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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531145/the-occurrence-biosynthesis-and-molecular-structure-of-proanthocyanidins-and-their-effects-on-legume-forage-protein-precipitation-digestion-and-absorption-in-the-ruminant-digestive-tract
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Arjan Jonker, Peiqiang Yu
Forages grown in temperate regions, such as alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and white clover (Trefolium repens L.), typically have a high nutritional value when fed to ruminants. Their high protein content and degradation rate result, however, in poor utilization of protein from the forage resulting in excessive excretion of nitrogen into the environment by the animal. Proanthocyanindins (also known as condensed tannins) found in some forage legumes such as birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.), bind to dietary protein and can improve protein utilization in the animal...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531139/dual-component-gelatinous-peptide-reactive-oligomer-formulations-as-conduit-material-and-luminal-filler-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#2
Caroline Kohn-Polster, Divya Bhatnagar, Derek J Woloszyn, Matthew Richtmyer, Annett Starke, Alexandra H Springwald, Sandra Franz, Michaela Schulz-Siegmund, Hilton M Kaplan, Joachim Kohn, Michael C Hacker
Toward the next generation of nerve guidance conduits (NGCs), novel biomaterials and functionalization concepts are required to address clinical demands in peripheral nerve regeneration (PNR). As a biological polymer with bioactive motifs, gelatinous peptides are promising building blocks. In combination with an anhydride-containing oligomer, a dual-component hydrogel system (cGEL) was established. First, hollow cGEL tubes were fabricated by a continuous dosing and templating process. Conduits were characterized concerning their mechanical strength, in vitro and in vivo degradation and biocompatibility...
May 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531117/immunobiology-of-newcastle-disease-virus-and-its-use-for-prophylactic-vaccination-in-poultry-and-as-adjuvant-for-therapeutic-vaccination-in-cancer-patients
#3
REVIEW
Volker Schirrmacher
Newcastle disease (ND) is one of the most important diseases of poultry worldwide. In the last decades, molecular research has gained a lot of new information about its causative agent, newcastledisease virus (NDV). In poultry industry, certain strains of NDV have been used for preventive vaccination for more than 60 years. NDV has also been applied to cancer patients with beneficial effects for about 50 years, but this is less well known. The molecular basis for these differential effects of NDV in birds and man have been elucidated in the last decades and are explained in this review...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531111/target-therapies-for-uterine-carcinosarcomas-current-evidence-and-future-perspectives
#4
REVIEW
Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Antonio Simone Laganà, Stella Capriglione, Roberto Angioli, Valentina Lucia La Rosa, Salvatore Lopez, Gaetano Valenti, Fabrizio Sapia, Giuseppe Sarpietro, Salvatore Butticè, Carmelo Tuscano, Daniele Fanale, Alessandro Tropea, Diego Rossetti
Carcinosarcomas (CS) in gynecology are very infrequent and represent only 2-5% of uterine cancers. Despite surgical cytoreduction and subsequent chemotherapy being the primary treatment for uterine CS, the overall five-year survival rate is 30 ± 9% and recurrence is extremely common (50-80%). Due to the poor prognosis of CS, new strategies have been developed in the last few decades, targeting known dysfunctional molecular pathways for immunotherapy. In this paper, we aimed to gather the available evidence on the latest therapies for the treatment of CS...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531107/analysis-of-gene-expression-signatures-in-cancer-associated-stroma-from-canine-mammary-tumours-reveals-molecular-homology-to-human-breast-carcinomas
#5
Julia Ettlin, Elena Clementi, Parisa Amini, Alexandra Malbon, Enni Markkanen
Cancer-associated stroma (CAS) plays a key role in cancer initiation and progression. Spontaneously occurring canine mammary carcinomas are viewed as excellent models of human breast carcinomas. Considering the importance of CAS for human cancer, it likely plays a central role in canine tumours as well. So far, however, canine CAS lacks characterisation, and it remains unclear whether the biology between CAS from canine and human tumours is comparable. In this proof-of-principle study, using laser-capture microdissection, we isolated CAS and normal stroma from 13 formalin-fixed paraffin embedded canine simple mammary carcinomas and analysed the expression of seven known human CAS markers by RT-qPCR (Reverse Transcription quantitative PCR) and validated some targets by immunohistochemistry...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531105/high-mobility-group-box-1-disrupts-metabolic-function-with-cigarette-smoke-exposure-in-a-ceramide-dependent-manner
