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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725622/authentication-of-piper-betle-l-folium-and-quantification-of-their-antifungal-activity
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I Made Agus Gelgel Wirasuta, I Gusti Ayu Made Srinadi, Ida Bagus Gede Dwidasmara, Ni Luh Putu Putri Ardiyanti, I Gusti Ayu Arya Trisnadewi, Ni Luh Putu Vidya Paramita
The TLC profiles of intra- and inter-day precision for Piper betle L. (PBL) folium methanol extract was studied for their peak marker recognition and identification. The Numerical chromatographic parameters (NCPs) of the peak markers, the hierarchical clustering analysis (HCA) and the principal component analysis (PCA) were applied to authenticate the PBL. folium extract from other Piper species folium extract and to ensure the antifungal activity quality of the PBL essential oil. The spotted extract was developed with the mobile phase of toluene: ethyl acetate; 93:7, (v/v)...
July 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725003/distribution-of-salicifoline-in-freeze-fixed-stems-of-magnolia-kobus-as-observed-by-cryo-tof-sims
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Wakaba Okumura, Dan Aoki, Yasuyuki Matsushita, Masato Yoshida, Kazuhiko Fukushima
Alkaloids are basic nitrogen-containing chemicals that have important physiological and pharmacological characteristics. Many vascular plant species contain alkaloids, and their roles in planta are of interest. However, the detailed distribution of alkaloids remains unclear because of their low water solubility and low concentrations in plants. In this study, we visualized the distribution of salicifoline, a water-soluble quaternary ammonium alkaloid, in the freeze-fixed stems of Magnolia kobus by cryo time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724883/calcium-prepartions-do-not-inhibit-allergic-reactions-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Klaudia Matysiak, Michał Matuszewski, Wojciech Feleszko
INTRODUCTION    Massive consumption of dietary supplements, including vitamins and minerals, has recently became a serious public issue in Europe. When ingested, they may negatively affect pharmacological activity of various medications, including anti-allergic drugs. Calcium preparations are well-known and commonly used in some European countries as a popular remedy for allergy-related skin reactions, such as itching, erythema and wheals, as well as insect bites. However, their action has not been reliably proven yet...
June 27, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717219/versatile-functional-roles-of-horizontal-cells-in-the-retinal-circuit
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Taro Chaya, Akihiro Matsumoto, Yuko Sugita, Satoshi Watanabe, Ryusuke Kuwahara, Masao Tachibana, Takahisa Furukawa
In the retinal circuit, environmental light signals are converted into electrical signals that can be decoded properly by the brain. At the first synapse of the visual system, information flow from photoreceptors to bipolar cells is modulated by horizontal cells (HCs), however, their functional contribution to retinal output and individual visual function is not fully understood. In the current study, we investigated functional roles for HCs in retinal ganglion cell (RGC) response properties and optokinetic responses by establishing a HC-depleted mouse line...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715404/an-il-8-transiently-transgenized-mouse-model-for-the-in-vivo-long-term-monitoring-of-inflammatory-responses
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Gabriella Bergamini, Fabio Stellari, Angela Sandri, Maria M Lleo, Gaetano Donofrio, Francesca Ruscitti, Federico Boschi, Andrea Sbarbati, Gino Villetti, Paola Melotti, Claudio Sorio
Airway inflammation is often associated with bacterial infections and represents a major determinant of lung disease. The in vivo determination of the pro-inflammatory capabilities of various factors is challenging and requires terminal procedures, such as bronchoalveolar lavage and the removal of lungs for in situ analysis, precluding longitudinal visualization in the same mouse. Here, lung inflammation is induced through the intratracheal instillation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa culture supernatant (SN) in transiently transgenized mice expressing the luciferase reporter gene under the control of a heterologous IL-8 bovine promoter...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714121/acetylcholine-dependent-upregulation-of-task-1-channels-in-thalamic-interneurons-by-a-smooth-muscle-like-signalling-pathway
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Michael Leist, Susanne Rinné, Maia Datunashvili, Ania Aissaoui, Hans-Christian Pape, Niels Decher, Sven G Meuth, Thomas Budde
The dorsal part of the lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) is the main thalamic site for state-dependent transmission of visual information. Non-retinal inputs from the ascending arousal system and inhibition provided by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic local circuit interneurons (INs) control neuronal activity within the dLGN. In particular, acetylcholine (ACh) depolarizes thalamocortical relay (TC) neurons by inhibiting two-pore domain potassium (K2P ) channels. Conversely, ACh also hyperpolarizes INs via an as-yet-unknown mechanism...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706153/inhibitor-of-growth-protein-4-interacts-with-beclin-1-and-represses-autophagy
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Valentina Sica, José Manuel Bravo-San Pedro, Guo Chen, Guillermo Mariño, Sylvie Lachkar, Valentina Izzo, Maria Chiara Maiuri, Mireia Niso-Santano, Guido Kroemer
Beclin 1 (BECN1) is a multifunctional protein that activates the pro-autophagic class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PIK3C3, best known as VPS34), yet also interacts with multiple negative regulators. Here we report that BECN1 interacts with inhibitor of growth family member 4 (ING4), a tumor suppressor protein that is best known for its capacity to interact with the tumor suppressor protein p53 (TP53) and the acetyltransferase E1A binding protein p300 (EP300). Removal of TP53 or EP300 did not affect the BECN1/ING4 interaction, which however was lost upon culture of cells in autophagy-inducing, nutrient free conditions...
