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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775923/determination-of-hydroxy-metabolites-of-cocaine-from-hair-samples-and-comparison-with-street-cocaine-samples
#1
Thomas Franz, Frank Scheufler, Klaus Stein, Michael Uhl, Torsten Dame, Gerlinde Schwarz, Hans Sachs, Gisela Skopp, Frank Musshoff
Drugs which are commonly smoked or sniffed (e.g. cocaine), can contaminate hair through smoke or dust; therefore testing for metabolites, especially hydroxy metabolites, is highly recommended. The presence of hydroxy metabolites in street-cocaine (COC) has been discussed. To check if detection of hydroxy metabolites definitely proves ingestion, the presence of these metabolites in street COC samples has to be checked. It is expected that the more hydrophilic hydroxy metabolites of COC are incorporated into the hair-matrix to a lesser extent...
April 12, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775047/probing-cancer-cells-through-intracellular-aggregation-induced-emission-kinetic-rate-of-copper-nanoclusters
#2
Anushree Dutta, Upashi Goswami, Arun Chattopadhyay
pH responsive luminescent copper nanoclusters (Cu NCs) with aggregation induced emission (AIE) characteristics have been synthesized. Upon internalization into living cells, the NCs displayed cellular pH environment dependent luminescence change with orange-red emission at pHi 4.5 while bright green emission was observed over time at pHi 7.4, through their AIE attributes. Further, the intracellular AIE kinetics of the NC probe was measured in MCF-7 cells and compared with HEK-293 cells. Intriguingly, intracellular rate constant value derived for AIE kinetics in MCF-7 cells was found 3-fold higher than that in HEK-293 cell lines, whereas the value was 2-fold higher than that observed in the aqueous medium...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774577/genome-wide-association-analysis-reveals-novel-loci-for-hypoxia-adaptability-in-tibetan-chicken
#3
S Y Jiang, H Y Xu, Z N Shen, C J Zhao, C Wu
The Tibetan chicken (TBC), an indigenous chicken breed of the Tibetan Plateau, has adapted to its hypoxic, high-altitude environment over hundreds of years. The objective of this study was to identify the polymorphisms and genes associated with adaptation to hypoxia in this chicken breed. In the present study, samples were collected during days 18-21 of the incubation period from both surviving chicks and dead embryos, all of which were hatched under hypoxic conditions. A genome-wide association study was conducted using the Illumina iSelect 60K SNP array with a case-control design, in which the case group consisted of the dead chicken embryos (n = 54) and controls were the surviving chicks (n = 82)...
May 18, 2018: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773885/metabolic-perturbations-of-post-load-hyperglycemia-vs-fasting-hyperglycemia
#4
Jing-Yi Lu, Jia-Hui Peng, Xiao-Jing Ma, Yi-Nan Zhang, Wei Zhu, Xing-Xing He, Ling-Wen Ying, Yu-Qian Bao, Jian Zhou, Wei-Ping Jia
There is evidence that post-load/post-meal hyperglycemia is a stronger risk factor for cardiovascular disease than fasting hyperglycemia. The underlying mechanism remains to be elucidated. The current study aimed to compare the metabolic profiles of post-load hyperglycemia and fasting hyperglycemia. All subjects received an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and were stratified into fasting hyperglycemia (FH) or post-load hyperglycemia (PH). Forty-six (FH, n = 23; PH, n = 23) and 40 patients (FH, n = 20; PH, n = 20) were recruited as the exploratory and the validation set, respectively, and underwent metabolic profiling...
May 17, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773554/nitidine-chloride-is-a-mechanism-based-inactivator-of-cyp2d6
#5
Xu Mao, Zi Xia Hu, Qian Wang, Na Zhang, Shen Zhi Zhou, Ying Peng, Jiang Zheng
Nitidine chloride (NC) is a benzophenanthridine alkaloid isolated from the roots of Zanthoxylum nitidum (Roxb.) DC, a widely used traditional herbal medicine. NC has been reported to reveal multiple pharmacologic properties. The inhibitory effects of NC on human cytochrome P450 enzymes were investigated in the present study. We found that NC caused time- and concentration-dependent inhibition of CYP2D6, and more than 50% of CYP2D6 activity was suppressed after 15 min incubation with NC at 100 μM in the primary incubation mixtures, with KI of 4...
