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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814581/hyperammonaemic-encephalopathy-following-an-uncomplicated-surgery
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Stuart McIntosh, Karima Medjoub, Kevin Deans, Sara Sexton
A 59-year-old woman who underwent an uncomplicated exploratory laparotomy, adhesiolysis, small bowel resection and anterolateral thigh flap had a complicated postoperative period characterised by wound dehiscence and poor nutritional intake. 29 days postoperatively, a tremor developed in her upper limbs associated with weakness. Her Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) fell to 4 and she was transferred to the intensive care unit. The patient was reviewed by multiple specialists and multiple differentials were considered and eliminated...
August 16, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804798/probing-biological-redox-chemistry-with-large-amplitude-fourier-transformed-ac-voltammetry
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Hope Adamson, Alan M Bond, Alison Parkin
Biological electron-exchange reactions are fundamental to life on earth. Redox reactions underpin respiration, photosynthesis, molecular biosynthesis, cell signalling and protein folding. Chemical, biomedical and future energy technology developments are also inspired by these natural electron transfer processes. Further developments in techniques and data analysis are required to gain a deeper understanding of the redox biochemistry processes that power Nature. This review outlines the new insights gained from developing Fourier transformed ac voltammetry as a tool for protein film electrochemistry...
August 14, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797290/role-and-regulation-of-mkp-1-in-airway-inflammation
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REVIEW
Seyed M Moosavi, Pavan Prabhala, Alaina J Ammit
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) phosphatase 1 (MKP-1) is a protein with anti-inflammatory properties and the archetypal member of the dual-specificity phosphatases (DUSPs) family that have emerged over the past decade as playing an instrumental role in the regulation of airway inflammation. Not only does MKP-1 serve a critical role as a negative feedback effector, controlling the extent and duration of pro-inflammatory MAPK signalling in airway cells, upregulation of this endogenous phosphatase has also emerged as being one of the key cellular mechanism responsible for the beneficial actions of clinically-used respiratory medicines, including β2-agonists, phosphodiesterase inhibitors and corticosteroids...
August 10, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766507/charge-transfer-in-time-dependent-density-functional-theory
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Neepa T Maitra
Charge transfer plays a crucial role in many processes of interest in physics, chemistry, and biochemistry. In many applications the size of the systems involved calls for time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) to be used in their computational modeling, due to its unprecedented balance between accuracy and efficiency. However, although exact in principle, in practise approximations must be made for the exchange-correlation functional in this theory, and the standard functional approximations perform poorly for excitations which have a long-range charge-transfer component...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766503/could-biochemistry-lab-alert-for-low-alkaline-phosphatase-prompt-diagnosis-of-hypophosphatasia
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Asma Deeb, Elfatih Abubaker
OBJECTIVE: Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is an inborn error of metabolism with significant morbidity and mortality. Its presentation is non-specific leading to delay or missed diagnosis. Low ALP is a diagnostic test. Unlike high ALP, low level is commonly un-flagged by laboratories as abnormal. A new treatment has proved to be effective in HPP. We aim to study frequency of flagging of low ALP level by laboratory and the clinical manifestations of patients presenting with low ALP for a possible diagnosis of HPP...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762014/beyond-cox-1-the-effects-of-aspirin-on-platelet-biology-and-potential-mechanisms-of-chemoprevention
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Argentina Ornelas, Niki Zacharias-Millward, David G Menter, Jennifer S Davis, Lenard Lichtenberger, David Hawke, Ernest Hawk, Eduardo Vilar, Pratip Bhattacharya, Steven Millward
After more than a century, aspirin remains one of the most commonly used drugs in western medicine. Although mainly used for its anti-thrombotic, anti-pyretic, and analgesic properties, a multitude of clinical studies have provided convincing evidence that regular, low-dose aspirin use dramatically lowers the risk of cancer. These observations coincide with recent studies showing a functional relationship between platelets and tumors, suggesting that aspirin's chemopreventive properties may result, in part, from direct modulation of platelet biology and biochemistry...
July 31, 2017: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760536/validation-of-the-fautrel-classification-criteria-for-adult-onset-still-s-disease
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Delphine Lebrun, Stéphanie Mestrallet, Monique Dehoux, Jean Louis Golmard, Benjamin Granger, Sophie Georgin-Lavialle, Laurent Arnaud, Gilles Grateau, Jacques Pouchot, Bruno Fautrel
OBJECTIVES: To validate the Fautrel classification criteria for adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) and to compare the discriminative performance to that of the Yamaguchi criteria. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical charts of 426 patients who had serum ferritin level and percentage glycosylated ferritin assayed at the biochemistry laboratory of Bichat Hospital. Medical data were extracted by use of a standardized form. All clinical, biological, and imaging features were collected, as well, evidence favoring an alternative diagnosis, specifically symptoms suggestive of other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID) or active infections...