July 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695744/genome-editing-the-breakthrough-technology-for-inherited-retinal-disease
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Andrew J Smith, Stephen P Carter, Breandán N Kennedy
Genetic alterations resulting in a dysfunctional retinal pigment epithelium and/or degenerating photoreceptors cause impaired vision. These juxtaposed cells in the retina of the posterior eye are crucial for the visual cycle or phototransduction. Deficits in these biochemical processes perturb neural processing of images capturing the external environment. Notably, there is a distinct lack of clinically approved pharmacological, cell- or gene-based therapies for inherited retinal disease. Gene editing technologies are rapidly advancing as a realistic therapeutic option...
July 11, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694001/safety-and-effectiveness-of-argatroban-versus-heparin-for-preventing-venous-thromboembolism-after-lumbar-decompressive-surgery
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Ying Guo, Zhongwen Zou, Lianshun Jia, Zhi Huang, Xiong Yun, Guo Xing
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of argatroban for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) after posterior lumbar decompressive surgery. METHODS: Included in this retrospective study were 556 patients who underwent posterior lumbar decompressive surgery for trauma and degenerative diseases. They were divided into two groups: argatroban group (n = 274), and low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) group (n = 282). The occurrence of postoperative venous thrombosis and complications including hemorrhage and allergic reaction was compared between the two groups...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691013/identification-of-pharmacologically-tractable-protein-complexes-in-cancer-using-the-r-based-network-clustering-and-visualization-program-mcoder
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Sungjin Kwon, Hyosil Kim, Hyun Seok Kim
Current multiomics assay platforms facilitate systematic identification of functional entities that are mappable in a biological network, and computational methods that are better able to detect densely connected clusters of signals within a biological network are considered increasingly important. One of the most famous algorithms for detecting network subclusters is Molecular Complex Detection (MCODE). MCODE, however, is limited in simultaneous analyses of multiple, large-scale data sets, since it runs on the Cytoscape platform, which requires extensive computational resources and has limited coding flexibility...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689980/the-contribution-of-area-mt-to-visual-motion-perception-depends-on-training
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Liu D Liu, Christopher C Pack
Perceptual decisions require the transformation of raw sensory inputs into cortical representations suitable for stimulus discrimination. One of the best-known examples of this transformation involves the middle temporal area (MT) of the primate visual cortex. Area MT provides a robust representation of stimulus motion, and previous work has shown that it contributes causally to performance on motion discrimination tasks. Here we report that the strength of this contribution can be highly plastic: depending on the recent training history, pharmacological inactivation of MT can severely impair motion discrimination, or it can have little detectable influence...
July 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689687/the-effect-of-the-muscarinic-m1-receptor-antagonist-biperiden-on-cognition-in-medication-free-subjects-with-psychosis
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Claudia Vingerhoets, Geor Bakker, Jelske van Dijk, Oswald J N Bloemen, Ya Wang, Raymond C K Chan, Jan Booij, Therese A M J van Amelsvoort
The acetylcholine muscarinic M1 receptor has been implicated in both psychosis and cognition. Post-mortem research has shown reduced muscarinic M1 receptor density in 25% of chronic patients with schizophrenia. It is unknown whether reduced M1 receptor density is related to cognitive symptoms of psychosis. We investigated the role of the M1 receptor in separate cognitive domains in subjects with a psychotic disorder using a muscarinic M1 antagonist as an acute pharmacological challenge. 33 young subjects with a psychotic disorder and 30 gender, age and IQ matched healthy controls were enrolled...
July 6, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689169/leber-congenital-amaurosis-early-onset-severe-retinal-dystrophy-clinical-features-molecular-genetics-and-therapeutic-interventions
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REVIEW
Neruban Kumaran, Anthony T Moore, Richard G Weleber, Michel Michaelides
Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and early-onset severe retinal dystrophy (EOSRD) are both genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous, and characterised clinically by severe congenital/early infancy visual loss, nystagmus, amaurotic pupils and markedly reduced/absent full-field electroretinograms. The vast genetic heterogeneity of inherited retinal disease has been established over the last 10 - 20 years, with disease-causing variants identified in 25 genes to date associated with LCA/EOSRD, accounting for 70-80% of cases, with thereby more genes yet to be identified...
July 8, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686582/measurement-of-drug-target-engagement-in-live-cells-by-two-photon-fluorescence-anisotropy-imaging
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Claudio Vinegoni, Paolo Fumene Feruglio, Christian Brand, Sungon Lee, Antoinette E Nibbs, Shawn Stapleton, Sunil Shah, Ignacy Gryczynski, Thomas Reiner, Ralph Mazitschek, Ralph Weissleder
The ability to directly image and quantify drug-target engagement and drug distribution with subcellular resolution in live cells and whole organisms is a prerequisite to establishing accurate models of the kinetics and dynamics of drug action. Such methods would thus have far-reaching applications in drug development and molecular pharmacology. We recently presented one such technique based on fluorescence anisotropy, a spectroscopic method based on polarization light analysis and capable of measuring the binding interaction between molecules...
