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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647214/development-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-functionalized-ritonavir-proliposomes-for-lymphatic-targeting
#1
Vasif Ahammed, Reema Narayan, John Paul, Yogendra Nayak, Bisakha Roy, Gopal V Shavi, Usha Y Nayak
AIMS: The aim of the present work was to prepare, characterize, and evaluate proliposomes containing lipophilic prodrug ritonavir for targeting towards CD4+ T cells in the lymphatic system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The liposomes were prepared by lipid thin film hydration method and lyophilized in the presence of cryoprotectant mannitol to obtain proliposomes. The optimized proliposomes by Central Composite Design, were surface modified with biotin. The proliposomes were evaluated for particle size, zeta potential, polydispersity index (PDI), entrapment efficiency, in vitro drug release, in vivo pharmacokinetics and biodistribution studies...
June 21, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645860/gper-agonist-dilates-mesenteric-arteries-via-pi3k-akt-enos-and-potassium-channels-in-both-sexes
#2
Pollyana Peixoto, Rosária Dias Aires, Virgínia Soares Lemos, Nazaré Souza Bissoli, Roger Lyrio Dos Santos
AIM: The action of oestrogen has traditionally been attributed to the activation of nuclear receptors (ERα and ERβ). A third receptor, the G protein-coupled oestrogen receptor (GPER), has been described as mediator of the rapid action of oestrogen. Based on the possible protective role of oestrogen in the cardiovascular system, the present study was designed to determine whether selective GPER activation induces relaxation of mesenteric resistance arteries in both sexes and which signalling pathways are involved...
June 20, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645859/discovery-of-a-novel-pan-raf-inhibitor-with-potent-anti-tumor-activity-in-preclinical-models-of-braf-v600e-mutant-cancer
#3
Sung Pyo Hong, Soon Kil Ahn
AIMS: BRAF mutations, especially BRAF V600E, are a frequent occurrence in malignant melanomas. The BRAF inhibitors are used as the care standard for BRAF-mutant metastatic melanomas. However, melanomas rapidly develop resistance to BRAF inhibitors after a median response duration of 6months, and the subsequent rapid development of cutaneous toxicity is enhanced by the paradoxical activation of CRAF. In this study, we discovered a potent and selective pan-RAF inhibitor: INU-152. The goal of this study was to investigate whether the inhibition of pan-RAF with INU-152 completely disrupts the MAPK pathway in cancer cells bearing BRAF or RAS mutations...
June 20, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642073/synthesis-of-biogenic-ag-pd-core-shell-nanoparticles-having-anti-cancer-anti-microbial-functions
#4
Wafa I Abdel-Fattah, M M Eid, Sh I Abd El-Moez, E Mohamed, Ghareib W Ali
Biogenic Ag@Pd core-shell nanoparticles were greenly synthesized within two plant extracts aiming at enhanced anticancer/bactericidal functions. These functions were verified for the two Pd@Ag biogenic core-shell nanoparticles (BCSnp) with constant Pd to several Ag contents. BCSnp were synthesized within two extracts of Almond nuts and Black Berry fruits, four samples each, through simple, low cost and echo friendly microwave route. The BCSnp Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) was detected via UV/visible spectrophotometer...
June 19, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633967/the-effects-of-chronic-faah-inhibition-on-myocardial-lipid-metabolism-in-normotensive-and-doca-salt-hypertensive-rats
#5
Agnieszka Polak, Ewa Harasim-Symbor, Barbara Malinowska, Irena Kasacka, Anna Pędzińska-Betiuk, Jolanta Weresa, Adrian Chabowski
AIMS: There is significant evidence that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) takes part in the regulation of the cardiovascular system in hypertension. It is quite well established that hypertension causes several changes in the heart metabolism, but it is still unknown whether the ECS affects this process. Therefore, we investigated the influence of prolonged ECS activation on myocardial lipid metabolism in deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt hypertensive rats by chronic fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibition...
