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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775804/in-silico-study-of-the-active-site-of-helicobacter-pylori-urease-and-its-inhibition-by-hydroxamic-acids
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Richa Arora, Upasana Issar, Rita Kakkar
Hydroxamic acids have emerged as the most promising candidates from among the different classes of inhibitors of urease. In order to understand the mechanism of their action, we have studied in detail using quantum mechanics the active site of Helicobacter pylori urease complexed with acetohydroxamic acid. A diverse library of ligands having the hydroxamate moiety has been prepared and docked into the active site of urease using the QM/MM methodology. It is found that hydroxamic acids with hydrophobic groups attached to them are more potent inhibitors of urease because they can easily penetrate the hydrophobic environment surrounding the active site...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774767/the-role-of-hepatic-antioxidant-capacity-and-hepatobiliary-transporter-in-liver-injury-induced-by-isopsoralen-in-zebrafish-larvae
#2
Y Zhang, Y Zhang, J Li, Y Chen, L Han, Q He, J Chu, K Liu
Isopsoralen is the main component of the Chinese medicine psoralen, which has antitumour activity and can be used for the treatment of osteoporosis. However, the mechanism behind its hepatotoxicity has not yet been elucidated. In this study, the hepatotoxicity of isopsoralen was investigated using zebrafish. Isopsoralen treatment groups of 25, 50 and 100 μM were established. The mortality, liver morphology changes, levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST), liver histopathology and mRNA levels of liver injury-related genes in zebrafish larvae were measured...
January 1, 2018: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774028/nlrp3-inflammasome-and-caspase-1-11-pathway-orchestrate-different-outcomes-in-the-host-protection-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-acute-infection
#3
Augusto F Paroli, Patricia V Gonzalez, Cintia Díaz-Luján, Luisina I Onofrio, Alfredo Arocena, Roxana C Cano, Eugenio A Carrera-Silva, Susana Gea
Infection with protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi results in activation of nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat containing receptors (NLRs). NLR activation leads to inflammasome formation, the activation of caspase-1, and the subsequent cleavage of IL-1β and IL-18. Considering that inflammasome activation and IL-1β induction by macrophages are key players for an appropriate T cell response, we investigated the relevance of NLR pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) and caspase-1/11 to elucidate their roles in the induction of different T cell phenotypes and the relationship with parasite load and hepatic inflammation during T...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773500/an-analysis-on-distribution-and-inter-relationships-of-biomarkers-under-rivaroxaban-in-japanese-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-cvi-aro-1
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Shinya Suzuki, Takeshi Yamashita, Hidefumi Kasai, Takayuki Otsuka, Koichi Sagara
Prothrombin time (PT) has been widely used for measuring anticoagulation intensity under rivaroxaban therapy, but precise information has not been well established yet. Consecutive 96 non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) under rivaroxaban between Jan/June, 2015 were recruited. Serum concentration (SC) and PT with 5 representative reagents available in Japan (Neoplastin Plus®, Thromborel S®, Thrombocheck PT®, Thrombocheck PT Plus®, and Recombiplastin®) at 2-4 hours after (peak) and before intake of rivaroxaban (trough) were measured at outpatient clinic in the cardiovascular institute (CVI ARO study 1)...
March 15, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773188/the-toxic-effect-of-gallic-acid-on-biochemical-factors-viability-and-proliferation-of-rat-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-was-compensated-by-boric-acid
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Mohammad Hussein Abnosi, Somayeh Yari
OBJECTIVE: Gallic acid (GA) and boron are found in many plants. Our previous studies showed 6 ng/ml boric acid (BA) had positive effect on biochemistry of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and their osteogenic differentiation. Therefore, we investigate the effect of different doses of GA alone and in the presence of BA on MSCs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: the viability of MSCs was assayed using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) and trypan blue at 12, 24 and 36 h in presence of different concentration of GA...
