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Jeffrey Cummings, Philip Scheltens, Ian McKeith, Rafael Blesa, John E Harrison, Paulo H F Bertolucci, Kenneth Rockwood, David Wilkinson, Wouter Wijker, David A Bennett, Raj C Shah
BACKGROUND: Souvenaid® (uridine monophosphate, docosahexaenoic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, choline, phospholipids, folic acid, vitamins B12, B6, C, and E, and selenium), was developed to support the formation and function of neuronal membranes. OBJECTIVE: To determine effect sizes observed in clinical trials of Souvenaid and to calculate the number needed to treat to show benefit or harm. METHODS: Data from all three reported randomized controlled trials of Souvenaid in Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia (Souvenir I, Souvenir II, and S-Connect) and an open-label extension study were included in analyses of effect size for cognitive, functional, and behavioral outcomes...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Mercedes Fernández-Moreno, Tamara Hermida-Gómez, M Esther Gallardo, Andrea Dalmao-Fernández, Ignacio Rego-Pérez, Rafael Garesse, Francisco J Blanco
INTRODUCTION: The generation of Rho-0 cells requires the use of an immortalization process, or tumor cell selection, followed by culture in the presence of ethidium bromide (EtBr), incurring the drawbacks its use entails. The purpose of this work was to generate Rho-0 cells using human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) with reagents having the ability to remove mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) more safely than by using EtBr. METHODOLOGY: Two immortalized hMSC lines (3a6 and KP) were used; 143B...
2016: PloS One
Wenjing Qi, Zhongyuan Liu, Wei Zhang, Mohamed Ibrahim Halawa, Guobao Xu
Zr(IV) can form phosphate and Zr(IV) (-PO₃(2-)-Zr(4+)-) complex owing to the high affinity between Zr(IV) with phosphate. Zr(IV) can induce the aggregation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), while adenosine triphosphate(ATP) can prevent Zr(IV)-induced aggregation of AuNPs. Herein, a visual and plasmon resonance absorption (PRA)sensor for ATP have been developed using AuNPs based on the high affinity between Zr(IV)with ATP. AuNPs get aggregated in the presence of certain concentrations of Zr(IV). After the addition of ATP, ATP reacts with Zr(IV) and prevents AuNPs from aggregation, enabling the detection of ATP...
October 12, 2016: Sensors
Hiroshi Yonekura, Norie Murayama, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Kazuya Sobue
This case report describes a 71-year-old woman who experienced unusual delayed emergence from propofol, which lasted for 3 hours and resulted in admission to the intensive care unit. Because genetic variations of propofol-metabolizing enzymes are proposed to be causal factors, we explored genetic polymorphisms of cytochrome P450 2B6 (CYP2B6) and uridine 5'-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A9 (UGT1A9). Suggested high-risk factors (advanced age, CYP2B6 516 G/T, and UGT1A9 I399 C/C) were observed in this case of delayed propofol metabolism...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Min Pang, Xin-Yan Bai, Yan Li, Ji-Zhong Bai, Li-Rong Yuan, Shou-An Ren, Xiao-Yun Hu, Xin-Ri Zhang, Bao-Feng Yu, Rui Guo, Hai-Long Wang
Clara cell protein (CC16) is an anti-inflammatory protein, which is expressed in the airway epithelium. It is involved in the development of airway inflammatory diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. However, the exact molecular mechanism underlying its anti‑inflammatory action remains to be fully elucidated. The aim of the present study was to define the protein profiles of the anti‑inflammatory effect of CC16 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)‑treated rat tracheal epithelial (RTE) cells using shotgun proteomics...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Sheldon Greer, Tieran Han, Cristina Dieguez, Nicola McLean, Rafael Saer, Isildinha Reis, Joe Levi, Victor E Marquez
Enzymatic activity from tumor and adjacent normal tissue of 200 patients involving deoxycytidine kinase (dCK), uridine/cytidine kinase (U/CK), cytidine deaminase (CD) and deoxycytidylate deaminase (dCMPD) was quantified. . Patients with brain (17), colon (24), and breast (30) tumors, 53, 67, and 73%, respectively, had an elevated T/N value (Specific Activity of tumor/ Specific Activity of normal tissue) involving dCK and dCMPD suggesting chemo therapy with 5-fluorodeoxycytidine (5-FdC) alone or in combination with thymidine plus deoxytetrahydrouridine, or with the radiosensitizer, 5-chlorodeoxycytidine (5-CldC) plus tetrahydrouridine (H4U)...
