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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924487/antagonists-of-the-mirna-argonaute-2-protein-complex-anti-mir-agos
#1
Marco F Schmidt, Oliver Korb, Chris Abell
microRNAs (miRNAs) have been identified as high-value drug targets. A widely applied strategy in miRNA inhibition is the use of antisense agents. However, it has been shown that oligonucleotides are poorly cell permeable because of their complex chemical structure and due to their negatively charged backbone. Consequently, the general application of oligonucleotides in therapy is limited. Since miRNAs' functions are executed exclusively by the Argonaute 2 protein, we therefore describe a protocol for the design of a novel miRNA inhibitor class: antagonists of the miRNA-Argonaute 2 protein complex, so-called anti-miR-AGOs, that not only block the crucial binding site of the target miRNA but also bind to the protein's active site...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922279/clinical-experience-with-an-ovarian-stimulation-protocol-for-intrauterine-insemination-adopting-a-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-antagonist-at-low-dose
#2
Adalisa Ponzano, Enrica Concetta Colangelo, Lucia Di Biase, Federica Romani, Gian Mario Tiboni
Studies testing the effectiveness of GnRH antagonists in controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) for intrauterine insemination (IUI) have provided controversial results. The present study was undertaken to evaluate, whether the use of a half of the conventional dose of the GnRH antagonist cetrorelix can be effective in increasing the successful rate of IUI cycles. Patients started COS with human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG) on day three of the menstrual cycle. Cetrorelix was started when at least one follicle of ≥14 mm, was detected at the ultrasound scan, according to the flexible multiple daily dose protocol, and continued until the trigger day with recombinant hCG...
December 6, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921379/fibroids-that-do-not-distort-the-uterine-cavity-and-ivf-success-rates-an-observational-study-using-extensive-matching-criteria
#3
G Christopoulos, A Vlismas, R Salim, R Islam, G Trew, S Lavery
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of non-cavity-distorting fibroids on in vitro fertilisation (IVF) pregnancy outcomes. DESIGN: A retrospective, matched, single-centre, cohort study was performed. SETTING: The IVF unit of a tertiary, university hospital. POPULATION: We analysed all women with non-cavity-distorting uterine fibroids undergoing IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles from 1 January 2011 to 1 May 2015...
December 5, 2016: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921090/the-effect-of-intrauterine-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-injection-before-embryo-transfer-on-the-implantation-and-pregnancy-rate-in-infertile-patients-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#4
Razieh Dehghani Firouzabadi, Sima Janati, Mohammad Hossein Razi
BACKGROUND: Implantation is one of the essential steps for the success of assisted reproductive techniques (ART). Their success depends on three main factors: embryo quality, endometrial receptivity (ER), and synchrony between embryo and endometrium. There are various factors that regulate the complex process of implantation. In this regard, one may refer to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) as the most important factor. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the effect of intrauterine hCG injection before embryo transfer (ET) on pregnancy outcome in infertile couples...
October 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917967/innovations-and-diverse-livelihood-pathways-alternative-livelihoods-livelihood-diversification-and-societal-transformation-in-pastoral-communities
#5
I Köhler-Rollefson
Pastoralists have a rich tradition of 'innovation', as continuous adaptation to new ecological and economic scenarios has been a prerequisite for their survival through the millennia. One of their greatest assets is the large number of locally adapted livestock breeds they have developed, which represent a major resource for climate change adaptation as well as mitigation. Pastoralists are beginning to position themselves as providers of ecological services as well as of livestock products that represent a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to the products from industrial production systems...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917413/efficacy-of-s-lacosamide-in-preclinical-models-of-cephalic-pain
#6
Aubin Moutal, Nathan Eyde, Edwin Telemi, Ki Duk Park, Jennifer Y Xie, David W Dodick, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Migraine is one of the world's most common neurological disorders. Current acute migraine treatments have sub-optimal efficacy and new therapeutic options are needed. Approaches targeting calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) signaling are clinically effective but small molecule antagonists have not been advanced due to toxicity. In this study, we explored the axonal growth/specification collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2) as a novel "druggable" target for inhibiting CGRP release and for potential relevance for treatment of migraine pain...
June 2016: Pain Reports (Baltimore, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908602/kisspeptin-and-embryo-implantation-after-icsi
#7
Zehra Jamil, Syeda Sadia Fatima, Sara Arif, Faiza Alam, Rehana Rehman
A cross-sectional study was carried out at the Australian Concept Infertility Medical Centre from June 2014 to June 2015 to relate serum kisspeptin levels on human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) day with pregnancy outcome after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). A total of 176 women aged 20 to 42 years, with regular menstrual cycles, normal thyroid function and prolactin levels selected for ICSI were included in the study. Patients with uterine fibroids, metabolic disorders, short agonist and antagonist protocol were excluded...
