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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434203/topiramate-monotherapy-for-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Jia Liu, Lu-Ning Wang, Yu-Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: Topiramate is a newer broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug (AED). Some studies have shown the benefits of topiramate monotherapy in the treatment of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME). However, there are no current systematic reviews to determine the efficacy and tolerability of topiramate monotherapy in people with JME. This is an updated version of the original Cochrane Review published in Issue 12, 2015. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of topiramate monotherapy in the treatment of JME...
April 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434049/a-prospective-study-of-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-a-combined-bipolar-radiofrequency-intense-pulsed-light-and-infrared-diode-laser-treatment-for-global-facial-photoaging
#2
Min Jiang, Fang Yan, Mathew Avram, Zhong Lu
The clinical features of photoaging include: skin texture changes, laxity, rhytides, pigmentary changes, and vascular changes such as erythema and telangiectasias. In order to meet patients' increasing demands for improving all aspects of photoaging at one office visit, employing a multi-modality treatment for all aspects of photoaging has become increasingly desirable for the physician and patient alike. We examine a novel device that employs bipolar radiofrequency (RF), intense pulsed light (IPL), and infrared diode laser...
April 23, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433939/enhanced-proangiogenic-potential-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-derived-exosomes-stimulated-by-a-nitric-oxide-releasing-polymer
#3
Wei Du, Kaiyue Zhang, Shuaiqiang Zhang, Ran Wang, Yan Nie, Hongyan Tao, Zhibo Han, Lu Liang, Di Wang, Jianfeng Liu, Na Liu, Zhongchao Han, Deling Kong, Qiang Zhao, Zongjin Li
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-derived exosomes have been recognized as new candidates for the treatment of degenerative diseases or injury and may provide an alternative to cell-based therapy. However, the compositions in MSC-derived exosomes are highly influenced by the microenvironment in which their original cells reside. Here, we hypothesized that a nitric oxide (NO)-releasing polymer can boost the proangiogenic compositions of exosomes and enhance their proangiogenic capacity. Our results demonstrated that exosomes, released from human placenta-derived MSCs (hP-MSCs) by NO stimulation, augment the angiogenic effects of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro...
April 17, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433934/amino-acid-functionalized-gadofullerene-nanoparticles-with-superior-antitumor-activity-via-destruction-of-tumor-vasculature-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Yue Zhou, Ruijun Deng, Mingming Zhen, Jie Li, Mirong Guan, Wang Jia, Xue Li, Ying Zhang, Tong Yu, Toujun Zou, Zhigao Lu, Jun Guo, Lei Sun, Chunying Shu, Chunru Wang
Researchers have been puzzled of the therapy of malignant tumors and the current therapeutic strategies are always accompanied by toxicity or side effects. Developing efficient nanodrugs could reduce the dosage and greatly improve the therapeutic effects in cancer treatments. Here we initially reported a novel kind of gadofullerene nanoparticles functionalized with amino acid (β-alanine), which exhibited a superior antitumor activity in hepatoma H22 models via a novel therapeutic mechanism. The involvement of β-alanine improved the tumor inhibition rate up to 76...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433931/alkaline-earth-elements-of-scalp-hair-and-presence-of-hypertension-in-housewives-a-perspective-of-chronic-effect
#5
Bin Wang, Lailai Yan, Ying Sun, Jingjing Yan, Qun Lu, Jingxu Zhang, Zhiwen Li
The relationship between population intakes of alkaline-earth elements (AEEs) and hypertension risk remains under discussion. Hair AEE concentrations can indicate their intake levels into human body. Thus, we aimed to investigate an association of hair AEE concentrations with hypertension risk, and the potential effect of dietary habit on this association. We recruited 398 housewives [163 subjects with hypertension (case group) and 235 subjects without hypertension (control group)] in Shanxi Province of north China...
