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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431005/occupational-asthma-caused-by-acrylic-compounds-from-shield-surveillance-1989-2014
#1
G I Walters, A S Robertson, V C Moore, P S Burge
Background: Acrylic monomers (acrylates), methacrylates and cyanoacrylates all cause asthma by respiratory sensitization. Occupational inhalation exposures occur across a variety of industries including health care and dental work, beauty, laboratory science, assembly and plastic moulding. Aims: To examine notifications of occupational asthma caused by acrylic compounds from a UK-based regional surveillance scheme, in order to highlight prevalent exposures and trends in presentation...
April 20, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429819/effects-of-dielectrophoresis-on-thrombogenesis-in-human-whole-blood
#2
Steven Kinio, James Mills
Thrombogenesis (blood clot formation) is a major barrier to the development of biomedical devices that interface with blood. Although state-of-the-art chemically and pharmacologically mediated clot mitigation strategies are effective, some limitations of such approaches include depletion of active agents, or adverse reactions in patients. Increased clotting protein adsorption and platelet adhesion, which occurs when artificial surfaces are exposed to blood, results in enhanced clot formation on artificial surfaces...
April 21, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427224/ponatinib-promotes-a-g1-cell-cycle-arrest-of-merlin-nf2-deficient-human-schwann-cells
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Alejandra M Petrilli, Jeanine Garcia, Marga Bott, Stephani Klingeman Plati, Christine T Dinh, Olena R Bracho, Denise Yan, Bing Zou, Rahul Mittal, Fred F Telischi, Xue-Zhong Liu, Long-Sheng Chang, D Bradley Welling, Alicja J Copik, Cristina Fernández-Valle
Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is a genetic syndrome that predisposes individuals to multiple benign tumors of the central and peripheral nervous systems, including vestibular schwannomas. Currently, there are no FDA approved drug therapies for NF2. Loss of function of merlin encoded by the NF2 tumor suppressor gene leads to activation of multiple mitogenic signaling cascades, including platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR) and SRC in Schwann cells. The goal of this study was to determine whether ponatinib, an FDA-approved ABL/SRC inhibitor, reduced proliferation and/or survival of merlin-deficient human Schwann cells (HSC)...
March 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424411/migration-pattern-actin-cytoskeleton-organization-and-response-to-pi3k-mtor-and-hsp90-inhibition-of-glioblastoma-cells-with-different-invasive-capacities
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Simon Memmel, Dmitri Sisario, Caren Zöller, Vanessa Fiedler, Astrid Katzer, Robin Heiden, Nicholas Becker, Lorenz Eing, Fábio L R Ferreira, Heiko Zimmermann, Markus Sauer, Michael Flentje, Vladimir L Sukhorukov, Cholpon S Djuzenova
High invasiveness and resistance to chemo- and radiotherapy of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) make it the most lethal brain tumor. Therefore, new treatment strategies for preventing migration and invasion of GBM cells are needed. Using two different migration assays, Western blotting, conventional and super-resolution (dSTORM) fluorescence microscopy we examine the effects of the dual PI3K/mTOR-inhibitor PI-103 alone and in combination with the Hsp90 inhibitor NVP-AUY922 and/or irradiation on the migration, expression of marker proteins, focal adhesions and F-actin cytoskeleton in two GBM cell lines (DK-MG and SNB19) markedly differing in their invasive capacity...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423648/polyisoprenylated-cysteinyl-amide-inhibitors-disrupt-actin-cytoskeleton-organization-induce-cell-rounding-and-block-migration-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Elizabeth Ntantie, Jerrine Fletcher, Felix Amissah, Olufisayo O Salako, Augustine T Nkembo, Rosemary A Poku, Francis O Ikpatt, Nazarius S Lamango
The malignant potential of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is dependent on cellular processes that promote metastasis. F-actin organization is central to cell migration, invasion, adhesion and angiogenesis, processes involved in metastasis. F-actin remodeling is enhanced by the overexpression and/or hyper-activation of some members of the Rho family of small GTPases. Therefore, agents that mitigate hyperactive Rho proteins may be relevant for controlling metastasis. We previously reported the role of polyisoprenylated cysteinyl amide inhibitors (PCAIs) as potential inhibitors of cancers with hyperactive small GTPases...
