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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918421/macrophage-activation-syndrome-at-the-onset-of-glucocorticoid-resistant-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-report
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Delia Tulbă, Marius Balea, Cristian Băicuș
INTRODUCTION: Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a life-threatening hyperinflammatory state mediated by uncontrolled cytokine storm and haemophagocytosis. Although rarely reported, MAS might occur in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), notably as an inaugural manifestation. Glucocorticoids (GCs) are the cornerstone of SLE therapy. However, in some cases high doses of GCs are required to achieve remission (i.e. glucocorticoid-resistance), leading to significant side effects. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old Romani male was admitted to our hospital for polyarthralgia, polyserositis and fatigability...
September 16, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918329/an-integrated-strategy-for-rapid-discovery-and-identification-of-the-sequential-piperine-metabolites-in-rats-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometery
#2
Zhanpeng Shang, Wei Cai, Yanfeng Cao, Fei Wang, Zhibin Wang, Jianqiu Lu, Jiayu Zhang
Piperine, one of the major bioactive constituents isolated from natural flavorings and medicinal-culinary herbs, possesses various biological activities. In the present study, an integrated strategy based on ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry was established to reveal piperine metabolism in rats. First of all, post-acquisition data-mining methods, including high resolution extracted ion chromatograms (HREICs) and multiple mass defect filtering (MMDF), were used to screen piperine metabolite candidates in a full-scan HRMS(1) level...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917973/inhibitory-effects-of-dianthi-herba-ethanolic-extract-on-inflammatory-and-nociceptive-responses-in-murine-macrophages-and-mouse-models-of-abdominal-writhing-and-ear-edema
#3
You-Chang Oh, Yun Hee Jeong, Won-Kyung Cho, Youn-Hwan Hwang, Jin Yeul Ma
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Dianthi Herba is a traditional herbal medicine used to treat inflammatory-related diseases including acute pyelonephritis, cystitis, laryngopharyngitis, and urethritis. AIM OF THE STUDY: We investigated the effects of Dianthi Herba ethanolic extract (DH) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated inflammatory responses in murine macrophages as well as nociceptive and edema mouse models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The biological effects of DH on inflammatory cytokine, mediator, and related protein production were assessed using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), Western blotting, and real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (real-time RT-PCR)...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917853/preparation-and-biological-activity-studies-of-resveratrol-loaded-ionically-cross-linked-chitosan-tpp-nanoparticles
#4
Jie Wu, Yaping Wang, Hao Yang, Xiangyu Liu, Zhong Lu
Nanoparticles with size range of 10-500nm can be efficiently delivered into cancer cells by the Enhanced Permeability and Retention (EPR) effect. Here, we prepared resveratrol (Res) loaded chitosan (CS) nanoparticles with the size of 172-217nm by an ionic cross-linking method, with sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP) as the cross-linking agent, to improve the stability, solubility and tumors targeting of the natural anti-cancer drug Res. The prepared Res loaded CS-TPP nanoparticles presented long-term storage stability and UV light stability...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917821/circulatory-cell-mediated-nanotherapeutic-approaches-in-disease-targeting
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Thierry Burnouf, Pierre-Alain Burnouf, Yu-Wen Wu, Er-Yuan Chuang, Long-Sheng Lu, Hadi Goubran
Circulating blood cells, and cell-derived microvesicles, are emerging as pragmatic delivery systems that can smartly complement the already existing nanotherapeutic platforms evaluated to treat or diagnose diseases. The valuable distinctive features of circulatory cells over synthetic nanocarriers encompass their biological origin which confers immune transparence, known biodegradability, high drug loading, relatively long half-life and a targeting capacity associated with their physiological surface functionality...
