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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933846/inhibition-of-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-1-cdpk1-by-pyrazolopyrimidine-analogs-decreases-establishment-and-reoccurrence-of-central-nervous-system-disease-by-toxoplasma-gondii
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Florentine U Rutaganira, Jennifer Barks, Mary Savari Dhason, Qiuling Wang, Michael Steven Lopez, Shaojun Long, Joshua B Radke, Nathaniel G Jones, Amarendar R Maddirala, James W Janetka, Majida El Bakkouri, Raymond Hui, Kevan M Shokat, L David Sibley
Calcium dependent protein kinase 1 (CDPK1) is an essential enzyme in the opportunistic pathogen Toxoplasma gondii. CDPK1 controls multiple processes that are essential to the intracellular replicative cycle of T. gondii including secretion of adhesins, motility, invasion, and egress. Remarkably, CDPK1 contains a small glycine gatekeeper residue in the ATP binding pocket making it sensitive to ATP-competitive inhibitors with bulky substituents that complement this expanded binding pocket. Here we explored structure-activity relationships of a series of pyrazolopyrimidine inhibitors of CDPK1 with the goals of increasing selectivity over host enzymes, improving anti-parasite potency, and improving metabolic stability...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933253/the-role-of-p53-microrna-200-moesin-axis-in-invasion-and-drug-resistance-of-breast-cancer-cells
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Farheen Alam, Fatima Mezhal, Hussain El Hasasna, Vidhya A Nair, S R Aravind, Maha Saber Ayad, Ahmed El-Serafi, Wael M Abdel-Rahman
This study aimed to analyze the expression of microRNAs in relation to p53 status in breast cancer cells and to delineate the role of Moesin in this axis. We used three isogenic breast carcinoma cell lines MCF7 (with wild-type p53), 1001 (MCF7 with mutated p53), and MCF7-E6 (MCF7 in which p53 function was disrupted). MicroRNA expression was analyzed using microarray analysis and confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction. The 1001 clone with mutant p53 showed 22 upregulated and 25 downregulated microRNAs...
September 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932941/single-center-ventral-hernia-repair-with-porcine-dermis-collagen-implant
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M Boules, A T Strong, R Corcelles, I N Haskins, R Ilie, C Wathen, D Froylich, G Sharma, J Rodriguez, S Rosenblatt, K El-Hayek, M Kroh
INTRODUCTION: This study aims to evaluate the outcomes and utilization of porcine acellular dermal collagen implant (PADCI) during VHR at a large tertiary referral center. METHODS: Records of 5485 patients who underwent VIHR from June 1995 to August 2014 were retrospectively reviewed to identify patients >18 years of age who had VIHR with PADCI reinforcement. Use of multiple mesh reinforcement products, inguinal hernias, and hiatal hernias were exclusion criteria...
September 20, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932422/syntheses-and-crystal-structures-of-two-adamantyl-substituted-1-2-4-triazole-5-thione-n-mannich-bases
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Monirah A Al-Alshaikh, Aamal A Al-Mutairi, Hazem A Ghabbour, Ali A El-Emam, Mohammed S M Abdelbaky, Santiago Garcia-Granda
In the title N-Mannich bases, 3-(adamantan-1-yl)-4-(4-fluoro-phen-yl)-1-[(4-phenyl-piperazin-1-yl)meth-yl]-4,5-di-hydro-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5-thione (C29H34FN5S) (I), and 3-(adamantan-1-yl)-4-(4-fluoro-phen-yl)-1-{[4-(2-meth-oxyphen-yl)piperazin-1-yl]-meth-yl}-4,5-di-hydro-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5-thione (C30H36FN5OS) (II), fluoro-phenyl, adamantane and piperazine moieties are linked to a planar triazole ring. There is an additional phenyl ring on the piperazine ring in (I) and a meth-oxy-phenyl ring in (II). In compound (I), the fluoro-phenyl and phenyl rings are inclined to the triazole ring by 86...
