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Evan A Dubiel, Bruno Martin, Sylvain Vigier, Patrick Vermette
A quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) was constructed to assess if such a biosensor has value as a complementary real-time label-free analysis platform for the biopharmaceutical industry. This was achieved through modifying QCM crystals with a low-fouling carboxymethyl-dextran layer bearing Protein A, and then injecting solutions containing Etanercept (i.e., Enbrel(®)) into the QCM chambers. The kinetics of Enbrel(®) - Protein A interactions was modeled using the Langmuir binding model and Enbrel(®) concentrations between 0...
October 19, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Patrick Corrigan, Georg Schomerus, Valery Shuman, Dana Kraus, Debbie Perlick, Autumn Harnish, Magdalena Kulesza, Kathleen Kane-Willis, Sang Qin, David Smelson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Although advocates and providers identify stigma as a major factor in confounding the recovery of people with SUDs, research on addiction stigma is lacking, especially when compared to the substantive literature examining the stigma of mental illness. METHODS: A review of key studies from the stigma literature that yielded empirically supported concepts and methods from the mental health arena was contrasted with the much smaller and mostly descriptive findings from the addiction field...
October 25, 2016: American Journal on Addictions
Radha V Patel, Kristy M Shaeer, Pooja Patel, Aleksey Garmaza, Kornwalee Wiangkham, Rachel B Franks, Olivia Pane, Nicholas W Carris
In many parts of the United States, mosquitoes were previously nuisance pests. However, they now represent a potential threat in the spread of viral diseases. The Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, and Culex species mosquitoes are endemic to the United States and together may transmit a variety of viral diseases of growing concern including West Nile Virus, chikungunya, dengue fever, and Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) as a first-line mosquito repellent, but for patients refusing DEET or other conventional repellents, guidance is limited to any EPA-registered product...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
Arne Ring, Tom Morris, Marcin Wozniak, Nikol Sullo, William Dott, Veerle Verheyden, Tracy Kumar, Nigel Brunskill, Rakesh Vaja, Gavin J Murphy
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common and severe complication of cardiac surgery. There is no effective prevention or treatment. Sildenafil citrate (Revatio®, Pfizer Inc), a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor, prevents post cardiac surgery AKI in pre-clinical studies, however its use is contraindicated in patients with symptomatic cardiovascular disease. METHODS: To assess the safety and pharmacokinetics of intravenous sildenafil in cardiac surgery patients we conducted an open label, dose escalation study with 6 patients per dose level...
October 25, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Pan Huang, Zhengrong Zhou, Fangxiong Shi, Genbao Shao, Ran Wang, Jintian Wang, Kangxin Wang, Wei Ding
The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)/phosphatase and tensin homologue deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN)/Akt/forkhead box (FoxO) signaling pathway on male reproduction in rats subjected to water immersion and restraint stress (WRS). Sperm morphology, sperm malformation rate, and serum testosterone concentration were analyzed following WRS. In addition, the expression levels and immunolocalization of IGF‑1, PTEN, Akt and FoxO proteins, as well as the rate of cell apoptosis in rat testes, were investigated...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Chad A Bousman, Daniel J Müller, Chee H Ng, Keith Byron, Michael Berk, Ajeet B Singh
BACKGROUND: Pharmacogenetic-based dosing support tools have been developed to personalize antidepressant-prescribing practice. However, the clinical validity of these tools has not been adequately tested, particularly for specific antidepressants. OBJECTIVE: To examine the concordance between the actual dose and a polygene pharmacogenetic predicted dose of desvenlafaxine needed to achieve symptom remission. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 10-week, open-label, prospective trial of desvenlafaxine among Caucasian adults with major depressive disorder (n=119) was conducted...
October 24, 2016: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
E Lepiarczyk, A Dudek, J Kaleczyc, M Majewski, W Markiewicz, P Radziszewski, A Bossowska
Resiniferatoxin (RTX) is used as experimental drug therapy for a range of neurogenic urinary bladder disorders. The present study investigated the chemical coding of caudal mesenteric ganglion (CaMG) neurons supplying the porcine urinary bladder after intravesical RTX instillation. The CaMG neurons were visualized with retrograde tracer Fast Blue (FB) and their chemical profile was disclosed with double-labelling immunohistochemistry using antibodies against tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), neuropeptide Y (NPY), vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), somatostatin (SOM), calbindin (CB), galanin (GAL) and neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS)...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Lloyd Hamilton, Katy R Astell, Gergana Velikova, Dirk Sieger
Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and deadliest form of brain cancer. Glioblastomas are infiltrated by a high number of microglia, which promote tumor growth and surrounding tissue invasion. However, it is unclear how microglia and glioma cells physically interact and if there are differences, depending on glioma cell type. Hence, we have developed a novel live imaging assay to study microglia-glioma interactions in vivo in the zebrafish brain. We transplanted well-established human glioblastoma cell lines, U87 and U251, into transgenic zebrafish lines with labelled macrophages/microglia...
