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The Open Biochemistry Journal is an open-access online journal dedicated to the rapid publication of original research articles, reviews/mini-reviews, letters and guest edited single topic issues in all sub-disciplines of biochemistry (including genomics, gene expression, replication, proteomics, structural biology, enzymology, bioenergetics, metabolism, signal transduction, bioinformatics, cell biology, glycoscience, glycobiology, glycochemistry, glycotechnology, pharmacology, enzyme inhibition, inhibitory processes, immunochemistry, macromolecules, biopolymers, and nitric oxide). The journal publishes clearly written articles describing significant advances in the field that are of great interest for the scientific community worldwide. Non-conclusive or confirmatory studies are not accepted.


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The Diagnostic Accuracy of Cardiac Enzymes-Lipid Profile Ratio for Diagnosing Coronary Heart Disease in Chest Pain Patients

Mohamed Kadry, Faten M. Zahran, Tarek M. Emran, Mohamed M. Omran

Background:

Lipid abnormalities increase Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) risk. Our developed indexes 1,2 were reported in scientific Journals. Here, we verified and evaluated the cardiac enzymes-lipid profile ratio's diagnostic value for diagnosing CHD patients.

Methods:

Lipid profiles and cardiac enzymes were estimated in all chest pain patients. The area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve (AUC) was used to evaluate the markers' diagnostic accuracy.

Results:

There were varieties of significant differences (P < 0.01- P < 0.0001) of Creatine Kinase MB (CK-MB) - lipid profile ratio and Troponin I-lipid profile ratio within the groups of chest pain patients. For discriminating between Non-Coronary Chest Pain (NCCP) and Stable Angina (SA) groups, the AUCs were the greatest for CK-MB- High-density Lipoprotein (HDL) ratio (0.62) and for Troponin I-HDL (0.62). Moreover, for discriminating between NCCP and Unstable Angina (UA) groups, the AUC was the greatest for CK-MB-HDL ratio (0.97). Also, for discriminating between NCCP and Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) groups, the AUC was the greatest for index 2 (0.99). Similarly, for discriminating between SA and UA groups, the AUC was the greatest for CK-MB-HDL ratio (0.90). For discriminating between SA and AMI groups, the AUC was the greatest for index 2 (0.97). Finally, for discriminating between UA and AMI groups, the AUC was the greatest for index 2 (0.78).

Conclusion:

Independent CK-MB-HDL ratio can be used as a good and simple index for diagnosing CHD in chest pain patients and discriminating between the different groups of these patients


March 22, 2021
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Study of the Interaction of Zinc Cation with Azithromycin and its Significance in the COVID-19 Treatment: A Molecular Approach

Jacques H. Poupaert, Blanche Aguida, Codjo Hountondji

Introduction:

On account of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have explored the importance of azithromycin and zinc in the treatment of the coronavirus disease by studying the interaction between the cation Zn++ and azithromycin with the tools of the semi-empirical quantum mechanics PM3 method.

Methods:

By this approach, the niche in which Zn++ is located was determined. Zn++ creates a strong clastic binding between an amine and a hydroxyl group located on the amino-hexose side-chain. Such an interaction serves as a shuttle and allows zinc cation to invade endocellular structures.

Results:

In this triple collaborative association, the role of hydroxychloroquine would be more that of a chaotropic agent at plasmic membranes, which facilitates access to the azithromycin-Zn++ equipage into key internal compartments.

Conclusion:

Finally, we show that both azithromycin and Zn++ are susceptible to play a direct role against the replication and the assembly of SARS-CoV-2 particles.


September 22, 2020
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