July 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771862/efficacy-and-safety-of-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-thalassemic-children
#6
Shivadatta Padhi, Sudhir Maharshi, Gaurav K Gupta, Kapil Garg, Sandeep Nijhawan
OBJECTIVES: There is limited data on the efficacy and safety of directly acting antiviral therapy (DAA) for chronic hepatitis C in pediatric population. The aim was to assess the efficacy and safety of DAA in chronic hepatitis C β-thalassemic major pediatric patients. METHODS: Prospective study was conducted from September 2015 to January 2017. All β-thalassemic major chronic hepatitis C pediatric patients with age between 5 and 14 years were included in this study...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770867/dietary-supplementation-with-an-amino-acid-blend-enhances-intestinal-function-in-piglets
#7
Dan Yi, Baocheng Li, Yongqing Hou, Lei Wang, Di Zhao, Hongbo Chen, Tao Wu, Ying Zhou, Binying Ding, Guoyao Wu
The traditionally classified nutritionally non-essential amino acids are now known to be insufficiently synthesized for maximal growth and optimal health in piglets. This study determined the effects of dietary supplementation with an amino acid blend (AAB; glutamate:glutamine:glycine:arginine:N-acetylcysteine = 5:2:2:1:0.5) on piglet growth performance and intestinal functions. Sixteen piglets (24-day-old) were randomly assigned to a corn and soybean meal-based diet supplemented with 0.99% alanine (isonitrogenous control) or 1% AAB...
May 16, 2018: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770540/efficient-adsorption-characteristics-of-pristine-and-silver-doped-graphene-oxide-towards-contaminants-a-novel-approach-to-water-purification-mechanism
#8
Tanveer Hussain, Puspamitra Panigrahi, Ashok Kumar Dhinakaran, Yuvaraj Sekar, Rajeev Ahuja
In this work, we have investigated the potential of pristine and silver (Ag) functionalized graphene oxide monolayers GO (GO-Ag) as efficient membranes for water filtration and separation. Our first principles calculation based on density functional theory (DFT) reveled the hydrophilic nature of GO surfaces. The phonon frequency calculations within density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) confirmed the stability of GO sheets in the aqueous medium. Van der Waals corrected binding energies of GO sheet towards the heavy metals predicts that even pristine GO sheets would be completely impermeable to various heavy metals like arsenic (As) and lead (Pb)...
May 16, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770529/genome-wide-association-studies-identified-variants-for-taurine-concentration-in-japanese-black-beef
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Nanae Sasago, Masayuki Takeda, Tsuyoshi Ohtake, Tsuyoshi Abe, Hironori Sakuma, Takatoshi Kojima, Shinji Sasaki, Yoshinobu Uemoto
We performed genome-wide association studies (GWAS) using the BovineSNP50 array to detect significant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that may affect the concentration of 22 free amino acids and three peptides in Japanese Black beef cattle. A total of 574 Japanese Black cattle and 40,657 SNPs from the array were used for this study. Genome-wide significant SNPs were detected for β-alanine (three SNPs on chromosomes 22 and 29) and taurine (26 SNPs on chromosome 22). Importantly, the top two SNPs for taurine were highly significant (p = 6...
May 16, 2018: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770190/effects-of-molecular-hydrogen-dissolved-alkaline-electrolyzed-water-on-intestinal-environment-in-mice
#10
Yasuki Higashimura, Yasunori Baba, Ryo Inoue, Tomohisa Takagi, Kazuhiko Uchiyama, Katsura Mizushima, Yasuko Hirai, Chihiro Ushiroda, Yoshinori Tanaka, Yuji Naito
Increasing evidence indicates that molecular hydrogen-dissolved alkaline electrolyzed water (AEW) has various physiological activities such as antioxidative activity. Gut microbiota are deeply associated with our health through a symbiotic relationship. Recent reports have described that most gastrointestinal microbial species encode the genetic capacity to metabolize molecular hydrogen, meaning that molecular hydrogen might affect the gut microbial composition. Nevertheless, AEW effects on gut microbiota remain unknown...
