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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214543/theoretical-structural-characterization-of-lymphoguanylin-a-potential-candidate-for-the-development-of-drugs-to-treat-gastrointestinal-disorders
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Állan S Pires, William F Porto, Pryscilla O Castro, Octavio L Franco, Sérgio A Alencar
Guanylin peptides (GPs) are small cysteine-rich peptide hormones involved in salt absorption, regulation of fluids and electrolyte homeostasis. This family presents four members: guanylin (GN), uroguanylin (UGN), lymphoguanylin (LGN) and renoguanylin (RGN). GPs have been used as templates for the development of drugs for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Currently, LGN is the only GP with just one disulfide bridge, making it a remarkable member of this family and a potential drug template; however, there is no structural information about this peptide...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214474/emergency-department-utilisation-by-older-people-in-metropolitan-melbourne-2008-12-findings-from-the-reducing-older-patient
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Danielle Mazza, Christopher Pearce, Angela Joe, Lyle R Turner, Bianca Brijnath, Colette Browning, Marianne Shearer, Judy Lowthian
Objective Older patients are over-represented in emergency departments (ED), with many presenting for conditions that could potentially be managed in general practice. The aims of the present study were to examine the characteristics of ED presentations by older patients and to identify patient factors contributing to potentially avoidable general practitioner (PAGP)-type presentations.Methods A retrospective analysis was performed of routinely collected data comprising ED presentations by patients aged ≥70 years at public hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne from January 2008 to December 2012...
February 20, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214148/muscle-characteristics-only-partially-explain-color-variations-in-fresh-hams
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K Stufft, J Elgin, B Patterson, S K Matarneh, R Preisser, H Shi, E M England, T L Scheffler, E W Mills, D E Gerrard
Fresh hams display significant lean color variation that persists through further processing and contributes to a less desirable cured product. In an attempt to understand the underlying cause of this color disparity, we evaluated the differences in muscle characteristics and energy metabolites across semimembranosus (SM) muscles differing in color variation. The L* (lightness) and a* (redness) values were highest and lowest (P<0.001), respectfully in the most caudal aspects of the muscle while the ultimate pH was the lowest (P<0...
December 24, 2016: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214069/-pharmacokinetic-drug-interaction-between-miconazole-mucoadhesive-tablet-and-tacrolimus-about-3%C3%A2-case-reports-in-transplant-patients
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Marion Lepelley, Sophie Logerot, Xavier Fonrose, Céline Villier
Loramyc(®) is a mucoadhesive tablet of miconazole, indicated for the treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis in immunocompromised patients. Miconazole, as others azole antifungals, is known for its potent inhibitory properties of cytochromes P450 enzymes and P-glycoprotein (P-gp). Inhibition of cytochromes P450 enzymes and P-gp can produce pharmacokinetic drug interaction. Immunosuppressive agents, such as calcineurin inhibitors (tacrolimus, cyclosporine) are substrates of cytochromes P450 3A4 and P-gp. Nevertheless, the impact of systemic absorption of miconazole mucoadhesive tablet has not been investigated by the laboratory before regulatory approval...
January 12, 2017: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213602/understanding-the-epidemiology-of-avoidable-significant-harm-in-primary-care-protocol-for-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Brian G Bell, Stephen Campbell, Andrew Carson-Stevens, Huw Prosser Evans, Alison Cooper, Christina Sheehan, Sarah Rodgers, Christine Johnson, Adrian Edwards, Sarah Armstrong, Rajnikant Mehta, Antony Chuter, Ailsa Donnelly, Darren M Ashcroft, Joanne Lymn, Pam Smith, Aziz Sheikh, Matthew Boyd, Anthony J Avery
INTRODUCTION: Most patient safety research has focused on specialist-care settings where there is an appreciation of the frequency and causes of medical errors, and the resulting burden of adverse events. There have, however, been few large-scale robust studies that have investigated the extent and severity of avoidable harm in primary care. To address this, we will conduct a 12-month retrospective cross-sectional study involving case note review of primary care patients. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will conduct electronic searches of general practice (GP) clinical computer systems to identify patients with avoidable significant harm...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212576/galectin-1-knockdown-improves-drug-sensitivity-of-breast-cancer-by-reducing-p-glycoprotein-expression-through-inhibiting-the-raf-1-ap-1-signaling-pathway
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Fang Wang, Pengwei Lv, Yuanting Gu, Lin Li, Xin Ge, Guangcheng Guo
Galectin-1 (Gal-1), a member of the galectin family of carbohydrate binding proteins, plays a pivotal role in various cellular processes of tumorigenesis. The regulatory effect of Gal-1 on multidrug resistance (MDR) breast cancer cells is still unclear. qRT-PCR and western blot showed that Gal-1 and MDR gene 1 (MDR1) were both highly expressed in breast tumor tissues and cell lines. MTT assay and flow cytometry revealed that Gal-1 knockdown improved sensitivity to paclitaxel (PTX) and adriamycin (ADR) in MCF-7/PTX and MCF-7/ADR cells via inhibition of cell viability and promotion of cell apoptosis, while MDR1 overexpression weakened the sensitivity to PTX and ADR induced by Gal-1 knockdown...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212161/hearing-impairment-and-the-amelioration-of-avoidable-medical-error-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Patrick Henn, Colm OʼTuathaigh, Darrelle Keegan, Simon Smith
