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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109158/using-the-volta-phase-plate-with-defocus-for-cryo-em-single-particle-analysis
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Radostin Danev, Dimitry Tegunov, Wolfgang Baumeister
Previously, we reported an in-focus data acquisition method for cryo-EM single particle analysis with the Volta phase plate (VPP) (Danev and Baumeister, 2016). Here, we extend the technique to include a small amount of defocus which enables contrast transfer function measurement and correction. This hybrid approach simplifies the experiment and increases the data acquisition speed. It also removes the resolution limit inherent to the in-focus method thus allowing 3D reconstructions with resolutions better than 3 Å...
January 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109093/-clinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-controlled-release-dinoprostone-insert-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Xue-Yuan Li, Yue-Wen Guo, Yan-Wen Xu, Bin Zhu, Xue-Xue Wu, Xiang Chen, Xiao-Yi Wang, Dun-Jin Chen, Hui Chen, Jian-Ping Zhang, Zhi-Jian Wang, Sheng-Li An
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the effectiveness and safety of controlled-release dinoprostone insert for term labor induction in the Pearl River Delta of Guangdong province. METHODS: Twenty hospitals using controlled-release dinoprostone insert for term labor induction in the Pearl River Delta of Guangdong province were stratified into provincial hospitals and municipal hospitals, and three hospitals of each level were selected as research units. According to the inclusion and exclusion criteria, 1390 pregnant women receiving term labor induction using controlled-release dinoprostone insert were retrospectively analyzed to evaluate the the effectiveness and safety with another 957 pregnant women with induced abortion using oxytocin as the control group...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109089/betulinic-acid-inhibits-cell-proliferation-in-human-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-via-modulating-ros-regulated-p53-signaling
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Huan Shen, Li Liu, Yongjin Yang, Wenxing Xun, Kewen Wei, Guang Zeng
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a common cancer of the head and neck. Betulinic acid (BA) is a naturally occurring pentacyclic triterpenoid. The present study was designed to explore the effects of BA on OSCC KB cell proliferation <em>in vitro</em> and implanted tumor growth <em>in vivo</em> and to examine the possible molecular mechanisms. The results showed that BA dose-dependently inhibited KB cell proliferation and decreased implanted tumor volume. In addition, BA significantly promoted mitochondrial apoptosis, as reflected by increase of TUNEL-positive cells and activities of caspase 3 and 9, increase of Bax expression and decrease of Bcl-2 expression and mitochondrial oxygen consumption rate...
January 20, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109074/determination-of-four-nadolol-stereoisomers-in-capsules-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-and-circular-dichroism
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Grazielle Prado Alexandre, Márcio Nardelli Wandermuren, Adriano Peron, Vanessa Franco Tavares, Denis Alexandre Ramalho Padeiro, Kelly Alessandra Sakiara, María Segunda Aurora-Prado, Anil Kumar Singh, Erika Rosa Maria Kedor-Hackmann, Maria Inês Rocha Miritello Santoro
Nadolol is a blocking agent with activity in β-adrenergic receptors. The objective of this research was to develop andvalidate an HPLC and circular dichroism method for the quantification of four nadolol stereoisomers in capsules. The HPLC method was validated using a Chiralcel OD column (250 × 4,6 mm, 10 μm). The mobile phase consisted of hexane-ethanol-diethylamine-acetic acid(86 + 14 + 0.3 + 0.3, v/v/v/v), with a flow rate of 0.7 mL/min and temperature of 25 ± 1°C and UV detection carried out at 220 nm...
January 21, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108952/transcriptional-regulators-dictate-innate-lymphoid-cell-fates
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REVIEW
Chao Zhong, Jinfang Zhu
Research on innate lymphoid cells (ILC) has recently been a fast paced topic of immunological research. As ILCs are able to produce signature Th cytokine, ILCs have garnered considerable attention and have been described to represent the innate counterpart of the CD4(+) T helper (Th) cells. The development and function of ILCs are precisely regulated by a network of crucial transcription factors, which are also involved in the development or differentiation of conventional natural killer (cNK) cells and T cells...
