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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214679/estradiol-is-a-critical-regulator-of-food-reward-behavior
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Jennifer E Richard, Lorena López-Ferreras, Rozita H Anderberg, Kajsa Olandersson, Karolina P Skibicka
Food intake is reduced by estrogenic hormones, levels of which vary throughout life and fluctuate throughout the ovarian cycle in females. However, estrogens have also been shown to increase reward derived from drugs of abuse, where motivational properties of drugs and progression to addiction are potentiated by estrogens. Whether reward derived from food, and specifically motivational properties of food, are altered by estrogens remains unknown. Here we investigated the effect of the estrous cycle on food reward behavior and show estrous cycle dictated variability in food motivation, measured by progressive ratio operant conditioning, in female rats...
January 28, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214091/multidonor-intensive-faecal-microbiota-transplantation-for-active-ulcerative-colitis-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Sudarshan Paramsothy, Michael A Kamm, Nadeem O Kaakoush, Alissa J Walsh, Johan van den Bogaerde, Douglas Samuel, Rupert W L Leong, Susan Connor, Watson Ng, Ramesh Paramsothy, Wei Xuan, Enmoore Lin, Hazel M Mitchell, Thomas J Borody
BACKGROUND: The intestinal microbiota is implicated in the pathogenesis of ulcerative colitis. Faecal microbiota transplantation is a novel form of therapeutic microbial manipulation, but its efficacy in ulcerative colitis is uncertain. We aimed to establish the efficacy of intensive-dosing, multidonor, faecal microbiota transplantation in active ulcerative colitis. METHODS: We conducted a multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial at three hospitals in Australia...
February 14, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212021/discovery-and-development-of-1-2-bromophenyl-sulfonyl-5-methoxy-3-4-methyl-1-piperazinyl-methyl-1h-indole-dimesylate-monohydrate-suvn-502-a-novel-potent-selective-and-orally-active-serotonin-6-5-ht6-receptor-antagonist-for-potential-treatment-of-alzheimer-s
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Ramakrishna Nirogi, Anil Shinde, Rama Sastry Kambhampati, Abdul Rasheed Mohammed, Sangram Keshari Saraf, Rajesh Kumar Badange, Thrinath Reddy Bandyala, Venugopalarao Bhatta, Kumar Bojja, Veena Reballi, Ramkumar Subramanian, Vijay Benade, Raghava Choudary Palacharla, Gopinadh Bhyrapuneni, Pradeep Jayarajan, Vinod Goyal, Venkat Jasti
Optimization of a novel series of 3-(piperazinylmethyl) indole derivatives as 5-hydroxytryptamine-6 receptor (5-HT6R) antagonists resulted in identification of 1-[(2-bromophenyl)sulfonyl]-5-methoxy-3-[(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)methyl]-1H-indole dimesylate monohydrate (5al, SUVN-502) as a clinical candidate for potential treatment of cognitive disorders. It has high affinity at human 5-HT6R (Ki = 2.04 nM) and selectivity over 100 target sites which include receptors, enzymes, peptides, growth factors, ion channels, steroids, immunological factors, second messengers, and prostaglandins...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211916/role-of-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-and-endothelin-1-polymorphism-genes-with-the-pathogenesis-of-intraventricular-hemorrhage-in-preterm-infants
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Dawid Szpecht, Janusz Gadzinowski, Agnieszka Seremak-Mrozikiewicz, Grażyna Kurzawińska, Marta Szymankiewicz
In the pathogenesis of neonatal intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) in preterm infants, an important role is played by changes in venous and arterial cerebral flows. It has been shown that the ability of autoregulation of cerebral flows in response to variations in arterial blood pressure in preterm infants is impaired. This impaired autoregulation causes an increased risk of germinal matrix rupture and IVH occurrence. We examined three polymorphisms of genes, related to regulation of blood flow, for an association with IVH in 100 preterm infants born from singleton pregnancy, before 32 + 0 weeks of gestation, exposed to antenatal steroids therapy, and without congenital abnormalities...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208702/the-glutamate-dehydrogenase-pathway-and-its-roles-in-cell-and-tissue-biology-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Andreas Plaitakis, Ester Kalef-Ezra, Dimitra Kotzamani, Ioannis Zaganas, Cleanthe Spanaki
Glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) is a hexameric enzyme that catalyzes the reversible conversion of glutamate to α-ketoglutarate and ammonia while reducing NAD(P)⁺ to NAD(P)H. It is found in all living organisms serving both catabolic and anabolic reactions. In mammalian tissues, oxidative deamination of glutamate via GDH generates α-ketoglutarate, which is metabolized by the Krebs cycle, leading to the synthesis of ATP. In addition, the GDH pathway is linked to diverse cellular processes, including ammonia metabolism, acid-base equilibrium, redox homeostasis (via formation of fumarate), lipid biosynthesis (via oxidative generation of citrate), and lactate production...
