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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088044/dried-haematic-microsamples-and-lc-ms-ms-for-the-analysis-of-natural-and-synthetic-cannabinoids
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Michele Protti, James Rudge, Angelo Eliseo Sberna, Gilberto Gerra, Laura Mercolini
Synthetic cannabinoids are new psychoactive substances (NPS) with similar effects when compared to natural ones found in Cannabis derivatives. They have rapidly integrated into the illicit market, often sold as alternatives under international control. The need to identify and quantify an unprecedented and growing number of new compounds represents a unique challenge for toxicological, forensic and anti-doping analysis. Dried blood spots have been used within the bioanalytical framework in place of plasma or serum, in order to reduce invasiveness, lower sample size, simplify handling, storage and shipping of samples and to facilitate home-based and on-field applications...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087233/anti-diabetic-effects-of-inonotus-obliquus-polysaccharides-chromium-iii-complex-in-type-2-diabetic-mice-and-its-sub-acute-toxicity-evaluation-in-normal-mice
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Cong Wang, Zhongqin Chen, Yuxiang Pan, Xudong Gao, Haixia Chen
Polysaccharides are important bioactive ingredients from Inonotus obliquus. This study aimed to synthesize and characterize a novel I. obliquus polysaccharides-chromium (III) complex (UIOPC) and investigate the anti-diabetic effects in streptozotocin (STZ) induced type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) mice and sub-acute toxicity in normal mice. The molecular weight of UIOPC was about 11.5 × 10 (4) Da with the chromium content was 13.01% and the chromium was linked with polysaccharides through coordination bond...
January 10, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086929/early-virological-failure-and-hiv-drug-resistance-in-ugandan-adults-co-infected-with-tuberculosis
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Amrei von Braun, Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, Alexandra U Scherrer, Brian Magambo, Andrew Kambugu, Jan Fehr, Barbara Castelnuovo
PURPOSE: This cross-sectional study took place in the integrated tuberculosis (TB) clinic of a large outpatient clinic for HIV-infected patients in Kampala, Uganda. The purpose of this study was to describe the proportion of TB/HIV co-infected adults with virological failure, type and frequency of HIV drug resistance-associated mutations, and the proportion of patients with suboptimal efavirenz levels. METHODS: HIV-1 plasma viral loads, CD4 cell count measurements, and efavirenz serum concentrations were done in TB/HIV co-infected adults...
January 5, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081293/role-of-pyridoxal-5-phosphate-at-the-titanium-implant-interface-in-vivo-increased-hemophilicity-inactive-platelet-adhesion-and-osteointegration
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Jung Seung Lee, Kyuri Kim, Joseph P Park, Seung-Woo Cho, Haeshin Lee
Titanium is the most biocompatible inorganic biomaterial with a long history of use in orthopedic and dental implants. However, promoting rapid and effective bone formation and integration onto etched, rough TiO2 surfaces has been a challenging topic. Here, 21 commercially available molecules are examined that met the following criteria: (1) contain phosphonic acid for stable immobilization onto TiO2 surfaces and (2) have a molecular weight less than 500 Da for negligible coating thickness. Of these molecules, the surface immobilization of pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), an active form of vitamin B6 , dramatically increases the hemophilic property of the surface and accelerated osteointegration in vivo...
January 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078828/biomarkers-upon-discontinuation-of-renal-replacement-therapy-predict-60-day-survival-and-renal-recovery-in-critically-ill-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury
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Tingting Yang, Si Sun, Yuliang Zhao, Qiang Liu, Mei Han, Liping Lin, Baihai Su, Songmin Huang, Lichuan Yang
Introduction There is no consensus on the specific indications for weaning critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) off renal replacement therapy (RRT). This study aimed to explore the prognostic value of several biomarkers measured upon discontinuation of RRT for their value in predicting 60-day survival and renal recovery in an effort to add knowledge to the decision-making process regarding RRT withdrawal. Methods We prospectively enrolled 102 patients with AKI who required RRT from the intensive care unit...
