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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448590/significant-changes-in-circulating-microrna-by-dietary-supplementation-of-selenium-and-coenzyme-q10-in-healthy-elderly-males-a-subgroup-analysis-of-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-among-elderly-swedish-citizens
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Urban Alehagen, Peter Johansson, Jan Aaseth, Jan Alexander, Dick Wågsäter
BACKGROUND: Selenium and coenzyme Q10 is essential for important cellular functions. A low selenium intake is reported from many European countries, and the endogenous coenzyme Q10 production is decreasing in the body with increasing age. Supplementation with selenium and coenzyme Q10 in elderly have shown reduced cardiovascular mortality and reduced levels of markers of inflammation. However, microRNA analyses could give important information on the mechanisms behind the clinical effects of supplementation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448574/fusion-expression-of-occludin-extracellular-loops-and-an-%C3%AE-helical-bundle-a-new-research-model-for-tight-junction
#2
Xiaojing Chi, Xia Zhao, Wei Wang, Yuqiang Niu, Min Cheng, Xiuying Liu, Sheng Cui, Wei Yang
Tight junctions (TJs) are the outermost structures of intercellular junctions and are highly specialized membrane domains involved in many important cellular processes. However, most TJ proteins are four-time transmembrane proteins and are difficult to express in their correct soluble form, which limits their functional study and therapeutic application. Human occludin (OCLN) is a major component of TJs and an essential co-receptor for hepatitis C virus (HCV) cell entry. To explore expression strategy for recombinant TJ proteins possessing integrated and functional extracellular loops, OCLN was here used as a model molecule, and several prokaryotic fusion constructs were designed by docking OCLN extracellular loops (ECLs) to HIV-1 gp41 NHR and CHR six-helical bundle (6HV1); then their biophysical features and anti-HCV activity were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448546/opium-use-during-pregnancy-and-risk-of-preterm-delivery-a-population-based-cohort-study
#3
Siavash Maghsoudlou, Sven Cnattingius, Scott Montgomery, Mohsen Aarabi, Shahriar Semnani, Anna-Karin Wikström, Shahram Bahmanyar
BACKGROUND: Use of narcotic or "recreational" drugs has been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm delivery. However, the associations might be confounded by other factors related to high-risk behaviours. This is the first study to investigate the association between traditional opium use during pregnancy and risk of preterm delivery. METHOD AND FINDINGS: We performed a population-based cohort study in the rural areas of the Golestan province, Iran between 2008 and 2010...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447791/discovery-of-a-potent-selective-renal-sodium-dependent-glucose-cotransporter-2-sglt2-inhibitor-hsk0935-for-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes
#4
Yao Li, Zongjun Shi, Lei Chen, Suxin Zheng, Sheng Li, Bo Xu, Zhenhong Liu, Jianyu Liu, Chongyang Deng, Fei Ye
A new class of potent and highly selective SGLT2 inhibitors is disclosed. Compound 31 (HSK0935) demonstrated excellent hSGLT2 inhibition of 1.3 nM and a high hSGLT1/hSGLT2 selectivity of 843 fold. It showed robust urinary glucose excretion in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats and affected more urinary glucose excretion in Rhesus monkeys. Finally, an efficient synthetic route has been developed featuring a ring closing cascade reaction to incorporate a double ketal 1-methoxy-6, 8- dioxabicyclo[3.2.1]octane ring system...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439731/il-10-improves-cardiac-remodeling-after-myocardial-infarction-by-stimulating-m2-macrophage-polarization-and-fibroblast-activation
#5
Mira Jung, Yonggang Ma, Rugmani Padmanabhan Iyer, Kristine Y DeLeon-Pennell, Andriy Yabluchanskiy, Michael R Garrett, Merry L Lindsey
Inflammation resolution is important for scar formation following myocardial infarction (MI) and requires the coordinated actions of macrophages and fibroblasts. In this study, we hypothesized that exogenous interleukin-10 (IL-10), an anti-inflammatory cytokine, promotes post-MI repair through actions on these cardiac cell types. To test this hypothesis, C57BL/6J mice (male, 3- to 6-month old, n = 24/group) were treated with saline or IL-10 (50 μg/kg/day) by osmotic mini-pump infusion starting at day (d) 1 post-MI and sacrificed at d7 post-MI...
