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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635637/a-short-term-biological-indicator-for-long-term-kidney-damage-after-radionuclide-therapy-in-mice
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Giovanni Pellegrini, Klaudia Siwowska, Stephanie Haller, Daniel J Antoine, Roger Schibli, Anja Kipar, Cristina Müller
Folate receptor (FR)-targeted radionuclide therapy using folate radioconjugates is of interest due to the expression of the FR in a variety of tumor types. The high renal accumulation of radiofolates presents, however, a risk of radionephropathy. A potential option to address this challenge would be to use radioprotectants, such as amifostine. Methods for early detection of kidney damage that-in this case-cannot be predicted based on dose estimations, would facilitate the development of novel therapies. The aim of this study was, therefore, to assess potentially changing levels of plasma and urine biomarkers and to determine DNA damage at an early stage after radiofolate application...
June 21, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635522/dietary-intake-among-opioid-and-alcohol-using-pregnant-women
#2
Shikhar Shrestha, Elizabeth Jimenez, Laura Garrison, Peter Pribis, Dennis W Raisch, Julia M Stephen, Ludmila N Bakhireva
BACKGROUND: Substance abuse in nonpregnant adults has been associated with increased intake in calories and decreased intake of nutrient-dense foods; however, studies examining dietary intake in opioid-using and alcohol-using pregnant women are lacking. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate dietary intake in opioid-using pregnant women with or without concurrent light-to-moderate alcohol use as compared to abstaining controls. METHODS: This prospective birth cohort included 102 pregnant women classified into four study groups: controls (n = 27), medication-assisted treatment (MAT; n = 26), alcohol (ALC; n = 22), and concurrent use of both substances (MAT + ALC; n = 27)...
February 22, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633813/multi-stimuli-responsive-smart-chitosan-based-microcapsules-for-targeted-drug-delivery-and-triggered-drug-release
#3
Xuejun Cui, Xinyu Guan, Shuangling Zhong, Jie Chen, Houjuan Zhu, Zhanfeng Li, Fengzhi Xu, Peng Chen, Hongyan Wang
In the present study, we designed a novel, multi-stimuli responsive, biocompatible and non-immunogenic smart carrier for targeted delivery and triggered release of hydrophobic drugs. The designed multi-stimuli responsive smart chitosan-based microcapsules (MSRS-CS-MCs) have been fabricated successfully from folic acid (FA) functionalized thiolated chitosan via a facile sonochemical method. Targeting moiety FA and red fluorescent dye (Rhodamine B isothiocyanate, RITC) were immobilized onto the shells of microcapsules...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632788/high-throughput-identification-and-rational-design-of-synergistic-small-molecule-pairs-for-combating-and-bypassing-antibiotic-resistance
#4
Morgan A Wambaugh, Viplendra P S Shakya, Adam J Lewis, Matthew A Mulvey, Jessica C S Brown
Antibiotic-resistant infections kill approximately 23,000 people and cost $20,000,000,000 each year in the United States alone despite the widespread use of small-molecule antimicrobial combination therapy. Antibiotic combinations typically have an additive effect: the efficacy of the combination matches the sum of the efficacies of each antibiotic when used alone. Small molecules can also act synergistically when the efficacy of the combination is greater than the additive efficacy. However, synergistic combinations are rare and have been historically difficult to identify...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631291/folate-deficiency-disturbs-hsa-let-7-g-level-through-methylation-regulation-in-neural-tube-defects
#5
Li Wang, Shaofang Shangguan, Yu Xin, Shaoyan Chang, Zhen Wang, Xiaolin Lu, Lihua Wu, Bo Niu, Ting Zhang
Folic acid deficiency during pregnancy is believed to be a high-risk factor for neural tube defects (NTDs). Disturbed epigenetic modifications, including miRNA regulation, have been linked to the pathogenesis of NTDs in those with folate deficiency. However, the mechanism by which folic acid-regulated miRNA influences this pathogenesis remains unclear. It is believed that DNA methylation is associated with dysregulated miRNA expression. To clarify this issue, here we measured the methylation changes of 22 miRNAs in 57 human NTD cases to explore whether such changes are involved in miRNA regulation in NTD cases through folate metabolism...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630626/rapid-and-selective-determination-of-folate-receptor-%C3%AE-with-sensitive-resonance-rayleigh-scattering-signal
#6
Liping Wu, Yue Liu, Rong Huang, Huawen Zhao, Weiqun Shu
A rapid, simple, and novel method for folate receptor α (FRα) determination is reported here. A probe of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) modified with anti-FRα antibody was synthesized under the optimized conditions first. The antibody-modified Au NPs would aggregate when FRα was added to the probe for the specific interaction between antibody and antigen, resulting in the enhancement of resonance Rayleigh scattering (RRS) intensity. There is a linear relationship between the change of RRS intensity (ΔIRRS) and the concentration of FRα, with the detecting range of 0...
