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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734229/effects-of-dietary-starch-types-on-early-postmortem-muscle-energy-metabolism-in-finishing-pigs
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Y J Li, T Gao, J L Li, L Zhang, F Gao, G H Zhou
This study aimed to investigate the effects of different dietary starch types on early postmortem muscle energy metabolism in finishing pigs. Ninety barrows (68.0±2.0kg) were randomly allotted to three experimental diets with five replicates of six pigs, containing pure waxy maize starch (WMS), nonwaxy maize starch (NMS), and pea starch (PS) (amylose/amylopectin were 0.07, 0.19 and 0.28 respectively). Compared with the WMS diet, pigs fed the PS diet exhibited greater creatine kinase activity, higher adenosine triphosphate and adenosine diphosphate contents, lower phosphocreatine (PCr), adenosine monophosphate and glycogen contents, and lower glycolytic potential (P<0...
July 12, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732404/influence-of-the-stabilizers-on-the-toxicity-of-metallic-nanomaterials-in-aquatic-organisms-and-human-cell-lines
#2
Tatiana Andreani, Verónica Nogueira, Vera V Pinto, Maria José Ferreira, Maria Graça Rasteiro, Amélia M Silva, Ruth Pereira, Carlos M Pereira
In this study, following a systematic approach, we used aquatic species (bacteria Vibrio fischeri and microalgae Raphidocelis subcapitata) and different human cell lines (Caco-2, HepG2, SV-80 and HaCaT) representing different tissues and exposure pathways, to investigate how two organic stabilizers (PVA and DMSO) used for NMs dispersion influence their physicochemical properties, the persistence of metals in suspension and the toxicity/ecotoxicity of two metallic NMs (nano-Ag and nano-Cu). Although the stabilizers are expected to contribute to improve the dispersion and stability of NMs, the results obtained clearly showed that no similar changes in toxicity and morphological properties of the nano-Ag can be expected after its stabilization with PVA...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728517/using-molecular-dynamics-for-the-refinement-of-atomistic-models-of-gpcrs-by-homology-modeling
#3
Cecylia S Lupala, Bahareh Rasaeifar, Patricia Gomez-Gutierrez, Juan J Perez
Despite GPCRs share a common seven helix bundle, analysis of the diverse crystallographic structures available reveal specific features that might be relevant for ligand design. Despite the number of crystallographic structures of GPCRs is steadily increasing, there are still challenges that hamper the availability of new structures. In the absence of a crystallographic structure, homology modelling remains one of the important techniques for constructing 3D models of proteins. In the present study we investigated the use of molecular dynamics simulations for the refinement of GPCRs models constructed by homology modeling...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726638/understanding-inhibitor-resistance-in-mps1-kinase-through-novel-biophysical-assays-and-structures
#4
Yoshitaka Hiruma, Andre Koch, Nazila Hazraty, Foteini Tsakou, Rene H Medema, Robbie P Joosten, Anastassis Perrakis
Monopolar spindle 1 (Mps1/TTK) is a protein kinase essential in mitotic checkpoint signalling, preventing anaphase until all chromosomes are properly attached to spindle microtubules. Mps1 has emerged as a potential target for cancer therapy, and a variety of compounds have been developed to inhibit its kinase activity. Mutations in the catalytic domain of Mps1 that give rise to inhibitor resistance, but retain catalytic activity and do not display cross-resistance to other Mps1 inhibitors, have been described...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726132/phase-i-dose-escalation-study-of-nms-1286937-an-orally-available-polo-like-kinase-1-inhibitor-in-patients-with-advanced-or-metastatic-solid-tumors
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Glen J Weiss, Gayle Jameson, Daniel D Von Hoff, Barbara Valsasina, Cristina Davite, Claudia Di Giulio, Francesco Fiorentini, Rachele Alzani, Patrizia Carpinelli, Alessandro Di Sanzo, Arturo Galvani, Antonella Isacchi, Ramesh K Ramanathan
Background Pharmacological inhibition of polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) represents a new approach for the treatment of solid tumors. This study was aimed at determining the first cycle dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) and related maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of NMS-1286937, a selective ATP-competitive PLK1-specific inhibitor. Secondary objectives included evaluation of its safety and pharmacokinetic (PK) profile in plasma, its antitumor activity, and its ability to modulate intracellular targets in biopsied tissue...
