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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431392/characterization-of-aurora-a-and-its-impact-on-the-effect-of-cisplatin-based-chemotherapy-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Peng Kuang, Zuhua Chen, JiaYuan Wang, Zhentao Liu, Jingyuan Wang, Jing Gao, Lin Shen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Aurora A, as a member of serine/threonine kinase family and a common characteristic of epithelial cancers, plays a critical role in cell mitosis. However, the clinical significance of Aurora A in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains undetermined. METHODS: The expression of Aurora A in NSCLC and paired normal adjacent lung tissues was determined by immunohistochemistry, Western blot, and reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction...
April 18, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429551/the-role-of-calcium-and-non-calcium-based-phosphate-binders-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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Grahame J Elder, Jacqueline Center
Rising levels of serum phosphate occur late in the course of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and have been easy targets for nephrologists to treat using phosphate binding drugs, as well as fertile ground for the pharmaceutical industry, for meta-analysis and for the earnest pontifications of guideline writers. Unfortunately, the evidence does little to support this focus, which might be better applied to earlier, adaptive hormonal changes, and to phosphate balance rather than serum phosphate levels. Nevertheless, phosphate binders are ubiquitously prescribed to patients on dialysis, and often prescribed to patients with earlier stages of CKD; for which there is no evidence of benefit and some evidence that calcium-based binders (CBBs) and possibly non-CBBs may cause more harm than placebo...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429378/expanding-access-to-naloxone-for-family-members-the-massachusetts-experience
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Sarah M Bagley, Leah S Forman, Sarah Ruiz, Kevin Cranston, Alexander Y Walley
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program provides overdose education and naloxone rescue kits to people at risk for overdose and bystanders, including family members. Using Massachusetts Department of Public Health data, the aims are to: (i) describe characteristics of family members who receive naloxone; (ii) identify where family members obtain naloxone; and (iii) describe characteristics of rescues by family members...
April 20, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428116/cycloastragenol-improves-hepatic-steatosis-by-activating-farnesoid-x-receptor-signalling
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Ming Gu, Shiying Zhang, Yuanyuan Zhao, Jinwen Huang, Yahui Wang, Yin Li, Shengjie Fan, Li Yang, Guang Ji, Qingchun Tong, Cheng Huang
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a global health problem. However, there is no approved therapy for NAFLD. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a potential drug target for treatment of NAFLD. In an attempt to screen FXR agonists, we found that cycloastragenol (CAG), a natural occurring compound in Astragali Radix, stimulated FXR transcription activity. In animal studies, we demonstrated that CAG treatment resulted in obvious reduction of high-fat diet induced lipid accumulation in liver accompanied by lowered blood glucose, serum triglyceride levels and hepatic bile acid pool size...
April 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427045/mir-142-3p-overexpression-increases-chemo-sensitivity-of-nsclc-by-inhibiting-hmgb1-mediated-autophagy
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Yuqing Chen, Xin Zhou, Jianou Qiao, Aihua Bao
BACKGROUND: Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a deadly cancer with high mortality rate. Drug resistance represents a main obstacle in NSCLC treatment. High mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) protein promotes drug resistance in NSCLC cells by activating protective autophagy. METHODS: In the current study, we investigated the regulatory role of microRNA-142-3p (miR-142-3p) in HMGB1-mediated autophagy of NSCLC cells and its impact on drug resistance of NSCLC in vitro and in vivo...
