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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345444/budgetary-impact-of-cabazitaxel-use-after-docetaxel-treatment-for-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
#1
Kyle Flannery, Ed Drea, Louis Hudspeth, Shelby Corman, Xin Gao, Mei Xue, Raymond Miao
BACKGROUND: With the approval of several new treatments for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), budgetary impact is a concern for health plan decision makers. Budget impact models (BIMs) are becoming a requirement in many countries as part of formulary approval or reimbursement decisions. Cabazitaxel is a second-generation taxane developed to overcome resistance to docetaxel and is approved for the treatment of patients with mCRPC previously treated with a docetaxel-containing regimen...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344727/characterization-of-vascular-permeability-using-a-biomimetic-microfluidic-blood-vessel-model
#2
Antony Thomas, Shunqiang Wang, Salman Sohrabi, Colin Orr, Ran He, Wentao Shi, Yaling Liu
The inflammatory response in endothelial cells (ECs) leads to an increase in vascular permeability through the formation of gaps. However, the dynamic nature of vascular permeability and external factors involved is still elusive. In this work, we use a biomimetic blood vessel (BBV) microfluidic model to measure in real-time the change in permeability of the EC layer under culture in physiologically relevant flow conditions. This platform studies the dynamics and characterizes vascular permeability when the EC layer is triggered with an inflammatory agent using tracer molecules of three different sizes, and the results are compared to a transwell insert study...
March 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344126/regulation-of-the-nitric-oxide-oxidase-activity-of-myeloperoxidase-by-pharmacological-agents
#3
Sophie L Maiocchi, Jonathan C Morris, Martin D Rees, Shane R Thomas
The leukocyte-derived heme enzyme myeloperoxidase (MPO) is released extracellularly during inflammation and impairs nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability by directly oxidizing NO or producing NO-consuming substrate radicals. Here, structurally diverse pharmacological agents with activities as MPO substrates/inhibitors or antioxidants were screened for their effects on MPO NO oxidase activity in human plasma and physiological model systems containing endogenous MPO substrates/antioxidants (tyrosine, urate, ascorbate)...
March 23, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344088/development-of-a-robust-and-validated-2d-qspr-model-for-sweetness-potency-of-diverse-functional-organic-molecules
#4
Probir Kumar Ojha, Kunal Roy
In the present report, we have developed a predictive QSPR model using only easily computable two-dimensional (2D) descriptors from diverse classes of sweetening agents to find out the key structural properties which regulate their sweet potency. The available data set was curated to remove salts, mixtures and compounds without having a definite structure. A k-fold double cross validation technique was employed for variable selection prior to development of the final model. The final model was developed using partial least squares (PLS) regression analysis and selected based on a mean absolute error (MAE) based criteria for the validation sets...
March 24, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343956/effect-of-cd-2-and-cd-2-auxin-mixtures-on-lipid-monolayers-model-membrane-studies-on-the-role-of-auxins-in-phytoremediation-of-metal-ions-from-contaminated-environment
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Katarzyna Hąc-Wydro, Marzena Mach, Karolina Węder, Katarzyna Pająk, Paweł Wydro
In this work Langmuir monolayer experiments were performed to analyze the effect of Cd(2+) ions and their mixtures with synthetic auxin (1-naphthaleneacetic acid - NAA) on lipid films. These investigations were motivated by the fact that auxins act effectively as the agents improving the removal of metal ions from contaminated water and soil by plants (phytoextraction), and although their mechanism of action in this area is still unclear, it was suggested that it can be membrane-related. The experiments were done for one component (1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine - DPPC; 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine - DOPC; 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-(1'-rac-glycerol) (sodium salt) - DPPG) monolayers and mixed (DPPG/DOPC and DPPG/DPPC) films treated as model of plant leaves membranes...
