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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352640/recent-advancements-in-bioremediation-of-dye-current-status-and-challenges
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Kumar Vikrant, Balendu Shekhar Giri, Nadeem Raza, Kangkan Roy, Ki-Hyun Kim, Birendra Nath Rai, Ram Sharan Singh
The rampant industrialization and unchecked growth of modern textile production facilities coupled with the lack of proper treatment facilities have proliferated the discharge of effluents enriched with toxic, baleful, and carcinogenic pollutants including dyes, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, odorants, and other hazardous materials. Therefore, the development of cost-effective and efficient control measures against such pollution is imperative to safeguard ecosystems and natural resources. In this regard, recent advances in biotechnology and microbiology have propelled bioremediation as a prospective alternative to traditional treatment methods...
January 8, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352032/the-surprising-subtleties-of-changing-fear-memory-a-challenge-for-translational-science
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Merel Kindt
Current pharmacological and psychological treatments for disorders of emotional memory only dampen the affective response while leaving the original fear memory intact. Under adverse circumstances, these original memories regain prominence, causing relapses in many patients. The (re)discovery in neuroscience that after reactivation consolidated fear memories may return to a transient labile state, requiring a process of restabilization in order to persist, offers a window of opportunity for modifying fear memories with amnestic agents...
March 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351374/fast-dynamic-docking-guided-by-adaptive-electrostatic-bias-the-md-binding-approach
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Andrea Spitaleri, Sergio Decherchi, Andrea Cavalli, Walter Rocchia
Engineering chemical entities to modify how pharmaceutical targets function, as it is done in drug design, requires a good understanding of molecular recognition and binding. In this context, the limitations of statically describing bimolecular recognition, as done in docking/scoring, call for insightful and efficient dynamical investigations. On the experimental side, the characterization of dynamical binding processes is still in its infancy. Thus, computer simulations, particularly molecular dynamics (MD), are compelled to play a prominent role, allowing a deeper comprehension of the binding process and its causes and thus a more informed compound selection, making more significant the computational contribution to drug discovery1...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351242/-vessels-in-the-storm-searching-for-prognostic-and-predictive-angiogenic-factors-in-colorectal-cancer
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Adriano Angelucci, Simona Delle Monache, Alessio Cortellini, Monica Di Padova, Ficorella Corrado
High expectations are placed upon anti-angiogenic compounds for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), the first malignancy for which such type of treatment has been approved. Indeed, clinical trials have confirmed that targeting the formation of new vessels can improve in many cases clinical outcomes of mCRC patients. However, current anti-angiogenic drugs are far from obtaining the desirable or expected curative results. Many are the factors probably involved in such disappointing results, but particular attention is currently focused on the validation of biomarkers able to improve the direction of treatment protocols...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351162/potentiation-effects-of-the-french-contrast-method-on-the-vertical-jumping-ability
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Joseba Andoni Hernández-Preciado, Eneko Baz, Carlos Balsalobre-Fernández, David Marchante, Jordan Santos-Concejero
This study examined the acute effects of the potentiation protocol known as French Contrast Method on the vertical jumping ability measured by a countermovement jump (CMJ). 31 athletes participated in the study (intervention group n=17 and control group n=14). The CMJ height was measured using the IOS application MyJump App 2.0 pre- and post- the French Contrast protocol, which consisted of 3 sets of isometric partial squats, drop jumps, dynamic half-squats and hurdle jumps. The CMJ height improved from its baseline values by 5...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345496/feedback-from-the-european-bioanalysis-forum-focus-workshop-on-current-analysis-of-immunogenicity-best-practices-and-regulatory-hurdles
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Joanne Goodman, Simon Cowen, Viswanath Devanarayan, David Egging, Thomas Emrich, Michaela Golob, Daniel Kramer, Jim McNally, James Munday, Robert Nelson, João A Pedras-Vasconcelos, Timo Piironen, Denise Sickert, Venke Skibeli, Marianne Scheel Fjording, Philip Timmerman
European Bioanalysis Forum Workshop, Lisbon, Spain, September 2016: At the recent European Bioanalysis Forum Focus Workshop, 'current analysis of immunogenicity: best practices and regulatory hurdles', several important challenges facing the bioanalytical community in relation to immunogenicity assays were discussed through a mixture of presentations and panel sessions. The main areas of focus were the evolving regulatory landscape, challenges of assay interferences from either drug or target, cut-point setting and whether alternative assays can be used to replace neutralizing antibody assays...
