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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433944/evaluation-of-vaccinal-effectiveness-of-preparations-containing-membrane-antigens-of-leishmania-l-amazonensis-in-experimental-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-model
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João G Ribeiro, Amália S Ferreira, Sharon R A Macedo, Norton R D L P Rossi, Mayara C P da Silva, Rosane N M Guerra, Neuza B de Barros, Roberto Nicolete
American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) is considered a neglected disease, for which an effective vaccine or an efficient diagnosis is not yet available and whose chemotherapeutic arsenal is threatened by the emergence of resistance by etiological agents such as Leishmania amazonensis. ATL is endemic in poor countries and has a high incidence in Brazil. Vaccines developed from native parasite fractions have led to the identification of defined antigenic subunits and the development of vaccine adjuvant technology...
April 20, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433874/systematically-characterize-the-absorbed-effective-substances-of-wutou-decoction-and-their-metabolic-pathways-in-rat-plasma-using-uhplc-q-tof-ms-combined-with-a-target-network-pharmacological-analysis
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Tengfei Xu, Shizhe Li, Yufei Sun, Zifeng Pi, Shu Liu, Fengrui Song, Zhiqiang Liu
Wu-tou Decoction (WTD) is a famous traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula which is applied to treat arthritis and pain of joints. In this study, a sensitive and rapid method was developed for the separation and identification of the absorbed constituents and metabolites of WTD in the rats plasma by ultra high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q-TOF-MS). A total of 22 absorbed prototype constituents and 49 metabolites were identified or tentatively characterized in dosed plasma...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433579/distinguishing-septic-from-normal-donors-by-detection-of-spla2-iia-from-human-plasma-using-a-microsieve-based-immunoassay
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Daniel R Zweitzig, Arjan G Tibbe, Mark J Kopnitsky, Kathleen Cichonski, Leon W M M Terstappen
Bloodstream infections that progress to septic shock are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, and are associated with significant healthcare costs. Recent studies have shown that a member of the secreted phospholipase protein family, termed sPLA2-IIA, may play a role during the innate immune response to bacterial infections, and is elevated in the plasma of septic patients. In this report, the feasibility of a simple microsieve-based sPLA2-IIA detection immunoassay was explored. Microsieves containing 5μm pores were covalently coupled with a sPLA2-IIA-specific monoclonal antibody at 0...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433076/identification-of-ntrk3-fusions-in-childhood-melanocytic-neoplasms
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Lu Wang, Klaus J Busam, Ryma Benayed, Robert Cimera, Jiajing Wang, Ryan Denley, Mamta Rao, Ruth Aryeequaye, Kerry Mullaney, Long Cao, Marc Ladanyi, Meera Hameed
Spitzoid neoplasms are a distinct group of melanocytic tumors. Genetically, they lack mutations in common melanoma-associated oncogenes. Recent studies have shown that spitzoid tumors may contain a variety of kinase fusions, including ROS1, NTRK1, ALK, BRAF, and RET fusions. We report herein the discovery of recurrent NTRK3 gene rearrangements in childhood melanocytic neoplasms with spitzoid and/or atypical features, based on genome-wide copy number analysis by single-nucleotide polymorphism array, which showed intragenic copy number changes in NTRK3...
May 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432929/performance-testing-of-the-neutron-flux-monitors-from-10kev-to-1mev-developed-for-bnct-a-preliminary-study
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Xingcai Guan, Masanobu Manabe, Shingo Tamaki, Fuminobu Sato, Isao Murata, Tieshan Wang
The neutron flux monitors from 10keV to 1MeV designed for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) were experimentally tested with prototype monitors in an appropriate neutron field produced at the intense deuterium-tritium neutron source facility OKTAVIAN of Osaka University, Japan. The experimental test results and related analysis indicated that the performance of the monitors was good and the neutron fluxes from 10keV to 1MeV of practical BNCT neutron sources can be measured within 10% by the monitors.
