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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324001/cyp3a4-induction-by-rifampin-an-alternative-pathway-for-vitamin-d-inactivation-in-patients-with-cyp24a1-mutations
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Colin Patrick Hawkes, Dong Li, Hakon Hakonarson, Kevin E Meyers, Kenneth Thummel, Michael A Levine
Context: The P450 enzyme CYP24A1 is the principal inactivator of vitamin D metabolites. Biallelic loss-of-function mutations in CYP24A1 are associated with elevated serum levels of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 with consequent hypercalcemia and hypercalciuria, and represent the most common form of idiopathic infantile hypercalcemia (IIH). Current management strategies for this condition include a low calcium diet, reduced dietary vitamin D intake and limited sunlight exposure. CYP3A4 is a P450 enzyme that inactivates many drugs and xenobiotics and may represent an alternative pathway for inactivation of vitamin D metabolites...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321657/novel-hemostatic-agents-based-on-gelatin-microbial-transglutaminase-mix
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Fang Lv, Xiaonan Cong, Wenshu Tang, Yiming Han, Yu Tang, Yongrui Liu, Liqiang Su, Mingyao Liu, Mingfei Jin, Zhengfang Yi
Hemostasis is a major challenge in surgical procedures and traumas. Conventional hemostatic methods have limited efficacy and may cause additional tissue damage. In this study, we designed a novel hemostatic agent based on the in situ gel formation of gelatin cross-linked by a novel microbial transglutaminase (mTGase), in which the amino acid sequences differed from commercial mTGases. The new hemostatic agent showed the same biochemical crosslinking chemistry as the final stages of the blood coagulation cascade while using gelatin as a "structural" protein (rather than fibrin) and a calcium-independent mTGase as the crosslinking catalyst (rather than factor XIIIa)...
March 17, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319895/impact-of-high-cholesterol-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-on-metabolic-diseases-an-updated-mini-review
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Erdi Sozen, Nesrin Kartal Ozer
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the major site of protein folding and calcium storage. Beside the role of ER in protein homeostasis, it controls the cholesterol production and lipid-membrane biosynthesis as well as surviving and cell death signaling mechanisms in the cell. It is well-documented that elevated plasma cholesterol induces adverse effects in cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), liver disorders, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), non-alcoholic steatosis hepatitis (NASH), and metabolic diseases which are associated with oxidative and ER stress...
March 6, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303600/the-study-of-biochemical-profile-of-cyst-fluid-and-diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-differentiating-hepatic-hydatid-cysts-from-liver-simple-cysts
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Wang Shanshan, Li Hui, Liu Yan, Wang Li, Ren Yongfang, Wang Yan, Muhetarjiang Kader, Jia Wenxiao
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the value of biochemical profile of cyst fluid and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in differentiating hepatic hydatid cysts (HCs) from liver simple cysts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-six patients underwent MR imaging. Twenty-nine patients had 29 hydatid cysts and 17 patients had liver simple cysts. Thirteen patients with hydatid cysts and seven patients with liver simple cysts were evaluated with cyst fluid biochemical analysis...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303245/biocompatibility-and-effectiveness-evaluation-of-a-new-hemostatic-embolization-agent-thrombin-loaded-alginate-calcium-microsphere
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Fengqi Xuan, Jingjing Rong, Ming Liang, Xuwen Zhang, Jingyang Sun, Lijun Zhao, Yang Li, Dan Liu, Fei Li, Xiaozeng Wang, Yaling Han
Background. Until now, there has been no ideal embolization agent for hemorrhage in interventional treatment. In this study, the thrombin was encapsulated in alginate calcium microsphere using electrostatic droplet technique to produce new embolization agent: thrombin loaded alginate calcium microspheres (TACMs). Objectives. The present work was to evaluate the biocompatibility and hemostatic efficiency of TACMs. Methods. Cell cytotoxicity, hemolysis, and superselective embolization of dog liver arteries were performed to investigate the biocompatibility of TACMs...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302087/knowledge-and-attitudes-about-vitamin-d-and-behaviors-related-to-vitamin-d-in-adults-with-and-without-coronary-heart-disease-in-saudi-arabia
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Najlaa M Aljefree, Patricia Lee, Faruk Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency is prevailing in Saudi Arabia. Recent national data indicated an inverse association between vitamin D status and coronary heart disease (CHD), which increases concerns about vitamin D deficiency as a serious public health problem. Therefore, the current study aimed to investigate whether knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to vitamin D contribute to the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among adults with and without CHD in Saudi Arabia. METHODS: This case-control study consisted of 130 CHD cases and 195 matched controls...