September 14, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917530/overcoming-key-biological-barriers-to-cancer-drug-delivery-and-efficacy
#6
Susy M Kim, Peggy H Faix, Jan E Schnitzer
Poor delivery efficiency continues to hamper the effectiveness of cancer therapeutics engineered to destroy solid tumors using different strategies such as nanocarriers, targeting agents, and matching treatments to specific genetic mutations. All contemporary anti-cancer agents are dependent upon passive transvascular mechanisms for their delivery into solid tumors. The therapeutic efficacies of our current drug arsenal could be significantly improved with an active delivery strategy. Here, we discuss how drug delivery and therapeutic efficacy is greatly hindered by barriers presented by the vascular endothelial cell layer and by the aberrant nature of tumor blood vessels in general...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917384/serious-infections-among-a-large-cohort-of-subjects-with-systemically-treated-psoriasis
#7
Allison S Dobry, Charles P Quesenberry, G Thomas Ray, Jamie L Geier, Maryam M Asgari
BACKGROUND: Biologic therapy is effective for treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis but may be associated with an increased risk for serious infection. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the serious infection rate among patients with psoriasis treated with biologic as compared with nonbiologic systemic agents within a community-based health care delivery setting. METHODS: We identified 5889 adult Kaiser Permanente Northern California health plan members with psoriasis who had ever been treated with systemic therapies and calculated the incidence rates and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for serious infections over 29,717 person-years of follow-up...
September 13, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917257/exploiting-molecular-genomics-in-precision-radiation-oncology-a-marriage-of-biological-and-physical-precision
#8
Janice S H Tan, Xiaotian Lin, Kevin L M Chua, Paula Y Lam, Khee-Chee Soo, Melvin L K Chua
Achieving local tumour control is paramount for cure in head and neck and prostate cancers. With the transition to precision radiotherapy (RT) techniques, survival rates have improved in the majority of these cancers, but a substantial proportion of 30-40% still relapse following primary treatment. Recent large-scale molecular profiling studies have revealed unique biological events that could explain for tumour aggression and resistance to therapies, redefining the molecular taxonomy of head and neck and prostate cancers...
September 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917214/novel-5-nitrofurfuryl-substituted-esters-of-phosphonoglycine-their-synthesis-and-phyto-and-ecotoxicological-properties
#9
Jarosław Lewkowski, Marta Morawska, Rafał Karpowicz, Piotr Rychter, Diana Rogacz, Kamila Lewicka
Since aminophosphonate-based herbicides like glyphosate are currently one of the most popular and widely applied active agent in agrochemistry, there is an urgent need for searching new compounds among this family with potential herbicidal activity, but exhibiting low toxicity against surrounding environment. Six new (5-nitrofurfuryl)-derived aminophosphonates were synthesized for the first time and apart from the only one example of N-benzylamino(5-nitrofuryl)-methylphosphonic acid, it was the first time in the history, when this class of compounds was prepared...
September 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917009/preparation-characterization-and-in-vitro%C3%A2-%C3%A2-in-vivo-evaluation-of-oral-time-controlled-release-etodolac-pellets
#10
Xiaoyu Zhang, Qi Li, Mingzhu Ye, Zhinan Zhao, Jiayi Sun, Xinggang Yang, Weisan Pan
The objective of this study was to prepare time-controlled release etodolac pellets to facilitate drug administration according to the body's biological rhythm, optimize the drug's desired effects, and minimize adverse effects. The preparation consisted of three laminal layers from center to outside: the core, the swelling layer, and the insoluble polymer membrane. Factors influenced the core and the coating films were investigated in this study. The core pellets formulated with etodolac, lactose, and sodium carboxymethyl starch (CMS-Na) were prepared by extrusion-spheronization and then coated by a fluidized bed coater...
