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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098857/anticancer-effects-of-ginsenoside-rg3-review
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Mengyao Sun, Ying Ye, Ling Xiao, Xinya Duan, Yongming Zhang, Hong Zhang
Cancer is a life-threatening disease with an alarmingly increased annual mortality rate globally. Although various therapies are employed for cancer, the final effect is not satisfactory. Chemotherapy is currently the most commonly used treatment option. However, the unsatisfactory efficacy, severe side-effects and drug resistance hinder the therapeutic efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs. There is increasing evidence indicating that ginsenoside Rg3, a naturally occurring phytochemical, plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of cancer...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098746/marine-antibody-drug-conjugates-design-strategies-and-research-progress
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Yu-Jie Wang, Yu-Yan Li, Xiao-Yu Liu, Xiao-Ling Lu, Xin Cao, Bing-Hua Jiao
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), constructed with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), linkers, and natural cytotoxins, are innovative drugs developed for oncotherapy. Owing to the distinctive advantages of both chemotherapy drugs and antibody drugs, ADCs have obtained enormous success during the past several years. The development of highly specific antibodies, novel marine toxins' applications, and innovative linker technologies all accelerate the rapid R&D of ADCs. Meanwhile, some challenges remain to be solved for future ADCs...
January 13, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098709/multimodal-imaging-during-the-evolution-of-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-maculopathy
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Bikramjit P Pal, Tapani Palosaari, Tero Kivelä
PURPOSE: To highlight the course of blood-brain barrier disruption maculopathy in a patient with successfully managed relapsed central nervous system lymphoma. METHODS: Case report with fundus autofluorescence and optical coherence tomography imaging, and literature review. RESULTS: A 57-year-old patient diagnosed with central nervous system large B-cell lymphoma had a normal ophthalmic evaluation on his first visit. Subsequently, when his malignancy recurred locally, he was started on blood-brain barrier disruption therapy and intraarterial methotrexate...
January 16, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098581/timing-of-pavlik-harness-initiation-can-we-wait
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Jill E Larson, Anay R Patel, Brian Weatherford, Joseph A Janicki
BACKGROUND: Developmental dysplasia of the hip is effectively treated with a Pavlik harness (PH) within the first 6 months of life. Over 80% of unstable hips in the newborn period will naturally stabilize by 2 months of age. If there is no difference in the effectiveness of initiating PH treatment at 1 week compared with 4 weeks of age, waiting may allow the hips to naturally stabilize and avoid treatment. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether the timing of PH implementation influences its effectiveness in the treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098514/edible-and-medicinal-mushrooms-emerging-brain-food-for-the-mitigation-of-neurodegenerative-diseases
#5
Chia-Wei Phan, Pamela David, Vikineswary Sabaratnam
There is an exponential increase in dementia in old age at a global level because of increasing life expectancy. The prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD) will continue to rise steadily, and is expected to reach 42 million cases worldwide in 2020. Despite the advancement of medication, the management of these diseases remains largely ineffective. Therefore, it is vital to explore novel nature-based nutraceuticals to mitigate AD and other age-related neurodegenerative disorders...
January 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098452/a-perspective-on-crocus-sativus-l-saffron-constituent-corcin-a-potent-water-soluble-antioxidant-and-potential-therapy-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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John W Finley, Song Gao
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. Several factors are thought to play roles in the development and course of AD. Existing medical therapies only alleviate and delay cognitive symptoms. Current research has been focused on developing antibodies to remove the targets of β-amyloid (Aβ) and tau protein. This approach has achieved removal of A, however, no long term success to AD patients reported. The biological properties of saffron, the dry stigma of the plant Crocus sativus L...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098429/natural-history-of-nonimmune-mediated-thrombocytopenia-and-acute-kidney-injury-in-pediatric-open-heart-surgery
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Shannon Tew, Manuel L Fontes, Nathaniel H Greene, Miklos D Kertai, George Ofori-Amanfo, Robert D B Jaquiss, Andrew J Lodge, Warwick A Ames, Hercilia Mayumi Homi, Kelly A Machovec, Edmund H Jooste
OBJECTIVE: Thrombocytopenia and acute kidney injury (AKI) are common following pediatric cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). However, the relationship between postoperative nadir platelet counts and AKI has not been investigated in the pediatric population. Our objective was to investigate this relationship and examine independent predictors of AKI. DESIGN: After IRB approval, we performed a retrospective review of the institution's medical records and database...