July 12, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758921/nitrogenous-derivatives-of-phosphorus-and-the-origins-of-life-plausible-prebiotic-phosphorylating-agents-in-water
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REVIEW
Megha Karki, Clémentine Gibard, Subhendu Bhowmik, Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy
Phosphorylation under plausible prebiotic conditions continues to be one of the defining issues for the role of phosphorus in the origins of life processes. In this review, we cover the reactions of alternative forms of phosphate, specifically the nitrogenous versions of phosphate (and other forms of reduced phosphorus species) from a prebiotic, synthetic organic and biochemistry perspective. The ease with which such amidophosphates or phosphoramidate derivatives phosphorylate a wide variety of substrates suggests that alternative forms of phosphate could have played a role in overcoming the "phosphorylation in water problem"...
July 29, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752365/alternative-reagents-to-antibodies-in-imaging-applications
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REVIEW
R Bedford, C Tiede, R Hughes, A Curd, M J McPherson, Michelle Peckham, Darren C Tomlinson
Antibodies have been indispensable tools in molecular biology, biochemistry and medical research. However, a number of issues surrounding validation, specificity and batch variation of commercially available antibodies have prompted research groups to develop novel non-antibody binding reagents. The ability to select highly specific monoclonal non-antibody binding proteins without the need for animals, the ease of production and the ability to site-directly label has enabled a wide variety of applications to be tested, including imaging...
July 27, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743596/the-plasma-contact-system-a-protease-cascade-at-the-nexus-of-inflammation-coagulation-and-immunity
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REVIEW
Henri Weidmann, Laura Heikaus, Andy T Long, Clément Naudin, Hartmut Schlüter, Thomas Renné
The contact system is a potent procoagulant and proinflammatory plasma protease cascade that is initiated by binding ("contact")-induced, auto-activation of factor XII zymogen. Formed active serine protease FXIIa then cleaves plasma prekallikrein to kallikrein that in turn liberates the mediator bradykinin from its precursor high molecular weight kininogen. Bradykinin induces inflammation with implications for host defense and innate immunity. FXIIa also triggers the intrinsic pathway of coagulation that has been shown to critically contribute to thrombosis...
July 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731005/preparing-medical-students-with-congenital-colour-vision-deficiency-for-safe-practice
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Rajat Dhingra, Jolly Rohatgi, Upreet Dhaliwal
BACKGROUND: Colour vision of candidates is tested in many medical colleges in India at the time of admission to undergraduate courses; however, there are no guidelines, and therefore no counselling, on how students with congenital colour vision deficiency (CCVD) should negotiate the medical course, and how best they can practise safely after graduation. Problems in interpreting coloured signs may lead to misdiagnosis. This study aimed to explore difficulties during clinical work that requires colour discrimination, and to offer suggestions on safe practice based on the findings and a review of the literature...
January 2017: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730376/lower-urinary-tract-obstruction-fetal-intervention-based-on-prenatal-staging
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Rodrigo Ruano, Timothy Dunn, Michael C Braun, Joseph R Angelo, Adnan Safdar
The authors present an overview of lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO) in the fetus with a particular focus on the insult to the developing renal system. Diagnostic criteria along with the challenges in estimating long-term prognosis are reviewed. A proposed prenatal LUTO disease severity classification to guide management decisions with fetal intervention to maintain or salvage in utero and neonatal pulmonary and renal function is also discussed. Stage I LUTO (mild form) is characterized by normal amniotic fluid index after 18 weeks, normal kidney echogenicity, no renal cortical cysts, no evidence of renal dysplasia, and favorable urinary biochemistries when sampled between 18 and 30 weeks; prenatal surveillance is recommended...
