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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149923/gastrointestinal-and-hepatic-disease-in-systemic-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Tracy M Frech, Diane Mar
Although classification criteria for systemic sclerosis (SSc) do not incorporate gastrointestinal tract (GIT) manifestations often present in this disease, the GIT is the most common internal organ involved. Pathophysiology of GIT involvement is thought to be similar to other organs in SSc with fibroproliferative vascular lesions of small arteries and arterioles, increased production of profibrotic growth factors, and alterations of innate, humoral, and cellular immunity. These processes result in neuropathy progressing to myopathy with eventual fibrosis...
February 2018: Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148702/influence-of-particle-geometry-on-gastrointestinal-transit-and-absorption-following-oral-administration
#2
Dong Li, Jie Zhuang, Haisheng He, Sifan Jiang, Amrita Banerjee, Yi Lu, Wei Wu, Samir Mitragotri, Li Gan, Jianping Qi
Geometry has been considered as one of the important parameters in nanoparticle design since it affects cellular uptake, transport across the physiological barriers and in vivo distribution. However, only a few studies have been conducted to elucidate the influence of nanoparticle geometry in their in vivo fate after oral administration. This paper discloses the effect of nanoparticle shape on transport and absorption in gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Nanorods and nanospheres were prepared, and labeled using fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) molecules to track the in vivo fate of intact nanoparticles accurately...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140946/comparison-of-the-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-assay-with-tuberculin-skin-test-for-the-diagnosis-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-among-hiv-infected-and-uninfected-children
#3
Walter Dehority, Rolando M Viani, Maria Rosario G Araneta, Graciano Lopez, Stephen A Spector
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is facilitated by tuberculin skin testing (TST) or interferon-gamma release assays such as the QuantiFERON TB Gold In-Tube (QTF-GIT) assays. Limited data exist on the utility of interferon-gamma release assays in HIV-infected children, which may be falsely negative due to immunosuppression. METHODS: A cross-sectional study comparing TST to QTF-GIT for the diagnosis of suspected LTBI was performed in children in Tijuana, Mexico, and in San Diego, California...
December 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136358/is-secretion-of-ifn-gamma-in-response-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-antigens-in-youngest-children-sufficient-to-play-a-role-in-tb-diagnostics
#4
Teresa Bielecka, Anna Komorowska-Piotrowska, Katarzyna Krenke, Wojciech Feleszko, Marek Kulus
OBJECTIVES: To assess whether children ≤5 years of age, produce sufficient amounts of interferon gamma (IFN-ɣ) in response to phytohaemagglutinin (mitogen), and Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens (TB antigens) in the QuantiFERON-TB Gold in-Tube test (QFT-GIT), (Cellestis Ltd., Australia). WORKING HYPOTHESIS: Is TB-antigen-induced IFN-ɣ response in children ≤5 years sufficient to consider QFT-GIT a possible tool for TB diagnostics? Study design, patient-subject selection, and methods: We recruited children 0-17 years old suspected of TB infection to this cross-sectional study, in whom QFT-GIT and TST were performed...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127753/-intestinal-adaptation-following-gut-resection
#5
Jarmila Křížová, Pavel Trachta, Eva Kotrlíková
Gut resection is followed by wide changes in the gastrointestinal tract. The goal is to increase nutrient, water and mineral absorption in the remnant intestine. These changes are going on for several months. They affect gut mucosa structure, intestine peristaltic activity and enterocytes function. The crucial role is ileum preserving. Ileum has higher adaptation ability comparing to jejunum and inhibits peristaltic function of proximal parts of GIT. A lot of factors involved in intestinal adaptation were identified, hormones, growth factors, regulating peptides, intracellular signalizing cascades, cytokines and tissue factors...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126101/prefmd-a-web-server-for-protein-structure-refinement-via-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#6
Lim Heo, Michael Feig
Summary: Refinement of protein structure models is a long-standing problem in structural bioinformatics. Molecular dynamics-based methods have emerged as an avenue to achieve consistent refinement. The PREFMD web server implements an optimized protocol based on the method successfully tested in CASP11. Validation with recent CASP refinement targets shows consistent and more significant improvement in global structure accuracy over other state-of-the-art servers. Availability: PREFMD is freely available as a web server at http://feiglab...
