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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433944/evaluation-of-vaccinal-effectiveness-of-preparations-containing-membrane-antigens-of-leishmania-l-amazonensis-in-experimental-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-model
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João G Ribeiro, Amália S Ferreira, Sharon R A Macedo, Norton R D L P Rossi, Mayara C P da Silva, Rosane N M Guerra, Neuza B de Barros, Roberto Nicolete
American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) is considered a neglected disease, for which an effective vaccine or an efficient diagnosis is not yet available and whose chemotherapeutic arsenal is threatened by the emergence of resistance by etiological agents such as Leishmania amazonensis. ATL is endemic in poor countries and has a high incidence in Brazil. Vaccines developed from native parasite fractions have led to the identification of defined antigenic subunits and the development of vaccine adjuvant technology...
April 20, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433779/identification-of-new-anti-inflammatory-agents-based-on-nitrosporeusine-natural-products-of-marine-origin
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Satish Chandra Philkhana, Abhishek Kumar Verma, Gorakhnath R Jachak, Bibhabasu Hazra, Anirban Basu, D Srinivasa Reddy
Nitrosporeusines A and B are two recently isolated marine natural products with novel skeleton and exceptional biological profile. Interesting antiviral activity of nitrosporeusines and promising potential in curing various diseases, evident from positive data from various animal models, led us to investigate their anti-inflammatory potential. Accordingly, we planned and synthesized nitrosporeusines A and B in racemic as well as enantiopure forms. The natural product synthesis was followed by preparation of several analogues, and all the synthesized compounds were evaluated for in vitro and in vivo anti-inflammatory potential...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432889/reducing-domestic-heating-demand-managing-the-impact-of-behavior-changing-feedback-devices-via-marketing
#3
Thorben Jensen, Émile J L Chappin
Feedback devices can be used to inform households about their energy-consumption behavior. This may persuade them to practice energy conservation. The use of feedback devices can also-via word of mouth-spread among households and thereby support the spread of the incentivized behavior, e.g. energy-efficient heating behavior. This study investigates how to manage the impact of these environmental innovations via marketing. Marketing activities can support the diffusion of devices. This study aims to identify the most effective strategies of marketing feedback devices...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432588/patterns-of-care-and-outcomes-of-multi-agent-versus-single-agent-chemotherapy-as-part-of-multimodal-management-of-low-grade-glioma
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Waqar Haque, Vivek Verma, E Brian Butler, Bin S Teh
For high-risk low-grade gliomas (LGGs), adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) with procarbazine/lomustine/vincristine (PCV) chemotherapy increases overall survival (OS) over RT alone. However, in practice, temozolomide (TMZ) is often used instead of PCV. Using the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), we provide the first investigation of practice patterns and outcomes of chemoradiotherapy with single-agent chemotherapy (SAC, analogous to TMZ) or multi-agent chemotherapy (MAC, analogous to PCV) for LGG. Patients with high-risk Grade II LGGs were queried in the NCDB...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431923/sources-of-racial-disparities-in-hiv-prevalence-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-atlanta-ga-usa-a-modelling-study
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Steven M Goodreau, Eli S Rosenberg, Samuel M Jenness, Nicole Luisi, Sarah E Stansfield, Gregorio A Millett, Patrick S Sullivan
BACKGROUND: In the USA, men who have sex men (MSM) are at high risk for HIV, and black MSM have a substantially higher prevalence of infection than white MSM. We created a simulation model to assess the strength of existing hypotheses and data that account for these disparities. METHODS: We built a dynamic, stochastic, agent-based network model of black and white MSM aged 18-39 years in Atlanta, GA, USA, that incorporated race-specific individual and dyadic-level prevention and risk behaviours, network attributes, and care patterns...
