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Carlo Alberto Scirè, Cristina Rossi, Leonardo Punzi, Augusto Genderini, Claudio Borghi, Walter Grassi
Despite being regarded as an easily-treatable disease, gout diagnosis and management can be challenging. We discuss here current issues in gout management and propose some potential solutions. Gout diagnosis should be reached as early as possible and often requires specific tests, such as synovial fluid analysis or imaging techniques that are not available in most centers, leaving health care professionals to rely only on clinical presentations and their experience. In addition, gout management requires the evaluation of multiple aspects, such as monitoring of serum uric acid (sUA) level (which should be reduced to <6 mg/dL) to ensure adherence and efficacy of treatment, evaluation of patient's risk profile and comorbidities, and continuous assessments to manage clinical manifestations...
March 19, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Michail Mitsis, George A Alexiou, Evrysthenis Vartholomatos, Georgios Markopoulos, Diamanto Lazari, Entela Hodaj, Dimitrios Nastos, Panagiota Zagorianakou, Vasiliki Galani, Athanasios P Kyritsis
PURPOSE: Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy among women. Breast cancer cells may develop resistance to current chemotherapy, thus new chemotherapeutic agents are urgently needed. METHODS: A major number of drugs with anticancer activity have been isolated from plants. Herewith, we investigated for the first time the effect of N-(p-coumaroyl) serotonin (CS), isolated from Centaurea seed on a drug-resistant breast carcinoma (MCF-7) cells. Viability and proliferation of the cells were examined with trypan blue exclusion assay and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Seung Won Jun, Junyoung Kwon, Soo Kyung Chun, Hyun Ah Lee, Jaebeom Lee, Dae Youn Hwang, Chen-Yuan Dong, Chang-Seok Kim
Owing to its near infrared (NIR) absorption, graphene oxide (GO) is promising for both photothermal (PT) therapy and multiphoton (MP) imaging. Novel therapy/imaging modality switching is proposed here based on the selected excitation wavelength of femtosecond (FS) laser. GO-based destruction of cancer cells is demonstrated when the laser power of 800-nm-wavelength FS laser is increased above 7 mW. However, GO-based imaging is mainly monitored without damaging the sample when using 1200-nm wavelength FS laser in the same laser power range...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Chiawen Hsieh, Yun-Wei Lin, Ching-Hsein Chen, Wenjun Ku, Fuching Ma, Hanming Yu, Chishih Chu
Natural compounds have been candidates for anticancer medicine over the last 20 years. During the process of isolating seed oil from Calophyllum inophyllum L., yellow and green pigments containing multiple compounds with an aromatic structure were identified. High-performance liquid chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance analysis of these pigments revealed that the compounds present were identical, but the concentration of the compounds was different. Treatment with the pigments was able to induce the death of DLD-1 human colon cancer cells and increase the percentage of the cells in the sub-G1 and sub-G2 /M phases in a dose-dependent manner...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Shu Yang, Zhihua Xing, Tao Liu, Jing Zhou, Qinghua Liang, Tao Tang, Hanjin Cui, Weijun Peng, Xingui Xiong, Yang Wang
Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common worldwide public health problem, which causes a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder of synovial joints. Paeoniflorin (PA) has achieved positive results to some extent for the treatment of RA. Purpose: This study aimed to reveal the potential druggable targets of PA in an experimental RA model using quantitative proteomics analysis. Study design and methods: Thirty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into a normal group, model group and PA group...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Schmidt Annette, Wolf Markus, Rothmiller Simone, Worek Franz, Steinritz Dirk, Thiermann Horst
BACKGROUND: The cell line HaCaT/SM was developed as a sulfur mustard (SM) resistant cell line from the human keratinocyte cell line HaCaT. This cell line was established to learn more about the effect of SM and possible therapeutic approaches to counteract the cytotoxic effects of SM. The aim of this study was to clarify whether the SM-resistant cell line HaCaT/SM exhibit also resistance to other alkylating agents or cytotoxic drugs with different mechanism of action. MATERIAL AND METHOD: The chemosensitivity of SM-resistant human keratinocyte cell line HaCaT/SM and the original cell line HaCaT were tested using the XTT assay...