November 18, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908224/serum-substance-p-concentrations-to-predict-oocyte-maturation-index-and-clinical-pregnancy
#8
Yavuz Sahin, Enis Özkaya, Semra Kayatas Eser, Tayfun Kutlu, Ilhan Sanverdi, Gulden Tunali, Ates Karateke
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the predictive value of serum substance P (SP) concentrations on oocyte maturation and clinical pregnancy. METHODS: Ninety-three women with unexplained infertility underwent intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles. Antagonist protocol was started for each participant and at the day of oocyte pick up, serum samples were obtained from each participant to assess SP concentrations, and these concentrations were utilized to predict mature/total oocyte ratio and clinical pregnancy...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902493/intravenous-amisulpride-for-the-prevention-of-postoperative-nausea-and-vomiting-two-concurrent-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trials
#9
Tong J Gan, Peter Kranke, Harold S Minkowitz, Sergio D Bergese, Johann Motsch, Leopold Eberhart, David G Leiman, Timothy I Melson, Dominique Chassard, Anthony L Kovac, Keith A Candiotti, Gabriel Fox, Pierre Diemunsch
BACKGROUND: Two essentially identical, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group phase III studies evaluated the efficacy of intravenous amisulpride, a dopamine D2/D3 antagonist, in the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting in adult surgical patients. METHODS: Adult inpatients undergoing elective surgery during general anesthesia and having at least two of the four Apfel risk factors for postoperative nausea and vomiting were enrolled at 9 U...
November 30, 2016: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900561/mineralocorticoid-antagonists-as-adjuncts-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#10
Kapil G Kapoor, Niket Todi, Alan L Wagner
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this project was to evaluate the role of MR antagonists as an adjunct in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) who have chronic subretinal fluid. METHODS: Inclusion criteria were patients with a diagnosis of neovascular AMD, who had completed at least six anti-VEGF injections, and had persistent subretinal fluid (SRF) on optical coherence tomography (OCT). Treatment with oral eplerenone was initiated and dose titrated according to protocol...
November 29, 2016: Ophthalmology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895933/influence-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-and-histamine-h2-receptor-antagonists-on-serum-phosphorus-level-control-by-calcium-carbonate-in-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis-a-retrospective-medical-chart-review
#11
Masaomi Tatsuzawa, Ryuichi Ogawa, Atsushi Ohkubo, Kazuyo Shimojima, Kunimi Maeda, Hirotoshi Echizen, Akihisa Miyazaki
BACKGROUND: Hyperphosphatemia is one of the common complications in patients undergoing hemodialysis. Although calcium carbonate (CaC) is often used to control serum inorganic phosphorus level in dialysis patients, co-administration of gastric acid reducers (ARs) may interfere with the phosphate binding effect of CaC. We performed a retrospective medical chart review to study whether ARs attenuate the hypophosphatemic effect of CaC in patients undergoing hemodialysis. METHODS: One hundred and eight chronic hemodialysis patients receiving either CaC alone or CaC concomitant with one of the ARs (proton pump inhibitors and histamine H2-receptor antagonists) were retrieved from the medical charts in Juntendo University Nerima Hospital...
2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890446/efficacy-of-therapies-after-galeterone-in-patients-with-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Rana R McKay, Lillian Werner, Matthew Fiorillo, Jennifer Roberts, Elisabeth I Heath, Glenn J Bubley, Robert Bruce Montgomery, Mary-Ellen Taplin
BACKGROUND: Galeterone is a multi-targeted agent with activity as a CYP17 inhibitor, androgen receptor antagonist, and also causes androgen receptor degradation. It has shown meaningful anti-tumor activity with a well-tolerated safety profile in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) in phase I and II studies; however, the efficacy of currently approved CRPC therapies after treatment with galeterone is unknown. In this study, we evaluate prostate specific antigen (PSA) response of non-protocol therapies following galeterone in a subset of patients treated on the Androgen Receptor Modulation Optimized for Response (ARMOR) 2 study...
October 27, 2016: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881307/effect-of-polishing-procedures-and-hydrothermal-aging-on-wear-characteristics-and-phase-transformation-of-zirconium-dioxide
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Darrell Bartolo, Glenn Cassar, Nadin Al-Haj Husain, Mutlu Özcan, Josette Camilleri
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Yttria-stabilized zirconia used for the fabrication of crowns and fixed prostheses may require intraoral adjustments after placement and cementation. Grinding and polishing methods may result in changes in the surface characteristics of zirconia. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to assess the effect of polishing procedures on surface roughness, topographical and phase changes of zirconia, and wear of the opposing dentition. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Presintered and precut yttria-stabilized zirconia specimens (10×10×1 mm) were divided into 4 groups (control, Intensiv, Shofu, 3M ESPE) depending on the polishing method used to prepare the specimens...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878487/paradoxical-effect-of-nmda-receptor-blockade-in-chicks-on-learning-and-memory-in-passive-avoidance-model
#14
A A Tiunova, N V Komissarova, D V Bezryadnov, K V Anokhin
Activity of NMDA receptors is a prerequisite for numerous but not all forms of neuronal plasticity and learning. The present study examined the role of NMDA receptors in standard, weak, and repeated passive avoidance training in young chicks. Injection of MK-801, an antagonist of NMDA receptor, prior to strong training episode impaired subsequent memory recall. Moreover, repeated training did not restore the lost memory. In the double weak training protocol, the impairing effect of MK-801 was observed only when it was injected prior to the second but not to the first training episode...