April 18, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429852/anti-inflammatory-and-retinal-protective-effects-of-capsaicin-on-ischemia-induced-injuries-through-the-release-of-endogenous-somatostatin
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Jun Wang, Wenke Tian, Shuaiwei Wang, Wenqiang Wei, Dongdong Wu, Honggang Wang, Li Wang, Ruisheng Yang, Ailing Ji, Yanzhang Li
The mechanisms regarding the retinal protective and anti-inflammatory effects of capsaicin (CAP) remain unclear. Somatostatin is contained in CAP-sensitive sensory neurons, including nerve terminals, from which it can be released by capsaicin. The present study provides a novel neurohumoral regulatory mechanism for CAP-induced-endogenous somatostatin in a retinal ischemic-reperfusion (I/R) mouse model. CAP (0.5 mg kg(-1) ) was injected subcutaneously 5 min after I/R. A selective somatostatin-depleting agent, cysteamine, was applied subcutaneously 4 hours before the experiment to examine the effects of endogenous somatostatin...
April 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429212/experimental-study-of-a-radiopharmaceutical-agent-based-on-modified-fatty-acid-labeled-with-technetium-99m
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S I Sazonova, Yu N Il'yushenkova, Yu B Lishmanov, S V Tsibul'nikov, V S Skuridin, E A Nesterov, N V Varlamova, E A Il'ina, V D Filimonov, M V Belyanin, E V Stepanova, S M Minin
Using rat model of coronary occlusion, we studied pharmacokinetics and the efficiency of a new radiopharmaceutical agent (99m)Tc-PDA-DTPA intended for diagnostics of changes in myocardial metabolism and its analogue (123)I-PMPDA. (99m)Tc-PDA-DTPA was eliminated mostly by the kidneys and maximal concentration in the heart was attained within 60 min after intravenous injection; no accumulation in the area of myocardial infarction was observed. The studied substance was inferior to its analogue 123I-PMPDA by the quality of scintigraphic visualization of the heart...
April 20, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428884/phase-i-clinical-trial-of-combination-imatinib-and-ipilimumab-in-patients-with-advanced-malignancies
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Matthew J Reilley, Ann Bailey, Vivek Subbiah, Filip Janku, Aung Naing, Gerald Falchook, Daniel Karp, Sarina Piha-Paul, Apostolia Tsimberidou, Siqing Fu, JoAnn Lim, Stacie Bean, Allison Bass, Sandra Montez, Luis Vence, Padmanee Sharma, James Allison, Funda Meric-Bernstam, David S Hong
BACKGROUND: Imatinib mesylate can induce rapid tumor regression, increase tumor antigen presentation, and inhibit tumor immunosuppressive mechanisms. CTLA-4 blockade and imatinib synergize in mouse models to reduce tumor volume via intratumoral accumulation of CD8+ T cells. We hypothesized that imatinib combined with ipilimumab would be tolerable and may synergize in patients with advanced cancer. METHODS: Primary objective of the dose-escalation study (3 + 3 design) was to establish the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended phase II dose...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428840/an-internet-based-platform-for-the-estimation-of-outcrossing-potential-between-cultivated-and-chilean-vascular-plants
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Pablo Cid, Carlos Aguirre, Miguel Ángel Sánchez, Daniel Zamorano, Maritza Mihoc, Erika Salazar, Gustavo Chacón, Humberto Navarrete, Marcelo Rosas, Humberto Prieto
A national-scale study of outcrossing potential within Chilean vascular flora was conducted using an upgraded algorithm, which adds parameters such as pollinator agents, climate, and geographic conditions. Datasets were organized and linked in a Web platform (www.flujogenico.cl), in which the development of a total outcrossing potential (TOP) predictor was formulated. The TOP predictor is the engine in the Web platform, which models the effect of a type of agricultural practice on others (coexistence calculation mode) and on the environment (biodiversity calculation mode)...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428042/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-selective-tubulin-inhibitors-as-anti-trypanosomal-agents
#10
Viharika Bobba, Vishal Nanavaty, Nethrie D Idippily, Anran Zhao, Bibo Li, Bin Su
African trypanosomiasis is still a threat to human health due to the severe side-effects of current drugs. We identified selective tubulin inhibitors that showed the promise to the treatment of this disease, which was based on the tubulin protein structural difference between mammalian and trypanosome cells. Further lead optimization was performed in the current study to improve the efficiency of the drug candidates. We used Trypanosoma brucei brucei cells as the parasite model, and human normal kidney cells and mouse macrophage cells as the host model to evaluate the compounds...