February 8, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207493/treatment-of-lupus-nephritis-current-paradigms-and-emerging-strategies
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Maria Dall'Era
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lupus nephritis is the most common organ-threatening manifestation of lupus and continues to result in end-stage renal disease. This review describes the contemporary treatment of lupus nephritis as well as emerging therapeutic strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: Lupus nephritis management consists of an initial (induction) phase and a maintenance (extended) phase in which steroids are used in combination with another immunosuppressive medication. Current treatments are incompletely effective and associated with substantial toxicity...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207417/adrenarche-unmasks-compound-heterozygous-3%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-deficiency-c-244g-a-p-ala82thr-and-the-novel-931c-t-p-gln311-variant-in-a-non-salt-wasting-severely-undervirilised-46xy
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Stephanie Louise Teasdale, Adam Morton
3β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type II deficiency (3βHSD2) congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a rare cause of ambiguous genitalia, resulting in abnormal virilisation in both 46XY and 46XX. We describe a case of 46XY ambiguous genitalia that was misdiagnosed as androgen insensitivity syndrome. The correct diagnosis was made after adrenarche. Genotyping demonstrated compound heterozygosity in two alleles, the previously described c.244G>A (p.Ala82Thr), and a novel 931C>T(p.Gln311*) variant. We suggest that adrenarche unmasked the condition by driving cortisol production to rates that caused the mutant 3bHSD2 enzyme to become rate limiting for cortisol production...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207414/anti-aging-effects-of-m2000-%C3%AE-d-mannuronic-acid-as-a-novel-immunosuppressive-drug-on-the-enzymatic-and-non-enzymatic-oxidative-stress-parameters-in-an-experimental-model
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Soma Hosseini, Mohammad Abdollahi, Gholamreza Azizi, Mohammad Javad Fattahi, Noshin Rastkari, Farzaneh Tofighi Zavareh, Zahra Aghazadeh, Abbas Mirshafiey
BACKGROUND: The anti-aging property of β-D-mannuronic acid (M2000) as a novel non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive agent was investigated on several determinants relative to the oxidative stress in an animal model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were used for evaluating the safety and efficacy properties of M2000 on some oxidative stress enzymes, including the following: mitochondrial superoxide dismutase (SOD2), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPX1), glutathione S-transferase (GST), myeloperoxidase (MPO), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) gene expression by real-time PCR...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199735/novel-gastric-mucosal-findings-in-association-with-proton-pump-inhibitors
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EDITORIAL
Hajime Isomoto, Hiroki Kurumi
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are prescribed worldwide as the treatment of choice for gastroesophageal reflux disease, and are known to exert preventive effects for upper gastrointestinal injuries due to aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. On the other hand, the long-term use of PPIs may cause such adverse events as fractures and enteric infections. Recently, they have been associated with mucosal changes including parietal cell protrusions, oxyntic gland dilatations and fundic gland polyps (FGPs)...
February 15, 2017: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198103/synthesis-of-5%C3%AE-8%C3%AE-ergosterol-peroxide-3-carbamate-derivatives-and-fluorescent-mitochondria-targeting-conjugate-for-enhanced-anticancer-activities
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Ming Bu, Tingting Cao, Hongxia Li, Mingzhou Guo, Burton B Yang, Chengchu Zeng, Liming Hu
By inspiration of significant anticancer activity of our previously screened natural ergosterol peroxide (1), a series of novel ergosterol peroxide 3-carbamate derivatives were synthesized and characterized. The anti-proliferative activity of synthesized compounds against human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HepG2, SK-Hep1) and human breast cancer cells (MCF-7, MDA-MB231) were investigated. Compound 3d, 3f and their hydrochloride exhibited significant in vitro anti-proliferative activity against the tested tumor cell lines, with IC50 values ranging from 0...