March 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425478/data-intensive-genome-level-analysis-for-identifying-novel-non-toxic-drug-targets-for-multi-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Divneet Kaur, Rintu Kutum, Debasis Dash, Samir K Brahmachari
We report the construction of a novel Systems Biology based virtual drug discovery model for the prediction of non-toxic metabolic targets in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). This is based on a data-intensive genome level analysis and the principle of conservation of the evolutionarily important genes. In the 1623 sequenced Mtb strains, 890 metabolic genes identified through a systems approach in Mtb were evaluated for non-synonymous mutations. The 33 genes showed none or one variation in the entire 1623 strains, including 1084 Russian MDR strains...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423717/non-homologous-end-joining-induced-alterations-in-dna-methylation-a-source-of-permanent-epigenetic-change
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Brittany Allen, Antonio Pezone, Antonio Porcellini, Mark T Muller, Michal M Masternak
In addition to genetic mutations, epigenetic revision plays a major role in the development and progression of cancer; specifically, inappropriate DNA methylation or demethylation of CpG residues may alter the expression of genes that promote tumorigenesis. We hypothesize that DNA repair, specifically the repair of DNA double strand breaks (DSB) by Non-Homologous End Joining (NHEJ) may play a role in this process. Using a GFP reporter system inserted into the genome of HeLa cells, we are able to induce targeted DNA damage that enables the cells, after successfully undergoing NHEJ repair, to express WT GFP...
March 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419631/tgpl2-a-patatin-like-phospholipase-domain-containing-protein-is-involved-in-the-maintenance-of-apicoplast-lipids-homeostasis-in-toxoplasma
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Maude F Lévêque, Laurence Berry, Yoshiki Yamaryo-Botté, Hoa Mai Nguyen, Marine Galera, Cyrille Y Botté, Sébastien Besteiro
Patatin-like phospholipases are involved in numerous cellular functions, including lipid metabolism and membranes remodeling. The patatin-like catalytic domain, whose phospholipase activity relies on a serine-aspartate dyad and an anion binding box, is widely spread among prokaryotes and eukaryotes. We describe TgPL2, a novel patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing protein from the parasitic protist Toxoplasma gondii. TgPL2 is a large protein, in which the key motifs for enzymatic activity are conserved in the patatin-like domain...
April 17, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419577/decline-in-new-psychoactive-substance-use-disorders-following-legislation-targeting-headshops-evidence-from-national-addiction-treatment-data
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Bobby P Smyth, Suzi Lyons, Walter Cullen
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: New psychoactive substances (NPS) have hedonic effects that may lead to dependence. Headshops selling NPS increased in number in Ireland from late 2009. Legislation was enacted in May and August of 2010 that caused their closure. It is unknown whether such events impact the rate of NPS use disorders. DESIGNS AND METHODS: We conducted a population-based study using the Irish national database of episodes of addiction treatment between 2009 and 2012...
April 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417068/photoacoustic-in-vitro-flow-cytometry-for-nanomaterial-research
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Dmitry A Nedosekin, Tariq Fahmi, Zeid A Nima, Jacqueline Nolan, Chengzhong Cai, Mustafa Sarimollaoglu, Enkeleda Dervishi, Alexei Basnakian, Alexandru S Biris, Vladimir P Zharov
Conventional flow cytometry is a versatile tool for drug research and cell characterization. However, it is poorly suited for quantification of non-fluorescent proteins and artificial nanomaterials without the use of additional labeling. The rapid growth of biomedical applications for small non-fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) for drug delivery and contrast and therapy enhancement, as well as research focused on natural cell pigments and chromophores, demands high-throughput quantification methods for the non-fluorescent components...
June 2017: Photoacoustics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416773/changes-in-t-cell-subpopulations-and-cytokine-network-during-early-period-of-ibrutinib-therapy-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-patients-the-significant-decrease-in-t-regulatory-cells-number
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Monika Podhorecka, Aneta Goracy, Agnieszka Szymczyk, Malgorzata Kowal, Blanca Ibanez, Olga Jankowska-Lecka, Arkadiusz Macheta, Aleksandra Nowaczynska, Elzbieta Drab-Urbanek, Sylwia Chocholska, Dariusz Jawniak, Marek Hus
B cell receptor (BCR) stimulation signal plays an important role in the pathogenesis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and kinase inhibitors directed toward the BCR pathway are now the promising anti-leukemic drugs. Ibrutinib, a Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor, demonstrates promising clinical activity in CLL. It is reported that ibrutinib, additionally to directly targeting leukemic cells, also inhibits the interactions of these cells with T cells, macrophages and accessory cells. Assessment of these mechanisms is important because of their non -direct anti-leukemic effects and to identify possible side effects connected with long-term drug administration...