April 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427941/elongation-affinity-activation-barrier-and-stability-of-a%C3%AE-42-oligomers-fibrils-in-physiological-saline
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Roberto A Rodriguez, Liao Y Chen, Germán Plascencia-Villa, George Perry
Amyloid-beta (Aβ) peptides, Aβ40 and the more neurotoxic Aβ42, have been the subject of many research efforts for Alzheimer's disease. In two recent independent investigations, the atomistic structure of Aβ42 fibril has been clearly established in the S-shaped conformation consisting of three β-sheets stabilized by salt bridges formed between the Lys28 sidechain and the C-terminus of Ala42. This structure distinctively differs from the long-known structure of Aβ40 in the β-hairpin shaped conformation consisting of two β-sheets...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427561/molecular-targets-of-ascochlorin-and-its-derivatives-for-cancer-therapy
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Jason Chua Min-Wen, Benjamin Chua Yan-Jiang, Srishti Mishra, Xiaoyun Dai, Junji Magae, Ng Shyh-Chang, Alan Prem Kumar, Gautam Sethi
Cancer is an extremely complex disease comprising of a multitude of characteristic hallmarks that continue to evolve with time. At the genomic level, random mutations leading to deregulation of diverse oncogenic signal transduction cascades and polymorphisms coupled with environmental as well as life style-related factors are major causative agent contributing to chemoresistance and the failure of conventional therapies as well as molecular targeted agents. Hence, there is an urgent need to identify novel alternative therapies based on alternative medicines to combat this dreaded disease...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427443/benserazide-a-dopadecarboxylase-inhibitor-suppresses-tumor-growth-by-targeting-hexokinase-2
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Wei Li, Mengzhu Zheng, Shuangping Wu, Suyu Gao, Mei Yang, Zhimei Li, Qiuxia Min, Weiguang Sun, Lixia Chen, Guangya Xiang, Hua Li
BACKGROUND: Hexokinase (HK) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the first reaction of glycolysis. And Hexokinase 2 (HK2) is most closely related to malignant tumor which expresses at higher level compared with normal cells. HK2 plays a pivotal role in tumor initiation and maintenance, which provides a new target for cancer therapy. METHODS: Structure-based virtual ligand screening was used in hit identification from ZINC Drug Database. Microscale thermophoresis assay was performed to evaluate the binding affinity...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426699/anti-il-20-monoclonal-antibody-inhibited-inflammation-and-protected-against-cartilage-destruction-in-murine-models-of-osteoarthritis
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Yu-Hsiang Hsu, Ya-Yu Yang, Man-Hsiang Huwang, Yun-Han Weng, I-Ming Jou, Po-Tin Wu, Tain-Yu Lin, Li-Wha Wu, Ming-Shi Chang
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease characterized by progressive destruction of articular cartilage. Interleukin (IL)-20 is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. We investigated the role of IL-20 in OA and evaluated whether anti-IL-20 antibody (7E) treatment attenuates disease severity in murine models of surgery-induced OA. Immunohistochemical staining was used to detect IL-20 and its receptors expression in synovial tissue and cartilage from OA patients, and in OA synovial fibroblasts (OASFs) and chondrocytes (OACCs) from rodents with surgery-induced OA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425537/using-fluorescently-labeled-magnetic-nanocomposites-as-a-dual-contrast-agent-for-optical-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Taofeng Zhu, Xiuqin Ma, Ruhua Chen, Zhijun Ge, Jun Xu, Xiaoke Shen, Lei Jia, Tao Zhou, Yifeng Luo, Tieliang Ma
Dual-modality imaging probes synergistically combine magnetic resonance (MR) and fluorescence into a single nanocomposite. This promising technique affords a new level of flexibility for molecular imaging uses in biomedical research. In this study, we report a new strategy for the synthesis of a novel attapulgite nanorod-based atta@Fe3O4@[Ru(bpy)2(fmp)]Cl2 nanocomposite (atta@Fe3O4@Ru NC). Our synthesized NC has both photoluminescent and magnetic properties, bright fluorescence, as well as significant magnetic resonance...
