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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449565/effect-of-oxcarbazepine-on-serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-bipolar-mania-an-exploratory-study
#1
Rituparna Maiti, Biswa Ranjan Mishra, Jaseem Jowhar, Debadatta Mohapatra, Sansita Parida, Debasis Bisoi
Objective: In bipolar disorder, serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) level decreases leading to dysfunctions of critical neurotrophic, cellular plasticity and neuroprotective processes. The present study was conducted to evaluate the change in serum BDNF level with oxcarbazepine monotherapy in bipolar mania. Methods: The present study is a prospective, interventional, open label clinical study conducted on 25 patients of bipolar mania and 25 healthy controls...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449545/structural-variety-and-adsorptive-properties-of-mesoporous-silicas-with-immobilized-oligosaccharide-groups
#2
Iryna Trofymchuk, Nadiia Roik, Lyudmila Belyakova
In this research, we report on the synthesis of mesoporous silicas with various quantities of immobilized oligosaccharide groups and different pore ordering degree. The hydrothermal co-condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate and β-cyclodextrin-containing organosilane in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide template was employed. The purpose of this investigation was to show the opportunity of increasing β-cyclodextrin content in silica matrix by changing the molar ratio of initial reagents during organosilane synthesis and to determine whether the enhancing of immobilized groups on the surface influences on model aromatic compound adsorption from water...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449387/sustaining-nurse-led-task-shifting-strategies-for-hypertension-control-a-concept-mapping-study-to-inform-evidence-based-practice
#3
Sarah Blackstone, Juliet Iwelunmor, Jacob Plange-Rhule, Joyce Gyamfi, Nana Kofi Quakyi, Micheal Ntim, Gbenga Ogedegbe
BACKGROUND: The use of task-shifting is an increasingly widespread delivery approach for health interventions targeting prevention, treatment, and control of hypertension in adults living in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Addressing a gap in the literature, this research examined the sustainability of an ongoing task-shifting strategy for hypertension (TASSH) from the perspectives of community health nurses (CHNs) implementing the program. METHODS: We used concept-mapping, a mixed-methods participatory approach to understand CHNs' perceptions of barriers and enablers to sustaining a task-shifting program...
April 27, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449313/neurovascular-unit-alteration-in-somatosensory-cortex-and-enhancement-of-thermal-nociception-induced-by-amphetamine-involves-central-at1-receptor-activation
#4
Victoria Belén Occhieppo, Natalia Andrea Marchese, Iara Diamela Rodríguez, Osvaldo Martín Basmadjian, Gustavo Baiardi, Claudia Bregonzio
The use of psychostimulants, such as amphetamine (Amph), is associated with inflammatory processes, involving glia and vasculature alterations. Brain Angiotensin II (Ang II), through AT1 -receptors (AT1 -R), modulates neurotransmission and plays a crucial role in inflammatory responses in brain vasculature and glia. Our aim for the present work was to evaluate the role of AT1 -R in long-term alterations induced by repeated exposure to Amph. Astrocyte reactivity, neuronal survival and brain microvascular network were analyzed at the somatosensory cortex...
April 27, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449250/self-assembly-of-peptide-boroxoles-on-cis-dihydroxylated-oligoamide-templates-in-water
#5
André Wuttke, Armin Geyer
We develop templates that can be used to stabilize consistent oligomers of a bioactive peptide. In the present study, we synthesize oligomers of an antibody epitope from the amyloidogenic prion protein. Dynamic covalent chemistry is the basis for the spontaneous condensation of 2, 3, 4 or 6 peptides with qualified polyol templates presenting the required number of bioorthogonal ligation sites. To study this process in aqueous solution, the N-terminal amino acid of a 13-mer peptide is first acylated with 4-carboxy-benzoboroxole (1-hydroxy-1,3-dihydrobenzo[c][1,2] oxaborole-5-carboxylic acid) and then mixed with the template to obtain self-assembled miniamyloids of specified degree of oligomerization...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449244/indications-and-extent-of-central-neck-dissection-for-papillary-thyroid-cancer-an-american-head-and-neck-society-consensus-statement
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Nishant Agrawal, Maria R Evasovich, Emad Kandil, Salem I Noureldine, Erin A Felger, Ralph P Tufano, Dennis H Kraus, Lisa A Orloff, Raymon Grogan, Peter Angelos, Brendan C Stack, Bryan McIver, Gregory W Randolph
BACKGROUND: The primary purposes of this interdisciplinary consensus statement were to review the relevant indications for central neck dissection (CND) in patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and to outline the appropriate extent and relevant techniques required to accomplish a safe and effective CND. METHODS: A writing group convened by the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) Endocrine Committee was tasked with identifying the important clinical elements to consider when managing the central neck compartment in patients with PTC based on available evidence in the literature, and the group's collective experience...