March 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343295/identification-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-subtype-1-s1p1-as-a-pathogenic-factor-in-transient-focal-cerebral-ischemia
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Bhakta Prasad Gaire, Chi-Ho Lee, Arjun Sapkota, Sang Yeul Lee, Jerold Chun, Hee Jun Cho, Tae-Gyu Nam, Ji Woong Choi
Medically relevant roles of receptor-mediated sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) signaling have become a successful or promising target for multiple sclerosis or cerebral ischemia. Animal-based proof-of-concept validation for the latter is particularly through the neuroprotective efficacy of FTY720, a non-selective S1P receptor modulator, presumably via activation of S1P1. In spite of a clear link between S1P signaling and cerebral ischemia, it remains unknown whether the role of S1P1 is pathogenic or neuroprotective...
March 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343034/bioactivities-of-achillea-phrygia-and-bupleurum-croceum-based-on-the-composition-of-phenolic-compounds-in-vitro-and-in-silico-approaches
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Gokhan Zengin, Gizem Bulut, Adriano Mollica, Mehmet Zeki Haznedaroglu, Ahmet Dogan, Abdurrahman Aktumsek
This study presents the effects of the Achillea phrygia Boiss. et Bal. and Bupleurum croceum Fenzl. extracts obtained by different solvents (ethyl acetate, methanol and water) on selected enzyme inhibitory effects and antioxidant ability with screening bioactive compounds. Total and individual bioactive compounds were detected by spectrophotometric and HPLC-DAD techniques. Antioxidant abilities were evaluated by different methods including free radical scavenging (ABTS and DPPH), reducing power (CUPRAC and FRAP), phosphomolybdenum and metal chelating...
March 22, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342847/na-k-atpase-interaction-with-methylglyoxal-as-reactive-metabolic-side-product
#8
Marika Svrckova, Martina Zatloukalova, Petra Dvorakova, Dominika Coufalova, David Novak, Lenka Hernychova, Jan Vacek
Proteins are subject to oxidative modification and the formation of adducts with a broad spectrum of reactive species via enzymatic and non-enzymatic mechanisms. Here we report that in vitro non-enzymatic methylglyoxal (MGO) binding causes the inhibition and formation of MGO advanced glycation end-products (MAGEs) in Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase (NKA). Concretely, MGO adducts with NKA amino acid residues (mainly Arg) and N(ε)-(carboxymethyl)lysine (CML) formation were found. MGO is not only an inhibitor for solubilized NKA (IC50 = 91±16 μM), but also for reconstituted NKA in the lipid bilayer environment, which was clearly demonstrated using a DPPC/DPPE liposome model in the presence or absence of the NKA-selective inhibitor ouabain...
March 22, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342764/ketamine-as-a-rapid-acting-agent-for-suicidal-ideation-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Francesco Bartoli, Ilaria Riboldi, Cristina Crocamo, Carmen Di Brita, Massimo Clerici, Giuseppe Carrà
The current systematic review and meta-analysis aimed at exploring acute effects of intravenous (IV) ketamine, an antagonist of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA), in subjects with current suicidal ideation. We included clinical trials testing a single IV dose of ketamine and assessing changes in suicidal ideation within 4hours after treatment. Meta-analyses based on random-effects models, were carried out generating pooled standardized mean differences (SMDs) between endpoint and baseline scores. Heterogeneity among studies was estimated using the I(2) index...
March 22, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342366/discovery-of-new-dual-ppar%C3%AE-gpr40-agonists-with-robust-antidiabetic-activity-design-synthesis-and-in-combo-drug-evaluation
#10
Sergio Hidalgo-Figueroa, Gabriel Navarrete-Vázquez, Samuel Estrada-Soto, Diana Giles-Rivas, Francisco J Alarcón-Aguilar, Ismael León-Rivera, Abraham Giacoman-Martínez, Elizabeth Miranda Pérez, Julio C Almanza-Pérez
The design of compounds 1 and 2 was based on the similar scaffold of pharmacophoric groups for PPARγ and GPR40 agonists. In order to find new compounds with improved biological activity, the current manuscript describes a new dual PPARγ-GPR40 agonist. We synthesized two compounds, which were prepared following a multistep synthetic route, and the relative mRNA expression levels of PPARγ, GLUT4, and GPR40 were quantified in cell culture, as well as insulin secretion and [Ca(2+)] intracellular levels. Compound 1 showed a 7-times increase in the mRNA expression of PPARγ, which in turn enhanced the expression levels of GLUT4 respect to control and pioglitazone...