May 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438685/genotypic-detection-of-the-blactx-m-1-gene-among-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae
#6
Amornrat Thuengern, Surakit Nathisuwan, Mullika T Chomnawang, Chanpen Wiwat, Krit Thirapanmethee
OBJECTIVES: Extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), a group of β-lactamase enzymes produced by bacteria in the family Enterobacteriaceae, are becoming a major problem in the healthcare community worldwide. Although many attempts have been made in the detection of ESBL-producing bacteria, the cost and speed of detection remains an important challenge. Therefore, this study aimed to develop a rapid, effective and affordable method for detection of the blaCTX-M-1 ESBL gene by a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) technique...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438458/an-efficient-cumate-inducible-system-for-procyclic-and-bloodstream-form-trypanosoma-brucei
#7
Feng-Jun Li, Zhi-Shen Xu, Htay Mon Aye, Anaïs Brasseur, Zhao-Rong Lun, Kevin S W Tan, Cynthia Y He
In Trypanosoma brucei, the tetracycline-inducible system enables tightly-regulated, highly-efficient expression of recombinant proteins or double-stranded RNA in both procyclic and bloodstream form cells, providing useful molecular genetic tools to study gene functions. An alternative, vanillic acid-inducible system is recently described for procyclic T. brucei, providing ∼18-fold increase in GFP reporter expression upon induction (Sunter JD. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2016, 207:45-48). Here we describe a cumate-inducible system that allows efficient, tunable gene expression showing >300-fold increase in GFP expression upon induction...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438352/burns-to-the-genitalia-perineum-and-buttocks-increase-the-risk-of-death-among-u-s-service-members-sustaining-combat-related-burns-in-iraq-and-afghanistan
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Michael S Clemens, Judson C Janak, Julie A Rizzo, John C Graybill, Michelle F Buehner, Steven J Hudak, Charles K Thompson, Kevin K Chung
PURPOSE: Among service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, to determine the risk of mortality associated with combat-related burns to the genitalia, perineum, and buttocks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The prospectively maintained burn registry from the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research was retrospectively reviewed to identify all service members with combat-related burns sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan from March 2003 to October 2013. The two primary risk factors of interest were (1) any burn to the genitals, perineum, and/or buttocks (PB) and (2) burns involving the entire perineal, genital, and buttock region (complete PB)...
April 21, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438035/dual-burden-of-malnutrition-among-adolescents-of-smallholder-coffee-farming-households-of-jimma-zone-southwest-ethiopia
#9
Kalkidan Hassen, Getu Gizaw, Tefera Belachew
BACKGROUND: Substantial evidence is emerging on the coexistence of double burden of malnutrition on adolescents of low-income countries, shaping the health challenges of upcoming adult generation for the worst. Whether nutritional status markers of adolescents in the cash crop setting are at par with economic gains remain uncertain so far. Thus, we investigated the nutritional outcomes of adolescents and its determinants in coffee farming households. METHODS: The survey was carried out in 3 top coffee-producing districts of Jimma Zone, Ethiopia...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436503/stimuli-responsive-hydrogel-microfibers-with-controlled-anisotropic-shrinkage-and-cross-sectional-geometries
#10
Shunsuke Nakajima, Ryuji Kawano, Hiroaki Onoe
Stimuli-responsive microfibers are fabricated by extruding mixed solutions of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid) (pNIPAM-AAc) and sodium alginate (Na-alginate) using a microfluidic spinning system. The fabricated microfibers shrink and swell with temperature and/or pH. By controlling the extruded laminar flow, microfibers capable of anisotropic shrinkage are fabricated. Cross-sectional microscale geometries of microfibers, including double layering and hollowness, are successfully controlled by patterning the laminar flow during microfiber formation, resulting in hydrogels capable of folding/unfolding motions and fluid pumping...