March 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423507/tgf-%C3%AE-independent-ctgf-induction-regulates-cell-adhesion-mediated-drug-resistance-by-increasing-collagen-i-in-hcc
#6
Yeonhwa Song, Jin-Sun Kim, Eun Kyung Choi, Joon Kim, Kang Mo Kim, Haeng Ran Seo
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents and remains an unmet medical need. Here, we demonstrate a mechanism of cell adhesion-mediated drug resistance using a variety of HCC spheroid models to overcome environment-mediated drug resistance in HCC. We classified spheroids into two groups, tightly compacted and loosely compacted aggregates, based on investigation of dynamics of spheroid formation. Our results show that compactness of HCC spheroids correlated with fibroblast-like characteristics, collagen 1A1 (COL1A1) content, and capacity for chemoresistance...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422767/pseudolaric-acid-b-induces-endometrial-cancer-ishikawa-cell-apoptosis-and-inhibits-metastasis-through-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-and-erk1-2-signaling-pathways
#7
Dan Wang, Yanqiu Tian, Wenhua Feng, Li Zhao, Mingyi Zhao, Ju Liu, Qiuyu Wang
Pseudolaric acid B (PAB) is the most active constituent extracted from the bark of Pseudolarix kaempferi, which has been used as an antifungal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine. It is reported to have cytotoxicity to many tumor cell lines. In this study, we investigated the effects of PAB against human endometrial cancer Ishikawa cells. We found that PAB inhibited Ishikawa cell proliferation, and induced cell apoptosis and G2/M phase arrest through a mechanism involving AKT-GSK-3β and ERK1/2 signaling pathways...
April 18, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420166/hypaphorine-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-endothelial-inflammation-via-regulation-of-tlr4-and-ppar-%C3%AE-dependent-on-pi3k-akt-mtor-signal-pathway
#8
Haijian Sun, Xuexue Zhu, Weiwei Cai, Liying Qiu
Endothelial lesion response to injurious stimuli is a necessary step for initiating inflammatory cascades in blood vessels. Hypaphorine (Hy) from different marine sources is shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. However, the potential roles and possible molecular mechanisms of Hy in endothelial inflammation have yet to be fully clarified. We showed that Hy significantly inhibited the positive effects of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on pro-inflammatory cytokines expressions, including tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1) and vascular cellular adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), as well as induction of the phosphorylation of Akt and mTOR in HMEC-1 cells...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420111/plantago-asiatica-l-ameliorates-puromycin-aminonucleoside-induced-nephrotic-syndrome-by-suppressing-inflammation-and-apoptosis
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Min Chul Kho, Ji Hun Park, Byung Hyuk Han, Rui Tan, Jung Joo Yoon, Hye Yoom Kim, You Mee Ahn, Yun Jung Lee, Dae Gill Kang, Ho Sub Lee
OBJECTIVE: Nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disease with a variety of causes, is mainly characterized by heavy proteinuria, hypoproteinemia, and ascites. This study was designed to evaluate the underlying mechanism of action of Plantago asiatica L. (PAL) in treating nephrotic syndrome induced by puromycin aminonucleoside. METHODS: PAL has been used in Asia as a traditional medicine and dietary health supplement. Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were intravenously injected with puromycin aminonucleoside (75 mg/kg/day), then treated with either Losartan (30 mg/kg/day) or PAL (200 mg/kg/day) by oral gavage for seven days...
April 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419946/water-immiscible-bioinert-coatings-and-film-formation-from-aqueous-dispersions-of-poly-2-methoxyethyl-acrylate-microspheres
#10
Takuma Kureha, Seina Hiroshige, Shusuke Matsui, Daisuke Suzuki
Poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (pMEA) microspheres are prepared through facile free-radical polymerization in water without additives and impurities, such as surfactants, other polymers, and organic solvents, which are usually used to synthesize pMEA chains. Clean and pure (non-factionalized and non-cross-linking) pMEA microspheres exhibit plasma-protein adsorption resistances on their surface regardless of their charged state. They are characterized in terms of the adsorbed amounts of proteins at pH 7. In addition, these soft and deformable pMEA microspheres are suitable for forming substrates coated with pMEA microspheres and free-standing films by injecting pMEA dispersion and evaporating the aqueous medium through fusion between the pMEA chains at the surface without the precoating agent and cross-linker...