January 18, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098299/vacancies-in-functional-materials-for-clean-energy-storage-and-harvesting-the-perfect-imperfection
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Guowei Li, Graeme R Blake, Thomas T M Palstra
Vacancies exist throughout nature and determine the physical properties of materials. By manipulating the density and distribution of vacancies, it is possible to influence their physical properties such as band-gap, conductivity, magnetism, etc. This can generate exciting applications in the fields of water treatment, energy storage, and physical devices such as resistance-change memories. In this review, we focus on recent progress in vacancy engineering for the design of materials for energy harvesting applications...
January 18, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098298/recent-progress-in-mild-csp-3-h-bond-dehydrogenative-or-mono-oxidative-functionalization
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Andrea Gini, Tobias Brandhofer, Olga García Mancheño
Over the past few years, the development of oxidative methodologies towards efficient and selective direct Csp(3)-H bond functionalization processes has attracted tremendous attention from synthetic chemists. However, only a little attention has been given to the key role of the nature of the oxidant. This review aims at providing a brief summary of the recent advances in mild and more benign oxidative Csp(3)-H bond functionalization reactions, which are classified according to the type of oxidation system employed...
January 18, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097901/skin-whitening-agents-medicinal-chemistry-perspective-of-tyrosinase-inhibitors
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Thanigaimalai Pillaiyar, Manoj Manickam, Vigneshwaran Namasivayam
Melanogenesis is a process to synthesize melanin, which is a primary responsible for the pigmentation of human skin, eye and hair. Although numerous enzymatic catalyzed and chemical reactions are involved in melanogenesis process, the enzymes such as tyrosinase and tyrosinase-related protein-1 (TRP-1) and TRP-2 played a major role in melanin synthesis. Specifically, tyrosinase is a key enzyme, which catalyzes a rate-limiting step of the melanin synthesis, and the downregulation of tyrosinase is the most prominent approach for the development of melanogenesis inhibitors...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097690/an-overview-of-structural-features-of-antibacterial-glycoconjugate-vaccines-that-influence-their-immunogenicity
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Farjana Khatun, Rachel J Stephenson, Istvan Toth
Bacterial cell-surface-derived or mimicked carbohydrate moieties that act as protective antigens are used in the development of antibacterial glycoconjugate vaccines. The carbohydrate antigen must have a minimum length or size to maintain the conformational structure of the antigenic epitope(s). The presence or absence of O-acetate, phosphate, glycerol phosphate and pyruvate ketal plays a vital role in defining the immunogenicity of the carbohydrate antigen. The nature of the carrier protein, spacer and conjugation pattern used to develop the glycoconjugate vaccine also defines its overall spatial orientation which in turn affects its avidity and selectivity of interaction with the desired target(s)...
November 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097641/natural-products-diversity-of-marine-ascidians-tunicates-ascidiacea-and-successful-drugs-in-clinical-development
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Satheesh Kumar Palanisamy, N M Rajendran, Angela Marino
This present study reviewed the chemical diversity of marine ascidians and their pharmacological applications, challenges and recent developments in marine drug discovery reported during 1994-2014, highlighting the structural activity of compounds produced by these specimens. Till date only 5% of living ascidian species were studied from <3000 species, this study represented from family didemnidae (32%), polyclinidae (22%), styelidae and polycitoridae (11-12%) exhibiting the highest number of promising MNPs...
January 17, 2017: Natural Products and Bioprospecting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097450/contemporary-thoughts-on-the-management-of-spigelian-hernia
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V Webber, C Low, R J E Skipworth, S Kumar, A C de Beaux, B Tulloh
BACKGROUND: Spigelian hernias are said to be a rare condition of the elderly population, usually arising below the arcuate line. Local experience has led us to challenge these commonly held beliefs. METHODS: Operations for Spigelian hernia from 2006-2016 were identified from the Edinburgh Lothian Surgical Audit computerised database and case notes were reviewed. RESULTS: One hundred and one patients underwent surgery for 107 Spigelian hernias in the 10-year period...
January 17, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097082/a-review-of-colorectal-cancer-detection-modalities-stool-dna-and-fecal-immunochemistry-testing-in-adults-over-the-age-of-50
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Tyler Janz, Karen Lu, Michael R Povlow, Brittany Urso
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Recently, more focus has been placed on developing effective screening tools to detect the presence of both precancerous and cancerous lesions present in the colon and rectum. Colonoscopy has been well established as the gold standard of the colon and rectal cancer screening. However, not all patients are willing to undergo a colonoscopy due to the procedure's invasive nature. Non-invasive screening methods have been developed to appeal to patients who refuse colonoscopy...
