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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213960/association-of-rhinovirus-with-exacerbations-in-young-children-affected-by-cystic-fibrosis-preliminary-data
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Sacha Stelzer-Braid, Nancy Liu, Michael Doumit, Russell D'Cunha, Yvonne Belessis, Adam Jaffe, William D Rawlinson
Rhinovirus (RV) is a common respiratory viral infection linked to worsening of chronic respiratory diseases including cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. RV was tested by RT-PCR in samples (n = 465) collected from the upper (nasal swab, oropharyngeal suction and sputum) and lower (bronchoalveolar washings) respiratory tract of 110 children with CF. Air samples (n = 52) collected from the operating theatres and outpatient clinics were tested for RV. RV was found in 43% of children <5 years suffering an exacerbation, and 12% of older children (5-17 years)...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213845/topical-formulation-containing-beeswax-based-nanoparticles-improved-in-vivo-skin-barrier-function
#2
Carla Souza, Luis Alexandre Pedro de Freitas, Patrícia Maria Berardo Gonçalves Maia Campos
Lipid nanoparticles have shown many advantages for treatment/prevention of skin disorders with damaged skin barrier function. Beeswax is a favorable candidate for the development of nanosystems in the cosmetic and dermatological fields because of its advantages for the development of products for topical application. In the present study, beeswax-based nanoparticles (BNs) were prepared using the hot melt microemulsion technique and incorporated to a gel-cream formulation. The formulation was subsequently evaluated for its rheological stability and effect on stratum corneum water content (SCWC) and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) using in vivo biophysical techniques...
February 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212814/human-striatal-dopaminergic-and-regional-serotonergic-synaptic-degeneration-with-lewy-body-disease-and-inheritance-of-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54
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Nadia Postupna, Caitlin S Latimer, Eric B Larson, Emily Sherfield, Julie Paladin, Carol A Shively, Matthew J Jorgensen, Rachel N Andrews, Jay R Kaplan, Paul K Crane, Kathleen S Montine, Suzanne Craft, C Dirk Keene, Thomas J Montine
Cognitive impairment in older individuals is a complex trait that in population-based studies most commonly derives from an individually varying mixture of Alzheimer disease, Lewy body disease, and vascular brain injury. We investigated the molecular composition of synaptic particles from three sources: consecutive rapid autopsy brains from the adult changes in thought study, a population-based cohort; four aged nonhuman primate brains optimally processed for molecular investigation; and targeted replacement transgenic mice homozygous for APOE ε4...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211537/ambient-ultrafine-particle-ingestion-alters-gut-microbiota-in-association-with-increased-atherogenic-lipid-metabolites
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Rongsong Li, Jieping Yang, Arian Saffari, Jonathan Jacobs, Kyung In Baek, Greg Hough, Muriel H Larauche, Jianguo Ma, Nelson Jen, Nabila Moussaoui, Bill Zhou, Hanul Kang, Srinivasa Reddy, Susanne M Henning, Matthew J Campen, Joseph Pisegna, Zhaoping Li, Alan M Fogelman, Constantinos Sioutas, Mohamad Navab, Tzung K Hsiai
Ambient particulate matter (PM) exposure is associated with atherosclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. Ultrafine particles (UFP, dp < 0.1-0.2 μm) are redox active components of PM. We hypothesized that orally ingested UFP promoted atherogenic lipid metabolites in both the intestine and plasma via altered gut microbiota composition. Low density lipoprotein receptor-null (Ldlr(-/-)) mice on a high-fat diet were orally administered with vehicle control or UFP (40 μg/mouse/day) for 3 days a week...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209527/exploring-deformable-particles-in-vascular-targeted-drug-delivery-softer-is-only-sometimes-better
#5
Margaret B Fish, Catherine A Fromen, Genesis Lopez-Cazares, Alexander W Golinski, Timothy F Scott, Reheman Adili, Michael Holinstat, Omolola Eniola-Adefeso
The ability of vascular-targeted drug carriers (VTCs) to localize and bind to a targeted, diseased endothelium determines their overall clinical utility. Here, we investigate how particle modulus and size determine adhesion of VTCs to the vascular wall under physiological blood flow conditions. In general, deformable microparticles (MPs) outperformed nanoparticles (NPs) in all experimental conditions tested. Our results indicate that MP modulus enhances particle adhesion in a shear-dependent manner. In low shear human blood flow profiles in vitro, low modulus particles showed favorable adhesion, while at high shear, rigid particles showed superior adhesion...