2017: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630431/role-of-methionine-adenosyltransferase-2a-in-bovine-preimplantation-development-and-its-associated-genomic-regions
#7
Shuntaro Ikeda, Ryouka Kawahara-Miki, Hisataka Iwata, Miki Sugimoto, Shinichi Kume
Methionine adenosyltransferase (MAT) is involved in folate-mediated one-carbon metabolism, which is essential for preimplantation embryos in terms of both short-term periconceptional development and long-term phenotypic programming beyond the periconceptional period. Here, our immunofluorescence analysis of bovine oocytes and preimplantation embryos revealed the consistent expression of MAT2A (the catalytic subunit of the ubiquitously expressed-type of MAT isozyme) during this period. Addition of the MAT2A inhibitor FIDAS to the culture media of bovine preimplantation embryos reduced their blastocyst development, revealing the particular importance of MAT2A in successful blastocyst development...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629458/methotrexate-induced-nausea-in-the-treatment-of-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Sonja Falvey, Lauren Shipman, Norman Ilowite, Timothy Beukelman
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate is the most commonly used disease modifying antirheumatic drug in the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis and can be effective in controlling disease in many patients. MAIN BODY: A significant proportion of patients experience nausea and vomiting induced by methotrexate therapy, which can lead to decreased quality of life and discontinuation of treatment with methotrexate. Many strategies have been employed in attempts to reduce methotrexate-induced nausea, including folate supplementation, switching from oral to subcutaneous methotrexate, anti-emetic therapy, behavioral therapy, and others...
June 19, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628360/genetic-risk-factors-for-folate-responsive-neural-tube-defects
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Anne M Molloy, Faith Pangilinan, Lawrence C Brody
Neural tube defects (NTDs) are the most severe congenital malformations of the central nervous system. The etiology is complex, with both genetic and environmental factors having important contributions. Researchers have known for the past two decades that maternal periconceptional use of the B vitamin folic acid can prevent many NTDs. Though this finding is arguably one of the most important recent discoveries in birth defect research, the mechanism by which folic acid exerts this benefit remains unknown. Research to date has focused on the hypothesis that an underlying genetic susceptibility interacts with folate-sensitive metabolic processes at the time of neural tube closure...
June 19, 2017: Annual Review of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628303/folate-and-heptamethine-cyanine-modified-chitosan-based-nanotheranostics-for-tumor-targeted-near-infrared-fluorescence-imaging-and-photodynamic-therapy
#10
Yingying Zhang, Tingting Lv, Huijuan Zhang, Xiaodong Xie, Ziying Li, Haijun Chen, Yu Gao
Folate (FA) and heptamethine cyanine (Cy7)-modified chitosan (CF7) was synthesized by click chemistry and its self-assembled nanoparticles (CF7Ns) were developed for tumor-specific imaging and photodynamic therapy. The characterization spectrum confirmed CF7 had a good FA and Cy7 conjugation efficacy. The diameter of CF7Ns measured by DLS was about 291.6 nm and the morphology observed with AFM showed filamentous clusters of particles. The results of targeting ability of CF7Ns demonstrated enhanced targeting behaviors of CF7Ns compared with non-FA-modified nanoparticles C7Ns in FA receptor-positive HeLa cells...