January 18, 2018: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343608/direct-quantification-of-cytochromes-p450-and-drug-transporters-a-rapid-targeted-mass-spectrometry-based-immunoassay-panel-for-tissues-and-cell-culture-lysates
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Frederik Weib, Helen Sophie Hammer, Kathrin Klein, Hannes Planatscher Planatscher, Ulrich M Zanger, Agneta Noren, Christine Wegler, Per Artursson, Thomas O Joos, Oliver Poetz
The quantification of drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters has recently been revolutionized on the basis of targeted proteomic approaches. Isotope-labeled peptides are used as standards for the quantification of the corresponding proteins in enzymatically fragmented samples. However, hurdles in these approaches are low throughput and tedious sample pre-fractionation steps prior to mass spectrometry read-out. We have developed an assay platform using sensitive and selective immunoprecipitation coupled with mass spectrometric read-out allowing the quantification of proteins directly from whole cell lysates using less than 20,000 cells per analysis...
January 17, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343314/cell-free-dna-the-role-in-pathophysiology-and-as-a-biomarker-in-kidney-diseases
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Peter Celec, Barbora Vlková, Lucia Lauková, Janka Bábíčková, Peter Boor
Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is present in various body fluids and originates mostly from blood cells. In specific conditions, circulating cfDNA might be derived from tumours, donor organs after transplantation or from the foetus during pregnancy. The analysis of cfDNA is mainly used for genetic analyses of the source tissue -tumour, foetus or for the early detection of graft rejection. It might serve also as a nonspecific biomarker of tissue damage in critical care medicine. In kidney diseases, cfDNA increases during haemodialysis and indicates cell damage...
January 18, 2018: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343188/technique-selection-in-young-female-gymnasts-elbow-and-wrist-joint-loading-during-the-cartwheel-and-round-off
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Roman Farana, Timothy Exell, Gerda Strutzenberger, Gareth Irwin
Biophysical loading of the elbow and wrist is a potential reason for chronic lesions in gymnastics and present a real concern for coaches, scientist and clinicians. Previous research has identified injury risk factors during round-off (RO) skills in elite female gymnasts. The aim of this study was to investigate key elbow and wrist joint injury risk factors during different techniques of fundamental cartwheel (CW) and RO skills performed by young female artistic gymnasts. Seventeen active young female gymnasts performed 30 successful trials of both CW and RO from a hurdle step with three different hand positions (parallel (10), T-shape (10) and reverse (10))...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339998/planning-training-loads-for-the-400-m-hurdles-in-three-month-mesocycles-using-artificial-neural-networks
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Krzysztof Przednowek, Janusz Iskra, Krzysztof Wiktorowicz, Tomasz Krzeszowski, Adam Maszczyk
This paper presents a novel approach to planning training loads in hurdling using artificial neural networks. The neural models performed the task of generating loads for athletes' training for the 400 meters hurdles. All the models were calculated based on the training data of 21 Polish National Team hurdlers, aged 22.25 ± 1.96, competing between 1989 and 2012. The analysis included 144 training plans that represented different stages in the annual training cycle. The main contribution of this paper is to develop neural models for planning training loads for the entire career of a typical hurdler...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339136/development-of-orally-applicable-combinatorial-drug-loaded-nanoparticles-for-the-treatment-of-fibrosarcoma
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Gulen Melike Demirbolat, Levent Altintas, Sukran Yilmaz, Ismail Tuncer Degim
Nanoparticulate systems have been receiving a significant attention especially for the treatment of cancer but one of the main hurdles is to produce these developed and high tech nanosystems in large quantities. Anticancer drug formulations are generally designed for parenteral administrations but oral administration is still the most convenient route. In this study, orally applicable nano-sized chitosan nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully prepared using Nano Spray Dryer. It is possible to produce these NPs in large quantities by simply increasing the processing time using the machine without changing any parameter...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338953/violent-crime-and-park-use-in-low-income-urban-neighborhoods
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Bing Han, Deborah A Cohen, Kathryn P Derose, Jiang Li, Stephanie Williamson
INTRODUCTION: Crime and safety are often cited as potential hurdles to park use and park-based physical activity. Using comprehensive data sources including both objective and subjective measurements at the park level and the individual level, this study aimed to assess the association between crime rates and use of local parks in low-income urban neighborhoods. METHODS: The authors observed 48 parks and conducted local resident surveys in low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles during a 2-year study period (2013-2015)...