January 2018: Medical Gas Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769578/metabolomic-profile-of-systemic-sclerosis-patients
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Federica Murgia, Silvia Svegliati, Simone Poddighe, Milena Lussu, Aldo Manzin, Tatiana Spadoni, Colomba Fischetti, Armando Gabrielli, Luigi Atzori
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease of unknown aetiology characterized by vascular lesions, immunological alterations and diffuse fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. Since recent evidence suggests that there is a link between metabolomics and immune mediated disease, serum metabolic profile of SSc patients and healthy controls was investigated by 1 H-NMR and GC-MS techniques. The results indicated a lower level of aspartate, alanine, choline, glutamate, and glutarate in SSc patients compared with healthy controls...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769329/isolation-of-state-dependent-monoclonal-antibodies-against-the-12-transmembrane-domain-glucose-transporter-4-using-virus-like-particles
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David F Tucker, Jonathan T Sullivan, Kimberly-Anne Mattia, Christine R Fisher, Trevor Barnes, Manu N Mabila, Rona Wilf, Chidananda Sulli, Meghan Pitts, Riley J Payne, Moniquetta Hall, Duncan Huston-Paterson, Xiaoxiang Deng, Edgar Davidson, Sharon H Willis, Benjamin J Doranz, Ross Chambers, Joseph B Rucker
The insulin-responsive 12-transmembrane transporter GLUT4 changes conformation between an inward-open state and an outward-open state to actively facilitate cellular glucose uptake. Because of the difficulties of generating conformational mAbs against complex and highly conserved membrane proteins, no reliable tools exist to measure GLUT4 at the cell surface, follow its trafficking, or detect the conformational state of the protein. Here we report the isolation and characterization of conformational mAbs that recognize the extracellular and intracellular domains of GLUT4, including mAbs that are specific for the inward-open and outward-open states of GLUT4...
May 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769061/five-traditional-nigerian-polyherbal-remedies-protect-against-high-fructose-fed-streptozotocin-induced-type-2-diabetes-in-male-wistar-rats
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O E Kale, O B Akinpelu, A A Bakare, F O Yusuf, R Gomba, D C Araka, T O Ogundare, A C Okolie, O Adebawo, O Odutola
BACKGROUND: This present study sought to assess the modulatory effects of five Nigerian traditional polyherbal in high fructose-fed, streptozotocin-induced (HF-STZ) Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in rats. T2D was achieved via fructose feeding (20%W/V ) ad libitum for 2 weeks and streptozotocin (STZ, 40 mg/kg) (15th Day) intraperitoneally. METHODS: Seventy-two hours after STZ injection, fourty-eight diabetic rats were divided into eight of 6 rats/group: Diabetic normal untreated, glibenclamide (GBLI, 0...
May 16, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769014/effect-of-fluoride-on-major-organs-with-the-different-time-of-exposure-in-rats
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Thanusha Perera, Shirani Ranasinghe, Neil Alles, Roshitha Waduge
BACKGROUND: High fluoride levels in drinking water in relation to the prevalence of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka were investigated using rats as an experimental model. METHOD: The effects of fluoride after oral administration of Sodium fluoride (NaF) at levels of 0, 0.5, 5 and 20 ppm F- were evaluated in adult male Wistar rats. Thirty-six rats were randomly divided into 4 groups (n = 9), namely, control, test I, II, and III...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768343/potential-common-factors-associated-with-predisposition-to-common-cold-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-japanese-a-community-based-cross-sectional-study
#15
Michi Shibata, Taizo Iwane, Ryoko Higuchi, Kaname Suwa, Kei Nakajima
People worldwide frequently catch a common cold, which occasionally develops into secondary severe conditions such as pneumonia. However, it is unclear whether predisposition to the common cold is associated with the individual's characteristics including age, body weight, lifestyles, diets, and intestinal functions, besides exposure to a responsible pathogen. We addressed this issue epidemiologically considering many relevant clinical factors.We reviewed data from a cross-sectional study consisting of 39,524 apparently healthy Japanese aged 40 to 79 years (26,975 men and 12,549 women) who underwent a checkup in 2007...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768206/intrinsic-instability-of-bok-enables-membrane-permeabilization-in-apoptosis
#16
Janet H Zheng, Christy R Grace, Cristina D Guibao, Dan E McNamara, Fabien Llambi, Yue-Ming Wang, Taosheng Chen, Tudor Moldoveanu
The effector B cell lymphoma-2 (BCL-2) protein BCL-2 ovarian killer (BOK) induces mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP) to initiate apoptosis upon inhibition of the proteasome. How BOK mediates MOMP is mechanistically unknown. The NMR structure of the BCL-2 core of human BOK reveals a conserved architecture with an atypical hydrophobic groove that undergoes conformational exchange. Remarkably, the BCL-2 core of BOK spontaneously associates with purified mitochondria to release cytochrome c in MOMP assays...
