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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918200/profiling-the-short-linear-non-disulfide-bond-containing-peptidome-from-the-venom-of-the-scorpion-tityus-obscurus
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Nathalia Baptista Dias, Bibiana Monson de Souza, Fernando Kamimura Cocchi, Hipócrates M Chalkidis, Valquíria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Mario Sergio Palma
Many scorpion accidents occur in the Brazilian Amazonian region and are frequently caused by Tityus obscurus. Approximately 5% of the crude venom of this species is composed of short linear, non-disulfide-bridged peptides, which have not been intensively investigated. As a consequence, only a few of these peptides have been structurally and functionally characterized to date. In the present paper, the peptide fraction of the venom was subjected to peptide profiling using an LCMS-IT-TOF/MS and MS(n) system. The analysis detected 320 non-disulfide bond-containing peptides (NDBPs), of which twenty-seven had their sequences assigned; among them, thirteen peptides were characterized, constituting novel toxins in T...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914661/percutaneous-aortic-leak-closure-in-a-small-and-frail-annulus-after-double-heart-valve-replacement
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Guglielmo Saitto, Paolo Nardi, Gian P Ussia, Domenico Sergi, Paolo Prati, Marco Russo, Francesco Romeo, Giovanni Ruvolo
: Paravalvular leak (PVL) is an uncommon but serious complication associated with the implantation of prosthetic valves. Following aortic valve replacement, up to 5% of patients affected by PVL develop clinical symptoms of heart failure, hemolysis or both. Percutaneous treatment of PVL has emerged instead of conventional surgery, as a well tolerated and less invasive procedure but remains a challenge. We present the case of a young woman with mechanical aortic and mitral prostheses, who presented surgical aortic PVL caused by a serious frailty of native annulus, became symptomatic after 5 months and was successfully percutaneously treated with an Amplatzer Duct Occluder device...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911832/association-of-silent-infarcts-in-sickle-cell-anemia-with-decreased-annexin-a5-resistance
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Kerry A Morrone, Lydia H Pecker, Jacob Rand, Jennifer Davila, Suzette Oyeku, Jane A Little, Xue Xiaonan, Deepa Manwani
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is characterized by abnormally shaped, adhesive RBCs that interact with white blood cells and the endothelium, leading to chronic hemolysis, vasculopathy and a prothrombotic state. About 10% of subjects with a thrombotic event in the general population will have an associated antiphospholipid (aPL) antibody. One proposed mechanism for the thrombophilic nature of aPL antibodies is the disruption of the potent anticoagulant annexin A5 or Annexin A5 resistance (A5R)...
September 4, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911659/the-detoxifying-effects-of-structural-elements-of%C3%A2-persimmon-tannin-on-chinese-cobra-phospholipase-a2-correlated-with-their-structural-disturbing-effects-well
#4
Ying Zhang, Chun-Mei Li
The effects of persimmon tannin (PT) characteristic structural elements on Naja atra phospholipase A2 (PLA2)-induced lethality, myotoxicity, and hemolysis in mice models were determined. In addition, methods including surface plasmon resonance, dynamic light scattering, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were explored to uncover the possible detoxifying mechanisms of PT on snake venom PLA2. Our results revealed that PT characteristic elements (EGCG, ECG, A-type EGCG dimer, and A-type ECG dimer) could neutralize the lethality, myotoxicity, and hemolysis of PLA2...
July 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905389/the-first-reported-case-of-concurrent-trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-induced-immune-hemolytic-anemia-and-thrombocytopenia
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Yevgeniy A Linnik, Edison W Tsui, Isabella W Martin, Zbigniew M Szczepiorkowski, Gregory A Denomme, Jerome L Gottschall, John M Hill, Nancy M Dunbar
BACKGROUND: Drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia (DIIHA) and drug-induced immune thrombocytopenia (DIIT) are rare but dangerous complications of pharmacotherapy that may be underrecognized in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) patients due to overlap of signs and symptoms with those of more common disease processes. CASE REPORT: A 61-year-old woman with NK-cell deficiency and GATA-2-associated myelodysplastic syndrome, status post-recent allogeneic HSCT (Day +58), presented with 3 days of acute-onset severe back pain, muscle cramps, and increasingly dark urine...