July 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932307/relationship-of-oxidant-and-antioxidant-markers-to-asthma-severity-in-egyptian-asthmatic-children
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Inas R El-Alameey, Gihan A Fathy, Mones M Abu Shady, Alaa Ali, Hanan A Fathy, Eman R Youness, Soha A Nasr
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic airway disease which is characterized by oxidant antioxidant imbalance with the generation of oxidative stress related mediators. AIM: The study aimed to evaluate the role of asymmetric dimethylarginine, and malondialdehyde as oxidant markers and serum paraoxonase activity as an antioxidant marker in asthma, and to determine their relationship to the asthma severity and lung function among asthmatic children in Egypt. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This case control study was conducted on sixty patients with asthma compared with sixty apparently healthy children of matched age and sex...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932275/current-trends-in-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-an-internet-based-survey
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Abd Alrahman Ahmad, Omar Alhunaidi, Mohamed Aziz, Mohamed Omar, Ahmed M Al-Kandari, Ahmed El-Nahas, Mohamed El-Shazly
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to report current practices of percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) among endourologists. METHODS: An internet survey was administered to Endourological Society members. Responders were distributed into three groups according to the number of PCNL cases per year (<50, 50-100, >100). PCNL technical details as well as opinions regarding specific clinical case scenarios were evaluated and compared between groups. RESULTS: We received 300 responses from 47 different countries...
September 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932163/preparedness-of-dammam-primary-health-care-centers-to-deal-with-emergency-cases
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Sanaa S M Alsaad, Salma H S Abu-Grain, Dalia Y M El-Kheir
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to assess the availability of human and nonhuman resources for emergency medical services (EMSs) at the primary health care (PHC) level. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study with mixed research methods (quantitative and qualitative) was carried out in governmental PHC centers in Dammam, Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, between September 2014 and January 2015. Using systematic random sampling technique, 13 out of 26 PHC centers were included in the study...
September 2017: Journal of Family & Community Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931666/trpa1-activation-in-a-human-sensory-neuronal-model-relevance-to-cough-hypersensitivity
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Rebecca Clarke, Kevin Monaghan, Imad About, Caoimhin S Griffin, Gerard P Sergeant, Ikhlas El Karim, J Graham McGeown, S Louise Cosby, Timothy M Curtis, Lorcan P McGarvey, Fionnuala T Lundy
The cough reflex becomes hyperresponsive in acute and chronic respiratory diseases, but understanding the underlying mechanism is hampered by difficulty accessing human tissue containing both nerve endings and neuronal cell bodies. We refined an adult stem cell sensory neuronal model to overcome the limited availability of human neurones and applied the model to study transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel expression and activation.Human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs) were differentiated towards a neuronal phenotype, termed peripheral neuronal equivalents (PNEs)...
September 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930753/camel-milk-attenuates-rheumatoid-arthritis-via-inhibition-of-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-pathway
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Hany H Arab, Samir A Salama, Tamer M Abdelghany, Hany A Omar, El-Shaimaa A Arafa, Majed M Alrobaian, Ibrahim A Maghrabi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Camel milk (CM) has shown beneficial anti-inflammatory actions in several experimental and clinical settings. So far, its effect on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has not been previously explored. Thus, the current work aimed to evaluate the effects of CM in Adjuvant-induced arthritis and air pouch edema models in rats, which mimic human RA. METHODS: CM was administered at 10 ml/kg orally for 3 weeks starting on the day of Freund's adjuvant paw inoculation...
September 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930663/the-trem2-apoe-pathway-drives-the-transcriptional-phenotype-of-dysfunctional-microglia-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Susanne Krasemann, Charlotte Madore, Ron Cialic, Caroline Baufeld, Narghes Calcagno, Rachid El Fatimy, Lien Beckers, Elaine O'Loughlin, Yang Xu, Zain Fanek, David J Greco, Scott T Smith, George Tweet, Zachary Humulock, Tobias Zrzavy, Patricia Conde-Sanroman, Mar Gacias, Zhiping Weng, Hao Chen, Emily Tjon, Fargol Mazaheri, Kristin Hartmann, Asaf Madi, Jason D Ulrich, Markus Glatzel, Anna Worthmann, Joerg Heeren, Bogdan Budnik, Cynthia Lemere, Tsuneya Ikezu, Frank L Heppner, Vladimir Litvak, David M Holtzman, Hans Lassmann, Howard L Weiner, Jordi Ochando, Christian Haass, Oleg Butovsky
Microglia play a pivotal role in the maintenance of brain homeostasis but lose homeostatic function during neurodegenerative disorders. We identified a specific apolipoprotein E (APOE)-dependent molecular signature in microglia from models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and Alzheimer's disease (AD) and in microglia surrounding neuritic β-amyloid (Aβ)-plaques in the brains of people with AD. The APOE pathway mediated a switch from a homeostatic to a neurodegenerative microglia phenotype after phagocytosis of apoptotic neurons...
