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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108382/new-xanthones-and-cytotoxic-constituents-from-garcinia-mangostana-fruit-hulls-against-human-hepatocellular-breast-and-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines
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Gamal A Mohamed, Ahmed M Al-Abd, Ali M El-Halawany, Hossam M Abdallah, Sabrin R M Ibrahim
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cancer has proceeded to surpass one of the most chronic illnesses to be the major cause of mortality in both the developing and developed world. Garcinia mangostana L. (mangosteen, family Guttiferae) known as the queen of fruits, is one of the most popular tropical fruits. It is cultivated in Southeast Asian countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and Philippines. Traditionally, numerous parts of G. mangostana have been utilized to treat various ailments such as abdominal pain, haemorrhoids, food allergies, arthritis, leucorrhoea, gonorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery, wound infection, suppuration, and chronic ulcer...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108201/-fluconazole-1200mg-or-800mg-for-cryptococcal-meningitis-treatment-in-ivory-coast
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G A Kouakou, N F Ello, N A Kassi, M Keita, A Doumbia, C Mossou, F K Kassi, A Tanon, E Ehui, S P Eholié
OBJECTIVE: Assessing the use of high-dose fluconazol monotherapy (1200mg or 800mg) in the treatment and prognosis of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis in Ivory Coast. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study carried out from August 2008 to August 2011 based on patients charts suffering from CM in the Abidjan Tropicals and Infectious Disease Unit. Mortality rate and associated factors were analyzed. RESULTS: Forty-six cases of cryptococcal meningitis (2...
January 17, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107750/effect-of-clinically-approved-hdac-inhibitors-on-plasmodium-leishmania-and-schistosoma-parasite-growth
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Ming Jang Chua, Megan S J Arnold, Weijun Xu, Julien Lancelot, Suzanne Lamotte, Gerald F Späth, Eric Prina, Raymond J Pierce, David P Fairlie, Tina S Skinner-Adams, Katherine T Andrews
Malaria, schistosomiasis and leishmaniases are among the most prevalent tropical parasitic diseases and each requires new innovative treatments. Targeting essential parasite pathways, such as those that regulate gene expression and cell cycle progression, is a key strategy for discovering new drug leads. In this study, four clinically approved anti-cancer drugs (Vorinostat, Belinostat, Panobinostat and Romidepsin) that target histone/lysine deacetylase enzymes were examined for in vitro activity against Plasmodium knowlesi, Schistosoma mansoni, Leishmania amazonensis and L...
December 23, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107731/natural-amelioration-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticle-toxicity-in-fenugreek%C3%A2-trigonella-foenum-gracum-by-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-glomus-intraradices-secretion-of-glomalin
#4
Narges Ghasemi Siani, Seyfollah Fallah, Lok Raj Pokhrel, Ali Rostamnejadi
Owing to rising production and use of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in the myriad of consumer applications, ENPs are being released into the environment where their potential fate and effects have remained unclear. With naturally occurring arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF; Glomus intraradices) in soils, their influence (positive or negative) on ENPs toxicity in plants is not well documented. Herein, we investigated potential influence of AMF on the growth and development in fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) under varied Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) treatments (0, 125, 250, 375 and 500 μg g(-1))...
January 3, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107703/how-universal-is-coverage-and-access-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-for-chagas-disease-in-colombia-a-health-systems-analysis
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Zulma M Cucunubá, Jennifer M Manne-Goehler, Diana Díaz, Pierre Nouvellet, Oscar Bernal, Andrea Marchiol, María-Gloria Basáñez, Lesong Conteh
Limited access to Chagas disease diagnosis and treatment is a major obstacle to reaching the 2020 World Health Organization milestones of delivering care to all infected and ill patients. Colombia has been identified as a health system in transition, reporting one of the highest levels of health insurance coverage in Latin America. We explore if and how this high level of coverage extends to those with Chagas disease, a traditionally marginalised population. Using a mixed methods approach, we calculate coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment of Chagas...