April 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419144/stepwise-inhibition-of-t-cell-recruitment-at-post-capillary-venules-by-orally-active-desulfated-heparins-in-inflammatory-arthritis
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Hasan Al Faruque, Jin Hee Kang, Seung Rim Hwang, Shijin Sung, Md Mahmudul Alam, Keum Hee Sa, Eon Jeong Nam, Young Ro Byun, Young Mo Kang
Identification of the structure-function relationship of heparin, particularly between 2-O-, 6-O-, and N-sulfation and its anticoagulant or anti-inflammatory activities, is critical in order to evaluate the biological effects of heparin, especially in conjunction with modifications for oral formulation. In this study, we demonstrated that removal of 2-O, 6-O, or N-desulfation and their hydrophobic modifications have differential effects on the blocking of interactions between sLeX and P-and L-selectins, with highest inhibition by 6-O desulfation, which was consistent with their in vivo therapeutic efficacies on CIA mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417636/semi-fluorinated-synergistic-non-fouling-fouling-release-surface
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Binbin Xu, Yajing Liu, Xiaowen Sun, Jianhua Hu, Ping Shi, Xiaoyu Huang
The preparation of fluorine-containing synergistic non-fouling/fouling-release surface, using b-PFMA-PEO asymmetric molecular brush possessing both poly(ethylene glycol) (PEO) and poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate) (PFMA) side chains densely distributed on the same repeated unit along the polymeric backbone, is reported. On the basis of poly(Br-acrylate-alkyne) macro-agent comprising two functionalities (alkynyl and 2-bromopropionate) which is prepared by RAFT homopolymerization of a new trifunctional acrylate monomer of Br-acrylate-alkyne, b-PFMA-PEO asymmetric molecular brushes are obtained by concurrent ATRP and CuAAc "click" reaction in a one-shot system...
April 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416934/sepsis-and-septic-shock-current-treatment-strategies-and-new-approaches
#13
REVIEW
Gizem Polat, Rustem Anil Ugan, Elif Cadirci, Zekai Halici
Sepsis is a complex condition characterized by the simultaneous activation of inflammation and coagulation in response to microbial insult. These events manifest as systemic inflammatory response syndrome or sepsis symptoms through the release of proinflammatory cytokines, procoagulants, and adhesion molecules from immune cells and/or damaged endothelium. Today, sepsis is a severe multisystem disease with difficult treatments for its manifestations and high mortality rates. In the last two decades in particular, many studies have been conducted on sepsis that cause shock, multiorgan dysfunction, and organ failure by especially leading to hemodynamic changes...
February 2017: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416483/sfk-fak-signaling-attenuates-osimertinib-efficacy-in-both-drug-sensitive-and-drug-resistant-models-of-egfr-mutant-lung-cancer
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Eiki Ichihara, David Westover, Catherine B Meador, Yingjun Yan, Joshua A Bauer, Pengcheng Lu, Fei Ye, Amanda Kulick, Elisa De Stanchina, Robert McEwen, Marc Ladanyi, Darren Cross, William Pao, Christine M Lovly
Mutant-selective epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI), such as osimertinib, are active agents for the treatment of EGFR-mutant lung cancer. Specifically, these agents can overcome the effects of the T790M mutation, which mediates resistance to first and second-generation EGFR TKI, and recent clinical trials have documented their efficacy in patients with EGFR-mutant lung cancer. Despite promising results, therapeutic efficacy is limited by development of acquired resistance...