September 19, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930613/an-automated-approach-for-early-detection-of-diabetic-retinopathy-using-sd-oct-images
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Ahmed H ElTanboly, Agustina Palacio, Ahmed M Shalaby, Andrew E Switala, Omar Helmy, Shlomit Schaal, Ayman El-Baz
  This study was to demonstrate the feasibility of an automatic approach for early detection of diabetic retinopathy (DR) from SD-OCT images. These scans were prospectively collected from 200 subjects through the fovea then were automatically segmented, into 12 layers. Each layer was characterized by its thickness, tortuosity, and normalized reflectivity. 26 diabetic patients, without DR changes visible by funduscopic examination, were matched with 26 controls, according to age and sex, for purposes of statistical analysis using mixed effects ANOVA...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930568/medical-imaging-diagnosis-of-early-alzheimer-s-disease
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Fatma El-Zahraa A El-Gamal, Mohammed M Elmogy, Mohammed Ghazal, Ahmed Atwan, Manual F Casanova, Gregory N Barnes, Ayman El-Baz, Hassan Hajjdiab
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases that influences the central nervous system, often leading to dire consequences for quality of life. The disease goes through some stages mainly divided into early, moderate, and severe. Among them, the early stage is the most important as medical intervention has the potential to alter the natural progression of the condition. In practice, the early diagnosis is a challenge since the neurodegenerative changes can precede the onset of clinical symptoms by 10-15 years...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930562/alzheimer-s-disease-diagnostics-by-a-3d-deeply-supervised-adaptable-convolutional-network
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Ehsan Hosseini-Asl, Mohammed Ghazal, Ali Mahmoud, Ali Aslantas, Ahmed M Shalaby, Manual F Casanova, Gregory N Barnes, Georgy Gimel'farb, Robert Keynton, Ayman El-Baz
Early diagnosis is playing an important role in preventing progress of the Alzheimer's disease (AD). This paper proposes to improve the prediction of AD with a deep 3D Convolutional Neural Network (3D-CNN), which can show generic features capturing AD biomarkers extracted from brain images, adapt to different domain datasets, and accurately classify subjects with improved fine-tuning method. The 3D-CNN is built upon a convolutional autoencoder, which is pre-trained to capture anatomical shape variations in structural brain MRI scans for source domain...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930545/classification-of-retinal-diseases-based-on-oct-images
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Nabila Eladawi, Mohammed M Elmogy, Mohammed Ghazal, Omar Helmy, Ahmed Aboelfetouh, Alaa Riad, Shlomit Schaal, Ayman El-Baz
Optical Coherence Topography (OCT) is an emerging biomedical imaging technology that offers non-invasive real-time, high-resolution imaging of highly scattering tissues. It is widely used in ophthalmology to perform diagnostic imaging on the structure of the anterior eye and the retina. Clinical studies are carried out to assess the application of OCT for some retinal diseases. OCT can provide means for early detection for various types of diseases because morphological changes often occur before the physical symptoms of these diseases...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930456/metformin-an-anthropogenic-contaminant-of-seidlitzia-rosmarinus-collected-in-a-desert-region-near-the-gulf-of-aqaba-sinai-peninsula
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Ahmed R Hassan, Salah M El-Kousy, Sayed A El-Toumy, Karla Frydenvang, Truong Thanh Tung, Jesper Olsen, John Nielsen, Søren Brøgger Christensen
A phytochemical investigation of Seidlitzia rosmarinus collected along the shoreline of the Gulf of Aqaba in the remote southern desert region of the Sinai peninsula has revealed the presence of the registered drug metformin (4). However, analysis of the (14)C content revealed the drug to be an anthropogenic contaminant. Consequently, natural product researchers should be aware that compounds isolated from plants might originate from environmental contamination rather than biosynthesis. The new natural product N-(4-hydroxyphenylethyl)-α-chloroferuloylamide was isolated as a mixture of the E and Z isomers along with a number of other well-established secondary metabolites...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930152/proteomic-analysis-of-the-chlorophyta-dunaliella-new-strain-al-1-revealed-global-changes-of-metabolism-during-high-carotenoid-production
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Faten Ben Amor, Fatma Elleuch, Hajer Ben Hlima, Matthieu Garnier, Bruno Saint-Jean, Mohamed Barkallah, Chantal Pichon, Slim Abdelkafi, Imen Fendri
The green microalgae Dunaliella genus is known for the production of high added value molecules. In this study, strain AL-1 was isolated from the Sebkha of Sidi El Hani (Sousse, Tunisia). This isolate was identified both morphologically and genetically via 18S rRNA gene sequence as a member of the genus Dunaliella. Strain AL-1 was found to be closely related to Dunaliella salina, Dunaliella quartolecta and Dunaliella polymorpha with more than 97% similarity. Response surface methodology was used to maximize carotenoid production by strain AL-1 by optimizing its growth conditions...