#6
Oliver J Taylor, Mikayla O Thatcher, Sheryl T Carr, Jonathan L Gibbs, Annie M Trumbull, Mitchell E Harrison, Duane R Winden, Mackenzie J Pearson, Trevor S Tippetts, William L Holland, Paul R Reynolds, Benjamin T Bikman
We have previously found that cigarette smoke disrupts metabolic function, in part, by increasing muscle ceramide accrual. To further our understanding of this, we sought to determine the role of the cytokine high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), which is increased with smoke exposure, in smoke-induced muscle metabolic perturbations. To test this theory, we determined HMGB1 from lungs of human smokers, as well as from lung cells from mice exposed to cigarette smoke. We also treated cells and mice directly with HMGB1, in the presence or absence of myriocin, an inhibitor of serine palmitoyltransferase, the rate-limiting enzyme in ceramide biosynthesis...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531102/nanoparticles-as-theranostic-vehicles-in-experimental-and-clinical-applications-focus-on-prostate-and-breast-cancer
#7
REVIEW
Jörgen Elgqvist
Prostate and breast cancer are the second most and most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women worldwide, respectively. The American Cancer Society estimates that during 2016 in the USA around 430,000 individuals were diagnosed with one of these two types of cancers, and approximately 15% of them will die from the disease. In Europe, the rate of incidences and deaths are similar to those in the USA. Several different more or less successful diagnostic and therapeutic approaches have been developed and evaluated in order to tackle this issue and thereby decrease the death rates...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531096/the-lys-asp-tyr-triad-within-the-mite-allergen-der-p-1-propeptide-is-a-critical-structural-element-for-the-ph-dependent-initiation-of-the-protease-maturation
#8
Andy Chevigné, Vincenzo Campizi, Martyna Szpakowska, David Bourry, Marie-Eve Dumez, José C Martins, André Matagne, Moreno Galleni, Alain Jacquet
The major house dust mite allergen, Der p 1, is a papain-like cysteine protease expressed as an inactive precursor, proDer p 1, carrying an N-terminal propeptide with a unique structure. The maturation of the zymogen into an enzymatically-active form of Der p 1 is a multistep autocatalytic process initiated under acidic conditions through conformational changes of the propeptide, leading to the loss of its inhibitory ability and its subsequent gradual cleavage. The aims of this study were to characterize the residues present in the Der p 1 propeptide involved in the initiation of the zymogen maturation process, but also to assess the impact of acidic pH on the propeptide structure, the activity of Der p 1 and the fate of the propeptide...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534865/the-impact-of-smad4-loss-on-outcome-in-patients-with-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-treated-with-systemic-chemotherapy
#9
Steffen Ormanns, Michael Haas, Anna Remold, Stephan Kruger, Stefan Holdenrieder, Thomas Kirchner, Volker Heinemann, Stefan Boeck
The role of the tumor suppressor mothers against decapentaplegic homolog 4 (SMAD4) has not yet been defined in patients (pts) with advanced pancreatic cancer (aPC). This translational research study was designed to evaluate the impact of tumoral SMAD4 loss on clinicopathological parameters and outcome in PC patients receiving palliative chemotherapy. Using immunohistochemistry, we examined SMAD4 expression in tumor tissue of 143 aPC pts treated within completed prospective clinical and biomarker trials. In uni- and multivariate analyses, SMAD4 expression status was correlated to clinicopathological patient characteristics and outcome...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534853/the-1-tosylpentan-3-one-protects-against-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-neurotoxicity
#10
Chien-Jen Kao, Wu-Fu Chen, Bo-Lin Guo, Chien-Wei Feng, Han-Chun Hung, Wen-Ya Yang, Chun-Sung Sung, Kuan-Hao Tsui, Hsin Chu, Nan-Fu Chen, Zhi-Hong Wen