April 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433879/sulfamethoxazole-degradation-in-anaerobic-sulfate-reducing-bacteria-sludge-system
#6
Yanyan Jia, Samir Kumar Khanal, Huiqun Zhang, Guang-Hao Chen, Hui Lu
Sulfamethoxazole (SMX) is one of the most commonly used antibiotics. SMX degradation in sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) sludge systems has not been reported so far. This research investigated the SMX degradation using SRB sludge in a sulfate-reducing up-flow sludge bed reactor. Moreover, the mechanisms and kinetics of SMX removal were also investigated using SRB sludge via a series of batch experiments. The results showed that SMX removal was characterized by a rapid sorption onto SRB sludge, and desorption from SRB sludge to aqueous phase until achieving equilibrium, and then followed by slow biodegradation...
April 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433837/internal-maxillary-bypass-for-complex-pediatric-aneurysms
#7
Long Wang, Shuaibin Lu, Hai Qian, Xiang'en Shi
BACKGROUND: Complex pediatric aneurysms (PAs) are an unusual clinicopathologic entity, and data remain limited regarding the use of a bypass procedure to treat this formidable disorder. METHODS: Internal maxillary artery (IMA) to middle cerebral artery (MCA) bypass with radial artery graft (RAG) was utilized to isolate PAs. Bypass patency and aneurysm stability were evaluated using intraoperative Doppler ultrasound, indocyanine green videoangiography and postoperative angiography...
April 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433781/prevalence-of-celiac-disease-autoimmunity-among-adolescents-and-young-adults-in-china
#8
Juanli Yuan, Chunyan Zhou, Jinyan Gao, Jingjing Li, Fenglian Yu, Jun Lu, Xin Li, Xiaozhong Wang, Ping Tong, Zhihua Wu, Anshu Yang, Yonghong Yao, Sarah Nadif, Heng Shu, Jiang Xu, Yujie Wu, Luud Gilissen, Hongbing Chen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: In China, epidemiological information on celiac disease autoimmunity is scarce and fragmented. We investigated the prevalence of celiac disease autoimmunity in the general Chinese population. METHODS: In a cross-sectional prospective study, 19,778 undiagnosed Chinese adolescents and young adults (16-25 years old) were recruited from consecutive new students who underwent routine physical examinations at 2 universities in Jiangxi, China from Sep...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433771/a-versatile-tumor-gene-deletion-system-reveals-a-crucial-role-for-fgfr1-in-breast-cancer-metastasis
#9
Wei Wang, Yanling Meng, Bingning Dong, Jie Dong, Michael M Ittmann, Chad J Creighton, Lu Yang, Hong Zhang, Tao Shen, Jianghua Wang, David R Rowley, Yi Li, Fengju Chen, David D Moore, Feng Yang
RCAS avian viruses have been used to deliver oncogene expression and induce tumors in transgenic mice expressing the virus receptor TVA. Here we report the generation and characterization of a novel RCAS-Cre-IRES-PyMT (RCI-PyMT) virus designed to specifically knockout genes of interest in tumors generated in appropriate mutant mouse hosts. FGF receptor 1 (FGFR1) is a gene that is amplified in human breast cancer, but there have been no definitive studies on its function in mammary tumorigenesis, progression, and metastasis in vivo in spontaneous tumors in mice...
April 20, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433739/dual-functional-drug-liposomes-in-treatment-of-resistant-cancers
#10
REVIEW
Li-Min Mu, Rui-Jun Ju, Rui Liu, Ying-Zi Bu, Jing-Ying Zhang, Xue-Qi Li, Fan Zeng, Wan-Liang Lu
Efficacy of regular chemotherapy is significantly hampered by multidrug resistance (MDR) and severe systemic toxicity. The reduced toxicity has been evidenced after administration of drug liposomes, consisting of the first generation of regular drug liposomes, the second generation of long-circulation drug liposomes, and the third generation of targeting drug liposomes. However, MDR of cancers remains as an unsolved issue. The objectives of this article are to review the dual-functional drug liposomes, which demonstrate the potential in overcoming MDR...
