The IL-33/ST2 axis is known to be involved in liver pathologies. Although, the IL-33 levels increased in sera of viral hepatitis patients in human, the cellular sources of IL-33 in viral hepatitis remained obscure. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the expression of IL-33 in murine fulminant hepatitis induced by a Toll like receptor (TLR3) viral mimetic, poly(I:C) or by pathogenic mouse hepatitis virus (L2-MHV3). The administration of poly(I:C) plus D-galactosamine (D-GalN) in mice led to acute liver injury associated with the induction of IL-33 expression in liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSEC) and vascular endothelial cells (VEC), while the administration of poly(I:C) alone led to hepatocyte specific IL-33 expression in addition to vascular IL-33 expression. The hepatocyte-specific IL-33 expression was down-regulated in NK-depleted poly(I:C) treated mice suggesting a partial regulation of IL-33 by NK cells. The CD1d KO (NKT deficient) mice showed hepatoprotection against poly(I:C)-induced hepatitis in association with increased number of IL-33 expressing hepatocytes in CD1d KO mice than WT controls. These results suggest that hepatocyte-specific IL-33 expression in poly(I:C) induced liver injury was partially dependent of NK cells and with limited role of NKT cells. In parallel, the L2-MHV3 infection in mice induced fulminant hepatitis associated with up-regulated IL-33 expression as well as pro-inflammatory cytokine microenvironment in liver. The LSEC and VEC expressed inducible expression of IL-33 following L2-MHV3 infection but the hepatocyte-specific IL-33 expression was only evident between 24 to 32h of post infection. In conclusion, the alarmin cytokine IL-33 was over-expressed during fulminant hepatitis in mice with LSEC, VEC and hepatocytes as potential sources of IL-33.
Fixed point results for a self-map satisfying locally contractive conditions on a closed ball in an ordered 0-complete quasi-partial metric space have
been established. Instead of monotone mapping, the notion of dominated mappings is applied. We have used weaker metric, weaker contractive conditions, and
weaker restrictions to obtain unique fixed points. An example is given which shows that how this result can be used when the corresponding results cannot. Our results generalize, extend, and improve several well-known conventional results.
Wardowski (2011) in this paper for a normal cone metric space (X, d) and for the family 𝒜 of subsets of X established a new cone metric H : 𝒜 × 𝒜 → E and obtained fixed point of set-valued contraction of Nadler type. Further, it is noticed in the work of Janković et al., 2011 that the fixed-point problem in the setting of cone metric spaces is appropriate only in the case when the underlying cone is nonnormal. In the present paper we improve Wardowski's result by proving the same without the assumption of normality on cones.
In the title compound, C13H8Cl3NO4S, the aromatic rings are oriented at a dihedral angle of 68.94 (1)° and the molecule adopts a V-shape. An intramolecular N—H⋯O interaction generates a six-membered S(6) ring motif. In the crystal, pairs of O—H⋯O hydrogen bonds involving the carboxy group link the molecules into inversion dimers with an R
2(8) motif. N—H⋯O and non-classical C—H⋯O interactions connect the molecules, forming sheets propagating in (100).
In the title hydrate, C13H10N4O2S·H2O, the dihedral angles between the central pyrazole ring and its pendant phenyl and thiadiazole rings are 9.93 (8) and 4.56 (7)°, respectively. In the crystal, the components are linked by N—H⋯O, O—H⋯N and O—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, generating  chains incorporating R
4(10) loops. A weak C—H⋯O interaction helps to consolidate the packing.
The use of bioactive antioxidants in feed of broiler to mitigate reactive oxygen species (ROS) in biological systems is one of promising nutritional strategies. The aim of present study was to alleviate ROS production in mitochondrial fraction (MF) of meat by supplemented dietary antioxidant in feed of broiler. For this purpose, mitochondria specific antioxidant: α-lipoic acid (25 mg, 75 mg and 150 mg) with or without combination of α-tocopherol acetate (200 mg) used in normal and palm olein oxidized oil (4%) supplemented feed. One hundred and eighty one day old broiler birds were randomly divided into six treatments and provided the mentioned feed from third week. Feed intake, feed conversion ratio (FCR) remained statistically same in all groups while body weight decreased in supplemented groups accordingly at the end of study. The broiler meat MF antioxidant potential was significantly improved by feeding supplemented feed estimated as 1,1-di phenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radical scavenging activity, 2,2-azinobis-(3- ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) (ABTS+) and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS). The maximum antioxidant activity was depicted in group fed on 150 mg/kg α-lipoic acid (ALA) and 200 mg/kg α-tocopherol acetate (ATA) (T4) in both breast and leg MF. Moreover, TBARS were higher in leg as compared to breast MF. Although, oxidized oil containing feed reduced the growth, lipid stability and antioxidant potential of MF whilst these traits were improved by receiving feed containing ALA and ATA. ALA and ATA showed higher deposition in T4 group while least in group received oxidized oil containing feed (T5). Positive correlation exists between DPPH free radical scavenging activity and the ABTS + reducing activity. In conclusion, ALA and ATA supplementation in feed had positive effect on antioxidant status of MF that consequently diminished the oxidative stress in polyunsaturated fatty acid enriched meat.