September 20, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930030/mild-illness-during-outbreak-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o157-infections-associated-with-agricultural-show-australia
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Bhakti R Vasant, Russell J Stafford, Amy V Jennison, Sonya M Bennett, Robert J Bell, Christine J Doyle, Jeannette R Young, Susan A Vlack, Paul Titmus, Debra El Saadi, Kari A J Jarvinen, Patricia Coward, Janine Barrett, Megan Staples, Rikki M A Graham, Helen V Smith, Stephen B Lambert
During a large outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli illness associated with an agricultural show in Australia, we used whole-genome sequencing to detect an IS1203v insertion in the Shiga toxin 2c subunit A gene of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. Our study showed that clinical illness was mild, and hemolytic uremic syndrome was not detected.
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929396/prevalence-of-echinococcus-granulosus-taeniasis-in-stray-dogs-in-the-region-of-constantine-north-east-algeria
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K Kohil, M C Benchikh El Fegoun, M Gharbi
In North Africa, the domestic dog is regarded as the main reservoir for infection by Echinococcus granulosus of domestic livestock and man. In Algeria, there is very little data on the rate of infestation of dogs, while the prevalence of E. granulosus in the definitive host is a very reliable marker of the potential risk of transmission of cystic tapeworm to humans and livestock. To find out this information, a survey was conducted to assess the prevalence of infection with E. granulosus in stray dogs in the region of Constantine (North-East Algeria)...
September 20, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928049/role-for-cementoplasty-in-intra-articular-distal-radius-fractures-cadaver-study-and-application-to-arthroscopy
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V Fontaine, M Grunberg, J Soret, K El-Youssef, L E Gayet, R Taberne
BACKGROUND: Die-punch intra-articular fractures of the distal radius raise surgical challenges. The residual articular step-off must be less than 1mm to prevent the development of radio-carpal osteoarthritis. The objectives of this cadaver study were to evaluate whether cementoplasty was effective in reducing die-punch fractures and to determine whether this technique was feasible as an arthroscopic procedure. HYPOTHESIS: Cementoplasty performed as an arthroscopic procedure is effective in treating die-punch fractures...
September 16, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927598/radiation-induced-crosslinking-of-polyacrylamide-incorporated-low-molecular-weights-natural-polymers-for-possible-use-in-the-agricultural-applications
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Ahmed M Elbarbary, Hassan A Abd El-Rehim, Naeem M El-Sawy, El-Sayed A Hegazy, El-Sayed A Soliman
Superabsorbent hydrogels based on polyacrylamide (PAAm) and Na-alginate (Alg) or chitosan (CS) were synthesized by γ-rays. The effect of dose and copolymer composition on gel content and water absorbency of PAAm/Alg, PAAm/CS and PAAm/Alg/CS hydrogels were studied. The gel content and water absorbency follows the order PAAm/Alg>PAAm/Alg/CS>PAAm/CS. The effect of different cations, fertilizers, buffers on water absorbency of the hydrogels was investigated. Water retention capability of swollen hydrogels as a function of time was studied...
November 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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