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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099525/polyethylene-glycol-camouflaged-earthworm-hemoglobin
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Vivek P Jani, Alborz Jelvani, Selamawit Moges, Parimala Nacharaju, Camille Roche, David Dantsker, Andre Palmer, Joel M Friedman, Pedro Cabrales
Nearly 21 million components of blood and whole blood and transfused annually in the United States, while on average only 13.6 million units of blood are donated. As the demand for Red Blood Cells (RBCs) continues to increase due to the aging population, this deficit will be more significant. Despite decades of research to develop hemoglobin (Hb) based oxygen (O2) carriers (HBOCs) as RBC substitutes, there are no products approved for clinical use. Lumbricus terrestris erythrocruorin (LtEc) is the large acellular O2 carrying protein complex found in the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098886/novel-zinc-phthalocyanine-as-a-promising-photosensitizer-for-photodynamic-treatment-of-esophageal-cancer
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Weronika Kuzyniak, Jacob Schmidt, Wojciech Glac, Janine Berkholz, Gustav Steinemann, Björn Hoffmann, Eugeny A Ermilov, Ayşe Gül Gürek, Vefa Ahsen, Bianca Nitzsche, Michael Höpfner
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has gathered much attention in the field of cancer treatment and is increasingly used as an alternative solution for esophageal cancer therapy. However, there is a constant need for improving the effectiveness and tolerability of the applied photosensitizers (PS). Here, we propose tetra-triethyleneoxysulfonyl substituted zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) as a promising PS for photodynamic treatment of esophageal cancer. ZnPc-induced phototoxicity was studied in two human esophageal cancer cell lines: OE-33 (adenocarcinoma) and Kyse-140 (squamous cell carcinoma)...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098158/pericytes-from-mesenchymal-stem-cells-as-a-model-for-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Xiaohe Tian, Oliver Brookes, Giuseppe Battaglia
Blood brain-barrier (BBB) in vitro models have been widely reported in studies of the BBB phenotype. However, established co-culture systems involve brain endothelial cells, astrocytes, neurons and pericytes, and therefore are often consuming and technically challenging. Here we use mesenchymal system cells (MSC) as a potential substitute for pericytes in a BBB model. Both MSC and pericyte markers in 2D culture environment were evaluated on different extracellular matrix compositions. Further experiments indicated that MSC contributed in a similar manner to pericytes in a co-cultured 3D model on increasing trans-endothelial electric resistance (TEER) and decreasing permeability against macromolecules...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093955/anatomically-realistic-simulations-of-liver-ablation-by-irreversible-electroporation
#4
Radwan Qasrawi, Louis Silve, Fernando Burdío, Ziad Abdeen, Antoni Ivorra
Irreversible electroporation is a novel tissue ablation technique which entails delivering intense electrical pulses to target tissue, hence producing fatal defects in the cell membrane. The present study numerically analyzes the potential impact of liver blood vessels on ablation by irreversible electroporation because of their influence on the electric field distribution. An anatomically realistic computer model of the liver and its vasculature within an abdominal section was employed, and blood vessels down to 0...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092151/issues-in-nutrition-carbohydrates
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Margaret E Thompson, Mary Barth Noel
Carbohydrates include sugars, starches, and dietary fibers. Resistant starches resemble fiber in their behavior in the intestinal tract, and may have positive effects on blood glucose levels and the gut microbiome. Fibers are classified as soluble and insoluble, but most fiber-containing foods contain a mixture of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber has been shown to lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Many artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are available. Most natural sources of sweeteners also are energy sources...
January 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091912/caspase-3-6-8-and-9-gene-expression-in-peripheral-blood-leukocytes-and-plasma-concentrations-of-il-6-and-tnf-%C3%AE-in-carriers-of-different-polymorphic-marker-174g-c-genotypes-of-il6-gene-associated-with-the-risk-of-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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I V Kurbatova, L V Topchieva, O P Dudanova
We revealed an association of IL6 gene -174G>C polymorphism with the development of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in the Russian population. The risk is significantly higher in carriers of C allele: OR=1.77 (1.04; 3.02). The effects of -174G>C substitution in IL6 gene involving caspase 9 gene transcripts in peripheral blood leukocytes and on blood content of TNF-α in healthy individuals without clinical manifestations of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis were detected. The content of caspase 9 gene transcripts in peripheral blood leukocytes and plasma level of TNF-α were significantly higher in healthy subjects carrying C allele than in carriers of GG genotype...