May 17, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773378/nanostructured-starch-combined-with-hydroxytyrosol-in-poly-vinyl-alcohol-based-ternary-films-as-active-packaging-system
#6
Francesca Luzi, Elena Fortunati, Alessandro Di Michele, Elisa Pannucci, Ermelinda Botticella, Luca Santi, José Maria Kenny, Luigi Torre, Roberta Bernini
Novel ternary films have been realized by using poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as polymeric matrix, nanostructured starch as reinforcement phase and hydroxytyrosol (HTyr), a low-molecular phenolic compound present in olive oil, as antioxidant agent. Nanostructured starch, in the form of starch nanocrystals (NC) and nanoparticles (NP) obtained by acid hydrolysis and ultrasound irradiation of starch derived from the bread wheat variety Cadenza (WT, amylose content 33%) and a derived-high amylose line (HA, amylose content 75%), was considered...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773137/microsatellite-pattern-analysis-of-neospora-caninum-from-a-naturally-infected-goat-fetus
#7
Lucía María Campero, María Laura Gos, Dadin Prando Moore, Javier Regidor-Cerrillo, Juan Manuel Unzaga, Gastón Moré, Luis Miguel Ortega-Mora, María Cecilia Venturini
Neospora caninum is an apicomplexan protozoan responsible for abortion in ruminants. The present study aimed to diagnose an abortion from an Anglo Nubian goat from a dairy herd located in Buenos Aires province, Argentina. The goat delivered a fetus of approximately 3 months gestation that was studied by indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT), Immunoblot (IB), histopathology (HP), immunohistochemistry (IHC), and molecular assays (PCR, sequencing and microsatellite genotyping). Interferon gamma knock-out mice were inoculated with a pool of tissues for isolation attempts...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771865/repeat-hiv-testing-by-transmission-risk-group-and-rurality-of-residence-in-north-carolina
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Rachael M Billock, Erika Samoff, Anna B Cope, Lynne A Sampson, Christopher B Hurt, Kimberly A Powers
BACKGROUND: Understanding of repeat HIV testing (RHT) is limited and the impact of rural residence as a potential barrier to RHT is unknown. Rural populations are of particular interest in the Southeastern United States because of their disproportionate HIV burden. METHODS: We used HIV surveillance data from publicly funded HIV testing sites in North Carolina (NC) to assess repeat testing by transmission risk group and residential rurality in a retrospective cohort study...
May 1, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771789/raltegravir-1200-mg-once-daily-vs-400-mg-twice-daily-with-emtricitabine-and-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-for-previously-untreated-hiv-1-infection-week-96-results-from-oncemrk-a-randomized-double-blind-non-inferiority-trial
#9
Pedro Cahn, Paul E Sax, Kathleen Squires, Jean-Michel Molina, Winai Ratanasuwan, Mohammed Rassool, Mark Bloch, Xia Xu, Yan Zhou, Brenda Homony, Deborah Hepler, Hedy Teppler, George J Hanna, Bach-Yen Nguyen, Wayne Greaves
BACKGROUND: Raltegravir 1200mg (2x600mg tablets) once daily (QD) demonstrated non-inferior efficacy and similar safety to raltegravir 400mg BID at Week 48 of the ONCEMRK trial. Here we report the Week 96 results from this study. METHODS: ONCEMRK is a phase 3, multicenter, double-blind, non-inferiority trial comparing raltegravir 1200mg QD to raltegravir 400mg BID in treatment-naïve HIV-1-infected adults. Participants were assigned (2:1) to raltegravir 2x600mg QD or 400mg BID, both with emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (FTC/TDF) for 96 weeks...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771783/hiv-1-drug-resistance-among-ugandan-adults-attending-an-urban-out-patient-clinic
#10
Amrei von Braun, Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, Nadine Bachmann, Deogratius Ssemwanga, Alexandra U Scherrer, Maria Nanyonjo, Anne Kapaata, Pontiano Kaleebu, Huldrych F Günthard, Barbara Castelnuovo, Jan Fehr, Andrew Kambugu
BACKGROUND: Little is known about prevalence of drug resistance among HIV-infected Ugandans, a setting with over 15 years of public-sector access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and where virological monitoring was only recently introduced. SETTING: This study was conducted in the adults' out-patient clinic of the Infectious Diseases Institute, Kampala, Uganda. METHODS: HIV genotyping was performed in ART naïve patients and in treatment experienced patients on ART for ≥ six months with virological failure (≥1000 copies/mL)...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771779/cost-of-integrating-non-communicable-disease-screening-into-home-based-hiv-testing-and-counseling-in-south-africa