March 16, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297775/-effect-of-calcium-independent-phospholipase-a-2-inhibitor-in-reducing-hepatocyte-lipoapoptosis-and-improving-insulin-resistance
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H B Shi, J F Fu, Y Huang, L R Liu
Objective: To investigate the effect of calcium-independent phospholipase A(2) (iPLA(2)) inhibitor in reducing hepatocyte lipoapoptosis and improving insulin resistance. Methods: A total of 28 male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into the following three groups: 12 rats in group I (normal control group) were given normal diet for 18 weeks; 8 rats in group II (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease model group) were given high-fat diet for 18 weeks; 8 rats in group III (iPLA(2) inhibitor group) were given high-fat diet for 18 weeks and intraperitoneal injection of the iPLA(2) inhibitor bromoenol lactone 150 μg/kg once every other day since week 15 (14 times of injection in total)...
January 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295353/alcohol-and-calcium-make-a-potent-cocktail
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Yasuko Iwakiri, Michael H Nathanson
It is estimated that over 150 million people have alcoholic liver disease (ALD) worldwide (Wang et al. 2014). ALD is manifested as a spectrum of liver pathology, ranging from simple steatosis (fatty liver) to alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis and then cirrhosis, with some cases resulting in liver cancer as well. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 11, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291734/safety-assessment-of-the-aqueous-extract-of-the-flowers-of-nymphaea-lotus-linn-nymphaeaceae-acute-neuro-and-subchronic-oral-toxicity-studies-in-albinos-wistar-rats
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Mireille Kameni Poumeni, Danielle Claude Bilanda, Paul Désiré Dzeufiet Djomeni, Yolande Sandrine Mengue Ngadena, Marguerite Francine Mballa, Madeleine Chantal Ngoungoure, Agnès Carolle Ouafo, Théophile Dimo, Pierre Kamtchouing
BACKGROUND: Nymphaea lotus Linn (N. lotus) is a medicinal plant widely used in Cameroon popular medicine, to treat neuropsychiatric conditions, male sexual disorders or as food supplement. However, scientific data on the pharmacotoxic profile of this plant are not available. The safety of N. lotus was assessed in acute, neuro- and subchronic toxicity studies by following the OECD guidelines. Effectively, no data have been published until now in regard to its safety on the nervous system...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290970/severe-systemic-lead-toxicity-resulting-from-extra-articular-retained-shrapnel-presenting-as-jaundice-and-hepatitis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Ian A Grasso, Matthew R Blattner, Tyler Short, John W Downs
INTRODUCTION: Despite greater than 60,000 nonfatal firearm injuries per year in the United States, retained shrapnel is a relatively rare cause of systemic lead toxicity with less than 100 cases reported in the medical literature since 1867. While intra-articular retained shrapnel as a cause of lead toxicity is well-described, extra-articular fragments are less well known to cause symptomatic disease. CASE REPORT: A 31-year-old man initially presented with abdominal pain, constipation, jaundice, and elevated liver transaminases approximately 3 weeks after suffering a left lower extremity injury during athletic activity...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288894/endogenous-inspired-biomineral-installed-hyaluronan-nanoparticles-as-ph-responsive-carrier-of-methotrexate-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Md Mahmudul Alam, Hwa Seung Han, Shijin Sung, Jin Hee Kang, Keum Hee Sa, Hasan Al Faruque, Jungwan Hong, Eon Jeong Nam, In San Kim, Jae Hyung Park, Young Mo Kang
Methotrexate (MTX), an anchor drug for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), has been suffered from refractoriness and high toxicity limiting effective dosage. To mitigate these challenges, the ability to selectively deliver MTX to arthritis tissue is a much sought-after modality for the treatment of RA. In this study, we prepared mineralized nanoparticles (MP-HANPs), composed of PEGylated hyaluronic acid (P-HA) as the hydrophilic shell, 5β-cholanic acid as the hydrophobic core, and calcium phosphate (CaP) as the pH-responsive mineral...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285465/a-rat-experimental-study-of-the-relationship-between-fluoride-exposure-and-sensitive-biomarkers
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Zhou Zhou, Hongmei Wang, Binghui Zheng, Zhang Han, Yanqing Chen, Yan Ma
Chronic excessive fluoride exposure impairs human health and damages not only the skeletal system and the teeth but also the soft tissues such as the brain, liver, kidneys, pancreas and spinal cord. However, there is limited research regarding the exposure levels and sensitive biomarkers. This study was aimed to establish the relationship between fluoride exposure and sensitive biomarkers. Ninety-six rats were randomly divided into six groups, with each group exposed to 0, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 mg NaF/(kg.bw), respectively...
