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Peifang Wang, Chuangfei Wu, Yong Guo, Chao Wang
Wheat straw-derived biochar (BC-4-700) with a large surface area (2263.10 m(2) g(-1)) has been synthesized using potassium hydroxide as an activating agent, and its sorption performance is evaluated by sorbing methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO). The sorption behaviours of both MO and MB by BC-4-700 all follow pseudo-second-order and Langmuir models, and the driving forces for the two sorptions are attributed to the pi-pi interaction. The largest sorption quantity for MO by BC-4-700 is 3.24 mmol g(-1), being 1...
October 25, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ceyda Acilan, Zelal Adiguzel, Buse Cevatemre, Didem Karakas, Engin Ulukaya, Nádia Ribeiro, Isabel Correia, João Costa Pessoa
BACKGROUND: To overcome the hurdles of cisplatin, majorly its toxicity and resistance, there has been extensive search for alternative anti-cancer metal-based compounds. Here, three Cu(II)-complexes, Cu(Sal-Gly)(phen), Cu(Sal-Gly)(pheamine), Cu(Sal-Gly)(phepoxy) are characterized for their interaction with DNA, cytotoxicity and mechanism of action. METHODS: The binding ability of the complexes to Calf-Thymus DNA was evaluated by competition fluorescence studies with thiazole-orange, UV-Vis and circular-dichroism spectroscopic titrations...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Giuseppe Derosa, Pamela Maffioli, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Auraptene (7-geranyloxycoumarin) is the best known and most abundant prenyloxycoumarin present in nature. It is synthesized by various plant species, mainly those of the Rutaceae and Umbeliferae (Apiaceae) families, comprising many edible fruits and vegetables such as lemons, grapefruit and orange. Auraptene has shown a remarkable effect in the prevention of degenerative diseases, in particular it has been reported to be one the most promising known natural chemopreventive agents against several types of cancer...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Xiang-Jun Fan, Yao Wang, Lei Wang, Mingyan Zhu
The role of salidroside in colon cancer remains unknown. Here we show that salidroside, a phenylpropanoid glycoside extracted from Rhodiola rosea, exhibited potent anti-proliferative properties in human colorectal cancer cells via inducing apoptosis and autophagy. We ascertained that salidroside exerts an inhibitory effect on the proliferation of human colorectal cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, salidroside induced cell apoptosis, accompanied by an increase of chromatin condensation and nuclear fragmentation, and a decrease of Bcl-2/Bax protein expression ratio...
September 30, 2016: Oncology Reports
Felix Klickermann
Attempts through the US courts to hold the corporations responsible for the production of dioxin-contaminated herbicides used by the US military in the 1960s and early 1970s liable for their ongoing health consequences have failed. This article scrutinizes the most recent judgement - that of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York handed down in 2005 following a lawsuit brought by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA). It is argued that despite this judgement there is the potential to bring a further legal case, with some prospect of success, on the basis of: (i) debatable legal judgements in the 2005 decision; (ii) new scientific evidence on the health effects of exposure to Agent Orange; and (iii) cases brought in other jurisdictions...
October 16, 2016: Medicine, Conflict, and Survival
Chiara Santulli, Claudia Brizi, Matteo Micucci, Ambra Del Genio, Assunta De Cristofaro, Federica Bracco, Giuseppina Lucia Pepe, Ilaria Di Perna, Roberta Budriesi, Alberto Chiarini, Maria Frosini
Ischemic brain injury is one of the most important causes of death worldwide. The use of one-drug-multi-target agents based on natural compounds is a promising therapeutic option for cerebral ischemia due to their pleiotropic properties. This study assessed the neuroprotective properties of Castanea sativa Mill. bark extract (ENC) in human astrocytoma U-373 MG cells subjected to oxygen-glucose deprivation and reperfusion and rat cortical slices subjected to ischemia-like conditions or treated with glutamate or hydrogen peroxide...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Yajiao Sun, Ranran Zhang, Zhe Jiang, Rongyao Xia, Jingwen Zhang, Jing Liu, Fuhui Chen
Despite recent advances in therapeutic strategies for lung cancer, mortality is still increasing. Therefore, there is an urgent need to identify effective novel drugs. In the present study, we implement drug repositioning for lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) by a bioinformatics method followed by experimental validation. We first identified differentially expressed genes between LUAD tissues and nontumor tissues from RNA sequencing data obtained from The Cancer Genome Atlas database. Then, candidate small molecular drugs were ranked according to the effect of their targets on differentially expressed genes of LUAD by a random walk with restart algorithm in protein-protein interaction networks...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
João Lúcio Azevedo, Welington Luiz Araújo, Paulo Teixeira Lacava
The bacterium Xylella fastidiosa is the causal agent of citrus variegated chlorosis (CVC) and has been associated with important losses in commercial orchards of all sweet orange [Citrus sinensis (L.)] cultivars. The development of this disease depends on the environmental conditions, including the endophytic microbial community associated with the host plant. Previous studies have shown that X. fastidiosa interacts with the endophytic community in xylem vessels as well as in the insect vector, resulting in a lower bacterial population and reduced CVC symptoms...
