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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805952/constituents-from-scutellaria-barbata-inhibiting-nitric-oxide-production-in-lps-stimulated-microglial-cells
#1
So Ra Lee, Min-Suk Kim, Sunggun Kim, Kwang Woo Hwang, So-Young Park
The arial parts of Scutellaria barbata D. Don (Lamiaceae) efficiently inhibited NO production in BV2 microglial cells, and the active constituents were further isolated based on activity-guided isolation using silica-gel column chromatography, RP-C18 MPLC and prep-HPLC. As the results, 2 flavonoids including 6-methoxynaringenin (1) and 6-O-methylscutellarein (5), and 6 neo-clerodane diterpenes such as scutebarbatine W (2), scutebatas B (3), scutebarbatine B (4), scutebarbatine A (6), 6-O-nicotinolylscutebarbatine G (7) and scutebarbatine X (8) were isolated...
August 14, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795711/rational-design-of-thermo-responsive-adsorbents-demand-oriented-active-sites-for-the-adsorption-of-dyes
#2
Yao Jiang, Shu-Feng Shan, Wei Liu, Jing Zhu, Qiu-Xia He, Peng Tan, Lei Cheng, Xiao-Qin Liu, Lin-Bing Sun
A smart adsorbent RA@MS is fabricated by incorporating a di-block copolymer through the combination of the thermo-responsive block poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (R) and the active block poly{N-[3-(dimethylamino) propyl]methacrylamide} (A, tertiary amines as basic sites) into mesoporous silica. The di-block copolymer RA preserves the thermo-responsive nature, which makes the active sites reversibly exposed/blocked in light of temperature variation. The obtained adsorbent possessing thermo-responsive properties can thus realize both selective adsorption and efficient regeneration for temperature-swing adsorption (TSA) of dyes...
August 10, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780745/effectiveness-and-safety-of-dimethyl-fumurate-treatment-in-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis-patients-a-real-world-evidence
#3
Raed Alroughani, Samar Farouk Ahmed, Raed Behbehani, Jasem Al-Hashel
INTRODUCTION: Dimethyl fumurate (DMF) has been recently approved as a disease-modifying therapy for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Post-marketing studies are important to confirm what was established in clinical trials. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate effectiveness and safety of DMF and to measure the occurrence of lymphopenia in a cohort of MS patients in a clinical setting. METHODS: Using the national MS registry, we prospectively assessed relapsing MS patients who had been prescribed DMF for at least 6 months...
August 5, 2017: Neurology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763046/increased-frequency-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-allergic-rhinitis-among-pesticide-sprayers-and-associations-with-pesticide-use
#4
Michalis Koureas, George Rachiotis, Andreas Tsakalof, Christos Hadjichristodoulou
Objective: The aim of this study was to identify diseases linked with the pesticide sprayer occupation and explore possible associations with exposure history data. Methods: Α cross sectional study was conducted among pesticide sprayers (n = 80) and the general population (n = 90) in Thessaly (Greece). Medical history, demographic characteristics and detailed exposure history were recorded by conducting personal interviews. Lifetime exposure indicators were calculated for several pesticide chemical subclasses...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736929/impact-of-cost-sharing-increases-on-continuity-of-specialty-drug-use-a-quasi-experimental-study
#5
Pengxiang Li, Tianyan Hu, Xinyan Yu, Salim Chahin, Nabila Dahodwala, Marissa Blum, Amy R Pettit, Jalpa A Doshi
OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of cost-sharing increases on continuity of specialty drug use in Medicare beneficiaries with multiple sclerosis (MS) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA). DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Five percent Medicare claims data (2007-2010). STUDY DESIGN: Quasi-experimental study examining changes in specialty drug use among a group of Medicare Part D beneficiaries without low-income subsidies (non-LIS) as they transitioned from a 5 percent cost-sharing preperiod to a ≥25 percent cost-sharing postperiod, as compared to changes among a disease-matched contemporaneous control group of patients eligible for full low-income subsidies (LIS), who faced minor cost sharing (≤$6...