April 27, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448907/characterization-of-typical-metal-particles-during-haze-episodes-in-shanghai-china
#7
Rui Li, Xin Yang, Hongbo Fu, Qingqing Hu, Liwu Zhang, Jianmin Chen
Aerosol particles were collected during three heavy haze episodes at Shanghai in the winter of 2013. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy was used to study the morphology and speciation of typical metal particles at a single-particle level. In addition, time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometry (ATOFMS) was applied to identify the speciation of the Fe-containing particles. TEM analysis indicated that various metal-containing particles were hosted by sulfates, nitrates, and oxides...
April 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448888/isolation-identification-and-characterization-of-potential-impurities-of-anidulafungin
#8
Lanning Zhao, Qilong Wang, Yi Bie, Xiaoxia Lu
Eight impurities ranging from 0.03 to 0.97% in anidulafungin bulk drug were detected by HPLC. Four impurities (Imp-I, Imp-II, Imp-III and Imp-VIII) among impurities were isolated from the self-prepared or marketed samples of anidulafungin bulk drug by means of preparative HPLC. A thorough study was undertaken to characterize these impurities and based on 1D ((1)H, (13)C, H-D, DEPT 90 and 135) and 2D (COSY, TOCSY, HSQC, HMBC) NMR and ESI-MS spectral data. Based on the characterization data, Imp-I was found to be known open-chain hydrolysis product formed during the synthesis and degradation...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448836/breast-cancer-detection-in-automated-3d-breast-ultrasound-using-iso-contours-and-cascaded-rusboosts
#9
Ehsan Kozegar, Mohsen Soryani, Hamid Behnam, Masoumeh Salamati, Tao Tan
Automated 3D breast ultrasound (ABUS) is a new popular modality as an adjunct to mammography for detecting cancers in women with dense breasts. In this paper, a multi-stage computer aided detection system is proposed to detect cancers in ABUS images. In the first step, an efficient despeckling method called OBNLM is applied on the images to reduce speckle noise. Afterwards, a new algorithm based on isocontours is applied to detect initial candidates as the boundary of masses is hypo echoic. To reduce false generated isocontours, features such as hypoechoicity, roundness, area and contour strength are used...