April 19, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433711/mdh2-is-an-rna-binding-protein-involved-in-downregulation-of-sodium-channel-scn1a-expression-under-seizure-condition
#11
Yong-Hong Chen, Shu-Jing Liu, Mei-Mei Gao, Tao Zeng, Guo-Wang Lin, Na-Na Tan, Hui-Ling Tang, Ping Lu, Tao Su, Wei-Wen Sun, Long-Chang Xie, Yong-Hong Yi, Yue-Sheng Long
Voltage-gated sodium channel α-subunit type I (NaV1.1, encoded by SCN1A gene) plays a critical role in the excitability of brain. Downregulation of SCN1A expression is associated with epilepsy, a common neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. Here we reveal a novel role of malate dehydrogenase 2 (MDH2) in the posttanscriptional regulation of SCN1A expression under seizure condition. We identified that MDH2 was an RNA binding protein that could bind two of the four conserved regions in the 3' UTRs of SCN1A...
April 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433586/a-comparison-of-hepatic-steatosis-index-controlled-attenuation-parameter-and-ultrasound-as-noninvasive-diagnostic-tools-for-steatosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Liang Xu, Wei Lu, Ping Li, Feng Shen, Yu-Qiang Mi, Jian-Gao Fan
AIMS: To evaluate the value of noninvasive tools for diagnosis of hepatic steatosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). METHODS: Consecutive treatment-naïve patients with CHB with body mass index less than 30kg/m(2) who underwent liver biopsy, ultrasound and FibroScan(®) were enrolled. The diagnostic performance of controlled attenuation parameter (CAP), hepatic steatosis index (HSI) and ultrasound for hepatic steatosis compared with liver biopsy was assessed...
March 30, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433539/rationally-designed-pi3k%C3%AE-mutants-to-mimic-atr-and-their-use-to-understand-binding-specificity-of-atr-inhibitors
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Yipin Lu, Mark Knapp, Kenneth Crawford, Robert Warne, Robert Elling, Kelly Yan, Michael Doyle, Gwynn Pardee, Li Zhang, Sylvia Ma, Mulugeta Mamo, Elizabeth Ornelas, Yue Pan, Dirksen Bussiere, Johanna Jansen, Isabel Zaror, Albert Lai, Paul Barsanti, Janet Sim
ATR, a protein kinase in the PIKK family, plays a critical role in the cell DNA-damage response and is an attractive anticancer drug target. Several potent and selective inhibitors of ATR have been reported showing significant antitumor efficacy, with most advanced ones entering clinical trials. However, due to the absence of an experimental ATR structure, the determinants contributing to ATR inhibitors' potency and specificity are not well understood. Here we present the mutations in the ATP-binding site of PI3Kα to progressively transform the pocket to mimic that of ATR...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433535/bioimaging-and-biodetection-assisted-with-tta-uc-materials
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REVIEW
Qingqing Dou, Lu Jiang, Dan Kai, Cally Owh, Xian Jun Loh
Upconversion of light has attracted intensive studies for biomedical research, because it enables deeper [SB1] tissue analysis owing to the longer wavelength of incident light, compared with conventional downconversion fluorescent materials. Triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA), as a typical mechanism of upconversion, does not necessitate high power excitation and exhibits a higher quantum yield than rare earth upconversion owing to more sensitizer options with higher absorption coefficients. A desirable wavelength range of excitation and emission can be realized by careful selection of the combination of sensitizer and activator...
April 19, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433477/novel-mutations-in-the-c-terminal-region-of-gmppb-causing-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-overlapping-with-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome
#15
Sushan Luo, Shuang Cai, Susan Maxwell, Dongyue Yue, Wenhua Zhu, Kai Qiao, Zhen Zhu, Lei Zhou, Jianying Xi, Jiahong Lu, David Beeson, Chongbo Zhao
Mutations in the GMPPB gene may underlie both limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS). Forty-one cases have been reported to date and hotspot mutations are emerging in the Caucasian population. Clinical and pathological features of 5 patients with compound heterozygous GMPPB mutations were collected and retrospectively reviewed. In vitro functional analysis was performed to investigate the pathogeneity of GMPPB variants. The patients presented with proximal limb weakness in their first to second decades...