October 10, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Majid Mahdavi, Malihe Mohseni Lavi, Reza Yekta, Mohammad Amin Moosavi, Mahnaz Nobarani, Saeed Balalei, Sanam Arami, Mohammad Reza Rashidi
Previous studies have suggested that quinazolinone derivatives are potent apoptosis-inducing agents in various cancer cell lines. In the present study, we have investigated cytotoxic, apoptosis induction, and molecular docking activities of the spiroquinazolinone benzamide derivatives family on MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. The MTT cytotoxicity assays and docking studies showed that 4t-CHQB was the most active compound among the prepared spiroquinazolinone benzamide compounds with IC50 of 50 ± 1.2 μM and was selected for further assessments...
October 3, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Jing Lin, Hui-Jing Yao, Rui-Yun Li
PURPOSE: The main purpose of the present study was to evaluate the antiproliferative activity of bakuchiol in human gastric tumor cell line (SGC-7901) along with an effort to demonstrate its mode of action. METHODS: he effect of the compound on cell viability was evaluated by MTT assay. Fluorescence and phase contrast microscopic techniques were used to study the effect of the compound on cellular morphology and apoptosis. Flow cytometry was used to assess the effect on cell cycle phase distribution...
July 2016: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Claire M McDaniel, Ryan W Churchill, Evan Argintar
Preoperative skin preparation with antimicrobial agents decreases the risk of surgical site infection, but concerns have been raised about the visibility of a common surgical preparatory agent (ChloraPrep; Becton, Dickinson & Co, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey), depending on skin pigmentation. Poor visibility may lead to failure to identify inadequately prepared skin, increasing the risk of surgical site infection. This study was conducted to determine whether different tints of ChloraPrep and different skin pigmentations affect the ability of orthopedic surgeons to identify the adequacy of skin preparation...
September 29, 2016: Orthopedics
Atulya Nagarsenkar, Lalita Guntuku, Sravanthi Devi Guggilapu, Danthi Bai K, Srinivasulu Gannoju, V G M Naidu, Nagendra Babu Bathini
In our venture towards the development of effective cytotoxic agents, a panel of triazole linked 3-benzylidene isatin hybrids were synthesized and characterized by IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and Mass spectral analysis. All the newly synthesized target compounds were assessed against DU145 (prostate), PC-3 (prostate), MDA-MB-231 (breast), BT549 (breast), A549 (lung) and HeLa (cervical) human cancer cell lines by employing MTT assay for their cytotoxic potential. Significantly, compound Z-8l was found to be most potent amongst all the tested compounds with an IC50 value of (3...
September 4, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
S Nishanth Kumar, S R Aravind, Jubi Jacob, Geethu Gopinath, Ravi S Lankalapalli, T T Sreelekha, B S Dileep Kumar
In continuation of our search for new bioactive compounds from soil microbes, a fluorescent Pseudomonas strain isolated from paddy field soil of Kuttanad, Kerala, India was screened for the production of bioactive secondary metabolites. This strain was identified as Pseudomonas mosselii through 16S rDNA gene sequencing followed by BLAST analysis and the bioactive metabolites produced were purified by column chromatography (silica gel) and a pure bioactive secondary metabolite was isolated. This bioactive compound was identified as Pseudopyronine B by NMR and HR-ESI-MS...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Pankaj Sharma, T Srinivasa Reddy, Dinesh Thummuri, Kishna Ram Senwar, Niggula Praveen Kumar, V G M Naidu, Suresh K Bhargava, Nagula Shankaraiah
A series of new benzimidazole-thiazolidinedione hybrids has been synthesized and evaluated for their cytotoxic potential against a selected human cancer cell lines of prostate (PC-3 and DU-145), breast (MDA-MB-231), lung (A549) and a normal breast epithelial cells (MCF10A). Among the tested compounds, 11p exhibited promising cytotoxicity with IC50 value of 11.46 ± 1.46 μM on A549 lung cancer cell line and did not show significant toxicity on normal MCF10A cells. Lung cancer cells (A549) have been used to know the mechanism of cell growth inhibition and apoptosis inducing effect with compound 11p...