Previous studies have demonstrated that the marine compound austrasulfone, isolated from the soft coral Cladiella australis, exerts a neuroprotective effect. The intermediate product in the synthesis of austrasulfone, dihydroaustrasulfone alcohol, attenuates several inflammatory responses. The present study uses in vitro and in vivo methods to investigate the neuroprotective effect of dihydroaustrasulfone alcohol-modified 1-tosylpentan-3-one (1T3O). Results from in vitro experiments show that 1T3O effectively inhibits 6-hydroxydopamine-induced (6-OHDA-induced) activation of both p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and caspase-3 in SH-SY5Y cells; and enhances nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) expression via phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (Akt) signaling...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534850/exploration-of-the-esophageal-mucosal-barrier-in-non-erosive-reflux-disease
#11
Nicolaas F Rinsma, Ricard Farré, Fred J Troost, Montserrat Elizalde, Daniel Keszthelyi, Zsuzsanna Helyes, Ad A Masclee, José M Conchillo
In the absence of visible mucosal damage, it is hypothesized that the esophageal mucosal barrier is functionally impaired in patients with non-erosive reflux disease (NERD). The aim of the present study was to perform an exploratory analysis of the mucosal barrier in NERD compared to erosive esophagitis (EE) and controls. A second aim was to explore TRPV1 gene transcription in relation to the mucosal barrier function and heartburn symptoms. In this prospective study, 10 NERD patients, 11 patients with active erosive esophagitis and 10 healthy volunteers were included...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534828/how-ketamine-affects-livers-of-pregnant-mice-and-developing-mice
#12
Hoi Man Cheung, Tony Chin Hung Chow, David Tai Wai Yew
It is well known that ketamine abuse can induce liver damage in adult addicts, but the effects of ketamine abuse in pregnant mothers on their offspring have received less attention. In this study, we investigated the effects of 5-day ketamine injections (30 mg/kg) to pregnant Institute for Cancer Research (ICR) mice during early gestation or mid-gestation on the aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activities of the mothers and the offspring. We also looked into whether administering ketamine treatment to the mothers had any effects on the extent of fibrosis, cell proliferation and cell death in the livers of the newborns...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534825/a-novel-combination-of-withaferin-a-and-sulforaphane-inhibits-epigenetic-machinery-cellular-viability-and-induces-apoptosis-of-breast-cancer-cells
#13
Kendra J Royston, Neha Udayakumar, Kayla Lewis, Trygve O Tollefsbol
With cancer often classified as a disease that has an important epigenetic component, natural compounds that have the ability to regulate the epigenome become ideal candidates for study. Humans have a complex diet, which illustrates the need to elucidate the mechanisms of interaction between these bioactive compounds in combination. The natural compounds withaferin A (WA), from the Indian winter cherry, and sulforaphane (SFN), from cruciferous vegetables, have numerous anti-cancer effects and some report their ability to regulate epigenetic processes...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534824/isorhynchophylline-a-potent-plant-alkaloid-induces-apoptotic-and-anti-metastatic-effects-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-through-the-modulation-of-diverse-cell-signaling-cascades
#14
Hanwool Lee, Seung Ho Baek, Jong Hyun Lee, Chulwon Kim, Jeong-Hyeon Ko, Seok-Geun Lee, Arunachalam Chinnathambi, Sulaiman Ali Alharbi, Woong Mo Yang, Jae-Young Um, Gautam Sethi, Kwang Seok Ahn
Isorhynchophylline (Rhy) is an active pharmacological component of Uncaria rhynchophylla that has been reported previously to exert significant antihypertensive and neuroprotective effects. However, very little is known about its potential anti-cancer activities. This study was carried out to evaluate the anticancer effects of Rhy against various human carcinoma cell lines. We found that Rhy exhibited substantial cytotoxic effect against human hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2 cells when compared with other human carcinoma cell lines including those of lung, pancreas, prostate, head and neck, breast, multiple myeloma, brain and renal cell carcinoma...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534819/ginsenoside-rb2-alleviates-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-by-restoring-autophagy-via-induction-of-sirt1-and-activation-of-ampk
#15
Qi Huang, Ting Wang, Liu Yang, He-Yao Wang
Although Panax ginseng is a famous traditional Chinese medicine and has been widely used to treat a variety of metabolic diseases including hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and hepatosteatosis, the effective mediators and molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. In this study we found that ginsenoside Rb2, one of the major ginsenosides in Panax ginseng, was able to prevent hepatic lipid accumulation through autophagy induction both in vivo and in vitro. Treatment of male db/db mice with Rb2 significantly improved glucose tolerance, decreased hepatic lipid accumulation, and restored hepatic autophagy...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534818/a-review-of-the-impact-of-maternal-obesity-on-the-cognitive-function-and-mental-health-of-the-offspring