#11
Ilya Golovaty, Monisha Sharma, Alastair Van Heerden, Heidi van Rooyen, Jared M Baeten, Connie Celum, Ruanne V Barnabas
INTRODUCTION: Integrated HIV-non-communicable disease (NCD) services have the potential to avert death and disability, but require data on program costs to assess the impact of integrated services on affordability. METHODS: We estimated the incremental costs of NCD screening as part of home-based HIV testing and counseling (HTC) and referral to care in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. All adults in the households were offered integrated HIV-NCD screening (for HIV, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, depression, tobacco and alcohol use), counseling, and linkage to care...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771749/brillouin-microscopy-assessing-ocular-tissue-biomechanics
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Seok Hyun Yun, Dimitri Chernyak
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Assessment of corneal biomechanics has been an unmet clinical need in ophthalmology for many years. Many researchers and clinicians have identified corneal biomechanics as source of variability in refractive procedures and one of the main factors in keratoconus. However, it has been difficult to accurately characterize corneal biomechanics in patients. The recent development of Brillouin light scattering microscopy heightens the promise of bringing biomechanics into the clinic...
May 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771718/evaluation-of-drug-effects-on-cerebral-blood-flow-and-glucose-uptake-in-un-anesthetized-and-un-stimulated-rats-application-of-free-moving-apparatus-enabling-to-keep-rats-free-during-pet-spect-tracer-injection-and-uptake
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Taku Sugita, Yusuke Kondo, Seigo Ishino, Ikuo Mori, Takashi Horiguchi, Mikako Ogawa, Yasuhiro Magata
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is the development of novel fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG)-PET and Tc-hexamethylpropylene amine oxime (HMPAO) SPECT methods with free-moving apparatus on conscious rats to investigate brain activity without the effects of anesthesia and tactual stimulation. We also assessed the sensitivity of the experimental system by an intervention study using fluoxetine as a reference drug. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A catheter was inserted into the femoral vein and connected to a free-moving cannula system...
May 15, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771687/memantine-er-maintains-patient-response-in-moderate-to-severe-alzheimer-s-disease-post-hoc-analyses-from-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-of-patients-treated-with-cholinesterase-inhibitors
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George T Grossberg, Gustavo Alva, Suzanne Hendrix, Noel Ellison, Mary C Kane, John Edwards
Memantine extended release (ER) significantly outperformed placebo on co-primary endpoints of Clinician's Interview-based Impression of Change Plus Caregiver Input (CIBIC-Plus) and baseline to endpoint changes on the Severe Impairment Battery (SIB) in a 24-week, randomized trial (NCT00322153) in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease taking a cholinesterase inhibitor (ChEI). A post hoc analysis compared patients receiving memantine ER/ChEI to placebo/ChEI for time to onset of response and if the response was maintained (achieving improvement at weeks 8, 12, or 18 and maintaining through endpoint/week 24) on the SIB, the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI), CIBIC-Plus, and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) using Fisher exact test...
May 16, 2018: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771447/intermedin1-53-protects-cardiac-function-in-rats-with-septic-shock-via-inhibiting-oxidative-stress-and-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis
#15
Y-J Yu, A-H Su, H-B Yang, J-X Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the protective effect of intermedin1-53 (IMD1-53) on cardiac function in rats with septic shock and its underlying mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly assigned into three groups, namely the control group (NC group), septic shock group (ET group) and IMD1-53 treatment group (IMD group), with 8 rats in each group. Levels of hemodynamic indicators, blood glucose, lactate acid, CK-MB (creatine kinase-MB) and cTnI (cardiac troponin I) in rats were determined...