October 25, 2016: Zebrafish
Nicolas Roberto Robles, Carlos Calvo, Javier Sobrino, Eugenia Espinel, Rafael Esteban, Lourdes Mateos, Juan F Macias
OBJECTIVE: The RED LEVEL study (REnal Disease: LErcanidipine Valuable Effect on urine protein Losses) directly compares, in an explorative fashion, the effects of lercanidipine + enalapril and amlodipine + enalapril combinations on renal parameters in hypertensive subjects. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a 1 year, prospective, multi-center, randomized, open-label, blinded-endpoint (PROBE) study in hypertensive patients with albuminuria. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Renal function (albuminuria, serum creatinine, creatinine clearance, estimated glomerular filtration rate and proteinuria); blood pressure...
October 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Mengdan Xu, Ying Wu, Hao Wang, Xin Xu, Shuiping Zhao, Mei Zhang, Huigen- Jin, Jinchuan Yan, Bangning Wang, Jianbin Gong, Xiang Lu, Jianqiang Peng, Qiuyan Dai
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of lercanidipine with felodipine in patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension on day-to-day home blood pressure variability. METHODS: This is a sub-study of a multicenter, randomized, open-label, parallel group and active controlled clinical trial. Hypertensive patients aged 18-75 (i.e. diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mmHg and <110 mmHg; systolic blood pressure ≥140 mmHg and <180 mmHg) and 24 h mean BP >130/80 mmHg) were eligible for this study...
October 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Vinod Kumar Sharma, Vishal Gupta, Mona Pathak, M Ramam
OBJECTIVE: The EAACI/GA(2)LEN/EDF/WAO recommendation of increasing antihistamines' dose up-to 4-times in urticaria not adequately controlled with the standard dose is largely based on expert opinion. The objective of this study is to test the current urticaria guidelines of up-dosing antihistamines as second-line treatment. METHODS: This was an open-label study conducted prospectively on 113 patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria. All patients were treated with sequentially increasing doses of levocetrizine (5mg, 10mg, 15mg and 20mg/day) every week till the patients became completely asymptomatic or dose of 20mg/day reached...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Nagy A Mekhail, Emad Estemalik, Gerges Azer, Kristina Davis, Stuart J Tepper
BACKGROUND: A recent multicenter study presented 52-week safety and efficacy results from an open-label extension of a randomized, sham-controlled trial for patients with chronic migraine (CM) undergoing peripheral nerve stimulation of the occipital nerves. We present the data from a single center of 20 patients enrolled at the Cleveland Clinic's Pain Management Department. METHODS: In this single center, 20 patients were implanted with a neurostimulation system, randomized to an active or control group for 12 weeks, and received open-label treatment for an additional 40 weeks...
October 25, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Fang Zheng, Harris Perlman, Patrick Matthys, Yurong Wen, Tony Lahoutte, Serge Muyldermans, Shemin Lu, Patrick De Baetselier, Steve Schoonooghe, Nick Devoogdt, Geert Raes
Single-photon emission computed tomography combined with micro-CT (SPECT/μCT) imaging using Nanobodies against complement receptor of the Ig superfamily (CRIg), found on tissue macrophages such as synovial macrophages, has promising potential to visualize joint inflammation in experimental arthritis. Here, we further addressed the specificity and assessed the potential for arthritis monitoring. Signals obtained with (99m)Tc-labelled NbV4m119 Nanobody were compared in joints of wild type (WT) versus CRIg(-/-) mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) or K/BxN serum transfer-induced arthritis (STIA)...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Felicity M Davis, Bethan Lloyd-Lewis, Olivia B Harris, Sarah Kozar, Douglas J Winton, Leila Muresan, Christine J Watson
The mammary gland undergoes cycles of growth and regeneration throughout reproductive life, a process that requires mammary stem cells (MaSCs). Whilst recent genetic fate-mapping studies using lineage-specific promoters have provided valuable insights into the mammary epithelial hierarchy, the true differentiation potential of adult MaSCs remains unclear. To address this, herein we utilize a stochastic genetic-labelling strategy to indelibly mark a single cell and its progeny in situ, combined with tissue clearing and 3D imaging...