January 20, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108896/pharmacophore-based-screening-and-drug-repurposing-exemplified-on-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3-inhibitors
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Luminita Crisan, Sorin Avram, Liliana Pacureanu
The current study was conducted to elaborate a novel pharmacophore model to accurately map selective glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) inhibitors, and perform virtual screening and drug repurposing. Pharmacophore modeling was developed using PHASE on a data set of 203 maleimides. Two benchmarking validation data sets with focus on selectivity were assembled using ChEMBL and PubChem GSK-3 confirmatory assays. A drug repurposing experiment linking pharmacophore matching with drug information originating from multiple data sources was performed...
January 21, 2017: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108862/effects-of-chromium-methionine-supplementation-with-different-sources-of-zinc-on-growth-performance-carcass-traits-meat-quality-serum-metabolites-endocrine-parameters-and-the-antioxidant-status-in-growing-finishing-pigs
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Xiao Xu, Li Liu, Shen-Fei Long, Xiang-Shu Piao, Terry L Ward, Fei Ji
This experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of chromium methionine with/without zinc sulfate or zinc amino acid complex on the growth performance, carcass traits, meat quality, serum parameters, endocrine parameters, and antioxidant status of growing-finishing pigs. A total of 180 (32.0 ± 1.7 kg body weight, BW) crossbred pigs (Duroc × Landrace × Yorkshire) were used in a completely randomized design with three dietary treatments and 10 replicates per treatment (five pens of barrows and five pens of gilts with six pigs per replicate)...
January 21, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108812/fackel-interacts-with-gibberellic-acid-signaling-and-vernalization-to-mediate-flowering-in-arabidopsis
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Bingyao Huang, Pingping Qian, Na Gao, Jie Shen, Suiwen Hou
Fackel (FK) is involved in the flowering of Arabidopsis mainly via the gibberellin pathway and vernalization pathway. This new function of FK is partially dependent on the FLOWERING LOCUS C ( FLC ). A common transitional process from vegetative stage to reproductive stage exists in higher plants during their life cycle. The initiation of flower bud differentiation, which plays a key role in the reproductive phase, is affected by both external environmental and internal regulatory factors. In this study, we showed that the Arabidopsis weak mutant allele fk-J3158, impaired in the FACKEL (FK) gene, which encodes a C-14 reductase involved in sterol biosynthesis, had a long life cycle and delayed flowering time in different photoperiods...
January 20, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108665/fasiglifam-tak-875-alters-bile-acid-homeostasis-in-rats-and-dogs-a-potential-cause-of-drug-induced-liver-injury
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Francis S Wolenski, Andy Z X Zhu, Mike Johnson, Shaoxia Yu, Yuu Moriya, Takuya Ebihara, Vilmos Csizmadia, Jessica Grieves, Martin Paton, Mingxiang Liao, Christopher Gemski, Liping Pan, Majid Vakilynejad, Yvonne P Dragan, Swapan K Chowdhury, Patrick J Kirby
Fasiglifam (TAK-875), a Free Fatty Acid Receptor 1 (FFAR1) agonist in development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, was voluntarily terminated in phase 3 due to adverse liver effects. A mechanistic investigation described in this manuscript focused on the inhibition of bile acid (BA) transporters as a driver of the liver findings. TAK-875 was an in vitro inhibitor of multiple influx (NTCP and OATPs) and efflux (BSEP and MRPs) hepatobiliary BA transporters at micromolar concentrations. Repeat dose studies determined that TAK-875 caused a dose-dependent increase in serum total BA in rats and dogs...
