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Yanyan Zheng, Li Zhu, Lulu Fan, Wenna Zhao, Jianlong Wang, Xianxiao Hao, Yunhui Zhu, Xiufang Hu, Yaofeng Yuan, Jingwei Shao, Wenfeng Wang
Emodin, a natural anthraquinone derivative isolated from Rheum palmatum L., has been demonstrated to exhibit good anti-cancer effect. In this study, a series of novel quaternary ammonium salts of emodin, anthraquinone and anthrone were synthesized and their anticancer activities were tested in vitro. The effects of emodin quaternary ammonium salts on cell viability, apoptosis, intracellular ROS, and mitochondrial membrane potential were investigated in A375, BGC-823, HepG2 and HELF cells. The results demonstrated that compound 4a induced morphological changes and decreased cell viability...
October 7, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Andrea Tarallo, Maria Cristina Gambi, Giuseppe D'Onofrio
A comparative analysis of polychaete species, classified as motile and low-motile forms, highlighted that the former were characterized not only by a higher metabolic rate (MR), but also by a higher genomic GC content. The fluctuation of both variables was not affected by the phylogenetic relationship of the species. Thus, present results further support that a very active lifestyle affects at the same time MR and GC, showing an unexpected similarity between invertebrates and vertebrates. In teleost, indeed, a similar pattern has been also observed comparing migratory and non-migratory species...
October 7, 2016: Physiological Genomics
Afshin Pourmokhtarian, Charles T Driscoll, John L Campbell, Katharine Hayhoe, Anne M K Stoner
Assessments of future climate change impacts on ecosystems typically rely on multiple climate model projections, but often utilize only one downscaling approach trained on one set of observations. Here, we explore the extent to which modeled biogeochemical responses to changing climate are affected by the selection of the climate downscaling method and training observations used at the montane landscape of the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire, USA. We evaluated three downscaling methods: the delta method (or the change factor method), monthly quantile mapping (Bias Correction-Spatial Disaggregation, or BCSD), and daily quantile regression (Asynchronous Regional Regression Model, or ARRM)...
July 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
De-Min Ma, Dian-Xi Luo, Jie Zhang
BACKGROUND: More recent studies have revealed that chemokine receptor CXCR7 plays an important role in cancer development. However, little is known about the effect of CXCR7 on the process of gastric cancer cell invasion and angiogenesis. The aim of this study is to investigate the expression of CXCR7 in gastric cancer cell lines and to evaluate the role of CXCR7 in the proliferation, invasion, adhesion, and angiogenesis of gastric cancer cells. METHODS: Real-time PCR and Western blotting were used to examine the mRNA and protein levels of CXCR4 and CXCR7 in five gastric cancer cell lines (HGC-27, MGC-803, BGC-823, SGC-7901, and MKN-28)...
October 6, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Xiaoxing Huang, Wei Huang, Li Li, Xihuan Sun, Siyang Song, Qingyan Xu, Lianru Zhang, Bang-Guo Wei, Xianming Deng
Marine natural products are served as attractive source of anticancer therapeutics, with the great success of "first-in-class" drugs, such as Yondelis, Halaven, and Brentuximab vendotin. Lagunamides A-C from marine cyanobacterium, Lyngbya majuscula, exhibit exquisite growth inhibitory activities against cancer cells. In this study, we have systematically investigated the structure-activity relationships (SAR) of a concise collection of lagunamide A and its analogs constructed by total chemical synthesis against a broad panel of cancer cells derived from various tissues or organs, including A549, HeLa, U2OS, HepG2, BEL-7404, BGC-823, HCT116, MCR-7, HL-60, and A375...
October 7, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Tanya R Peckmann, Ciara Logar, Susan Meek
The scapula is valuable for sex estimation in human skeletons. Muscles provide protection to the scapula making it difficult to fracture, therefore increasing the potential for undamaged scapulae at forensic scenes. The goal of this project is to evaluate the accuracy of discriminant functions, created using an indigenous Guatemalan and contemporary Mexican population, when applied to a contemporary Chilean sample for estimation of sex from the scapula. The length of the glenoid cavity (LGC) and breadth of the glenoid cavity (BGC) were measured...