March 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341748/drug-induced-liver-injury-recent-advances-in-diagnosis-and-risk-assessment
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REVIEW
Gerd A Kullak-Ublick, Raul J Andrade, Michael Merz, Peter End, Andreas Benesic, Alexander L Gerbes, Guruprasad P Aithal
Idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (IDILI) is a rare but potentially severe adverse drug reaction that should be considered in patients who develop laboratory criteria for liver injury secondary to the administration of a potentially hepatotoxic drug. Although currently used liver parameters are sensitive in detecting DILI, they are neither specific nor able to predict the patient's subsequent clinical course. Genetic risk assessment is useful mainly due to its high negative predictive value, with several human leucocyte antigen alleles being associated with DILI...
March 23, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341437/lipid-functions-in-skin-differential-effects-of-n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-on-cutaneous-ceramides-in-a-human-skin-organ-culture-model
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Alexandra C Kendall, Magdalena Kiezel-Tsugunova, Luke C Brownbridge, John L Harwood, Anna Nicolaou
Ceramides are important for skin health, with a multitude of species found in both dermis and epidermis. The epidermis contains linoleic acid-Ester-linked Omega-hydroxylated ceramides of 6-Hydroxy-sphingosine, Sphingosine and Phytosphingosine bases (CER[EOH], CER[EOS] and CER[EOP], respectively), that are crucial for the formation of the epidermal barrier, conferring protection from environmental factors and preventing trans-epidermal water loss. Furthermore, a large number of ceramides, derivatives of the same sphingoid bases and various fatty acids, are produced by dermal and epidermal cells and perform signalling roles in cell functions ranging from differentiation to apoptosis...
March 21, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340793/a-novel-quartz-crystal-microbalance-sensor-array-based-on-molecular-imprinted-polymers-for-simultaneous-detection-of-clenbuterol-and-its-metabolites
#13
Fan Feng, Jianwu Zheng, Peng Qin, Tao Han, Dayun Zhao
For the rapid and robust detection of both parent clenbuterol (CLB) and its metabolites in swine urine samples, a novel quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor array for CLB detection based on molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) was developed in this investigation. At first, clenbuterol and the structural analogs of its metabolites, 4-Aminohippuric acid (AHA) and 4-hydroxymandelic acid (HMA), were chosen as molecular templates. Through computational molecular modeling, the optimum ratio between the functional monomer and molecular template was selected...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340594/species-specific-ecological-niche-modelling-predicts-different-range-contractions-for-lutzomyia-intermedia-and-a-related-vector-of-leishmania-braziliensis-following-climate-change-in-south-america
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Shannon McIntyre, Elizabeth F Rangel, Paul D Ready, Bruno M Carvalho
BACKGROUND: Before 1996 the phlebotomine sand fly Lutzomyia neivai was usually treated as a synonym of the morphologically similar Lutzomyia intermedia, which has long been considered a vector of Leishmania braziliensis, the causative agent of much cutaneous leishmaniasis in South America. This report investigates the likely range changes of both sand fly species in response to a stabilisation climate change scenario (RCP4.5) and a high greenhouse gas emissions one (RCP8.5). METHODS: Ecological niche modelling was used to identify areas of South America with climates currently suitable for each species, and then the future distributions of these climates were predicted based on climate change scenarios...