October 13, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Tomokazu Kimizu, Yukitoshi Takahashi, Taikan Oboshi, Asako Horino, Takayoshi Koike, Shinsaku Yoshitomi, Tatsuo Mori, Tokito Yamaguchi, Hiroko Ikeda, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuko Nakashima, Hirotomo Saitsu, Mitsuhiro Kato, Naomichi Matsumoto, Katsumi Imai
INTRODUCTION: Mutations of SLC35A2 that encodes Golgi-localized Uridine diphosphate (UDP)-galactose transporter at Xp11.23 lead to congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG). Although patients with CDG generally have diverse systemic symptoms, patients with a SLC35A2 mutation manifest predominantly disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). CASE REPORT: A female infant aged 12months was referred to our center because of intractable seizures. The patient was born with birth weight of 3228g after 40weeks of unremarkable gestation...
October 12, 2016: Brain & Development
Zhikuan Zhang, Umeharu Ohto, Takuma Shibata, Elena Krayukhina, Masato Taoka, Yoshio Yamauchi, Hiromi Tanji, Toshiaki Isobe, Susumu Uchiyama, Kensuke Miyake, Toshiyuki Shimizu
Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) is a single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) sensor in innate immunity and also responds to guanosine and chemical ligands, such as imidazoquinoline compounds. However, TLR7 activation mechanism by these ligands remain largely unknown. Here, we generated crystal structures of three TLR7 complexes, and found that all formed an activated m-shaped dimer with two ligand-binding sites. The first site conserved in TLR7 and TLR8 was used for small ligand-binding essential for its activation. The second site spatially distinct from that of TLR8 was used for a ssRNA-binding that enhanced the affinity of the first-site ligands...
October 5, 2016: Immunity
Yoshiaki Masaki, Hyugo Ito, Yuki Oda, Kazufumi Yamazaki, Nobuhiro Tago, Kentaro Ohno, Nozomi Ishii, Hirosuke Tsunoda, Takashi Kanamori, Akihiro Ohkubo, Mitsuo Sekine, Kohji Seio
Enzymatic synthesis and the reverse transcription of RNAs containing 2'-O-carbamoyl uridine were evaluated. A mild acidic deprotection procedure allowed the synthesis of 2'-O-carbamoyl uridine triphosphate (UcmTP). UcmTP was incorporated correctly into long RNAs, and its fidelity during reverse transcription using SuperScript III was sufficient for RNA aptamer selection.
October 14, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Tony Karlsborn, A K M Firoj Mahmud, Hasan Tükenmez, Anders S Byström
INTRODUCTION: The Elongator complex, comprising six subunits (Elp1p-Elp6p), is required for formation of 5-carbamoylmethyl (ncm(5)) and 5-methoxycarbonylmethyl (mcm(5)) side chains on wobble uridines in 11 out of 42 tRNA species in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Loss of these side chains reduces the efficiency of tRNA decoding during translation, resulting in pleiotropic phenotypes. Overexpression of hypomodified [Formula: see text], which in wild-type strains are modified with mcm(5)s(2)U, partially suppress phenotypes of an elp3Δ strain...
2016: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
Tingjing Zhang, Jianqiang Liang, Panxue Wang, Ying Xu, Yutang Wang, Xinyuan Wei, Mingtao Fan
Phloretin-2'-O-glycosyltransferase (P2'GT) catalyzes the last glycosylation step in the biosynthesis of phloridzin that contributes to the flavor, color and health benefits of apples and processed apple products. In this work, a novel P2'GT of Malus x domestica (MdP2'GT) with a specific activity of 46.82 μkat/Kg protein toward phloretin and uridine diphosphate glucose (UDPG) at an optimal temperature of 30 °C and pH 8.0 was purified from the engineered Pichia pastoris broth to homogeneity by anion exchange chromatography, His-Trap affinity chromatography and gel filtration...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ryo Mitsugi, Kyohei Sumida, Yoshiko Fujie, Robert H Tukey, Tomoo Itoh, Ryoichi Fujiwara
Trovafloxacin is an antibiotic that was withdrawn from the market relatively soon after its release due to the risk of hepatotoxicity. Trovafloxacin is mainly metabolized to its acyl-glucuronide by uridine 5'-diphosphate (UDP)-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 1A1. In this study, we examined whether the acyl-glucuronide is involved in the development of hepatotoxicity. A UGT1A1-induced cell model was developed and the toxicity of trovafloxacin acyl-glucuronide was evaluated. The UGT1A1-induced cell model was developed by treating HepG2 cells with chrysin for 48 h...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Christine E Vaudo, Brigitte Gil, Kari Galuski, Corinne Zarwan, Francis W Nugent
5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is an antimetabolite pyridine analogue used for the treatment of solid tumors. Early toxicities may occur at standard doses of 5-FU due to dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) deficiency. Uridine triacetate, approved by the FDA in 2015, is an oral prodrug of uridine, a pharmacologic antidote for 5-FU toxicity. To our knowledge, this is the first case report that documents the clinical course of a patient treated with uridine triacetate for the reversal of early-onset 5-FU toxicity negative for DPD mutations...