April 12, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432479/pharmacokinetics-and-efficacy-of-an-ivermectin-implant-for-long-term-prevention-of-dirofilaria-immitis-infection-in-dogs
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Marco Genchi, Anne Geneteau, Patrick Forget, Romain Delcombel, Claudio Genchi
An exploratory study was carried out to assess the in vivo efficacy of different prototypes of subcutaneous implants containing ivermectin (IVM) for the prevention of canine Dirofilaria immitis infection. The implants consisted of an ethylcellulose matrix containing IVM (3.0, 4.5, and 6.0 mg/implant; from 0.29 to 0.63 mg/kg bw) as active ingredient designed to release approximately 0.1 ng of IVM/mL in the plasma for at least 12 months. Six dogs were implanted on day -365. On day -12, three heartworm-free dogs were included in the study as a control group...
April 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432424/variations-of-isovaline-structure-related-to-activity-in-the-formalin-foot-assay-in-mice
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Timothy Fung, Yahya I Asiri, Richard Wall, Stephan K W Schwarz, Ernest Puil, Bernard A MacLeod
Current centrally acting analgesics such as opioids are associated with adverse effects that limit their use and threaten patient safety. Isovaline is a novel prototype analgesic that produces peripheral antinociception in several pain models with little or no effect on the central nervous system. The aim of this study was to establish a preliminary structure-activity relationship for isovaline derivatives by assaying efficacy in the formalin foot assay and central adverse effect profile in mice. Selected compounds were tested using the formalin foot assay to determine efficacy in reducing formalin-induced behaviors...
April 21, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432287/advantages-of-unfair-quantum-ground-state-sampling
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Brian Hu Zhang, Gene Wagenbreth, Victor Martin-Mayor, Itay Hen
The debate around the potential superiority of quantum annealers over their classical counterparts has been ongoing since the inception of the field. Recent technological breakthroughs, which have led to the manufacture of experimental prototypes of quantum annealing optimizers with sizes approaching the practical regime, have reignited this discussion. However, the demonstration of quantum annealing speedups remains to this day an elusive albeit coveted goal. We examine the power of quantum annealers to provide a different type of quantum enhancement of practical relevance, namely, their ability to serve as useful samplers from the ground-state manifolds of combinatorial optimization problems...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431970/effects-of-natural-and-synthetic-isothiocyanate-based-h2s-releasers-against-chemotherapy-induced-neuropathic-pain-role-of-kv7-potassium-channels
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Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Elena Lucarini, Laura Micheli, Ilaria Mosca, Paolo Ambrosino, Maria Virginia Soldovieri, Alma Martelli, Lara Testai, Maurizio Taglialatela, Vincenzo Calderone, Carla Ghelardini
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a crucial signaling molecule involved in several physiological and pathological processes. Nonetheless, the role of this gasotransmitter in the pathogenesis and treatment of neuropathic pain is controversial. The aim of the present study was to investigate the pain relieving profile of a series of slow releasing H2S donors (the natural allyl-isothiocyanate and the synthetics phenyl- and carboxyphenyl-isothiocyanate) in animal models of neuropathic pain induced by paclitaxel or oxaliplatin, anticancer drugs characterized by a dose-limiting neurotoxicity...
April 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431354/first-example-of-peptides-targeting-the-dimer-interface-of-leishmania-infantum-trypanothione-reductase-with-potent-in%C3%A2-vitro-antileishmanial-activity
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Marta Ruiz-Santaquiteria, Pedro A Sánchez-Murcia, Miguel A Toro, Héctor de Lucio, Kilian Jesús Gutiérrez, Sonia de Castro, Filipa A C Carneiro, Federico Gago, Antonio Jiménez-Ruiz, María-José Camarasa, Sonsoles Velázquez
A series of 9-mer and 13-mer amide-bridged cyclic peptides derived from the linear prototype Ac-PKIIQSVGIS-Nle-K-Nle-NH2 (Toro et al. ChemBioChem2013) has been designed and synthesized by introduction of the lactam between amino acid side chains that are separated by one helical turn (i, i+4). All of these compounds were tested in vitro as both dimerization and enzyme inhibitors of Leishmania infantum trypanothione reductase (Li-TryR). Three of the 13-mer cyclic peptide derivatives (3, 4 and 6) inhibited the oxidoreductase activity of Li-TryR in the low micromolar range and they also disrupted enzyme dimerization...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431194/closed-form-equation-to-estimate-the-dielectric-properties-of-biological-tissues-as-a-function-of-age
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Beadaa Mohammed, Konstanty Bialkowski, Amin Abbosh, Paul C Mills, Andrew P Bradley
Developing microwave systems for biomedical applications requires accurate dielectric properties of biological tissues for reliable modeling before prototyping and subject testing. Dielectric properties of tissues decrease with age due to the change in their water content, but there are no detailed age-dependent data, especially for young tissue-like newborns, in the literature. In this article, an age-dependent formula to predict the dielectric properties of biological tissues was derived. In the proposed method, the variation of water concentration in each type of tissue as a function of age was used to calculate its relative permittivity and conductivity...
