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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441789/comparing-apoptosis-and-necrosis-effects-of-arctium-lappa-root-extract-and-doxorubicin-on-mcf7-and-mda-mb-231-cell-lines
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Fereshteh Ghafari, Mohammad Reza Rajabi, Tahereh Mazoochi, Mohsen Taghizadeh, Hossein Nikzad, Mohammad Ali Atlasi, Aliakbar Taherian
Objective: Breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease and very common malignancy in women worldwide. The efficacy of chemotherapy as an important part of breast cancer treatment is limited due to its side effects. While pharmaceutical companies are looking for better chemicals, research on traditional medicines that generally have fewer side effects is quite interesting. In this study, apoptosis and necrosis effect of Arctium lappa and doxorubicin was compared in MCF7, and MDA-MB-231 cell lines. Materials and Methods: MCF7 and MDA-MB-231 cells were cultured in RPMI 1640 containing 10% FBS and 100 U/ml penicillin/streptomycin...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441764/altered-adipogenesis-in-zebrafish-larvae-following-high-fat-diet-and-chemical-exposure-is-visualised-by-stimulated-raman-scattering-microscopy
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Marjo J den Broeder, Miriam J B Moester, Jorke H Kamstra, Peter H Cenijn, Valentina Davidoiu, Leonie M Kamminga, Freek Ariese, Johannes F de Boer, Juliette Legler
Early life stage exposure to environmental chemicals may play a role in obesity by altering adipogenesis; however, robust in vivo methods to quantify these effects are lacking. The goal of this study was to analyze the effects of developmental exposure to chemicals on adipogenesis in the zebrafish (Danio rerio). We used label-free Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) microscopy for the first time to image zebrafish adipogenesis at 15 days post fertilization (dpf) and compared standard feed conditions (StF) to a high fat diet (HFD) or high glucose diet (HGD)...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441613/atmospheric-degradation-of-2-chloroethyl-vinyl-ether-allyl-ether-and-allyl-ethyl-ether-kinetics-with-oh-radicals-and-uv-photochemistry
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M Antiñolo, A J Ocaña, J P Aranguren, S I Lane, J Albaladejo, E Jiménez
Unsaturated ethers are oxygenated volatile organic compounds (OVOCs) emitted by anthropogenic sources. Potential removal processes in the troposphere are initiated by hydroxyl (OH) radicals and photochemistry. In this work, we report for the first time the rate coefficients of the gas-phase reaction with OH radicals (kOH) of 2-chloroethyl vinyl ether (2ClEVE), allyl ether (AE), and allyl ethyl ether (AEE) as a function of temperature in the 263-358 K range, measured by the pulsed laser photolysis-laser induced fluorescence technique...
April 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441581/design-combinatorial-synthesis-and-biological-evaluations-of-novel-3-amino-1-1-aryl-1h-1-2-3-triazol-5-yl-methyl-2-oxospiro-benzo-a-pyrano-2-3-c-phenazine-1-3-indoline-2-carbonitrile-antitumor-hybrid-molecules
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Yuanyuan Lu, Linlin Wang, Xiaobing Wang, Tao Xi, Jianmin Liao, Zhixiang Wang, Feng Jiang
A combinatorial chemical library of fifty-nine novel 3-amino-1'-((1-aryl-1H-1,2,3-triazol-5-yl)methyl)-2'-oxospiro[benzo[a]pyrano[2,3-c]phenazine-1,3'-indoline]-2-carbonitrile, designed as hybrid molecules of phenazine, pyran, indole and 1,2,3-triazole pharmacophores, were constructed in this study. Cytotoxic evaluation indicated that some compounds exhibited moderate cytotoxicity against HCT116, MCF7, HepG2 and A549 cancer cell lines in vitro, in which compound 36 was found to have best antiproliferative activity against the A549 cancer cell line with IC50 value of 5...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441539/a-quantum-chemical-insight-into-the-tunable-fluorescence-color-and-distinct-photoisomerization-mechanisms-between-a-novel-esipt-fluorophore-and-its-protonated-form
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Huijuan Yuan, Songyan Feng, Keke Wen, Qiuling Zhu, Beibei An, Xugeng Guo, Jinglai Zhang
Enol-keto proton tautomerization and cis-trans isomerization reactions of a novel excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) fluorophore of BTImP and its protonated form (BTImP(+)) were explored using density functional theory/time-dependent density functional theory (DFT/TD-DFT) computational methods with a B3LYP hybrid functional and the 6-31+G(d,p) basis set. In addition, the absorption and fluorescence spectra were calculated at the TD-B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level of theory. Our results reveal that both BTImP and BTImP(+) can undergo an ultrafast ESIPT reaction, giving rise to the single fluorescence emission with different fluorescence colors, which are nicely consistent with the experimental findings...
