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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926812/the-role-of-18f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-the-assessment-of-disease-activity-of-adult-onset-still-s-disease
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Young-Sil An, Chang-Hee Suh, Ju-Yang Jung, Hundo Cho, Hyoun-Ah Kim
Background/Aims: 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) has been suggested as a reliable imaging technique for monitoring of disease activity in patients with adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). Therefore, we investigated the clinical significance of 18F-FDG PET/CT in Korean AOSD patients. Methods: Thirteen AOSD patients were included in the study. The PET/CT images were evaluated with visual and semiquantitative method using standardized uptake values (SUVs)...
December 7, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926762/association-of-arterial-and-lymph-node-inflammation-with-distinct-inflammatory-pathways-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
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Ahmed Tawakol, Amorina Ishai, Danny Li, Richard A P Takx, Sophia Hur, Yannick Kaiser, Miguel Pampaloni, Adam Rupert, Denise Hsu, Irini Sereti, Rémi Fromentin, Nicolas Chomont, Peter Ganz, Steven G Deeks, Priscilla Y Hsue
Importance: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is associated with a high risk of cardiovascular disease and increased arterial inflammation. In HIV, inflammation is also increased within lymph nodes (LNs), tissues known to harbor the virus even among treated and suppressed individuals. Objective: To test the hypothesis that arterial inflammation is linked to HIV disease activity and to inflammation within HIV-infected tissues (LNs). Design, Setting, and Participants: For this case-control study, participants were recruited from the SCOPE (Observational Study of the Consequences of the Protease Inhibitor Era) cohort, a clinic-based cohort of individuals receiving care at San Francisco General Hospital and the San Francisco Veteran's Affairs Medical Center...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926665/clinicopathological-analysis-and-risk-factors-of-advanced-colorectal-neoplasms-incidentally-detected-by-18f-fdg-pet-ct
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Seung Min Chung, Kyeong Ok Kim, Ihn Ho Cho, Tae Nyeun Kim
BACKGROUND: As the clinical use of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose PET-computed tomography (F-FDG PET-CT) has increased, the incidental finding of F-FDG uptake with subsequent diagnosis of advanced neoplasm at colorectum has increased. The aim of this study is to analyze the characteristics and risk factors of advanced colorectal neoplasm incidentally detected by F-FDG PET-CT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients who underwent colonoscopy because of an incidental finding of F-FDG uptake at the colorectum from January 2006 to January 2015 at Yeungnam University Hospital were reviewed retrospectively...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926611/enhanced-anticancer-activity-of-drug-nanoparticles-formulated-with-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin
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Honglei Zhan, Tina Jagtiani, Jun F Liang
Camptothecin (CPT) is a potent chemotherapeutic agent that shows a broad spectrum of anticancer activities. However, it is clinically inactive because of poor aqueous solubility, rapid aqueous hydrolysis, and unexpected side effects. Three strategies have extensively been adopted to improve its dissolution rate including reduction of drug particle size to a nanoscale, use of an amorphous state, and the formation of inclusion compounds. In our study, we combined these three strategies together by constructing CPT nanoparticles by creating an inclusion complex with β-cyclodextrin (BCD)...
December 6, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926586/hypercapnic-conditions-after-experimental-blunt-chest-trauma-increase-efferocytosis-of-alveolar-macrophages-and-reduce-local-inflammation
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Annette Palmer, Michael S J Eichner, Anne Rittlinger, Daniel H Seitz, Florian Gebhard, Markus S Huber-Lang, Ulrike Niesler
Blunt chest trauma induces severe local and systemic inflammatory alterations and an accumulation of apoptotic polymorphonuclear granulocytes (aPMN) in the lungs, frequently followed by bacterial infection. Alveolar macrophages (AM) represent one of the main actors for their clearance. However, little is known regarding regulatory and influencing factors of AM efferocytic and phagocytic activities. In this context, we investigated the influence of impaired gas exchange on AM activity.Male rats underwent blunt chest trauma or sham procedure and aPMN or E...