α-Lipoic acid; α-Tocopherol acetate; Broiler meat; Oxidative stability; TBARS; Antioxidant activity; Sub-cellular membrane (mitochondria)
This paper reflects the empirical findings of an ethnobotanical survey which was undertaken in Patriata (New Murree) of district Rawalpindi in Pakistan. The aims and objectives of the study were to document indigenous knowledge of plants particularly of medicinal, veterinary, fruit, vegetable, fodder, fuel etc.
For this purpose, the whole area was surveyed for documenting folk knowledge using a semi-structured questionnaire. A total of 93 plants species belonging to 80 genera and 56 families were found in a variety of uses by the local people for the accomplishment of their basic needs. The study further employs binary logit regression model of medicinal uses of these plants so as to identify the probability of occurrence of medicinal use of woody or non-woody plants keeping other plant characteristics in view.
Ethnobotanical data shows that most plants are used for medicinal and fodder purposes (27.93% each), followed by fuel (16.90%), fruit (6.55%), vegetable (5.52%) and ethno-veterinary (3.79%). There is also an established association of medicinal use of plants to the fruits use. Non-woody plants have high tendency towards medicinal use of the plants as compared to woody plants. Annual plants are less likely to be directly associated with medicinal use of plants in the surveyed vegetation. Underground plant parts are more likely to be used for medicinal purposes as revealed from the Logit expressions.
The study revealed that most of the plants are used for medicinal and fodder purposes. The results of Logit Model showed that the probabilities of plant species for their medicinal use are associated to the woody or non-woody, aerial or underground, perennial or annual characteristics of plants. One should be careful in completely generalizing the results as the survey findings are sensitive to the plant species and the vegetation under consideration. But it can be specified that there exists either some positive or negative association of medicinal use of plants to the various characteristics of plant species.
Ethnobotany; Medicinal use of plants; Probabilities; Logit expression; Patriata; Murree; Pakistan
This study was intended to explore the effect of extruded flaxseed meal supplemented diet on broiler growth performance, oxidative stability and organoleptic characteristics of broiler meat and meat products. 120 (day old) broiler chicks were randomly allotted to 12 experimental groups and fed on diets containing extruded flaxseed meal at 0, 5, 10 and 15%. The supplementation of extruded flaxseed in the diet decreases the body weight gain, feed intake and increased feed conversion ratio (FCR) values of broilers. The antioxidant enzymes were strongly influenced by different levels of extruded flaxseed supplementation among treatments. The TBARS assay revealed that maximum malondialdehyde were produced in T3 containing highest extruded flaxseed level (15%) and minimum malondialdehyde were produced in T0 treatment having no extruded flaxseed. The TBARS values ranged from 0.850-2.106 and 0.460-1.052 in leg and breast met respectively. The Free radical scavenging activity varied significantly and DPPH values of breast meat ranged from 20.70% to 39.09% and in leg meat 23.53% to 43.09% respectively. The sensory acceptability of broiler meat nuggets was decreased with the increase in the level of flaxseeds due to the lipid peroxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) which generated off flavors and bad odors. Feeding extruded flaxseed to chicken through feed strongly inflated the quality and functional properties, fatty acid contents and reduced the oxidative stability of broiler meat and meat products. The present study concludes that up to 10% of flaxseed meal may be used in broiler diet to enhance the omega 3 fatty acids content in the broiler meat.