July 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685253/detection-and-quantitation-of-right-ventricular-reversible-perfusion-defects-by-stress-spect-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-a-proof-of-principle-study
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Ayman A Farag, Jack Heo, Lindsey Tauxe, Pradeep Bhambhvani, Guido Germano, Paul Kavanagh, Ami E Iskandrian, Fadi G Hage
BACKGROUND: In patients with right dominant coronary circulation, the right ventricular (RV) myocardium and the inferior region of the left ventricular (LV) myocardium share a common source of blood flow. We hypothesized that stress/rest SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) could detect reversible perfusion defects in the RV in some patients with LV inferior wall perfusion abnormalities. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We identified 2 groups of patients with LV inferior wall perfusion defects (with or without defects in other regions of LV myocardium) from our database...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681715/motor-cortex-trns-improves-pain-affective-and-cognitive-impairment-in-patients-with-fibromyalgia-preliminary-results-of-a-randomised-sham-controlled-trial
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Massimiliano Curatolo, Giuseppe La Bianca, Giuseppe Cosentino, Roberta Baschi, Giuseppe Salemi, Rossella Talotta, Marcello Romano, Giovanni Triolo, Marina De Tommaso, Brigida Fierro, Filippo Brighina
OBJECTIVES: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a clinical syndrome characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, cognitive deficits, and sleep and mood disorders. The effectiveness of most pharmacological treatments is limited, and there is a need for new, effective and well-tolerated therapies. It has recently been shown that transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) of the motor cortex reduces pain, and that tDCS of the dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) improves anxiety, depression and cognitive impairment in FM patients...
May 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673529/psychometric-evaluation-of-a-swedish-version-of-the-shortened-desires-for-alcohol-questionnaire-shortened-daq
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Lotfi Khemiri, Nitya Jayaram-Lindström, Anders Hammarberg
INTRODUCTION: Craving is a clinically important feature of alcohol use disorders (AUD), representing a diagnostic criterion as well as a target for treatment. The Desire for Alcohol Questionnaire (DAQ) is a widely used scale to measure craving. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of a Swedish version of the Shortened-DAQ. METHOD: The English DAQ was translated into Swedish and back translated to English. Individuals with a diagnosis of AUD (n=118) participated in a laboratory experiment comprising presentation of alcohol and non-alcohol cues, as well as consumption of an alcoholic drink, with the aim of exploring changes in the craving responses following pharmacological treatment for AUD...
August 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669542/opposite-effects-of-l-dopa-and-dbs-stn-on-saccadic-eye-movements-in-advanced-parkinson-s-disease
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Małgorzata Dec-Ćwiek, Marcin Tutaj, Jean-Michel Gracies, Jens Volkmann, Monika Rudzińska, Agnieszka Słowik, Andrzej Szczudlik
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of l-dopa and deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (DBS-STN) on saccadic eye movements in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: Visually and internally guided horizontal saccades were evaluated using a saccadometer in 64 patients with advanced PD and 48 healthy controls. Forty-four pharmacologically treated patients were assessed in their "med-off" (OFF) and "med-on" (ON) status, whereas 20 DBS-STN treated patients were assessed in their "med-off, stim-off" (OFF) and "med-off, stim-on" (ON) status...
June 24, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666351/brain-networks-predict-metabolism-diagnosis-and-prognosis-at-the-bedside-in-disorders-of-consciousness
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Srivas Chennu, Jitka Annen, Sarah Wannez, Aurore Thibaut, Camille Chatelle, Helena Cassol, Géraldine Martens, Caroline Schnakers, Olivia Gosseries, David Menon, Steven Laureys
Recent advances in functional neuroimaging have demonstrated novel potential for informing diagnosis and prognosis in the unresponsive wakeful syndrome and minimally conscious states. However, these technologies come with considerable expense and difficulty, limiting the possibility of wider clinical application in patients. Here, we show that high density electroencephalography, collected from 104 patients measured at rest, can provide valuable information about brain connectivity that correlates with behaviour and functional neuroimaging...
June 27, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657178/1-cyclohexyl-x-methoxybenzene-derivatives-novel-psychoactive-substances-seized-on-the-internet-market-synthesis-and-in-vivo-pharmacological-studies-in-mice
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Anna Fantinati, Andrea Ossato, Sara Bianco, Isabella Canazza, Fabio De Giorgio, Claudio Trapella, Matteo Marti
INTRODUCTION: Among novel psychoactive substances notified to EMCDDA and Europol were 1-cyclohexyl-x-methoxybenzene stereoisomers (ortho, meta, and para). These substances share some structural characteristics with phencyclidine and tramadol. Nowadays, no information on the pharmacological and toxicological effects evoked by 1-cyclohexyl-x-methoxybenzene are reported. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect evoked by each one stereoisomer on visual stimulation, body temperature, acute thermal pain, and motor activity in mice...
May 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
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