March 12, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281223/effects-of-excess-dietary-fluoride-on-serum-biochemical-indices-egg-quality-and-concentrations-of-fluoride-in-soft-organs-eggs-and-serum-of-laying-hens
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Liping Miao, Lanlan Li, Mingxing Qi, Minyao Zhou, Nannan Zhang, Xiaoting Zou
This study was conducted to investigate the effects of excess dietary fluoride (F) on serum biochemical indices, egg quality, and concentrations of F in soft tissues, eggs, and serum of laying hens. Commercial laying hens (n = 576, 51 weeks of age) were randomly allotted to 6 treatments with 6 replicates of 16 birds. The basal diets contained fluorine inclusions at a level of 16 mg/kg, and graded sodium fluoride was added to the basal diet to achieve fluorine inclusions, respectively, at a level of 200, 400, 600, 800, and 1000 mg/kg in the experimental diets...
March 9, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273846/molecular-and-structural-characterization-of-the-tegumental-20-6-kda-protein-in-clonorchis-sinensis-as-a-potential-druggable-target
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Yu-Jung Kim, Won Gi Yoo, Myoung-Ro Lee, Jung-Mi Kang, Byoung-Kuk Na, Shin-Hyeong Cho, Mi-Yeoun Park, Jung-Won Ju
The tegument, representing the membrane-bound outer surface of platyhelminth parasites, plays an important role for the regulation of the host immune response and parasite survival. A comprehensive understanding of tegumental proteins can provide drug candidates for use against helminth-associated diseases, such as clonorchiasis caused by the liver fluke Clonorchis sinensis. However, little is known regarding the physicochemical properties of C. sinensis teguments. In this study, a novel 20.6-kDa tegumental protein of the C...
March 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273446/tissue-specific-mitochondrial-decoding-of-cytoplasmic-ca-2-signals-is-controlled-by-the-stoichiometry-of-micu1-2-and-mcu
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Melanie Paillard, György Csordás, Gergö Szanda, Tünde Golenár, Valentina Debattisti, Adam Bartok, Nadan Wang, Cynthia Moffat, Erin L Seifert, András Spät, György Hajnóczky
Mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake through the Ca(2+) uniporter supports cell functions, including oxidative metabolism, while meeting tissue-specific calcium signaling patterns and energy needs. The molecular mechanisms underlying tissue-specific control of the uniporter are unknown. Here, we investigated a possible role for tissue-specific stoichiometry between the Ca(2+)-sensing regulators (MICUs) and pore unit (MCU) of the uniporter. Low MICU1:MCU protein ratio lowered the [Ca(2+)] threshold for Ca(2+) uptake and activation of oxidative metabolism but decreased the cooperativity of uniporter activation in heart and skeletal muscle compared to liver...