September 2016: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
Diogo C Haussen, Mehdi Bouslama, Jonathan A Grossberg, Raul G Nogueira
The use of balloon guide catheters in acute ischemic stroke intervention has been associated with improved reperfusion rates and clinical outcomes. This technique acts by promoting flow arrest and subsequent reversal to capture the thrombus debris that may be generated during the clot retrieval process. However, to the best of our knowledge, the use of BGC to remotely aspirate and remove intracranial thrombus has not been previously described. We report a three case series of patients with acute ischemic stroke from supraclinoidal internal carotid artery occlusions treated with remote aspiration thrombectomy through a BGC placed at the cervical internal carotid artery, leading to complete reperfusion without the need for intracranial catheterization...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Amir A Mufaddel, Ossama T Osman, Ghanem Al-Hassani, Shakhbout Al-Bedwawi, M Jawad Hashim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Several case reports have noted basal ganglia calcification (BGC) as an incidental radiologic finding in patients presenting with psychiatric manifestations. In this study, we examined the clinical correlates of mental disorders in two groups of psychiatric patients, one with BGC and one with normal radiologic studies. METHODS: In a retrospective cross-sectional case-control study of patients admitted to the psychiatric ward in Al Ain Hospital between January 2011 and December 2013, we compared all 15 patients diagnosed with BGC and 30 control patients who had normal radiologic findings...
September 2016: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
Yu Liu, Jia Yang, Xin Wang, Ju Liu, Zhaobo Wang, Hongsheng Liu, Lijiang Chen
In this study, a controlled drug release system based on redox-responsive nanomicelles for drug delivery was described. The system was constructed by linking poly (acryic acid) (PAA) with D-α-tocopherol succinate (VES) via a disulfide bond linker (ss). This amphiphilic polymer (PAAssVES) was synthesized by coupling reaction and its chemical structure was confirmed by FT-IR and (1)HNMR analyses. PAAssVES was found to self-assemble into nanomicelles with diameter of about 130 nm, and a critical micelle concentration of about 6...
December 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
Li-Liang Xia, Ya-Bin Tang, Fei-Fei Song, Ling Xu, Ping Ji, Shu-Jun Wang, Ji-Min Zhu, Yong Zhang, Guo-Ping Zhao, Ying Wang, Tao-Tao Liu
Gastric cancer (GC) is among the most malignant cancers with high incidence and poor prognoses worldwide as well as in China. dCTP pyrophosphatase 1 (DCTPP1) is overexpressed in GC with a poor prognosis. Given chemotherapeutic drugs share similar structures with pyrimidine nucleotides, the role of DCTPP1 in affecting the drug sensitivity in GC remains unclear and is worthy of investigation. In the present study, we reported that DCTPP1-knockdown GC cell line BGC-823 exhibited more sensitivity to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), demonstrated by the retardation of cell proliferation, the increase in cell apoptosis, cell cycle arrest at S phase and more DNA damages...
September 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Sai Ge, Qiyue Zhang, Qiong He, Jianling Zou, Xijuan Liu, Na Li, Tiantian Tian, Yan Zhu, Jing Gao, Lin Shen
Famitinib (SHR1020), a novel multi-targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has antitumor activity against several solid tumors via targeting vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2, c-Kit and platelet-derived growth factor receptor β. The present study investigated famitinib's activity against human gastric cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. Cell viability and apoptosis were measured, and cell cycle analysis was performed following famitinib treatment using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol -2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium assay, flow cytometry, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling assay and western blotting...
September 2016: Oncology Letters
Linda van der Graaf-van Bloois, Birgitta Duim, William G Miller, Ken J Forbes, Jaap A Wagenaar, Aldert Zomer
BACKGROUND: Campylobacter fetus (C. fetus) can cause disease in both humans and animals. C. fetus has been divided into three subspecies: C. fetus subsp. fetus (Cff), C. fetus subsp. venerealis (Cfv) and C. fetus subsp. testudinum (Cft). Subspecies identification of mammal-associated C. fetus strains is crucial in the control of Bovine Genital Campylobacteriosis (BGC), a syndrome associated with Cfv. The prescribed methods for subspecies identification of the Cff and Cfv isolates are: tolerance to 1 % glycine and H2S production...
2016: BMC Genomics
B Wei, G Liu, H L Cai, G P Li, H Q Huang, Q Luo, Z J Huang
OBJECTIVE: To study the significance and effect of methylation status of sex determining region Y-box 2 (SOX2) gene promoter, and to investigate the effect of demethylation on the cell proliferation and invasion in BGC-823 gastric cancer cells. METHODS: Methylation-specific PCR (MSP) was used to assess the role of 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-Aza-CdR) in the methylation of SOX2 promoter in the BGC-823 cell lines treated with different concentration of 5-Aza-CdR. We mapped the expression of SOX2 in the BGC-823 cell lines by the quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) and Western blotting before and after treatment of 5-Aza-CdR...