July 24, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731579/residual-dynamic-and-risk-assessment-of-dimethomorph-in-swiss-chard-grown-in-two-different-sites
#6
Md Humayun Kabir, A M Abd El-Aty, Md Musfiqur Rahman, Hyung Suk Chung, Han Sol Lee, Mi-Ra Kim, Byung-Joon Chang, Jing Wang, Ho-Chul Shin, Jae-Han Shim
Residue analysis of dimethomorph in Swiss chard cultivated at two different locations under greenhouse conditions was conducted using high-performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detector (HPLC-UVD) and confirmed by tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The randomly collected samples (over 14 days) were extracted with acetonitrile and purified using a Florisil solid-phase extraction (SPE) cartridge. Linearity over a concentration range of 0.05-50.0 mg/L had an excellent coefficient of determination (R(2) ) = 0...
July 21, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730651/a-comparison-of-the-electrophysiologic-and-electroanatomic-characteristics-between-the-right-and-left-atrium-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-is-the-right-atrium-a-window-into-the-left
#7
Sandeep Prabhu, Aleksandr Voskoboinik, Alex Ja McLellan, Kah Y Peck, Bupesh Pathik, Chrishan J Nalliah, Geoff R Wong, Sonia M Azzopardi, Geoffrey Lee, Justin Mariani, Liang-Han Ling, Andrew J Taylor, Jonathan M Kalman, Peter M Kistler
INTRODUCTION: The right atrium (RA) is readily accessible; however, it is unclear whether changes in the RA are representative of the LA. We performed detailed bi-atrial electroanatomic mapping to determine the electrophysiological relationship between the atria. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients with persistent AF underwent bi-atrial electroanatomical mapping with a contact force catheter acquiring points with a CF > 10 g prior to ablation. Points were analyzed for tissue voltage, complex electrograms, low voltage (< 0...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725029/prominent-differences-in-left-ventricular-performance-and-myocardial-properties-between-right-ventricular-and-left-ventricular-based-pacing-modes-in-rats
#8
Wesam Mulla, Sharon Etzion, Sigal Elyagon, Roni Gillis, Michael Murninkas, Yuval Konstantino, Ingra Mannhardt, Thomas Eschenhagen, Noah Liel-Cohen, Yoram Etzion
Biventricular pacing is an important modality to improve left ventricular (LV) synchronization and long-term function. However, the biological effects of this treatment are far from being elucidated and existing animal models are limited and demanding. Recently, we introduced an implanted device for double-site epicardial pacing in rats and echocardiographically demonstrated favorable effects of LV and biventricular (LV-based) pacing modes typically observed in humans. Here, this new animal model was further characterized...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693729/sialic-acid-linkage-specific-permethylation-for-improved-profiling-of-protein-glycosylation-by-maldi-tof-ms
#9
Kuan Jiang, He Zhu, Lei Li, Yuxi Guo, Ebtesam Gashash, Cheng Ma, Xiaolin Sun, Jing Li, Lianwen Zhang, Peng George Wang
Protein glycosylation mediates a wide range of cellular processes, affecting development and disease in mammals. Deciphering the "glycocodes" requires rapid, sensitive and in-depth characterization of diverse glycan structures derived from biological samples. In this study, we described a two-step derivatization strategy termed linkage-specific sialic acid permethylation (SSAP) consisting of dimethylamination and permethylation for the improved profiling of glycosylation by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-fight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS)...
August 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669317/effect-of-piperine-on-the-bioavailability-and-pharmacokinetics-of-rosmarinic-acid-in-rat-plasma-using-uplc-ms-ms
#10
Jun-Hui Yang, Kun-Jun Mao, Ping Huang, Yin-Jun Ye, Hua-Shan Guo, Bao-Chang Cai
1. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of piperine (PP) on the pharmacokinetics of rosmarinic acid (RA) in rat plasma and to determine whether PP could enhance the oral bioavailability of RA via inhibition of its glucuronidation. 2. The pharmacokinetic profiles of RA between oral administration of RA (50 mg/kg) alone and in combination with different oral dose PP (20, 40, 60, and 80 mg/kg) to rats were investigated via a validated UPLC/MS/MS method. 3. The AUC and Cmax of RA were significantly increased in combination with different dose PP dose dependently, especially in the presence of 60 and 80 mg/kg PP (p < 0...
