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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822333/virtual-screening-and-repositioning-of-inconclusive-molecules-of-beta-lactamase-bioassays-a-data-mining-approach
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Akshata Gad, Andrew Titus Manuel, Jinuraj K R, Lijo John, Sajeev R, Shanmuga Priya V G, Abdul Jaleel U C
This study focuses on the best possible way forward in utilizing inconclusive molecules of PubChem bioassays AID 1332, AID 434987 and AID 434955, which are related to beta-lactamase inhibitors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). The inadequacy in the experimental methods that were observed during the invitro screening resulted in an inconclusive dataset. This could be due to certain moieties present within the molecules. In order to reconsider such molecules, insilico methods can be suggested in place of invitro methods For instance, datamining and medicinal chemistry methods: have been adopted to prioritise the inconclusive dataset into active or inactive molecules...
July 29, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822294/does-reconsolidation-occur-in-natural-settings-memory-reconsolidation-and-anxiety-disorders
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REVIEW
Rodrigo S Fernández, María E Pedreira, Mariano M Boccia
In normal settings, our brain is able to update its stored representations in content, strength, and/or expectations by the memory reconsolidation process. Thus, a reactivated memory enters in a transient labile state (destabilization) followed by a re-stabilization phase in order to persist (memory reconsolidation). Cognitive neuroscience and its insight into psychiatric problems attributed a close relationship between memory (formation, maintenance, and utilization) and several mental disorders. In this framework, the reconsolidation process could be not only the mechanism for maintenance of some psychopathologies, but also open a novel therapeutic window...
August 10, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822277/the-role-of-anxiety-sensitivity-in-reactivity-to-trauma-cues-in-treatment-seeking-adults-with-substance-use-disorders
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R Kathryn McHugh, Kim L Gratz, Matthew T Tull
BACKGROUND: Exposure to traumatic events and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common among individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs). Although the presence of trauma exposure and/or PTSD among those with SUDs is associated with a range of negative outcomes, much remains to be understood about the factors contributing to these outcomes. Anxiety sensitivity (the tendency to respond fearfully to the signs and symptoms of anxiety) has been linked to greater PTSD symptoms and the use of substances to cope with PTSD symptoms, and is a promising factor for understanding the negative outcomes associated with co-occurring PTSD and SUDs...
July 31, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822252/removal-of-gadolinium-a-neutron-poison-from-the-moderator-system-of-nuclear-reactors
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A L Rufus, Padma S Kumar, K Jeena, S Velmurugan
Gadolinium as gadolinium nitrate is used as neutron poison in the moderator system for regulating and controlling the power generation of Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) and proposed to be used in Advanced Heavy Water Reactors (AHWR) owing to its high neutron absorption cross section. Removal of the added gadolinium nitrate (Gd(3+) and NO3(-)) from the system after its intended use is done using ion exchange resins. In the present investigation, attempts have been made to optimize the ion exchange process for generation of low radioactive waste and maximize utilization of the ion exchange resins by employing different types of resins and different modes of operation...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822250/polyaspartate-extraction-of-cadmium-ions-from-contaminated-soil-evaluation-and-optimization-using-central-composite-design
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Nuhu Dalhat Mu'azu, Shamsudeen A Haladu, Nabeel Jarrah, Mukarram Zubair, Mohammad H Essa, Shaikh A Ali
The occurrences of heavy metal contaminated sites and soils and the need for devising environmentally friendly solutions have become global issues of serious concern. In this study, polyaspartate (a highly biodegradable agent) was synthesized using L-Aspartic acid via a new modified thermal procedure and employed for extraction of cadmium ions (Cd) from contaminated soil. Response surface methodology approach using 3(5) full faced centered central composite design was employed for modeling, evaluating and optimizing the influence of polyaspartate concentration (36-145mM), polyaspartate/soil ratio (5-25), initial heavy metal concentration (100-500mg/kg), initial pH (3-6) and extraction time (6-24h) on Cd ions extracted into the polyaspartate solution and its residual concentration in the treated soil...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822245/sensitive-fluorescence-on-off-probes-for-the-fast-detection-of-a-chemical-warfare-agent-mimic
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Muhammad Shar Jhahan Khan, Ya-Wen Wang, Mathias O Senge, Yu Peng
Two highly sensitive probes bearing a nucleophilic imine moiety have been utilized for the selective detection of chemical warfare agent (CWA) mimics. Diethyl chlorophosphate (DCP) was used as mimic CWAs. Both iminocoumarin-benzothiazole-based probes not only demonstrated a remarkable fluorescence ON-OFF response and good recognition, but also exhibited fast response times (10s) along with color changes upon addition of DCP. Limits of detection for the two sensors 1 and 2 were calculated as 0.065μM and 0.21μM, respectively, which are much lower than most other reported probes...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822241/transcript-analysis-identifies-differential-uterine-gene-expression-profile-beyond-the-normal-implantation-window-in-mice
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Qiliang Xin, Meiling Li, Haibin Wang, Sheng Cui, Guoliang Xia, Shuangbo Kong
Uterine receptivity is defined as a state when the uterine milieu is favorable for blastocyst implantation and it can only last for a limited time period. In this study, by utilizing the embryo transfer model, it was observed that a portion of blastocysts could initiate implantation even when transferred beyond the timing of normal uterine receptivity, while their mid-gestational embryo development exhibited severe retardation, suggesting that the uterine status beyond the normal implantation window is unconducive for normal implantation...