July 20, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725706/the-effect-of-deep-brain-stimulation-on-the-non-motor-symptoms-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-critical-review-of-the-current-evidence
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Mónica M Kurtis, Thadshani Rajah, Luisa F Delgado, Haidar S Dafsari
The benefit of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in controlling the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease is well established, however, the impact on the non-motor symptoms (NMS) remains to be elucidated, although the growing investigative efforts are promising. This article reviews the reported data and considers the level of evidence available with regard to the effect of DBS on NMS total burden and on the cognitive, neuropsychiatric, sleep, pain, dysautonomic, and weight domains. Multiple case series suggest that DBS improves the burden of NMS by reducing prevalence, intensity, and non-motor fluctuations...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721033/interfaces-and-ventilator-settings-for-long-term-noninvasive-ventilation-in-copd-patients
#7
Jens Callegari, Friederike Sophie Magnet, Steven Taubner, Melanie Berger, Sarah Bettina Schwarz, Wolfram Windisch, Jan Hendrik Storre
INTRODUCTION: The establishment of high-intensity (HI) noninvasive ventilation (NIV) that targets elevated PaCO2 has led to an increase in the use of long-term NIV to treat patients with chronic hypercapnic COPD. However, the role of the ventilation interface, especially in more aggressive ventilation strategies, has not been systematically assessed. METHODS: Ventilator settings and NIV compliance were assessed in this prospective cross-sectional monocentric cohort study of COPD patients with pre-existing NIV...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720288/potential-adverse-effects-of-engineered-nanomaterials-commonly-used-in-food-on-the-mirnome
#8
Jia Pei Lim, Gyeong Hun Baeg, Dinesh Kumar Srinivasan, S Thameem Dheen, Boon Huat Bay
The emergence of nanotechnology has greatly impacted our daily lives. Multiple products, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, electronics and food, are produced with incorporation of nanomaterials (NMs). Nanotechnology has yielded many promising benefits, yet, there remains much uncertainty about the hazards of NMs to humans. Hence, it is important to ensure safety of the users. Although many in vitro and in vivo studies have been carried out on the potential toxicity generated by NMs in food, its effects on the microRNA genome (miRNome) involved in the regulation of gene expression have been poorly understood...
July 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705729/nanomedicine-and-epigenome-possible-health-risks
#9
Bozena Smolkova, Maria Dusinska, Alena Gabelova
Nanomedicine is an emerging field that combines knowledge of nanotechnology and material science with pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, aiming to develop nanodrugs with increased efficacy and safety. Compared to conventional therapeutics, nanodrugs manifest higher stability and circulation time, reduced toxicity and improved targeted delivery. Despite the obvious benefit, the accumulation of imaging agents and nanocarriers in the body following their therapeutic or diagnostic application generates concerns about their safety for human health...