January 20, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108382/new-xanthones-and-cytotoxic-constituents-from-garcinia-mangostana-fruit-hulls-against-human-hepatocellular-breast-and-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines
#10
Gamal A Mohamed, Ahmed M Al-Abd, Ali M El-Halawany, Hossam M Abdallah, Sabrin R M Ibrahim
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cancer has proceeded to surpass one of the most chronic illnesses to be the major cause of mortality in both the developing and developed world. Garcinia mangostana L. (mangosteen, family Guttiferae) known as the queen of fruits, is one of the most popular tropical fruits. It is cultivated in Southeast Asian countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and Philippines. Traditionally, numerous parts of G. mangostana have been utilized to treat various ailments such as abdominal pain, haemorrhoids, food allergies, arthritis, leucorrhoea, gonorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery, wound infection, suppuration, and chronic ulcer...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108340/rna-seq-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-olive-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus-kidney-response-to-vaccination-with-heat-inactivated-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus
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Jee Youn Hwang, Mun Gyeoung Kwon, Sung-Hee Jung, Myoung Ae Park, Dong-Wook Kim, Wang Sik Cho, Jeong Woo Park, Maeng-Hyun Son
Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) is a highly contagious disease of cultured flounder caused by VHS virus (VHSV). To develop effective VHSV vaccines, it is essential to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the host's protective response against VHSV. The purpose of this study is to clarify which genes are involved in the protective response of olive flounder after VHSV vaccination. We first injected olive flounder intraperitoneally with 10(7) TCID50 heat-inactivated VHSV vaccine and evaluated the vaccine efficacy at 20 °C...
January 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108232/ns5a-resistance-associated-substitutions-in-patients-with-genotype-1-hepatitis-c-virus-prevalence-and-effect-on-treatment-outcome
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Stefan Zeuzem, Masashi Mizokami, Stephen Pianko, Alessandra Mangia, Kwang-Hyub Han, Ross Martin, Evguenia Svarovskaia, Hadas Dvory-Sobol, Brian Doehle, Charlotte Hedskog, Chohee Yun, Diana M Brainard, Steven Knox, John G McHutchison, Michael D Miller, Hongmei Mo, Wan-Long Chuang, Ira Jacobson, Gregory J Dore, Mark Sulkowski
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of NS5A inhibitors for the treatment of patients chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be affected by the presence of NS5A resistance-associated substitutions (RASs). We analyzed data from 35 phase 1, 2, and 3 studies in 22 countries to determine the pretreatment prevalence of various NS5A RASs, and their effect on outcomes of treatment with ledipasvir-sofosbuvir in patients with genotype 1 HCV. METHODS: NS5A gene deep sequencing analysis was performed on samples from 5,397 patients in Gilead clinical trials...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108227/cerebral-blood-flow-autoregulation-is-impaired-in-schizophrenia-a-pilot-study
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Hsiao-Lun Ku, Jiunn-Kae Wang, Hsin-Chien Lee, Timothy Joseph Lane, I-Chao Liu, Yung-Chan Chen, Yao-Tung Lee, I-Cheng Lin, Chia-Pei Lin, Chaur-Jong Hu, Nai-Fang Chi
Patients with schizophrenia have a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and higher mortality from them than does the general population; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Impaired cerebral autoregulation is associated with cerebrovascular diseases and their mortality. Increased or decreased cerebral blood flow in different brain regions has been reported in patients with schizophrenia, which implies impaired cerebral autoregulation. This study investigated the cerebral autoregulation in 21 patients with schizophrenia and 23 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
January 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108127/g-enome-wide-association-study-in-takotsubo-syndrome-preliminary-results-and-future-directions
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Ingo Eitel, Christian Moeller, Matthias Munz, Thomas Stiermaier, Thomas Meitinger, Holger Thiele, Jeanette Erdmann
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo syndrome (TS) is an acute non-ischemic cardiomyopathy characterized by transient regional systolic dysfunction of the left and/or right ventricle with still unknown etiology. The aim of the current study was to conduct for the first time a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in a cohort of TS patients to identify potential genetic risk variants. METHODS: This single-center study was conducted at the University Heart Center Lübeck from 2008 to 2016...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108081/retention-modeling-and-retention-time-prediction-in-gas-chromatography-and-flow-modulation-comprehensive-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-the-contribution-of-pressure-on-solute-partition