March 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262322/biochemical-and-anthropometric-correlates-of-bio-electrical-impedance-parameters-in-severely-malnourished-children-a-cross-sectional-study
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Tsinuel Girma, Anne-Louise Hother Nielsen, Pernille Kæstel, Alemseged Abdissa, Kim F Michaelsen, Henrik Friis, Jonathan C K Wells
INTRODUCTION: Despite expanding use of bio-impedance (BI), little is known about its pathophysiologic significance and biological correlates OBJECTIVE: Determine correlations of BI parameters with anthropometry and biomarkers of electrolyte homeostasis, inflammation and liver function in children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM). METHODS: We studied Ethiopian children with SAM (mid-arm circumference <11·0 cm or weight-for-height <70% of the NCHS growth reference median and/or nutritional oedema) at hospitalization...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262194/protective-effect-of-propolis-in-proteinuria-crystaluria-nephrotoxicity-and-hepatotoxicity-induced-by-ethylene-glycol-ingestion
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Nawal El Menyiy, Noori Al Waili, Meryem Bakour, Hamza Al-Waili, Badiaa Lyoussi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Propolis is a natural honeybee product with wide biological activities and potential therapeutic properties. The aim of the study is to evaluate the protective effect of propolis extract on nephrotoxicity and hepatotoxicity induced by ethylene glycol in rats. METHODS: Five groups of rats were used. Group 1 received drinking water, group 2 received 0.75% ethylene-glycol in drinking water, group 3 received 0.75% ethylene-glycol in drinking water along with cystone 500 mg/kg/body weight (bw) daily, group 4 received 0...
October 2016: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261895/bilateral-native-nephrectomy-reduces-systemic-oxalate-level-after-combined-liver-kidney-transplant-a-case-report
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Vincenzo Villani, Neena Gupta, Nahel Elias, Parsia A Vagefi, James F Markmann, Elahna Paul, Avram Z Traum, Heidi Yeh
Primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1) is a rare liver enzymatic defect that causes overproduction of plasma oxalate. Accumulation of oxalate in the kidney and subsequent renal failure are fatal to PH1 patients often in pediatric age. Combined liver and kidney transplantation is the therapy of choice for end-stage renal disease due to PH1. Levels of plasma oxalate remain elevated for several months after liver transplantation, as the residual body oxalate is slowly excreted. Patients with persistent hyperoxaluria after transplant often require hemodialysis, and accumulation of residual oxalate in the kidney can induce graft dysfunction...
March 5, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258359/concentration-of-zinc-copper-iron-calcium-and-magnesium-in-the-serum-tissues-and-urine-of-streptozotocin-induced-mild-diabetic-rat-model
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Tahiry Gómez, Leticia Bequer, Angel Mollineda, José L Molina, Alain Álvarez, Mayrelis Lavastida, Sonia Clapés
The present study aimed to investigate, in the streptozotocin-induced mild diabetic rat model, the zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg) concentration in serum, liver, and kidney tissues, and urine samples from adult Wistar rats treated neonatally with streptozotocin (STZ). Diabetes was induced by subcutaneous administration of streptozotocin (100 mg/Kg) in female Wistar rats of 2 days old (STZ, n = 10). Control group (CG, n = 10) received only sodium-citrate buffer. The mineral concentrations were measured by atomic absorption spectrophotometry...
March 3, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251264/calcium-induced-mitochondrial-permeability-transitions-parameters-of-ca-2-ion-interactions-with-mitochondria-and-effects-of-oxidative-agents
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Nina G Golovach, Vitali T Cheshchevik, Elena A Lapshina, Tatsiana V Ilyich, Ilya B Zavodnik
We evaluated the parameters of Ca(2+)-induced mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT) pore formations, Ca(2+) binding constants, stoichiometry, energy of activation, and the effect of oxidative agents, tert-butyl hydroperoxide (tBHP), and hypochlorous acid (HOCl), on Ca(2+) -mediated process in rat liver mitochondria. From the Hill plot of the dependence of MPT rate on Ca(2+) concentration, we determined the order of interaction of Ca(2+) ions with the mitochondrial sites, n = 3, and the apparent Kd = 60 ± 12 µM...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
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