September 26, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
Munmun Maiti, Ling-Jie Gao, Chunsheng Huang, Roger G Ptak, Michael G Murray, Steven De Jonghe, Piet Herdewijn
In an attempt to identify novel nucleoside phosphoramidate analogues for improving the anti-HCV activity of 2'-C-Me-uridine, we have synthesized for the first time a series of l-glutamic acid, l-serine, l-threonine and l-tyrosine containing aryloxyphosphoramidate prodrugs of 2'-C-Me-uridine. Evaluation of their activity against HCV revealed that they displayed very potent anti-HCV activity, with EC50 values that are in the same range as of Sofosbuvir.
September 21, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Muhammad Wasif Saif, Melissa Hennessey Smith, Antonia Maloney, Robert B Diasio
Imatinib, an orally administered protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) is indicated for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Severe hepatotoxicity associated with imatinib is rare, and relationship to polymorphism of uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) expression and related frequency of hyperbilirubinemia or toxicity are not well known. We present a case series patients who developed hyperbilirubinemia while on oral administration imatinib for treatment of GIST...
October 2016: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
Suzanne M McDermott, Jie Luo, Jason Carnes, Jeff A Ranish, Kenneth Stuart
Uridine insertion and deletion RNA editing generates functional mitochondrial mRNAs in Trypanosoma brucei Editing is catalyzed by three distinct ∼20S editosomes that have a common set of 12 proteins, but are typified by mutually exclusive RNase III endonucleases with distinct cleavage specificities and unique partner proteins. Previous studies identified a network of protein-protein interactions among a subset of common editosome proteins, but interactions among the endonucleases and their partner proteins, and their interactions with common subunits were not identified...
October 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Rajesh Krishna, Lilly East, Patrick Larson, Chandni Valiathan, Kathleen Deschamps, Julie Ann Luk, Crystal Bethel-Brown, Helen Manthos, John Brejda, Michael Gartner
Raltegravir is a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 integrase strand transfer inhibitor currently marketed at a dose of 400 mg twice-daily (BID). Raltegravir 1200 mg once-daily (QD) [investigational QD formulation of 2 x 600 mg tablets; QD RAL] was found to be generally well tolerated and non-inferior to the marketed 400 mg BID dose at 48 weeks in a Phase 3 trial. Since raltegravir is eliminated mainly by metabolism via a uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 1A1-mediated glucuronidation pathway, coadministration of UGT1A1 inhibitors may increase plasma levels of QD RAL...
September 30, 2016: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
Zhewang Lin, Min Dong, Yugang Zhang, Eunyoung Alisa Lee, Hening Lin
Diphthamide and the tRNA wobble uridine modifications both require diphthamide biosynthesis 3 (Dph3) protein as an electron donor for the iron-sulfur clusters in their biosynthetic enzymes. Here, using a proteomic approach, we identified Saccharomyces cerevisiae cytochrome b5 reductase (Cbr1) as a NADH-dependent reductase for Dph3. The NADH- and Cbr1-dependent reduction of Dph3 may provide a regulatory linkage between cellular metabolic state and protein translation.
October 3, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Vikram L Sundararaghavan, Puneet Sindhwani, Terry D Hinds
Bladder cancer has been linked to numerous toxins which can be concentrated in the bladder after being absorbed into the blood and filtered by the kidneys. Excessive carcinogenic load to the bladder urothelium may result in the development of cancer. However, enzymes within the bladder can metabolize carcinogens into substrates that are safer. Importantly, these proteins, namely the UGT's (uridine 5'-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferases), have been shown to possibly prevent bladder cancer. Also, studies have shown that the UGT1 expression is decreased in uroepithelial carcinomas, which may allow for the accumulation of carcinogens in the bladder...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Peiwen Liu, Yunqiao Dong, Jinbao Gu, Santhosh Puthiyakunnon, Yang Wu, Xiao-Guang Chen
BACKGROUND: In eukaryotic organisms, Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) control the activities of mobile genetic elements and ensure genome maintenance. Recent evidence indicates that piRNAs are involved in multiple biological pathways, including transcriptional regulation of protein-coding genes, sex determination and even interactions between host and pathogens. Aedes albopictus is a major invasive species that transmits a number of viral diseases in humans. Ae. albopictus has the largest genome and the highest abundance of repetitive sequences when compared with members that belong to Culicidae with a published genome...
September 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
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