December 6, 2016: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926573/further-delineation-between-typical-and-atypical-dopamine-uptake-inhibitors-effects-on-food-maintained-behavior-and-food-consumption
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Jonathan M Slezak, Rajeev I Desai, Jonathan L Katz
The present studies compared the acute effects of benztropine analogs (4-Cl-BZT, JHW 007, AHN 1-055), which are atypical dopamine uptake inhibitors, with those of the standard dopamine uptake inhibitors GBR 12909 and cocaine, on the reinforcing efficacy of food and food intake in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Repeated drug effects of JHW 007 on food intake were also determined. The number of ratios completed under a progressive-ratio schedule of food delivery was used as an index of reinforcing efficacy. Food intake was determined by measuring powdered laboratory-chow consumption during daily 40 min food-availability time periods...
December 6, 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925576/comparison-of-oxygen-transfer-parameters-and-oxygen-demands-in-bioreactors-operated-at-low-and-high-dissolved-oxygen-levels
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Richard O Mines, Matthew C Callier, Benjamin J Drabek, André J Butler
The proper design of aeration systems for bioreactors is critical since it can represent up to 50% of the operational and capital cost at water reclamation facilities. Transferring the actual amount of oxygen needed to meet the oxygen demand of the wastewater requires α- and β-factors, which are used for calculating the actual oxygen transfer rate (AOTR) under process conditions based on the standard oxygen transfer rate (SOTR). The SOTR is measured in tap water at 20°C, 1 atmospheric pressure, and 0 mg L(-1) of dissolved oxygen (DO)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925323/synthesis-binding-properties-and-differences-on-cell-uptake-of-g-quadruplex-ligands-based-on-carbohydrate-naphthalene-diimide-conjugates
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Matilde Arevalo, Filippo Doria, Efres Belmonte-Reche, Aurore De Rache, Jenny Campos-Salinas, Ricardo Lucas, Eva Falomir, Miguel Carda, Jose María Pérez-Victoria, Jean-Louis Mergny, Mauro Freccero, Juan Carlos Morales
G-quadruplex (G4) are currently being explored as therapeutic targets in cancer and other pathologies. We have synthesized six carbohydrate naphthalene diimide conjugates (carb-NDIs) as G4 ligands to investigate their potential selectivity on G4 binding and on cell penetration. Carb-NDIs have shown certain selectivity for G4 structures against DNA duplexes but the different sugar moieties did not induce a preference for a specific G4 topology. Interestingly, when monosaccharides were attached through a short ethylene linker to the NDI scaffold their cellular uptake was 2-3 fold more efficient than when the sugar was directly attached through its anomeric position...
December 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925279/method-to-account-for-the-effect-of-hydrodynamics-on-polar-organic-compound-uptake-by-passive-samplers
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Kees Booij, Natasja L Maarsen, Matthijs Theeuwen, Ronald van Bommel
Mass transfer coefficients of the water boundary layer (kw ) were measured using alabaster dissolution kinetics in a diffusion cell that was operated at stirring rates between 90 and 600 min(-1) , aiming to provide a more robust characterisation of the effect of hydrodynamics on the uptake of polar compounds by passive samplers, as compared with characterisations in terms of stirring rates and water flow velocities. The measured kw helped to quantitatively understand calcium sulphate transport through a poly(ethersulfone) membrane and two water boundary layers (at both sides of the membrane)...
December 7, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925275/nanoparticle-ag-co-exposure-reduces-the-accumulation-of-weathered-persistent-pesticides-by-earthworms
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Arnab Mukherjee, Joseph Hawthorne, Jason C White, Jason W Kelsey
Although the use of engineered nanomaterials continues to increase, an understanding of how these materials interact with co-existing contaminants in the environment is largely unknown. Here, the effect of Ag in bulk, ionic, and nanoparticle (NP; bare and polyvinyl pyrrolidone coated) form at 3 concentrations (0, 500, 1000, 2000 mg/kg; ion at 69, 138, 276 mg/kg) on the accumulation of field weathered chlordane and dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene + metabolites (DDX) by Eisenia fetida (earthworm) was investigated...