June 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629731/pterostilbene-ameliorates-insulin-sensitivity-glycemic-control-and-oxidative-stress-in-fructose-fed-diabetic-rats
#6
Ramoji Kosuru, Sanjay Singh
AIMS: The present investigation was designed to explore the effectiveness of pterostilbene (PT) on insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and oxidative stress in fructose-fed insulin resistant rats. MAIN METHODS: Age-matched, male Sprague-Dawley rats (330±30g body weight) were allocated into five groups (n=10). Control (C) group received 65% cornstarch, and the diabetic (D) group received 65% fructose for eight weeks. The third group (D+PT20) received 65% fructose and PT 20mg/kg/day for eight weeks...
June 16, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629730/synergistic-antinociceptive-effect-of-a-calcium-channel-blocker-and-a-trpv1-blocker-in-an-acute-pain-model-in-mice
#7
Manuella R Palhares, Juliana F Silva, Marcio Junior S Rezende, Duana C Santos, Cláudio A Silva-Junior, Márcia H Borges, Juliano Ferreira, Marcus V Gomez, Célio J Castro Junior
AIMS: Extensive evidence supports a role for voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC) and TRPV1 receptors in pain transmission and modulation. We investigated the profile of analgesic interaction between Phα1β toxin (a VGCC blocker) and SB366791 (selective TRPV1 antagonist) in a model of acute pain induced by capsaicin. Changes in body temperature induced by combination regimens were also evaluated. MAIN METHODS: Isobolographic approach with a fixed dose-ratio of combined drugs was used to determine whether antinociceptive interaction of Phα1β and SB366791 are subadditive, additive or synergic...
June 16, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625360/hypoxia-primed-placental-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-wound-healing
#8
Suja Ann Mathew, Bhawna Chandravanshi, Ramesh Bhonde
AIMS: To investigate how Placental Mesenchymal Stem Cells (P-MSCs) would adapt themselves and survive under hypoxic conditions which are prevalent in most injury sites. MAIN METHODS: P-MSCs were isolated from term placenta and characterised under normoxia and hypoxia (2-2.5% O2). Cells were examined for morphology and surface marker variations by flow cytometry analysis. Glucose stimulated insulin secretion was assayed by Insulin ELISA Kit. Gene expression levels were estimated using Real Time PCR for hypoxia inducible factor1 alpha, Insulin (INS), Glucose transporters (GLUT-1, GLUT-2 and GLUT-3), Adhesion Proteins- Integrins, Fibronectin1 (FN1), E-Cadherin (CDH1), and N-Cadherin (CDH2) and angiogenesis marker VEGFA...
June 15, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625359/roles-of-arf6-in-cancer-cell-invasion-metastasis-and-proliferation
#9
REVIEW
Rui Li, Cheng Peng, Xianzhe Zhang, Yuewei Wu, Shida Pan, Yechen Xiao
ADP-ribosylation factor 6 (Arf6), a member of small GTPases ADP-ribosylation factor (Arf) family, expresses widely in mammalian cells and mainly regulates the functions of membrane traffic and actin remodeling. Current studies indicated that the activation and high expression of Arf6 protein may be significantly correlated with the invasion and metastasis of several tumors, such as breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, etc. Meanwhile, the ability of tumor invasion and metastasis can be suppressed when Arf6 activity is blocked by the inhibitors or small-interfering RNAs of Arf6...
June 15, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625358/disruption-of-xanthine-oxidoreductase-gene-attenuates-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-mice
#10
Yoshie Haga, Toshio Ohtsubo, Noboru Murakami, Hideko Noguchi, Yasuo Kansui, Kenichi Goto, Kiyoshi Matsumura, Takanari Kitazono
AIMS: We examined the roles of xanthine oxidoreductase (XOR) in renal ischemia reperfusion (IR) injury. MAIN METHODS: XOR+/+ and XOR+/- mice were subjected to 24-h reperfusion after a 45-min bilateral renal artery occlusion or sham operation. We evaluated the renal damage based on the concentrations of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and serum creatinine (Cr), and histological changes were detected by PAS staining. Xanthine dehydrogenase, oxidase (XO) and XOR activities, amounts of blood and urine 8-OHdG, and expressions of TNF-α and MCP-1 mRNA were examined...
