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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330304/elicitation-of-gymnemic-acid-production-in-cell-suspension-cultures-of-gymnema-sylvestre-r-br-through-endophytic-fungi
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Vasudeva Reddy Netala, Venkata Subbaiah Kotakadi, Susmila Aparna Gaddam, Sukhendu Bikash Ghosh, Vijaya Tartte
The enhancement of plant secondary metabolite production in cell suspension cultures through biotic or abiotic elicitation has become a potential biotechnological approach for commercialization or large-scale production of bioactive compounds. Gymnema sylvestre R.Br. is an important medicinal plant, rich in a group of oleanane triterpenoid saponins called gymnemic acid, well known for its anti-diabetic activity. Two endophytic fungal strains were isolated from the leaves of G. sylvestre and identified as Polyancora globosa and Xylaria sp...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328962/the-blood-dna-virome-in-8-000-humans
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Ahmed Moustafa, Chao Xie, Ewen Kirkness, William Biggs, Emily Wong, Yaron Turpaz, Kenneth Bloom, Eric Delwart, Karen E Nelson, J Craig Venter, Amalio Telenti
The characterization of the blood virome is important for the safety of blood-derived transfusion products, and for the identification of emerging pathogens. We explored non-human sequence data from whole-genome sequencing of blood from 8,240 individuals, none of whom were ascertained for any infectious disease. Viral sequences were extracted from the pool of sequence reads that did not map to the human reference genome. Analyses sifted through close to 1 Petabyte of sequence data and performed 0.5 trillion similarity searches...
March 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322839/derivatives-of-furanditerpenes-from-pterodon-genus-pharmacological-studies-disclose-their-potential-as-chronic-pain-relief-in-mice
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Humberto M Spindola, Rogério Grando, Mariana C Figueiredo, Rosana Basting, N C A Queiroz, Ângelo de Fátima, João E de Carvalho, Zaijie J Wang, M A Foglio
Pterodon genus fruits are commercially available at the Brazilian medicinal market used in folk medicine due to their anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-rheumatic effects. Previous studies demonstrated that furanditerpenes possessing vouacapan skeleton, isolated from Pterodon genus, possess expressive antinociceptive activities, with promising moiety for the development of new analgesic products. The antinociceptive properties of compounds 6α,7β- 6α-hidroxivouacapan-7β-17β-lactone (HVL) and 6α-oxovouacapan-7β-17β-lactone (OVL), semi-synthetic analogues of furanditerpenes previously reported as analgesic agents were evaluated on animal experimental models (Spindola et al...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322150/a-novel-technique-for-rejuvenation-of-degenerated-caterpillar-medicinal-mushroom-cordyceps-militaris-ascomycetes-a-valued-traditional-chinese-medicine
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Anhui Chen, Yulong Wang, Ying Shao, Bo Huang
Cordyceps militaris has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years, but its frequent degeneration during continuous maintenance in culture can lead to substantial commercial losses. In this study, a degenerated strain of C. militaris was obtained by subculturing a wild-type strain through 10 successive subcultures. The relative abundance of the 2 mating types seems to be out of balance in the degenerated strain. By cross-mating 4 single-ascospore isolates (2 for MAT 1-1 and 2 for MAT 1-2) from the degenerated strain, we were able to restore fruiting body production to wild-type levels...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314284/altered-levels-of-serum-ceramide-sphingosine-and-sphingomyelin-are-associated-with-colorectal-cancer-a-retrospective-pilot-study
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Duska Separovic, Anthony F Shields, Philip A Philip, Jacek Bielawski, Alicja Bielawska, Jason S Pierce, Adi L Tarca
BACKGROUND/AIM: Because patients with cancer of apparently equivalent stage often have different outcomes, it is necessary to gather additional information to complement cancer staging. Dysregulated sphingolipid metabolism contributes to carcinogenesis. In this retrospective pilot study, we tested the hypothesis that changes in serum levels of sphingolipids are associated with stage IV colorectal cancer (CRC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We used commercially available serum samples from healthy males and patients with CRC (adenocarcinoma of the large intestine, stage IV with metastases)...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306196/flexible-sensing-electronics-for-wearable-attachable-health-monitoring
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REVIEW
Xuewen Wang, Zheng Liu, Ting Zhang
Wearable or attachable health monitoring smart systems are considered to be the next generation of personal portable devices for remote medicine practices. Smart flexible sensing electronics are components crucial in endowing health monitoring systems with the capability of real-time tracking of physiological signals. These signals are closely associated with body conditions, such as heart rate, wrist pulse, body temperature, blood/intraocular pressure and blood/sweat bio-information. Monitoring such physiological signals provides a convenient and non-invasive way for disease diagnoses and health assessments...