October 25, 2016: Nature Communications
Edward Taylor, Ivan Yeung, Harald Keller, Bradley G Wouters, Michael Milosevic, David W Hedley, David A Jaffray
Compared to FDG, the signal of (18)F-labelled hypoxia-sensitive tracers in tumours is low. This means that in addition to the presence of hypoxic cells, transport properties contribute significantly to the uptake signal in static PET images. This sensitivity to transport must be minimized in order for static PET to provide a reliable standard for hypoxia quantification. A dynamic compartmental model based on a reaction-diffusion formalism was developed to interpret tracer pharmacokinetics and applied to static images of FAZA in twenty patients with pancreatic cancer...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Kuewhan Jang, Chanho Park, Juneseok You, Jaeyeong Choi, Hyunjun Park, Jinsung Park, Howon Lee, Chang-Hwan Choi, Sungsoo Na
For several decades, silver nanomaterials (AgNMs) have been used in various research areas and commercial products. Among the many AgNMs, silver nanowires (AgNWs) are one of the mostly widely used nanomaterials due to their high electrical and thermal conductivity. However, recent studies have investigated the toxicity of AgNWs. For this reason, it is necessary to develop a successful detection method of AgNWs for protecting human health. In this study, label-free, highly sensitive, direct, and real-time detection of AgNWs is performed for the first time...
November 25, 2016: Nanotechnology
Frank Wille, Jennifer S Breel, Eric W P Bakker, Markus W Hollmann
OBJECTIVES: To examine whether converting from conventional Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) to High Density (HD) SCS reduces neuropathic pain over a period of 12 months in patients with failed SCS therapy. METHODS: Retrospective, open label, single center, consecutive case series of 30 neuropathic pain patients (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome [FBSS], Complex Regional Pain Syndrome [CRPS], and polyneuropathy [NP]). Patients with an initial adequate response to conventional SCS, but in whom pain increased over time, were included (Numeric Rating Scales [NRS] >6)...
October 24, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Bruno Gamarra, Ansgar Kahmen
RATIONALE: Leaf wax n-alkanes are long-chained aliphatic compounds that are present in the cuticle of terrestrial plant leaves. Their δ(2) H values are used for the reconstruction of past environments and for plant ecological investigations. The timing of n-alkane synthesis during leaf development and the rate of synthesis of secondary n-alkanes in fully matured leaves are still a matter of debate. METHODS: Using a (2) H-labeling approach we estimated secondary leaf wax n-alkane synthesis rates in mature leaf blades of six C3 grass species grown in climate chambers under controlled environmental conditions...
October 25, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Elise M Bragg, Elizabeth A Fairless, Shiyuan Liu, Farran Briggs
The thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) is a unique brain structure at the interface between the thalamus and the cortex. Because the TRN receives bottom-up sensory input and top-down cortical input, it could serve as an integration hub for sensory and cognitive signals. Functional evidence supports broad roles for the TRN in arousal, attention, and sensory selection. How specific circuits connecting the TRN with sensory thalamic structures implement these functions is not known. The structural organization and function of the TRN is particularly interesting in the context of highly organized sensory systems, such as the primate visual system, where neurons in the retina and dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus (dLGN) are morphologically and physiologically distinct and also specialized for processing particular features of the visual environment...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Jenni Kyyriäinen, Xavier Ekolle Ndode-Ekane, Asla Pitkänen
Platelet-derived growth factor receptor β (PDGFRβ) is upregulated after brain injury and its depletion results in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) damage. We investigated the time-window and localization of PDGFRβ expression in mice with intrahippocampal kainic acid-induced status epilepticus (SE) and in rats with lateral fluid-percussion-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI). Tissue immunohistochemistry was evaluated at several time-points after SE and TBI. The distribution of PDGFRβ was analyzed, and its cell type-specific expression was verified with double/triple-labeling of astrocytes (GFAP), NG2 cells, and endothelial cells (RECA-1)...
October 25, 2016: Glia
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