February 15, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193557/birds-and-flame-retardants-a-review-of-the-toxic-effects-on-birds-of-historical-and-novel-flame-retardants
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REVIEW
Mélanie F Guigueno, Kim J Fernie
Flame retardants (FRs) are a diverse group of chemicals, many of which persist in the environment and bioaccumulate in biota. Although some FRs have been withdrawn from manufacturing and commerce (e.g., legacy FRs), many continue to be detected in the environment; moreover, their replacements and/or other novel FRs are also detected in biota. Here, we review and summarize the literature on the toxic effects of various FRs on birds. Birds integrate chemical information (exposure, effects) across space and time, making them ideal sentinels of environmental contamination...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188843/rapid-expression-of-rasd1-is-regulated-by-estrogen-receptor-dependent-intracellular-signaling-pathway-in-the-mouse-uterus
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Hye-Ryun Kim, Kil-Sang Cho, Eunhye Kim, Ok-Hee Lee, Hyemin Yoon, Sangho Lee, Sohyeon Moon, Miseon Park, Kwonho Hong, Younghwa Na, Ji-Eun Shin, Hwang Kwon, Haengseok Song, Dong Hee Choi, Youngsok Choi
Dexamethasone-induced RAS-related protein 1 (RASD1) is a signaling protein that is involved in various cellular processes. In a previous study, we found that RASD1 expression was down-regulated in the uterine endometrium of repeated implantation failure patients. The study aim was to determine whether RASD1 is expressed in the endometrium of mouse uterus and how it is regulated by steroid hormones during the estrous cycle. In this study, we investigated RASD1 expression and regulation in an ovariectomized female mouse model...
February 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185714/choosing-wisely-the-top-5-recommendations-from-the-italian-panel-of-the-national-guidelines-for-the-management-of-acute-pharyngitis-in-children
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Elena Chiappini, Barbara Bortone, Giuseppe Di Mauro, Susanna Esposito, Luisa Galli, Massimo Landi, Andrea Novelli, Paola Marchisio, Gian Luigi Marseglia, Nicola Principi, Maurizio de Martino
PURPOSE: With the aim to reduce waste in the health care system and avoid risks associated with unnecessary treatment, the Italian Panel of the National Guidelines for the Management of Acute Pharyngitis in Children joined the Choosing Wisely initiative. METHODS: An ad hoc Choosing Wisely task force was selected to develop a candidate list of items for the top-5 list on pharyngitis medicine. Through a process of literature review and consensus, the final list of 5 items was chosen...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181147/a-clinic-based-survey-of-clinical-characteristics-and-practice-pattern-of-dry-eye-in-japan
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Motoko Kawashima, Masakazu Yamada, Kazuhisa Suwaki, Chika Shigeyasu, Miki Uchino, Yoshimune Hiratsuka, Norihiko Yokoi, Kazuo Tsubota
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical characteristics and practice pattern of patients with dry eye disease (DED) in eye clinics across Japan. METHODS: A multi-center, cross-sectional study was conducted among patients with DED who visited eye clinics in Japan. Subjective symptoms, patient's background, ocular surface features, and tear function were evaluated. Main outcome measures were tear break-up time (TBUT), Schirmer I value, kerato-conjunctival staining score, and dry eye symptom questionnaire score...
February 8, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176630/novel-drugs-for-hypertension-and-heart-failure-struggling-for-a-place-under-the-sun
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Charles Faselis, Chrysoula Boutari, Michael Doumas, Konstantinos Imprialos, Konstantinos Stavropoulos, Peter Kokkinos
BACKGOUND: Current drug therapy for the management of arterial hypertension and heart failure has provided substantial benefits but has also some limitations. LCZ696, a dual inhibitor of angiotensin receptor blockers and neprilysin, and finerenone, a non-steroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist, are two recently developed novel agents for the management of these conditions. METHODS: This review aims to present the pathophysiological basis for the use of these two novel drugs, critically discuss available clinical data, and provide future perspectives...