January 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091350/the-effects-of-flavanone-rich-citrus-juice-on-cognitive-function-and-cerebral-blood-flow-an-acute-randomised-placebo-controlled-cross-over-trial-in-healthy-young-adults
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Daniel J Lamport, Deepa Pal, Anna L Macready, Sofia Barbosa-Boucas, John M Fletcher, Claire M Williams, Jeremy P E Spencer, Laurie T Butler
A plausible mechanism underlying flavonoid-associated cognitive effects is increased cerebral blood flow (CBF). However, behavioural and CBF effects following flavanone-rich juice consumption have not been explored. The aim of this study was to investigate whether consumption of flavanone-rich juice is associated with acute cognitive benefits and increased regional CBF in healthy, young adults. An acute, single-blind, randomised, cross-over design was applied with two 500-ml drink conditions - high-flavanone (HF; 70·5 mg) drink and an energy-, and vitamin C- matched, zero-flavanone control...
December 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087731/increased-nbcn1-expression-na-hco3-co-transport-and-intracellular-ph-in-human-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-with-a-risk-allele-for-hypertension
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Fu Liang Ng, Ebbe Boedtkjer, Katarzyna Witkowska, Meixia Ren, Ruoxin Zhang, Arthur Tucker, Christian Aalkjær, Mark J Caulfield, Shu Ye
Genome-wide association studies have revealed an association between variation at the SLC4A7 locus and blood pressure. SLC4A7 encodes the electroneutral Na(+)/HCO3 co-transporter NBCn1 which regulates intracellular pH (pHi). We conducted a functional study of variants at this locus in primary cultures of vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cells. In both cell types, we found genotype-dependent differences for rs13082711 in DNA-nuclear protein interactions, where the risk allele is associated with increased SLC4A7 expression level, NBCn1 availability and function as reflected in elevated steady-state pHi and accelerated recovery from intracellular acidosis...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086924/treating-infants-with-frigg-linking-disease-aetiologies-medicinal-plant-use-and-care-seeking-behaviour-in-southern-morocco
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Irene Teixidor-Toneu, Gary J Martin, Rajindra K Puri, Ahmed Ouhammou, Julie A Hawkins
BACKGROUND: Although most Moroccans rely to some extent on traditional medicine, the practice of frigg to treat paediatric ailments by elderly women traditional healers known as ferraggat, has not yet been documented. We describe the role of these specialist healers, document the medicinal plants they use, and evaluate how and why their practice is changing. METHODS: Ethnomedicinal and ethnobotanical data were collected using semi-structured interviews and observations of medical encounters...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078733/therapeutic-apheresis-in-immunologic-renal-and-neurological-diseases
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REVIEW
Rolf Bambauer, Reinhard Latza, Daniel Burgard, Ralf Schiel
Since the mid 1970s, when membrane modules became available, plasma separation techniques have gained in importance especially in the past few years. The advantages of this method are a complete separation of the corpuscular components from the plasma and due to increased blood flow rate and higher efficacy. Systemic autoimmune diseases based on an immune pathogenesis produce autoantibodies and circulating immune complexes, which cause inflammation in the tissues of various organs. In most cases, these diseases have a poor prognosis without treatment...
January 12, 2017: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076613/the-role-of-dietary-fatty-acid-intake-in-inflammatory-gene-expression-a-critical-review
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Daniela Mayumi Rocha, Josefina Bressan, Helen Hermana Hermsdorff
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Diet is an important modifiable factor involved in obesity-induced inflammation. We reviewed clinical trials that assessed the effect of consumption of different fatty acids on the expression of inflammation-related genes, such as cytokines, adipokines, chemokines and transcription factors. DESIGN AND SETTING: Narrative review study conducted at a research center. METHODS: This was a review on the effect of fat intake on inflammatory gene expression in humans...