December 7, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925226/leaf-gas-films-contribute-to-rice-oryza-sativa-submergence-tolerance-during-saline-floods
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Max Herzog, Dennis Konnerup, Ole Pedersen, Anders Winkel, Timothy David Colmer
Floods and salinization of agricultural land adversely impact global rice production. We investigated whether gas films on leaves of submerged rice delay salt entry during saline submergence. Two-week-old plants with leaf gas films (+GF) or with gas films experimentally removed (-GF) were submerged in artificial floodwater with 0 or 50 mM NaCl for up to 16 d. Gas films were present > 9 d on + GF plants after which gas films were diminished. Tissue ion analysis (Na(+) , Cl(-) and K(+) ) showed that gas films caused some delay of Na(+) entry, as leaf Na(+) concentration was 36-42% higher in -GF leaves than + GF leaves on d 1-5...
December 7, 2016: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925223/microwave-enhanced-oxidation-treatment-of-organic-fertilizers
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Abhilasha More, Asha Srinivasan, Ping Huang Liao, Kwang Victor Lo
BACKGROUND: Liquid organic fertilizers (LOF) are relatively easy to degrade than those of solid organic fertilizers, and the nutrients are readily available for plant uptake. Microwave enhanced advanced oxidation treatment (MW/H2 O2 -AOP) was used to convert solid organic fertilizers (insoluble blood meal, bone meal, feather meal, sunflower ash and a mixture) into LOF. RESULTS: After the MW/H2 O2 -AOP treatment, high soluble nitrogen (11 to 29%), soluble phosphorus (64%) and potassium (92%), as well as low total suspended solids content could be obtained...
December 7, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925195/palmitoleic-acid-improves-metabolic-functions-in-fatty-liver-by-ppar%C3%AE-dependent-ampk-activation
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Camila O Souza, Alexandre A S Teixeira, Luana A Biondo, Edson A Lima, Helena A P Batatinha, Jose C Rosa Neto
BACKGROUND: Palmitoleic acid, since described as lipokine, increases glucose uptake by modulation of 5'AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), as well as increasing lipolysis by activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPARα), in adipose tissue. However in liver, the effects of palmitoleic acid on glucose metabolism and the role of PPARα remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether palmitoleic acid improved the hepatic insulin sensitivity of obese mice...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924991/improving-cell-penetration-of-helical-peptides-stabilized-by-n-terminal-crosslinked-aspartic-acids
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Hui Zhao, Yanhong Jiang, Yuan Tian, Dan Yang, Xuan Qin, Zigang Li
Cell penetration and nucleus translocation efficiency are important for the cellular activities of peptide therapeutics. For helical peptides stabilized by N-terminal crosslinked aspartic acid, correlations between their penetration efficiency/nucleus translocation and physicochemical properties were studied. An increase in hydrophobicity and isoelectric point will promote cellular uptake and nucleus translocation of stabilized helices.