April 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441457/autophagy-contributes-to-falcarindiol-induced-cell-death-in-breast-cancer-cells-with-enhanced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Tingting Lu, Ming Gu, Yan Zhao, Xinyu Zheng, Chengzhong Xing
Falcarindiol (FAD) is a natural polyyne have been found in many food and dietary plants. It has been found to have various beneficial biological activities. In this study, we demonstrated its anticancer function and mechanism in breast cancer cells. We found that FAD preferentially induces cell death in breast cancer cells. FAD-induced cell death is caspase-dependent. However, FAD induces autophagy to contribute to the cell death. Blocking autophagy by either chemical inhibitors or genetic knockout of autophagy signaling component inhibits FAD-induced cell death...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441025/structures-interconversions-and-spectroscopy-of-iron-carbonyl-clusters-with-an-interstitial-carbide-localized-metal-center-reduction-by-overall-cluster-oxidation
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Subramaniam Kuppuswamy, Joshua D Wofford, Chris Joseph, Zhu-Lin Xie, Azim K Ali, Vincent M Lynch, Paul A Lindahl, Michael J Rose
The syntheses, interconversions, and spectroscopic properties of a set of iron carbonyl clusters containing an interstitial carbide are reported. This includes the low temperature X-ray structures of the six-iron clusters (Y)2[Fe6(μ6-C)(μ2-CO)4(CO)12] (1a-c; where Y = NMe4, NEt4, PPh4); the five-iron cluster [Fe5(μ5-C)(CO)15] (3); and the novel formulation of the five-iron cluster (NMe4)2[Fe5(μ5-C)(μ2-CO)(CO)13] (4). Also included in this set is the novel charge-neutral cluster, [Fe6(μ6-C)(CO)18] (2), for which we were unable to obtain a crystallographic structure...
April 25, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440924/current-understanding-of-microplastics-in-the-environment-occurrence-fate-risks-and-what-we-should-do
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Jinping Peng, Jundong Wang, Liqi Cai
Microplastics pollution has been documented in the global environment, including at sea, in freshwater and in atmospheric fallout. Ingestion of microplastics by multiple kinds of organisms has been reported and has received increasing attention, because microplastics not only act as a source of toxic chemicals but also a sink for toxic chemicals. To better understand the great concerns about microplastics and associated toxic chemicals potential exposed to the organisms ingesting the debris, we should know more about the occurrence, fate, and risks of microplastics in the environment...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440923/ecotoxicity-testing-of-microplastics-considering-the-heterogeneity-of-physicochemical-properties
#9
Scott Lambert, Christian Scherer, Martin Wagner
"Microplastic" is an umbrella term that covers many particle shapes, sizes, and polymer types, and as such the physical and chemical properties of environmental microplastics will differ from the primary microbeads commonly used for ecotoxicity testing. In the present article, we discuss the physical and chemical properties of microplastics that are potentially relevant to their ecotoxicity, including particle size, particle shape, crystallinity, surface chemistry, and polymer and additive composition. Overall, there is a need for a structured approach to the testing of different properties to identify which are the most relevant drivers of microplastic toxicity...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440915/unravelling-the-impact-of-lignin-on-cell-wall-mechanics-a-comprehensive-study-on-young-poplar-trees-downregulated-for-cinnamyl-alcohol-dehyrogenase-cad
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M Özparpucu, M Rüggeberg, N Gierlinger, I Cesarino, R Vanholme, W Boerjan, I Burgert
Lignin engineering is a promising tool to reduce the energy input and the need of chemical pre-treatments for the efficient conversion of plant biomass into fermentable sugars for downstream applications. At the same time, lignin engineering can offer new insight into structure-function relationships of plant cell walls by combined mechanical, structural and chemical analyses. Here, such a comprehensive approach was applied on poplar trees (Populus tremula x Populus alba) downregulated for CINNAMYL ALCOHOL DEHYDROGENASE (CAD) for gaining insight into the impact of lignin reduction on mechanical properties...