OBJECTIVES: Hearing loss contributes to suboptimal medical treatment. We investigated the nature and magnitude of potential health-care harm of hearing loss alone on a patient's understanding of medical consultations, investigations, and treatments of health conditions unrelated to their hearing loss. METHODS: A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based design of a convenience sample of students with hearing loss, registered with the institutional disability support service in 8 Irish and 15 UK third-level institutions...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211881/a-technician-delivered-virtual-clinic-for-triaging-low-risk-glaucoma-referrals
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A Kotecha, J Brookes, P J Foster
PurposeThe purpose of this study is to describe the outcomes of a technician-delivered glaucoma referral triaging service with 'virtual review' of resultant data by a consultant ophthalmologist.Patients and methodsThe Glaucoma Screening Clinic reviewed new optometrist or GP-initiated glaucoma suspect referrals into a specialist ophthalmic hospital. Patients underwent testing by three ophthalmic technicians in a dedicated clinical facility. Data were reviewed at a different time and date by a consultant glaucoma ophthalmologist...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210898/flow-cytometric-analysis-reveals-the-high-levels-of-platelet-activation-parameters-in-circulation-of-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Agnieszka Morel, Joanna Rywaniak, Michał Bijak, Elżbieta Miller, Marta Niwald, Joanna Saluk
The epidemiological studies confirm an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in multiple sclerosis, especially prothrombotic events directly associated with abnormal platelet activity. The aim of our study was to investigate the level of blood platelet activation in the circulation of patients with chronic phase of multiple sclerosis (SP MS) and their reactivity in response to typical platelets' physiological agonists. We examined 85 SP MS patients diagnosed according to the revised McDonald's criteria and 50 healthy volunteers as a control group...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209803/correlation-between-membrane-protein-concentrations-and-transcellular-transport-activity-for-breast-cancer-resistance-protein
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Houfu Liu, Liang Huang, Yi Li, Tingting Fu, Xueying Sun, Yan-Yan Zhang, Ruina Gao, Qingfang Chen, Wandong Zhang, Jasminder Sahi, Scott Summerfield, Kelly Dong
Emerging evidence indicates an important role for breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) in limiting brain penetration of substrate drugs. While in vitro Transwell® assays can provide an indication of BCRP substrate potential, the predictability of these to in vivo brain penetration is still under debate. The present study examines the correlation of BCRP protein concentration and transcellular transport activity across MDCKII monolayers. We expressed human BCRP or murine Bcrp1 in MDCKII wild-type cells using BacMam2 virus transduction...
February 16, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209077/using-gp-trainees-as-role-players-as-a-teaching-training-tool-for-established-gp-trainers
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Kim Emerson, Penny Moore, Jill Edwards
This work aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of using GP trainees in place of professional actors, to role-play trainees with 'difficulties' or various challenging characteristics, as an educational tool for skills development of experienced GP trainers. The context was a residential experienced GP trainers' course and the role players were local ST3 GP trainees. Professional actors have been used for this purpose for many years in medical education at all levels, particularly in teaching communication and consultation skills in the Thames Valley area of the UK...
February 16, 2017: Education for Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209049/5-point-checklist-for-skin-cancer-detection-in-primary-care
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Elvira Moscarella, Aimilios Lallas, Caterina Longo, Roberto Alfano, Giuseppe Argenziano
BACKGROUND: Skin cancer screening interventions often relay on the involvement of general practitioners (GPs). Many interventions up to now have been directed to training approaches focusing on the clinical features of skin malignancies to increase GPs skill in skin cancer recognition. METHODS: Based on the available current knowledge about skin cancer epidemiology and risk factors, we built up a 5-point checklist to help GPs in triaging patients to be referred to a dermatologist...
February 16, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208754/gypenoside-xvii-prevents-atherosclerosis-by-attenuating-endothelial-apoptosis-and-oxidative-stress-insight-into-the-er%C3%AE-mediated-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Ke Yang, Haijing Zhang, Yun Luo, Jingyi Zhang, Min Wang, Ping Liao, Li Cao, Peng Guo, Guibo Sun, Xiaobo Sun
Phytoestrogens are estrogen-like compounds of plant origin. The pharmacological activities of phytoestrogens are predominantly due to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipid-lowering properties, which are mediated via the estrogen receptors (ERs): estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and estrogen receptor beta (ERβ) and possibly G protein-coupled estrogen receptor 1 (GPER). Gypenoside XVII (GP-17) is a phytoestrogen that is widely used to prevent cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis, but the mechanism underlying these therapeutic effects is largely unclear...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208135/abcb1-and-slco1b3-gene-polymorphisms-and-their-impact-on-digoxin-pharmacokinetics-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-among-the-tunisian-population
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Nejia Tounsi, Imen Trabelsi, Emna Kerkeni, Mohamed Habib Grissa, Nizar Fredj, Adel Sekma, Malek Mzali, Ilhem Hellara, Kamel Monastiri, Wahiba Douki, Semir Nouira
BACKGROUND: Digoxin is a substrate of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and organic anion transporting polypeptide transporters that are encoded by ABCB1 and SLCO1B3 genes. Genetic polymorphisms in both genes may explain inter-individual variability of serum digoxin concentration (SDC). This study evaluates the possible effect of the most common ABCB1 and SLCO1B3 polymorphisms on SDC after a single oral dose of digoxin in Tunisian atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. METHODS: ABCB1 and SLCO1B3 genotypes were analyzed in 102 patients with AF who received digoxin (0...