March 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416596/microrna-profiling-reveals-marker-of-motor-neuron-disease-in-als-models
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Mariah L Hoye, Erica D Koval, Amy J Wegener, Theodore S Hyman, Chengran Yang, David R O'Brien, Rebecca L Miller, Tracy Cole, Kathleen M Schoch, Tao Shen, Tomonori Kunikata, Jean-Philippe Richard, David H Gutmann, Nicholas J Maragakis, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Joseph D Dougherty, Timothy M Miller
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder marked by the loss of motor neurons (MNs) in the brain and spinal cord, leading to fatally debilitating weakness. Because this disease predominantly affects MNs, we aimed to characterize the distinct expression profile of that cell type in order to elucidate underlying disease mechanisms and identify novel targets that inform on MN health during ALS disease timecourse. microRNAs (miRNAs) are short, non-coding RNAs that can shape the expression profile of a cell and, consequently, often exhibit cell type enriched expression...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416555/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-proteome-response-to-anti-tuberculosis-compounds-reveals-metabolic-escape-pathways-that-prolong-bacterial-survival
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Lia Danelishvili, Natalia Shulzhenko, Jessica J J Chinison, Lmar Babrak, Jialu Hu, Andriy Morgun, Gregory Burrows, Luiz E Bermudez
Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be one of the most common bacterial infectious diseases and the leading cause of death in many parts of the world. A major limitation of TB therapy is slow killing of infecting organism, increasing the risk for the development of tolerance phenotype and drug-resistance. Studies indicate that M. tuberculosis (Mtb) takes several days to be killed upon treatment with lethal concentrations of antibiotics both in vitro and in vivo To investigate how metabolic remodeling can enable transient bacterial survival during exposure with bactericidal concentrations of compounds, Mtb H37Rv strain was exposed to twice of the minimal inhibitory concentration of isoniazid, rifampicin, moxifloxacin, mefloquine or bedaquiline for 24h, 48h, 4 days, and 6 days, and the bacterial proteomic response was analyzed using the quantitative shotgun mass spectrometry...
April 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415620/integrated-analysis-profiles-of-long-non-coding-rnas-reveal-potential-biomarkers-of-drug-resistance-in-lung-cancer
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Wenhua Xue, Lifeng Li, Xin Tian, Zhirui Fan, Ying Yue, Chaoqi Zhang, Xianfei Ding, Xiaoqin Song, Bingjun Ma, Yunkai Zhai, Jingli Lu, Quancheng Kan, Jie Zhao
Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death. Resistance to chemotherapy and molecularly targeted therapies is a major problem that can contribute substantially to high mortality. The roles of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in drug resistance of lung cancer are insufficiently understood. Here, we identified a distinct drug resistance-related transcriptional signature and constructed a functional lncRNA-mRNA co-expression network. We found that 34 lncRNAs and 103 mRNAs have differential expression in drug resistance of lung cancer, in which 10 lncRNAs were down regulated and 24 up regulated; 49 mRNAs were down regulated and 54 up regulated...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415592/identification-and-functional-analysis-of-differentially-expressed-genes-in-poorly-differentiated-hepatocellular-carcinoma-using-rna-seq
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Yi Huang, Jianbo Pan, Dunyan Chen, Jiaying Zheng, Funan Qiu, Feng Li, Yanan Wu, Wenbing Wu, Xiaoli Huang, Jiang Qian
Poorly differentiated (PD) hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has a worse prognosis compared to moderately differentiated (MD) and well differentiated (WD) HCC. We aimed to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) to explore the mechanism of PD HCC. Transcriptome sequencing was performed on tumor and adjacent non-tumorous tissues of PD, MD and WD HCC patients (3 for each group). DEGs were thus identified and functionally analyzed. Further RT-PCR was performed to validate DEGs specific for PD HCC in 47 pairs of samples (15 for PD, 18 for MD, 14 for WD)...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415453/role-of-generation-on-folic-acid-modified-poly-amidoamine-dendrimers-for-targeted-delivery-of-baicalin-to-cancer-cells