April 25, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440641/thermochemical-investigations-of-hydrated-nickel-dication-complexes-by-threshold-collision-induced-dissociation-and-theory
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Rebecca A Coates, Peter B Armentrout
The experimental bond energies of Ni2+(H2O)x complexes, where x = 4 - 11, are determined by threshold collision-induced dissociation using a guided ion beam tandem mass spectrometer with an electrospray ionization source. The electrospray ionization source produces a distribution of Ni2+(H2O)x complexes, where an in-source fragmentation technique is employed to access the x = 4 - 6 complexes and control the population of excited isomers. The kinetic energy dependent cross sections are modeled to yield 0 K bond energies for sequential loss of neutral water molecules, which are converted to 298 K binding energies...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440616/discovery-and-characterization-of-a-eukaryotic-initiation-factor-4a-3-selective-inhibitor-that-suppresses-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay
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Misa Iwatani-Yoshihara, Masahiro Ito, Yoshihiro Ishibashi, Hideyuki Oki, Toshio Tanaka, Daisuke Morishita, Takashi Ito, Hiromichi Kimura, Yasuhiro Imaeda, Samuel A Aparicio, Atsushi Nakanishi, Tomohiro Kawamoto
Eukaryotic initiation factor 4A-3 (eIF4A3) is an Asp-Glu-Ala-Asp (DEAD) box-family adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-dependent RNA helicase. Subtypes eIF4A1 and eIF4A2 are required for translation initiation, but eIF4A3 participates in the exon junction complex (EJC) and functions in RNA metabolism including nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD). No small molecules for NMD inhibition via selective inhibition of eIF4A3 have been discovered. Here we identified allosteric eIF4A3 inhibitors from a high-throughput screening campaign...
April 25, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440201/investigation-of-the-ph-dependent-cytotoxicity-of-paclitaxel-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles
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Zahrah Alhalili, Nur Hikmatul Auliya, Barbara Sandersonb, J G Shapter
Breast cancer, apart from skin cancer, is the most common cancer among women accounting for nearly 1 in 3 cancers and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women after lung cancer. Finding new approaches to treat such cancers is critically important. OBJECTIVE: This work investigated the ability of a simple system based on paclitaxel conjugated gold nanoparticles (AuNP) to induce efficient cytotoxicity against T47D breast cancerous cells at different pH values. METHOD: The synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles using two approaches is presented...
April 24, 2017: Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440073/antiparallel-dynamic-covalent-chemistries
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Bartosz Mateusz Matysiak, Piotr Nowak, Ivica Cvrtila, Charalampos Pappas, Bin Liu, David Komaromy, Sijbren Otto
The ability to design reaction networks with high, but addressable complexity is a necessary prerequisite to make advanced functional chemical systems. Dynamic combinatorial chemistry has proven to be a useful tool in achieving complexity, however with some limitations in controlling it. Herein we introduce the concept of antiparallel chemistries, in which the same functional group can be channeled into one of two reversible chemistries depending on a controllable parameter. Such systems allow both for achieving complexity, by combinatorial chemistry, and addressing it, by switching from one chemistry to another by controlling an external parameter...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439593/reversible-restructuring-of-supported-au-nanoparticles-during-butadiene-hydrogenation-revealed-by-operando-gisaxs-giwaxs
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David James Martin, Donato Decarolis, Yaroslav I Odarchenko, Jennifer J Herbert, Thomas Arnold, Jonathan Rawle, Chris Nicklin, Hans-Gerd Boyen, Andrew M Beale
Periodically arranged, monodisperse gold nanoparticles supported on flat silicon substrates were studied for the hydrogenation of 1,3-butadiene under operando conditions using Grazing Incidence Small- and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS/GIWAXS). It was found that the composition and shape of the nanoparticles depends very much on the chemical environment; the particles are shown to be dynamic, undergoing reversible size and shape change particularly during catalytic reaction, highlighting a dynamism often not observed in traditional studies...
