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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641363/a-phase-iii-randomized-controlled-study-on-the-efficacy-and-improved-bowel-function-of-prolonged-release-pr-oxycodone-naloxone-up-to-160-80-mg-daily-vs-oxycodone-pr
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D Dupoiron, A Stachowiak, O Loewenstein, A Ellery, W Kremers, B Bosse, M Hopp
BACKGROUND: Oxycodone/naloxone (OXN PR) is a prolonged-release formulation containing oxycodone and naloxone in a 2:1 ratio. This study aimed to evaluate the tolerability and efficacy of doses up to OXN160/80 mg PR compared with oxycodone prolonged-release formulation (OxyPR) in a randomised controlled trial. METHODS: Two hundred and forty-three patients were randomised to treatment with OXN PR (n = 123) or OxyPR (n = 120) during the 5-week double-blind study...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641144/impact-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-and-torulaspora-delbrueckii-starter-cultures-on-cocoa-beans-fermentation
#2
Simonetta Visintin, Lacerda Ramos, Nara Batista, Paola Dolci, Freitas Schwan, Luca Cocolin
Aim of this work was to study the impact of mixed cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Torulaspora delbrueckii and T. delbrueckii monoculture on the fermentation process conducted on two different cocoa hybrids, PS1319 and SJ02, in Bahia, Brazil. This was performed throughout studying physico-chemical changes during the fermentation process and analyzing volatile compounds and sensory analysis of chocolates. (GTG)5-PCR fingerprinting was used to type isolates at strain level allowing to assess the implantation of the starter cultures added...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640997/from-1d-polymers-to-2d-polymers-preparation-of-free-standing-single-monomer-thick-two-dimensional-conjugated-polymers-in-water
#3
Na Zhang, Taisheng Wang, Xing Wu, Chen Jiang, Taiming Zhang, Bangkun Jin, Hengxing Ji, Wei Bai, Ruke Bai
Recently, investigation on two-dimensional (2D) organic polymers has been made a great progress and conjugated 2D polymers already play a dynamic role in both academic and practical applications. However, a convenient, non-interfacial approach to obtain single-layer 2D polymers in solution, especially in aqueous media remains challenging. Herein, we present a facile, highly efficient and versatile "1D to 2D" strategy for preparation of free-standing single-monomer-thick conjugated 2D polymers in water without any aid...
June 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640963/a-truncated-molecular-star
#4
Soumyakanta Prusty, Kohei Yazaki, Michito Yoshizawa, Dillip Kumar Chand
Pentanuclear coordination complex assembled from palladium(II) component and non-chelating ligand(s) is hitherto unreported. The pentanuclear complex [Pd5(L1)5(L2)5](BF4)10, 1 that was prepared by the spontaneous complexation of [Pd(DMSO)4](BF4)2 with the non-chelating bidentate ligands 1,4-phenylenebis(methylene) diisonicotinate, L1 and 4,4'-bipyridine, L2 in one-pot at room temperature is reported here. The planar polycyclic complex 1 with outer diameters of ~3 nm is termed as a "molecular star" owing to its resemblance with "star pentagon" shape...