December 7, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924842/effects-of-liposomes-charge-on-extending-sciatic-nerve-blockade-of-n-ethyl-bromide-of-lidocaine-in-rats
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Qinqin Yin, Bowen Ke, Xiaobing Chen, Yikai Guan, Ping Feng, Guo Chen, Yi Kang, Wensheng Zhang, Yu Nie
N-methyl bromide of lidocaine (QX-314) is a potential local anaesthetic with compromised penetration through cell membranes due to its obligated positive charge. Liposomes have been widely used for drug delivery with promising efficacy and safety. Therefore we investigated the local anaesthetic effects and tissue reactions of QX-314 in combination with anionic, cationic or neutral liposomes in rat sciatic nerve block model, and explored the effects of these liposomes on cellular entry of QX-314 in human embryonic kidney 293 cells...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924829/diverse-specificity-of-cellulosome-attachment-to-the-bacterial-cell-surface
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Joana L A Brás, Benedita A Pinheiro, Kate Cameron, Fiona Cuskin, Aldino Viegas, Shabir Najmudin, Pedro Bule, Virginia M R Pires, Maria João Romão, Edward A Bayer, Holly L Spencer, Steven Smith, Harry J Gilbert, Victor D Alves, Ana Luísa Carvalho, Carlos M G A Fontes
During the course of evolution, the cellulosome, one of Nature's most intricate multi-enzyme complexes, has been continuously fine-tuned to efficiently deconstruct recalcitrant carbohydrates. To facilitate the uptake of released sugars, anaerobic bacteria use highly ordered protein-protein interactions to recruit these nanomachines to the cell surface. Dockerin modules located within a non-catalytic macromolecular scaffold, whose primary role is to assemble cellulosomal enzymatic subunits, bind cohesin modules of cell envelope proteins, thereby anchoring the cellulosome onto the bacterial cell...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924824/short-day-length-induced-decrease-of-cesium-uptake-without-altering-potassium-uptake-manner-in-poplar
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Yusaku Noda, Jun Furukawa, Tsutomu Aohara, Naoto Nihei, Atsushi Hirose, Keitaro Tanoi, Tomoko M Nakanishi, Shinobu Satoh
Short day length-induced alteration of potassium (K) localization in perennial trees is believed to be a mechanism for surviving and adapting to severe winters. To investigate the relationship between cesium (Cs) and K localizations, a model tree poplar, hybrid aspen T89, was employed. Under short day length conditions, the amount of (137)Cs absorbed through the root and translocated to the root was drastically reduced, but (42)K was not. Potassium uptake from the rhizosphere is mediated mainly by KUP/HAK/KT and CNGC transporters...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924818/an-ultra-tunable-platform-for-molecular-engineering-of-high-performance-crystalline-porous-materials
#18
Quan-Guo Zhai, Xianhui Bu, Chengyu Mao, Xiang Zhao, Luke Daemen, Yongqiang Cheng, Anibal J Ramirez-Cuesta, Pingyun Feng
Metal-organic frameworks are a class of crystalline porous materials with potential applications in catalysis, gas separation and storage, and so on. Of great importance is the development of innovative synthetic strategies to optimize porosity, composition and functionality to target specific applications. Here we show a platform for the development of metal-organic materials and control of their gas sorption properties. This platform can accommodate a large variety of organic ligands and homo- or hetero-metallic clusters, which allows for extraordinary tunability in gas sorption properties...
December 7, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924817/in-vitro-human-epidermal-permeation-of-nicotine-from-electronic-cigarette-refill-liquids-and-implications-for-dermal-exposure-assessment
#19
H Frederick Frasch, Ana M Barbero
Nicotine plus flavorings in a propylene glycol (PG) vehicle are the components of electronic cigarette liquids (e-liquids), which are vaporized and inhaled by the user. Dermal exposure to nicotine and e-liquids may occur among workers in mixing and filling of e-cigarettes in the manufacturing process. Inadvertent skin contact among consumers is also a concern. In vitro nicotine permeation studies using heat-separated human epidermis were performed with surrogate and two commercial e-liquids, neat and aqueous nicotine donor formulations...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924732/the-effect-of-a-hexanoic-acid-linker-insertion-on-the-pharmacokinetics-and-tumor-targeting-properties-of-the-melanoma-imaging-agent-99mtc-hynic-cycmsh
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Vania Teixeira, Marcelo Fernández, Natalia Oddone, Xiuli Zhang, Fabio Gallazzi, Hugo Cerecetto, Juan Pablo Gambini, Williams Porcal, Pablo Cabral, Thomas P Quinn
BACKGROUND: Lactam cyclized alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) analogues exhibit high stability and affinity for the MC1-R receptors over expressed in melanoma cells. Recently, we reported a novel <sup>99m</sup>Tc-HYNIC-cycMSH<sub>4-13</sub> analogue with the HYNIC chelator directly attached to the lactam cyclized ring. OBJECTIVE: In this study we proposed the introduction of a 6-aminohexanoic acid (Ahx) linker between the HYNIC chelator and lactam cyclized peptide cycMSH4-13 to reduce steric hindrance and improve the melanoma targeting and imaging proprieties of the radiolabeled peptide...
December 6, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
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