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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150942/a-novel-epididymal-quiescence-factor-inhibits-sperm-motility-by-modulating-nos-activity-and-intracellular-no-cgmp-pathway
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Prasanta Ghosh, Sandipan Mukherjee, Arpita Bhoumik, Sandhya Rekha Dungdung
Mature and potentially motile spermatozoa stored in cauda epididymis in an inactive state for approximately 30 days; however during ejaculation they regain motility. To understand the actual molecular mechanism of the sperm quiescence during caudal stay, a proteinaceous quiescence factor (QF) has been purified from caprine epididymal plasma to apparent homogeneity. In the present study complete purification, detailed characterization as well as mechanistic pathway of QF has been described. QF was purified to 215 fold with 45% activity recovery...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150274/neuroprotective-potential-of-high-dose-biotin
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Mark F McCarty, James J DiNicolantonio
A recent controlled trial has established that high-dose biotin supplementation - 100 mg, three times daily - has a stabilizing effect on progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Although this effect has been attributed to an optimization of biotin's essential cofactor role in the brain, a case can be made that direct stimulation of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) by pharmacological concentrations of biotin plays a key role in this regard. The utility of high-dose biotin in MS might reflect an anti-inflammatory effect of cGMP on the cerebral microvasculature, as well on oligodendrocyte differentiation and on Schwann cell production of neurotrophic factors thought to have potential for managing MS...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149760/patterns-of-relapse-in-poor-prognosis-germ-cell-tumours-in-the-getug-13-trial-implications-for-assessment-of-brain-metastases
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Y Loriot, L Pagliaro, A Fléchon, J Mardiak, L Geoffrois, P Kerbrat, C Chevreau, R Delva, F Rolland, C Theodore, G Roubaud, G Gravis, J C Eymard, J P Malhaire, C Linassier, M Habibian, A L Martin, F Journeau, M Reckova, C Logothetis, A Laplanche, G Le Teuff, S Culine, K Fizazi
BACKGROUND: The GETUG 13 phase III trial tested personalised chemotherapy based on tumour marker decline in patients with poor-prognosis germ-cell tumour (GCT) and demonstrated that a dose-dense regimen improves progression-free survival in patients with an unfavourable decline. We investigated the pattern of relapse for patients included in GETUG 13. METHODS: We conducted an analysis of relapse events in patients from GETUG 13. Baseline procedures before inclusion in the trial comprised a thoraco-abdomino-pelvic computed tomography scan and a magnetic resonance imaging of the brain...
November 14, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149368/dietary-guidance-for-lutein-consideration-for-intake-recommendations-is-scientifically-supported
#4
Katherine M Ranard, Sookyoung Jeon, Emily S Mohn, James C Griffiths, Elizabeth J Johnson, John W Erdman
Lutein, a yellow xanthophyll carotenoid found in egg yolks and many colorful fruits and vegetables, has gained public health interest for its putative role in visual performance and reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's recommended Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) focus on preventing deficiency and toxicity, but there is a budding interest in establishing DRI-like guidelines for non-essential bioactives, like lutein, that promote optimal health and/or prevent chronic diseases...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149294/pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-of-systemically-administered-polymyxin-b-against-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-mouse-thigh-and-lung-infection-models
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Cornelia B Landersdorfer, Jiping Wang, Veronika Wirth, Ke Chen, Keith S Kaye, Brian T Tsuji, Jian Li, Roger L Nation
Background: The pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) relationship for polymyxin B against Klebsiella pneumoniae infections is not known. Methods: Dose-fractionation studies with subcutaneous polymyxin B were conducted in neutropenic mice in which infection with three strains of K. pneumoniae had been produced in thighs or lungs. Dosing (thigh infection 0.5-120 mg/kg/day; lung infection 5-120 mg/kg/day) commenced 2 h after inoculation, and bacterial burden was measured 24 h later...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148769/azetidine-and-piperidine-carbamates-as-efficient-covalent-inhibitors-of-monoacylglycerol-lipase