April 20, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448629/structure-and-function-of-a-novel-gh8-endoglucanase-from-the-bacterial-cellulose-synthase-complex-of-raoultella-ornithinolytica
#10
Sandra Mara Naressi Scapin, Flavio Henrique Moreira Souza, Leticia Maria Zanphorlin, Thamyres Silva de Almeida, Youssef Bacila Sade, Alexander Machado Cardoso, Guilherme Luiz Pinheiro, Mario Tyago Murakami
Cellulose synthesis in bacteria is a complex process involving the concerted action of several enzymes whose genes are often organized in operons. This process influences many fundamental physiological aspects such as bacteria and host interaction, biofilm formation, among others. Although it might sound contradictory, the participation of cellulose-degrading enzymes is critical to this process. The presence of endoglucanases from family 8 of glycosyl hydrolases (GH8) in bacterial cellulose synthase (Bcs) complex has been described in different bacteria, including the model organism Komagataeibacter xylinus; however, their role in this process is not completely understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448622/goniodysgenesis-variability-and-activity-of-cyp1b1-genotypes-in-primary-congenital-glaucoma
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María T García-Antón, Juan J Salazar, Rosa de Hoz, Blanca Rojas, Ana I Ramírez, Alberto Triviño, José-Daniel Aroca-Aguilar, Julián García-Feijoo, Julio Escribano, José M Ramírez
Mutations in the CYP1B1 gene are currently the main known genetic cause of primary congenital glaucoma (PCG), a leading cause of blindness in children. Here, we analyze for the first time the CYP1B1 genotype activity and the microscopic and clinical phenotypes in human PCG. Surgical pieces from trabeculectomy from patients with PCG (n = 5) and sclerocorneal rims (n = 3) from cadaver donors were processed for transmission electron microscopy. Patients were classified into three groups depending on goniodysgenesis severity, which was influenced by CYP1B1 enzymatic activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448599/simulation-of-the-dynamics-of-primary-immunodeficiencies-in-cd4-t-cells
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Gabriel N Teku, Mauno Vihinen
Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) form a large and heterogeneous group of mainly rare disorders that affect the immune system. T-cell deficiencies account for about one-tenth of PIDs, most of them being monogenic. Apart from genetic and clinical information, lots of other data are available for PID proteins and genes, including functions and interactions. Thus, it is possible to perform systems biology studies on the effects of PIDs on T-cell physiology and response. To achieve this, we reconstructed a T-cell network model based on literature mining and TPPIN, a previously published core T-cell network, and performed semi-quantitative dynamic network simulations on both normal and T-cell PID failure modes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448503/etiologic-effects-and-optimal-intakes-of-foods-and-nutrients-for-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-and-diabetes-systematic-reviews-and-meta-analyses-from-the-nutrition-and-chronic-diseases-expert-group-nutricode
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Renata Micha, Masha L Shulkin, Jose L Peñalvo, Shahab Khatibzadeh, Gitanjali M Singh, Mayuree Rao, Saman Fahimi, John Powles, Dariush Mozaffarian
BACKGROUND: Dietary habits are major contributors to coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. However, comprehensive evaluation of etiologic effects of dietary factors on cardiometabolic outcomes, their quantitative effects, and corresponding optimal intakes are not well-established. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the evidence for effects of dietary factors on cardiometabolic diseases, including comprehensively assess evidence for causality; estimate magnitudes of etiologic effects; evaluate heterogeneity and potential for bias in these etiologic effects; and determine optimal population intake levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448501/employment-12-months-after-kidney-transplantation-an-in-depth-bio-psycho-social-analysis-of-the-swiss-transplant-cohort
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Brigitta Danuser, Amira Simcox, Regina Studer, Michael Koller, Pascal Wild
BACKGROUND: Return to work with or after a chronic disease is a dynamic process influenced by a variety of interactions between personal, work, societal and medical resources or constraints. The aim of this study was to identify predictors for employment 12 months after transplantation in kidney patients, applying a bio-psycho-social model. METHODS: All kidney patients followed in the Swiss Transplant Cohort between May 2008 and December 2012, aged 18 to 65 were assessed before, 6 and 12 months after transplantation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448463/thymoquinone-defeats-diabetes-induced-testicular-damage-in-rats-targeting-antioxidant-inflammatory-and-aromatase-expression
#15
Mustafa S Atta, Essam A Almadaly, Ali H El-Far, Rasha M Saleh, Doaa H Assar, Soad K Al Jaouni, Shaker A Mousa
Antioxidants have valuable effects on the process of spermatogenesis, particularly with diabetes mellitus (DM). Therefore, the present study investigated the impact and the intracellular mechanisms by which thymoquinone (TQ) works against diabetes-induced testicular deteriorations in rats. Wistar male rats (n = 60) were randomly allocated into four groups; Control, Diabetic (streptozotocin (STZ)-treated rats where diabetes was induced by intraperitoneal injection of STZ, 65 mg/kg), Diabetic + TQ (diabetic rats treated with TQ (50 mg/kg) orally once daily), and TQ (non-diabetic rats treated with TQ) for 12 weeks...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448440/is-polysialylated-ncam-not-only-a-regulator-during-brain-development-but-also-during-the-formation-of-other-organs
#16
REVIEW
Christina E Galuska, Thomas Lütteke, Sebastian P Galuska
In mammals several cell adhesion molecules are involved during the pre- and postnatal development of all organ systems. A very prominent member of this family is the neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM). Interestingly, NCAM can be a target for a special form of posttranslational modification: polysialylation. Whereas nearly all extracellular proteins bear mono-sialic acid residues, only a very small group can be polysialylated. Polysialic acid is a highly negatively-charged sugar polymer and can comprise more than 90 sialic acid residues in postnatal mouse brains increasing dramatically the hydrodynamic radius of their carriers...
