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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532012/an-overview-of-carboxymethyl-derivatives-of-chitosan-their-use-as-biomaterials-and-drug-delivery-systems
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Bruno Fonseca-Santos, Marlus Chorilli
Chitin is one of the most abundant natural polymers in the world and is used for the production of chitosan by deacetylation. Chitosan is nontoxic and biodegradable and, therefore, can be used as a biomaterial and for the construction of drug delivery systems. Nevertheless, the poor solubility of chitosan in neutral or alkalinized media has restricted its applications in the pharmaceutical and biomedical fields. Chitosan can be easily carboxymethylated to improve its solubility in aqueous media while its biodegradability and biocompatibility are preserved...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532009/exploring-recent-developments-to-improve-antioxidant-anti-inflammatory-and-antimicrobial-efficacy-of-curcumin-a-review-of-new-trends-and-future-perspectives
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Zahid Hussain, Hnin Ei Thu, Muhammad Wahab Amjad, Fahad Hussain, Tarek A Ahmed, Shahzeb Khan
Curcumin derivatives have been well-documented due to their natural antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities. Curcuminoids have also gained widespread recognition due to their wide range of other activities which include anti-infective, anti-mutagenic, anticancer, anti-coagulant, antiarthrititc, and wound healing potential. Despite of having a wide range of activities, the inherent physicochemical characteristics (poor water solubility, low bioavailability, chemical instability, photodegradation, rapid metabolism and short half-life) of curcumin derivatives limit their pharmaceutical significance...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532005/non-viral-strategies-for-ocular-gene-delivery
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Ana V Oliveira, Ana M Rosa da Costa, Gabriela A Silva
The success of gene therapy relies on efficient gene transfer and stable transgene expression. The in vivo efficiency is determined by the delivery vector, route of administration, therapeutic gene, and target cells. While some requirements are common to several strategies, others depend on the target disease and transgene product. Consequently, it is unlikely that a single system is suitable for all applications. This review examines current gene therapy strategies, focusing on non-viral approaches and the use of natural polymers with the eye, and particularly the retina, as their gene delivery target...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531562/the-effects-of-lutein-on-respiratory-health-across-the-life-course-a%C3%A2-systematic-review
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Debora Melo van Lent, Elisabeth T M Leermakers, Sirwan K L Darweesh, Eduardo M Moreira, Myrte J Tielemans, Taulant Muka, Anna Vitezova, Rajiv Chowdhury, Wichor M Bramer, Guy G Brusselle, Janine F Felix, Jessica C Kiefte-de Jong, Oscar H Franco
BACKGROUND: Lutein, a fat-soluble carotenoid present in green leafy vegetables and eggs, has strong antioxidant properties and could therefore be important for respiratory health. DESIGN: We systematically reviewed the literature for articles that evaluated associations of lutein (intake, supplements or blood levels) with respiratory outcomes, published in Medline, Embase, Cochrane Central, PubMed, Web of Science and Google Scholar, up to August 2014. RESULTS: We identified one Randomized Control Trial (RCT), two longitudinal, four prospective and six cross-sectional studies...
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531183/a-scoping-review-on-bio-aerosols-in-healthcare-and-the-dental-environment
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Charifa Zemouri, Hans de Soet, Wim Crielaard, Alexa Laheij
BACKGROUND: Bio-aerosols originate from different sources and their potentially pathogenic nature may form a hazard to healthcare workers and patients. So far no extensive review on existing evidence regarding bio-aerosols is available. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to review evidence on bio-aerosols in healthcare and the dental setting. The objectives were 1) What are the sources that generate bio-aerosols?; 2) What is the microbial load and composition of bio-aerosols and how were they measured?; and 3) What is the hazard posed by pathogenic micro-organisms transported via the aerosol route of transmission? METHODS: Systematic scoping review design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531112/effects-of-polyphenols-on-oxidative-stress-mediated-injury-in-cardiomyocytes
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Rosanna Mattera, Monica Benvenuto, Maria Gabriella Giganti, Ilaria Tresoldi, Francesca Romana Pluchinotta, Sonia Bergante, Guido Tettamanti, Laura Masuelli, Vittorio Manzari, Andrea Modesti, Roberto Bei
Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of mortality and morbidity in the world. Hypertension, ischemia/reperfusion, diabetes and anti-cancer drugs contribute to heart failure through oxidative and nitrosative stresses which cause cardiomyocytes nuclear and mitochondrial DNA damage, denaturation of intracellular proteins, lipid peroxidation and inflammation. Oxidative or nitrosative stress-mediated injury lead to cardiomyocytes apoptosis or necrosis. The reactive oxygen (ROS) and nitrogen species (RNS) concentration is dependent on their production and on the expression and activity of anti-oxidant enzymes...