December 16, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096295/does-selection-for-short-sleep-duration-explain-human-vulnerability-to-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Randolph M Nesse, Caleb E Finch, Charles L Nunn
Compared with other primates, humans sleep less and have a much higher prevalence of Alzheimer 's disease (AD) pathology. This article reviews evidence relevant to the hypothesis that natural selection for shorter sleep time in humans has compromised the efficacy of physiological mechanisms that protect against AD during sleep. In particular, the glymphatic system drains interstitial fluid from the brain, removing extra-cellular amyloid beta (eAβ) twice as fast during sleep. In addition, melatonin - a peptide hormone that increases markedly during sleep - is an effective antioxidant that inhibits the polymerization of soluble eAβ into insoluble amyloid fibrils that are associated with AD...
January 16, 2017: Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096284/pulmonary-vascular-and-cardiac-impairment-in-interstitial-lung-disease
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Marios Panagiotou, Alistair C Church, Martin K Johnson, Andrew J Peacock
Pulmonary vascular and cardiac impairment is increasingly appreciated as a major adverse factor in the natural history of interstitial lung disease. This clinically orientated review focuses on the current concepts in the pathogenesis, pathophysiology and implications of the detrimental sequence of increased pulmonary vascular resistance, pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure in interstitial lung disease, and provides guidance on its management.
January 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096279/a-framework-of-comfort-for-practice-an-integrative-review-identifying-the-multiple-influences-on-patients-experience-of-comfort-in-healthcare-settings
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Cynthia Wensley, Mari Botti, Ann McKillop, Alan F Merry
PURPOSE: Comfort is central to patient experience but the concept of comfort is poorly defined. This review aims to develop a framework representing patients' complex perspective of comfort to inform practice and guide initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare. DATA SOURCES: CINAHL, MEDLINE Complete, PsycINFO and Google Scholar (November 2016); reference lists of included publications. STUDY SELECTION: Qualitative and theoretical studies advancing knowledge about the concept of comfort in healthcare settings...
January 16, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096194/autologous-cell-therapy-for-peripheral-arterial-disease-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-non-randomized-and-non-controlled-studies
#18
Mauro Rigato, Matteo Monami, Gian Paolo Fadini
RATIONALE: Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is a life-threatening complication of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In patients who are ineligible for revascularization procedures, there are few therapeutic alternatives, leading to amputations and death. OBJECTIVE: To provide a systematic review of the literature and a meta-analysis of studies evaluating safety and efficacy of autologous cell therapy for intractable PAD/CLI. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrieved 19 randomized controlled trials (RCTs; 837 patients), 7 non-randomized trials (338 patients), and 41 non-controlled studies (1,177 patients)...
January 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095902/identification-of-positive-selection-in-genes-is-greatly-improved-by-using-experimentally-informed-site-specific-models
#19
Jesse D Bloom
BACKGROUND: Sites of positive selection are identified by comparing observed evolutionary patterns to those expected under a null model for evolution in the absence of such selection. For protein-coding genes, the most common null model is that nonsynonymous and synonymous mutations fix at equal rates; this unrealistic model has limited power to detect many interesting forms of selection. RESULTS: I describe a new approach that uses a null model based on experimental measurements of a gene's site-specific amino-acid preferences generated by deep mutational scanning in the lab...
January 17, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095746/targeting-of-herbal-bioactives-through-folate-receptors-a-novel-concept-to-enhance-intracellular-drug-delivery-in-cancer-therapy
#20
Anshita Gupta, Chanchal Deep Kaur, Shailendra Saraf, Swarnlata Saraf
Targeted drug delivery through folate receptor (FR) has emerged as a most biocompatible, target oriented, and non-immunogenic cargoes for the delivery of anticancer drugs. FRs are highly overexpressed in many tumor cells (like ovarian, lung, breast, kidney, brain, endometrial, and colon cancer), and targeting them through conjugates bearing specific ligand with encapsulated nanodrug moiety is undoubtedly, a promising approach toward tumor targeting. Folate, being an endogenous ligand, can be exploited well to affect various cellular events occurring during the progress of tumor, in a more natural and definite way...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
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