and reaction time tasks using the iMotor application. RESULTS: Thirty-eight participants (19 with PD and 17 HCs) were recruited in the study...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646455/human-nucleus-pulposus-intervertebral-disc-cells-becoming-senescent-using-different-treatments-exhibit-a-similar-transcriptional-profile-of-catabolic-and-inflammatory-genes
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Sotiris-Spyros Vamvakas, Eleni Mavrogonatou, Dimitris Kletsas
PURPOSE: Chronic low back pain has been associated with intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration, which is characterized by the accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM)-degrading proteases and inflammatory molecules in the degenerate tissue. IVD degeneration could be the outcome of natural organismal ageing and/or of the exposure of the disc to cumulative stressful environmental stimuli and is accompanied by an increased population of senescent cells in the tissue. On the other hand, senescent cells are known to secrete proteolytic enzymes and inflammatory molecules, which can contribute to ECM catabolism...
August 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644379/physical-forces-may-cause-the-hoxd-gene-cluster-elongation
#18
Spyros Papageorgiou
Hox gene collinearity was discovered be Edward B. Lewis in 1978. It consists of the Hox1, Hox2, Hox3 ordering of the Hox genes in the chromosome from the telomeric to the centromeric side of the chromosome. Surprisingly, the spatial activation of the Hox genes in the ontogenetic units of the embryo follows the same ordering along the anterior-posterior embryonic axis. The chromosome microscale differs from the embryo macroscale by 3 to 4 orders of magnitude. The traditional biomolecular mechanisms are not adequate to comprise phenomena at so divergent spatial domains...
June 23, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628993/the-impact-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-marine-plankton-dynamics-dependence-on-coating-size-and-concentration
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Anastasia Tsiola, Paraskevi Pitta, Agnès Junyer Callol, Margarita Kagiorgi, Ioanna Kalantzi, Kyriaki Mylona, Ioulia Santi, Claudio Toncelli, Spyros Pergantis, Manolis Tsapakis
During this study, three microcosm experiments were carried out with natural coastal seawater, collected in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, in order to assess the effect of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) exposure to natural plankton communities. The impact of coating (branched-polyethyleneimine: BPEI vs. poly-vinylpyrrolidone: PVP), size (40 vs. 60nm), concentration (200, 500, 2000, 5000 and 10,000ng Ag L(-1)) and silver form (dissolved Ag(+) vs. AgNPs) were tested. The results of chlorophyll a concentration revealed that PVP AgNPs caused a higher toxicity than BPEI AgNPs, and this was possibly related to the measured higher dissolution rate...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627547/probing-the-electronic-structure-of-a-copper-ii-complex-by-cw-and-pulse-epr-spectroscopy
#20
Zoi G Lada, Yiannis Sanakis, Catherine P Raptopoulou, Vassilis Psycharis, Spyros P Perlepes, George Mitrikas
Nucleophilic attack by the carbanion (-):CH2COCH3 at the carbonyl group of di-2-pyridyl ketone, (py)2CO, in the presence of Cu(II) under moderately basic conditions has yielded the cationic mononuclear complex [Cu{(py)2C(CH2COCH3)(OH)}2](NO3)2·2H2O (1·2H2O) in ∼40% yield, where (py)2C(CH2COCH3)(OH) is the ligand bis(2-pyridine-2-yl)butane-1-ol-3-one. The Cu(II) atom of the cation sits on a crystallographically imposed inversion center. The neutral molecule is coordinated to the metal ion as a tridentate fac chelating ligand through the hydroxyl oxygen atom and two 2-pyridyl nitrogen atoms...
June 19, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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