April 27, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448267/endogenous-thymosin-%C3%AE-4-expression-in-sacrococcygeal-pilonidal-sinus-disease-a-retrospective-immunohistochemical-analysis-of-excisional-skin-biopsy-samples
#17
Sevinc Sahin
Thymosin beta 4 (Tβ4) is a peptide that has been shown in dermal, corneal, and cardiac preclinical injury models to potentially affect tissue protection, regeneration, and repair. Sacrococcygeal pilonidal sinus disease (SPSD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder associated with a high incidence of recurrence, chronic fistulation, and a challenging postoperative surgical wound healing process. Retrospectively, an immunohistochemical analysis was conducted to evaluate endogenous Tβ4 expression in excisional skin biopsies from patients with SPSD...
April 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448232/dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mr-imaging-parameters-in-bone-metastases-from-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-comparison-between-lesions-with-and-lesions-without-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-mutation-in-primary-lung-cancer
#18
Hyun Su Kim, Young Cheol Yoon, Soyi Kwon, Ji Hyun Lee, Soohyun Ahn, Hyeon Seon Ahn
Purpose To compare dynamic contrast material-enhanced (DCE) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging parameters between metastatic bone lesions with and without the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation in consecutive patients with primary non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Materials and Methods This study was approved by the institutional review board. Forty-seven patients with NSCLC and a confirmed EGFR mutation status (27 patients were positive and 26 were negative for EGFR mutation), who underwent DCE MR imaging for bone metastases between November 2012 and March 2016, were included in this study...
April 27, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448202/current-progress-in-orchid-flowering-flower-development-research
#19
Hsin-Mei Wang, Chii-Gong Tong, Seonghoe Jang
Genetic pathways relevant to flowering of Arabidopsis are under the control of environmental cues such as day length and temperatures, and endogenous signals including phytohormones and developmental aging. However, genes and even regulatory pathways for flowering identified in crops show divergence from those of Arabidopsis and often do not have functional equivalents to Arabidopsis and/or existing species- or genus-specific regulators and show modified or novel pathways. Orchids are the largest, most highly evolved flowering plants, and form an extremely peculiar group of plants...
April 27, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448144/a-maldiisotopic-approach-to-discover-natural-products-cryptomaldamide-a-hybrid-tripeptide-from-the-marine-cyanobacterium-moorea-producens
#20
Robin B Kinnel, Eduardo Esquenazi, Tiago Leao, Nathan Moss, Emily Mevers, Alban R Pereira, Emily A Monroe, Anton Korobeynikov, Thomas F Murray, David Sherman, Lena Gerwick, Pieter C Dorrestein, William H Gerwick
Genome sequencing of microorganisms has revealed a greatly increased capacity for natural products biosynthesis than was previously recognized from compound isolation efforts alone. Hence, new methods are needed for the discovery and description of this hidden secondary metabolite potential. Here we show that provision of heavy nitrogen (15)N-nitrate to marine cyanobacterial cultures followed by single-filament MALDI analysis over a period of days was highly effective in identifying a new natural product with an exceptionally high nitrogen content...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
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