February 4, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208719/micro-computed-tomography-detection-of-gold-nanoparticle-labelled-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-the-rat-subretinal-layer
#6
Pooi Ling Mok, Sue Ngein Leow, Avin Ee-Hwan Koh, Hairul Harun Mohd Nizam, Suet Lee Shirley Ding, Chi Luu, Raduan Ruhaslizan, Hon Seng Wong, Wan Haslina Wan Abdul Halim, Min Hwei Ng, Ruszymah Binti Hj Idrus, Shiplu Roy Chowdhury, Catherine Mae-Lynn Bastion, Suresh Kumar Subbiah, Akon Higuchi, Abdullah A Alarfaj, Kong Yong Then
Mesenchymal stem cells are widely used in many pre-clinical and clinical settings. Despite advances in molecular technology; the migration and homing activities of these cells in in vivo systems are not well understood. Labelling mesenchymal stem cells with gold nanoparticles has no cytotoxic effect and may offer suitable indications for stem cell tracking. Here, we report a simple protocol to label mesenchymal stem cells using 80 nm gold nanoparticles. Once the cells and particles were incubated together for 24 h, the labelled products were injected into the rat subretinal layer...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208594/immunomodulatory-and-anti-ibdv-activities-of-the-polysaccharide-aex-from-coccomyxa-gloeobotrydiformis
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Qiang Guo, Qiang Shao, Wenping Xu, Lei Rui, Ryo Sumi, Fumio Eguchi, Zandong Li
A number of polysaccharides have been reported to show immunomodulatory and antiviral activities against various animal viruses. AEX is a polysaccharide extracted from the green algae, Coccomyxa gloeobotrydiformis. The aim of this study was to examine the function of AEX in regulating the immune response in chickens and its capacity to inhibit the infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV), to gain an understanding of its immunomodulatory and antiviral ability. Here, preliminary immunological tests in vitro showed that the polysaccharide AEX can activate the chicken peripheral blood molecular cells' (PBMCs) response by inducing the production of cytokines and NO, promote extracellular antigen presentation but negatively regulate intracellular antigen presentation in chicken splenic lymphocytes, and promote the proliferation of splenic lymphocytes and DT40 cells...
February 10, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207870/impaired-hdl2-mediated-cholesterol-efflux-is-associated-with-metabolic-syndrome-in-families-with-early-onset-coronary-heart-disease-and-low-hdl-cholesterol-level
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Timo Paavola, Sanna Kuusisto, Matti Jauhiainen, Sakari Kakko, Tiia Kangas-Kontio, Jari Metso, Pasi Soininen, Mika Ala-Korpela, Risto Bloigu, Minna L Hannuksela, Markku J Savolainen, Tuire Salonurmi
OBJECTIVE: The potential of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) to facilitate cholesterol removal from arterial foam cells is a key function of HDL. We studied whether cholesterol efflux to serum and HDL subfractions is impaired in subjects with early coronary heart disease (CHD) or metabolic syndrome (MetS) in families where a low HDL-cholesterol level (HDL-C) predisposes to early CHD. METHODS: HDL subfractions were isolated from plasma by sequential ultracentrifugation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202790/reactivity-of-anti-pedv-structural-protein-antibodies-to-porcine-enteric-coronaviruses-diagnostic-implications
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Luis Gabriel Gimenez-Lirola, Jianqiang Zhang, Jose Antonio Carrillo-Avila, Qi Chen, Ronaldo Magtoto, Korakrit Poonsuk, David H Baum, Pablo Piñeyro, Jeffrey Zimmerman
The development of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) antibody-based assays is important for detecting infected animals, confirming previous virus exposure, and monitoring sow herd immunity. However, the potential cross-reactivity among porcine coronaviruses is a major concern for the development of pathogen-specific assays. In this study, we used serum samples (n = 792) from pigs of precisely known infection status and a multiplex fluorescent microbead-based immunoassay and/or enzyme-linked immunoassay platform to characterize the antibody response against PEDV whole-virus (WV) particles and recombinant polypeptides derived from the four PEDV structural proteins, i...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202546/identification-of-a-novel-series-of-anti-inflammatory-and-anti-oxidative-phospholipid-oxidation-products-containing-cyclopentenone-moiety-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-implication-in-atherosclerosis
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Jianhong Lu, Shuyuan Guo, Xinli Xue, Qun Chen, Jing Ge, Yujuan Zhuo, Huiqin Zhong, Buxing Chen, Mingming Zhao, Wei Han, Takashi Suzuki, Mingjiang Zhu, Lin Xia, Claus Schneider, Timothy S Blackwell, Ned A Porter, Lemin Zheng, Sotirios Tsimikas, Huiyong Yin