August 5, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822213/liberia-national-disaster-preparedness-coordination-exercise-implementing-lessons-learned-from-the-west-african-disaster-preparedness-initiative
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Melinda J Morton Hamer, Paul L Reed, Jane D Greulich, Charles W Beadling
OBJECTIVE: In light of the recent Ebola outbreak, there is a critical need for effective disaster management systems in Liberia and other West African nations. To this end, the West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative held a disaster management exercise in conjunction with the Liberian national government on November 24-25, 2015. DESIGN: During this tabletop exercise (TTX), interactions within and between the 15 counties and the Liberian national government were conducted and observed to refine and validate the county and national standard operating procedures (SOPs)...
January 2017: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822189/-determination-and-principal-component-analysis-of-mineral-elements-based-on-icp-oes-in-nitraria-roborowskii-fruits-from-different-regions
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Yuan-Yuan Yuan, Yu-Bi Zhou, Jing Sun, Juan Deng, Ying Bai, Jie Wang, Xue-Feng Lu
The content of elements in fifteen different regions of Nitraria roborowskii samples were determined by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry(ICP-OES), and its elemental characteristics were analyzed by principal component analysis. The results indicated that 18 mineral elements were detected in N. roborowskii of which V cannot be detected. In addition, contents of Na, K and Ca showed high concentration. Ti showed maximum content variance, while K is minimum. Four principal components were gained from the original data...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822173/-breakthrough-in-key-science-and-technologies-in-dendrobium-catenatum-industry
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Ji-Ping Si, Qi Wang, Zhong-Jian Liu, Jing-Jing Liu, Yi-Bo Luo
In view of the significant difficulties of propagation, planting and simple product in Dendrobium catenatum(D. officinale)industry development, a series of research were carried out. Genome study showed that D. catenatum is a specie of diploid with 38 chromosomes and 28 910 protein-coding genes. It was identified that specific genes accumulated in different organs at the transcriptome level. We got an insight into the gene regulation mechanism of the loss of the endospermous seed, the wide ecological adaptability and the synthesis of polysaccharides, which provided a theoretical basis for genetic engineering breeding and development and utilization of active pharmaceutical ingredients...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822161/-synergistic-mechanism-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-based-on-target-combination-of-pept1-and-ppar%C3%AE
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Lian-Sheng Qiao, Yan-Kun Chen, Gang-Gang Luo, Fang Lu, Si-Jia Liu, Gong-Yu Li, Yan-Ling Zhang
Synergistic effect is main pharmacological mechanism of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM). The research method based on the key targets combination is an important method to explore the synergistic effect of TCM. Peptide transporter 1 (PepT1) is an essential target for drug uptake into the bloodstream, accounting for about 50% of the total transporter protein content from the small intestine. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α(PPARα) is the lipid-lowering target of fibrates, which have a good hypolipidemic effect by activating PPARα...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822113/economic-evaluation-of-interventions-for-children-with-neurodevelopmental-disorders-opportunities-and-challenges
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Ramesh Lamsal, Jennifer D Zwicker
Economic evaluation is a tool used to inform decision makers on the efficiency of comparative healthcare interventions and inform resource allocation decisions. There is a growing need for the use of economic evaluations to assess the value of interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), a population that has increasing demands for healthcare services. Unfortunately, few evaluations have been conducted to date, perhaps stemming from challenges in applying existing economic evaluation methodologies in this heterogeneous population...
August 18, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822091/effect-of-ap102-a-subtype-2-and-5-specific-somatostatin-analog-on-glucose-metabolism-in-rats
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Erika Tarasco, Petra Seebeck, Svende Pfundstein, Adrian F Daly, Philippe J Eugster, Alan G Harris, Eric Grouzmann, Thomas A Lutz, Christina N Boyle
PURPOSE: Somatostatin analogs are widely used to treat conditions associated with hormonal hypersecretion such as acromegaly and metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. First generation somatostatin analogs, such as octreotide and lanreotide, have high affinity for somatostatin receptor subtype 2 (SSTR2), but have incomplete efficacy in many patients. Pasireotide targets multiple SSTRs, having the highest affinity for SSTR5, but causes hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus in preclinical and clinical studies...