January 11, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078419/nanostructured-nio-based-reagentless-biosensor-for-total-cholesterol-and-low-density-lipoprotein-detection
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Gurpreet Kaur, Monika Tomar, Vinay Gupta
Nanostructured nickel oxide (NiO) thin film has been explored as a matrix to develop a reagentless biosensor for free and total cholesterol as well as low density lipoprotein (LDL) detection. The redox property of the matrix has been exploited to enhance the electron transfer between the enzyme and the electrode as well as to eliminate the toxic mediator in solution. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were carried out to characterize the NiO thin film...
January 11, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077172/promoting-effect-of-hepatitis-b-virus-on-the-expressoin-of-phospholipase-a2-group-iia
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Chengliang Zhu, Hui Song, Bingzheng Shen, Long Wu, Fang Liu, Xinghui Liu
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection causes acute and chronic liver disease, ultimately leading to the development of liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Phospholipase A2 group IIA (PLA2G2A) plays important roles in the development and progression of many tumors. Thus far, there have been no reports on the association between HBV and PLA2G2A. The present study investigated the effect of HBV infection on PLA2G2A expression and its application in the diagnosis of HBV-related diseases...
January 11, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076008/pictorial-review-of-false-positive-results-on-radioiodine-scintigrams-of-patients-with-differentiated-thyroid-cancer
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Amy V Chudgar, Jagruti C Shah
Radioiodine has served an important role in the diagnostic workup and treatment of patients with differentiated thyroid cancer for more than 6 decades. The interpretation of radioiodine scintigraphic studies should be performed in conjunction with a comprehensive history, histopathologic correlation, and pertinent laboratory values, as well as correlation with available anatomic images and the findings from physical examination. A thorough understanding of the physiology and biodistribution of radioiodine is critical when interpreting radioiodine scintigraphic studies to avoid misinterpretation of physiologic and nonthyroid pathologic variants as thyroid cancer metastases...
January 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074251/hyponatremia-and-fractures-should-hyponatremia-be-further-studied-as-a-potential-biochemical-risk-factor-to-be-included-in-frax-algorithms
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J C Ayus, T Bellido, A L Negri
The Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX®) was developed by the WHO Collaborating Centre for metabolic bone diseases to evaluate fracture risk of patients. It is based on patient models that integrate the risk associated with clinical variables and bone mineral density (BMD) at the femoral neck. The clinical risk factors included in FRAX were chosen to include only well-established and independent variables related to skeletal fracture risk. The FRAX tool has acquired worldwide acceptance despite having several limitations...
January 10, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073028/multiplexed-detection-of-lung-cancer-biomarkers-in-patients-serum-with-cmos-compatible-silicon-nanowire-arrays
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Anran Gao, Xun Yang, Jing Tong, Lin Zhou, Yuelin Wang, Jianlong Zhao, Hongju Mao, Tie Li
In this work, a real-time assay for highly sensitive, label-free, multiplexed electrical detection of lung cancer biomarkers was developed by using silicon nanowire field-effect (SiNW-FET) devices. Highly responsive SiNW arrays were fabricated using a CMOS-compatible anisotropic self-stop etching technique with mass reproducibility and low cost character. The SiNW nanosensor was integrated with PDMS microfluidic device, which allows rapid analyte delivery, makes the analysis to be conducted using exceedingly small samples and enables potential multiplexed detection...