June 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640888/mechanisms-of-acute-neurovascular-protection-with-at1-blockade-after-stroke-effect-of-prestroke-hypertension
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Ahmed Alhusban, Anna Kozak, Bindu Pillai, Heba Ahmed, Mohammed A Sayed, Maribeth H Johnson, Tauheed Ishrat, Adviye Ergul, Susan C Fagan
Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability worldwide. Improving stroke outcome requires an orchestrated interplay that involves up regulation of pro-survival pathways and a concomitant suppression of pro-apoptotic mediators. In this investigation, we assessed the involvement of eNOS in the AT1 blocker-mediated protective and pro-recovery effects in animals with hypertension. We also evaluated the effect of acute eNOS inhibition in hypertensive animals. To achieve these goals, spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) were implanted with blood pressure transmitters, and randomized to receive either an eNOS inhibitor (L-NIO) or saline one hour before cerebral ischemia induction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640857/glucose-dysregulation-and-response-to-common-anti-diabetic-agents-in-the-fatzo-pco-mouse
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Richard G Peterson, Charles Van Jackson, Karen M Zimmerman, Jorge Alsina-Fernandez, M Dodson Michael, Paul J Emmerson, Tamer Coskun
The FATZO/Pco mouse is the result of a cross of the C57BL/6J and AKR/J strains. The crossing of these two strains and the selective inbreeding for obesity, insulin resistance and hyperglycemia has resulted in an inbred strain exhibiting obesity in the presumed presence of an intact leptin pathway. Routinely used rodent models for obesity and diabetes research have a monogenic defect in leptin signaling that initiates obesity. Given that obesity and its sequelae in humans are polygenic in nature and not associated with leptin signaling defects, the FATZO mouse may represent a more translatable rodent model for study of obesity and its associated metabolic disturbances...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640638/enzyme-mediated-conversion-of-fad-to-8-formyl-fad-in-formate-oxidase-results-in-modified-cofactor-with-enhanced-catalytic-properties
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John M Robbins, Michael G Souffrant, Donald Hamelberg, Giovanni Gadda, Andreas S Bommarius
Flavins, including flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), are fundamental catalytic cofactors responsible for the redox functionality of a diverse set of proteins. Alternatively, modified flavin analogues are rarely found in nature as their incorporation typically results in inactivation of flavoproteins, thus leading to the disruption of important cellular pathways. Here, we report that the fungal flavoenzyme formate oxidase (FOX) catalyzes the slow conversion of non-covalently bound FAD to 8-formyl FAD (8-fFAD), and that this conversion results in a nearly 10-fold increase in formate oxidase activity...
June 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637300/commercial-rodent-diets-differentially-regulate-autoimmune-glomerulonephritis-epigenetics-and-microbiota-in-mrl-lpr-mice
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Michael R Edwards, Rujuan Dai, Bettina Heid, Thomas E Cecere, Deena Khan, Qinghui Mu, Catharine Cowan, Xin M Luo, S Ansar Ahmed
The course and severity of lupus in spontaneous murine lupus models varies among laboratories, which may be due to variations in diet, housing and/or local environmental conditions. In this study, we investigated the influence of common rodent diets while keeping other factors constant. Female lupus-prone MRL/lpr mice were subjected to the same housing conditions and given one of the three diets: Teklad 7013 containing isoflavone rich soy and alfalfa, Harlan 2018 isoflavone rich soy-based diet, or ResearchDiets Inc...
June 15, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637250/use-of-spytag-spycatcher-to-construct-bispecific-antibodies-that-target-two-epitopes-of-a-single-antigen
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Kyohei Yumura, Hiroki Akiba, Satoru Nagatoishi, Osamu Kusano-Arai, Hiroko Iwanari, Takao Hamakubo, Kouhei Tsumoto
Bispecific antibody targeting of two different antigens is promising, but when fragment-based antibodies are used, homogeneous production is difficult. To overcome this difficulty, we developed a method using the SpyTag/SpyCatcher system in which a covalent bond is formed between the two polypeptides. Using this method, we constructed a bispecific antibody that simultaneously interacted with two different epitopes of ROBO1, a membrane protein associated with cancer progression. A bispecific tetravalent antibody with an additional functional moiety was also constructed by using a dimeric biotin-binding protein...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637117/spontaneous-cerebrospinal-fluid-rhinorrhoea-with-meningitis-secondary-to-ecchordosis-physaliphora
#10
Luke Galloway, Caroline Hayhurst
Transclival CSF fistulae are rare. We report a 40-year-old female who presented with meningitis after a short history of CSF rhinorrhoea. The defect resulted from the rare notochordal remnant, ecchordosis physaliphora (EP), and was successfully resected and repaired endoscopically.