January 5, 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075532/clinical-and-biochemical-characterization-of-the-prothrombin-belgrade-mutation-in-a-large-serbian-pedigree-new-insights-into-antithrombin-resistance-mechanism
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Predrag Miljic, Maja Gvozdenov, Yuki Takagi, Akira Takagi, Iva Pruner, Marija Dragojevic, Branko Tomic, Jelena Bodrozic, Tetsuhito Kojima, Dragica Radojkovic, Valentina Djordjevic
BACKGROUND: The recently reported c.1787G>A mutation in the prothrombin gene leads to Arg596Gln replacement in the protein molecule (prothrombin Belgrade). This substitution impairs binding of antithrombin to thrombin and results in inherited thrombophilia, known as antithrombin resistance. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to elucidate the clinical and biochemical characteristics of thrombophilia associated with antithrombin resistance in a large Serbian family with the prothrombin Belgrade mutation...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075146/five-near-full-length-hepatitis-c-virus-sequences-were-isolated-from-hiv-coinfected-idus-of-china
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Fan Li, Yi Feng, Na Ni, Jing Hu, Yuhua Ruan, Yiming Shao, Liying Ma
HIV and HCV share transmission routes including contaminated blood transfusion, sexual intercourse, and needle-sharing in injection drug users (IDUs). We obtained five near full-length genome sequences (NFLGs) of HCV isolated from five HIV-1 coinfected IDUs in Sichuan and Xinjiang province, China. By conducting reconstruction of neighbor-joining (NJ) phylogenetic tree, our results revealed that the five isolates are different genotypes (1b, 3a, 6a and 6n). The amino acid substitutions(170I) in XJN0021 related to resistant to protease inhibitors (Grazoprevir) were also identified...
January 11, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073952/alcohol-and-coronary-artery-calcification-an-investigation-using-alcohol-flushing-as-an-instrumental-variable
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Kyung Eun Yun, Yoosoo Chang, Sung-Cheol Yun, George Davey Smith, Seungho Ryu, Sung-Il Cho, Eun Chul Chung, Hocheol Shin, Young-Ho Khang
BACKGROUND: We examined whether alcohol flushing could be used as an instrumental variable (IV) and investigated the effect of alcohol consumption on coronary calcification using alcohol flushing status as an IV. METHODS: We analysed cross-sectional data from 24 681 Korean adults (20 696 men and 3985 women) who had been administered a questionnaire assessing alcohol consumption and alcohol flushing, as well as a coronary artery calcium (CAC) measurement. The associations of alcohol flushing status with potential confounders and alcohol consumption were examined...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072841/a-small-insulinomimetic-molecule-also-improves-insulin-sensitivity-in-diabetic-mice
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Sandip Mukherjee, Mrittika Chattopadhyay, Sushmita Bhattacharya, Suman Dasgupta, Sahid Hussain, Saitanya K Bharadwaj, Dhrubajyoti Talukdar, Abul Usmani, Bhola S Pradhan, Subeer S Majumdar, Pronobesh Chattopadhyay, Satinath Mukhopadhyay, Tushar K Maity, Mihir K Chaudhuri, Samir Bhattacharya
Dramatic increase of diabetes over the globe is in tandem with the increase in insulin requirement. This is because destruction and dysfunction of pancreatic β-cells are of common occurrence in both Type1 diabetes and Type2 diabetes, and insulin injection becomes a compulsion. Because of several problems associated with insulin injection, orally active insulin mimetic compounds would be ideal substitute. Here we report a small molecule, a peroxyvanadate compound i.e. DmpzH[VO(O2)2(dmpz)], henceforth referred as dmp, which specifically binds to insulin receptor with considerable affinity (KD-1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070494/pure-myopathy-with-enlarged-mitochondria-associated-to-a-new-mutation-in-mtnd2-gene
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Alice Zanolini, Ana Potic, Franco Carrara, Eleonora Lamantea, Daria Diodato, Flavia Blasevich, Silvia Marchet, Marina Mora, Francesco Pallotti, Lucia Morandi, Massimo Zeviani, Costanza Lamperti
To date, only few mutations in the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)-encoded ND2 subunit of Complex I have been reported, usually presenting a severe phenotype characterized by early onset encephalomyopathy and early death. In this report, we describe a new mutation in the MTND2 gene in a 21-year-old man with a mild myopathic phenotype characterized by exercise intolerance and increased plasma lactate at rest. Electromyography and brain NMR were normal, and no cardiac involvement was present. Muscle biopsy showed a massive presence of ragged red - COX-positive fibres, with enlarged mitochondria containing osmiophilic inclusions...