June 19, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627615/synthesis-of-folate%C3%A2-chitosan-nanoparticles-loaded-with-ligustrazine-to-target-folate-receptor-positive-cancer-cells
#11
Lichun Cheng, Hui Ma, Mingkun Shao, Qing Fan, Huiyi Lv, Jinyong Peng, Tangna Hao, Daiwei Li, Chenyang Zhao, Xingyue Zong
In addition to its vasodilatory effect, ligustrazine (LZ) improves the sensitivity of multidrug resistant cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents. To enhance the specificity of LZ delivery to tumor cells/tissues, folate‑chitosan nanoparticles (FA‑CS‑NPs) were synthesized by combination of folate ester with the amine group on chitosan to serve as a delivery vehicle for LZ (FA‑CS‑LZ‑NPs). The structure of folate‑chitosan and characteristics of FA‑CS‑LZ‑NPs, including its size, encapsulation efficiency, loading capacity and release rates were analyzed...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627444/associative-role-of-tyms6bpdel-polymorphism-and-resulting-hyperhomocysteinemia-in-the-pathogenesis-of-preterm-delivery-and-associated-complications-a-study-from-northeast-india
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Diptika Tiwari, Chandana Ray Das, Purabi Deka Bose, Sujoy Bose
Aberrations including genetic alterations in folate pathway are detrimental in multiple disease pathogenesis, including pregnancy. The present study is based on the screening of the associative role of TYMS 14946bp deletion(del) polymorphism and associated hyperhomocysteinemia in susceptibility to preterm delivery (PTD), which is strongly associated with neonatal mortality and morbidity. METHODS: A total of 209 PTD cases {extremely preterm (n=22), very preterm (n=43) and moderately preterm (n=144)} and 194 term delivery cases were evaluated for TYMS 14946bp deletion and its association with preterm delivery, pregnancy outcome, baby birth weight and homocysteine estimation...
June 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627436/folate-targeted-polymersomes-loaded-with-both-paclitaxel-and-doxorubicin-for-the-combination-chemotherapy-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#13
Dunwan Zhu, Shengjie Wu, Chunyan Hu, Zhuo Chen, Hai Wang, Fan Fan, Yu Qin, Chun Wang, Hongfan Sun, Xigang Leng, Deling Kong, Linhua Zhang
Combination chemotherapy is a promising method of improving cancer treatment, but the distinct pharmacokinetics of combined drugs and non-specific drug distribution slow down the development in the clinic. In this study, folate (FA) receptor-targeted polymersomes with apparent bilayered lamellar structure were successfully developed to co-encapsulate a hydrophobic-hydrophilic chemotherapeutic drug pair (PTX and DOX) in a single vesicle for enhancing the combination chemotherapeutic effect. Hydrophobic PTX was loaded into the thick hydrophobic lamellar membrane by the self-assembly of triblock copolymer PCL8000-PEG8000-PCL8000, while hydrophilic DOX was encapsulated into the hydrophilic reservoir using a trans-membrane ammonium sulfate gradient method...
June 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627193/-menus-offered-in-long-term-care-homes-quality-of-meal-service-and-nutritional-analysis
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Ana Isabel Rodríguez Rejón, María Dolores Ruiz López, Vincenzo Malafarina, Antonio Puerta, Antonia Zuñiga, Reyes Artacho
BACKGROUND: Institutionalization is a risk factor for malnutrition. Low energy intake and/or nutrient deficiencies are considered to be the main causes. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the quality of meals and meal service as well as the nutritional value of the main menus (regular menu, menu for diabetics, and pureed menu) offered in three long-term care (LTC) homes located in the metropolitan area of Granada (Spain). METHODS: Cross-sectional study...