March 15, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Bianca Medeiros Maran, Laína Vochikovski, Diego Rafael de Andrade Hortkoff, Rodrigo Stanislawczuk, Alessandro D Loguercio, Alessandra Reis
OBJECTIVES: Desensitizing agents are usually included in the composition of bleaching agents to reduce bleaching-induced tooth sensitivity (TS). This randomized clinical trial (RCT) evaluated the risk and intensity of TS and color change after at-home bleaching with a desensitizing-containing (3% potassium nitrate and 0.2% sodium fluoride) and desensitizing-free 10% carbamide peroxide (CP) gel (Whiteness Perfect, FGM). METHODS: A triple-blind, within-person RCT was conducted on 60 caries-free adult patients...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Dentistry
Brian J Piper, Dipam T Shah, Olapeju M Simoyan, Kenneth L McCall, Stephanie D Nichols
INTRODUCTION: The U.S. is experiencing an opioid epidemic which is at least partially iatrogenic and fueled by both prescription and illicit misuse. This study provides a nationwide examination of opioid distribution patterns during the last decade. METHODS: Data were obtained from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System for 2006-2016. Analyses include quantities of ten opioids legally dispensed nationwide by weight and converted to Morphine Milligram Equivalents...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Afroz Rais, Muhammad Shakeel, Kamran Malik, Fauzia Yusuf Hafeez, Humaira Yasmin, Saqib Mumtaz, Muhammad Nadeem Hassan
Rice blast is a severe threat for agricultural production. Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria could be suitable biocontrol agents to reduce the disease incidence. In this study, Bacillus spp. KFP-5, KFP-7, KFP-17 significantly reduced disease severity by 40-52% with grain yield of 3.2-3.9 t ha-1 in two rice varieties i.e., basmati super and basmati 385. Bacillus spp. significantly colonized the rice rhizosphere with a cell population of 2.40E+06-5.6E+07CFU. Rice plants treated with antagonistic bacterial suspension followed by challenge inoculation with P...
March 2018: Microbiological Research
Steven A Rosenzweig
Resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs exemplifies the greatest hindrance to effective treatment of cancer patients. The molecular mechanisms responsible have been investigated for over 50 years and have revealed the lack of a single cause, but instead, multiple mechanisms including induced expression of membrane transporters that pump drugs out of cells (multidrug resistance (MDR) phenotype), changes in the glutathione system, and altered metabolism. Treatment of cancer patients/cancer cells with chemotherapeutic agents and/or molecularly targeted drugs is accompanied by acquisition of resistance to the treatment administered...
2018: Advances in Cancer Research
Hyo Young Lee, Dae Won Jun, Hyun Jung Kim, Hyunwoo Oh, Waqar Khalid Saeed, Hyeongsik Ahn, Ramsey C Cheung, Mindie H Nguyen
Background/Aims: A number of clinical trials reported varying effects of cholesterol lowering agents in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients. We, therefore, assessed the changes in hepatic steatosis and NAFLD activity score (NAS) after treatment with cholesterol lowering agents in NAFLD patients by metaanalysis. Methods: The Cochrane Library, the MEDLINE, and the Embase databases were searched until May 2015, without any language restrictions, for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and nonrandomized studies (NRSs)...
March 20, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
E Trybus, G Krol, T Obarzanowski, W Trybus, A Kopacz-Bednarska, M Obarzanowski, T Krol
Most studies on the effects of glucocorticosteroid therapy in rhinitis relate to their inhibitory effect on activation and the number of inflowing cells that are involved in the development and maintenance of inflammation. It is also very important to determine the range of effect of budesonide on residing cells (epithelial cells). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of local budesonide therapy on the cytological image of the nasal mucosa, with attention paid to columnar cells in patients with rhinitis...
December 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Cheng Wang, Xianlin Han, Fang Liu, Tucker A Patterson, Joseph P Hanig, Merle G Paule, William Slikker
Adverse effects related to central nervous system (CNS) function in pediatric populations may, at times, be difficult, if not impossible to evaluate. Prolonged anesthetic exposure affects brain excitability and anesthesia during the most sensitive developmental stages and has been associated with mitochondrial dysfunction, aberrant lipid metabolism and synaptogenesis, subsequent neuronal damage, as well as long-term behavioral deficits. There has been limited research evaluating whether and how anesthetic agents affect cellular lipids, the most abundant components of the brain other than water...