September 15, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916621/-64-cu-labeled-repebody-molecules-for-imaging-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-expressing-tumors
#11
Ayoung Pyo, Misun Yun, Hyeon-Sik Kim, Tae-Yoon Kim, Joong-Jae Lee, Jung Young Kim, Sunwoo Lee, Seong Young Kwon, Hee-Seung Bom, Hak-Sung Kim, Dong-Yeon Kim, Jung-Joon Min
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a member of the erbB family of receptors and is overexpressed in many tumor types. A repebody is a newly designed non-antibody protein scaffold for tumor targeting that contains leucine-rich repeat modules. In this study, three (64)Cu-labeled anti-EGFR repebodies with different chelators were synthesized, and their biological characteristics were assessed in cultured cells and tumor-bearing mice. Methods: Repebodies (rEgAs) were synthesized with the chelators p-SCN-Bn-NOTA, DOTA-NHS ester, or p-SCN-Bn-DTPA in 1...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916457/in-vitro-activity-of-1h-phenalen-1-one-derivatives-against-acanthamoeba-castellanii-neff-and-their-mechanisms-of-cell-death
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Atteneri López-Arencibia, María Reyes-Batlle, Mónica Blanco Freijo, Grant McNaughton-Smith, Patricia Martín-Rodríguez, Leandro Fernández-Pérez, Ines Sifaoui, Carolina Wagner, Ana B García-Méndez, Aitor Rizo Liendo, Carlos J Bethencourt-Estrella, Teresa Abad-Grillo, José E Piñero, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales
Acanthamoeba is an opportunistic pathogen which is the causal agent of a sight-threatening ulceration of the cornea known as Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) and, more rarely, an infection of the central nervous system called "granulomatous amoebic encephalitis" (GAE). The symptoms of AK are non-specific, and so it can be misdiagnosed as a viral, bacterial, or fungal keratitis. Furthermore, current therapeutic measures against AK are arduous, and show limited efficacy against the cyst stage of Acanthamoeba. 1H-Phenalen-1-one (PH) containing compounds have been isolated from plants and fungi, where they play a crucial role in the defense mechanism of plants...
September 12, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916360/trancriptome-profiles-of-amur-sturgeon-spleen-in-response-to-yersinia-ruckeri-infection
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Shaowu Li, Ying Zhang, Yongsheng Cao, Di Wang, Hongbai Liu, Tongyan Lu
Yersinia ruckeri (YR) is the causative agent of yersiniosis which has caused significant economic losses in fish culture worldwide, including in Amur sturgeon (Acipenser schrenckii) culture. To better understand the mechanism of the immune responses to YR in Amur sturgeon, the transcriptomic profiles of the spleens from YR-infected and non-infected groups were obtained using RNA-seq techniques. The de novo assemblies yielded totally 145 670 unigenes from the two libraries. The total numbers of transcripts in YR-infected and non-infected groups were from 110 893 to 147 336, with the mean length varying from 560 to 631 (N50: from 882 to 1083)...
September 12, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916341/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-benzamide-and-phenyltetrazole-derivatives-with-amide-and-urea-linkers-as-bcrp-inhibitors
#14
Nehaben A Gujarati, Leli Zeng, Pranav Gupta, Zhe-Sheng Chen, Vijaya L Korlipara
Breast cancer resistant protein (BCRP/ABCG2), a 72kDa plasma membrane transporter protein is a member of ABC transporter superfamily. Increased expression of BCRP causes increased efflux and therefore, reduced intracellular accumulation of many unrelated chemotherapeutic agents leading to multidrug resistance (MDR). A series of 31 benzamide and phenyltetrazole derivatives with amide and urea linkers has been synthesized to serve as potential BCRP inhibitors in order to overcome BCRP-mediated MDR. The target derivatives were tested for their cytotoxicity and reversal effects in human non-small cell lung cancer cell line H460 and mitoxantrone resistant cell line H460/MX20 using the MTT assay...