July 3, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660550/clinical-and-economic-evaluation-of-repository-corticotropin-injection-a-narrative-literature-review-of-treatment-efficacy-and-healthcare-resource-utilization-for-seven-key-indications
#11
REVIEW
Michael Philbin, John Niewoehner, George J Wan
INTRODUCTION: Repository corticotropin injection (RCI; H.P. Acthar(®) Gel; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Inc., Hampton, NJ) is a highly purified, prolonged-release porcine preparation of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) analogue that is FDA-approved for treatment of 19 autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. The diverse physiological actions of RCI at the melanocortin receptors (MCRs) affect processes involved in inflammation, pigmentation, steroidogenesis, and immunomodulation. Although RCI has been approved to treat inflammatory and autoimmune diseases for more than 60 years, recent progress in understanding both MCRs and the effects of RCI in modulating immune responses has led to increased interest in RCI as a therapeutic choice...
June 28, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636885/differential-changes-in-the-pharmacokinetics-of-statins-in-collagen-induced-arthritis-rats
#12
Chun-Han Lin, Ke-Wei Hsu, Chia-Hao Chen, Yow-Shieng Uang, Chun-Jung Lin
The elevated systemic levels of cytokines in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can change the expression of metabolic enzymes and transporters. Given that statins are lipid-lowering agents frequently used in RA patients with concurrent cardiovascular diseases, the objective of the present study was to investigate the impacts of RA on the pharmacokinetics of statins of different disposition properties in rats with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). The expression of metabolic enzymes and transporters in tissues of CIA rats were analyzed by RT-qPCR...
June 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636643/neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-prevents-skeletal-muscle-dysfunction-in-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-rat
#13
Koichi Himori, Daisuke Tatebayashi, Keita Kanzaki, Masanobu Wada, Håkan Westerblad, Johanna T Lanner, Takashi Yamada
Skeletal muscle weakness is a prominent feature in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this study, we investigated whether neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) training protects against skeletal muscle dysfunction in rats with adjuvant-induced arthritis (AIA). AIA was produced by intraarticular injection of complete Freund's adjuvant into the knees of Wistar rats. For NMES training, dorsiflexor muscles were stimulated via a surface electrode (0.5 ms pulse, 50 Hz, 2 s on/4 s off). NMES training was performed every other day for three weeks and consisted of three sets produced at three min intervals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624334/seasonality-and-autoimmune-diseases-the-contribution-of-the-four-seasons-to-the-mosaic-of-autoimmunity
#14
REVIEW
Abdulla Watad, Shir Azrielant, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Kassem Sharif, Paula David, Itay Katz, Gali Aljadeff, Mariana Quaresma, Galya Tanay, Mohammad Adawi, Howard Amital, Yehuda Shoenfeld
Autoimmune diseases (ADs) are a heterogeneous groups of diseases that occur as a results of loss of tolerance to self antigens. While the etiopathogeneis remain obscure, different environmental factors were suggested to have a role in the development of autoimmunity, including infections, low vitamin D levels, UV radiation, and melatonin. Interestingly, such factors possess seasonal variation patterns that could influence disease development, severity and progression. Vitamin D levels which reach a nadir during late winter and early spring is correlated with increased disease activity, clinical severity as well as relapse rates in several disease entities including multiple sclerosis (MS), non-cutaneous flares of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
August 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617360/-the-influence-of-solar-and-geomagnetic-activity-on-the-risk-of-multiple-sclerosis-results-of-correlation-and-regression-analysis
#15
N A Samoylova, G G Shkilnyuk, Z A Goncharova, I D Stolyarov
AIM: Multiple sclerosis (MS) develops as a result of an interaction between genetic and environmental factors, among them solar (SA) and geomagnetic activity (GMA) attract the particular attention. An impact of SA and GMA on intrauterine and postnatal period in MS was studied. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 358 patients with MS. Correlation (CA) and regression analysis (RA) were used to study the effects of SA and GMA during intrauterine period, the 1st year of life, a year of disease onset, a year before the onset...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595106/development-and-validation-of-a-bioanalytical-method-based-on-lc-ms-ms-analysis-for-the-quantitation-of-cigb-814-peptide-in-plasma-from-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#16