April 25, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438972/position-of-o-acetylation-within-the-capsular-repeat-unit-impacts-the-biological-properties-of-pneumococcal-serotypes-33a-and-33f
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Brady L Spencer, Jamil S Saad, Anukul T Shenoy, Carlos J Orihuela, Moon H Nahm
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) produces many capsule types that differ in their abilities to evade host immune recognition. To explain these serotype-dependent protective capacities, many studies have investigated capsular thickness or the interaction of the capsule with complement proteins, but the effects of small chemical modifications of the capsule on its function have not been studied. One small chemical modification found frequently among pneumococcal capsules is O-acetylation. Pneumococcal serotype 33A has two membrane-bound O-acetyltransferase genes, wciG and wcjE A 33A wcjE-deficient variant, 33F, occurs naturally and is increasing in prevalence in the wake of widespread conjugate vaccine use, but no wciG-deficient variants have been reported...
April 24, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438657/the-thiol-of-human-serum-albumin-acidity-microenvironment-and-mechanistic-insights-on-its-oxidation-to-sulfenic-acid
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Jenner Bonanata, Lucía Turell, Laura Antmann, Gerardo Ferrer-Sueta, Santiago Botasini, Eduardo Méndez, Beatriz Alvarez, E Laura Coitiño
Human serum albumin (HSA) has a single reduced cysteine residue, Cys34, whose acidity has been controversial. Three experimental approaches (pH-dependence of reactivity towards hydrogen peroxide, ultraviolet titration and infrared spectroscopy) are used to determine that the pKa value in delipidated HSA is 8.1 ± 0.2 at 37°C and 0.1M ionic strength. Molecular dynamics simulations of HSA in the sub-microsecond timescale show that while sulfur exposure to solvent is limited and fluctuating in the thiol form, it increases in the thiolate, stabilized by a persistent hydrogen-bond (HB) network involving Tyr84 and bridging waters to Asp38 and Gln33 backbone...
April 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437896/variability-of-apparent-and-inherent-optical-properties-of-sediment-laden-waters-in-large-river-basins-lessons-from-in-situ-measurements-and-bio-optical-modeling
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Sylvain Pinet, Jean-Michel Martinez, Sylvain Ouillon, Bruno Lartiges, Raul Espinoza Villar
We investigated the relationships between inherent and apparent optical properties (IOP and AOP, respectively) and suspended sediment concentrations (SSC) in the main Amazonian river waters. In situ measurements of SSC, remote sensing reflectance (R<sub>rs</sub>), the diffuse light attenuation coefficient (K<sub>d</sub>) and the total and non-algal particle (NAP) absorption coefficients (a<sub>TOT</sub> and a<sub>NAP</sub>, respectively) were conducted during three sampling trips along different streams of the Amazon River catchment (104 stations)...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437481/firemaster%C3%A2-550-and-its-components-isopropylated-triphenyl-phosphate-and-triphenyl-phosphate-enhance-adipogenesis-and-transcriptional-activity-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-ppar%C3%AE-on-the-adipocyte-protein-2-ap2-promoter
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Emily W Y Tung, Shaimaa Ahmed, Vian Peshdary, Ella Atlas
Firemaster® 550 (FM550) is a chemical mixture currently used as an additive flame retardant in commercial products, and is comprised of 2-ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5-tertrabromobenzoate (TBB), bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate (TBPH), triphenyl phosphate (TPP), and isopropylated triphenyl phosphate (IPTP). Animal and in vitro studies suggest that FM550, TPP and IPTP may have adipogenic effects and may exert these effects through PPARγ activation. Using murine 3T3-L1 preadipocytes, we investigated the detailed expression of transcription factors and adipogenic markers in response to FM550 and its components...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437138/epidemiology-of-basil-downy-mildew
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Yigal Cohen, Yariv Ben-Naim, Lidan Falach, Evgenia Rubin
Basil downy mildew (BDM) caused by the oomycete Peronospora belbahrii is a destructive disease of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) worldwide. It has originated in Uganda in the 1930's and recently spread to Europe, Middle East, Americas and the Far East. Seed transmission may be responsible to its quick global spread. The pathogen attacks leaf blades, producing chlorotic lesions with ample dark asexual spores on the lower leaf surface. Oospores may occur in the mesophyll of infected leaves. The asexual spores germinate on a wet leaf surface within 2h and penetrate into the epidermis within 4h...
April 24, 2017: Phytopathology
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