June 15, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624392/role-of-fractalkine-cx3cr1-signaling-pathway-in-the-recovery-of-neurological-function-after-early-ischemic-stroke-in-a-rat-model
#11
Yan-Zhi Liu, Chun Wang, Qian Wang, Yong-Zhong Lin, Yu-Song Ge, Dong-Mei Li, Geng-Sheng Mao
This study aims to explore the role of fractalkine/CX3C chemokine receptor 1 (CX3CR1) signaling pathway in the recovery of neurological functioning after an early ischemic stroke in rats. After establishment of permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO) models, 50 rats were divided into blank, sham, model, positive control and CX3CR1 inhibitor groups. Neurological impairment, walking and grip abilities, and cortical and hippocampal infarctions were evaluated by Zea Longa scoring criterion, beam-walking assay and grip strength test, and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging...
June 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624391/efficacy-of-melatonin-il-25-and-siil-17b-in-tumorigenesis-associated-properties-of-breast-cancer-cell-lines
#12
Gabriela Bottaro Gelaleti, Thaiz Ferraz Borin, Larissa Bazela Maschio-Signorini, Marina Gobbe Moschetta, Bruna Victorasso Jardim-Perassi, Guilherme Berto Calvinho, Mariana Castilho Facchini, Alicia M Viloria-Petit, Debora Aparecida Pires de Campos Zuccari
Mammary tumorigenesis can be modulated by melatonin, which has oncostatic action mediated by multiple mechanisms, including the inhibition of the activity of transcription factors such as NF-κB and modulation of interleukins (ILs) expression. IL-25 is an active cytokine that induces apoptosis in tumor cells due to differential expression of its receptor (IL-17RB). IL-17B competes with IL-25 for binding to IL-17RB in tumor cells, promoting tumorigenesis. This study purpose is to address the possibility of engaging IL-25/IL-17RB signaling to enhance the effect of melatonin on breast cancer cells...
June 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624390/nkx2-5-enhances-the-efficacy-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-transplantation-in-treatment-heart-failure-in-rats
#13
Bo Deng, Jin Xin Wang, Xing Xing Hu, Peng Duan, Lin Wang, Yang Li, Qing Lei Zhu
AIMS: The aim of this study is to determine whether Nkx2.5 transfection of transplanted bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) improves the efficacy of treatment of adriamycin-induced heart failure in a rat model. MAIN METHODS: Nkx2.5 was transfected in MSCs by lentiviral vector transduction. The expressions of Nkx2.5 and cardiac specific genes in MSCs and Nkx2.5 transfected mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs-Nkx2.5) were analyzed with quantitative real-time PCR and Western blot in vitro...
June 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623007/gene-networks-in-neurodegenerative-disorders
#14
REVIEW
Daniela Recabarren, Marcelo Alarcón
Three neurodegenerative diseases [Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD)] have many characteristics like pathological mechanisms and genes. In this sense some researchers postulate that these diseases share the same alterations and that one alteration in a specific protein triggers one of these diseases. Analyses of gene expression may shed more light on how to discover pathways, pathologic mechanisms associated with the disease, biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets...
June 13, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623006/a-longevity-study-with-enhancer-substances-selegiline-bpap-detected-an-unknown-tumor-manifestation-suppressing-regulation-in-rat-brain
#15
J Knoll, K Baghy, S Eckhardt, P Ferdinandy, M Garami, L G Harsing, P Hauser, Z Mervai, T Pocza, Z Schaff, D Schuler, I Miklya
AIMS: First proof to show that (-)-deprenyl/selegiline (DEP), the first selective inhibitor of MAO-B, later identified as the first β-phenylethylamine (PEA)-derived synthetic catecholaminergic activity enhancer (CAE) substance and (2R)-1-(1-benzofuran-2-yl)-N-propylpentane-2-amine (BPAP), the tryptamine-derived presently known most potent, selective, synthetic enhancer substance, are specific markers of unknown enhancer-sensitive brain regulations. MAIN METHODS: Longevity study disclosing the operation of tumor-manifestation-suppressing (TMS) regulation in rat brain...