August 23, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Emma R Salis, David M Reith, Benjamin J Wheeler, Roland S Broadbent, Natalie J Medlicott
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationships between postmenstrual age (PMA), insulin, C-peptide, glucagon and blood glucose concentrations (BGCs) in preterm and term neonates. To compare glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) concentrations in fed versus never-fed neonates. DESIGN: Observational. SETTING: Dunedin Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, New Zealand. PATIENTS: Term or preterm euglycaemic neonates (102) receiving routine blood tests (343 samples)...
September 2, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Yanguang Wen, Kuansong Wang, Kaiyan Yang
Gastric cancer is a malignant disease of the digestive system with high rates of incidence and mortality. S‑phase kinase‑associated protein 2 (Skp2) is a novel oncogene, which has been identified to be important in tumor progression and metastasis. In order to clarify the role of Skp2 in human gastric cancer, the present study detected the expression of Skp2 in human gastric cancer tissues, and investigated the molecular mechanism of Skp2 in the progression of gastric carcinoma. The results of the initial bioinformatics analysis showed that Skp2 was significantly upregulated in 31 specimens of primary gastric cancer from a UK patient cohort, and in 10 gastric cancer lines of a side population, compared with normal gastric tissues (P<0...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yali Li, Bin Liu, Fangfang Yang, Yang Yu, Anqi Zeng, Tinghong Ye, Wenya Yin, Yongmei Xie, Zhengyan Fu, Chengjian Zhao
Human gastric cancer is the fifth common cancer with considerable metastasis potential, and its high incidence and mortality rate threaten public health. In this study, we examined the anticancer effects of lobaplatin on the human gastric carcinoma cell line BGC-823 in vitro, and explored its relative mechanisms. The results of MTT assay showed dose- and time-dependent cytotoxicity in BGC-823 cells with lobaplatin. Flow cytometry (FCM) assay indicated that lobaplatin affected BGC-823 cells' survival by inducing apoptosis...
August 23, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Zhi-Feng Miao, Xing-Yu Liu, Hui-Mian Xu, Zhen-Ning Wang, Ting-Ting Zhao, Yong-Xi Song, Ya-Nan Xing, Jin-Yu Huang, Jun-Yan Zhang, Hao Xu, Ying-Ying Xu
The objective of the current study was to investigate the expression pattern of Tbx3 and its clinicopathological significance in patients with gastric cancer. The expression pattern of Tbx3 in gastric cancer tissues and adjacent noncancerous surface epithelia and mucosal glands was detected by immunohistochemistry. Tbx3 was found to be overexpressed in 46 of 98 human gastric cancer samples, and this correlated with advanced clinical stage, tumor stage, and nodal status. In addition, in the SGC-7901 gastric cancer cell line, Tbx3 overexpression by plasmid transfection promoted growth and invasion...
August 24, 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
Shubing Zhang, Dewen Qiu, Jingjiang Liu, Zhijian Li
OBJECTIVE: Gastric cancer is a major health issue worldwide. Using a therapeutic approach, with minor side-effects, is very essential for the treatment of the gastric cancer. Shiraia bambusicola is a parasitic fungus which is widely used in China for curing several diseases with little side-effects. However, the mechanisms are not well understood yet. The aim of this study was to further understand the pharmacological mechanisms of Shiraia bambusicola and investigate whether it can be used for curing gastric cancer...
July 2016: Cell Journal
Jianling Xia, Na Huang, Hongxiang Huang, Li Sun, Shaoting Dong, Jinyu Su, Jingwen Zhang, Lin Wang, Li Lin, Min Shi, Jianping Bin, Yulin Liao, Nailin Li, Wangjun Liao
Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs), which are aberrantly expressed in several human cancers, affect cancer cell behavior; however, their role in gastric cancer (GC) and the link between these channels and tumorigenic signaling remain unclear. The aims of this study were to determine the clinicopathological significance and role of the VGSC Nav 1.7 in GC progression and to investigate the associated mechanisms. Here, we report that the SCN9A gene encoding Nav 1.7 was the most abundantly expressed VGSC subtype in GC tissue samples and two GC cell lines (BGC-823 and MKN-28 cells)...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Xi-Ping Liu, Hai-Xia Ming, Pei-Qing Li
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to simulate the microenvironment of gastric cancer to promote the malignant transformation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and further evaluate the effect of Pinelliae Decoction for Purging Stomach-Fire and its disassembled prescriptions on BMSCs. METHODS: Transwell co-culture was performed on the human gastric cancer cell strains BGC-823 and BMSCs to simulate the microenvironment of gastric cancer. The drug-containing serum prepared by Pinelliae Decoction for Purging Stomach-Fire and its disassembled prescriptions was used, and its influence on BMSCs with malignant transformation was observed...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
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