November 8, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124931/influence-of-homogenization-and-thermal-processing-on-the-gastrointestinal-fate-of-bovine-milk-fat-in-vitro-digestion-study
#7
Li Liang, Ce Qi, Xing-Guo Wang, Qingzhe Jin, David Julian McClements
Dairy lipids are an important source of energy and nutrients for infants and adults. The dimensions, aggregation state, and interfacial properties of fat globules in raw milk are changed by dairy processing operations, such as homogenization and thermal processing. These changes influence the behavior of fat globules within the human gastrointestinal tract (GIT). The gastrointestinal fate of raw milk, homogenized milk, high temperature short time (HTST) pasteurized milk, and ultrahigh temperature (UHT) pasteurized milk samples was therefore determined using a simulated GIT...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122950/myosin-phosphorylation-potentiated-steady-state-work-output-without-altering-contractile-economy-of-mouse-fast-skeletal-muscles
#8
William Gittings, Jordan Bunda, Rene Vandenboom
Skeletal myosin light chain kinase (skMLCK) catalyzed phosphorylation of the myosin regulatory light chain (RLC) increases (i.e. potentiates) mechanical work output of fast skeletal muscle. The influence of this event on contractile economy (i.e. energy cost/work performed) remains controversial, however. Our purpose was to quantify contractile economy of potentiated extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles from mouse skeletal muscles with (wildtype, WT) and without (skMLCK ablated, skMLCK(-/-)) the ability to phosphorylate the RLC...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121073/diffslc-a-graph-centrality-method-to-detect-essential-proteins-of-a-protein-protein-interaction-network
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Divya Mistry, Roger P Wise, Julie A Dickerson
Identification of central genes and proteins in biomolecular networks provides credible candidates for pathway analysis, functional analysis, and essentiality prediction. The DiffSLC centrality measure predicts central and essential genes and proteins using a protein-protein interaction network. Network centrality measures prioritize nodes and edges based on their importance to the network topology. These measures helped identify critical genes and proteins in biomolecular networks. The proposed centrality measure, DiffSLC, combines the number of interactions of a protein and the gene coexpression values of genes from which those proteins were translated, as a weighting factor to bias the identification of essential proteins in a protein interaction network...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115890/exploiting-bilosomes-for-delivering-bioactive-polysaccharide-isolated-from-enteromorpha-intestinalis-for-hacking-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Azza Abdelmageed Matloub, Alaa Hamed Salama, Hadeer Ahmed Aglan, Mona Mahmoud AbouSamra, Sahar Salah Mohamed ElSouda, Hanaa Hamdy Ahmed
Bile salts containing vesicles (bilosomes) represent a portentous vesicular carrier that showed prosperous results in delivering active moieties in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). In this study, bilosomes were exploited to deliver sulphated polysaccharide-protein complexes of Enteromorpha intestinalis (EHEM) and enhance its activity against hepatocellular carcinoma as well as resist harsh GIT conditions. Bilosomes were prepared using the sodium salt of three different bile acids (cholic, deoxycholic, taurodeoxycholic) and two different non-ionic surfactants (Span 40 and 65)...
November 8, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112748/intermittent-lighting-improves-resilience-of-broilers-during-the-peak-phase-of-sub-clinical-necrotic-enteritis-infection
#11
I Rodrigues, B Svihus, M R Bedford, R Gous, M Choct
Necrotic enteritis, either in its clinical or sub-clinical form is known to cause massive economic losses in the broiler chicken industry. Currently, the use of in-feed antibiotics as growth promoters is discouraged. Therefore, mechanisms to control NE through diet include reduction of digesta viscosity, promotion of lower pH in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) through acidification of feed, production of short-chain fatty acids and overall stimulation of beneficial bacteria growth. Intermittent lighting programs increase feed retention in the crop and reduce pH in the foregut compartments in comparison with standard commercial lighting programs and therefore may be a valuable, yet underexploited, barrier to prevent the invasion of the GIT by pathogens...
