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Magdalena Nüesch-Inderbinen, Katrin Zurfluh, Marc J A Stevens, Roger Stephan
OBJECTIVES: Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) have emerged worldwide and represent a major threat to human health. Here, we report the genome sequence of K. pneumoniae 002SK2, an NDM-9 and CTX-M-15 producing strain isolated from wastewater in Switzerland and belonging to the international high-risk clone ST147. METHODS: Whole genome sequencing of K. pneumoniae 002SK2 was performed using Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) single-molecule real-time (SMRT) technology RS2 reads (C4/P6 chemistry)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
Samaresh Sau, Katyayani Tatiparti, Hashem O Alsaab, Sushil K Kashaw, Arun K Iyer
Nanomedicines can be multifunctional drug delivery agents for cancer therapies. However, they have faced several challenges in clinical trials owing to poor targeting ability, insufficient tumor penetration, difficulty in synthesis and scale up, and limited understanding of interactions between a tumor and nanoparticles. In this regard, tumor muticomponent targeting drug delivery systems are a rational approach for developing tumor-site-specific therapeutics. One of the goals is to arrive at a ready-to-configure, combinatorial, reagent-free click-chemistry-based tumor multicomponent targeting nanoparticle library...
March 15, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
Dibyasree Choudhury, Susanta Lahiri
The 1-2 GeV proton induced spallation reaction on the high Z materials like Hg, or lead bismuth eutectic (LBE), popularly known as converter targets, will produce strong flux of fast neutrons which would further react with fissile materials to produce intense radioactive ion beam (RIB). LBE offers suitability for use as converters over Hg but it suffers from the demerit of radiotoxic polonium production. These targets may be viewed as a store house of clinically important and other exotic radionuclides. For application of those radionuclides, radiochemical separation from bulk target material is of utmost importance...
March 10, 2018: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
André Campaniço, Rui Moreira, Francisca Lopes
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major health problem worldwide. The infectious agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, has a unique ability to survive within the host, alternating between active and latent disease states, and escaping the immune system defences. The extended duration of anti-TB regimens and the increasing prevalence of multidrug- (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) M. tuberculosis strains have created an urgent need for new antibiotics active against drug-resistant organisms and that can shorten standard therapy...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Sijia Li, Shuangxin Liu, Qiuhuan Chen, Pingjiang Ge, Jie Jiang, Xiaoli Sheng, Shaohua Chen
OBJECTIVE: Hyperkalaemia is one of the most common reasons for patients requiring emergency treatment. This study is to investigate the risk factors of postoperative hyperkalemia in renal failure patients undergoing parathyroidectomy with autotransplantation (PTXa). METHODS: One hundred and eight patients [ 54 men and 54 women; age, 45.1 ± 11.1 years (mean ± SD)] with secondary hyperparathyroidism undergoing parathyroidectomy with autotransplantation were involved in this study...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
Bryan Markinson, Mahmoud Ghannoum, Tate Winter, Anthony Rycerz, Fernando Rock, Aditya K Gupta
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail primarily caused by the dermatophytes Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. The topical-based treatment of onychomycosis remains a challenge because of the difficulty associated with penetrating the dense, protective structure of the keratinized nail plate. Tavaborole is a novel small-molecule antifungal agent recently approved in the United States for the topical treatment of toenail onychomycosis. The low molecular weight, slight water solubility, and boron chemistry of tavaborole maximize nail penetration after topical application, allowing for effective targeting of the infection in the nail bed...
January 2018: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Leontine Mulder, Renate van der Molen, Carin Koelman, Ester van Leeuwen, Anja Roos, Jan Damoiseaux
ISO 15189:2012 requires validation of methods used in the medical laboratory, and lists a series of performance parameters for consideration to include. Although these performance parameters are feasible for clinical chemistry analytes, application in the validation of autoimmunity tests is a challenge. Lack of gold standards or reference methods in combination with the scarcity of well-defined diagnostic samples of patients with rare diseases make validation of new assays difficult. The present manuscript describes the initiative of Dutch medical immunology laboratory specialists to combine efforts and perform multi-center validation studies of new assays in the field of autoimmunity...