January 12, 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338175/limitations-of-cs3bi2i9-as-lead-free-photovoltaic-absorber-materials
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Biplab Ghosh, Bo Wu, Hemant Kumar Mulmudi, Claude Guet, Klaus Weber, Tze Chien Sum, Subodh G Mhaisalkar, Nripan Mathews
Lead (Pb) halide perovskites have attracted tremendous attention in recent years due to their rich optoelectronic properties, which have resulted in more than 22% power conversion efficient photovoltaics. Nevertheless, Pb-metal toxicity remains a huge hurdle for extensive applications of these compounds. Thus, alternative compounds with similar optoelectronic properties need to be developed. Bismuth possesses similar electronic structure as that of lead with the presence of ns2 electrons that exhibit rich structural variety as well as interesting optical and electronic properties...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337200/mimicking-the-3d-biology-of-osteochondral-tissue-with-microfluidic-based-solutions-breakthroughs-towards-boosting-drug-testing-and-discovery
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Mariana R Carvalho, Rui Luís Reis, Joaquim Miguel Oliveira
The development of tissue-engineering (TE) solutions for osteochondral (OC) regeneration has been slowed by technical hurdles related to the recapitulation of their complex and hierarchical architecture. OC defects refer to damage of both the articular cartilage and the underlying subchondral bone. To repair an OC tissue defect, the complexity of the bone and cartilage must be considered. To help achieve this, microfluidics is converging with TE approaches to provide new treatment possibilities. Microfluidics uses precise micrometer-to-millimeter-scale fluid flows to achieve high-resolution and spatial and/or temporal control of the cell microenvironment, providing powerful tools for cell culturing...
January 11, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332842/ligand-cascading-nano-delivery-devices-to-enable-multiscale-targeting-of-anti-neurodegenerative-therapeutics
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Adam Mullis, Benjamin William Schlichtmann, Balaji Narasimhan, Rebecca Cademartiri, Surya K Mallapragada
Neurodegenerative diseases are a debilitating set of conditions that affect a significant fraction of the world's population, and this fraction is expected to increase as the population ages. Many therapeutic strategies have been explored to treat the pathological mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease, but multiple sequential hurdles to central nervous system delivery, including the blood-brain barrier, diseased neuronal membranes, and the organelle barrier, make drug delivery challenging and necessitate the use of innovative strategies to target and cross each barrier...
January 15, 2018: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332642/current-affairs-future-perspectives-of-tuberculosis-and-antitubercular-agents
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REVIEW
Jineetkumar Gawad, Chandrakant Bonde
Tuberculosis (TB) is the major threat for humans from past several decades. Even after advent of several antitubercular drugs, researchers are still struggling for the mycobacterial infections in humans are TB and leprosy. Chronic infections caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae. A particular problem with both of these organisms is that they can survive inside macrophages after phagocytosis, unless these cells are activated by cytokines produced by T-lymphocytes, because of this researchers are not yet succeeded in finding effective treatment on TB...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328879/modeling-health-care-expenditures-and-use
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Partha Deb, Edward C Norton
Health care expenditures and use are challenging to model because these dependent variables typically have distributions that are skewed with a large mass at zero. In this article, we describe estimation and interpretation of the effects of a natural experiment using two classes of nonlinear statistical models: one for health care expenditures and the other for counts of health care use. We extend prior analyses to test the effect of the ACA's young adult expansion on three different outcomes: total health care expenditures, office-based visits, and emergency department visits...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326962/emerging-issues-in-aav-mediated-in%C3%A2-vivo-gene-therapy
#18
REVIEW
Pasqualina Colella, Giuseppe Ronzitti, Federico Mingozzi
In recent years, the number of clinical trials in which adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors have been used for in vivo gene transfer has steadily increased. The excellent safety profile, together with the high efficiency of transduction of a broad range of target tissues, has established AAV vectors as the platform of choice for in vivo gene therapy. Successful application of the AAV technology has also been achieved in the clinic for a variety of conditions, including coagulation disorders, inherited blindness, and neurodegenerative diseases, among others...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326494/experience-of-an-academic-institute-in-importing-a-novel-preclinical-drug-into-india
#19
M Praveen Kumar, Bikash Medhi
The article throws light on the process of importing a novel preclinical drug into India based on the real-life experience from one of our studies. A novel drug "X" acting through a new mechanism of action was hypothesized by us to function as a neuroprotectant. It was decided to import this novel drug from a university located in Brazil. An official collaboration pact was exchanged between both the sides. In accordance with the Indian Drug and Cosmetics Act 1940, unauthorized import of drug into India is not permitted...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325630/towards-precision-medicine
#20
Tanya Bardakjian, Pedro Gonzalez-Alegre
The concept of precision medicine, also referred to as individualized or personalized medicine, has recently gained traction in scientific, medical, and public spheres, and is frequently mentioned as the next model of healthcare delivery. Its goal is to integrate unique information obtained from a given patient to customize the care provided to achieve the best possible outcome. Although precision medicine is not fully implemented yet, its application is slowly infiltrating clinical practice, and the dream of individualizing healthcare to each patient is now closer to being fulfilled...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
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