January 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107398/integrated-chronology-flora-and-faunas-and-paleoecology-of-the-alajuela-formation-late-miocene-of-panama
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Bruce J MacFadden, Douglas S Jones, Nathan A Jud, Jorge W Moreno-Bernal, Gary S Morgan, Roger W Portell, Victor J Perez, Sean M Moran, Aaron R Wood
The late Miocene was an important time to understand the geological, climatic, and biotic evolution of the ancient New World tropics and the context for the Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI). Despite this importance, upper Miocene deposits containing diverse faunas and floras and their associated geological context are rare in Central America. We present an integrated study of the geological and paleontological context and age of a new locality from Lago Alajuela in northern Panama (Caribbean side) containing late Miocene marine and terrestrial fossils (plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates) from the Alajuela Formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106948/genetic-differentiation-associated-with-host-plants-and-geography-among-six-widespread-species-of-south-american-blepharoneura-fruit-flies-tephritidae
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Kristina Ottens, Isaac S Winkler, Matthew L Lewis, Sonja J Scheffer, Géssica A Gomes-Costa, Marty A Condon, Andrew A Forbes
Tropical herbivorous insects are astonishingly diverse and many are highly host-specific. Much evidence suggests that herbivorous insect diversity is a function of host-plant diversity; yet, the diversity of some lineages exceeds the diversity of plants. Although most species of herbivorous fruit flies in the Neotropical genus Blepharoneura are strongly host-specific (they deposit their eggs in a single host plant species and flower sex), some species are collected from multiple hosts or flowers and these may represent examples of lineages that are diversifying via changes in host use...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106260/first-report-of-stegomyia-aegypti-%C3%A2-aedes-aegypti-in-mexico-city-mexico
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P Kuri-Morales, F Correa-Morales, C González-Acosta, G Sánchez-Tejeda, E Dávalos-Becerril, M Fernanda Juárez-Franco, A Díaz-Quiñonez, H Huerta-Jimenéz, M D Mejía-Guevara, M Moreno-García, J F González-Roldán
Stegomyia aegypti (= Aedes aegypti) (Diptera: Culicidae) is a species of mosquito that is currently widespread in Mexico. Historically, the mosquito has been distributed across most tropical and subtropical areas lower than 1700 m a.s.l. Currently, populations that are found at higher altitudes in regions with cold and dry climates suggest that these conditions do not limit the colonization and population growth of S. aegypti. During a survey of mosquitoes in September 2015, larvae of S. aegypti mosquitoes were found in two different localities in Mexico City, which is located at about 2250 m a...
January 20, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104887/regional-and-global-sea-surface-temperatures-during-the-last-interglaciation
#9
Jeremy S Hoffman, Peter U Clark, Andrew C Parnell, Feng He
The last interglaciation (LIG, 129 to 116 thousand years ago) was the most recent time in Earth's history when global mean sea level was substantially higher than it is at present. However, reconstructions of LIG global temperature remain uncertain, with estimates ranging from no significant difference to nearly 2°C warmer than present-day temperatures. Here we use a network of sea-surface temperature (SST) records to reconstruct spatiotemporal variability in regional and global SSTs during the LIG. Our results indicate that peak LIG global mean annual SSTs were 0...
January 20, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104478/toxicological-effects-of-the-waste-of-the-sugarcane-industry-used-as-agricultural-fertilizer-on-the-test-system-allium-cepa
#10
Leonardo Ramos Anacleto, Matheus Mantuanelli Roberto, Maria Aparecida Marin-Morales
Sugarcane is cultivated in tropical countries for sugar and ethanol production. In Brazil, this culture is among the most profitable with a production of 658.7 million tons/harvest. Sugarcane filter cake (SCFC) is a waste rich in organic matter and micronutrients, but also contains toxic metals. As it has been used as fertilizer and there is not enough knowledge about its environmental impacts, this work assessed the genotoxicogenetic effects of raw SCFC and associations with soil and sugarcane bagasse (SCB), by Allium cepa tests...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104437/pharmacological-intervention-for-dengue-virus-infection
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Jenn-Haung Lai, Yi-Ling Lin, Shie-Liang Hsieh
Dengue virus (DENV) infection has a considerable health impact in tropical and subtropical countries worldwide. Escalation of infection rates greatly increases morbidity and mortality, most commonly from deaths due to dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. Although the development of an effective, long-lasting vaccine has been a major aim for control and prevention of DENV infection, the currently licensed vaccine has limitations and is less than satisfactory. Thus, there remains an important need to identify effective and tolerable medications for treatment of DENV-infected patients both in the early phase, to prevent progression to fatal outcomes, and to minimize deaths after patients develop severe complications...