February 17, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207728/discharge-outcomes-of-patients-referred-to-specialist-eye-clinic-from-diabetic-retinopathy-screening-in-northland-2014-15
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Pragnya Jagadish, David Dalziel
AIMS: To determine the discharge outcomes of patients seen in specialist eye clinic after referral from diabetic retinopathy screening (DRS). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of outcomes of a sample of 98 patients referred from DRS to specialist eye clinic. RESULTS: A sample of 98 patients were analysed following referral by DRS to specialist eye clinic from 16/4/14 to 16/4/15. Age at screening ranged from 13-88 years, with the main ethnic groups being Māori (57...
February 17, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207295/competent-geometric-semantic-genetic-programming-for-symbolic-regression-and-boolean-function-synthesis
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Tomasz P Pawlak, Krzysztof Krawiec
Program semantics is a promising recent research thread in Genetic Programming (GP). Over a dozen of semantic-aware search, selection, and initialization operators for GP have been proposed to date. Some of those operators are designed to exploit the geometric properties of semantic space, while some others focus on making offspring effective, i.e., semantically different from their parents. Only a small fraction of previous works aimed at addressing both these features simultaneously. In this paper, we propose a suite of competent operators that combine effectiveness with geometry for population initialization, mate selection, mutation and crossover...
February 16, 2017: Evolutionary Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205290/development-and-qualification-of-an-lc-ms-ms-method-for-investigating-the-biological-implications-of-micelle-entrapped-paclitaxel-in-cell-culture-and-rats
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Amal Kaddoumi, Kanwaldeep K Gill, Khaled Elfakhri, Sami Nazzal
Paclitaxel is a front-line antineoplastic drug used in chemotherapeutic modalities for treatment of various types of malignancies. However, its efficacy is limited by dose related toxicities. In this study, we have explored two important biological aspects of entrapping paclitaxel in PEG2000 -DSPE micelles. First, we evaluated the impact of this micellar delivery system on P-glycoprotein (P-gp)-paclitaxel interaction, and we investigated differences in plasma pharmacokinetics of free and micelle entrapped paclitaxel...
February 15, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204967/advantageous-solubility-permeability-interplay-when-using-amorphous-solid-dispersion-asd-formulation-for-the-bcs-class-iv-p-gp-substrate-rifaximin-simultaneous-increase-of-both-the-solubility-and-the-permeability
#18
Avital Beig, Noa Fine-Shamir, David Lindley, Jonathan M Miller, Arik Dahan
Rifaximin is a BCS class IV (low-solubility, low-permeability) drug and also a P-gp substrate. The aims of this work were to assess the efficiency of different rifaximin amorphous solid dispersion (ASDs) formulations in achieving and maintaining supersaturation and to investigate the consequent solubility-permeability interplay. Spray-dried rifaximin ASDs were prepared with different hydrophilic polymers and their ability to achieve and maintain supersaturation was assessed. Then, rifaximin's apparent intestinal permeability was investigated as a function of increasing supersaturation both in vitro using the parallel artificial membrane permeability assay (PAMPA) and in vivo using the single-pass rat intestinal perfusion (SPIP) model...
February 15, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203015/-effect-of-thermal-conductivity-on-apical-sealing-ability-of-4-dental-gutta-percha-cones
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C Fan, C Y Yuan, J C Zhang, X Y Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of thermal conductivity on the apical sealing ability of different dental gutta-percha cones during the warm vertical condensation obturation. METHODS: Four kinds of dental gutta-percha cones were used in this study: Bio-GP points (BP, B&L, Korea), large-tapered gutta-percha (DP, DENTSPLY, America), PROTAPER Universal gutta-percha points (DPP, DENTSPLY, America) and mtwo gutta-percha points (VP, VDW, Germany). Volume differences method was used to determine the main components and the thermal conductivity determinator was used to measure the thermal conductivity of these dental gutta-percha cones...
February 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202210/investigating-adverse-events-following-immunisation-with-pneumococcal-polysaccharide-vaccine-using-electronic-general-practice-data
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L Trinh, K Macartney, P McIntyre, C Chiu, A Dey, R Menzies
BACKGROUND: In early 2011, following an increased number of reports of severe vaccine-related injection site reactions, Australian authorities recommended against administering repeat doses of the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPPV) in otherwise healthy adults. The aim of this study was to assess a source of electronic medical record data from primary care providers (General Practitioners, GPs), for validity and ability to retrospectively detect this adverse event signal...
February 12, 2017: Vaccine
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