March 12, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Laurent Schwartz, Olivier Lafitte, Jorgelindo da Veiga Moreira
Background: Diseases and health conditions have been classified according to anatomical site, etiological, and clinical criteria. Physico-chemical mechanisms underlying the biology of diseases, such as the flow of energy through cells and tissues, have been often overlooked in classification systems. Objective: We propose a conceptual framework toward the development of an energy-oriented classification of diseases, based on the principles of physical chemistry. Methods: A review of literature on the physical chemistry of biological interactions in a number of diseases is traced from the point of view of the fluid and solid mechanics, electricity, and chemistry...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Ali J Marian, Yanli Tan, Lili Li, Jeffrey T Chang, Petros Syrris, Manouchehr Hessabi, Mohammad H Rahbar, James T Willerson, Benjamin Y Cheong, Chia-Ying Liu, Neal S Kleiman, David A Bluemke, Sherif F Nagueh
<u>Rationale:</u> Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic paradigm of cardiac hypertrophy. Cardiac hypertrophy and interstitial fibrosis are important risk factors for sudden death and morbidity in HCM. Oxidative stress is implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis. Treatment with anti-oxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC) reverses cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in animal models of HCM. <u>Objective:</u> To determine effect sizes of NAC on indices of cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in patients with established HCM...
March 14, 2018: Circulation Research
Irfanullah Khan, Amer Hayat Khan, Azreen Syazril Adnan, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Azhar Bin Amir Hamzah, Nafees Ahmed, Amjad Khan
PURPOSE: Creatinine is normally used to evaluate kidney function among elderly patients in clinical practice, which has been reported to be affected by socio-demographic factors like BMI and age. Cystatin C a newly introduced biomarker may be more efficient in identifying kidney function in obese and aged CKD patients. The aim of the current study was to assess the effect of BMI on endogenous biomarkers (cystatin C and creatinine) among elderly CKD patients in Malaysia, a first such study in the country...
March 13, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
Nikunj B Bhatt, Darpan N Pandya, Thaddeus J Wadas
The interest in zirconium-89 (89 Zr) as a positron-emitting radionuclide has grown considerably over the last decade due to its standardized production, long half-life of 78.2 h, favorable decay characteristics for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and its successful use in a variety of clinical and preclinical applications. However, to be utilized effectively in PET applications it must be stably bound to a targeting ligand, and the most successfully used89 Zr chelator is desferrioxamine B (DFO), which is commercially available as the iron chelator Desferal® ...
March 12, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Wei Li, Zehua Liu, Flavia Fontana, Yaping Ding, Dongfei Liu, Jouni T Hirvonen, Hélder A Santos
In the past two decades, porous silicon (PSi) has attracted increasing attention for its potential biomedical applications. With its controllable geometry, tunable nanoporous structure, large pore volume/high specific surface area, and versatile surface chemistry, PSi shows significant advantages over conventional drug carriers. Here, an overview of recent progress in the use of PSi in drug delivery and cancer immunotherapy is presented. First, an overview of the fabrication of PSi with various geometric structures is provided, with particular focus on how the unique geometry of PSi facilitates its biomedical applications, especially for drug delivery...
March 13, 2018: Advanced Materials
Mackenzie M Honikel, Chi-En Lin, Brittney A Cardinell, Jeffrey T LaBelle, Andrew D Penman
The optimal frequency (OF) of a biomarker in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is the frequency at which the EIS response best reflects the binding of the biomarker to its molecular recognition element. Commonly, biosensors rely on complicated immobilization chemistry to attach biological molecules to the sensor surface, making the direct study of a biomarker's native OF a challenge. Physical adsorption presents a simple immobilization strategy to study the native biomarker's OF, but its utility is often discouraged due to a loss in biological activity...
March 13, 2018: ACS Sensors
Peter Hertelendy, Jozsef Toldi, Ferenc Fulop, Laszlo Vecsei
Ischemic stroke is one of the leading causes of mortality and permanent disability in developed countries. Stroke induces massive glutamate release, which in turn causes N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor over-excitation and thus calcium overload in neurons leading to cell death via apoptotic cascades. The kynurenine pathway is a complex enzymatic cascade of tryptophan catabolism, generating various neuroactive metabolites. One metabolite, kynurenic acid (KYNA), is a potent endogenous NMDA glutamate receptor antagonist, making it a possible therapeutic tool to decrease excitotoxicity and neuroinflammation...