June 13, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606849/genetically-modified-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-transfected-with-adiponectin-gene-can-stably-secrete-adiponectin
#16
Md Murad Hossain, Malliga Raman Murali, Tunku Kamarul
AIMS: Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) hold promises for the treatment of diverse diseases and regeneration of injured tissues. Genetic modification of MSCs through gene delivery might enhance their therapeutic potential. Adiponectin has been appeared as a potential biomarker for predicting various diseases. Plasma adiponectin levels are negatively correlated with various metabolic and vascular diseases and supplementation of exogenous adiponectin ameliorates the diseases. This study aims to develop adiponectin secreting genetically modified MSCs as a potent strategic tool to complement endogenous adiponectin for the treatment of adiponectin deficiency diseases...
June 9, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601389/effects-of-lentivirus-mediated-silencing-of-periostin-on-tumor-microenvironment-and-bone-metastasis-via-the-integrin-signaling-pathway-in-lung-cancer
#17
Jing Che, Wen-Zhuang Shen, Yu Deng, Yu-Hong Dai, Yong-De Liao, Xiang-Lin Yuan, Peng Zhang
The study aims to investigate the effects of Periostin gene silencing on tumor microenvironment and bone metastasis via the integrin-signaling pathway in lung cancer (LC). LC patients were divided into bone metastasis and non-bone metastasis groups; Healthy volunteers were selected as normal group. ELISA was performed to detect serum Periostin levels and plasma calcium ion concentration. SBC-5 cells were assigned into blank group (without transfection), negative control (NC) group (transfected with empty plasmid), si-Periostin group (transfected with si-Periostin plasmid), si-Integrin-αvβ3 group (transfected with Integrin-αvβ3 siRNA plasmid) and si-Periostin+si-Integrin-αvβ3 group (transfected with si-Periostin and si-Integrin-αvβ3 plasmid)...
June 7, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599865/estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-activation-enhances-its-cell-surface-localization-and-improves-myocardial-redox-status-in-ovariectomized-rats
#18
Rebecca J Steagall, Fanrong Yao, Saame Raza Shaikh, Abdel A Abdel-Rahman
AIMS: Little is known about the role of subcellular trafficking of estrogen receptor (ER) subtypes in the acute estrogen (E2)-mediated alleviation of oxidative stress. We tested the hypothesis that ERα migration to the cardiac myocyte membrane mediates the acute E2-dependent improvement of cellular redox status. MAIN METHODS: Myocardial distribution of subcellular ERα, ERβ and G-protein coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) was determined in proestrus sham-operated (SO) and in ovariectomized (OVX) rats, acutely treated with E2 (1μg/kg) or a selective ERα (PPT), ERβ (DPN) or GPER (G1) agonist (10μg/kg), by immunofluorescence and Western blot...
June 6, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599864/the-anorectic-agent-lorcaserin-disturbs-estrous-cyclicity-and-produces-endometrial-hyperplasia-without-affecting-ovarian-population-in-female-rats
#19
Raghda T Abdel Latif, Sawsan A Zaitone, Yousra Abdel-Mottaleb, Nabila N El Maraghy
AIMS: The present study aims to investigate the effect of the new anorectic agent, lorcaserin, on estrous cyclicity, reproductive hormones and folliculogenesis in female mature rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats were divided into four groups; Group i: control group. Group ii-iv: rats treated with lorcaserin (5, 10 or 30mg/kg/day, p.o.), respectively. The treatment continued for 28days. KEY FINDINGS: Lorcaserin (5 or 10mg/kg) caused estrous cycle disturbance in 40% of treated rats while the high dose (30mg/kg) produced disturbances in 100% of the treated rats...
June 6, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591568/nicotinamide-induces-mitochondrial-mediated-apoptosis-through-oxidative-stress-in-human-cervical-cancer-hela-cells
#20
Yi Feng, Yonghua Wang, Chengrui Jiang, Zishui Fang, Zhiqiang Zhang, Xiaoying Lin, Liwei Sun, Weiying Jiang
AIMS: Nicotinamide participates in energy metabolism and influences cellular redox status and modulates multiple pathways related with both cellular survival and death. Recent studies have shown that it induced proliferation inhibition and apoptosis in many cancer cells. However, little is known about the effects of nicotinamide on human cervical cancer cells. We aimed to evaluate the effects of the indicated concentrations nicotinamide on cell proliferation, apoptosis and redox-related parameters in HeLa cells and investigated the apoptotic mechanism...
June 4, 2017: Life Sciences
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