November 3, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110065/fungi-in-gastrointestinal-tracts-of-human-and-mice-from-community-to-functions
#12
REVIEW
Jiayan Li, Daiwen Chen, Bing Yu, Jun He, Ping Zheng, Xiangbing Mao, Jie Yu, Junqiu Luo, Gang Tian, Zhiqing Huang, Yuheng Luo
Fungi are often ignored in studies on gut microbes because of their low level of presence (making up only 0.1% of the total microorganisms) in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of monogastric animals. Recent studies using novel technologies such as next generation sequencing have expanded our understanding on the importance of intestinal fungi in humans and animals. Here, we provide a comprehensive review on the fungal community, the so-called mycobiome, and their functions from recent studies in humans and mice...
November 6, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108848/pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-and-safety-profiling-of-is01957-a-preclinical-candidate-possessing-dual-activity-against-inflammation-and-nociception
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Anjna Sharma, Asmita Magotra, Ashish Dogra, Santosh Kumar Rath, Sheikh Rayees, Priya Wazir, Sadhana Sharma, Payare Lal Sangwan, Surjeet Singh, Gurdarshan Singh, Utpal Nandi
In spite of unprecedented advances in modern systems of medicine, there is necessity for exploration of traditional plant based secondary metabolites or their semisynthetic derivatives which may results in better therapeutic activity, low toxicity and favourable pharmacokinetics. In this context, computational model based predictions aid medicinal chemists in rational development of new chemical entity having unfavourable pharmacokinetic properties which is a major hurdle for its further development as a drug molecule...
November 3, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108749/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-quantiferon-tb-gold-plus-compared-with-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-and-t-spot-tb-on-active-tuberculosis-in-japan
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Jin Takasaki, Toshie Manabe, Eriko Morino, Yoshikazu Muto, Masao Hashimoto, Motoyasu Iikura, Shinyu Izumi, Haruhito Sugiyama, Koichiro Kudo
BACKGROUND: The QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) was introduced in 2015 as a new generation of interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) designed to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection (TB). Examination of its diagnostic accuracy is crucial before it is launched in Japan. METHOD: We examined 99 patients with laboratory-confirmed active TB (patients) and 117 healthy volunteers with no risk of TB infection (controls) at a medical center in Tokyo, Japan. Blood samples were collected from both the patients and controls and tested using three types of IGRAs: the QFT-Plus, the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT), and the T-SPOT...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106508/gut-region-influences-the-diversity-and-interactions-of-bacterial-communities-in-pikas-ochotona-curzoniae-and-ochotona-daurica
#15
Huan Li, Tongtong Li, Aileen Berasategui, Junpeng Rui, Xiao Zhang, Chaonan Li, Zhishu Xiao, Xiangzhen Li
The mammalian microbial communities in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) play important roles in host nutrition and health. However, we still lack an understanding of how these communities are organized across GIT in natural environments. Here, using 16S rRNA gene sequencing, we analyzed the bacterial community diversity, network interactions and ecosystem stability across five gut regions (mouth, stomach, small intestine, caecum and colon) emanating from two common pika species in China, including Plateau pikas (Ochotona curzoniae) inhabiting high-altitude regions, as well as Daurian pikas (O...