March 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304365/quality-evaluation-and-chemical-markers-screening-of-salvia-miltiorrhiza-bge-danshen-based-on-hplc-fingerprints-and-hplc-ms-n-coupled-with-chemometrics
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Wenyi Liang, Wenjing Chen, Lingfang Wu, Shi Li, Qi Qi, Yaping Cui, Linjin Liang, Ting Ye, Lanzhen Zhang
Danshen, the dried root of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bge., is a widely used commercially available herbal drug, and unstable quality of different samples is a current issue. This study focused on a comprehensive and systematic method combining fingerprints and chemical identification with chemometrics for discrimination and quality assessment of Danshen samples. Twenty-five samples were analyzed by HPLC-PAD and HPLC-MS(n). Forty-nine components were identified and characteristic fragmentation regularities were summarized for further interpretation of bioactive components...
March 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303155/adulteration-and-contamination-of-commercial-sap-of-hymenaea-species
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Katyuce de Souza Farias, Sarah Alves Auharek, Andréa Luiza Cunha-Laura, Jeana Mara Escher de Souza, Geraldo Alves Damasceno-Junior, Mônica Cristina Toffoli-Kadri, Wander Fernando de Oliveira Filiú, Edson Dos Anjos Dos Santos, Marilene Rodrigues Chang, Carlos Alexandre Carollo
The Hymenaea stigonocarpa and Hymenaea martiana species, commonly known as "jatobá," produce a sap which is extracted by perforation of the trunk and is commonly used in folk medicine as a tonic. For this study, the authenticity of commercial samples of jatobá was verified by the identification of the main compounds and multivariate analysis and contamination by microbial presence analysis. The acute toxicity of the authentic jatobá sap was also evaluated. The metabolites composition and multivariate analysis revealed that none of the commercial samples were authentic...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302413/characterization-of-daboia-russelii-and-naja-naja-venom-neutralizing-ability-of-an-undocumented-indigenous-medication-in-sri-lanka
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Madhushika M Silva, Sampath S Seneviratne, Devaka K Weerakoon, Charitha L Goonasekara
BACKGROUND: Indigenous medicinal practice in Sri Lanka talks about powerful compounds extracted from native plants for treating venomous snake bites which are hardly documented in literature but are used by the indigenous doctors for thousand years. OBJECTIVE: We screened the neutralizing ability of a herbal preparation practiced in indigenous medicine of Sri Lanka, consisting of Sansevieria cylindrica, Jatropha podagrica and Citrus aurantiifolia, for its ability to neutralize venom toxins of Naja naja (Common Cobra) and Daboia russelii (Russell's viper)...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299742/virtual-high-throughput-screening-for-matrix-metalloproteinase-inhibitors
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Jun Yong Choi, Rita Fuerst
Structure-based virtual screening (SBVS) is a common method for the fast identification of hit structures at the beginning of a medicinal chemistry program in drug discovery. The SBVS, described in this manuscript, is focused on finding small molecule hits that can be further utilized as a starting point for the development of inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinase 13 (MMP-13) via structure-based molecular design. We intended to identify a set of structurally diverse hits, which occupy all subsites (S1'-S3', S2, and S3) centering the zinc containing binding site of MMP-13, by the virtual screening of a chemical library comprising more than ten million commercially available compounds...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299367/ivf-in-sri-lanka-a-concise-history-of-regulatory-impasse
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Bob Simpson
This article outlines the development of IVF in Sri Lanka from the first successful births in the late 1990s and over the subsequent 15 years. It is based on anthropological fieldwork carried out at various points during this period. The piece focuses on the challenges entailed in achieving regulation of the new reproductive technologies against a backdrop of: (i) a bitter civil war; (ii) a complex mosaic of different religious traditions (specifically, Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism and Islam); and (iii) a shift towards neo-liberal marketization, particularly in relation to specialist and hi-tech medical interventions...