Oxidative stress and inflammation are two major contributing factors to atherosclerosis, a leading cause for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Oxidation of phospholipids on the surface of low density lipoprotein (LDL) particles generated under oxidative stress has been associated with the progression of atherosclerosis but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain poorly defined. We identified a novel series of oxidation products containing cyclopentenone moiety, termed deoxy-A2/J2-isoprostanes-phosphocholine (deoxy-A2/J2-IsoP-PC), from 1-palmitoyl-2-arachidonoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (PAPC) in vivo using mass spectrometry and by comparison to a chemically synthesized standard...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196962/spatial-and-temporal-analysis-of-alphavirus-replication-and-assembly-in-mammalian-and-mosquito-cells
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Joyce Jose, Aaron B Taylor, Richard J Kuhn
Sindbis virus (SINV [genus Alphavirus, family Togaviridae]) is an enveloped, mosquito-borne virus. Alphaviruses cause cytolytic infections in mammalian cells while establishing noncytopathic, persistent infections in mosquito cells. Mosquito vector adaptation of alphaviruses is a major factor in the transmission of epidemic strains of alphaviruses. Though extensive studies have been performed on infected mammalian cells, the morphological and structural elements of alphavirus replication and assembly remain poorly understood in mosquito cells...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194698/pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-atherosclerosis-current-view-and-future-perspective-on-lipoprotein-modification-treatment
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REVIEW
S C Bergheanu, M C Bodde, J W Jukema
Recent years have brought a significant amount of new results in the field of atherosclerosis. A better understanding of the role of different lipoprotein particles in the formation of atherosclerotic plaques is now possible. Recent cardiovascular clinical trials have also shed more light upon the efficacy and safety of novel compounds targeting the main pathways of atherosclerosis and its cardiovascular complications.In this review, we first provide a background consisting of the current understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of atherosclerotic disease, followed by our future perspectives on several novel classes of drugs that target atherosclerosis...
February 13, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193634/purified-streptococcus-pneumoniae-endopeptidase-o-pepo-enhances-particle-uptake-by-macrophages-in-a-tlr2-and-mir-155-dependent-manner
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Hua Yao, Hong Zhang, Kai Lan, Hong Wang, Yufeng Su, Dagen Li, Zhixin Song, Fang Cui, Yibing Yin, Xuemei Zhang
Insights into the host-microbial virulence factors interaction, especially the immune-signaling mechanisms, could provide novel prevention and treatment options for pneumococcal diseases. Streptococcus pneumoniae endopeptidase O (PepO) is a newly discovered and ubiquitously expressed pneumococcal virulence protein. A PepO-mutant strain showed impaired adherence to and invasion of host cells compared with their isogenic wild-type strains. It is still unknown whether PepO is involved in host defense response against pneumococcal infection...
February 13, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193493/development-of-a-monoclonal-sandwich-elisa-for-direct-detection-of-bluetongue-virus-8-in-infected-animals
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Andre Ten Haaf, Johannes Kohl, Sibylle Pscherer, Hans-Peter Hamann, Hans Ulrich Eskens, Max Bastian, Stefan Gattenlöhner, Mehmet Kemal Tur
Bluetongue is an infectious viral disease which can cause mortality in affected ruminants, and tremendous economic damage via impacts upon fertility, milk production and the quality of wool. The disease is caused by bluetongue virus (BTV) which is transmitted by species of Culicoides biting midge. Rapid detection of BTV is required to contain disease outbreaks and reduce economic losses. The purpose of this study was to develop a monoclonal sandwich ELISA for direct detection of BTV in infected animals. Phage display technology was used to isolate BTV specific antibody fragments by applying the human scFv Tomlinson antibody libraries directly on purified BTV-8 particles...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192902/concentration-normalized-electroanalytical-assaying-of-exosomal-markers
#15
Qian Li, George K Tofaris, Jason J Davis
Exosomes are both active in mediating intracellular communication and potentially present a potent cargo of disease biomarkers to an assay. The robust evaluation of exosomal markers could lead to a paradigm shift in clinical analysis and associated care. To date, much of this has been hindered by issues of sample preparation and assay signal-to-noise. We introduce here the use of ultrasensitive electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to quantify both external (tetraspanin) and internal (syntenin) exosome-specific markers...
