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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718992/melatonin-impedes-tet1-dependent-mglur5-promoter-demethylation-to-relieve-pain
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Ming-Chun Hsieh, Yu-Cheng Ho, Cheng-Yuan Lai, Dylan Chou, Hsueh-Hsiao Wang, Gin-Den Chen, Tzer-Bin Lin, Hsien-Yu Peng
Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine)/MT2 receptor-dependent epigenetic modification represents a novel pathway in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Because spinal ten-eleven translocation methylcytosine dioxygenase 1 (Tet1)-dependent epigenetic demethylation has recently been linked to pain hypersensitivity, we hypothesized that melatonin/MT2-dependent analgesia involves spinal Tet1-dependent demethylation. Here, we showed that spinal Tet1 gene transfer by intrathecal delivery of Tet1-encoding vectors to naïve rats produced profound and long-lasting nociceptive hypersensitivity...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718772/performance-evaluation-of-macaco-a-multilayer-compton-camera
#2
Enrique Muñoz, John Barrio, Ane Etxebeste, Pablo Garcia Ortega, Carlos Lacasta, Josep Francisco Oliver, Carles Solaz, Gabriela Llosa
Compton imaging devices have been proposed and studied for a wide range of applications. We have developed a Compton camera prototype which can be operated with two or three detector layers based on monolithic lanthanum bromide (LaBr3) crystals coupled to silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs), to be used for proton range verification in hadron therapy. In this work, we present the results obtained with our prototype in laboratory tests with radioactive sources and in simulation studies...
July 18, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718515/impact-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-on-plasma-concentrations-of-efavirenz-and-lopinavir-ritonavir-in-chinese-children-infected-with-the-human-immunodeficiency-virus
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Xia Liu, Qing Ma, Yan Zhao, Weiwei Mu, Xin Sun, Yuewu Cheng, Huiping Zhang, Ye Ma, Fujie Zhang
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the genes that encode the cytochrome P450 (CYP) drug metabolizing enzymes and drug transporters have been reported to influence antiretroviral drug pharmacokinetics. While primarily metabolized by CYP2B6 and -3A, efavirenz (EFV) and lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) are substrates of P-glycoprotein and solute carrier organic (SLCO) anion transporter, respectively OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between SNPs and efavirenz (EFV) or lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) concentrations in Chinese children infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) METHODS: Genotyping was performed on CYP2B6 516G→T, -1459C→T, and -983T→C, ABCB1 3435C→T, and SLCO1B1 521T→C in 229 HIV-infected Chinese pediatric patients with an age range from 4...
July 17, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717850/physio-biochemical-parameters-a-potential-tool-for-target-selective-treatment-of-haemonchosis-in-the-small-ruminants
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Bhupamani Das, Niranjan Kumar, Mehul M Jadav, Jayesh B Solanki, T K S Rao
This study aims to evaluate the conjunctiva colour-based FAMACHA score (FS) coupled with a body condition score (BCS), haemogram and stressor hormone level estimation, in identifying post-mortem (PM)/coproscopically proven individuals wanting therapy for economically important gastrointestinal (GI) helminths, Haemonchus contortus, in the small ruminants. The incidence of haemonchosis was significantly (p < 0.05) higher (60.81%) in the ruminants with FS = 3. The H. contortus count in the animals with FS 2, 3 and 4 was 23...
July 17, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717637/phage-therapy-in-a-16-year-old-boy-with-netherton-syndrome
#5
Pikria Zhvania, Naomi Sulinger Hoyle, Lia Nadareishvili, Dea Nizharadze, Mzia Kutateladze
Netherton syndrome (NS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder, characterized by a classical triad of clinical features, including congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, trichorrhexis invaginata, and atopic diathesis coupled with frequent bacterial infections (1). The genetic basis for the disease has been recently identified with mutations in gene SPINK5, which is involved in the regulation of formation of skin barriers. We report on a 16-year-old male with all the typical manifestations of NS, including atopic diathesis and ongoing serious staphylococcal infections and allergy to multiple antibiotics whose family sought help at the Eliava Phage Therapy Center when all other treatment options were failing...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717268/empiric-medical-therapy-with-hormonal-agents-for-idiopathic-male-infertility
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REVIEW
Nicholas N Tadros, Edmund S Sabanegh
INTRODUCTION: Infertility affects approximately 15% of all couples, and male factor contribute to up to 50% of cases. Unfortunately, the cause of male infertility is unknown in about 30% of these cases. Infertility of unknown origin is classified as idiopathic male infertility when abnormal semen parameters are present. Despite not having a definable cause, these men may respond to treatment. This review focuses on the use of empiric hormonal therapies for idiopathic male infertility...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717267/semen-culture-and-the-assessment-of-genitourinary-tract-infections
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REVIEW
Michael Solomon, Ralf Henkel