June 2016: Reprod Biomed Soc Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299323/addressing-challenges-to-enhance-the-bioactives-of-withania-somnifera-through-organ-tissue-and-cell-culture-based-approaches
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REVIEW
Pritika Singh, Rupam Guleri, Amrita Angurala, Kuldeep Kaur, Kulwinder Kaur, Sunil C Kaul, Renu Wadhwa, Pratap Kumar Pati
Withania somnifera is a highly valued medicinal plant in traditional home medicine and is known for a wide range of bioactivities. Its commercial cultivation is adversely affected by poor seed viability and germination. Infestation by various pests and pathogens, survival under unfavourable environmental conditions, narrow genetic base, and meager information regarding biosynthesis of secondary metabolites are some of the other existing challenges in the crop. Biotechnological interventions through organ, tissue, and cell culture provide promising options for addressing some of these issues...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298629/identification-and-analysis-of-genes-associated-with-the-synthesis-of-bioactive-constituents-in-dendrobium-officinale-using-rna-seq
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Chenjia Shen, Hong Guo, Hailing Chen, Yujun Shi, Yijun Meng, Jiangjie Lu, Shangguo Feng, Huizhong Wang
Dendrobium officinale L. is an important traditional herb with high commercial value in China. Several bioactive constituents, including polysaccharides and alkaloids, reportedly make major contributions toward the excellent medicinal effect of D. officinale. In this study, the contents of polysaccharides and alkaloids in various organs of D. officinale were measured and compared. We took advantage of transcriptomes from four organs to explore biological mechanisms in the organ-specific distribution of active ingredients in D...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297454/evaluation-of-cassette-based-digital-radiography-detectors-using-standardized-image-quality-metrics-aapm-tg-150-draft-image-detector-tests
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Guang Li, Travis C Greene, Thomas K Nishino, Charles E Willis
The purpose of this study was to evaluate several of the standardized image quality metrics proposed by the American Association of Physics in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group 150. The task group suggested region-of-interest (ROI)-based techniques to measure nonuniformity, minimum signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), number of anomalous pixels, and modulation transfer function (MTF). This study evaluated the effects of ROI size and layout on the image metrics by using four different ROI sets, assessed result uncertainty by repeating measurements, and compared results with two commercially available quality control tools, namely the Carestream DIRECTVIEW Total Quality Tool (TQT) and the GE Healthcare Quality Assurance Process (QAP)...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289769/gene-therapy
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Barb Thorne, Ryan Takeya, Francesca Vitelli, Xin Swanson
Gene therapy refers to a rapidly growing field of medicine in which genes are introduced into the body to treat or prevent diseases. Although a variety of methods can be used to deliver the genetic materials into the target cells and tissues, modified viral vectors represent one of the more common delivery routes because of its transduction efficiency for therapeutic genes. Since the introduction of gene therapy concept in the 1970s, the field has advanced considerably with notable clinical successes being demonstrated in many clinical indications in which no standard treatment options are currently available...
March 14, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288453/medical-treatment-of-tattoo-complications
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Jørgen Serup
Tattooing is a skin trauma and involves a special vulnus punctatum (with inserted tattoo ink, a vulnus venenatum), which should heal with no infection and no local complication. Local treatment in the healing phase ideally builds on the 'moist wound' principle using plastic film, hydrocolloids, silver dressing, and compression. Bacterial infections during healing are treated with oral antibiotics, and a list of first-line antibiotics is proposed. Notice is given to severe infections with affected general condition, and it is emphasized that intravenous antibiotic treatment must be instituted as early as possible to prevent septic shock and death...
2017: Current Problems in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287560/modified-microsecure-vitrification-a-safe-simple-and-highly-effective-cryopreservation-procedure-for-human-blastocysts
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Mitchel C Schiewe, Shane Zozula, Nancy Nugent, Kelley Waggoner, Jessica Borba, Lisa Gamboa, John B Whitney
Clinical embryo vitrification evolved with the development of unique vitrification devices in the 21(st) century and with the misconception that ultra-rapid cooling in an "open" system (i.e., direct LN2 contact) was a necessity to optimize vitrification success. The dogma surrounding the importance of cooling rates led to unsafe practices subject to technical variation and to the creation of vitrification devices that disregarded important quality-control factors (e.g., ease of use, repeatability, reliability, labeling security, and storage safety)...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285072/purity-assessment-of-ginsenoside-rg1-using-quantitative-1-h-nuclear-magnetic-resonance
#18
Bao-Ming Huang, Sheng-Yuan Xiao, Ting-Bo Chen, Ying Xie, Pei Luo, Liang Liu, Hua Zhou
Ginseng herbs comprise a group of the most popular herbs, including Panax ginseng, P. notoginseng and P. quinquefolius (Family Araliaceae), which are used as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and are some of the best-selling natural products in the world. The accurate quantification of ginsenoside Rg1 is one of the major aspects of its quality control. However, the purity of the commercial Rg1 chemical reference substance (CRS) is often measured with high-performance chromatography coupled with an ultraviolet detector (HPLC-UV), which is a selective detector with unequal responses to different compounds; thus, this detector introduces probable error to purity assessments...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284793/toxic-pyrrolizidine-alkaloids-in-herbal-medicines-commonly-used-in-ghana
#19
Emmanuel Letsyo, Gerold Jerz, Peter Winterhalter, Till Beuerle
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Herbal medicines have been used for centuries for the management and treatment of various ailments due to the belief that they pose only little or no health risk and side effects, and also, in part, due to their availability, affordability and/or self-supply. However, the increasing information over the recent years on the occurrence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) in honey, herbal food and tea products has raised concerns about the safety of herbal medicines with respect to contamination...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284323/optimizing-drug-delivery-in-copd-the-role-of-inhaler-devices
#20
REVIEW
Paola Rogliani, Luigino Calzetta, Angelo Coppola, Francesco Cavalli, Josuel Ora, Ermanno Puxeddu, Maria Gabriella Matera, Mario Cazzola
Inhaled medication is the cornerstone of the pharmacological treatment for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Several inhaler devices exist, and each device has specific characteristics to achieve the optimal inhalation of drugs. The correct use of inhaler devices is not granted and patients may incur in mistakes when using pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs) or dry-powder inhaler (DPIs). The incorrect use of inhaler devices can lead to a poorly controlled disease status...
March 2017: Respiratory Medicine
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