March 14, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Meng Xin, Yang Sun, Haijiao Chen, Quancai Li, Yunlou Dun, Huashi Guan, Jiejie Hao, Chunxia Li
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 cause of death worldwide. Hyperlipidemia is one of the major risk factors for CVD. Maintaining lipid homeostasis is an effective way to prevent CVD. We prepared propylene glycol guluronate sulfate (PGGS), a sulfated polysaccharide, and investigated its effect on lipid metabolism in HepG2 cells. We found that total cholesterol (TC) and triglycerides (TG) were significantly decreased in the cells after PGGS treatment. We have also shown that the AMPK signaling is activated after PGGS treatment as evidenced by changes in the expression of many AMPK downstream targets including SREBP-1c, SIRT-1, CPT1, PPARα, and FAS...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Samaneh Sepahi, Seyed Ahmad Mohajeri, Seyedeh Maryam Hosseini, Elham Khodaverdi, Nasser Shoeibi, Maral Namdari, Sayyed Abolghasem Sajadi Tabassi
OBJECTIVE: Diabetic macular edema (DME) is one of the most important sight-threatening complications in patients with diabetes. Due to neuroprotective properties, crocin, as the main constituent in saffron, is thought to be useful in the treatment and prevention of diabetic maculopathy. The aim of this trial was to evaluate the effects of crocin as a supplement on reducing inflammation in patients with diabetic maculopathy. DESIGN: Double blind, placebo controlled, phase 2 randomized clinical trial...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Chen Fu, Chizhu Ding, Xianchao Sun, Ailing Fu
Nanotechnology plays an important role in the development of drug delivery, imaging, and diagnosis. In this study, nanocapsules containing protein-functionalized gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) as the shell and hydrophobic drug curcumin as the core were prepared as a tumor cell theranostic agent. After the nanocapsules were added into tumor cell media, they entered the cells with high efficiency and exhibited strong fluorescence within the cells. The results indicated that the nanocapsules were broken up in the cells and curcumin was released...
June 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Zeinab Haghparasti, Mahnaz Mahdavi Shahri
The use of nontoxic biological compounds in the synthesis of nanomaterials is an ecofriendly and cost-effective approach in nanotechnology. The present work was carried out to develop silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) by a green method using white tea (Wt) extract as reducing agent for reduction of silver nitrate as silver precursor into the lamellar space of inorganic polymer montmorillonite (Mt) as an effective protective reagent and support as well. The bioformed Wt/Ag@Mt nanocomposite (NCs) was compared with pure biosynthesized Wt/Ag-NPs under free stabilizer condition and effect of Mt stabilizer on antioxidant, cytotoxicity and structural properties were also investigated...
June 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Jennifer Gubitosa, Vito Rizzi, Angela Lopedota, Paola Fini, Anna Laurenzana, Gabriella Fibbi, Fiorenza Fanelli, Andrea Petrella, Valentino Laquintana, Nunzio Denora, Roberto Comparelli, Pinalysa Cosma
HYPOTHESIS: The interesting properties of Gold Nanoparticles (AuNPs) make them attractive for different application fields such as cosmetology, medicine and clinical nanotechnologies. In this work a fast, easy and eco-friendly method for the AuNPs synthesis is proposed by using the Punica Granatum Juice (PGJ) with potential dermatological and cosmetic applications. The AuNPs antioxidant activity, due to the presence of phenols from the juice, and their use as booster for improving the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) in commercial sunscreen formulations, are thus expounded...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Fei-Fei Wang, Chao Shi, Yue Yang, Yong Fang, Li Sheng, Ning Li
Gastric cancer (GC) is the fourth most common diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Phellinus igniarius is a traditional medicinal mushroom used in China and other countries of East Asia for the treatment of various diseases including cancer. The aim of this study is to evaluate the antitumor activity of P. igniarius and elucidate the possible mechanism. MTT assay displayed that the total ethanol extract of P. igniarius (TPI) had antitumor activities against five human tumor cell lines of HepG-2, AGS, SGC-7901, Hela and A-549...
March 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Amos Lal, Alwyn Rapose
BACKGROUND: Gonococcal infection can present with wide spectrum of symptoms, most commonly involving the genitals. This case highlights a rare presentation of Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection primarily with skin involvement without uro-genital disease. CASE: A 33-year-old male was admitted to the hospital with complaints of painful swelling of his penis. In the emergency room, he underwent incision and drainage of the abscess under local anaesthesia. After microbiological evaluation, he was found to have skin abscess caused by N...
March 16, 2018: Infection
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