The male factor contributes approximately 50% to infertility-related cases in couples with an estimated 12%-35% of these cases attributable to male genital tract infections. Depending on the nature of the infection, testicular sperm production, sperm transport, and sperm function can be compromised. Yet, infections are potentially treatable causes of infertility. Male genital tract infections are increasingly difficult to detect. Moreover, they often remain asymptomatic ("silent") with the result that they are then passed on to the relevant sexual partner leading to fertilization and pregnancy failure as well as illness of the offspring...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716900/structural-insights-into-the-extracellular-recognition-of-the-human-serotonin-2b-receptor-by-an-antibody
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Andrii Ishchenko, Daniel Wacker, Mili Kapoor, Ai Zhang, Gye Won Han, Shibom Basu, Nilkanth Patel, Marc Messerschmidt, Uwe Weierstall, Wei Liu, Vsevolod Katritch, Bryan L Roth, Raymond C Stevens, Vadim Cherezov
Monoclonal antibodies provide an attractive alternative to small-molecule therapies for a wide range of diseases. Given the importance of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) as pharmaceutical targets, there has been an immense interest in developing therapeutic monoclonal antibodies that act on GPCRs. Here we present the 3.0-Å resolution structure of a complex between the human 5-hydroxytryptamine 2B (5-HT2B) receptor and an antibody Fab fragment bound to the extracellular side of the receptor, determined by serial femtosecond crystallography with an X-ray free-electron laser...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716122/systematic-evaluation-of-oligodeoxynucleotide-binding-and-hybridization-to-modified-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes
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Anika Kaufmann, Silke Hampel, Christiane Rieger, David Kunhardt, Darja Schendel, Susanne Füssel, Bernd Schwenzer, Kati Erdmann
BACKGROUND: In addition to conventional chemotherapeutics, nucleic acid-based therapeutics like antisense oligodeoxynucleotides (AS-ODN) represent a novel approach for the treatment of bladder cancer (BCa). An efficient delivery of AS-ODN to the urothelium and then into cancer cells might be achieved by the local application of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT). In the present study, pristine MWCNT and MWCNT functionalized with hydrophilic moieties were synthesized and then investigated regarding their physicochemical characteristics, dispersibility, biocompatibility, cellular uptake and mucoadhesive properties...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714508/gold-glyconanoparticles-coupled-to-listeriolysin-o-91-99-peptide-serve-as-adjuvant-therapy-against-melanoma
#10
R Calderon-Gonzalez, H Terán-Navarro, I García, M Marradi, D Salcines-Cuevas, S Yañez-Diaz, A Solis-Angulo, E Frande-Cabanes, M C Fariñas, A Garcia-Castaño, J Gomez-Roman, S Penades, F Rivera, J Freire, C Álvarez-Domínguez
Dendritic cell-based (DC-based) vaccines are promising immunotherapies for cancer. However, several factors, such as the lack of efficient targeted delivery and the sources and types of DCs, have limited the efficacy of DCs and their clinical potential. We propose an alternative nanotechnology-based vaccine platform with antibacterial prophylactic abilities that uses gold glyconanoparticles coupled to listeriolysin O 91-99 peptide (GNP-LLO91-99), which acts as a novel adjuvant for cancer therapy. GNP-LLO91-99, when used to vaccinate mice, exhibited dual antitumour activities, namely, the inhibition of tumour migration and growth and adjuvant activity for recruiting and activating DCs, including those from melanoma patients...
July 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714503/protective-effects-of-fisetin-and-other-berry-flavonoids-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Pamela Maher
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an age-associated degenerative disease of the midbrain that results from the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. It initially presents as a movement disorder with cognitive and other behavioral problems appearing later in the progression of the disease. Current therapies for PD only delay the onset or reduce the motor symptoms. There are no treatments to stop the nerve cell death or to cure the disease. It is becoming increasingly clear that neurological diseases such as PD are multi-factorial involving disruptions in multiple cellular systems...
July 17, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714074/altered-metabolomic-genomic-signature-a-potential-noninvasive-biomarker-of-epilepsy
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Helen C Wu, Fabien Dachet, Farhad Ghoddoussi, Shruti Bagla, Darren Fuerst, Jeffrey A Stanley, Matthew P Galloway, Jeffrey A Loeb
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to identify noninvasive biomarkers of human epilepsy that can reliably detect and localize epileptic brain regions. Having noninvasive biomarkers would greatly enhance patient diagnosis, patient monitoring, and novel therapy development. At the present time, only surgically invasive, direct brain recordings are capable of detecting these regions with precision, which severely limits the pace and scope of both clinical management and research progress in epilepsy...
July 17, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713230/in-vivo-micro-ct-imaging-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-labeled-with-gold-poly-l-lysine-nanocomplexes
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Taeho Kim, Nohyun Lee, Dian R Arifin, Irina Shats, Miroslaw Janowski, Piotr Walczak, Taeghwan Hyeon, Jeff W M Bulte
Developing in vivo cell tracking is an important prerequisite for further development of cell-based therapy. So far, few computed tomography (CT) cell tracking studies have been described due to its notoriously low sensitivity and lack of efficient labeling protocols. We present a simple method to render human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) sufficiently radiopaque by complexing 40 nm citrate-stabilized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with poly-L-lysine (PLL) and rhodamine B isothiocyanate (RITC). AuNP-PLL-RITC labeling did not affect cellular viability, proliferation, or downstream cell differentiation into adipocytes and osteocytes...