April 24, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435892/dramatic-improvement-of-crispr-cas9-editing-in-candida-albicans-by-increased-single-guide-rna-expression
#11
Henry Ng, Neta Dean
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat system with CRISPR-associated protein 9 nuclease (CRISPR/Cas9) has emerged as a versatile tool for genome editing in Candida albicans. Mounting evidence from other model systems suggests that the intracellular levels of single guide RNA (sgRNA) limit the efficiency of Cas9-dependent DNA cleavage. Here, we tested this idea and describe a new means of sgRNA delivery that improves previously described methods by ~10-fold. The efficiency of Cas9/sgRNA-dependent cleavage and repair of a single-copy yeast enhanced monomeric red fluorescent protein (RFP) gene was measured as a function of various parameters that are hypothesized to affect sgRNA accumulation, including transcriptional and posttranscriptional processing...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434130/characterization-of-extracellular-membrane-vesicles-of-an-antarctic-bacterium-shewanella-livingstonensis-ac10-and-their-enhanced-production-by-alteration-of-phospholipid-composition
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Fumiaki Yokoyama, Jun Kawamoto, Tomoya Imai, Tatsuo Kurihara
A cold-adapted bacterium, Shewanella livingstonensis Ac10, which produces eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) as a component of its membrane phospholipids, is useful as a model to study the function of EPA and as a host for heterologous production of thermolabile proteins at low temperatures. In this study, we characterized extracellular membrane vesicles (EMVs) of this bacterium to examine the involvement of EPA in the biogenesis of EMVs and for the future application of EMVs to extracellular protein production. We found that this strain produced EMVs from the cell surface...
April 22, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432614/dual-activity-of-hydroxypropyl-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-and-water-soluble-carriers-on-the-solubility-of-carvedilol
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Abdelmoumin Zoghbi, Tianjiao Geng, Bo Wang
Carvedilol (CAR) is a non-selective α and β blocker categorized as class II drug with low water solubility. Several recent studies have investigated ways to overcome this problem. The aim of the present study was to combine two of these methods: the inclusion complex using hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) with solid dispersion using two carriers: Poloxamer 188 (PLX) and Polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP) to enhance the solubility, bioavailability, and the stability of CAR. Kneading method was used to prepare CAR-HPβCD inclusion complex (KD)...
April 21, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432348/white-spot-syndrome-virus-vp28-specific-double-stranded-rna-provides-protection-through-a-highly-focused-sirna-population
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Pål Nilsen, Marius Karlsen, Kallaya Sritunyalucksana, Siripong Thitamadee
Several studies have demonstrated that injection of double-stranded RNAs (dsRNA) homologous to mRNA for the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) viral protein 28 (VP28) can induce protection in shrimp against WSSV through RNA interference (RNAi). In comparison to shrimp injected with either PBS or a green fluorescent protein (GFP) nonspecific dsRNA, we obtained nearly complete protection against WSSV infection in shrimp injected with VP28 dsRNA. Upregulation of host genes associated with small RNA silencing was measured 48 hours post treatment in groups injected with dsRNA, and although the VP28-treated group remained moderately upregulated after challenge with WSSV, many-fold higher induction was observed in both control groups reflecting the ongoing viral infection...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429856/glycosyltransferase-cascades-for-natural-product-glycosylation-use-of-plant-instead-of-bacterial-sucrose-synthases-improves-the-udp-glucose-recycling-from-sucrose-and-udp
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Alexander Gutmann, Alexander Lepak, Margo Diricks, Tom Desmet, Bernd Nidetzky
Natural product glycosylations by Leloir glycosyltransferases (GTs) require expensive nucleotide-activated sugars as substrates. Sucrose synthase (SuSy) converts sucrose and uridine 5'-diphosphate (UDP) into UDP-glucose. Coupling of SuSy and GT reactions in one-pot cascade transformations creates a UDP cycle, which regenerates the UDP-glucose continuously and so makes it an expedient donor for glucoside production. Here we compare SuSys with divergent kinetic characteristics for UDP-glucose recycling in the synthesis of the natural C-glucoside nothofagin...
