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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544706/exhaled-nitric-oxide-pulmonary-function-and-disease-activity-in-children-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Jitladda Deerojanawong, Pitchaya Leartphichalak, Ankanee Chanakul, Suchada Sritippayawan, Rujipat Samransamruajkit
AIM: To determine the association among fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO), pulmonary function, and disease activity in children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Children aged 7-18 years, diagnosed with SLE under the criteria of the American Rheumatism Association (revised 2012), were enrolled. All eligible participants had disease activity, FENO, and pulmonary function evaluated and re-evaluated at 6-month follow-up. RESULTS: Twenty-four children (95...
May 22, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541597/patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-and-severe-target-lesion-calcifications-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-have-poor-long-term-prognosis
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Wojciech Jan Zimoch, Piotr Kubler, Michał Kosowski, Brunon Tomasiewicz, Justyna Krzysztofik, Anna Langner, Ewa Anita Jankowska, Krzysztof Reczuch
BACKGROUND: To assess the influence of severe target lesion calcification (TLC) on outcomes of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). AIM: Contemporary data concerning coronary artery calcifications (CAC) are based on pooled analyses from randomized trials with short follow up. We still lack the knowledge on how CAC in target lesions affect long term prognosis of patients with AMI in everyday practice...
May 25, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540558/an-improved-isoform-selective-assay-for-sphingosine-kinase-1-activity
#3
Melissa R Pitman, Lorena T Davies, Stuart M Pitson
Sphingosine kinases (SK) are the sole enzymes responsible for the production of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P). S1P is a signaling molecule with a plethora of targets, acting as both a second messenger intracellularly and extracellularly via a family of cell surface G-protein-coupled S1P receptors. The two sphingosine kinases, SK1 and SK2, arise from different genes and have some distinct and overlapping cellular functions that are regulated in part by differential cellular localization, developmental expression, and catalytic properties...
May 25, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539747/botanical-and-chemical-fingerprinting-of-medicinal-roots-of-justicia-gendarussa-burm-f
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Deepa Yadav, Mohd Salim Reshi, Chhavi Uthra, Sadhana Shrivastava, Nalini Srivastava, Sunil Kumar Koppala Narayana, Sangeeta Shukla
BACKGROUND: Justicia gendarussa Burm f. of family Acanthaceae is medicinally important herb used in the treatment of inflammatory disorders, asthma, hepatic injuries, pathogenic infection and also shows antiproliferative activity against various cancer cell lines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pharmacognostical evaluation (macro-microscopy, physicochemical analysis and preliminary phytochemical analysis), high-performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) fingerprinting and chemical profiling by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) of dried roots of J...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539735/pharmacognostic-specification-chlorogenic-acid-content-and-in-vitro-antioxidant-activities-of-lonicera-japonica-flowering-bud
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Chayanon Chaowuttikul, Chanida Palanuvej, Nijsiri Ruangrungsi
BACKGROUND: Lonicera japonica Thunb. or Japanese Honeysuckle has been widely used in traditional medicine for antipyretic. OBJECTIVE: To establish the pharmacognostic specification of L. japonica flowering bud in Thailand and to determine its chlorogenic acid content and in vitro antioxidant activities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Dried L. japonica flowering bud from 15 various herbal drugstores throughout Thailand were investigated for pharmacognostic specification...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539721/phytochemical-and-biological-evaluations-of-arum-hygrophilum-boiss-araceae
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Fatma U Afifi, Violet Kasabri, Simona Litescu, Ismail F Abaza, Khalid Tawaha
BACKGROUND: Arum hygrophilum is a traditional medicinal plant indigenous to Jordan. The present study explores its phytochemistry, antioxidative, antidiabesity, and antiproliferative potentialities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Column chromatography and HPLC-MS analysis were used for its phytochemical evaluation. Using leaf crude water and ethanol extracts, the antioxidative capacities, their modulation of pancreatic β-cell proliferation, and insulin secretion as well as glucose diffusion and enzymatic bioassays were evaluated...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539719/ultrasound-assisted-extraction-of-ursolic-acid-from-the-flowers-of-ixora-coccinia-linn-rubiaceae-and-antiproliferative-activity-of-ursolic-acid-and-synthesized-derivatives
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Silvana Amadeu Ferreira Alves Monteath, Maria Aparecida M Maciel, Raquel Garcia Vega, Heloisa de Mello, Carollina de Araújo Martins, Andressa Esteves-Souza, Cerli Rocha Gattass, Aurea Echevarria
BACKGROUND: Ixora coccinea Linn (Rubiaceae) is an evergreen shrub with bright scarlet colored flowers found in several tropical and subtropical countries. It is used as an ornamental and medicinal plant. Phytochemical studies revealed that its major special metabolites are triterpene acids, such as ursolic and oleanolic acid. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the isolation of ursolic acid (UA) (1) from methanol extracts of I. coccinea flowers through two methodologies, to prepare four derivatives, and to evaluate the cytotoxic effect against six cancer cell lines...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539711/flavonoids-isolated-from-the-flowers-of-limonium-bicolor-and-their-in-vitro-antitumor-evaluation
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Jian Chen, Jiehui Teng, Li Ma, Haiying Tong, Bingru Ren, Linshan Wang, Weilin Li
BACKGROUND: Limonium bicolor, a halophytic species, can grow in saline or saline-alkali soil, is well known as a traditional Chinese medicine. Recently it attracted much attention for its treatment for cancer. OBJECTIVE: The present study was performed to evaluate this species from the phytochemical standpoint and the possible relationship between the antitumor activity and its natural products. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The chemical constituents from the flowers of L...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537611/metal-nanoinks-as-chemically-stable-surface-enhanced-scattering-sers-probes-for-the-analysis-of-blue-bic-ballpoint-pens
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A Alyami, D Saviello, M A P McAuliffe, A Mirabile, L Lewis, D Iacopino
Metal nanoinks constituted by Ag nanoparticles and Au nanorods were employed as probes for the Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) analysis of a blue BIC ballpoint pen. The dye components of the pen ink were first separated by thin layer chromatography (TLC) and subsequently analysed by SERS at illumination wavelengths of 514 nm and 785 nm. Compared to normal Raman conditions, enhanced spectra were obtained for all separated spots, allowing easy identification of phthalocyanine Blue 38 and triarylene crystal violet in the ink mixture...