#16
REVIEW
Laura Contu, Cheryl A Hawkes
Globally, more than 20% of women of reproductive age are currently estimated to be obese. Children born to obese mothers are at higher risk of developing obesity, coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and asthma in adulthood. Increasing clinical and experimental evidence suggests that maternal obesity also affects the health and function of the offspring brain across the lifespan. This review summarizes the current findings from human and animal studies that detail the impact of maternal obesity on aspects of learning, memory, motivation, affective disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and neurodegeneration in the offspring...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534814/autophagy-regulates-proteasome-inhibitor-induced-pigmentation-in-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
#17
Kati Juuti-Uusitalo, Ali Koskela, Niko Kivinen, Johanna Viiri, Juha M T Hyttinen, Mika Reinisalo, Arto Koistinen, Hannu Uusitalo, Debasish Sinha, Heli Skottman, Kai Kaarniranta
The impairment of autophagic and proteasomal cleansing together with changes in pigmentation has been documented in retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell degeneration. However, the function and co-operation of these mechanisms in melanosome-containing RPE cells is still unclear. We show that inhibition of proteasomal degradation with MG-132 or autophagy with bafilomycin A1 increased the accumulation of premelanosomes and autophagic structures in human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived RPE cells. Consequently, upregulation of the autophagy marker p62 (also known as sequestosome-1, SQSTM1) was confirmed in Western blot and perinuclear staining...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534813/synthesis-and-characterization-of-dual-sensitive-fluorescent-nanogels-for-enhancing-drug-delivery-and-tracking-intracellular-drug-delivery
#18
Szu-Yuan Wu, Tilahun Ayane Debele, Yu-Chih Kao, Hsieh-Chih Tsai
Here, dual-sensitive fluorescent branched alginate-polyethyleneimine copolymer (bAPSC) nanogels were synthesized from thiolated alginate and stearoyl-derivatized branched polyethyleneimine. The formation of bAPSC conjugates was confirmed through proton nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, whereas dynamic light scattering was used to measure the particle size and ζ potential of the nanogels. The fluorescent properties of the nanogels were confirmed through fluorescent spectroscopy and microscopy...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524116/inhibition-of-autophagy-promotes-salinomycin-induced-apoptosis-via-reactive-oxygen-species-mediated-pi3k-akt-mtor-and-erk-p38-mapk-dependent-signaling-in-human-prostate-cancer-cells
#19
Kwang-Youn Kim, Kwang-Il Park, Sang-Hun Kim, Sun-Nyoung Yu, Sul-Gi Park, Young Woo Kim, Young-Kyo Seo, Jin-Yeul Ma, Soon-Cheol Ahn
Recently, the interplay between autophagy and apoptosis has become an important factor in chemotherapy for cancer treatment. Inhibition of autophagy may be an effective strategy to improve the treatment of chemo-resistant cancer by consistent exposure to chemotherapeutic drugs. However, no reports have clearly elucidated the underlying mechanisms. Therefore, in this study, we assessed whether salinomycin, a promising anticancer drug, induces apoptosis and elucidated potential antitumor mechanisms in chemo-resistant prostate cancer cells...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524098/sglt2-inhibitors-as-a-therapeutic-option-for-diabetic-nephropathy
#20
REVIEW
Daiji Kawanami, Keiichiro Matoba, Yusuke Takeda, Yosuke Nagai, Tomoyo Akamine, Tamotsu Yokota, Kazunori Sango, Kazunori Utsunomiya
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a major cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) worldwide. Glycemic and blood pressure (BP) control are important but not sufficient to attenuate the incidence and progression of DN. Sodium-glucose cotransporter (SGLT) 2 inhibitors are a new class of glucose-lowering agent suggested to exert renoprotective effects in glucose lowering-dependent and independent fashions. Experimental studies have shown that SGLT2 inhibitors attenuate DN in animal models of both type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D), indicating a potential renoprotective effect beyond glucose reduction...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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