March 12, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Rafat Ali, Shalini Singh, Wahajul Haq
BACKGROUND: Smac mimetics (also known as IAP antagonist) are a new class of targeted drugs having a goal to suppress the IAPs, reestablishing the apoptotic pathways and inducing cancer cell death. Therefore, development of Smac mimetics was consideredan attractive strategy for the development of new anticancer drugs. Lots of review has been come in yesteryears which mainly discussed about biology of IAPs and their role in cancer development. But none of these reviews focused on the chemical synthesis of Smac mimetics...
March 12, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Hui Qu, Bao-Dong Xie, Jian Wu, Bo Lv, Jun-Bo Chuai, Jian-Zhong Li, Jun Cai, Hua Wu, Shu-Lin Jiang, Xiao-Ping Leng, Kai Kang
Background: Engineered heart tissues (EHTs) present a promising alternative to current materials for surgical ventricular restoration (SVR); however, the clinical application remains limited by inadequate vascularization postimplantation. Moreover, a suitable and economic animal model for primary screening is another important issue. Methods: Recently, we used 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide hydrochloride chemistry (EDC) to initiate a strengthened, cytokine-conjugated collagenous platform with a controlled degradation speed...
2018: Stem Cells International
Martin Everett, Nicolas Sprynski, Alicia Coelho, Jérôme Castandet, Maëlle Bayet, Juliette Bougnon, Clarisse Lozano, David T Davies, Simon Leiris, Magdalena Zalacain, Ian Morrissey, Sophie Magnet, Kirsty Holden, Peter Warn, Filomena De Luca, Jean-Denis Docquier, Marc Lemonnier
Infections caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are increasingly prevalent and have become a major worldwide threat to human health. Carbapenem resistance is driven primarily by the acquisition of β-lactamase enzymes which are able to degrade carbapenem antibiotics (hence termed carbapenemases) and can result in high levels of resistance and treatment failure. Clinically relevant carbapenemases include both serine-β-lactamases (SBLs, e.g. KPC-2 and OXA-48) and metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs), such as NDM-1...
March 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Andrea Tesija Kuna, Kristina Dukic, Nora Nikolac Gabaj, Marijana Miler, Ines Vukasovic, Sanja Langer, Ana-Maria Simundic, Nada Vrkic
Objective: To compare the analytical performances of the enzymatic method (EM) and capillary electrophoresis (CE) for hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) measurement. Methods: Imprecision, carryover, stability, linearity, method comparison, and interferences were evaluated for HbA1c via EM (Abbott Laboratories, Inc) and CE (Sebia). Results: Both methods have shown overall within-laboratory imprecision of less than 3% for International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) units (<2% National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program [NGSP] units)...
March 8, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
Shi-Jun Liu, Zhi-Shu Tang, Zhi-Xin Liao, Chun-Li Cui, Hong-Bo Liu, Yan-Ni Liang, Yu Zhang, Hong-Bo Xu, Dong-Bo Zhang, Ya-Ting Zheng, Huan-Xian Shi, Shi-Ying Li
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ligularia przewalskii (Maxim.) Diels (LP) (called zhangyetuowu in Chinese), is generally found in moist forest areas in the western regions of China. The root, leaves and flower of LP are utilized as a common traditional medicine in China. It has been utilized conventionally in herbal remedies for the remedy of haemoptysis, asthma, pulmonary phthisis, jaundice hepatitis, food poisoning, bronchitis, cough, fever, wound healing, measles, carbuncle, swelling and phlegm diseases...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Agnieszka Zagorska, Anna Partyka, Adam Bucki, Alicja Gawalska, Anna Czopek, Maciej Pawlowski
BACKGROUND: The phosphodiesterase 10 (PDE10) family, identified in 1999, is mainly expressed in the brain, particularly in the striatum, within the medium spiny neurons, nucleus accumbens, and olfactory tubercle. Inhibitors of PDE10 (PDE10-Is) are a conceptually rational subject for medicinal chemistry with potential use in the treatment of psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. OBJECTIVE: This review is based on peer-reviewed published articles, and summarizes the cellular and molecular biology of PDE10 as a rational target for psychiatric and neurodegenerative drug discovery...
March 8, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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