Ania Cabrales-Rico, Yassel Ramos, Vladimir Besada, María Del Carmen Domínguez, Noraylis Lorenzo, Osmel García, Jorge Alexis, Dinhora Prada, Yusimí Reyes, Ana Marta López, Yordanka Masforrol, Hilda Garay, Luis Javier González
CIGB-814, originally named as E18-3 APL1 or APL1 in preclinical experiments, is a novel therapeutic peptide candidate for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). It is an altered peptide ligand containing a novel CD4+ T-cell epitope of human heat shock protein 60 (83-109, MW 2988.38g/mol) with a mutation (D(100)→L) that increases its affinity for HLA-II type molecules associated to RA. A bioanalytical method, based on LC-MS/MS analysis, in the SRM mode was developed and fully validated to quantify this peptide in human plasma...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536997/plxna3-variant-rs5945430-is-associated-with-severe-clinical-course-in-male-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#17
Moaz Qureshi, Mohamed Hatem, Raed Alroughani, Sindhu P Jacob, Rabeah Abbas Al-Temaimi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) exhibits sex bias in disease clinical course as male MS patients develop severe, progressive clinical course with accumulating disability. So far, no factors have been found associating with this sex bias in MS severity. We set out to determine the genetic factor contributing to MS male-specific progressive disease. This is an MS cross-sectional study involving 213 Kuwaiti MS patients recruited at Dasman Diabetes Institute. Exome sequencing was performed on 18 females and 8 male MS patients' genomic DNA...
May 23, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511921/myeloperoxidase-a-new-player-in-autoimmunity
#18
REVIEW
Anna Strzepa, Kirkwood A Pritchard, Bonnie N Dittel
Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is the most toxic enzyme found in the azurophilic granules of neutrophils. MPO utilizes H2O2 to generate hypochlorous acid (HClO) and other reactive moieties, which kill pathogens during infections. In contrast, in the setting of sterile inflammation, MPO and MPO-derived oxidants are thought to be pathogenic, promoting inflammation and causing tissue damage. In contrast, evidence also exists that MPO can limit the extent of immune responses. Elevated MPO levels and activity are observed in a number of autoimmune diseases including in the central nervous system (CNS) of multiple sclerosis (MS) and the joints of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients...
July 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500368/advanced-myocardial-tissue-characterisation-by-a-multi-component-cmr-protocol-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#19
Simon Greulich, Agnes Mayr, Daniel Kitterer, Joerg Latus, Joerg Henes, Francesco Vecchio, Philipp Kaesemann, Alexandru Patrascu, Andreas Greiser, Stefan Groeninger, Francesco Romeo, Niko Braun, M Dominik Alscher, Udo Sechtem, Heiko Mahrholdt
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are at increased risk of suffering from adverse cardiovascular events. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) mapping techniques might be appropriate tools to complement late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) for the assessment of myocardial involvement. This study aimed to perform advanced myocardial tissue characterisation in RA patients by a multicomponent CMR protocol. METHODS: 22 RA patients were prospectively enrolled and underwent CMR, including LGE and T1/T2 mapping sequences; 20 volunteers served as controls...
May 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490617/systemic-inflammation-as-a-novel-qt-prolonging-risk-factor-in-patients-with-torsades-de-pointes
#20
Pietro Enea Lazzerini, Franco Laghi-Pasini, Iacopo Bertolozzi, Gabriella Morozzi, Sauro Lorenzini, Antonella Simpatico, Enrico Selvi, Maria Romana Bacarelli, Francesco Finizola, Francesca Vanni, Deana Lazaro, Ademuyiwa Aromolaran, Nabil El Sherif, Mohamed Boutjdir, Pier Leopoldo Capecchi
OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidence indicates systemic inflammation as a new potential cause of acquired long QT syndrome (LQTS), via cytokine-mediated changes in cardiomyocyte ion channels. Torsade de pointes (TdP) is a life-threatening polymorphic ventricular tachycardia occurring in patients with LQTS, usually when multiple QT-prolonging factors are simultaneously present. Since classical risk factors cannot fully explain TdP events in a number of patients, we hypothesised that systemic inflammation may represent a currently overlooked risk factor contributing to TdP development in the general population...
May 10, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
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