August 18, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822054/utility-and-comparative-efficacy-of-recombinant-allergens-versus-allergen-extract
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REVIEW
Hardik D Patel, Jeffrey M Chambliss, Meera R Gupta
Allergy immunotherapy (AIT) is the only disease-modifying therapy for the treatment of allergic diseases. Although its efficacy and utility are well-established, the potential for serious adverse events, cumbersome and lengthy treatment protocols, and variability of natural allergen preparations have limited its widespread application. Recent advances in recombinant technology have opened new avenues for the development of AIT vaccines. The purpose of this review is to highlight recent evidence on the use of novel recombinant vaccines and review the mechanisms, efficacy, safety, and limitations of AIT...
August 18, 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822050/nuances-of-morphology-in-myelodysplastic-diseases-in-the-age-of-molecular-diagnostics
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REVIEW
Aaron C Shaver, Adam C Seegmiller
Morphologic dysplasia is an important factor in diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). However, the role of dysplasia is changing as new molecular genetic and genomic technologies take a more prominent place in diagnosis. This review discusses the role of morphology in the diagnosis of MDS and its interactions with cytogenetic and molecular testing. Recent changes in diagnostic criteria have attempted to standardize approaches to morphologic diagnosis of MDS, recognizing significant inter-observer variability in assessment of dysplasia...
August 18, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822039/stimulation-of-nachr%C3%AE-7-receptor-inhibits-tnf-synthesis-and-secretion-in-response-to-lps-treatment-of-mast-cells-by-targeting-erk1-2-and-tace-activation
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F Guzmán-Mejía, C López-Rubalcava, C González-Espinosa
The cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway is recognized as one of the main mechanisms of neuromodulation of the immune system. Activation of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAchRα7) suppresses cytokine synthesis in distinct immune cells but the molecular mechanisms behind this effect remain to be fully described. Mast cells (MCs) are essential players of allergic reactions and innate immunity responses related to chronic inflammation. Activation of TLR4 receptor in MCs leads to the rapid secretion of pre-synthesized TNF from intracellular pools and to the activation of NFκB, necessary for de novo synthesis of TNF and other cytokines...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821993/segmentation-of-breast-ultrasound-images-based-on-active-contours-using-neutrosophic-theory
#17
Mahsa Lotfollahi, Masoumeh Gity, Jing Yong Ye, A Mahlooji Far
PURPOSE: Ultrasound imaging is an effective approach for diagnosing breast cancer, but it is highly operator-dependent. Recent advances in computer-aided diagnosis have suggested that it can assist physicians in diagnosis. Definition of the region of interest before computer analysis is still needed. Since manual outlining of the tumor contour is tedious and time-consuming for a physician, developing an automatic segmentation method is important for clinical application. METHODS: The present paper represents a novel method to segment breast ultrasound images...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821974/mri-histogram-analysis-enables-objective-and-continuous-classification-of-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#18
Christian Waldenberg, Hanna Hebelka, Helena Brisby, Kerstin Magdalena Lagerstrand
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the best diagnostic imaging method for low back pain. However, the technique is currently not utilized in its full capacity, often failing to depict painful intervertebral discs (IVDs), potentially due to the rough degeneration classification system used clinically today. MR image histograms, which reflect the IVD heterogeneity, may offer sensitive imaging biomarkers for IVD degeneration classification. This study investigates the feasibility of using histogram analysis as means of objective and continuous grading of IVD degeneration...
August 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821937/natural-hazard-susceptibility-assessment-for-road-planning-using-spatial-multi-criteria-analysis
#19
Caroline S J Karlsson, Zahra Kalantari, Ulla Mörtberg, Bo Olofsson, Steve W Lyon
Inadequate infrastructural networks can be detrimental to society if transport between locations becomes hindered or delayed, especially due to natural hazards which are difficult to control. Thus determining natural hazard susceptible areas and incorporating them in the initial planning process, may reduce infrastructural damages in the long run. The objective of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of expert judgments for assessing natural hazard susceptibility through a spatial multi-criteria analysis approach using hydrological, geological, and land use factors...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821892/routine-staging-using-chest-computed-tomography-in-workup-of-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-hepatocellular-carcinoma-prior-to-locoregional-therapy-is-there-a-need
#20
Po Wey Leong, Uei Pua, Kian Soon Lim
INTRODUCTION: The lung is the most common site of distal metastasis in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), as seen in more than half of patients with extrahepatic disease. The incidence of pulmonary metastasis in all patients with HCC, however, remains low (between 4.5% to 20%). Their presence, nevertheless, contraindicates curative locoregional therapies. The role of staging chest computed tomography (CT) before locoregional treatment is not well defined. This study aimed to assess the utility of pre-treatment chest CT prior to locoregional therapy...
July 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
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