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Antoine Burel, Marie Vaccaro, Yohann Cartigny, Séverine Tisse, Gérard Coquerel, Pascal Cardinael
This study aims at modelling and predicting solute retention in capillary Gas Chromatography (GC) and Flow Modulation comprehensive GC (FM-GCxGC). A new thermodynamic model, taking into account the effects of temperature and pressure, is proposed to describe the variation of the equilibrium partition constant of a solute during its elution. This retention model was challenged with the classical one, and both were applied to: (i) stationary phase film thickness indirect estimation; (ii) retention time (RT) prediction of a set of 11 model polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on the SLB-IL60 and DB-35MS columns, in temperature-programmed mode...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108080/prediction-of-gradient-retention-data-for-hydrophilic-interaction-liquid-chromatographic-separation-of-native-and-fluorescently-labeled-oligosaccharides
#16
Nikola Vaňková, Petr Česla
In this work, we have investigated the predictive properties of mixed-mode retention model and oligomeric mixed-mode model, taking into account the contribution of monomeric units to the retention, in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography. The gradient retention times of native maltooligosaccharides and their fluorescent derivatives were predicted in the oligomeric series with number of monomeric glucose units in the range from two to seven. The maltooligosaccharides were separated on a packed column with carbamoyl-bonded silica stationary phase and 15 gradient profiles with different initial and final mobile phase composition were used with the gradient times 5; 7...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108079/preparation-and-evaluation-of-pillararene-bonded-silica-gel-stationary-phases-for-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
#17
Wenjie Zhao, Jianxiang Chu, Fuwei Xie, Qunpeng Duan, Lijun He, Shusheng Zhang
Pillararene bonded stationary phases for high performance liquid chromatography were prepared using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as coupling reagent. The structure of the new materials was characterized by infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. The chromatographic performance and retention mechanism of the new stationary phases were evaluated in reversed-phase mode compared with C18 using different solute probes including Tanaka test solutes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phenols and aromatic positional isomers...
December 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108024/isolation-of-isoflavones-from-iris-kashmiriana-baker-as-potential-anti-proliferative-agents-targeting-nf-kappab
#18
Afroze Alam, Varun Jaiswal, Sohail Akhtar, B S Jayashree, K L Dhar
Cancer is possibly one of the most devastating and complex disease and therefore involves chemotherapy as one of the frontline strategies in its therapy. However, expected toxicity and resistance with chemotherapeutic agents encourage us to use the plant derived natural chemotherapeutic sources at the clinical stage of cancer therapy. In view of this strategy, herein new glycosides and isoflavonoids were isolated from Iris kashmiriana Baker and subjected to structure elucidation followed by their biological evaluation...
January 17, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108000/evaluating-and-modeling-the-effects-of-surface-sampling-factors-on-the-recovery-of-organic-chemical-attribution-signatures-using-the-accelerated-diffusion-sampler-and-solvent-extraction
#19
Kai-For Mo, Alejandro Heredia-Langner, Carlos G Fraga
In this study, an experimental design matrix was created and executed to test the effects of various real-world factors on the ability of (1) the accelerated diffusion sampler with solid phase micro-extraction (ADS-SPME) and (2) solvent extraction to capture organic chemical attribution signatures (CAS) from dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP) spiked onto painted wall board (PWB) surfaces. The DMMP CAS organic impurities sampled by ADS-SPME and solvent extraction were analyzed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107999/determination-of-sulfonamides-in-animal-tissues-by-modified-quechers-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#20
Ching-Hsuan Wen, Shu-Ling Lin, Ming-Ren Fuh
In this study, the salting-out solvent extraction and dispersive solid-phase extraction (dSPE) clean-up steps in QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe) method were optimized to reduce matrix effect and efficiently extract target sulfonamides from a variety of edible animal tissues. The extracted sulfonamides were then analyzed using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Good extraction recoveries (74.0-100.3% in five different sources of animal tissues; n=3) with acceptable matrix effect (<10%, except for liver samples) were obtained using the proposed method...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
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