March 2, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637100/women-s-expectations-and-experiences-of-rupture-of-membranes-and-views-of-the-potential-use-of-reagent-pads-for-detecting-amniotic-fluid
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Helen Spiby, Sara Borrelli, Anita J Hughes
AIMS: To explore first time mothers' expectations and experiences regarding rupture of membranes at term and their views on the potential use of reagent pads that detect amniotic fluid. BACKGROUND: There is little information available on women's experiences of spontaneous rupture of membranes, or interest in using methods to confirm rupture of membranes (e.g. reagent pads). DESIGN: Descriptive qualitative study, using focus groups and telephone interviews with women during pregnancy and after the birth of their first baby...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637089/sperm-dna-damage-measured-by-sperm-chromatin-structure-assay-in-men-with-a-history-of-undescended-testes
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J van Brakel, M Dinkelman-Smit, S M P F de Muinck Keizer-Schrama, F W J Hazebroek, G R Dohle
The aim of this study was to compare sperm DNA damage between men with a history of congenital undescended testis (UDT) and men with a history of acquired UDT. A long-term follow-up study of men with previous UDT was performed. Fifty men with congenital UDT who had undergone orchiopexy at childhood age, 49 men with acquired UDT after a 'wait-and-see'-protocol (e.g. awaiting spontaneous descent until puberty and perform an orchiopexy in case of non-decent), and 22 healthy proven fertile men were included. The DNA fragmentation index (DFI) using sperm chromatin structure assay (SCSA) was used to express the level of sperm DNA damage...
June 21, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636953/dicer-deficiency-differentially-impacts-microglia-of-the-developing-and-adult-brain
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Diana Varol, Alexander Mildner, Thomas Blank, Anat Shemer, Neta Barashi, Simon Yona, Eyal David, Sigalit Boura-Halfon, Yifat Segal-Hayoun, Louise Chappell-Maor, Hadas Keren-Shaul, Dena Leshkowitz, Eran Hornstein, Martin Fuhrmann, Ido Amit, Nicola Maggio, Marco Prinz, Steffen Jung
Microglia seed the embryonic neuro-epithelium, expand and actively sculpt neuronal circuits in the developing central nervous system, but eventually adopt relative quiescence and ramified morphology in the adult. Here, we probed the impact of post-transcriptional control by microRNAs (miRNAs) on microglial performance during development and adulthood by generating mice lacking microglial Dicer expression at these distinct stages. Conditional Dicer ablation in adult microglia revealed that miRNAs were required to limit microglial responses to challenge...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636806/ph-dependent-general-base-catalyzed-activation-rather-than-isocyanate-liberation-may-explain-the-superior-anticancer-efficacy-of-laromustine-compared-to-related-1-2-bis-methylsulfonyl-1-2-chloroethyl-hydrazine-prodrugs
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P G Penketh, R A Finch, R Sauro, R P Baumann, E S Ratner, K Shyam
Laromustine (also known as cloretazine, onrigin, VNP40101M, 101M) is a prodrug of 90CE, a short-lived chloroethylating agent with anticancer activity. The short half-life of 90CE necessitates the use of latentiated prodrug forms for in vivo treatments. Alkylaminocarbonyl based prodrugs such as laromustine exhibit significantly superior in vivo activity in several murine tumor models compared to analogs utilizing acyl, and alkoxycarbonyl latentiating groups. The alkylaminocarbonyl prodrugs possess two exclusive characteristics: (i) they are primarily unmasked by spontaneous base catalyzed elimination; and (ii) they liberate a reactive carbamoylating species...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636594/surface-tension-prevails-over-solute-effect-in-organic-influenced-cloud-droplet-activation
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Jurgita Ovadnevaite, Andreas Zuend, Ari Laaksonen, Kevin J Sanchez, Greg Roberts, Darius Ceburnis, Stefano Decesari, Matteo Rinaldi, Natasha Hodas, Maria Cristina Facchini, John H Seinfeld, Colin O' Dowd
The spontaneous growth of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) into cloud droplets under supersaturated water vapour conditions is described by classic Köhler theory. This spontaneous activation of CCN depends on the interplay between the Raoult effect, whereby activation potential increases with decreasing water activity or increasing solute concentration, and the Kelvin effect, whereby activation potential decreases with decreasing droplet size or increases with decreasing surface tension, which is sensitive to surfactants...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636520/radial-artery-occlusion-incidence-predictors-and-long-term-outcome-after-transradial-catheterization-clinico-doppler-ultrasound-based-study-rail-trac-study
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Santosh Kumar Sinha, Mukesh Jitendra Jha, Vikas Mishra, Ramesh Thakur, Amit Goel, Ashutosh Kumar, Avinash Kumar Singh, Mohit Sachan, Chandra Mohan Varma, Vinay Krishna
Background and aim The purpose of this study was to assess incidence, predictors and outcome of radial artery occlusion (RAO) after transradial catheterization (TRC) based on clinical and Doppler ultrasound study. Methods A total of 1,945 consecutive patients undergoing transradial catheterization for diagnostic evaluation or intervention were included. Radial artery examination was based on palpation and colour Doppler study on the day before, 1 day (D1), 1 month (D30) and 6 months (D180) following the procedure...