Broiler meat; Extrusion; Flaxseed; Nuggets; PUFA; Lipid stability
Two independent molecules, A and B, comprise the asymmetric unit of the title compound, C21H18N2OS, with the difference in the angle of orientation between the naphthalene ring system and the mean plane of the cycloheptyl ring [16.13 (1) in A and 11.48 (5)° in B], being evident. The cycloheptyl ring adopts a distorted chair conformation in each molecule with r.m.s. deviations of 0.2345 (4) (A) and 0.2302 (4) Å (B). Intramolecular O—H⋯N hydrogen bonding generates planar six-membered S(6) loops with r.m.s. deviations of 0.0099 (1) (A) and 0.0286 (1) Å (B).
In the title compound, C19H17NO4S, the phenyl ring and the naphthalene ring system are oriented at a dihedral angle of 4.12 (2)° and the molecule adopts a U-shaped conformation. The Cc—C—N—S (c = carboxy) torsion angle is 90.98 (15)°. In the crystal, molecules are linked by O—H⋯O and N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, resulting in (100) chains incorporating centrosymmetric R
2(14) and R
2(10) loops. Weak aromatic π–π stacking is also observed [centroid–centroid separations = 3.963 (2) and 3.932 (2) Å].
The title compound, C18H22N2O5S, is largely planar, with an r.m.s. deviation of 0.0546 (1) Å of atoms from the mean plane through all non-H atoms except for the methyl groups. The benzene and pyrimidinedione rings are inclined to one another at a dihedral angle of 1.41 (7)°. In the crystal, weak C—H⋯O interactions connect the molecules into chains propagating along the b-axis direction.
In the title complex, [PtCl2(C6H16N2)], the PtII atom adopts a distorted cis-PtN2Cl2 square-planar coordination geometry. The five-membered chelate ring adopts a twisted conformation. In the crystal, weak C—H⋯Cl hydrogen bonds link the molecules into (001) sheets.
The molecule of the title compound, C11H13ClN2O2, is approximately planar (r.m.s. deviation = 0.099 Å for non-H atoms) and adopts a Z conformation about the C=N double bond. In the crystal, molecules are linked by N—H⋯O and C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds to the same O-atom acceptor, forming zigzag chains propagating along . These interactions give rise to R
In the title compound, [Fe(C5H5)(C8H11N4S)], the cyclopentadienyl (Cp) rings of the ferrocene unit are close to being eclipsed. They are inclined to one another at an angle of 1.95 (2)° and lie 3.309 (2)Å away from each other. The ethylidenethiocarbonohydrazide fragment is planar, with an r.m.s. deviation of 0.0347 (2) Å from the mean plane of its eight non-H atoms, and makes dihedral angles of 21.78 (1) and 19.97 (1)° with respect to the two Cp rings. The molecule adopts a trans geometry about the C=N double bond. In the crystal, N—H⋯(N/S) and C—H⋯S interactions stack the molecules in an inverse fashion along the b axis.
The molecule of the title compound, C11H13ClN2O3, is planar (r.m.s. deviation = 0.0587 Å for non-H atoms) and adopts a Z conformation about the C=N double bond. In the crystal, molecules are linked via an N—H⋯O hydrogen bond, forming zigzag chains propagating along . These chains are consolidated by C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds.
Prescription of antimalarial drugs in the absence of malarial disease is a common practice in countries where malaria is endemic. However, unwarranted use of such drugs can cause side effects in some people and is a financial drain on local economies. In this study, we surveyed the prevalence of malaria parasites in humans, and the prevalence of the malaria transmitting mosquito vectors in the study area. We also investigated the use of antimalarial drugs in the local people. We focused on randomly selected rural areas of eastern Pakistan where no malaria cases had been reported since May 2004.
Mass blood surveys, active case detection, passive case detection, and vector density surveys were carried out in selected areas of Sargodha district from September 2008 to August 2009. Data pertaining to the quantities and types of antimalarial drugs used in these areas were collected from health centers, pharmacies, and the district CDC program of the Health Department of the Government of the Punjab.
Seven hundred and forty four blood samples were examined, resulting in a Blood Examination Rate (BER) of 3.18; microscopic analysis of blood smears showed that none of the samples were positive for malaria parasites. Investigation of the mosquito vector density in 43 living rooms (bedrooms or rooms used for sleeping), 23 stores, and 32 animal sheds, revealed no vectors capable of transmitting malaria in these locations. In contrast, the density of Culex mosquitoes was high. Substantial consumption of a variety of antimalarial tablets, syrups, capsules and injections costing around 1000 US$, was documented for the region.