May 15, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768131/a-new-scoring-system-to-predict-blood-stream-infections-in-patients-with-complicated-intra-abdominal-infections-experience-from-a-tertiary-referral-hospital-in-china
#17
Jinjian Huang, Jianan Ren, Luise Brakert, Jiao Jiao, Qinjie Liu, Gefei Wang, Xiuwen Wu, Steven W M Olde Damink
BACKGROUND: This purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of blood stream infections (BSIs) on the prognosis of patients with complicated intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) and to make predictions based on patients' characteristics on admission. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred eighty-seven patients with complicated IAI in 2014 and 2015 were included in our retrospective analysis, except for those diagnosed with central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs)...
May 2018: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768109/effects-of-phytosterol-supplementation-on-serum-levels-of-lipid-profiles-liver-enzymes-inflammatory-markers-adiponectin-and-leptin-in-patients-affected-by-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomized-clinical-trial
#18
Mohammad Ali Javanmardi, Majid Mohammad Shahi, Seyed Saeed Seyedian, Mohammad Hossein Haghighizadeh
OBJECTIVE: Considering the high prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and based on the evidence about the role of dietary cholesterol in liver inflammation, and also with regard to the effect of phytosterols on the metabolism of cholesterol, we aimed at exploring the therapeutic potential of phytosterol supplementation against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. METHOD: Thirty-eight patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease were randomly divided into two groups: The phytosterol group (n = 19) received a 1...
May 16, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767061/biochemical-and-histopathological-changes-in-sheep-fed-different-detoxified-karanj-pongamia-glabra-seed-cake-as-partial-protein-supplements
#19
Nira M Soren, Anil K Sharma, Vadali R B Sastry
The study investigated the long-term effect of feeding processed solvent extracted karanj ( Pongamia glabra ) cake (SKC) on gross pathology and histopathological changes in some vital organs, and on the activities of serum enzymes in Jalauni lambs. Twenty-four male lambs were divided into 4 groups and allotted randomly to a soybean meal (SBM) based control (CON) and 3 treatment groups receiving concentrate mixtures, containing water washed (WW), 2.5% lime (LM) and 0.4% binder (BN) treated SKC replacing 50% nitrogen of SBM to meet the protein requirements...
June 2017: Animal nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766280/novel-insights-into-nucleoamino-acids-biomolecular-recognition-and-aggregation-studies-of-a-thymine-conjugated-l-phenyl-alanine
#20
Giovanni N Roviello
This article deals with the synthesis in solid phase and characterization of a nucleoamino amide, based on a phenylalaninamide moiety which was N-conjugated to a thymine nucleobase. In analogy to the natural nucleobase-amino acid conjugates, endowed with a wide range of biological properties, the nucleoamino amide interacts with single-stranded nucleic acids as verified in DNA- and RNA-binding assays conducted by CD and UV spectroscopies. These technologies were used to show also that this conjugate binds serum proteins altering significantly their secondary structure, as evidenced by CD and UV using BSA as a model...
May 15, 2018: Amino Acids
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