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Christopher R Butler, Elizabeth M Beck, Anthony R Harris, Zhen Huang, Laura A McAllister, Christopher W Am Ende, Kimberly F Fennell, Timothy L Foley, Kari R Fonseca, Steven J Hawrylik, Douglas S Johnson, John D Knafels, Scot Mente, Stephen Noell, Jayvardhan Pandit, Tracy B Phillips, Justin R Piro, Bruce N Rogers, Tarek A Samad, Jane Wang, Shuangyi Wan, Michael A Brodney
Monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) is the main enzyme responsible for degradation of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) in the CNS. MAGL catalyzes the conversion of 2-AG to arachidonic acid (AA), a precursor to the pro-inflammatory eicosannoids such as prostaglandins. Herein we describe highly efficient MAGL inhibitors, identified through a parallel medicinal chemistry approach that highlighted the improved efficiency of azetidine and piperidine-derived carbamates. The discovery and optimization of 3-substituted azetidine carbamate irreversible inhibitors of MAGL was aided by the generation of inhibitor-bound MAGL crystal structures...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148575/effects-of-spot-parameters-in-pencil-beam-scanning-treatment-planning
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Aafke Christine Kraan, Nicolas Depauw, Ben Clasie, Marina Giunta, Tom Madden, Hanne M Kooy
BACKGROUND: Spot size σ (in-air at isocenter), inter-spot spacing d, and spot charge q influence dose delivery efficiency and plan quality in Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) treatment planning. The choice and range of parameters varies among different manufacturers. The goal of this work is to demonstrate the influence of the spot parameters on dose quality and delivery in IMPT treatment plans, to show their interdependence, and to make practitioners aware of the spot parameter values for a certain facility...
November 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148570/robust-optimization-in-impt-using-quadratic-objective-functions-to-account-for-the-minimum-mu-constraint
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Jie Shan, Yu An, Martin Bues, Steven E Schild, Wei Liu
PURPOSE: Currently, in clinical practice of intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT), the influence of the minimum monitor unit (MU) constraint is taken into account through post-processing after the optimization is completed. This may degrade the plan quality and plan robustness. This study aims to mitigate the impact of the minimum MU constraint directly during the plan robust optimization. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Cao et al. have demonstrated a two-stage method to account for the minimum MU constraint using linear programming without the impact of uncertainties considered...
November 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148432/a-singular-value-decomposition-linear-programming-svdlp-optimization-technique-for-circular-cone-based-robotic-radiotherapy
#9
Bin Liang, Yongbao Li, Wei Ran, Bin Guo, Xuang Xu, Bo Liu, Jiafeng Li, Qiuwen Wu, Fugen Zhou
With robot-controlled linac positioning, the robotic radiotherapy system such as CyberKnife significantly increases the freedom in radiation beam placement, but also imposes more challenges on treatment plan optimization. The resampling mechanism in vendor supplied treatment planning system (MultiPlan) could not fully explore the increased beam direction search space. Besides, a sparse treatment plan (using fewer beams) is desired to improve the treatment efficiency. This study proposes a singular value decomposition linear programming (SVDLP) optimization technique for circular collimator based robotic radiotherapy...
November 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148069/long-term-oral-exposure-to-safe-dose-of-bisphenol-a-in-association-with-high-fat-diet-stimulate-the-prostatic-lesions-in-a-rodent-model-for-prostate-cancer
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Camila H Facina, Silvana G P Campos, Bianca F Gonçalves, Rejane M Góes, Patricia S L Vilamaior, Sebastião R Taboga
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that exposure to environmental chemicals known as endocrine disruptors can cause permanent changes in genital organs, such as the prostate. Among these environmental chemicals stands out bisphenol A (BPA). Another factor associated with prostate changes is the consumption of a high-fat diet. Although the relationship between the consumption of a high-fat diet and an increased risk of prostate cancer is well established, the mechanisms that lead to the establishment of this disease are not completely understood, nor the simultaneous action of BPA and high-fat diet...