July 10, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704309/effect-of-three-different-muscle-action-training-protocols-on-knee-strength-ratios-and-performance
#10
Cassio V Ruas, Lee E Brown, Camila D Lima, Pablo B Costa, Ronei S Pinto
Hamstring to quadriceps (H:Q) ratios are often used to assess strength imbalances. The aims of this study were to compare three different muscle action training protocols on H:Q strength balance and functional performance. Forty untrained males (age: 22.87 ± 2.28 y, mass: 70.66 ± 11.049 kg, ht: 174.29 ± 6.90 cm) performed 6 weeks of training on an isokinetic dynamometer. They were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups; concentric quadriceps and concentric hamstring (CON/CON), eccentric quadriceps and eccentric hamstring (ECC/ECC), concentric quadriceps and eccentric hamstring (CON/ECC), or no training (CNTRL)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699630/prevalence-and-clinical-correlation-of-dysphagia-in-parkinson-disease-a-study-on-chinese-patients
#11
X Ding, J Gao, C Xie, B Xiong, S Wu, Z Cen, Y Lou, D Lou, F Xie, W Luo
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Dysphagia is relatively common in patients with Parkinson disease (PD) and can have a negative impact on their quality of life; therefore, it is imperative that its prevalence in PD patients is studied. The aim of this study was to explore the prevalence and clinical correlation of dysphagia in Chinese PD patients. SUBJECTS/METHODS: We recruited 116 Chinese PD patients. A videofluoroscopic study of swallowing (VFSS) was used to identify dysphagia...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691406/a-flow-cytometry-based-method-for-the-screening-of-nanomaterial-induced-reactive-oxygen-species-production-in-leukocyte-sub-populations-in-whole-blood
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Ali Kermanizadeh, Kim Jantzen, David M Brown, Peter Møller, Steffen Loft
To date, the use and translation of nanomedicine from the laboratory to the clinic has been relatively slow. Amongst other issues, one of the reasons for this tardiness is the lack of the availability of quick and reliable toxicity tools for the screening of nanomaterials (NMs). In the present investigation, we apply a flow cytometry-based method for the detection of nanomaterial-induced oxidative stress by measurement of reactive oxygen species production in specific leukocyte sub-populations in human whole blood...
July 10, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671073/ultrasonographic-assessment-of-the-atlanto-occipital-space-in-healthy-thoroughbred-foals-and-thoroughbred-foals-with-neonatal-maladjustment-syndrome
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C J Mackenzie, E F Haggett, G L Pinchbeck, C M Marr
Ultrasonography of the atlanto-occipital (AO) space may be useful as a non-invasive diagnostic tool in neonatal foals. The aims of the study were establish a range of values for ultrasonographic measurements of the AO space in healthy Thoroughbred foals and to compare these variables in healthy foals with foals diagnosed with neonatal maladjustment syndrome (NMS). Ultrasonography of the AO space was performed on 38 healthy Thoroughbred foals and 28 Thoroughbred foals with NMS≤4days of age. Transverse image spinal cord height (P=0...
May 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660166/neuroleptic-malignant-syndrome-in-the-trauma-intensive-care-unit-diagnosis-and-management-of-a-rare-disease-in-a-challenging-population
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Joseph David Drews, Andrew Christopher, David Clay Evans
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a life-threatening neurological disorder associated with the use of antipsychotic medications. Many of its classic signs, such as fever and altered mental status, are nonspecific in trauma intensive care unit (ICU) patients, and its rarity makes it a difficult diagnosis in this population. However, delays in treatment can be costly both in terms of hospital resources and patient outcomes. We herein report a case of a 54-year-old trauma patient with NMS precipitated by a combination of cocaine withdrawal and neuroleptic medications...
April 2017: International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645378/preparation-of-stable-nitrogen-mustard-dna-interstrand-cross-link-analogs-for-biochemical-and-cell-biological-studies
#15
Alejandra Castaño, Upasana Roy, Orlando D Schärer
Nitrogen mustards (NMs) react with two bases on opposite strands of a DNA duplex to form a covalent linkage, yielding adducts called DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs). This prevents helix unwinding, blocking essential processes such as replication and transcription. Accumulation of ICLs causes cell death in rapidly dividing cells, especially cancer cells, making ICL-forming agents like NMs valuable in chemotherapy. However, the repair of ICLs can contribute to chemoresistance through a number of pathways that remain poorly understood...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643002/genotoxicity-testing-of-different-surface-functionalized-sio2-zro2-and-silver-nanomaterials-in-3d-human-bronchial-models
#16
Andrea Haase, Nils Dommershausen, Markus Schulz, Robert Landsiedel, Philipp Reichardt, Benjamin-Christoph Krause, Jutta Tentschert, Andreas Luch
Inhalation is considered a critical uptake route for NMs, demanding for sound toxicity testing using relevant test systems. This study investigates cytotoxicity and genotoxicity in EpiAirway™ 3D human bronchial models using 16 well-characterized NMs, including surface-functionalized 15 nm SiO2 (4 variants), 10 nm ZrO2 (4), and nanosilver (3), ZnO NM-110, TiO2 NM-105, BaSO4 NM-220, and two AlOOH NMs. Cytotoxicity was assessed by LDH and ATP assays and genotoxicity by the alkaline comet assay. For 9 NMs, uptake was investigated using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)...
