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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777940/curcumin-attenuates-cerebral-ischemia-injury-in-sprague-dawley-rats-and-pc12-cells-by-suppressing-overactivated-autophagy
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Yan Zhang, Ming Fang, Yameng Sun, Ting Zhang, Nan Shi, Jinfeng Li, Lei Jin, Kangyong Liu, Jianliang Fu
The present study assessed whether the protective effects of curcumin against cerebral ischemia injury were due to the suppression of overactivated autophagy. Curcumin is a well-known natural polyphenolic compound that effectively counteracts oxidation, inflammation, and various types of cancer. Several studies have demonstrated the protective effects of curcumin against ischemia-reperfusion injury in tissues from the lungs, cardiomyocytes, and liver. The present study employed brain injury models induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in rats and PC12 oxygen-glucose-deprived (OGD) cells...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774137/saudi-anti-human-cancer-plants-database-sacpd-a-collection-of-plants-with-anti-human-cancer-activities
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Ateeq Ahmed Al-Zahrani
Several anticancer drugs have been developed from natural products such as plants. Successful experiments in inhibiting the growth of human cancer cell lines using Saudi plants were published over the last three decades. Up to date, there is no Saudi anticancer plants database as a comprehensive source for the interesting data generated from these experiments. Therefore, there was a need for creating a database to collect, organize, search and retrieve such data. As a result, the current paper describes the generation of the Saudi anti-human cancer plants database (SACPD)...
January 30, 2018: Oncology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774132/natural-products-a-hope-for-glioblastoma-patients
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Raghupathy Vengoji, Muzafar A Macha, Surinder K Batra, Nicole A Shonka
Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most aggressive malignant tumors with an overall dismal survival averaging one year despite multimodality therapeutic interventions including surgery, radiotherapy and concomitant and adjuvant chemotherapy. Few drugs are FDA approved for GBM, and the addition of temozolomide (TMZ) to standard therapy increases the median survival by only 2.5 months. Targeted therapy appeared promising in in vitro monolayer cultures, but disappointed in preclinical and clinical trials, partly due to the poor penetration of drugs through the blood brain barrier (BBB)...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772386/novel-anticancer-hybrids-from-diazen-1-ium-1-2-diolate-nitric-oxide-donor-and-ros-inducer-plumbagin-design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluations
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Na Bao, Jinfeng Ou, Na Li, Pian Zou, Jianbo Sun, Li Chen
High levels of both nitric oxide (NO) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) could act as pro-apoptotic signals in cancerous cells. In this study, we conjugated diazeniumdiolates (NONOates), an important class of NO donors, with a natural occurring plumbagin (PL) which is primarily an excellent ROS inducer. Herein, a total of 12 novel plumbagin/NONOate hybrids have been synthesized and evaluated for their inhibitory effects on a panel of human cancer cell lines (MDA-MB-231, A549, HepG2 and HCT-116 cells) and two normal human cells (HK-2 and WRL-68 cells)...
April 25, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771986/correction-the-natural-compound-jatrophone-interferes-with-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-and-inhibits-proliferation-and-emt-in-human-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Iram Fatima, Ikbale El-Ayachi, Ling Taotao, M Angeles Lillo, Raisa I Krutilina, Tiffany N Seagroves, Tomasz W Radaszkiewicz, Miroslav Hutnan, Vitezslav Bryja, Susan A Krum, Fatima Rivas, Gustavo A Miranda-Carboni
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189864.].
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770981/a-dehydrogenase-dual-hydrogen-abstraction-mechanism-promotes-estrogen-biosynthesis-can-we-expand-the-functional-annotation-of-the-aromatase-enzyme
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Angelo Spinello, Matic Pavlin, Lorenzo Casalino, Alessandra Magistrato
Cytochromes P450 (CYP450) are involved in the metabolism of exogenous compounds and in the synthesis of signaling molecules. Among the latter, human aromatase (HA) promotes estrogen biosynthesis, being a key pharmacological target against breast cancers. After decades of debate, the interest in gaining a comprehensive picture of HA catalysis has been renewed by the recent discovery that Compound I (Cpd I) is the reactive species of the peculiar aromatization step. Here, we provide for the first time a complete atomic-level picture of all controversial steps of estrogen biosynthesis...