January 3, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072860/hyperbilirubinemia-influences-sleep-wake-cycles-of-term-newborns-in-a-non-linear-manner
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Lian Zhang, Yanxia Zhou, Xufang Li, Tingting Cheng
Hyperbilirubinemia is a common cause for irreversible neuronal influence in the brain of term newborns, while the feature of neurological symptoms associated with hyperbilirubinemia has not been well characterized yet. In the present study, we examined a total of 203 neonates suffering from hyperbilirubinemia with a bedside amplitude-integrated Electroencephalography (aEEG) device, in order to determine whether there is any special change in sleep-wake cycles (SWCs). Among these patients, 14 cases showed no recognizable SWCs with the total serum bilirubin (TSB) level at 483...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069624/external-validation-of-the-revised-cardiac-risk-index-and-update-of-its-renal-variable-to-predict-30-day-risk-of-major-cardiac-complications-after-non-cardiac-surgery-rationale-and-plan-for-analyses-of-the-vision-study
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Pavel S Roshanov, Michael Walsh, P J Devereaux, S Danielle MacNeil, Ngan N Lam, Ainslie M Hildebrand, Rey R Acedillo, Marko Mrkobrada, Clara K Chow, Vincent W Lee, Lehana Thabane, Amit X Garg
INTRODUCTION: The Revised Cardiac Risk Index (RCRI) is a popular classification system to estimate patients' risk of postoperative cardiac complications based on preoperative risk factors. Renal impairment, defined as serum creatinine >2.0 mg/dL (177 µmol/L), is a component of the RCRI. The estimated glomerular filtration rate has become accepted as a more accurate indicator of renal function. We will externally validate the RCRI in a modern cohort of patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery and update its renal component...
January 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068635/inositol-hexa-phosphoric-acid-phytic-acid-a-nutraceuticals-attenuates-iron-induced-oxidative-stress-and-alleviates-liver-injury-in-iron-overloaded-mice
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Anwesha Bhowmik, Durbadal Ojha, Debayan Goswami, Rashmi Das, Nidhi S Chandra, Tapan K Chatterjee, Amit Chakravarty, Sudipa Chakravarty, Debprasad Chattopadhyay
Inositol hexa phosphoric acid (IP6) or Phytic acid, a natural antioxidant of some leguminous plants, known to act as a protective agent for seed storage in plants by suppressing iron catalyzed oxidative process. Following the same mechanism, we have tested the effect of IP6 on iron overloaded in vitro oxidative stress, and studied it's in vivo hepatoprotective ability in iron-dextran (injection)-induced iron overloaded liver injury in mice (intraperitoneal). Our results showed that IP6 had in vitro iron chelation (IC50 38...
January 6, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067527/probing-the-acid-induced-packing-structure-changes-of-the-molten-globule-domains-of-a-protein-near-equilibrium-unfolding
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Yi-Qi Yeh, Kuei-Fen Liao, Orion Shih, Ying-Jen Shiu, Wei-Ru Wu, Chun-Jen Su, Po-Chang Lin, U-Ser Jeng
Using simultaneously scanning small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and UV-vis absorption with integrated online size exclusion chromatography, supplemental with molecular dynamics simulations, we unveil the long-postulated global structure evolution of a model multidomain protein bovine serum albumin (BSA) during acid-induced unfolding. Our results differentiate three global packing structures of the three molten globule domains of BSA, forming three intermediates I1, I2, and E along the unfolding pathway. The I1-I2 transition, overlooked in all previous studies, involves mainly coordinated reorientations across interconnected molten globule subdomains, and the transition activates a critical pivot domain opening of the protein for entering into the E form, with an unexpectedly large unfolding free energy change of -9...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067421/dietary-integration-with-oregano-origanum-vulgare-l-essential-oil-improves-growth-rate-and-oxidative-status-in-outdoor-reared-but-not-indoor-reared-pigs
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C Forte, D Ranucci, D Beghelli, R Branciari, G Acuti, L Todini, C Cavallucci, M Trabalza-Marinucci
The effects of a diet supplemented with oregano essential oil on performance, oxidative status, pork quality traits and sensorial properties were evaluated. In two studies, 72 pigs in indoor or outdoor conditions were assigned to either a control diet or an identical diet supplemented with 0.2% oregano essential oil. Pigs reared outdoor showed lower live weight, average daily gain and average gain:feed ratio compared to indoor pigs. The oregano supplementation improved the growth performance of the outdoor- but not the indoor-reared animals...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067347/fc-microparticles-can-modulate-the-physical-extent-and-magnitude-of-complement-activity
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Brandon Alexander Holt, Michael C Bellavia, Daniel Potter, David White, Sean R Stowell, Todd Sulchek
The complement system is an integral component of the humoral immune system, and describes a cascade of interacting proteins responsible for the opsonization and lysis of foreign pathogens, in addition to the recruitment of immune cells. However, complement activation is also implicated in the progression and complication of immune dysfunctions such as sepsis. Microparticle (MP) biomaterials capable of tuning the local magnitude of serum complement activation could improve complement-mediated cytotoxicity to serum-resistant bacteria or calm an overactive immune response during sepsis...