April 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415533/enhanced-mechanical-properties-and-biocompatibility-of-novel-hydroxyapatite-topas-hybrid-composite-for-bone-tissue-engineering-applications
#15
Qurat Ul Ain, Ahmad Nawaz Khan, Mahboubeh Nabavinia, Mohammad Mujahid
The bioactivity and mechanical properties of hybrid composites of hydroxyapatite (HA) in cyclic olefinic copolymer (COC) also known commercially as TOPAS are investigated, first time, for regeneration and repair of the bone tissues. HA is synthesized to obtain the spherically shaped nanoparticles in the size range of 60±20nm. Various concentrations of HA ranging from 1 to 30wt% are dispersed in TOPAS using sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) coupling agent for better dispersion and interaction of hydrophilic HA with hydrophobic TOPAS...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415411/quality-by-design-approach-for-an-in-situ-gelling-microemulsion-of-lorazepam-via-intranasal-route
#16
Vidhi Shah, Mukesh Sharma, Radhika Pandya, Rajesh K Parikh, Bhavesh Bharatiya, Atindra Shukla, Hsieh-Chih Tsai
The present study illustrates the application of the concept of Quality by Design for development, optimization and evaluation of Lorazepam loaded microemulsion containing ion responsive In situ gelator gellan gum and carbopol 934. A novel approach involving interactions between surfactant and polymer was employed to achieve controlled drug release and reduced mucociliary clearance. Microemulsion formulated using preliminary solubility study and pseudo ternary phase diagrams showed significantly improved solubilization capacity of Lorazepam with 54...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414674/a-clot-possibly-due-to-loss-of-tnf-%C3%AE-supression
#17
J Broussard, M Berlinger, D Lauret
INTRODUCTION: Inflammation and venous thrombosis enjoy a close Relationship. We present a patient who had multiple DVTs following the discontinuation of anti- TNF-α therapy. CASE: A 34 year old African American female with a history of multiple DVT's, miscarriages, and reported Crohn's disease presented with shortness of breath. In the Emergency Department, CTA showed bilateral pulmonary emboli. The patient had been off adalimumab for one year and reported abdominal pain with 6-7 non-bloody bowel movements daily...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407421/central-venous-catheters-and-biofilms-where-do-we-stand-in-2017
#18
REVIEW
Marie Gominet, Fabrice Compain, Christophe Beloin, David Lebeaux
The use of central venous catheters (CVC) is associated with a risk of microbial colonization and subsequent potentially severe infection. Microbial contamination of the catheter leads to the development of a microbial consortia associated with the CVC surface and embedded in an extracellular matrix, named biofilm. This biofilm provides bacterial cells the ability to survive antimicrobial agents and the host immune system and to disseminate to other sites of the body. The best preventive strategy is to avoid any unnecessary catheterization or to reduce indwelling duration when a CVC is required...
April 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405802/vasculo-protective-effect-of-bms-309403-is-independent-of-its-specific-inhibition-of-fatty-acid-binding-protein-4
#19
Yuta Okamura, Kosuke Otani, Akihiro Sekiguchi, Taisuke Kogane, Chiharu Kakuda, Yuzaburo Sakamoto, Tomoko Kodama, Muneyoshi Okada, Hideyuki Yamawaki
Fatty acid-binding protein (FABP) 4 is an adipocytokine mainly expressed in adipocyte and macrophage. Blood FABP4 is related not only to metabolic disorders including insulin resistance and atherosclerosis but also increased blood pressure. We tested the hypothesis that FABP4 plays roles in pathogenesis of hypertension development including proliferation, migration, and inflammation of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) as well as contractile reactivity. FABP4 alone had no influence on proliferation, migration, and inflammation of rat mesenteric arterial SMCs, while it significantly enhanced smooth muscle contraction and increases of systolic blood pressure (SBP) induced by noradrenaline (NA)...
April 13, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403890/distinct-activity-of-the-bone-targeted-gallium-compound-kp46-against-osteosarcoma-cells-synergism-with-autophagy-inhibition
#20
Bernd Kubista, Thomas Schoefl, Lisa Mayr, Sushilla van Schoonhoven, Petra Heffeter, Reinhard Windhager, Bernhard K Keppler, Walter Berger
BACKGROUND: Osteosarcoma is the most frequent primary malignant bone tumor. Although survival has distinctly increased due to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the past, patients with metastatic disease and poor response to chemotherapy still have an adverse prognosis. Hence, development of new therapeutic strategies is still of utmost importance. METHODS: Anticancer activity of KP46 against osteosarcoma cell models was evaluated as single agent and in combination approaches with chemotherapeutics and Bcl-2 inhibitors using MTT assay...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
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