April 21, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430716/simultaneous-multislice-accelerated-turbo-spin-echo-magnetic-resonance-imaging-comparison-and-combination-with-in-plane-parallel-imaging-acceleration-for-high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-knee
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Jan Fritz, Benjamin Fritz, Jialu Zhang, Gaurav K Thawait, Dharmdev H Joshi, Li Pan, Dingxin Wang
PURPOSE: We prospectively quantified the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of integrated parallel acquisition technique (PAT) and simultaneous multislice (SMS) acceleration and various combinations thereof, and we further compared two 4-fold-accelerated (PAT2-SMS2) high-resolution turbo spin echo (TSE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols of the knee against a clinical 2-fold-accelerated (PAT2-SMS1) TSE standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained, and all subjects gave informed consent...
April 20, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429940/density-functional-theory-and-car-parrinello-molecular-dynamics-study-of-the-hydrogen-producing-mechanism-of-the-co-dmgbf2-2-and-co-dmgh-2-cobaloxime-complexes-in-the-acetonitrile-water-solvent
#13
Jinfan Chen, Patrick H-L Sit
The catalytic hydrogen-producing processes of two prototypical cobaloxime catalysts Co(dmgBF2)2 (dmgBF2=difluoroboryl-dimethylglyoxime) and Co(dmgH)2 (dmgH=dimethylglyoxime), were studied by Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics (CPMD) simulations in the explicit acetonitrile-water solvent. Our study demonstrates the key role of water molecules as shuttles to deliver protons to the cobalt active centers of these catalysts. However, the transfer of protons to the cobalt centers also competes with the diffusion of the proton away from the complex via the hydrogen bond network of water...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429805/bio-inspired-large-scale-highly-scattering-films-for-nanoparticle-alternative-white-surfaces
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Julia Syurik, Radwanul Hasan Siddique, Antje Dollmann, Guillaume Gomard, Marc Schneider, Matthias Worgull, Gabriele Wiegand, Hendrik Hölscher
Inspired by the white beetle of the genus Cyphochilus, we fabricate ultra-thin, porous PMMA films by foaming with CO2 saturation. Optimising pore diameter and fraction in terms of broad-band reflectance results in very thin films with exceptional whiteness. Already films with 60 µm-thick scattering layer feature a whiteness with a reflectance of 90%. Even 9 µm thin scattering layers appear white with a reflectance above 57%. The transport mean free path in the artificial films is between 3.5 µm and 4 µm being close to the evolutionary optimised natural prototype...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429216/effect-of-n-and-c-terminal-modifications-on-cytotoxic-properties-of-antimicrobial-peptide-tachyplesin-i
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D V Kuzmin, A A Emelianova, M B Kalashnikova, P V Panteleev, T V Ovchinnikova
We analyze the effects of N-terminal acetylation and C-terminal amidation on the cytotoxic properties of β-hairpin antimicrobial peptide tachyplesin I. MTT-assay showed that modified tachyplesin I exhibited increased cytotoxicity toward both tumor and normal human cells. Hemolytic activity of modified tachyplesin I was also higher than that of the initial molecule. In contrast to non-modified tachyplesin I, the peptide with C- and N-terminal modifications is resistant to proteolytic degradation in fresh human serum...
