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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549901/degradation-of-proteoglycan-4-lubricin-by-cathepsin-s-potential-mechanism-for-diminished-ocular-surface-lubrication-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Suresh C Regmi, Michael L Samsom, Miriam Heynen, Gregory D Jay, Benjamin D Sullivan, Sruthi Srinivasan, Barbara Caffery, Lyndon Jones, Tannin A Schmidt
Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is an autoimmune disease affecting the lacrimal and salivary glands with hallmark clinical symptoms of dry eye and dry mouth. Recently, markedly increased cathepsin S (CTSS) activity has been observed in the tears of SS patients. Proteoglycan 4 (PRG4), also known as lubricin, is an effective boundary lubricant that is naturally present on the ocular surface. While PRG4 is susceptible to proteolytic digestion, the potential effect of CTSS on PRG4 remains unknown. The objective of this study was to assess the ability of CTSS to enzymatically degrade purified PRG4, and PRG4 naturally present in human tears, and alter ocular surface boundary lubricating properties...
May 23, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549404/the-impact-of-quercetin-on-wound-healing-relates-to-changes-in-%C3%AE-v-and-%C3%AE-1-integrin-expression
#2
Karen M Doersch, M Karen Newell-Rogers
Overly fibrotic wound healing can lead to excess scar formation, causing functional impairment and undesirable cosmetic results. However, there are few successful treatments available to prevent or remediate scars. This study sought to explore the molecular mechanisms by which quercetin, a naturally-occurring antifibrotic agent, diminishes scar formation. Using both mice and fibroblast cells, we examined quercetin's impact on fibrosis and the wound healing rate, and potential molecular mechanisms underlying the quercetin-mediated reduction of fibrosis...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546827/chemical-constituents-from-a-gynostemma-laxum-and-their-antioxidant-and-neuroprotective-activities
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Ji Yeon Seo, Sang Kyum Kim, Phi Hung Nguyen, Ju Yong Lee, Pham Ha Thanh Tung, Sang Hyun Sung, Won Keun Oh
BACKGROUND: A few bioactivities of constituents from Gynostemma laxum, which has been collected in Vietnam, have been reported until now. There is no report about the effects of constituents from G. laxum although the nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2)-mediated heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) antioxidant defense system is involved in neuroprotection in the brain. Therefore, we investigated whether quercetin (2), benzoic acid (10) and their analogues (1, 3-9 and 11) from G. laxum have the antioxidant and neuroprotective activities and also their underlying mechanism...
2017: Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545355/emerging-trends-on-drug-delivery-strategy-of-momordica-charantia-against-diabetes-and-its-complications
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Zar Chi Thent, Srijit Das, Nurul Hannim Zaidun
The incidence of diabetes mellitus has increased drastically over the past few decades. This oxidant-antioxidant imbalance resulting in complication of diabetes mellitus includes macro- and microvascular complications. Resistance to conventional treatment and patient compliance has paved the way to the usage of effective natural products and supplements. Momordica charantia (bitter gourd) is widely consumed in many parts of Malaysia as a vegetable. Momordica charantia (MC) is mainly used in the management of diabetes mellitus...
May 25, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545253/encapsulation-of-the-antioxidant-r-%C3%AE-lipoic-acid-in-permethylated-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-cyclodextrins-thermal-and-x-ray-structural-characterization-of-the-1-1-inclusion-complexes
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Mino R Caira, Susan A Bourne, Buntubonke Mzondo
The naturally occurring compound α-lipoic acid (ALA) is implicated in manifold critical biological roles and its potent antioxidant properties and potential for treatment of various diseases have led to its widespread use as a dietary supplement. However, shortcomings of poor aqueous solubility and low thermal stability have hampered its development as a medicinal agent, prompting the use of cyclodextrins (CDs) to address these problems. The paucity of published structural data on the nature of the interactions between ALA and CDs motivated the present study, which describes the synthesis and X-ray structural elucidation of crystalline inclusion complexes between the biologically relevant R-(+)-α-lipoic acid (RALA) and the host molecules permethylated α-CD (TMA) and permethylated β-CD (TMB)...
May 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544958/impact-of-triblock-copolymers-on-the-biophysical-function-of-naturally-derived-lung-surfactant
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Moritz Beck-Broichsitter, Christian A Ruge, Adam Bohr
The current study aimed at investigating the general applicability of triblock copolymers consisting of poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(propylene glycol) (Pluronic(®)) as excipients for lung delivery. After thorough physicochemical characterization of the diverse polymers, their cytotoxicity was evaluated using alveolar epithelial cells. Next, a naturally-derived lung surfactant was challenged with the distinct triblock copolymers with respect to changes in microstructure, adsorption to the air/liquid interface and dynamic surface tension behavior under bubble pulsation...