March 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069705/multilevel-analyses-of-scn5a-mutations-in-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-cardiomyopathy-suggest-non-canonical-mechanisms-for-disease-pathogenesis
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Anneline S J M Te Riele, Esperanza Agullo-Pascual, Cynthia A James, Alejandra Leo-Macias, Marina Cerrone, Mingliang Zhang, Xianming Lin, Bin Lin, Nara L Sobreira, Nuria Amat-Alarcon, Roos F Marsman, Brittney Murray, Crystal Tichnell, Jeroen F van der Heijden, Dennis Dooijes, Toon A B van Veen, Harikrishna Tandri, Steven J Fowler, Richard N W Hauer, Gordon Tomaselli, Maarten P van den Berg, Matthew R G Taylor, Francesca Brun, Gianfranco Sinagra, Arthur A M Wilde, Luisa Mestroni, Connie R Bezzina, Hugh Calkins, J Peter van Tintelen, Lei Bu, Mario Delmar, Daniel P Judge
AIMS: Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) is often associated with desmosomal mutations. Recent studies suggest an interaction between the desmosome and sodium channel protein Nav1.5. We aimed to determine the prevalence and biophysical properties of mutations in SCN5A (the gene encoding Nav1.5) in ARVD/C. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed whole-exome sequencing in six ARVD/C patients (33% male, 38.2 ± 12.1 years) without a desmosomal mutation...
January 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063189/effects-of-different-sources-of-protein-on-the-growth-performance-blood-chemistry-and-polypeptide-profiles-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract-digesta-of-newly-weaned-piglets
#18
R Z Zhong, J Q Xia, H Sun, G X Qin
To determine the effects of different sources of protein on the growth performance of newly weaned piglets, 72 newly weaned piglets were randomly assigned to three groups fed different diets (soya bean, casein and dried distillers' grain with solubles (DDGS) feeds). Casein and DDGS feeds consisted of soya bean feed in which 5% of the CP was replaced with casein- or DDGS-derived CP respectively. Blood and chyme samples were collected from each piglet 2 h post-feeding on days 0 and 28 of the feeding period. The DDGS feed decreased DMI (p = 0...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054978/hemoglobin-based-blood-substitutes-and-the-treatment-of-sickle-cell-disease-more-harm-than-help
#19
REVIEW
Abdu I Alayash
Intense efforts have been made by both industry and academia over the last three decades to produce viable hemoglobin (Hb)-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs), also known as "blood substitutes". Human trials conducted so far by several manufactures in a variety of clinical indications, including trauma, and elective surgeries have failed and no product has gained the Food and Drug Administration approval for human use. Safety concerns due to frequent incidences of hemodynamic, cardiac events, and even death led to the termination of some of these trials...
January 4, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054429/methoxinine-an-alternative-stable-amino-acid-substitute-for-oxidation-sensitive-methionine-in-radiolabelled-peptide-conjugates
#20
Nathalie M Grob, Martin Behe, Elisabeth von Guggenberg, Roger Schibli, Thomas L Mindt
Radiolabelled peptides with high specificity and affinity towards receptors that are overexpressed by tumour cells are used in nuclear medicine for the diagnosis (imaging) and therapy of cancer. In some cases, the sequences of peptides under investigations contain methionine (Met), an amino acid prone to oxidation during radiolabelling procedures. The formation of oxidative side products can affect the purity of the final radiopharmaceutical product and/or impair its specificity and affinity towards the corresponding receptor...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
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