May 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530807/computational-studies-of-carboxylate-assisted-c-h-activation-and-functionalization-at-group-8-10-transition-metal-centers
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David L Davies, Stuart A Macgregor, Claire L McMullin
Computational studies on carboxylate-assisted C-H activation and functionalization at group 8-10 transition metal centers are reviewed. This Review is organized by metal and will cover work published from late 2009 until mid-2016. A brief overview of computational work prior to 2010 is also provided, and this outlines the understanding of carboxylate-assisted C-H activation in terms of the "ambiphilic metal-ligand assistance" (AMLA) and "concerted metalation deprotonation" (CMD) concepts. Computational studies are then surveyed in terms of the nature of the C-H bond being activated (C(sp(2))-H or C(sp(3))-H), the nature of the process involved (intramolecular with a directing group or intermolecular), and the context (stoichiometric C-H activation or within a variety of catalytic processes)...
May 22, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530743/multicellular-tumor-invasion-and-plasticity-in-biomimetic-materials
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Susan E Leggett, Amanda S Khoo, Ian Y Wong
Cancer cell invasion through the extracellular matrix is associated with metastatic spread and therapeutic resistance. In carcinomas, the detachment and dissemination of individual cells has been associated with an epithelial-mesenchymal transition, but tumors can also invade using collective, multicellular phenotypes. This malignant tumor progression is also associated with alignment and stiffening of the surrounding extracellular matrix. Historically, tumor invasion has been investigated using 2D monolayer culture, small animal models or patient histology...
May 22, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530610/saponins-in-pulses-and-their-health-promoting-activities-a-review
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Balwinder Singh, Jatinder Pal Singh, Narpinder Singh, Amritpal Kaur
Saponins are a class of natural compounds present in pulses having surface active properties. These compounds show variation in type, structure and composition of their aglycone moiety and oligosaccharide chains. Saponins have plasma cholesterol lowering effect in humans and are important in reducing the risk of many chronic diseases. Moreover, they have shown strong cytotoxic effects against cancer cell lines. However, more epidemiological and clinical studies are required for the proper validation of these health promoting activities...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530498/negative-consequences-of-low-energy-availability-in-natural-male-bodybuilding-a-review
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Petter Fagerberg
Energy availability (EA) is a scientific concept describing how much energy is available for basic metabolic functions such as reproduction, immunity and skeletal homeostasis. Carefully controlled studies on women have shown pathological effects of EA<30kcal/kg fat free mass (FFM) and this state has been labeled low EA (LEA). Bodybuilding is a sport in which athletes compete to show muscular definition, symmetry and low body fat. The process of contest preparation in bodybuilding includes months of underfeeding, thus increasing the risk of LEA and its negative health consequences...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530311/-adjustments-in-the-oral-drug-treatment-of-bariatric-patients
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Ilanit Mahler, Danny Roder
Bariatric surgery continues to be a durable therapeutic option for a growing number of obese patients. The patients that are admitted to our hospital for elective bariatric procedures often suffer from multiple co-morbidities and are therefore treated with a significant number of chronic medications. These operations lead to drastic modifications of the anatomy and physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract that may change the pharmacokinetics of drugs. In addition, the natural post-operative course of a bariatric procedure may lead to amelioration or even resolution of some of the obesity-related chronic diseases, consequently eliminating the need for drug therapy...
January 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530145/bioengineered-liposome-scaffold-composites-as-therapeutic-delivery-systems
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Claudia Zylberberg, Sandro Matosevic
The therapeutic potential of liposomes can be amplified when combined with biomaterial scaffolds. Such configurations overcome the convergent demands of therapies by enabling enhanced delivery, environmental responsiveness and potency. Liposomes benefit from the increased physical and mechanical strength, favorable rheological properties and natural environment conducive to improved tissue formation that scaffolds provide, while enabling biocompatible delivery of hydrophilic and lipophilic compounds that can be further functionalized to achieve targeted delivery...
June 2017: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530114/patients-and-healthcare-professionals-perceptions-of-self-management-support-interactions-systematic-review-and-qualitative-synthesis
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Marika Franklin, Sophie Lewis, Karen Willis, Helen Bourke-Taylor, Lorraine Smith
Objective To review studies examining the experience of self-management support in patient-provider interactions and the shaping of goals through interactions. Methods We undertook a systematic review and thematic synthesis of the qualitative literature. We searched six databases (2004-2015) for published studies on the provision of self-management support in one-to-one, face-to-face, patient-provider interactions for obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with 14 articles meeting inclusion criteria...