March 10, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433447/impaired-fasting-glucose-predicts-the-development-of-hypertension-over-6years-in-female-adults-results-from-the-rural-chinese-cohort-study
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Yang Zhao, Haohang Sun, Bingyuan Wang, Ming Zhang, Xinping Luo, Yongcheng Ren, Junmei Zhou, Chengyi Han, Chongjian Wang, Linlin Li, Lu Zhang, Chao Pang, Lei Yin, Tianping Feng, Jingzhi Zhao, Dongsheng Hu
AIMS: To investigate whether impaired fasting glucose (IFG) is an independent risk factor for incident hypertension in a rural Chinese population. METHODS: We selected 9583 eligible participants 18 to 75years old, who were without hypertension and diabetes at baseline (from 2007 to 2008) and were from a rural area in the middle of China. Concentration of fasting glucose at baseline was assessed in quartiles to predict hypertension risk by gender. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for IFG (fasting glucose of 100 to 125mg/dl) associated with hypertension were estimated by logistic regression models...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433158/characterization-of-a-sulfated-galactoglucan-from-antrodia-cinnamomea-and-its-anticancer-mechanism-via-tgf%C3%AE-fak-slug-axis-suppression
#17
Mei-Kuang Lu, Tung-Yi Lin, Chun-Hao Hu, Chi-Hsein Chao, Chia-Chuan Chang, Hsien-Yeh Hsu
A sulfated 1,4-β-d-galactoglucan (B86-III) with 1,6-branches was isolated and identified from Antrodia cinnamomea. The repeating unit of B86-III was proposed based on one-dimensional 1D ((1)H, (13)C and DEPT-135) and 2D (DQF-COSY, TOCSY, HSQC and HMBC) NMR spectra. The conformation of the sugars was hypothesized to be a rare boat form instead of a (4)C1 chair form. The sulfate substitutions were suggested to be on the C-2 and C-3 positions, resulting in the following structure: B86-III inhibited the viability of H1975 lung cancer cells via cell apoptosis, including the activation of caspase 3 and PARP...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433076/identification-of-ntrk3-fusions-in-childhood-melanocytic-neoplasms
#18
Lu Wang, Klaus J Busam, Ryma Benayed, Robert Cimera, Jiajing Wang, Ryan Denley, Mamta Rao, Ruth Aryeequaye, Kerry Mullaney, Long Cao, Marc Ladanyi, Meera Hameed
Spitzoid neoplasms are a distinct group of melanocytic tumors. Genetically, they lack mutations in common melanoma-associated oncogenes. Recent studies have shown that spitzoid tumors may contain a variety of kinase fusions, including ROS1, NTRK1, ALK, BRAF, and RET fusions. We report herein the discovery of recurrent NTRK3 gene rearrangements in childhood melanocytic neoplasms with spitzoid and/or atypical features, based on genome-wide copy number analysis by single-nucleotide polymorphism array, which showed intragenic copy number changes in NTRK3...
May 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433041/path-integral-molecular-dynamics-with-surface-hopping-for-thermal-equilibrium-sampling-of-nonadiabatic-systems
#19
Jianfeng Lu, Zhennan Zhou
In this work, a novel ring polymer representation for a multi-level quantum system is proposed for thermal average calculations. The proposed representation keeps the discreteness of the electronic states: besides position and momentum, each bead in the ring polymer is also characterized by a surface index indicating the electronic energy surface. A path integral molecular dynamics with surface hopping (PIMD-SH) dynamics is also developed to sample the equilibrium distribution of the ring polymer configurational space...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433002/changes-in-microstructure-of-two-ammonium-based-protic-ionic-liquids-proved-by-in-situ-variable-temperature-1-h-nmr-spectroscopy-influence-of-anion
#20
Xiaochen Tang, Yingjie Xu, Xiao Zhu, Yueqing Lu
In this work, changes in microstructure of two protic ionic liquids (PILs), namely n-butylammonium acetate (N4Ac) and n-butylammonium nitrate (N4NO3 ) are proved by in situ variable-temperature (1) H NMR spectroscopy at the temperature range from 25 °C to 115 °C, and the influence of the nature of anion is discussed accordingly. The results demonstrate that (1) H NMR chemical shifts of alkyl protons of both N4Ac and N4NO3 are almost not changed with the increasing of temperature, due to the absence of hydrogen bond interaction between alkyl protons with anions...
April 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
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