November 2, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093152/pomalidomide-in-patients-with-interstitial-lung-disease-due-to-systemic-sclerosis-a-phase-ii-multicenter-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-parallel-group-study
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Vivien M Hsu, Christopher P Denton, Robyn T Domsic, Daniel E Furst, Maureen Rischmueller, Marina Stanislav, Virginia D Steen, Jörg H W Distler, Shimon Korish, Alyse Cooper, Suktae Choi, Peter H Schafer, Gerald Horan, Douglas R Hough
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of pomalidomide (POM) on forced vital capacity (FVC), modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS), and gastrointestinal (GI) symptomatology over 52 weeks of treatment in patients with interstitial lung disease due to systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Twenty-three adult patients diagnosed with SSc were randomized 1:1 POM:placebo (PBO). RESULTS: Mean change at Week 52 from baseline in predicted FVC% -5.2 and -2...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091926/lactobacillus-reuteri-suppresses-e-coli-o157-h7-in-bovine-ruminal-fluid-toward-a-pre-slaughter-strategy-to-improve-food-safety
#17
Yolande Bertin, Chloé Habouzit, Lysiane Dunière, Marie Laurier, Alexandra Durand, David Duchez, Audrey Segura, Delphine Thévenot-Sergentet, Federico Baruzzi, Frédérique Chaucheyras-Durand, Evelyne Forano
The bovine gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is the main reservoir for enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) responsible for food-borne infections. Therefore, it is crucial to develop strategies, such as EHEC suppression by antagonistic microorganisms, to reduce EHEC survival in the GIT of cattle and to limit shedding and food contamination. Most human-derived Lactobacillus reuteri strains produce hydroxypropionaldehyde (HPA), an antimicrobial compound, during anaerobic reduction of glycerol. The capacity of L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083862/tethering-of-chemotherapeutic-drug-imaging-agent-to-bile-acid-phospholipid-increases-the-efficacy-and-bioavailability-with-reduced-hepatotoxicity
#18
Vedagopuram Sreekanth, Nihal Medatwal, Sandeep Kumar, Sanjay Pal, Malyla Vamshikrishna, Animesh Kar, Priyanshu Bhargava, Aaliya Naaz, Nitin Kumar, Sagar Sengupta, Avinash Bajaj
Weakly basic drugs display poor solubility and tend to precipitate in the stomach's acidic environment causing reduced oral bioavailability. Tracing of these orally delivered therapeutic agents using molecular probes is challenged due to their poor absorption in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Therefore, we designed a gastric pH stable bile acid derived amphiphile where Tamoxifen (as a model anticancer drug) is conjugated to lithocholic acid derived phospholipid (LCA-Tam-PC). In vitro studies suggested the selective nature of LCA-Tam-PC for cancer cells over normal cells as compared to the parent drug...
November 9, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077956/butyrate-presence-in-distinct-gastrointestinal-tract-segments-modifies-differentially-digestive-processes-and-amino-acid-bioavailability-in-young-broiler-chickens
#19
P C A Moquet, S A Salami, L Onrust, W H Hendriks, R P Kwakkel
The hypothesis was tested that butyrate presence in the digesta of distinct gastrointestinal tract (GIT) segments of broilers leads to differential effects on digesta retention time, gut morphology, and proteolytic enzymatic activities, ultimately resulting in differences in protein digestibility. A total of 320 male day-old Ross 308 broilers were randomly assigned to 5 dietary treatments: 1) control (no butyrate), 2) unprotected butyrate (main activity in the crop and gastric regions), 3) tributyrin (main activity in the small intestine), 4) fat-coated butyrate (activity in the whole GIT) and 5) unprotected butyrate combined with tributyrin, each replicated 8 times...
October 25, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074485/animal-models-of-chemotherapy-induced-mucositis-translational-relevance-and-challenges
#20
Per T Sangild, René Liang Shen, Peter Erik Lotko Pontoppidan, Mathias Rathe
Chemotherapy for cancer patients induces damaging tissue reactions along the epithelium of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). This chemotherapy-induced mucositis (CIM) is a serious side effect of cytotoxic drugs and several animal models of CIM have been developed to help understand the progression of CIM, and how to prevent it. Animal models allow highly controlled experimental conditions, detailed organ (e.g. GIT) insights, standardized, clinically-relevant treatment regimens and discovery of new biomarkers...
October 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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