January 16, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103964/epidemiology-of-soil-transmitted-helminthiases-related-mortality-in-brazil
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Francisco R Martins-Melo, Alberto N Ramos, Carlos H Alencar, Mauricélia S Lima, Jorg Heukelbach
Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections are widely distributed in tropical and subtropical areas, including Brazil. We performed a nationwide population-based study including all deaths in Brazil from 2000 to 2011, in which STHs (ascariasis, trichuriasis and/or hookworm infection) were mentioned on death certificates, either as underlying or as associated causes of death. Epidemiological characteristics, time trends and spatial analysis of STH-related mortality were analysed. STHs was identified on 853/12 491 280 death certificates: 827 (97·0%) deaths related to ascariasis, 25 (2·9%) to hookworm infections, and 1 (0·1%) to trichuriasis...
January 20, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103771/structure-based-study-of-natural-products-with-anti-schistosoma-activity
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Ibezim Akachukwu, Olujide Oludayo Olubiyi, Ata Kosisochukwu, Mbah Chika John, Nwodo Ngozi Justina
: Background Schistosomiasis is a parasitic protozoal disease caused by flatworms of the genus Schistosoma. Although the disease threatens millions of lives, it is still at the top list of neglected tropical diseases and praziquantel, the only common schistosocidal drug in use, has records of decreasing efficiency and cases of resistance. Also, reports revealed that people in the rural areas, who are most affected, rely mostly on traditional herbal medicines because of limited access to modern healthcare...
January 19, 2017: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103408/functional-planning-units-for-the-management-of-an-endangered-brazilian-titi-monkey
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Sidney F Gouveia, João Pedro Souza-Alves, Bruno B de Souza, Raone Beltrão-Mendes, Leandro Jerusalinsky, Stephen F Ferrari
Conservation practices in the tropics often rely on the data available for a few, better-known species and the adoption of an appropriate spatial scale. By defining a set of landscape units that account for critical aspects of the focal species, the information available on these conservation targets can support regional conservation policies. Here, we define and classify adjacent landscapes, termed planning units, to orientate management decisions within and among these landscapes, which are occupied by an endangered flagship primate species (Coimbra-Filho's titi monkey, Callicebus coimbrai) from eastern Brazil...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103307/plant-family-specific-impacts-of-petroleum-pollution-on-biodiversity-and-leaf-chlorophyll-content-in-the-amazon-rainforest-of-ecuador
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Paul Arellano, Kevin Tansey, Heiko Balzter, Markus Tellkamp
In recent decades petroleum pollution in the tropical rainforest has caused significant environmental damage in vast areas of the Amazon region. At present the extent of this damage is not entirely clear. Little is known about the specific impacts of petroleum pollution on tropical vegetation. In a field expedition to the Ecuadorian Amazon over 1100 leaf samples were collected from tropical trees in polluted and unpolluted sites. Plant families were identified for 739 of the leaf samples and compared between sites...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103250/integrated-control-and-management-of-neglected-tropical-skin-diseases
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Oriol Mitjà, Michael Marks, Laia Bertran, Karsor Kollie, Daniel Argaw, Ahmed H Fahal, Christopher Fitzpatrick, L Claire Fuller, Bernardo Garcia Izquierdo, Roderick Hay, Norihisa Ishii, Christian Johnson, Jeffrey V Lazarus, Anthony Meka, Michele Murdoch, Sally-Ann Ohene, Pam Small, Andrew Steer, Earnest N Tabah, Alexandre Tiendrebeogo, Lance Waller, Rie Yotsu, Stephen L Walker, Kingsley Asiedu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103243/the-socioeconomic-benefit-to-individuals-of-achieving-the-2020-targets-for-five-preventive-chemotherapy-neglected-tropical-diseases