May 17, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770817/the-dietary-compound-luteolin-inhibits-pancreatic-cancer-growth-by-targeting-bcl-2
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Zhimei Li, Yiyuan Zhang, Lixia Chen, Hua Li
Overexpression of the prosurvival protein BCL-2 contributes to malignant cell initiation, progression and resistance to treatment. Agents that function as its natural antagonists targeting BCL-2 must provide therapeutic benefit. In SW1990 pancreatic cancer cells, amplified BCL-2 was observed, which was believed to offer advantages for malignant cell survival and lead to poor patient outcome. Using structure-based virtual ligand screening, luteolin was found to be a natural small-molecule inhibitor of BCL-2, which exhibited dose-response proapoptosis activity in a BCL-2 dependent manner in vitro...
May 17, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770599/structural-analysis-of-small-molecule-binding-to-the-baz2a-and-baz2b-bromodomains
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Andrea Dalle Vedove, Dimitrios Spiliotopoulos, Vito Giuseppe D'Agostino, Jean-Rémy Marchand, Andrea Unzue, Cristina Nevado, Graziano Lolli, Amedeo Caflisch
The bromodomain-containing protein BAZ2A is a validated target in prostate cancer, while the function of its paralog BAZ2B is still undefined. The bromodomains of BAZ2A and BAZ2B have a very similar binding site for their natural ligand, the acetylated lysine side chain. Here, we present an analysis of the binding modes of eight compounds belonging to three distinct chemical classes. For all compounds, the moiety mimicking the natural ligand makes essentially identical interactions in the BAZ2A and BAZ2B bromodomains...
May 17, 2018: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765540/could-a-plant-derived-protein-potentiate-the-anticancer-effects-of-a-stem-cell-in-brain-cancer
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Camila Ramalho Bonturi, Helena Motaln, Mariana Cristina Cabral Silva, Bruno Ramos Salu, Marlon Vilela de Brito, Luciana de Andrade Luz Cost, Heron Fernandes Vieira Torquato, Natalia Neto Dos Santos Nunes, Edgar Julian Paredes-Gamero, Tamara Lah Turnšek, Maria Luiza Vilela Oliva
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive brain tumor with poor overall survival bellow 2 years. The natural compounds with anti-cancer properties, are thus gaining attention for possible adjuvant GBM treatment. In various cancer models Enterolobium contortisiliquum Trypsin Inhibitor (EcTI) proved to have anti-cancer effects. Here, we investigated the EcTI effects on GBM U87 cells and on mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) compared to their direct coculture (MSC/U87). MSC are present in tumor stroma, modulating GBM cells phenotype, and also represent potential drug delivery vehicle due to their tumor tropism...
April 20, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765509/resveratrol-induced-downregulation-of-naf-1-enhances-the-sensitivity-of-pancreatic-cancer-cells-to-gemcitabine-via-the-ros-nrf2-signaling-pathways
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Liang Cheng, Bin Yan, Ke Chen, Zhengdong Jiang, Cancan Zhou, Junyu Cao, Weikun Qian, Jie Li, Liankang Sun, Jiguang Ma, Qingyong Ma, Huanchen Sha
NAF-1 (nutrient-deprivation autophagy factor-1), which is an outer mitochondrial membrane protein, is known to play important roles in calcium metabolism, antiapoptosis, and antiautophagy. Resveratrol, a natural polyphenolic compound, is considered as a potent anticancer agent. Nevertheless, the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of resveratrol and NAF-1 and their mediation of drug resistance in pancreatic cancer remain unclear. Here, we demonstrate that resveratrol suppresses the expression of NAF-1 in pancreatic cancer cells by inducing cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation and activating Nrf2 signaling...