March 30, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636483/lumping-kinetics-of-abe-fermentation-wastewater-treatment-by-oleaginous-yeast-trichosporon-cutaneum
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Can Wang, Chao Huang, Xue-Fang Chen, Hai-Rong Zhang, Lian Xiong, Xiao-Mei Li, Hai-Jun Guo, Gao-Xiang Qi, Xiao-Qing Lin, Xin-De Chen
Lumping kinetics models were built for the biological treatment of ABE (acetone-butanol-ethanol) fermentation wastewater by oleaginous yeast Trichosporon cutaneum with different fermentation temperatures. Compared with high temperature (33°C, 306 K) and low temperature (23°C, 296 K), medium temperature (28°C, 301 K) was beneficial for the cell growth and COD degradation during the early stage of fermentation but the final yeast biomass and COD removal were influenced little. By lumping method, the materials in the bioconversion network were divided into five lumps (COD, lipid, polysaccharide, other intracellular products, other extracellular products), and the nine rate constants (k1-k9) for the models can well explain the bioconversion laws...
June 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636368/probing-the-mechanism-of-lal-32-a-gold-nanoparticle-based-antibiotic-discovered-through-small-molecule-variable-ligand-display
#18
Rose Byrne-Nash, Danielle Lucero, Niki Osbaugh, Roberta J Melander, Christian Melander, Daniel L Feldheim
The unrelenting rise of antimicrobial resistant bacteria has necessitated the search for novel antibiotic solutions. Herein we describe further mechanistic studies on a 2.0 nm diameter gold nanoparticle-based antibiotic (designated LAL-32). This antibiotic exhibits bactericidal activity against the Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli at 1.0 μΜ, a concentration significantly lower than several clinically available antibiotics (such as ampicillin and gentamicin), and acute treatment with LAL-32 does not give rise to spontaneous resistant mutants...
June 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636114/set-i2pp2a-overexpression-induces-phenotypic-molecular-and-metabolic-alterations-in-an-oral-keratinocyte-cell-line
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Lays M Sobral, Ricardo D Coletta, Luciane C Alberici, Carlos Curti, Andréia Machado Leopoldino
The multifunctional SET/I2PP2A protein is known to be overexpressed in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. However, SET has been reported to have apparently conflicting roles in promoting cancer cell survival under oxidative stress conditions and preventing invasion and metastasis, complicating efforts to understand the contribution of SET to carcinogenesis. In the present study, we overexpressed SET in a spontaneously immortalized oral keratinocyte cell line (NOK-SI SET) and demonstrated that SET up-regulation alone was sufficient to transform cells...
June 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635954/phenotypic-extremes-of-bicd2-opathies-from-lethal-congenital-muscular-atrophy-with-arthrogryposis-to-asymptomatic-with-subclinical-features
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Markus Storbeck, Beate Horsberg Eriksen, Andreas Unger, Irmgard Hölker, Ingvild Aukrust, Lilian A Martínez-Carrera, Wolfgang A Linke, Andreas Ferbert, Raoul Heller, Matthias Vorgerd, Gunnar Houge, Brunhilde Wirth
Heterozygous variants in BICD cargo adapter 2 (BICD2) cause autosomal dominant spinal muscular atrophy, lower extremity-predominant 2 (SMALED2). The disease is usually characterized by a benign or slowly progressive, congenital or early onset muscle weakness and atrophy that mainly affects the lower extremities, although some affected individuals show involvement of the arms and the shoulder girdle. Here we report unusual extremes of BICD2-related diseases: A severe form of congenital muscular atrophy with arthrogryposis multiplex, respiratory insufficiency and lethality within four months...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
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