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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616377/blue-after-splenectomy
#1
Taaran Cariappa Ballachanda Subbaiah, Jeremy P Feldman
INTRODUCTION: We present a 51 year old, African American, female who presented with persistent hypoxemia. She had been taking dapsone for many years for prophylaxis against Pneumocystic Jiroveci with no symptoms but eventually developed methemoglobinemia only after a splenectomy. From our literature review there are no documented cases that have demonstrated this relationship between dapsone, splenic function and methemoglobin and we hope to share our perplexing case and shed light on the interaction...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581712/ionic-liquid-based-heterogeneous-covalent-triazine-framework-cobalt-catalyst-for-the-direct-synthesis-of-methyl-3-hydroxybutyrate-from-propylene-oxide
#2
Senkuttuvan Rajendiran, Kwangho Park, Kwangyeol Lee, Sungho Yoon
β-Hydroxy esters are considered as potential building blocks for the production of fine chemicals and potential drug molecules in various industries. Developing an efficient and recyclable catalyst for the synthesis of β-hydroxy esters is challenging. Here we report the first ionic-liquid-based heterogenized cobalt catalyst, [imidazolium-CTF][Co(CO)4], for the direct ring-opening carbonylation of propylene oxide to methyl 3-hydroxybutyrate (MHB) with 86% selectivity (>99% conversion).
June 5, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576510/the-role-of-the-habenula-in-the-transition-from-reward-to-misery-in-substance-use-and-mood-disorders
#3
REVIEW
Albert Batalla, Judith R Homberg, Tatiana V Lipina, Guillaume Sescousse, Maartje Luijten, Svetlana A Ivanova, Arnt F A Schellekens, Anton J M Loonen
The habenula (Hb) is an evolutionary well-conserved structure located in the epithalamus. The Hb receives inputs from the septum, basal ganglia, hypothalamus, anterior cingulate and medial prefrontal cortex, and projects to several midbrain centers, most importantly the inhibitory rostromedial tegmental nucleus (RMTg) and the excitatory interpeduncular nucleus (IPN), which regulate the activity of midbrain monoaminergic nuclei. The Hb is postulated to play a key role in reward and aversion processing across species, including humans, and to be implicated in the different stages of transition from recreational drug intake to addiction and co-morbid mood disorders...
May 30, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559254/human-bile-reduces-antimicrobial-activity-of-selected-antibiotics-against-enterococcus-faecalis-and-escherichia-coli-in-vitro
#4
Beatrix Wulkersdorfer, David Jaros, Sabine Eberl, Stefan Poschner, Walter Jäger, Enrico Cosentini, Markus Zeitlinger, Richard Schwameis
It has been known from previous studies that body fluids, such as cerebrospinal fluid, lung surfactant and urine, have a strong impact on the bacterial killing of many anti-infective agents. However, the influence of human bile on the antimicrobial activity of antibiotics is widely unknown. Human bile was obtained and pooled from 11 patients undergoing cholecystectomy. After sterilisation of the bile fluid by gamma irradiation its effect on bacterial killing was investigated for linezolid (LZD) and tigecycline (TGC) against Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212...
May 30, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549975/knockdown-of-epigenetic-transcriptional-co-regulator-brd2a-disrupts-apoptosis-and-proper-formation-of-hindbrain-and-midbrain-hindbrain-boundary-mhb-region-in-zebrafish
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Tami Murphy, Heather Melville, Eliza Fradkin, Giana Bistany, Gregory Branigan, Kelly Olsen, Catharine R Comstock, Hayley Hanby, Ellie Garbade, Angela J DiBenedetto
Brd2 is a member of the bromodomain-extraterminal domain (BET) family of proteins and functions as an acetyl-histone-directed transcriptional co-regulator and recruitment scaffold in chromatin modification complexes affecting signal-dependent transcription. While Brd2 acts as a protooncogene in mammalian blood, developmental studies link it to regulation of neuronal apoptosis and epilepsy, and complete knockout of the gene is invariably embryonic lethal. In Drosophila, the Brd2 homolog acts as a maternal effect factor necessary for segment formation and identity and proper expression of homeotic loci, including Ultrabithorax and engrailed...