May 17, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543274/diel-and-seasonal-movements-of-silver-eels-anguilla-dieffenbachii-emigrating-from-a-lake-subject-to-hydro-electric-control
#7
D J Jellyman, M J Unwin
To investigate the behaviour and fate of silver female longfin eels Anguilla dieffenbachii in relation to flow variations from New Zealand's largest (700 MW) hydro-electric station, 210 A. dieffenbachii were tagged with acoustic transmitters during summer and autumn over 6 years from 2005 to 2010. A shoreline array of receivers (2005-2008) was supplemented by positioning systems near the power station and natural outlet (2009-2010) that enabled continuous tracking of A. dieffenbachii within these areas...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542169/optimum-water-supplement-strategy-to-restore-reed-wetland-in-the-yellow-river-delta
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Xuehong Wang, Dongjie Zhang, Bo Guan, Qing Qi, Shouzheng Tong
In order to supply optimum water to restore reed wetlands used for bird habitats, a field investigation and greenhouse experiment were conducted. Three water supplementation stages (early stage at 20 May, middle stage at 20 July and later stage at 20 September, respectively) and five depths (0, 10, 15, 20 and 35 cm over the surface, respectively) were established, with three replicates for each treatment combination. Reed growth characteristics (survival rate, height, density and biomass) and soil properties of field investigation and experiment were recorded to determine the impacts of water supplementation on reed wetland restoration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540633/olfactory-neuroblastoma-a-single-center-experience
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Marton König, Terje Osnes, Peter Jebsen, Jan Folkvard Evensen, Torstein R Meling
Olfactory neuroblastoma (ONB) is a potentially curable disease, despite being an aggressive malignancy with a poor natural history. Our goal was to evaluate management outcomes for patients with ONB treated at our institution. Our prospective database for brain tumors and the pathology registry of head and neck cancers at Oslo University Hospital were searched to identify all patients treated for ONB between 1998 and 2016. Variables extracted from these databases, supplemented by retrospective chart reviews, underwent thorough analysis...
May 25, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540374/recent-advances-in-n-heterocyclic-carbene-catalyzed-achiral-synthesis
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REVIEW
Qiao Ren, Muyao Li, Lujiang Yuan, Jian Wang
N-Heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) have emerged as powerful and elegant organocatalysts in a variety of newly developed and unprecedented enantioselective transformations due to their unique umpolung capacity. As a supplement to conventional enantioselective organocatalysis, NHC-induced non-asymmetric catalysis has gradually attracted much interest in recent years. Herein, this review aims to reveal the recent developments in NHC-promoted non-asymmetric umpolung transformations resulting in the expeditious construction of versatile achiral natural heterocycles, carbocycles and acylated products...
May 25, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539734/honey-and-health-a-review-of-recent-clinical-research
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REVIEW
Saeed Samarghandian, Tahereh Farkhondeh, Fariborz Samini
Honey is one of the most appreciated and valued natural products introduced to humankind since ancient times. Honey is used not only as a nutritional product but also in health described in traditional medicine and as an alternative treatment for clinical conditions ranging from wound healing to cancer treatment. The aim of this review is to emphasize the ability of honey and its multitude in medicinal aspects. Traditionally, honey is used in the treatment of eye diseases, bronchial asthma, throat infections, tuberculosis, thirst, hiccups, fatigue, dizziness, hepatitis, constipation, worm infestation, piles, eczema, healing of ulcers, and wounds and used as a nutritious supplement...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535838/are-sainfoin-or-protein-supplements-alternatives-to-control-small-strongyle-infection-in-horses
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C Collas, G Sallé, B Dumont, J Cabaret, J Cortet, W Martin-Rosset, L Wimel, G Fleurance
The spread of anthelmintic resistance in equine strongyle nematodes has become a major problem, advocating for the development of alternative control for strongyles. Our study consisted of both in vivo and in vitro experiments. We investigate for the first time the efficacy of a short-term consumption of tannin-rich sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) or extra proteins in naturally infected horses. We used 30 horses allocated into three groups of 10 individuals that received for 18 days either (i) a tannin-rich diet with 70% DM sainfoin pellets (Sd), (ii) a protein-rich diet with 52% DM Italian rye-grass pellets and 18% DM grinded linseed expeller (Pd), or (iii) a control diet with 45% DM barley and 25% DM cereal-based pellets (Cd)...
May 24, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535445/correlates-of-muscle-dysmorphia-symptomatology-in-natural-bodybuilders-distinguishing-factors-in-the-pursuit-of-hyper-muscularity
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Lachlan Mitchell, Stuart B Murray, Matthew Hoon, Daniel Hackett, Tania Prvan, Helen O'Connor
Muscle dysmorphia (MD) is characterized by the pathological pursuit of muscularity and leanness, which includes eating- and exercise-related practices. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to identify correlations of MD symptomatology in natural bodybuilders. An online survey assessing diet, supplementation and training practices, and MD and eating disorder symptoms was completed by male bodybuilders with recent experience competing in a drug-tested competition. Sixty participants (age 29.6±7.1 years) completed the survey...