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Tingting Lv, Tingting Yu, Yunpeng Fang, Suyan Zhang, Minghong Jiang, Huijuan Zhang, Yingying Zhang, Ziying Li, Haijun Chen, Yu Gao
Baicalin (BAI) has been reported to exert antitumor effects. However, BAI has limited water solubility, non-specific tumor targeting, and low bioavailability, which severely limited its clinical application. The aim of this study was to develop folic acid (FA) covalently conjugated-polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers (PAMAM-FA) as carrier systems for improvement of water solubility and tumor-specificity of BAI, and study the role of generation on the physiochemical properties and biological effects of PAMAM-FA/BAI complexes...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413952/building-new-bridges-between-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-in-early-drug-discovery-where-molecular-modeling-meets-systems-biology
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Robert A Pearlstein, Daniel J J McKay, Viktor Hornak, Callum Dickson, Andrei Golosov, Tyler Harrison, Camilo Velez-Vega, José Duca
Cellular drug targets exist within networked function generating systems whose constituent molecular species undergo dynamic interdependent non-equilibrium state transitions in response to specific perturbations (i.e. inputs). Cellular phenotypic behaviors are manifest through the integrated behaviors of such networks. However, in vitro data are frequently measured and/or interpreted with empirical equilibrium or steady state models (e.g. Hill, Michaelis-Menten, Briggs-Haldane) relevant to isolated target populations...
April 14, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410873/under-the-superficial-dichotomy-pathogen-and-allergen-are-two-manifestations-of-same-immune-activation-and-pathogenesis-mechanisms
#18
S Patel
Pathogens and allergens are deemed as two contrasting facets of host immune status, deficiency and exuberant. In silico domain analysis of a diverse panel of pathogen and allergen proteins has revealed the shortcoming of this notion. Both the pathogen and allergen proteins elicit immune activation, with the outcome of immune agitation depending on the pathogen strain, allergen exposure duration, and host factors. Pathogens can replicate within the host and constantly irritate the immune system, leading to blood coagulation, respiratory collapse and death...
April 11, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410233/factors-affecting-the-loss-of-med12-mutated-leiomyoma-cells-during-in-vitro-growth
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Jeannine Bloch, Carsten Holzmann, Dirk Koczan, Burkhard Maria Helmke, Jörn Bullerdiek
Uterine leiomyomas (UL) are the most prevalent symptomatic human tumors at all and somatic mutations of the gene encoding mediator subcomplex 12 (MED12) constitute the most frequent driver mutations in UL. Recently, a rapid loss of mutated cells during in vitro growth of UL-derived cell cultures was reported, resulting in doubts about the benefits of UL-derived cell cultures. To evaluate if the rapid loss of MED12-mutated cells in UL cell cultures depends on in vitro passaging, we set up cell cultures from nine UL from 40-50 year old Caucasian patients with at least one UL...
March 30, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408617/treatment-paradigms-for-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-at-academic-medical-centers-involvement-in-clinical-trial-endpoint-design
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Charu Aggarwal, Hossein Borghaei
Based on the positive results of various clinical trials, treatment options for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have expanded greatly over the last 25 years. While regulatory approvals of chemotherapeutic agents for NSCLC have largely been based on improvements in overall survival, recent approvals of many targeted agents for NSCLC (afatinib, crizotinib, ceritinib, osimertinib) have been based on surrogate endpoints such as progression-free survival and objective response. As such, selection of appropriate clinical endpoints for examining the efficacy of investigational agents for NSCLC is of vital importance in clinical trial design...
April 13, 2017: Oncologist
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