Use of antimalarial drugs in the absence of malarial infection or the vectors that transmit the disease was common in the study area. Continuous use of such drugs, not only in Pakistan, but in other parts of the world, may lead to drug-induced side effects amongst users. Better training of health care professionals is needed to ensure accurate diagnoses of malaria and appropriate prescription of antimalarial drugs delivered to communities.
Malaria; Plasmodium; Eastern Pakistan; Antimalarial drugs; Mosquito vectors; Diagnosis; Blood Examination Rate (BER)
In the title compound, C15H13N3O2, the dihedral angle between the benzotriazole ring system (r.m.s. deviation = 0.0124 Å) and the benzene ring is 76.21 (3)°. The methoxy C atom deviates from its benzene ring plane by 0.063 (2)Å. In the crystal, inversion dimers linked by pairs of C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds generate R
In the title compound C8H6BrN3O, the benzotriazole ring is essentially planar (r.m.s. deviation = 0.0034 Å) and the bromoacetyl unit is twisted at a dihedral angle of 15.24 (16)° with respect to it. In the crystal, pairs of C—H⋯O hydrogen bondings result in the formation of inversion dimers, forming R
2(12) rings, which are connected by further C—H⋯O interactions into chains extending along the b-axis direction.
In the title compound, C15H14N2O5, the central amide C—C(=O)—N—C unit forms dihedral angles of 28.17 (13) and 26.47 (13)° with the two benzene rings, whereas the two benzene rings are almost coplanar, making a dihedral angle of 4.52 (13)°. The two methoxy and the nitro substituents are almost coplanar with their attached benzene rings, with C—O—C—C torsion angles of −1.3 (4) and −4.6 (4)°, and an O—N—C—C torsion angle of 17.1 (3)°. In the crystal, molecules are linked via C—H⋯O and N—H⋯O interactions, forming a tape running along the b axis.
The title compound, C11H8O4, features an almost planar molecule (r.m.s. deviation = 0.033 Å for all non-H atoms). In the crystal, the molecules are linked via C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming two-dimensional networks lying parallel to (1-21).
In the title compound, C14H21NO4S, the O—S—O angle is 120.06 (11)°, with the S atom adopting a distorted tetrahedral geometry. In the crystal, N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds connect the molecules along the a axis, generating an infinite chain. The disordered C atoms of the isobutyl group were refined with the C—C distances restrained to 1.52 (1) Å and the occupancy ratio refined to 0.504 (3):0.496 (3).
In the crystal structure of the title compound, C11H15NO4S, two independent molecules are present per asymmetric unit; they are dimerized through O—H⋯O hydrogen bonds between their carboxy groups to generate R
2(8) loops. An intramolecular N—H⋯O link in one of the molecules closes an S(5) ring. The dimers are linked by N—H⋯O and C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds to form a three-dimensional network. The C atoms of the isopropyl group of one of the molecules are disordered over two orientations in a 3:1 ratio.
In the title compound, C12H16N2O6S, the S atom adopts a distorted tetrahedral geometry with an O—S—O angle of 119.76 (13)°. The nitro group is twisted by 35.34 (2)° with respect to the aromatic ring; it accepts an N—H⋯O hydrogen bond, resulting in a S(7) motif. In the crystal, N—H⋯O and O—H⋯O hydrogen bonds connect the molecules into an infinite chain along the a axis. The methyl C atoms of the isopropyl group are disordered in a 1:1 ratio.
In the title compound, C13H11Cl2NO2S, the dihedral angle between the aromatic rings is 76.62 (10)° and the C—S—N—C linkage between the rings adopts a gauche conformation [torsion angle = −51.4 (2)°]. A weak intramolecular C—H⋯O interaction closes an S(6) ring. In the crystal, inversion dimers linked by pairs of N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds generate R
In the title compound, C14H12FNO4S, the dihedral angle between the aromatic rings is 50.26 (9)° and the C—S—N—C bond adopts a gauche conformation [torsion angle = −68.12 (15)°]. The dihydrodioxine ring is disordered over two orientations, which both approximate to half-chairs, in a 0.880 (7):0.120 (7) ratio. In the crystal, N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds link the molecules into C(4) chains propagating in . Weak C—H⋯O and C—H⋯F interactions consolidate the packing.