July 21, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730247/intramuscular-human-dirofilaria-repens-infection-of-the-temporal-region-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Mircea IonuŢ GheorghiŢă, Mircea Cătălin ForŢofoiu, Cristiana Iulia Dumitrescu, Daniela Dumitrescu, Adrian Camen, Claudiu Mărgăritescu
Dirofilariasis is a zoonotic worldwide-distributed disease, especially in regions with warm to temperate climate, where it recently recorded a significant increase of prevalence. A 61-year-old female, a dog owner, residing in the Southwest of Romania, near a swamp, developed a painless nodule in the left temporal region. The contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a temporal intramuscular cystic lesion. The surgical exploration confirmed the lesion as with intramuscular localization. The histopathology and biochemistry investigations established as a cause of the lesion an infestation with Dirofilaria repens species...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723407/nano-lipid-drug-conjugate-an-integrated-review
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REVIEW
Piya Adhikari, Paulami Pal, Anup Kr Das, Subhabrata Ray, Arpita Bhattacharjee, Bhaskar Mazumder
Lipid-drug conjugates (LDC), which may also be addressed as lipoidal prodrug, have the therapeutic actives chemically bound to a lipid moiety like fatty acids or phospholipids. Fabricated in nano-size, lipid-drug conjugate forms another breed of lipid nanoparticles. LDCs are prepared in order to increase the drug loading and hence prevent leakage of a highly polar drug from a lipophilic matrix. In turn, it assists to achieve active targeting of therapeutics with reduced side effect by altering the pharmacokinetic profile of the drug...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722447/fluorescence-sensing-of-circulating-diagnostic-biomarkers-using-molecular-probes-and-nanoparticles
#15
Oya Tagit, Niko Hildebrandt
The interplay of photonics, nanotechnology, and biochemistry has significantly improved the identification and characterization of multiple types of biomarkers by optical biosensors. Great achievements in fluorescence-based technologies have been realized, for example, by the advancement of multiplexing techniques or the introduction of nanoparticles to biochemical and clinical research. This review presents a concise overview of recent advances in fluorescence sensing techniques for the detection of circulating disease biomarkers...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713269/the-emerging-role-for-zinc-in-depression-and-psychosis
#16
REVIEW
Matthew A Petrilli, Thorsten M Kranz, Karine Kleinhaus, Peter Joe, Mara Getz, Porsha Johnson, Moses V Chao, Dolores Malaspina
Zinc participation is essential for all physiological systems, including neural functioning, where it participates in a myriad of cellular processes. Converging clinical, molecular, and genetic discoveries illuminate key roles for zinc homeostasis in association with clinical depression and psychosis which are not yet well appreciated at the clinical interface. Intracellular deficiency may arise from low circulating zinc levels due to dietary insufficiency, or impaired absorption from aging or medical conditions, including alcoholism...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710884/lothar-jaenicke-1923-2015-zum-ged%C3%A3-chtnis
#17
Hans E Hummel, Simone S Langner
Among the post-war European biochemists, L. Jaenicke (1923-2015) stands out as a distinctive character with bright ideas and professional elegance, yet with personal modesty. His contributions to diverse fields such as C1 metabolic pathways, signal compounds (aquatic sex attractants) of brown algae and chemotaxis appear as distinctive features not covered by his peers. His rich scientific œuvre is documented in 291 journal articles, nine books, and a huge number of almost 570 book reviews, recensions, biographies and commentaries on the politics of science and the history of biochemistry...
July 26, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704030/chemistry-is-dead-long-live-chemistry
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Luke D Lavis
Chemistry, once king of fluorescence microscopy, was usurped by the field of fluorescent proteins. The increased demands of modern microscopy techniques on the "photon budget" require better and brighter fluorophores, causing a renewed interest in synthetic dyes. Here, we review the recent advances in biochemistry, protein engineering, and organic synthesis that have allowed a triumphant return of chemical fluorophores to modern biological imaging.
August 9, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699985/glycated-albumin-a-potential-biomarker-in-diabetes
#19
Priscila Aparecida Correa Freitas, Lethicia Rozales Ehlert, Joíza Lins Camargo
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic and metabolic disease that presents a high global incidence. Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) is the reference test for long-term glucose monitoring, and it exhibits an association with diabetic chronic complications. However, A1C is not recommended in clinical situations which may interfere with the metabolism of hemoglobin, such as in hemolytic, secondary or iron deficiency anemia, hemoglobinopathies, pregnancy, and uremia. The glycated albumin (GA) is a test that reflects short-term glycemia and is not influenced by situations that falsely alter A1C levels...
May 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699813/prolylcarboxypeptidase-prcp-inhibitors-and-the-therapeutic-uses-thereof-a-patent-review
#20
Thomas H Graham
Prolylcarboxypeptidase (PrCP) is a serine protease that produces or degrades signaling proteins in several important pathways including the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), kallikrein-kinin system (KKS) and pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) system. PrCP has the potential to be a therapeutic target for cardiovascular, inflammatory and metabolic diseases. Numerous classes of PrCP inhibitors have been developed by rational drug design and from high-throughput screening hits. These inhibitors have been tested in mouse models to assess their potential as new therapeutics...
July 12, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
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