January 19, 2017: Advanced Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711074/hereditary-renal-diseases
#14
Lakshmi Mehta, Belinda Jim
Hereditary kidney disease comprises approximately 10% of adults and nearly all children who require renal replacement therapy. Technologic advances have improved our ability to perform genetic diagnosis and enhanced our understanding of renal and syndromic diseases. In this article, we review the genetics of renal diseases, including common monogenic diseases such as polycystic kidney disease, Alport syndrome, and Fabry disease, as well as complex disorders such as congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract...
July 2017: Seminars in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710307/is-it-safe-to-acutely-discontinue-insulin-therapy-in-patients-with-chronic-hyperglycaemia-starting-glp-1r-agonists
#15
Julie Omolola Okiro, Catherine Mc Hugh, Abuelmagd Abdalla
We report two patients with chronic hyperglycaemia secondary to type 2 diabetes who developed severe vomiting on d. The first patient was diagnosed with a mixed picture of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state (HHS) and the second, with DKA. They were on insulin therapy which was discontinued on commencing d because of inefficacy and weight gain. The HHS patient developed dehydration secondary to vomiting and had lactic acidosis but no other precipitant could be found in either case...
July 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709746/the-most-promising-advances-in-our-understanding-and-treatment-of-functional-psychogenic-movement-disorders
#16
Mark Hallett
The name functional rather than psychogenic is getting to be more widely used for terminology of this condition. It is better accepted by patients and keeps an open mind in searching for greater understanding of the pathophysiology. Advances in the pathophysiology show an overactive limbic system with connections to the motor system. Moreover, there is a disruption of the self-agency network, possibly due to a failure of feedforward signaling. There has recently been more success in treating patients. The strongest evidence is for intensive physical therapy coupled with at least some psychological support...
July 8, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709002/exosome-rna-unshielding-couples-stromal-activation-to-pattern-recognition-receptor-signaling-in-cancer
#17
Barzin Y Nabet, Yu Qiu, Jacob E Shabason, Tony J Wu, Taewon Yoon, Brian C Kim, Joseph L Benci, Angela M DeMichele, Julia Tchou, Joseph Marcotrigiano, Andy J Minn
Interactions between stromal fibroblasts and cancer cells generate signals for cancer progression, therapy resistance, and inflammatory responses. Although endogenous RNAs acting as damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) for pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) may represent one such signal, these RNAs must remain unrecognized under non-pathological conditions. We show that triggering of stromal NOTCH-MYC by breast cancer cells results in a POL3-driven increase in RN7SL1, an endogenous RNA normally shielded by RNA binding proteins SRP9/14...
July 13, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708440/model-calculations-of-regional-deposition-and-disposition-for-single-doses-of-inhaled-liposomal-and-dry-powder-ciprofloxacin
#18
Andrew R Martin, Warren H Finlay
BACKGROUND: Model predictions of regional deposition in the respiratory tract are useful in assessing factors that influence the effectiveness of aerosol delivery. Regional deposition models have previously been coupled with models of mucous production and clearance to estimate initial concentrations of drug deposited in the airway surface liquid (ASL) lining tracheobronchial airways. METHODS: Established models of regional deposition and ASL volumes were used to provide input to a new model evaluating the disposition of drug resulting from dissolution or release, absorption, and mucociliary clearance...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708385/chloroquine-modified-hydroxyethyl-starch-as-a-polymeric-drug-for-cancer-therapy
#19
Richard Sleightholm, Bin Yang, Fei Yu, Ying Xie, David Oupický
Hydroxyethyl starch (HES) is a clinically used polysaccharide colloidal plasma volume expander. The goal of this study was to synthesize HES modified with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a novel polymeric drug with the ability to inhibit the invasive character of pancreatic cancer (PC) cells. HES was conjugated with HCQ using a simple carbonyldiimidazole coupling to prepare Chloroquine-modified HES (CQ-HES). CQ-HES with various degrees of HCQ substitution were synthesized and characterized. Atomic force microscopy was used to demonstrate a pH-dependent assembly of CQ-HES into well-defined nanoparticles...
July 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706748/comparison-of-globus-pallidus-interna-and-subthalamic-nucleus-in-deep-brain-stimulation-for-parkinson-disease-an-institutional-experience-and-review
#20
REVIEW
Shazia Mirza, Umar Yazdani, Richard Dewey Iii, Neepa Patel, Richard B Dewey, Svjetlana Miocinovic, Shilpa Chitnis
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has revolutionized the lives of patients of Parkinson disease, offering therapeutic options to those not benefiting entirely from medications alone. With its proven track record of outperforming the best medical management, the goal is to unlock the full potential of this therapy. Currently, the Globus Pallidus Interna (GPi) and Subthalamic Nucleus (STN) are both viable targets for DBS, and the choice of site should focus on the constellation of symptoms, both motor and nonmotor, which are key determinants to quality of life...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
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