November 17, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147654/susceptibility-of-in-vitro-melanoma-skin-cancer-to-photoactivated-hypericin-versus-aluminium-iii-phthalocyanine-chloride-tetrasulphonate
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I M Ndhundhuma, H Abrahamse
The sensitivity of human melanoma cells to photoactivated Hypericin (Hyp) compared to aluminium(III) phthalocyanine chloride tetrasulphonate (AlPcS4Cl) is reported in this study. Melanoma cells (A375 cell line) were treated with various concentrations of Hyp or AlPcS4Cl alone, for 1, 4, and 24 hrs; varying doses of laser irradiation alone (594 or 682 nm); or optimal concentrations of PSs combined with laser irradiation. Changes in cell morphology, viability, membrane integrity, and proliferation after treatment of cells were determined using inverted microscopy, Trypan blue cell exclusion, Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) membrane integrity, and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) cell proliferation assay, respectively...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147087/hydrolysate-preparation-with-high-content-of-5-hydroxytryptophan-from-liquid-egg-protein-and-its-sleep-potentiating-activity
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Jung Il Kwon, Yooheon Park, Sung Hee Han, Hyung Joo Suh
Alcalase hydrolysis of liquid egg white was used to produce 5-hydroxytryptophan (HTP) under various conditions and investigate the sleep-potentiating activity of liquid egg white hydrolysate (LEH) on pentobarbital-induced sleep. Alcalase hydrolysis yielded the highest content of 5-HTP (13.50 μg/mL), while neutrase hydrolysis showed the lowest 5-HTP content (5.23 μg/mL). The liquid egg white to water ratio (1:1) was optimal for the production of 5-HTP with high amino-nitrogen (A-N) content and degree of hydrolysis...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146695/first-in-human-her2-targeted-imaging-using-89-zr-pertuzumab-pet-ct-dosimetry-and-clinical-application-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Gary A Ulaner, Serge K Lyashchenko, Christopher Riedl, Shutian Ruan, Pat B Zanzonico, Diana Lake, Komal Jhaveri, Brian Zeglis, Jason S Lewis, Joseph A O'Donoghue
In this first-in-human study, we evaluate the safety and dosimetry of (89)Zr-pertuzumab PET/CT for HER2-targeted imaging in patients with HER2-postive breast cancer. Materials and Methods: Patients with HER2-positive breast cancer and evidence of distant metastases were enrolled in an Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved prospective clinical trial. Pertuzumab was conjugated with deferoxamine and radiolabeled with (89)Zr. Patients underwent (89)Zr-pertuzumab PET/CT with 74 MBq of (89)Zr-pertuzumab in a total antibody mass of 20-50 mg of pertuzumab...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146652/dynamic-treatment-selection-and-modification-for-personalised-blood-pressure-therapy-using-a-markov-decision-process-model-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Sung Eun Choi, Margaret L Brandeau, Sanjay Basu
OBJECTIVE: Personalised medicine seeks to select and modify treatments based on individual patient characteristics and preferences. We sought to develop an automated strategy to select and modify blood pressure treatments, incorporating the likelihood that patients with different characteristics would benefit from different types of medications and dosages and the potential severity and impact of different side effects among patients with different characteristics. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: We developed a Markov decision process (MDP) model to incorporate meta-analytic data and estimate the optimal treatment for maximising discounted lifetime quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) based on individual patient characteristics, incorporating medication adjustment choices when a patient incurs side effects...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146503/methodology-for-controlled-administration-of-smoked-synthetic-cannabinoids-jwh-018-and-jwh-073
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REVIEW
Ziva D Cooper, Justin L Poklis, Fei Liu
Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are a significant public health concern given their widespread use and severe effects associated with intoxication. However, there is a paucity of controlled human studies investigating the behavioral and physiological effects and pharmacokinetics of these compounds. Designing a reliable method to administer consistent, concentration-dependent synthetic cannabinoids is an integral component of controlled study of these compounds. Further, optimizing methods to assess the parent compounds and metabolites in plasma is critical in order to be able to establish their pharmacokinetics after administration...