May 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528273/addition-of-thiols-to-the-double-bond-of-dipeptide-c-terminal-dehydroalanine-as-a-source-of-new-inhibitors-of-cathepsin-c
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Paweł Lenartowicz, Maciej Makowski, Bartosz Oszywa, Kinga Haremza, Rafał Latajka, Małgorzata Pawełczak, Paweł Kafarski
Addition of thiols to double bond of glycyl-dehydroalanine and phenyl-dehydroalanine esters provided micromolar inhibitors of cathepsin C. The structure-activity studies indicated that dipeptides containing N-terminal phenylalanine exhibit higher affinity towards the enzyme. A series of C-terminal S-substituted cysteines are responsible for varying interaction with S1 binding pocket of cathepsin C. Depending on diastereomer these compounds most likely act as slowly reacting substrates or competitive inhibitors...
May 17, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517027/lung-function-parameters-in-omalizumab-responder-patients-an-interesting-tool
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F Paganin, G Mangiapan, A Proust, A Prudhomme, J Attia, S Marchand-Adam, F Pellet, F Milhe, B Melloni, A Bernady, C Raspaud, C Nocent, P Berger, L Guilleminault
BACKGROUND: Omalizumab, an anti-IgE antibody, is used to treat patients with severe allergic asthma. The evolution of lung function parameters over time and the difference between omalizumab responder and non-responder patients remain inconclusive. The objective of this real-life study was to compare the changes in FEV1 of omalizumab responders and non-responders at 6 months. METHODS: A multicenter analysis was performed in 10 secondary and tertiary institutions...
May 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516406/degradation-and-adsorption-of-tralkoxydim-in-chinese-soils-and-water-sediment-environments
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Wen Zhu Wu, Zheng Jun Shan, De Yang Kong, Jian He
Tralkoxydim is a cyclohexanedione herbicide primarily used for gramineous weed control in China. In this paper, we present results of a tralkoxydim laboratory environmental fate study characterizing its degradation, adsorption, and mobility behavior in three different soils and two water-sediment systems (river and lake) in China. Degradation half-life of tralkoxydim in soil under aerobic conditions was 5.1, 7.7, and 7.9 days in Jiangxi red soil, Taihu paddy soil, and Northeast China black soil, respectively...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511386/assessment-of-disease-severity-and-role-of-cytomegalo-virus-infection-in-patients-with-ulcerative-colitis
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Nobin Babu Kalappurayil, Jino Thomas, Baburajan Mankuni, Varghese Thomas
INTRODUCTION: Course of Ulcerative Colitis is characterized by intermittent flares interposed between variable periods of remission. Identification of exacerbating factors and appropriate assessment of disease activity are crucial in deciding the choice of treatment. AIM: To evaluate various clinical, endoscopic and histological parameters in assessing disease activity and to find out various risk factors involved in the exacerbation of ulcerative colitis especially the role of Cytomegalo Virus (CMV) infection...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506498/sweet-spot-matching-a-thin-layer-chromatography-based-countercurrent-solvent-system-selection-strategy
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Yang Liu, J Brent Friesen, Edyta M Grzelak, Qingfei Fan, Ting Tang, Kemal Durić, Birgit U Jaki, James B McAlpine, Scott G Franzblau, Shao-Nong Chen, Guido F Pauli
TLC-based strategies were proposed in 1979 (Hostettmann et al.) and 2005 (Friesen & Pauli; GUESS method) to minimize the number of partitioning experiments required for countercurrent separation (CCS) solvent system selection. As semi-empirical approaches, both proposed that the K values defining the sweet spot of optimal CCS corresponded to a matching Rf value range from the silica gel TLC plate developed in the organic phase of a biphasic or a corresponding monophasic solvent system. Despite their simplicity, there has been an absence of theoretical support and a deficiency of reported experimental evidence...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506234/anti-malarial-medicine-quality-field-studies-and-surveys-a-systematic-review-of-screening-technologies-used-and-reporting-of-findings
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REVIEW
Mirza Lalani, Freddy Eric Kitutu, Siân E Clarke, Harparkash Kaur
BACKGROUND: Assessing the quality of medicines in low-middle income countries (LMICs) relies primarily on human inspection and screening technologies, where available. Field studies and surveys have frequently utilized screening tests to analyse medicines sampled at the point of care, such as health care facilities and medicine outlets, to provide a snap shot of medicine quality in a specific geographical area. This review presents an overview of the screening tests typically employed in surveys to assess anti-malarial medicine quality, summarizes the analytical methods used, how findings have been reported and proposes a reporting template for future studies...