2018: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765202/inhibition-of-human-prostate-cancer-pc-3-cells-and-targeting-of-pc-3-derived-prostate-cancer-stem-cells-with-koenimbin-a-natural-dietary-compound-from-murraya-koenigii-l-spreng
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Behnam Kamalidehghan, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard, Elahe Motevaseli, Fatemeh Ahmadipour
Background: Inhibition of prostate cancer stem cells (PCSCs) is an efficient curative maintenance protocol for the prevention of prostate cancer. The objectives of this study were to assess the efficiency of koenimbin, a major biologically active component of Murraya koenigii (L) Spreng, in the suppression of PC-3 cells and to target PC-3-derived cancer stem cells (CSCs) through apoptotic and CSC signaling pathways in vitro. Materials and methods: The antiproliferative activity of koenimbin was examined using MTT, and the apoptotic detection was carried out by acridine orange/propidium iodide (AO/PI) double-staining and multiparametric high-content screening (HCS) assays...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761894/effects-of-fucoxanthin-on-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-sgc-7901cells-and-the-mechanism
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Yue Zhu, Jing Cheng, Zhenli Min, Tingzi Yin, Rong Zhang, Wei Zhang, Ling Hu, Zhiwen Cui, Chengzhi Gao, Shiqiang Xu, Chunxiang Zhang, Xiamin Hu
Autophagy and apoptosis are involved in the development of a variety of cancers. Fucoxanthin is a natural compound known to have antitumor effects, so we aimed to explore its effects on autophagy and apoptosis in gastric cancer SGC7901 cells. Specifically, we performed methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay, transmission electron microscopy, real-time polymerase chain reaction, Western blot analysis, immunofluorescence assay, and cell apoptosis analysis to clarify the role of fucoxanthin in SGC-7901 cells. Our results indicate that fucoxanthin significantly inhibits the viability of SGC-7901 cells, effectively inducing both autophagy and apoptosis by up-regulating the expressions of beclin-1, LC3, and cleaved caspase-3 (CC3), and by down regulating Bcl-2...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761053/nature-derived-lignan-compound-vb-1-exerts-hair-growth-promoting-effects-by-augmenting-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-in-human-dermal-papilla-cells
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Jieshu Luo, Mengting Chen, Yingzi Liu, Hongfu Xie, Jian Yuan, Yingjun Zhou, Jinsong Ding, Zhili Deng, Ji Li
Background: Vitexin is a kind of lignan compound which has been shown to possess a variety of pharmacological effects, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and anti-cancer activities. However the effect of vitexin on hair regeneration has not been elaborated. Methods: The proliferation of human dermal papilla cells (hDPCs) was examined by cell counting and continuous cell culture after vitexin compound 1 (VB-1) was treated. The expression of lef1 , wnt5a , bmp2 , bmp4 , alpl and vcan was examined by RT-PCR...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757993/profiling-redox-and-energy-coenzymes-in-whole-blood-tissue-and-cells-using-nmr-spectroscopy
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REVIEW
G A Nagana Gowda
Coenzymes of cellular redox reactions and cellular energy, as well as antioxidants mediate biochemical reactions fundamental to the functioning of all living cells. Conventional analysis methods lack the opportunity to evaluate these important redox and energy coenzymes and antioxidants in a single step. Major coenzymes include redox coenzymes: NAD⁺ (oxidized nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), NADH (reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), NADP⁺ (oxidized nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate) and NADPH (reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate); energy coenzymes: ATP (adenosine triphosphate), ADP (adenosine diphosphate) and AMP (adenosine monophosphate); and antioxidants: GSSG (oxidized glutathione) and GSH (reduced glutathione)...
May 14, 2018: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757250/ascidian-toxins-with-potential-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
Dianne J Watters
Ascidians (tunicates) are invertebrate chordates, and prolific producers of a wide variety of biologically active secondary metabolites from cyclic peptides to aromatic alkaloids. Several of these compounds have properties which make them candidates for potential new drugs to treat diseases such as cancer. Many of these natural products are not produced by the ascidians themselves, rather by their associated symbionts. This review will focus mainly on the mechanism of action of important classes of cytotoxic molecules isolated from ascidians...