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William K Redekop, Edeltraud J Lenk, Marianne Luyendijk, Christopher Fitzpatrick, Louis Niessen, Wilma A Stolk, Fabrizio Tediosi, Adriana J Rijnsburger, Roel Bakker, Jan A C Hontelez, Jan H Richardus, Julie Jacobson, Sake J de Vlas, Johan L Severens
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis (LF), onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and trachoma represent the five most prevalent neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). They can be controlled or eliminated by means of safe and cost-effective interventions delivered through programs of Mass Drug Administration (MDA)-also named Preventive Chemotherapy (PCT). The WHO defined targets for NTD control/elimination by 2020, reinforced by the 2012 London Declaration, which, if achieved, would result in dramatic health gains...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101878/bootstrapping-disaster-the-challenge-of-growing-and-maintaining-a-cross-sector-collaborative-network
#18
Aaron Wachhaus
This article examines the interaction of nonprofit and private actors with the traditional bureaucratic structures of government in central Pennsylvania&s recovery from hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee. That effort relied heavily on private and nonprofit organizations as drivers of the response and recovery. The author maps the organizations involved in the recovery effort and explores the impact of the recovery effort on those organizations. A social network analysis was conducted and complemented with follow-up interviews with key actors...
November 2016: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101786/evaluation-of-t-regulatory-lymphocytes-transcription-factors-in-htlv-1-associated-myelopathy-tropical-spastic-paraparesis-ham-tsp-patients
#19
Sanaz Ahmadi Ghezeldasht, Hamed Sadeghian, Mahmoud Reza Azarpazhooh, Seyyed Ali Akbar Shamsian, Houshang Rafatpanah, Mahmood Mahmoodi, Seyyed Abdolrahim Rezaee
HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) is an aggressive neurological disease. The CD4(+)CD25(+) T cell population plays pivotal roles in the maintenance of immunological tolerance and prevention of such autoimmune diseases. In the current study, proviral load (PVL), factor forkhead box p3 (Foxp3), and glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor-related protein (GITR) gene expression and regulatory T cells (Tregs) counts of 21 HAM/TSP patients and 16 HTLV-1 healthy carriers (ACs) were measured using real-time PCR, TaqMan method, and flow cytometry...
January 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101433/use-of-sonic-tomography-to-detect-and-quantify-wood-decay-in-living-trees
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Gregory S Gilbert, Javier O Ballesteros, Cesar A Barrios-Rodriguez, Ernesto F Bonadies, Marjorie L Cedeño-Sánchez, Nohely J Fossatti-Caballero, Mariam M Trejos-Rodríguez, José Moises Pérez-Suñiga, Katharine S Holub-Young, Laura A W Henn, Jennifer B Thompson, Cesar G García-López, Amanda C Romo, Daniel C Johnston, Pablo P Barrick, Fulvia A Jordan, Shiran Hershcovich, Natalie Russo, Juan David Sánchez, Juan Pablo Fábrega, Raleigh Lumpkin, Hunter A McWilliams, Kathleen N Chester, Alana C Burgos, E Beatriz Wong, Jonathan H Diab, Sonia A Renteria, Jennifer T Harrower, Douglas A Hooton, Travis C Glenn, Brant C Faircloth, Stephen P Hubbell
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Field methodology and image analysis protocols using acoustic tomography were developed and evaluated as a tool to estimate the amount of internal decay and damage of living trees, with special attention to tropical rainforest trees with irregular trunk shapes. METHODS AND RESULTS: Living trunks of a diversity of tree species in tropical rainforests in the Republic of Panama were scanned using an Argus Electronic PiCUS 3 Sonic Tomograph and evaluated for the amount and patterns of internal decay...
December 2016: Applications in Plant Sciences
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