May 23, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549526/mobile-phone-ecological-momentary-assessment-of-daily-stressors-among-people-living-with-hiv-elucidating-factors-underlying-health-related-challenges-in-daily-routines
#6
Shu Farmer, Deborah Mindry, W Scott Comulada, Dallas Swendeman
Stressful life events and daily hassles affect people living with HIV (PLWH). However, capturing stress-related events and cognitive impairment is often plagued with recall biases. Incorporating reliable information technology, such as mobile phones, can be a resourceful method for measuring health behaviors (MHB). We report findings from an MHB pilot study with 32 African American, Latino/Hispanic, and White PLWH from Los Angeles. Participants reported perceived stressors in their daily routines using a smartphone Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) application...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528079/the-lateral-habenula-and-the-serotonergic-system
#7
REVIEW
Martin Metzger, Debora Bueno, Leandro B Lima
The habenula (Hb) is an epithalamic structure differentiated into two nuclear complexes, medial (MHb) and lateral habenula (LHb). After decades of relative neglect, interest in the Hb resurged when it was demonstrated that LHb neurons play a key role in encoding disappointments and expectation of punishments. Consistent with such a role, the LHb has been implicated in a broad array of functions and pathologic conditions, notably in mechanisms of stress and pain, as well as in the pathophysiology of mood disorders...
May 17, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396290/neuroanatomical-demonstration-of-calbindin-2a-and-calbindin-2b-like-calcium-binding-proteins-in-the-early-embryonic-development-of-zebrafish-mrna-study
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Rahul C Bhoyar, Arun G Jadhao, Sridhar Sivasubbu, A R Singh, Ankit Sabharwal, Nikhil V Palande, Saikat Biswas
Certain calcium binding proteins (CaBPs) are essential for metabolic processes but the role of these proteins in the development is not well known. We have investigated the mRNA expression of CaBPs, calbindin 2a (Calb2a) and calbindin 2b (Calb2b) in the zebrafish embryos 24, 36, 48 and 72h post fertilization (hpf). We have seen very high Calb2a mRNA expression in the tegmentum (Tg), midbrain-hindbrain boundary (Mhb), hindbrain (Hb), spinal cord (Sc), retina and cranial ganglion (Crg). Also very high Calb2b mRNA expression was noted in olfactory cells, cerebellum, Tg, Mhb, Hb, optic tectum, retina, retinal ganglion cell layer, retinal inner nuclear layer, Sc, Neural crest, infraorbital neuromasts, pharyngeal arch 3-7 skeleton and mandibular neuromasts...
August 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387937/specific-connections-of-the-interpeduncular-subnuclei-reveal-distinct-components-of-the-habenulopeduncular-pathway
#9
Lely A Quina, Julie Harris, Hongkui Zeng, Eric E Turner
The habenulopeduncular pathway consists of the medial habenula (MHb), its output tract, the fasciculus retroflexus, and its principal target, the interpeduncular nucleus (IP). Several IP subnuclei have been described, but their specific projections and relationship to habenula inputs are not well understood. Here we have used viral, transgenic, and conventional anterograde and retrograde tract-tracing methods to better define the relationship between the dorsal and ventral MHb, the IP, and the secondary efferent targets of this system...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368384/glp-1-acts-on-habenular-avoidance-circuits-to-control-nicotine-intake
#10
Luis M Tuesta, Zuxin Chen, Alexander Duncan, Christie D Fowler, Masago Ishikawa, Brian R Lee, Xin-An Liu, Qun Lu, Michael Cameron, Matthew R Hayes, Theodore M Kamenecka, Matthew Pletcher, Paul J Kenny
Tobacco smokers titrate their nicotine intake to avoid its noxious effects, sensitivity to which may influence vulnerability to tobacco dependence, yet mechanisms of nicotine avoidance are poorly understood. Here we show that nicotine activates glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) neurons in the nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS). The antidiabetic drugs sitagliptin and exenatide, which inhibit GLP-1 breakdown and stimulate GLP-1 receptors, respectively, decreased nicotine intake in mice. Chemogenetic activation of GLP-1 neurons in NTS similarly decreased nicotine intake...