April 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426996/design-synthesis-sar-discussion-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-evaluation-of-novel-selective-egfr-modulator-to-inhibit-l858r-t790m-double-mutants
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Haoyang Zhang, Wenkui Wu, Chao Feng, Zhaogang Liu, Enhe Bai, Xueyuan Wang, Meng Lei, Hao Cheng, Huayun Feng, Jingmiao Shi, Jia Wang, Zhao Zhang, Tao Jin, Shanshan Chen, Shihe Hu, Yongqiang Zhu
Based upon the modeling binding mode of marketed AZD9291 with T790M, a series of 5,6-dihydro-4H-pyrrolo[3,2,1-ij]quinoline derivatives were designed and synthesized with the purpose to overcome the drug resistance resulted from T790M/L858R double mutations. The most potent compound 8 showed excellent enzyme inhibitory activities and selectivity with sub nanomolar IC50 values for both the single L858R and double T790M/L858R mutant EGFRs, and was more than 8-fold selective for wild type EGFR. Compound 8 exhibited good microsomes stabilities and pharmacokinetic properties and lower binding affinity to hERG ion channel than AZD9291 and displayed strong antiproliferative activity against the H1975 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells bearing T790M/L858R and in vivo anticancer efficacy in a human NSCLC (H1975) xenograft mouse model...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426856/adjunctive-oral-voriconazole-treatment-of-fusarium-keratitis-a-secondary-analysis-from-the-mycotic-ulcer-treatment-trial-ii
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N Venkatesh Prajna, Tiruvengada Krishnan, Revathi Rajaraman, Sushila Patel, Ranjeet Shah, Muthiah Srinivasan, Lumbini Devi, Manoranjan Das, Kathryn J Ray, Kieran S O'Brien, Catherine E Oldenburg, Stephen D McLeod, Michael E Zegans, Nisha R Acharya, Thomas M Lietman, Jennifer Rose-Nussbaumer
Importance: Fusarium keratitis is common and often results in poor outcomes. No new treatments since natamycin have become available. Objective: To explore the role of adjuvant oral voriconazole on clinical outcomes in Fusarium keratitis. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this prespecified subgroup analysis of a multicenter, double-masked, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial, 240 patients from the Aravind Eye Care System in India, the Lumbini Eye Hospital and Bharatpur Eye Hospital in Nepal, and the University of California, San Francisco, who had culture-positive fungal ulcer and baseline visual acuity of 20/400 or worse were randomized to receive oral voriconazole vs placebo...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426273/preclinical-development-of-bcg-hiva-2auxo-int-harboring-an-integrative-expression-vector-for-a-hiv-tb-pediatric-vaccine-enhancement-of-stability-and-specific-hiv-1-t-cell-immunity
#18
Aakash Mahant, Narcís Saubi, Yoshiki Eto, Núria Guitart, Josep M ª Gatell, Tomáš Hanke, Joan Joseph
One of the critical issues that should be addressed in the development of a BCG-based HIV vaccine is genetic plasmid stability. Therefore, to address this issue we have considered using integrative vectors and the auxotrophic mutant of BCG complemented with a plasmid carrying a wild-type complementing gene. In this study, we have constructed an integrative E. coli-mycobacterial shuttle plasmid, p2auxo.HIVA(int), expressing the HIV-1 clade A immunogen HIVA. This shuttle vector employs an antibiotic resistance-free mechanism for plasmid selection and maintenance...
April 20, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425715/five-fold-ordering-in-high-pressure-perovskites-rmn3o6-r-gd-tm-and-y
#19
Lei Zhang, Yoshitaka Matsushita, Kazunari Yamaura, Alexei A Belik
Cation and anion ordering plays an important role in the properties of materials, in particular, in the properties of perovskite materials. Here we report on unusual 5-fold cation/charge ordering in high-pressure-synthesized (at 6 GPa and ∼1670 K) RMn3O6 perovskites with R = Gd-Tm and Y. R(3+), Mn(2+), and Mn(3+) cations are ordered at the A site in two separate chains consisting of R(3+) and alternating Mn(2+) (in tetrahedral coordination) and Mn(3+) (in square-planar coordination), while Mn(3+) and mixed-valent Mn(3+)/Mn(4+) are ordered at the B site in layers...
April 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423766/dermatology-disease-prediction-based-on-two-step-cascade-genetic-algorithm-optimization-of-anfis-parameters
#20
Aja Avdagic, Lejla Begic Fazlic
The aim of this study is to present novel algorithms for prediction of dermatological disease using only dermatological clinical features and diagnoses collected in real conditions. A combination of the Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference Systems (ANFIS) and Genetic algorithm (GA) for ANFIS subtractive clustering parameter optimization has been suggested for the first level of fuzzy model optimization. After that, a genetic optimized ANFIS fuzzy structure is used as input in GA for the second level of fuzzy model optimization...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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