May 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770919/dl-propargylglycine-protects-against-myocardial-injury-induced-by-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-through-inhibition-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#16
Xiufang Zhou, Si Tang, Ke Hu, Zhan Zhang, Pei Liu, Yuchuan Luo, Jing Kang, Lifang Xu
BACKGROUND: Chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH), an important basis of the pathogenesis of organ damage induced by obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), is associated with myocardial injury, such as left ventricular dysfunction, apoptosis, and oxidative stress. Endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) plays an important role in maintaining cardiovascular functions. Many studies have demonstrated that exogenous H2 S has protective effects against myocardial injury induced by various cardiovascular diseases, and inhibiting the generation of endogenous H2 S has opposite effects...
May 16, 2018: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770444/pueraria-tuberosa-extract-inhibits-inos-and-il-6-through-suppression-of-pkc-%C3%AE-and-nf-kb-pathway-in-diabetes-induced-nephropathy
#17
Rashmi Shukla, Somanshu Banerjee, Yamini B Tripathi
OBJECTIVES: Inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). The aim of this study was to explore the anti-inflammatory role of PTY-2r (extracted from Pueraria tuberosa), on streptozotocin (STZ)-induced DN rats. METHODS: Diabetes was induced by intraperitoneal injection of STZ (55mg/kg) in rats. After 60 days, the rats were randomly divided into three groups (n = 6/each group), namely DN control group 2, DN rats treated with PTY-2r at dose of 100 mg/100 g, group 3 and 50 mg/100 g, group 4, p...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768655/let-7e-inhibits-tnf-%C3%AE-expression-by-targeting-the-methyl-transferase-ezh2-in-denv2-infected-thp-1-cells
#18
Yingke Zhang, Qianqian Zhang, Lian Gui, Yan Cai, Xiaohong Deng, Cheukfai Li, Qi Guo, Xiaoshun He, Junqi Huang
Tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα), an important inflammatory cytokine, is associated with dengue hemorrhagic fever/dengue shock syndrome (DHF/DSS), a severe pathological manifestation of dengue virus (DENV) infection. However, the regulatory mechanism of microRNA on TNFα is currently unknown. Our study showed that the TNFα expression increased immediately and then later decreased, while a marked increase for the miRNA let-7e was detected in dengue virus type 2 (DENV2)-infected peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768473/impaired-serial-ordering-in-nondemented-patients-with-mild-parkinson-s-disease
#19
Jinghong Ma, Shaoyang Ma, Haiqiang Zou, Yizhi Zhang, Piu Chan, Zheng Ye
The ability to arrange thoughts and actions in an appropriate serial order (the problem of serial order) is essential to complex behaviors such as language, reasoning and cognitive planning. Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) perform poorly in tasks that rely on the successful rearrangement of working memory representations. We hypothesized that serial ordering is impaired in nondemented patients with mild PD. We recruited 49 patients with mild idiopathic PD (Hoehn and Yahr Scale 1-2.5) and 51 matched healthy adults...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767986/low-frequency-current-fluctuations-and-sliding-of-the-charge-density-waves-in-two-dimensional-materials
#20
Guanxiong Liu, Sergey Rumyantsev, Matthew A Bloodgood, Tina T Salguero, Alexander A Balandin
We investigated low-frequency noise in two-dimensional (2D) charge density wave (CDW) systems-1T-TaS2 thin films-as they were driven from the nearly commensurate (NC) to incommensurate (IC) CDW phases by voltage and temperature stimuli. This study revealed that noise in 1T-TaS2 has two pronounced maxima at the bias voltages, which correspond to the onset of CDW sliding and the NC-to-IC phase transition. We observed unusual Lorentzian features and exceptionally strong noise dependence on electric bias and temperature, leading to the conclusion that electronic noise in 2D CDW systems has a unique physical origin different from known fundamental noise types...
May 16, 2018: Nano Letters
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