May 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340505/afferent-and-efferent-connections-of-the-interpeduncular-nucleus-with-special-reference-to-circuits-involving-the-habenula-and-raphe-nuclei
#11
Leandro B Lima, Debora Bueno, Fernanda Leite, Stefani Souza, Luciano Gonçalves, Isadora C Furigo, Jose Donato, Martin Metzger
The habenula is an epithalamic structure differentiated into two nuclear complexes, medial (MHb) and lateral habenula (LHb). Recently, MHb together with its primary target, the interpeduncular nucleus (IP), have been identified as major players in mediating the aversive effects of nicotine. However, structures downstream of the MHb-IP axis, including the median (MnR) and caudal dorsal raphe nucleus (DRC), may contribute to the behavioral effects of nicotine. The afferent and efferent connections of the IP have hitherto not been systematically investigated with sensitive tracers...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193648/pharmacodynamics-of-finafloxacin-ciprofloxacin-and-levofloxacin-in-serum-and-urine-against-tem-and-shv-type-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-isolates-from-patients-with-urinary-tract-infections
#12
A Dalhoff, S Schubert, A Vente
The pharmacodynamics of finafloxacin, ciprofloxacin, and levofloxacin against extended-spectrum-β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolates were compared. Since quinolones lose activity in acidic media, and particularly in urine, their activities were tested in parallel under conventional conditions and in acidic artificial urine. For this purpose, TEM- and SHV-type ESBL-producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae strains and their wild-type counterparts were exposed in a modified Grasso model to simulated concentrations of drugs in serum and urine following oral doses of either finafloxacin at 800 mg once a day (q...
May 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148652/calcium-signals-drive-cell-shape-changes-during-zebrafish-midbrain-hindbrain-boundary-formation
#13
Srishti U Sahu, Mike R Visetsouk, Ryan J Garde, Leah Hennes, Constance Kwas, Jennifer H Gutzman
One of the first morphogenetic events in the vertebrate brain is the formation of the highly conserved midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB). Specific cell shape changes occur at the point of deepest constriction of the MHB, the midbrain-hindbrain boundary constriction (MHBC), and are critical for proper MHB formation. These cell shape changes are controlled by nonmuscle myosin II (NMII) motor proteins, which are tightly regulated via the phosphorylation of their associated myosin regulatory light chains (MRLCs)...
April 1, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092164/comparing-modified-huddart-bodenham-scoring-system-and-goslon-yardstick-to-assess-dental-arch-relationships-in-unilateral-cleft-lip-and-palate-patients
#14
Muhaini Yakob, H Yang Rafidah, M Gu, Y Yang
OBJECTIVE:   To test the reliability of the modified Huddart-Bodenham (MHB) numerical scoring system and its agreement with the GOSLON Yardstick categorization for assessing the dental arch relationships in unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP) cases. DESIGN:   A retrospective study. SETTING:   Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong. PATIENTS:   Forty-one nonsyndromic UCLP consecutive patients attending the Joint Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic at Faculty of Dentistry in the University of Hong Kong were selected...