April 20, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428253/twitchin-kinase-inhibits-muscle-activity
#16
Yohei Matsunaga, Hyundoo Hwang, Barbara Franke, Rhys Williams, McKenna Penley, Hiroshi Qadota, Hong Yi, Levi T Morran, Hang Lu, Olga Mayans, Guy M Benian
Muscle sarcomeres contain giant polypeptides composed of multiple immunoglobulin and fibronectin domains and one or two protein kinase domains. Although binding partners for a number of this family's kinase domains have been identified, the catalytic necessity of these kinase domains remains unknown. In addition, various members of this kinase family are suspected pseudokinases with no, or little, activity. Here, we address catalytic necessity for the first time using the prototypic invertebrate representative twitchin (UNC-22) from C...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428158/mobile-application-to-promote-adherence-to-oral-chemotherapy-and-symptom-management-a-protocol-for-design-and-development
#17
Joel Nathan Fishbein, Lauren Ellen Nisotel, James John MacDonald, Nicole Amoyal Pensak, Jamie Michele Jacobs, Clare Flanagan, Kamal Jethwani, Joseph Andrew Greer
BACKGROUND: Oral chemotherapy is increasingly used in place of traditional intravenous chemotherapy to treat patients with cancer. While oral chemotherapy includes benefits such as ease of administration, convenience, and minimization of invasive infusions, patients receive less oversight, support, and symptom monitoring from clinicians. Additionally, adherence is a well-documented challenge for patients with cancer prescribed oral chemotherapy regimens. With the ever-growing presence of smartphones and potential for efficacious behavioral intervention technology, we created a mobile health intervention for medication and symptom management...
April 20, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428155/using-persuasive-technology-to-increase-physical-activity-in-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-by-encouraging-regular-walking-a-mixed-methods-study-exploring-opinions-and-preferences
#18
Yvonne Kiera Bartlett, Thomas L Webb, Mark S Hawley
BACKGROUND: People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (PwCOPD) often experience breathlessness and fatigue, making physical activity challenging. Although many persuasive technologies (such as mobile phone apps) have been designed to support physical activity among members of the general population, current technologies aimed at PwCOPD are underdeveloped and only use a limited range of persuasive technology design principles. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore how acceptable different persuasive technology design principles were considered to be in supporting and encouraging physical activity among PwCOPD...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427812/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-4-6-disubstituted-pyrimidines-as-cns-penetrant-pan-muscarinic-antagonists-with-a-novel-chemotype
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Aaron M Bender, Rebecca L Weiner, Vincent B Luscombe, Hyekyung P Cho, Colleen M Niswender, Darren W Engers, Thomas M Bridges, P Jeffrey Conn, Craig W Lindsley
This letter describes the synthesis and structure activity relationship (SAR) studies of structurally novel M4 antagonists, based on a 4,6-disubstituted core, identified from a high-throughput screening campaign. A multi-dimensional optimization effort enhanced potency at both human and rat M4 (IC50s<300nM), with no substantial species differences noted. Moreover, CNS penetration proved attractive for this series (brain:plasma Kp,uu=0.87), while other DMPK attributes were addressed in the course of the optimization effort, providing low in vivo clearance in rat (CLp=5...
April 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427621/engineering-design-and-prototype-development-of-a-full-scale-ultrasound-system-for-virgin-olive-oil-by-means-of-numerical-and-experimental-analysis
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Maria Lisa Clodoveo, Vito Moramarco, Antonello Paduano, Raffaele Sacchi, Tiziana Di Palmo, Pasquale Crupi, Filomena Corbo, Vito Pesce, Elia Distaso, Paolo Tamburrano, Riccardo Amirante
The aim of the virgin olive oil extraction process is mainly to obtain the best quality oil from fruits, by only applying mechanical actions while guaranteeing the highest overall efficiency. Currently, the mechanical methods used to extract virgin oils from olives are basically of two types: the discontinuous system (obsolete) and the continuous one. Anyway the system defined as "continuous" is composed of several steps which are not all completely continuous, due to the presence of the malaxer, a device that works in batch...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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