November 22, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867357/machine-perfusion-of-porcine-livers-with-oxygen-carrying-solution-results-in-reprogramming-of-dynamic-inflammation-networks
#15
David Sadowsky, Ruben Zamora, Derek Barclay, Jinling Yin, Paulo Fontes, Yoram Vodovotz
Background:Ex vivo machine perfusion (MP) can better preserve organs for transplantation. We have recently reported on the first application of an MP protocol in which liver allografts were fully oxygenated, under dual pressures and subnormothermic conditions, with a new hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier (HBOC) solution specifically developed for ex vivo utilization. In those studies, MP improved organ function post-operatively and reduced inflammation in porcine livers. Herein, we sought to refine our knowledge regarding the impact of MP by defining dynamic networks of inflammation in both tissue and perfusate...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864790/understanding-pacing-postconditioning-mediated-cardiac-protection-a-role-of-oxidative-stress-and-a-synergistic-effect-of-adenosine
#16
Fawzi A Babiker, Aishah Al-Jarallah, Shaji Joseph
We and others have demonstrated a protective role for pacing postconditioning (PPC) against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in the heart; however, the underlying mechanisms behind these protective effects are not completely understood. In this study, we wanted to further characterize PPC-mediated cardiac protection, specifically identify optimal pacing sites; examine the role of oxidative stress; and test the existence of a potential synergistic effect between PPC and adenosine. Isolated rat hearts were subjected to coronary occlusion followed by reperfusion...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861362/effects-of-target-controlled-infusion-of-high-dose-naloxone-on-pain-and-hyperalgesia-in-a-human-thermal-injury-model-a-study-protocol-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-trial-with-an-enriched-design
#17
Anders D Springborg, Elisabeth K Jensen, Bradley K Taylor, Mads U Werner
Mu-opioid-receptor antagonists have been extensively studied in experimental research as pharmacological tools uncovering mechanisms of pain modulation by the endogenous opioid system. In rodents, administration of high doses of mu-opioid-receptor antagonists after the resolution of an inflammatory injury has demonstrated reinstatement of nociceptive hypersensitivity indicating unmasking of latent sensitization. In a recent human study, pain hypersensitivity assessed as secondary hyperalgesia area (SHA), was reinstated 7 days after a mild thermal injury, in 4 out of 12 subjects after a naloxone infusion...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836979/a-mild-ovarian-stimulation-strategy-in-women-with-poor-ovarian-reserve-undergoing-ivf-a-multicenter-randomized-non-inferiority-trial
#18
M A Youssef, M van Wely, H Al-Inany, T Madani, N Jahangiri, S Khodabakhshi, M Alhalabi, M Akhondi, S Ansaripour, R Tokhmechy, L Zarandi, A Rizk, M El-Mohamedy, E Shaeer, M Khattab, M H Mochtar, F van der Veen
STUDY QUESTION: In subfertile women with poor ovarian reserve undergoing IVF does a mild ovarian stimulation strategy lead to comparable ongoing pregnancy rates in comparison to a conventional ovarian stimulation strategy? SUMMARY ANSWER: A mild ovarian stimulation strategy in women with poor ovarian reserve undergoing IVF leads to similar ongoing pregnancy rates as a conventional ovarian stimulation strategy. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Women diagnosed with poor ovarian reserve are treated with a conventional ovarian stimulation strategy consisting of high-dose gonadotropins and pituitary downregulation with a long mid-luteal start GnRH-agonist protocol...
November 11, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833987/pregnancy-resulting-from-imsi-after-testicular-biopsy-in-a-patient-with-obstructive-azoospermia
#19
Constantin Cristian Văduva, Carmen Constantinescu, Mihaela Mirela Radu, Alice Roxana Văduva, Andrei Pănuş, Mihaela Ţenovici, Damian DiŢescu, Dinu Florin Albu
In this article, we report a case of pregnancy obtained in an infertile couple diagnosed with severe male factor infertility. The couple attended for fertility examination reporting a history of 10 years of infertility. The cause of infertility was obstructive azoospermia. The treatment consists of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The ovarian stimulation of female patient was done with antagonist protocol and after ovarian puncture was obtained nine oocytes. The urologist performed testicular sperm extraction (TESE)...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831635/short-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist-versus-flexible-antagonist-versus-clomiphene-citrate-regimens-in-poor-responders-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
M Schimberni, F Ciardo, M Schimberni, A Giallonardo, V De Pratti, M Sbracia
OBJECTIVE: Poor responders represent a frustrating condition for couples undergoing IVF and clinicians, and their treatment remains disputed. To assess the efficacy and the most suitable protocol, we conducted a randomized controlled trial comparing three different protocols of ovarian stimulation in poor responder women: clomiphene citrate (CC) plus a high dose of gonadotropins and GnRH antagonist, flexible GnRH antagonist protocol and a short GnRH agonist protocol. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between July 2014 and December 2015 we enrolled 250 poor responders in a previous IVF cycle at least 3 months before...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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