August 18, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Seungki Lee, Naoto Katayama, Goro Yoshizaki
Cryopreservation of fish sperm offers the practical applications in the selective breeding and biodiversity conservation. However, because of the lack of cryopreservation methods for fish eggs and embryos, maternally inherited cytoplasmic compartments cannot be successfully preserved. We previously developed an alternative method to derive functional eggs and sperm from cryopreserved whole testis by transplanting testicular cells into female and male recipients. However, if target fish had ovaries, the previous method employing male-derived germ cells would be ineffective...
September 23, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Mhejabeen Sayed, Bhavana Krishnamurthy, Haridas Pal
The interaction of acridine orange (AOH(+)) with calf thymus DNA (ct-DNA) under different dye-DNA conditions has been investigated in detail using multispectroscopic techniques, unraveling a number of hitherto unexplored intricacies of dye-DNA binding. The observed results intriguingly show contrasting binding features when low (2.4 μM) and significantly high (23 μM) dye concentrations are used. It is conclusively inferred from absorption, steady-state fluorescence, circular dichroism, fluorescence decay and anisotropy decay studies that at low [DNA] to [dye] ratio, especially with higher dye concentration, dimeric AOH(+) predominantly binds externally to DNA surfaces through electrostatic interactions...
September 21, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Norihiro Yoshizaki, Takahiro Fujii, Ron Hashizume, Hitoshi Masaki
Ultraviolet (UV) B is the main cause of skin photoageing, which has characteristic features such as deep wrinkles. UVB increases the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the skin and can cause wrinkles by disrupting components of the extracellular matrix, such as collagen fibres. We now report that a polymethoxyflavone (PMF) mixture, extracted from orange peels, suppresses the UVB-induced expression of MMP-1 that involves the inhibition of c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activity. Furthermore, the PMF mixture also inhibits the UVB-induced phosphorylation of JNK...
August 2016: Experimental Dermatology
I-Hsuan Su, Chen-Fu Lee, Yu-Pin Su, Lai-Hao Wang
OBJECTIVES: To study using cobalt-tetraphenylporphyrin/reduced graphene oxide (CoTPP/RGO), a nanocomposite highly catalytic both for oxidizing and for reducing hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ), to whiten teeth. METHODS: Dyes (D&C Red 34, Orange No. 4), tea, and betel nuts (Areca catechu) were used to stain the tooth specimens for three days and subsequently bleached using H2 O2 alone, H2 O2 plus CoTPP, or H2 O2 plus CoTPP/RGO for 0.5-70 hours. The process was photographed using an electronic chromometer and a camera...
September 2016: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
Reza Ranjbar, Maryam Erfanmanesh, Davoud Afshar, Mohsen Mohammadi, Omar Ghaderi, Ali Haghnazari
INTRODUCTION: Escherichia coli O157:H7, an important foodborne pathogen, can cause serious renal damage, which can also lead to mortality. Since a rapid and sensitive method is needed to identify this pathogenic agent, we evaluated Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification Assay (LAMP) to detect Escherichia coli O157:H7. METHODS: We used six primers that specifically identified the rfbE gene. To examine the sensitivity of the method, different dilutions were subjected to the LAMP reaction...
June 2016: Electronic Physician
Yu-Jen Chen, Li-Wen Fang, Wen-Chi Su, Wen-Yi Hsu, Kai-Chien Yang, Huey-Lan Huang
Lapatinib is an oral-form dual tyrosine kinase inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR or ErbB/Her) superfamily members with anticancer activity. In this study, we examined the effects and mechanism of action of lapatinib on several human leukemia cells lines, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells. We found that lapatinib inhibited the growth of human AML U937, HL-60, NB4, CML KU812, MEG-01, and ALL Jurkat T cells. Among these leukemia cell lines, lapatinib induced apoptosis in HL-60, NB4, and Jurkat cells, but induced nonapoptotic cell death in U937, K562, and MEG-01 cells...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
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