February 6, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164737/anti-helicobacter-pylori-and-antiulcerogenic-activity-of-aframomum-pruinosum-seeds-on-indomethacin-induced-gastric-ulcer-in-rats
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Laure Brigitte Kouitcheu Mabeku, Blandine Nanfack Nana, Bertrand Eyoum Bille, Roland Tchuenteu Tchuenguem, Eveline Nguepi
CONTEXT: Peptic ulcer is one of the most common diseases affecting mankind. Although there are many products used for its treatment, most of these products produce severe adverse reactions requiring the search for novel compounds. Some Afromomum species are used traditionally to cure acute gastritis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the antiulcer activity of the methanol extract of Aframomum pruinosum Gagnepain (Zingiberaceae) seeds against two major etiologic agents of peptic ulcer disease; Helicobacter pylori and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161815/next-generation-sequencing-of-representational-difference-analysis-products-for-identification-of-genes-involved-in-diosgenin-biosynthesis-in-fenugreek-trigonella-foenum-graecum
#17
Joanna Ciura, Magdalena Szeliga, Michalina Grzesik, Mirosław Tyrka
Representational difference analysis of cDNA was performed and differential products were sequenced and annotated. Candidate genes involved in biosynthesis of diosgenin in fenugreek were identified. Detailed mechanism of diosgenin synthesis was proposed. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) is a valuable medicinal and crop plant. It belongs to Fabaceae family and has a unique potential to synthesize valuable steroidal saponins, e.g., diosgenin. Elicitation (methyl jasmonate) and precursor feeding (cholesterol and squalene) were used to enhance the content of sterols and steroidal sapogenins in in vitro grown plants for representational difference analysis of cDNA (cDNA-RDA)...
February 4, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159537/diethyl-4-4-dihydroxy-8-3-neolign-7-7-dien-9-9-dionate-exhibits-antihypertensive-activity-in-rats-through-increase-in-intracellular-cgmp-level-and-blockade-of-calcium-channels
#18
Arjun Singh, B Sathish Kumar, Sarfaraz Alam, Hina Iqbal, Mohammad Shafiq, Feroz Khan, Arvind S Negi, Kashif Hanif, Debabrata Chanda
We report here the antihypertensive and vasorelaxant potential of some steroidal and non-steroidal compounds identified through a library of compounds. All the novel analogues showed vasorelaxant potential in isolated rat aorta. The most potent lead neolignan1 (Diethyl-4,4'-dihydroxy-8,3'-neolign-7,7'-dien-9,9'-dionate) produced concentration dependent relaxation with [pD2 5.16 ± 0.05; n=16 and Emax 96.97% ± 1.12%; n=16]. The neolignan1 relaxation is independent of endothelium and is sensitive to ODQ (1H-[1, 2, 4] oxadiazolo [4, 3-a] quinoxalin-1-one; a blocker of soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC) which synthesizes cGMP (cyclic guanosine monophosphate))...
January 31, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158993/comparative-differential-proteomic-analysis-of-minimal-change-disease-and-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis
#19
Vanessa Pérez, Dolores López, Ester Boixadera, Meritxell Ibernón, Anna Espinal, Josep Bonet, Ramón Romero
BACKGROUND: Minimal change disease (MCD) and primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) are glomerular diseases characterized by nephrotic syndrome. Their diagnosis requires a renal biopsy, but it is an invasive procedure with potential complications. In a small biopsy sample, where only normal glomeruli are observed, FSGS cannot be differentiated from MCD. The correct diagnosis is crucial to an effective treatment, as MCD is normally responsive to steroid therapy, whereas FSGS is usually resistant...
February 3, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148301/protective-effects-of-molecular-hydrogen-on-steroid-induced-osteonecrosis-in-rabbits-via-reducing-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis
#20
Jia Li, Zhaogang Ge, Lihong Fan, Kunzheng Wang
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to investigate the protective effects of molecular hydrogen, a novel and selective antioxidant, on steroid-induced osteonecrosis (ON) in a rabbit model. METHODS: Sixty rabbits were randomly divided into two groups (model group and hydrogen group). Osteonecrosis was induced according to an established protocol of steroid-induced ON. Rabbits in the hydrogen group were treated with intraperitoneal injections of molecular hydrogen at 10 ml/kg body weight for seven consecutive days...
February 2, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
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