September 14, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904872/treatment-of-renal-anemia-erythropoiesis-stimulating-agents-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Patrick Biggar, Gheun-Ho Kim
Anemia, complicating the course of chronic kidney disease, is a significant parameter, whether interpreted as subjective impairment or an objective prognostic marker. Renal anemia is predominantly due to relative erythropoietin (EPO) deficiency. EPO inhibits apoptosis of erythrocyte precursors. Studies using EPO substitution have shown that increasing hemoglobin (Hb) levels up to 10-11 g/dL is associated with clinical improvement. However, it has not been unequivocally proven that further intensification of erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA) therapy actually leads to a comprehensive benefit for the patient, especially as ESAs are potentially associated with increased cerebro-cardiovascular events...
September 2017: Kidney Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904858/maturation-of-phagosomes-containing-different-erythrophagocytic-particles-in-primary-macrophages
#7
Inês B Santarino, Otília V Vieira
Erythrophagocytosis is a physiological process that aims to remove damaged red blood cells from the circulation in order to avoid hemolysis and uncontrolled liberation of iron. Many efforts have been made to understand heme trafficking inside macrophages, but little is known about the maturation of phagosomes containing different types of erythrophagocytic particles with different signals at their surfaces. Therefore, we performed a comparative study on the maturation of phagosomes containing three different models of red blood cells (RBC): aged/senescent, complement-opsonized, and IgG-opsonized...
September 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903180/diamine-derivative-anti-trichomonas-vaginalis-and-anti-tritrichomonas-foetus-activities-by-effect-on-polyamine-metabolism
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Graziela Vargas Rigo, Márcia Rodrigues Trein, Danielle da Silva Trentin, Alexandre José Macedo, Bruno Assis de Oliveira, Angelina Maria de Almeida, Raquel Brandt Giordani, Mauro Vieira de Almeida, Tiana Tasca
Human and bovine trichomoniasis are sexually transmitted diseases (STD) caused by Trichomonas vaginalis and Tritrichomonas foetus, respectively. Human trichomoniasis is the most common non-viral STD in the world and bovine trichomoniasis causes significant economic losses to breeders. Considering the significant impact of the infections caused by these protozoa and the treatment failures, the search for new therapeutic alternatives becomes crucial. In this study the effect of diamines and amino alcohols in the in vitro viability of trichomonads was evaluated...
September 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901680/evaluation-of-polyacrylonitrile-electrospun-nano-fibrous-mats-as-leukocyte-removal-filter-media
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Raha Pourbaghi, Mohammad Zarrebini, Dariush Semnani, Abbasali Pourazar, Nahid Akbari, Reihaneh Shamsfar
Removal of leukocytes from blood products is the most effective means for elimination of undesirable side effects and prevention of possible reactions in recipients. Micro-fibrous mats are currently used for removal of leukocytes from blood. In this study, samples of electrospun nano-fibrous mats were produced. The performance of the produced electrospun nano-fibrous mats as means of leukocytes removal from fresh whole blood was both evaluated and compared with that of commercially available micro-fibrous mats...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900738/novel-temporary-left-ventricular-assist-system-with-hydrodynamically-levitated-bearing-pump-for-bridge-to-decision-initial-preclinical-assessment-in-a-goat-model
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Satoru Kishimoto, Yoshiaki Takewa, Tomonori Tsukiya, Toshihide Mizuno, Kazuma Date, Hirohito Sumikura, Yutaka Fujii, Kentaro Ohnuma, Konomi Togo, Nobumasa Katagiri, Noritsugu Naito, Yuichiro Kishimoto, Yoshinobu Nakamura, Motonobu Nishimura, Eisuke Tatsumi
The management of heart failure patients presenting in a moribund state remains challenging, despite significant advances in the field of ventricular assist systems. Bridge to decision involves using temporary devices to stabilize the hemodynamic state of such patients while further assessment is performed and a decision can be made regarding patient management. We developed a new temporary left ventricular assist system employing a disposable centrifugal pump with a hydrodynamically levitated bearing. We used three adult goats (body weight, 58-68 kg) to investigate the 30-day performance and hemocompatibility of the newly developed left ventricular assist system, which included the pump, inflow and outflow cannulas, the extracorporeal circuit, and connectors...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899501/modulation-of-p-glycoprotein-by-stemona-alkaloids-in-human-multidrug-resistance-leukemic-cells-and-structural-relationships
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Sonthaya Umsumarng, Pornsiri Pitchakarn, Supachai Yodkeeree, Wanisa Punfa, Sariya Mapoung, Rosdayati Alino Ramli, Stephen G Pyne, Pornngarm Limtrakul
BACKGROUND: Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a major reason for the failure of chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer patients. P-gp over-expression in MDR cancer cells is a multifactorial phenomenon with biochemical resistance mechanisms. Stemofoline (STF), isolated from Stemona bukillii, has been reported to be an MDR reversing compound. PURPOSE: This study investigated whether other Stemona alkaloids that had been purified from Stemonaceae plants exerted MDR modulation activity...