February 10, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192240/effects-of-curcumin-on-hdl-functionality
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REVIEW
Shiva Ganjali, Christopher N Blesso, Maciej Banach, Matteo Pirro, Muhammed Majeed, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Curcumin, a bioactive polyphenol, is a yellow pigment of the Curcuma longa (turmeric) plant. Curcumin has many pharmacologic effects including antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-obesity, anti-angiogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Recently, it has been found that curcumin affects lipid metabolism, and subsequently, may alleviate hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis. Plasma HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) is an independent negative risk predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, numerous clinical and genetic studies have yielded disappointing results about the therapeutic benefit of raising plasma HDL-C levels...
February 10, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192238/molecular-networks-related-to-the-immune-system-and-mitochondria-are-targets-for-the-pesticide-dieldrin-in-the-zebrafish-danio-rerio-central-nervous-system
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Andrew M Cowie, Kathleena I Sarty, Angella Mercer, Jin Koh, Karen A Kidd, Christopher J Martyniuk
: The objectives of this study were to determine the behavioral and molecular responses in the adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) central nervous system (CNS) following a dietary exposure to the pesticide dieldrin. Zebrafish were fed pellets spiked with 0.03, 0.15, or 1.8μg/g dieldrin for 21days. Behavioral analysis revealed no difference in exploratory behaviors or those related to anxiety. Transcriptional networks for T-cell aggregation and selection were decreased in expression suggesting an immunosuppressive effect of dieldrin, consistent with other studies investigating organochlorine pesticides...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190783/a-retrospective-analysis-of-catheter-based-sources-in-intravascular-brachytherapy
#18
J DeCunha, C Janicki, S A Enger
PURPOSE: Coronary artery disease involves the deposition of plaque along the walls of a coronary artery leading to narrowed or blocked vessels (stenosis) and is one of the main causes of death in developed countries. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is used to reverse stenosis. Restenosis (renarrowing) of the treated vessel is a major complication of PTCA. A metal mesh tube (stent) can be placed inside the vessel to prevent restenosis. Tissue stress incurred during PTCA and stenting can provoke neointimal cell proliferation leading to in-stent restenosis (ISR)...
February 10, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188933/zika-virus-shedding-in-human-milk-during-lactation-an-unlikely-source-of-infecton
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Marta G Cavalcanti, Mauro J Cabral-Castro, Jorge L S Gonçalves, Larissa S Santana, Eduardo Scarlatelli Pimenta, José M Peralta
Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission through non-mosquito-dependent route has become increasingly important after reports of sexual transmission of ZIKV. Breastfeeding is a potential means of ZIKV transmission, but the data is still limited. Four mothers with laboratory-proven infection were reported. No disease evolved in three of the breastfed babies despite detectable maternal viremia and viruria, the presence of viral RNA shedding, and the isolation of infective particles in one milk sample. However, in one infant of a ZIKV-infected mother, fever and rash proved to be related to Chikungunya virus infection...
February 7, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188431/lipoprotein-a-and-its-role-in-inflammation-atherosclerosis-and-malignancies
#20
Evelyn Orsó, Gerd Schmitz
Lipoprotein (a) (Lp(a)) is a modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particle with an additional specific apolipoprotein (a), covalently attached to apolipoprotein B‑100 of LDL by a single thioester bond. Increased plasma Lp(a) level is a genetically determined, independent, causal risk factor for cardiovascular disease.The precise quantification of Lp(a) in plasma is still hampered by mass-sensitive assays, large particle variation, poor standardization and lack of assay comparability.The physiological functions of Lp(a) include wound healing, promoting tissue repair and vascular remodeling...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology Supplements
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