January 1, 2017: Chronic Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529940/coronary-artery-aneurysms-a-review-of-the-epidemiology-pathophysiology-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Sara Abou Sherif, Ozge Ozden Tok, Özgür Taşköylü, Omer Goktekin, Ismail Dogu Kilic
Coronary artery aneurysms (CAAs) are uncommon and describe a localized dilatation of a coronary artery segment more than 1.5-fold compared with adjacent normal segments. The incidence of CAAs varies from 0.3 to 5.3%. Ever since the dawn of the interventional era, CAAs have been increasingly diagnosed on coronary angiography. Causative factors include atherosclerosis, Takayasu arteritis, congenital disorders, Kawasaki disease (KD), and percutaneous coronary intervention. The natural history of CAAs remains unclear; however, several recent studies have postulated the underlying molecular mechanisms of CAAs, and genome-wide association studies have revealed several genetic predispositions to CAA...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529939/naturally-engineered-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes
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Gaetano J Scuderi, Jonathan Butcher
Ischemic heart disease remains one of the most prominent causes of mortalities worldwide with heart transplantation being the gold-standard treatment option. However, due to the major limitations associated with heart transplants, such as an inadequate supply and heart rejection, there remains a significant clinical need for a viable cardiac regenerative therapy to restore native myocardial function. Over the course of the previous several decades, researchers have made prominent advances in the field of cardiac regeneration with the creation of in vitro human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte tissue engineered constructs...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529919/the-role-of-nutraceuticals-in-the-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
#16
REVIEW
Bozena Sosnowska, Peter Penson, Maciej Banach
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) ranks among the most common health-related and economic issues worldwide. Dietary factors are important contributors to cardiovascular risk, either directly, or through their effects on other cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus. Nutraceuticals are natural nutritional compounds, which have been shown to be efficacious in preventative medicine or in the treatment of disease. Several foods and dietary supplements have been shown to protect against the development of CVD...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529914/characteristics-of-postintensive-care-syndrome-in-survivors-of-pediatric-critical-illness-a-systematic-review
#17
Elizabeth A Herrup, Beth Wieczorek, Sapna R Kudchadkar
AIM: To synthesize the available evidence focusing on morbidities in pediatric survivors of critical illness that fall within the defined construct of postintensive care syndrome (PICS) in adults, including physical, neurocognitive and psychological morbidities. METHODS: A comprehensive search was conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, PsycINFO, and CINAHL using controlled vocabulary and key word terms to identify studies reporting characteristics of PICS in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) patients...
May 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529879/beyond-the-raccoon-roundworm-the-natural-history-of-non-raccoon-baylisascaris-species-in-the-new-world
#18
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Sarah G H Sapp, Pooja Gupta, Melissa K Martin, Maureen H Murray, Kevin D Niedringhaus, Madeleine A Pfaff, Michael J Yabsley
A total of 10 species of Baylisascaris, a genus of ascaridoid nematodes, occur worldwide and 6 of them occur in the New World. Most of the Baylisascaris species have a similar life cycle with carnivorous mammals or marsupials serving as definitive hosts and a smaller prey host serving as paratenic (or intermediate) hosts. However, one species in rodents is unique in that it only has one host. Considerable research has been conducted on B. procyonis, the raccoon roundworm, as it is a well-known cause of severe to fatal neurologic disease in humans and many wildlife species...
August 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529548/docetaxel-in-prostate-cancer-a-familiar-face-as-the-new-standard-in-a-hormone-sensitive-setting
#19
REVIEW
Javier Puente, Enrique Grande, Ana Medina, Pablo Maroto, Nuria Lainez, Jose Angel Arranz
The increasing knowledge of prostate cancer is leading to many questions about its natural history and to reconsider conventional therapeutic strategies. Androgen ablation therapy has been the standard therapy in the advanced setting. Although docetaxel has demonstrated increased survival in patients with metastatic prostate cancer who had progressed to hormone treatments, due to its potential toxicity the role of chemotherapy has been relegated to patients who were symptomatic or who had high tumor burden...
May 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529451/role-of-epigenetics-in-uveal-melanoma
#20
REVIEW
Yongyun Li, Renbing Jia, Shengfang Ge
Uveal melanoma (UM) is a severe human malignancy with a high mortality rate that demands continued research into new and alternative forms of prevention and treatment. The emerging field of epigenetics is beginning to unfold an era of contemporary approaches to reducing the risk and improving the clinical treatment of UM. Epigenetic changes have a high prevalence rate in cancer, are reversible in nature, and can lead to cancer characteristics even in mutation-free cells. The information contained in this review highlights and expands on the main mechanisms of epigenetic dysregulation in UM tumorigenesis, progression and metastasis, including microRNA expression, hypermethylation of genes and histone modification...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
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