October 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898258/antioxidant-and-cytotoxic-activity-of-propolis-of-plebeia-droryana-and-apis-mellifera-hymenoptera-apidae-from-the-brazilian-cerrado-biome
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Thaliny Bonamigo, Jaqueline Ferreira Campos, Alex Santos Oliveira, Heron Fernandes Vieira Torquato, José Benedito Perrella Balestieri, Claudia Andrea Lima Cardoso, Edgar Julian Paredes-Gamero, Kely de Picoli Souza, Edson Lucas Dos Santos
Propolis is a complex bioactive mixture produced by bees, known to have different biological activities, especially in countries where there is a rich biodiversity of plant species. The objective of this study was to determine the chemical composition and evaluate the antioxidant and cytotoxic properties of Brazilian propolis from the species Plebeia droryana and Apis mellifera found in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. In the ethanolic extracts of P. droryana propolis (ExEP-P) and A. mellifera (ExEP-A) acids, phenolic compounds, terpenes and tocopherol were identified as major compounds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894233/a-ph-dependent-antibacterial-peptide-release-nano-system-blocks-tumor-growth-in-vivo-without-toxicity
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Jing Cao, Yan Zhang, Yanke Shan, Jingui Wang, Fei Liu, Hongrui Liu, Gang Xing, Jing Lei, Jiyong Zhou
In this study, we designed a nano-system where a novel antibacterial peptide RGD-hylin a1 with reduced hemolysis than the commonly studied melittin was loaded onto mesoporous silica (HMS). We found out that the designed nano-system, RGD-hylin a1-HMS, released RGD-hylin a1 in a pH-dependent manner. It caused apoptosis of cancer cells at low dosage of the antibacterial peptide at pH = 5.5, but was safe to the cells at pH = 7. The hemolytic activity of RGD-hylin a1 itself was reduced by 50~100% by the nano-system depending on the dosage...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894147/intrinsic-property-of-phenylalanine-to-trigger-protein-aggregation-and-hemolysis-has-a-direct-relevance-to-phenylketonuria
#14
Bibin G Anand, Kriti Dubey, Dolat S Shekhawat, Karunakar Kar
Excess accumulation of phenylalanine is the characteristic of untreated Phenylketonuria (PKU), a well-known genetic abnormality, which triggers several neurological, physical and developmental severities. However, the fundamental mechanism behind the origin of such diverse health problems, particularly the issue of how they are related to the build-up of phenylalanine molecules in the body, is largely unknown. Here, we show cross-seeding ability of phenylalanine fibrils that can effectively initiate an aggregation process in proteins under physiological conditions, converting native protein structures to β-sheet assembly...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893619/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-brominated-flame-retardants-on-hemoglobin-oxidation-and-hemolysis-in-human-erythrocytes
#15
Monika Jarosiewicz, Piotr Duchnowicz, Anna Włuka, Bożena Bukowska
Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are widely used in many everyday products. Numerous studies have shown that BFRs can be released into the environment. Environmental pollution with these compounds raises concerns about their potentially adverse health effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), tetrabromobisphenol S (TBBPS), 2,4-dibromophenol (2,4-DBP), 2,4,6- tribromophenol (2,4,6-TBP) and pentabromophenol (PBP) on hemolysis induction and hemoglobin oxidation in human erythrocytes...