June 22, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640986/antimonene-quantum-dots-synthesis-and-application-as-near-infrared-photothermal-agents-for-effective-cancer-therapy
#17
Wei Tao, Xiaoyuan Ji, Xiaoding Xu, Mohammad Ariful Islam, Zhongjun Li, Si Chen, Phei Er Saw, Han Zhang, Zameer Bharwani, Zilei Guo, Jinjun Shi, Omid Farokhzad
Photothermal therapy (PTT) has shown significant potential for cancer therapy. However, developing nanomaterials (NMs)-based photothermal agents (PTAs) with satisfactory photothermal conversion efficacy (PTCE) and biocompatibility remains a key challenge. Herein, a new generation of PTAs based on two-dimensional (2D) antimonene quantum dots (AMQDs) was developed by a novel liquid exfoliation method. Surface modification of AMQDs with polyethylene glycol (PEG) significantly enhanced both biocompatibility and stability in physiological medium...
June 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632776/dynamic-knee-valgus-alignment-influences-impact-attenuation-in-the-lower-extremity-during-the-deceleration-phase-of-a-single-leg-landing
#18
Akihiro Tamura, Kiyokazu Akasaka, Takahiro Otsudo, Jyunya Shiozawa, Yuka Toda, Kaori Yamada
Dynamic knee valgus during landings is associated with an increased risk of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. In addition, the impact on the body during landings must be attenuated in the lower extremity joints. The purpose of this study was to investigate landing biomechanics during landing with dynamic knee valgus by measuring the vertical ground reaction force (vGRF) and angular impulses in the lower extremity during a single-leg landing. The study included 34 female college students, who performed the single-leg drop vertical jump...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630780/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-chinese-medicine-on-nonmotor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Ka-Kit Chua, Adrian Wong, Kam-Wa Chan, Yin-Kei Lau, Zhao-Xiang Bian, Jia-Hong Lu, Liang-Feng Liu, Lei-Lei Chen, Ka-Ho Chan, Kim-Pong Tse, Anne Chan, Ju-Xian Song, Justin Wu, Li-Xing Zhu, Vincent Mok, Min Li
Nonmotor symptoms (NMS) of Parkinson's disease (PD) have devastating impacts on both patients and their caregivers. Jiawei-Liujunzi Tang (JLT) has been used to treat some NMS of PD based on the Chinese medicine theory since Qing dynasty. Here we report a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, add-on clinical trial aiming at evaluating the efficacy and safety of the JLT in treating NMS in PD patients. We randomly assigned 111 patients with idiopathic PD to receive either JLT or placebo for 32 weeks. Outcome measures were baseline to week 32 changes in Movement Disorder Society-Sponsored Revision of Unified PD Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS) Parts I-IV and in NMS assessment scale for PD (NMSS)...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628997/preparations-of-hyperbranched-polymer-nano-micelles-and-the-ph-redox-controlled-drug-release-behaviors
#20
Liping Zhang, Yamin Zhou, Gang Shi, Xinxin Sang, Caihua Ni
Hyperbranched polymer nano micelles (NMs) were prepared through a nucleophilic ring opening polymerization between cystamine and polyethylene glycol diglycidyl ether, followed by a reaction of amino groups and dimethyl maleic anhydride. The NMs showed spheric morphologies with hydrodynamic diameters of 106-120nm. Doxorubicin was loaded in the NMs with loading rate as high as 15.38wt%; The NMs possessed negative zeta potentials in aqueous solutions of pH7.4 due to the carboxyl ions on the particle surfaces, but the zeta potentials were converted to positive ones due to the hydrolysis of amide bonds at pH5...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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