September 7, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915972/suprachoroidal-injection-of-biological-agents-may-have-a-potential-role-in-the-prevention-of-progression-and-complications-in-high-myopia
#15
Pradeep Venkatesh, Brijesh Takkar
The prevalence of myopia and its severe/progressive visually impairing forms is increasing all over the globe. Most of the preliminary clinical research has focused on rehabilitation and treatment of its complications. Pharmacological prevention of myopic progression has shown encouraging results recently and currently the scleral structure is believed to be responsible for disease progression. In this article, we have hypothesized injecting a biological cement in the potential space between the choroid and the sclera to halt the progressive elongation of the eye ball while preventing complications related to myopia...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915956/dual-inhibition-of-p-glycoprotein-and-midkine-may-increase-therapeutic-effects-of-anticancer-drugs
#16
A Şükrü Aynacıoğlu, Ayhan Bilir, Kenji Kadomatsu
Multidrug resistance (MDR) to chemotherapy may significantly affect the outcome of cancer treatment. ATP-dependent drug efflux pumps, including P-glycoprotein (P-gp), contribute to the resistance of various chemotherapeutic agents. Overexpression of P-gp in tumor cells induces chemoresistance via pumping the anticancer drugs out of the cells. In addition to taking part in many biological processes such as development, reproduction and repair, midkine (MK) also plays important roles in the pathogenesis of malignant diseases as well as in the regulation of MDR...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915909/differential-signal-sensitivities-can-contribute-to-the-stability-of-multispecies-bacterial-communities
#17
János Juhász, Dóra Bihary, Attila Jády, Sándor Pongor, Balázs Ligeti
BACKGROUND: Bacterial species present in multispecies microbial communities often react to the same chemical signal but at vastly different concentrations. The existence of different response thresholds with respect to the same signal molecule has been well documented in quorum sensing which is one of the best studied inter-cellular signalling mechanisms in bacteria. The biological significance of this phenomenon is still poorly understood, and cannot be easily studied in nature or in laboratory models...
September 15, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915869/frequency-and-genotypes-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-in-patients-attending-the-obstetrics-and-gynecology-clinics-in-jalisco-mexico-and-correlation-with-sociodemographic-behavioral-and-biological-factors
#18
Néstor Casillas-Vega, Rayo Morfín-Otero, Santos García, Jorge Llaca-Díaz, Eduardo Rodríguez-Noriega, Adrián Camacho-Ortiz, Ma de la Merced Ayala-Castellanos, Héctor J Maldonado-Garza, Jesús Ancer-Rodríguez, Guadalupe Gallegos-Ávila, Alberto Niderhauser-García, Elvira Garza-González
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia trachomatis is the causative agent of the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection worldwide. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency and genotypes of C. trachomatis in patients attending an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Jalisco, Mexico and correlates them with sociodemographic, behavioral, and biological factors. METHODS: C. trachomatis detection was performed in endocervical samples from 662 patients by direct fluorescence assay (DFA) and two PCR assays that amplified the phospholipase D endonuclease superfamily protein (PLDESP) and OmpA genes...
September 15, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915708/targeting-metabolism-and-amp-activated-kinase-with-metformin-to-sensitize-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-to-cytotoxic-therapy-translational-biology-and-rationale-for-current-clinical-trials
#19
REVIEW
Michael Troncone, Stephanie M Cargnelli, Linda A Villani, Naghmeh Isfahanian, Lindsay A Broadfield, Laura Zychla, Jim Wright, Gregory Pond, Gregory R Steinberg, Theodoros Tsakiridis
Lung cancer is the most fatal malignancy worldwide, in part, due to high resistance to cytotoxic therapy. There is need for effective chemo-radio-sensitizers in lung cancer. In recent years, we began to understand the modulation of metabolism in cancer and its importance in tumor progression and survival after cytotoxic therapy. The activity of biosynthetic pathways, driven by the Growth Factor Receptor/Ras/PI3k/Akt/mTOR pathway, is balanced by the energy stress sensor pathway of LKB1/AMPK/p53. AMPK responds both to metabolic and genotoxic stress...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915542/comparative-susceptibility-of-two-neotropical-predators-eriopis-connexa-and-chrysoperla-externa-to-acetamiprid-and-pyriproxyfen-short-and-long-term-effects-after-egg-exposure
#20
Federico Rimoldi, Marilina N Fogel, Alicia E Ronco, Marcela I Schneider
Compatibility assessments between selective insecticides and the natural enemies of pests are essential for integrated-pest-management programs. Chrysoperla externa and Eriopis connexa are two principal Neotropical predators of agricultural pests whose conservation in agroecosystems requires a toxicity evaluation of pesticides to minimize the impact on those beneficial insects on the environment. The objective of this work was to evaluate the toxicity of the insecticides pyriproxyfen and acetamiprid on C. externa and E...
September 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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