September 8, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891111/construction-of-polylysine-dendrimer-nanocomposites-carrying-nattokinase-and-their-application-in-thrombolysis
#16
Can Wu, Chunmei Gao, Shaoyu Lü, Xiubin Xu, Na Wen, Shaofei Zhang, Mingzhu Liu
Thrombotic disease has become one of the leading causes of mortality among humans globally. Nattokinase (NK), a novel thrombolytic agent, has attracted the attention of researchers. However, NK is a serine protease that is vulnerable to environmental effects resulting in its inactivation. In this study, polylysine dendrimer (PLLD) was synthesized via divergence-convergence method, and a series of NK/PLLD nanocomposites with different molar ratio was prepared. In addition, NK was successfully incorporated into the cores of PLLD G4 through hydrogen bonds and van der Waals forces...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890388/dhea-prevents-ribavirin-induced-anemia-via-inhibition-of-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase
#17
Lynda Handala, Barbara Domange, Hakim Ouled-Haddou, Loïc Garçon, Eric Nguyen-Khac, Francois Helle, Sandra Bodeau, Gilles Duverlie, Etienne Brochot
Ribavirin has been widely used for antiviral therapy. Unfortunately, ribavirin-induced anemia is often a cause of limiting or interrupting treatment. Our team has observed that dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) has a protective effect against in vitro and in vivo ribavirin-induced hemolysis. The aim of this study was to better understand this effect as well as the underlying mechanism(s). DHEA was able to reduce in vitro intraerythrocytic ATP depletion induced by ribavirin. Only 1% of ATP remained after incubation with ribavirin (2 mM) at 37 °C for 24 h vs...
September 8, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889333/antioxidant-and-protective-effects-of-schinus-terebinthifolius-raddi-against-doxorubicin-induced-toxicity
#18
Paola Dos Santos da Rocha, Jaqueline Ferreira Campos, Valéria Nunes-Souza, Maria do Carmo Vieira, Ana Paula de Araújo Boleti, Luiza Antas Rabelo, Edson Lucas Dos Santos, Kely de Picoli Souza
Doxorubicin is an anticancer drug whose toxic effects on non-cancer cells are associated with increased oxidative stress. This study investigated the chemical composition, antioxidant activity of the methanolic extract of Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi leaves (MESL) as well as effects against doxorubicin-induced toxicity in human erythrocytes, K562 human erythroleukemia cells, and mouse hearts. The chemical composition indicated the presence of phenolic compounds, flavonoids, tannins, and ascorbic acid. MESL showed antioxidant activity by scavenging free radicals and inhibiting hemolysis and lipid peroxidation in human erythrocytes incubated with an oxidizing agent, and was able to increase the enzymatic activity of superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase in human erythrocytes, without influencing the activity of enzyme catalase...
September 9, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887121/discovery-of-human-scfvs-that-cross-neutralize-the-toxic-effects-of-b-jararacussu-and-c-d-terrificus-venoms
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Luciano C Silva, Manuela B Pucca, Gabriela Pessenda, Lucas B Campos, Edson Z Martinez, Felipe A Cerni, José E Barbosa
Accidents involving venomous snakes are a public health problem worldwide, causing a large number of deaths per year. In Brazil, the majority of accidents are caused by the Bothrops and Crotalus genera, which are responsible for approximately 80% of severe envenoming cases. The cross-neutralization of snake venoms by antibodies is an important issue for development of more effective treatments. Our group has previously reported the construction of human monoclonal antibody fragments towards Bothrops jararacussu and Crotalus durissus terrificus' venoms...
September 5, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881298/evaluation-of-hemocompatibility-and-hemostasis-of-a-bioflocculant
#20
Haijuan Zhao, Gang Cao, Honggao Chen, Hai Li, Jiangang Zhou
Bioflocculants are widely used in a large variety of applications, because of their wide range of flocculation. There is limited information in the literature about the ability of bioflocculants to perform beneficial functions without having adverse effects on blood components. In this study, general hemocompatibility of a bioflocculant (MBF-06) was investigated in an in vitro system, measuring flocculation of plasma proteins, red blood cell integrity, blood cell counts, platelet activation, clot formation, complement activation, cytotoxicity and inflammatory response...
August 30, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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