January 16, 2017: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039166/an-ensemble-approach-to-protein-fold-classification-by-integration-of-template-based-assignment-and-support-vector-machine-classifier
#15
Jiaqi Xia, Zhenling Peng, Dawei Qi, Hongbo Mu, Jianyi Yang
Motivation: Protein fold classification is a critical step in protein structure prediction. There are two possible ways to classify protein folds. One is through template-based fold assignment and the other is ab-initio prediction using machine learning algorithms. Combination of both solutions to improve the prediction accuracy was never explored before. Results: We developed two algorithms, HH-fold and SVM-fold for protein fold classification. HH-fold is a template-based fold assignment algorithm using the HHsearch program...
March 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943295/pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-characterization-of-ceftiofur-crystalline-free-acid-following-subcutaneous-administration-in-domestic-goats
#16
G S Waraich, P K Sidhu, P S Daundkar, G Kaur, S K Sharma
Pharmacokinetic (PK)-pharmacodynamic (PD) integration of crystalline ceftiofur-free acid (CCFA) was established in six healthy female goats administered subcutaneously (s.c.) on the left side of the neck at a dosage of 6.6 mg/kg body weight. Serum concentrations of ceftiofur and desfuroylceftiofur (DFC) were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography. Mutant prevention concentration (MPC), minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of ceftiofur were determined for Pasteurella (P...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940019/the-habenula-as-a-critical-node-in-chronic-stress-related-anxiety
#17
Luis R Jacinto, Rui Mata, Ashley Novais, Fernanda Marques, Nuno Sousa
The habenula is activated in response to stressful and aversive events, resulting in exploratory inhibition. Although possible mechanisms for habenula activation have been proposed, the effects of chronic stress on the habenular structure have never been studied. Herein, we assessed changes in volume, cell density and dendritic structure of habenular cells after chronic stress exposure using stereological and 3D morphological analysis. This study shows for the first time that there is a hemispherical asymmetry in the medial habenula (MHb) of the adult rat, with the right MHb containing more neurons than its left counterpart...
March 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938710/comparison-of-standardised-versus-non-standardised-methods-for-testing-the-in-vitro-potency-of-oxytetracycline-against-mannheimia-haemolytica-and-pasteurella-multocida
#18
P Lees, J Illambas, L Pelligand, P-L Toutain
The in vitro pharmacodynamics of oxytetracycline was established for six isolates of each of the calf pneumonia pathogens Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) and bacterial time-kill curves were determined in two matrices, Mueller Hinton broth (MHB) and calf serum. Geometric mean MIC ratios, serum:MHB, were 25.2:1 (M. haemolytica) and 27.4:1 (P. multocida). The degree of binding of oxytetracycline to serum protein was 52...
December 2016: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901206/antimicrobial-activity-of-different-disinfectants-against-cariogenic-microorganisms
#19
Esra Uzer Celik, Ayse Tugce Tunac, Mustafa Ates, Bilge Hakan Sen
The aim of this study was to assess the in vitro antimicrobial effects of chlorhexidine digluconate (CHX), polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHBM), and octenidine dihydrochloride (OCT) on cariogenic microorganisms by using their minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC). CHX, PHBM, and OCT were diluted in distilled water to the final test concentrations. Using the in-tube dilution method, Streptococcus mutans, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Actinomyces viscosus were cultivated on blood agar and Mueller-Hinton broth (MHB) at 37°C for 48 h...
November 28, 2016: Brazilian Oral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891615/a-large-potentiation-effect-of-serum-on-the-in%C3%A2-vitro-potency-of-tulathromycin-against-mannheimia-haemolytica-and-pasteurella-multocida
#20
P Lees, J Illambas, T J Potter, L Pelligand, A Rycroft, P-L Toutain
The antimicrobial properties of tulathromycin were investigated for M. haemolytica and P. multocida. Three in vitro indices of antimicrobial activity, minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) and time-kill curves, were established for six isolates of each organism. Each index was measured in two growth media: Mueller-Hinton broth (MHB) and calf serum. It was shown that MICs and MBCs were markedly lower in serum than in MHB. MHB:serum ratios for MIC were 47:1 (M. haemolytica) and 53:1 (P...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
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