April 20, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424373/statins-pcsk9-inhibitors-and-cholesterol-homeostasis-a-view-from-within-the-hepatocyte
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Allan D Sniderman, Robert Scott Kiss, Thomas Reid, George Thanassoulis, Gerald F Watts
Statins and PCSK9 inhibitors dramatically lower plasma LDL levels and dramatically increase LDL receptor number within hepatocyte cell membranes. It seems self-evident that total clearance of LDL particles from plasma and total delivery of cholesterol to the liver must increase in consequence. However, based on the results of stable isotope tracer studies, this analysis demonstrates the contrary to be the case. Statins do not change the production rate of LDL particles. Accordingly, at steady state, the clearance rate cannot change...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423507/tgf-%C3%AE-independent-ctgf-induction-regulates-cell-adhesion-mediated-drug-resistance-by-increasing-collagen-i-in-hcc
#17
Yeonhwa Song, Jin-Sun Kim, Eun Kyung Choi, Joon Kim, Kang Mo Kim, Haeng Ran Seo
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents and remains an unmet medical need. Here, we demonstrate a mechanism of cell adhesion-mediated drug resistance using a variety of HCC spheroid models to overcome environment-mediated drug resistance in HCC. We classified spheroids into two groups, tightly compacted and loosely compacted aggregates, based on investigation of dynamics of spheroid formation. Our results show that compactness of HCC spheroids correlated with fibroblast-like characteristics, collagen 1A1 (COL1A1) content, and capacity for chemoresistance...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423420/functional-response-of-eretmocerus-delhiensis-on-trialeurodes-vaporariorum-by-parasitism-and-host-feeding
#18
Jafar Ebrahimifar, Arsalan Jamshidnia, Hossein Allahyari
The parasitoid wasp, Eretmocerus delhiensis (Hymenoptera, Aphelinidae) is a thelytokous and syn-ovigenic parasitoid. To evaluate E. delhiensis as a biocontrol agent in greenhouse, the killing efficiency of this parasitoid by parasitism and host-feeding, were studied. Killing efficiency can be compared by estimation of functional response parameters. Laboratory experiments were performed in controllable conditions to evaluate the functional response of E. delhiensis at eight densities (2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 100, and 120 third nymphal stage) of Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Hemiptera, Aleyrodidae) on two hosts including; tomato and prickly lettuce...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422484/direct-synthesis-of-dextran-based-antibacterial-hydrogels-for-extended-release-of-biocides-and-eradication-of-topical-biofilms
#19
Jiaul Hoque, Jayanta Haldar
Cationic small molecular biocides have been developed as promising antibiofilm agents because of their tunability in chemical structures and ability to disrupt established biofilms. However, the impact of biocides in antibiofilm treatment is largely limited due to lack of an effective delivery system that can ensure sustained release of biocide at the target site. Herein we report biocide-encapsulated antibacterial and antibiofilm hydrogel that acts as efficient delivery vehicle for the biocide and eradicates matured bacterial biofilm...
April 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421296/metabolite-signatures-of-doxorubicin-induced-toxicity-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
#20
Umesh Chaudhari, James K Ellis, Vilas Wagh, Harshal Nemade, Jürgen Hescheler, Hector C Keun, Agapios Sachinidis
Drug-induced off-target cardiotoxicity, particularly following anti-cancer therapy, is a major concern in new drug discovery and development. To ensure patient safety and efficient pharmaceutical drug development, there is an urgent need to develop more predictive cell model systems and distinct toxicity signatures. In this study, we applied our previously proposed repeated exposure toxicity methodology and performed (1)H NMR spectroscopy-based extracellular metabolic profiling in culture medium of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) exposed to doxorubicin (DOX), an anti-cancer agent...
April 18, 2017: Amino Acids
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