January 9, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067039/relighting-photosensitizers-by-synergistic-integration-of-albumin-and-perfluorocarbon-for-enhanced-photodynamic-therapy
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Hao Ren, Jiaqi Liu, Fenhong Su, Sizhan Ge, Ahu Yuan, Weimin Dai, Jinhui Wu, Yiqiao Hu
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is hampered by poor water solubility and skin phototoxicity of photosensitizers (PSs). Incorporation of PSs into nanocarrier (Nano-PDT) has been designed to overcome these problems. However, self-quenching of PSs highly condensed in Nano-PDT significantly reduced singlet oxygen (1O2) generation, resulting in unsatisfactory PDT efficacy. Here, we developed a novel tripleffect Nano-PDT, which has a special core-shell nanostructure by synergistic integration of perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) and human serum albumin (HSA) to improve PDT...
January 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065518/membranous-nephropathy-integrating-basic-science-into-improved-clinical-management
#18
REVIEW
Daniel C Cattran, Paul E Brenchley
Idiopathic membranous nephropathy (INM) remains a common cause of the nephrotic syndrome in adults. The autoimmune nature of IMN was clearly delineated in 2009 with the identification of the glomerular-deposited IgG to be a podocyte receptor, phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) in 70% to 75% of cases. This anti-PLA2R autoantibody, predominantly the IgG4 subclass, has been quantitated in serum using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and has been used to aid diagnosis and monitor response to immunosuppressive therapy...
January 5, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063335/-1-h-nmr-based-metabolomics-study-of-liver-damage-induced-by-ginkgolic-acid-15-1-in-mice
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Lei Jiang, Zhi-Hong Si, Ming-Hui Li, He Zhao, Yong-Hong Fu, Yue-Xiao Xing, Wei Hong, Ling-Yu Ruan, Pu-Min Li, Jun-Song Wang
Ginkgolic acid (15:1) is a major toxic component in extracts obtained from Ginkgo biloba (EGb) that has allergic and genotoxic effects. This study is the first to explore the hepatotoxicity of ginkgolic acid (15:1) using a NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance)-based metabolomics approach in combination with biochemistry assays. Mice were orally administered two doses of ginkgolic acid (15:1), and mouse livers and serum were then collected for NMR recordings and biochemical assays. The levels of activity of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and glutamic aspartate transaminase (AST) observed in the ginkgolic acid (15:1)-treated mice suggested that it had induced severe liver damage...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063242/effects-of-dietary-butyrate-supplementation-on-intestinal-integrity-of-heat-stressed-cockerels
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A M Abdelqader, M Abuajamieh, H M Hammad, A-R A Al-Fataftah
Butyrate modulates intestinal epithelial cell structure and function. Three hundred and sixty Lohmann LSL-Classic layer cockerels were used to investigate the effect of butyrate on heat stress-induced intestinal injury and intestinal integrity. The experiment was conducted from day 85 to 105 of age. The birds were divided randomly into three treatments: control, heat stress (HS), and heat stress provided with butyrate (HSB) at a level of 0.35 g/kg of diet. The control was reared at 21 ± 1 °C throughout the experiment...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
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