March 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339467/a-non-canonical-rna-degradation-pathway-suppresses-rnai-dependent-epimutations-in-the-human-fungal-pathogen-mucor-circinelloides
#15
Silvia Calo, Francisco E Nicolás, Soo Chan Lee, Ana Vila, Maria Cervantes, Santiago Torres-Martinez, Rosa M Ruiz-Vazquez, Maria E Cardenas, Joseph Heitman
Mucorales are a group of basal fungi that includes the casual agents of the human emerging disease mucormycosis. Recent studies revealed that these pathogens activate an RNAi-based pathway to rapidly generate drug-resistant epimutant strains when exposed to stressful compounds such as the antifungal drug FK506. To elucidate the molecular mechanism of this epimutation pathway, we performed a genetic analysis in Mucor circinelloides that revealed an inhibitory role for the non-canonical RdRP-dependent Dicer-independent silencing pathway, which is an RNAi-based mechanism involved in mRNA degradation that was recently identified...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339120/accessing-structurally-diverse-near-infrared-cyanine-dyes-for-folate-receptor-targeted-cancer-cell-staining
#16
Sandra G König, Roland Krämer
Folate receptor (FR) targeting is one of the most promising strategies for the development of small-molecule based cancer imaging agents since the FR is highly overexpressed on the surface of many cancer cell types. FR-targeted conjugates of NIR emissive cyanine dyes are in advanced clinical trials for fluorescence-guided surgery and are valuable research tools for optical molecular imaging in animal models. Only a small number of promising conjugates has been evaluated so far. Analysis of structure-performance relations to identify critical factors modulating the performance of targeted conjugates is essential for successful further optimization...
March 24, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339024/effects-of-berberine-on-a-rat-model-of-chronic-stress-and-depression-via-gastrointestinal-tract-pathology-and-gastrointestinal-flora-profile-assays
#17
Xiaohui Zhu, Yangdong Sun, Chenggang Zhang, Haifeng Liu
Chronic stress and depression are challenging conditions to treat, owing to their complexity and lack of clinically available and effective therapeutic agents. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanism by which berberine acts, by examining alterations to gastrointestinal tract histopathology and flora profile in a rat model, following the induction of stress. Research associating gastrointestinal flora and depression has increased, thus, the present study hypothesized that stress induces depression and changes in the gastrointestinal system...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338827/strategies-for-halting-the-rise-of-multidrug-resistant-tb-epidemics-assessing-the-effect-of-early-case-detection-and-isolation
#18
Aquino L Espindola, Marie Varughese, Marek Laskowski, Affan Shoukat, Jane M Heffernan, Seyed M Moghadas
Background: The increasing rates of multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB) have posed the question of whether control programs under enhanced directly observed treatment, short-course (DOTS-Plus) are sufficient or implemented optimally. Despite enhanced efforts on early case detection and improved treatment regimens, direct transmission of MDR-TB remains a major hurdle for global TB control. Methods: We developed an agent-based simulation model of TB dynamics to evaluate the effect of transmission reduction measures on the incidence of MDR-TB...
March 7, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337323/structure-based-design-of-ask1-inhibitors-as-potential-agents-for-heart-failure
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Marion Lanier, Jason Pickens, Simone V Bigi, Erica L Bradshaw-Pierce, Alison Chambers, Zacharia S Cheruvallath, Derek Cole, Douglas R Dougan, Jacques Ermolieff, Tony Gibson, Petro Halkowycz, Aki Hirokawa, Anthony Ivetac, Joanne Miura, Evan Nunez, Mark Sabat, John Tyhonas, Haixia Wang, Xiaolun Wang, Steve Swann
Apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1/MAP3K) is a mitogen-activated protein kinase family member shown to contribute to acute ischemia/reperfusion injury. Using structure-based drug design, deconstruction, and reoptimization of a known ASK1 inhibitor, a lead compound was identified. This compound displayed robust MAP3K pathway inhibition and reduction of infarct size in an isolated perfused heart model of cardiac injury.
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335444/hiv-education-and-welfare-services-in-primary-care-an-empirical-model-of-integration-in-brazil-s-unified-health-system
#20
Rahbel Rahman, Rogério M Pinto, Melanie M Wall
Integration of health education and welfare services in primary care systems is a key strategy to solve the multiple determinants of chronic diseases, such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS). However, there is a scarcity of conceptual models from which to build integration strategies. We provide a model based on cross-sectional data from 168 Community Health Agents, 62 nurses, and 32 physicians in two municipalities in Brazil's Unified Health System (UHS)...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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