November 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146246/nanoparticle-formulation-improves-doxorubicin-efficacy-by-enhancing-host-antitumor-immunity
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Eric M Mastria, Leon Y Cai, Matthew J Kan, Xinghai Li, Jeffrey L Schaal, Steven Fiering, Michael D Gunn, Mark W Dewhirst, Smita K Nair, Ashutosh Chilkoti
Strategies that enhance the host antitumor immune response promise to revolutionize cancer therapy. Optimally mobilizing the immune system will likely require a multi-pronged approach to overcome the resistance developed by tumors to therapy. Recently, it has become recognized that doxorubicin can contribute to re-establishing host antitumor immunity through the generation of immunogenic cell death. However, the potential for delivery strategies to further enhance the immunological effects of doxorubicin has not been adequately examined...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145879/allogeneic-mesenchymal-stem-cell-as-induction-therapy-to-prevent-both-delayed-graft-function-and-acute-rejection-in-deceased-donor-renal-transplantation-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Qipeng Sun, Liangqing Hong, Zhengyu Huang, Ning Na, Xuefeng Hua, Yanwen Peng, Ming Zhao, Ronghua Cao, Qiquan Sun
BACKGROUND: Using kidneys from deceased donors is an available strategy to meet the growing need of grafts. However, higher incidences of delayed graft function (DGF) and acute rejection exert adverse effects on graft outcomes. Since ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) and ongoing process of immune response to grafts are the major causes of DGF and acute rejection, the optimal induction intervention should possess capacities of both repairing renal structure injury and suppressing immune response simultaneously...
November 16, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145824/observations-on-significant-hemodynamic-changes-caused-by-a-high-concentration-of-epidurally-administered-ropivacaine-correlation-and-prediction-study-of-stroke-volume-variation-and-central-venous-pressure-in-thoracic-epidural-anesthesia
#18
Jeong-Min Hong, Hyeon Jeong Lee, Young-Jae Oh, Ah Rhem Cho, Hyae Jin Kim, Do-Won Lee, Wang-Seok Do, Jae-Young Kwon, Haekyu Kim
BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA) exacerbates hypotension due to peripheral vasodilator effects following the use of general anesthetics. This study aimed to compare the hemodynamic changes caused by three different concentrations of epidural ropivacaine and to evaluate the performance of the stroke-volume variation (SVV) and central venous pressure (CVP) during TEA with general anesthesia. METHODS: A total of 120 patients were administered 8 mL of ropivacaine solution via epidural injection, following randomization into one of three groups based on the concentration of ropivacaine in the study solution: 0...
November 16, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144559/treatment-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-a-clinical-practice-update
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REVIEW
Rocco Maurizio Zagari, Stefano Rabitti, Leonardo Henry Eusebi, Franco Bazzoli
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori infection is still frequent in the community and all infected subjects should be offered an eradication therapy. Nowdays physicians have to face the challenge of antibiotic resistance in treating Helicobacter pylori infected individuals. AIM: This review provides an overview of current international guidelines and reports recent evidence from systematic reviews and clinical trials on the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection, and should help physicians to better treat their patients...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143669/considerations-for-using-minocycline-vs-doxycycline-for-treatment-of-canine-heartworm-disease
#20
Mark G Papich
BACKGROUND: Doxycycline has been considered the first drug of choice for treating Wolbachia, a member of the Rickettsiaceae, which has a symbiotic relationship with filarial worms, including heartworms. Wolbachia, is susceptible to tetracyclines, which have been used as adjunctive treatments for heartworm disease. Treatment with doxycycline reduces Wolbachia numbers in all stages of heartworms and improves outcomes and decreased microfilaremia in dogs treated for heartworm disease. The American Heartworm Society recommends treatment with doxycycline in dogs diagnosed with heartworm disease at a dose of 10 mg/kg twice daily for 28 days...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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