May 13, 2018: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757237/investigation-of-the-anti-prostate-cancer-properties-of-marine-derived-compounds
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REVIEW
Meiqi Fan, Amit Kumar Nath, Yujiao Tang, Young-Jin Choi, Trishna Debnath, Eun-Ju Choi, Eun-Kyung Kim
This review focuses on marine compounds with anti-prostate cancer properties. Marine species are unique and have great potential for the discovery of anticancer drugs. Marine sources are taxonomically diverse and include bacteria, cyanobacteria, fungi, algae, and mangroves. Marine-derived compounds, including nucleotides, amides, quinones, polyethers, and peptides are biologically active compounds isolated from marine organisms such as sponges, ascidians, gorgonians, soft corals, and bryozoans, including those mentioned above...
May 12, 2018: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755596/phytochemicals-current-strategies-for-treating-breast-cancer
#17
REVIEW
Bridg'ette B Israel, Syreeta L Tilghman, Kitani Parker-Lemieux, Florastina Payton-Stewart
Females with early-stage metastatic, estrogen-dependent breast cancer are generally treated with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, or with more targeted approaches such as aromatase inhibitors (anastrozole or letrozole) or anti-estrogens (tamoxifen). Despite widespread successful usage of these agents for the treatment of breast cancer, resistance, tumor relapse and metastasis remain the principal causes of mortality for patients with breast cancer. While numerous groups have made major contributions toward an improved understanding of resistance mechanisms, the currently insufficient grasp of the most critical pathways involved in resistance is evident in the inability to adequately treat and drastically improve patient outcomes in females with hormone-refractory breast cancer, including triple negative breast cancer...
May 2018: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755347/honokiol-a-polyphenol-natural-compound-attenuates-cisplatin-induced-acute-cytotoxicity-in-renal-epithelial-cells-through-cellular-oxidative-stress-and-cytoskeleton-modulations
#18
Tse-En J Wang, Hung-Ting Liu, Yu-Hua Lai, Tong-Rong Jan, Naohiro Nomura, Hui-Wen Chang, Chi-Chung Chou, Ya-Jane Lee, Pei-Shiue J Tsai
Cisplatin is a potent anti-cancer drug that has been widely used in the treatment of various cancers; however, cisplatin administration results in severe nephrotoxicity and impedes its clinical applications. In this study, we showed that honokiol, a polyphenol constituent extracted from Magnolia officinalis exhibited a short-term protective effect against cisplatin-induced damages in renal epithelial cells in vitro . The protective effects of honokiol were resulted from the combination of (1) reduced cellular oxidative stress ranging from 53 to 32% reduction during a 24-h incubation, (2) the maintenance of cellular antioxidant capacity and (3) the stabilization of cytoskeletal structure of the kidney epithelial cells...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755344/endophytic-fungi-alternative-sources-of-cytotoxic-compounds-a-review
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REVIEW
Fazilath Uzma, Chakrabhavi D Mohan, Abeer Hashem, Narasimha M Konappa, Shobith Rangappa, Praveen V Kamath, Bhim P Singh, Venkataramana Mudili, Vijai K Gupta, Chandra N Siddaiah, Srinivas Chowdappa, Abdulaziz A Alqarawi, Elsayed F Abd Allah
Cancer is a major cause of death worldwide, with an increasing number of cases being reported annually. The elevated rate of mortality necessitates a global challenge to explore newer sources of anticancer drugs. Recent advancements in cancer treatment involve the discovery and development of new and improved chemotherapeutics derived from natural or synthetic sources. Natural sources offer the potential of finding new structural classes with unique bioactivities for cancer therapy. Endophytic fungi represent a rich source of bioactive metabolites that can be manipulated to produce desirable novel analogs for chemotherapy...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754445/engineering-the-unicellular-alga-phaeodactylum-tricornutum-for-high-value-plant-triterpenoid-production
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Sarah D'Adamo, Gino Schiano di Visconte, Gavin Lowe, Joanna Szaub-Newton, Tracey Beacham, Andrew Landels, Michael J Allen, Andrew Spicer, Michiel Matthijs
Plant triterpenoids constitute a diverse class of organic compounds that play a major role in development, plant defense and environmental interaction. Several triterpenes have demonstrated potential as pharmaceuticals. One example is betulin, which has shown promise as a pharmaceutical precursor for the treatment of certain cancers and HIV. Major challenges for triterpenoid commercialization include their low production levels and their cost-effective purification from the complex mixtures present in their natural hosts...
May 13, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
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