May 20, 2017: Body Image
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534877/light-enhances-the-growth-rates-of-natural-populations-of-aerobic-anoxygenic-phototrophic-bacteria
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Isabel Ferrera, Olga Sánchez, Eva Kolářová, Michal Koblížek, Josep M Gasol
Aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic (AAP) bacteria are microorganisms that can harvest light energy using bacteriochlorophyll a to supplement their predominantly organotrophic metabolism. Growth enhancement by light has repeatedly been demonstrated in laboratory experiments with AAP isolates. However, the ecological advantage of light utilization is unclear, as it has never been proven in the natural environment. Here, we conducted manipulation experiments in the NW Mediterranean and found that AAP bacteria display high growth rates which are controlled to a large extent by intense grazing pressure and phosphorous availability...
May 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532687/the-role-of-systemic-and-topical-fatty-acids-for-dry-eye-treatment
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REVIEW
Stefano Barabino, Jutta Horwath-Winter, Elisabeth M Messmer, Maurizio Rolando, Pasquale Aragona, Shigeru Kinoshita
Dry eye is a prevalent condition and one of the main reasons for patients to seek ophthalmic medical care. A low systemic level of omega fatty acids is a risk factor for dry eye disease (DED). There are two groups of essential fatty acids (EFAs): the omega-6 (n-6) family and the omega-3 (n-3) family. Humans evolved on a diet in which the n-6:n-3 ratio was approximately 1:1, however the current Western diet tends to be deficient in n-3 EFAs and this ratio is typically much higher (approaching 17:1). The metabolism of EFAs generates four new families of local acting mediators: lipoxins, resolvins, protectins, and maresins...
May 19, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532660/bio-equivalent-doses-of-recombinent-hcg-and-recombinent-lh-during-ovarian-stimulation-result-in-similar-oestradiol-output-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Birgit Alsbjerg, Helle Olesen Elbaek, Rita Jakubcionyte Laursen, Betina Boel Povlsen, Thor Haahr, Claus Yding Andersen, Peter Humaidan
In nature, HCG is secreted by the implanting embryo from peri-implantation and onwards. In contrast, LH is mandatory for steroidogenesis and follicular development during the follicular phase, working in synergy with FSH. Moreover, LH is mandatory for the function of the corpus luteum. Although LH and HCG bind to the same receptor, significant molecular, structural and functional differences exist, inducing differences in bioactivity. This randomized controlled study compared the effect of recombinent FSH stimulation combined with daily either micro-dose recombinent HCG or recombinent LH supplementation in a 1:1 bioactivity ratio from day 1 of stimulation in a long gonadotrophin releasing hormone agonist down regulation protocol...
May 11, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532595/impact-of-elemental-iron-on-human-spermatozoa-and-mouse-embryonic-development-in-a-defined-synthetic-culture-medium
#17
Safaa M Naes, Oshini Basri, Fauziah Ismail, Ghofraan A Ata'Allah, Siti Khadijah Idris, Noor Azmi Mat Adenan, Jaffar Ali
There is a paucity of studies on effect of iron in embryo culture procedures. This study aims to ascertain the optimal, tolerance and toxic levels of iron in a protein-free embryo culture medium (PFM) to determine the effect of iron on embryonic development. The application of PFM in assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is intended to eliminate disease transmission and improve ART treatment outcome. The optimal, tolerance and toxic levels of iron on human spermatozoa and mouse embryos were determined by challenging them with different levels of iron (ferric iron; Fe(+3))...
May 19, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531761/3%C3%AE-hydroxy-urs-12-en-28-oic-acid-confers-protection-against-znonps-induced-adversity-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#18
Hema Negi, Shilpi Khare Saikia, Ranjana Kanaujia, Satish Jaiswal, Rakesh Pandey
Despite their well reported potent risk towards human health and environment Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) find an extensive commercial usage due to their antimicrobial properties. Here, we evaluated the efficacy of a natural triterpene ursolic acid (3β-hydroxy-urs-12-en-28-oic acid; UA) for overcoming the cytotoxic challenges of ZnONPs employing Ceanorhabditis elegans. The 24h LC50 of Zn-ONPs (<50nm TEM) was deduced as 4.75mgL(-1). UA (25μM) was observed to defend against this toxicity by attenuating Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) resulting into better survival at 2mgL(-1) in a time dependent behavior...
May 8, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
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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REVIEW
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/28529919/the-role-of-nutraceuticals-in-the-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
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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
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