June 5, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627191/-associations-between-insulin-resistance-and-three-b-vitamins-in-european-adolescents-the-helena-study
#15
Iris Iglesia, Marcela González-Gross, Inge Huybrechts, Pilar De Miguel-Etayo, Denes Molnar, Yannis Manios, Kurt Widhalm, Frédéric Gottrand, Anthony Kafatos, Asensión Marcos, Alejandro De la O Puerta, Catherine Leclercq, Stefaan De Henauw, Peter Stehle, Mathilde Kersting, Theodora Mouratidou, Luis Alberto Moreno
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether adolescents with high body mass index (BMI), or fat mass index (FMI), in combination with insulin resistance (assessed with the Homeostatic Model Assessment [HOMA] index), had also lower blood vitamin B6, folate and vitamin B12 concentrations. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Six hundred and fifteen adolescents from the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence (HELENA) study, with data on B-vitamins (both intakes and status), and BMI, FMI, HOMA, were selected...
June 5, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626960/whole-blood-taurine-concentrations-in-cats-with-intestinal-disease
#16
A Kathrani, A J Fascetti, J A Larsen, C Maunder, E J Hall
BACKGROUND: Increased delivery of taurine-conjugated bile acids to the distal bowel can lead to dysbiosis resulting in colitis in mouse models of inflammatory bowel disease. A similar situation also could occur in cats with intestinal disease and might therefore result in decreased whole-body taurine concentration. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To determine whether whole-blood taurine concentrations are decreased at the time of diagnosis in cats with intestinal disease and to correlate concentrations with clinical and laboratory variables...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625322/effect-of-b-vitamins-from-diet-on-hypertension
#17
Ruru Liu, Baibing Mi, Yaling Zhao, Qiang Li, Hong Yan, Shaonong Dang
BACKGROUND: In western populations, a higher level of dietary B vitamins intake has been associated with a lower risk of hypertension. However, data in Chinese is limited, whose B vitamins consumption is low and rates of hypertension are high. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate whether the three B vitamins are associated with hypertension in rural Chinese. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey among 2241 rural Chinese aged 18-80 years was conducted in northwestern China in 2010...
February 2017: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622716/a-new-method-without-organic-solvent-to-targeted-nanodrug-for-enhanced-anticancer-efficacy
#18
Shichao Wu, Xiangrui Yang, Mingyuan Zou, Zhenqing Hou, Jianghua Yan
Since the hydrophobic group is always essential to the synthesis of the drug-loaded nanoparticles, a majority of the methods rely heavily on organic solvent, which may not be completely removed and might be a potential threat to the patients. In this study, we completely "green" synthesized 10-hydroxycamptothecine (HCPT) loaded, folate (FA)-modified nanoneedles (HFNDs) for highly efficient cancer therapy with high drug loading, targeting property, and imaging capability. It should be noted that no organic solvent was used in the preparation process...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621571/targeted-nanotechnologies-for-cancer-intervention-a-patent-review-2010-2016
#19
Priyamvada Pradeep, Pradeep Kumar, Yahya E Choonara, Viness Pillay
In recent years, several active targeting nanostrategies have been patented for application in cancer theranostics. The versatility of nanostructures in terms of composition, manufacturability, functionalization, and matrix formation make them ideal for carrying large dose of bioactive contents, high density of targeting ligands on their surface, efficient delivery to the site of interest, and capable of forming multicomponent platforms. Areas covered: The patents were classified into polymeric and non-polymeric nanostructures and their applicability in addressing the targeting paradigm related to cancer intervention was explored...
June 22, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618975/a-black-cohosh-extract-causes-hematologic-and-biochemical-changes-consistent-with-a-functional-cobalamin-deficiency-in-female-b6c3f1-n-mice
#20
Michelle C Cora, William Gwinn, Ralph Wilson, Debra King, Suramya Waidyanatha, Grace E Kissling, Sukhdev S Brar, Dorian Olivera, Chad Blystone, Greg Travlos
Black cohosh rhizome, available as a dietary supplement, is most commonly marketed as a remedy for dysmenorrhea and menopausal symptoms. A previous subchronic toxicity study of black cohosh dried ethanolic extract (BCE) in female mice revealed a dose-dependent ineffective erythropoiesis with a macrocytosis consistent with the condition known as megaloblastic anemia. The purpose of this study was to investigate potential mechanisms by which BCE induces these particular hematological changes. B6C3F1/N female mice (32/group) were exposed by gavage to vehicle or 1,000 mg/kg BCE for 92 days...
January 1, 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
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