May 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504823/centrifugal-driven-reduced-dimension-planar-chromatography
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Rachel B Strickhouser, Nahla A Hatab, Nickolay V Lavrik, Michael J Sepaniak
A fundamental problem with efficiency in capillary action driven planar chromatography results from diminishing flow rates as development proceeds, giving rise to molecular diffusion related band dispersion for most sample types. Overpressure and electrokinetic means to speed flow have been used successfully in TLC. We explore the use of centrifugal force (CF) to drive flow for reduced-dimension planar platforms (ultra-TLC, low μm features, and nano-TLC, nanoscale features). The silicon wafer platforms have two forms of continuous 2-D arrays created by either photolithography or metal dewetting followed by deep reactive ion etching and coated with porous SiO2 ...
May 15, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502854/characterization-of-a-bi-functional-cellulase-produced-by-a-gut-bacterial-resident-of-rosaceae-branch-borer-beetle-osphranteria-coerulescens-coleoptera-cerambycidae
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Atousa Hatefi, Ali Makhdoumi, Ahmad Asoodeh, Omid Mirshamsi
A cellulolytic bacterium was obtained from the digestive tract of Osphranteria coerulescens. The breakdown of woody and cellulosic substances by this insect may be relative in part to its symbiont bacteria. Under optimal cultural conditions the novel isolate produced 5.35U/ml cellulase after 72h. The enzyme was purified to 36 fold with a 0.59% yield and showed a specific activity of 9.0U/mg. It presented its maximum activity at 60°C and pH 5, while it was stable in a wide range of temperature from 20 to 60°C and pH from 5 to 10...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502138/presepsin-a-diagnostic-marker-for-sepsis-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
#18
Hanaa A Amer, Hala Ghareeb, Neama M Lotfy, Noran O El-Azizi, Asmaa Mahmoud Mahmoud
The aim of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of presepsin as a diagnostic marker of sepsis in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Presepsin was measured by a rapid method based on a chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay (PATHFAST). The clinical usefulness of presepsin to diagnose sepsis and septic shock was studied and compared with procalcitonin, C-reactive protein and total leucocytic count. This study was conducted on 53 individuals divided into 3 groups. Group I included 28 adult ICU patients with at least two diagnostic criteria for systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) as patient group, Group IIa 15 patients admitted to ICU for any medical cause but with no evidence of infection were enrolled as patient control group and further 10 apparently healthy subjects as healthy control group...
June 2016: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502130/diagnostic-and-prognostic-values-of-monocyte-chemotactic-protein-1-in-ascitic-fluid-of-patients-with-spontaneous-bacterial-peritonitis
#19
Naglaa El-Toukhy, Sherin M Emam
Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is a severe complication in cirrhotics with ascites. Monocyte chemotactic protien-1 (MCP-1) is a chemotactic factor for monocytes/macrophages, and it activates lymphocytes and neutrophils during infection. This study aimed to evaluate the role of MPC-1 in the pathogenesis of SBP and assess its prognostic value and correlation to disease severity. The study included ninety patients with liver cirrhosis and ascites. Patients were divided into 2 groups: Group I including 45 ascetic patients with SBP (polymorph nuclear cell count (PMN) >= 250 cell/mm3 in ascitic fluid), and Group II including 45 ascetic patients without SBP...
June 2016: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501191/tlc-uv-hyphenated-with-maldi-tofms-for-the-screening-of-invertase-substrates-in-plant-extracts
#20
Justine Ferey, David Da Silva, Pierre Lafite, Richard Daniellou, Benoît Maunit
In this study, thin-layer chromatography (TLC) hyphenated with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS) was developed for the screening of invertase substrates in complex matrices. BfrA, a specific β-D-fructofuranosidase from Leishmania major, was chosen as a model enzyme to screen biological activity in plant extracts due to its capacity to hydrolyze specific carbohydrates. TLC was considered to be a reliable technique for screening substrates (bioactive molecules) in plant extracts due to its quantitative capabilities whereas MALDI-TOFMS was particularly useful for rapid identification...
August 1, 2017: Talanta
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