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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351032/baicalein-a-natural-anti-cancer-compound-alters-microrna-expression-profiles-in-bel-7402-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Beibei Bie, Jin Sun, Jun Li, Ying Guo, Wei Jiang, Chen Huang, Jun Yang, Zongfang Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Baicalein has been shown to possess significant anti-hepatoma activity by inhibiting cell proliferation. Whether the anti-proliferative effect of baicalein is related to its modulation of miRNA expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still unknown. METHODS: The anti-proliferative effects of baicalein on HCC cell line Bel-7402 was assessed by detecting the proliferation activity, cell cycle distribution, expression changes of p21/CDKN1A, P27/CDKN1B, total Akt and phosphoryted AKT...
March 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345465/demethoxycurcumin-inhibited-human-epithelia-ovarian-cancer-cells-growth-via-up-regulating-mir-551a
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Zhenhua Du, Xianqun Sha
Curcumin is a natural agent that has ability to dampen tumor cells' growth. However, the natural form of curcumin is prone to degrade and unstable in vitro. Here, we demonstrated that demethoxycurcumin (a curcumin-related demethoxy compound) could inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis of ovarian cancer cells. Moreover, IRS2/PI3K/Akt axis was inactivated in cells treated with demethoxycurcumin. Quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction demonstrated that miR-551a was down-regulated in ovarian cancer tissues and ovarian cancer cell lines...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344475/antiproliferative-and-apoptotic-effect-of-morus-nigra-extract-on-human-prostate-cancer-cells
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Ibrahim Turan, Selim Demir, Kagan Kilinc, Nesibe Arslan Burnaz, Serap Ozer Yaman, Kubra Akbulut, Ahmet Mentese, Yuksel Aliyazicioglu, Orhan Deger
Background: Morus nigra L. belongs to the family Moraceae and is frequently used in traditional medicine. Numerous studies have investigated the antiproliferative effects of various extracts of different Morus species, but studies involving the in vitro cytotoxic effect of M. nigra extract are very limited. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the phenolic composition and antioxidant activity of dimethyl sulfoxide extract of M. nigra (DEM) and to investigate, for the first time, the probable cytotoxic effect in human prostate adenocarcinoma (PC-3) cells together with the mechanism involved...
February 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342398/novel-phosphonate-analogs-of-sulforaphane-synthesis-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-anticancer-activity
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Mateusz Psurski, Łukasz Janczewski, Marta Świtalska, Anna Gajda, Tomasz M Goszczyński, Józef Oleksyszyn, Joanna Wietrzyk, Tadeusz Gajda
A library of over forty, novel, structurally diverse phosphonate analogs of sulforaphane (P-ITCs) were designed, synthesized and fully characterized. All compounds were evaluated for antiproliferative activity in vitro on Lovo and LoVo/DX colon cancer cell lines. All compounds exhibited high antiproliferative activity, comparable or higher to the activity of naturally occurring benzyl isothiocyanate and sulforaphane. Assessment of the mechanisms of action of selected compounds revealed their potential as inducers of G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341244/imperatorin-suppresses-proliferation-and-angiogenesis-of-human-colon-cancer-cell-by-targeting-hif-1%C3%AE-via-the-mtor-p70s6k-4e-bp1-and-mapk-pathways
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Chunliu Mi, Juan Ma, Ke Si Wang, Hong Xiang Zuo, Zhe Wang, Ming Yue Li, Lian Xun Piao, Guang Hua Xu, Xuezheng Li, Zhe Shan Quan, Xuejun Jin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Angelica dahurica is a commonly used traditional Chinese medicine to treat migraine headache, toothache and cancer. Imperatorin is an active natural furocoumarin component originating from Angelica dahurica and has been shown to exhibit multiple bioeffector functions, including anti-cancer activity. However, the mechanism by which imperatorin inhibits tumor growth is not fully understood. AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of imperatorin as a treatment of cancer and to identify the underlying mechanisms of its anticancer activity...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337369/role-of-notch-signaling-pathway-in-pancreatic-cancer
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REVIEW
Jiankun Gao, Bo Long, Zhiwei Wang
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is one of the highly aggressive malignancies in the United States. It has been shown that multiple signaling pathways are involved in the pathogenesis of PC, such as JNK, PI3K/AKT, Rho GTPase, Hedgehog (Hh) and Skp2. In recent years, accumulated evidence has demonstrated that Notch signaling pathway plays critical roles in the development and progression of PC. Therefore, in this review we discuss the recent literature regarding the function and regulation of Notch in the pathogenesis of PC...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337142/icariside-ii-effectively-reduces-spatial-learning-and-memory-impairments-in-alzheimer-s-disease-model-mice-targeting-beta-amyloid-production
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Lingli Yan, Yuanyuan Deng, Jianmei Gao, Yuangui Liu, Fei Li, Jingshan Shi, Qihai Gong
Icariside II (ICS II) is a broad-spectrum anti-cancer natural compound extracted from Herba Epimedii Maxim. Recently, the role of ICS II has been investigated in central nervous system, especially have a neuroprotective effect in Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this study, we attempted to investigate the effects of ICS II, on cognitive deficits and beta-amyloid (Aβ) production in APPswe/PS1dE9 (APP/PS1) double transgenic mice. It was found that chronic ICS II administrated not only effectively ameliorated cognitive function deficits, but also inhibited neuronal degeneration and reduced the formation of plaque burden...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336469/a-review-of-the-ethnopharmacology-phytochemistry-and-pharmacology-of-notopterygium-incisum
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REVIEW
John Teye Azietaku, Huifen Ma, Xie-An Yu, Jin Li, Mahmood Brobbey Oppong, Jun Cao, Mingrui An, Yan-Xu Chang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Notopterygium incisum Ting ex H.T. Chang, known in Chinese as 'Qianghuo' is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb with the rhizome and roots associated with meridians of the kidney and urinary bladder. It is pungent, bitter and warm in nature. It has been used over the years to disperse cold, prevent painful obstructions from wind, damp and warm pain. It has also been used with other herbs to treat wind-cold exterior syndrome and wind-cold-damp bi-syndromes and has been known to grow well in regions of high altitude such as Gansu, Tibet etc...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335363/antimicrobial-antioxidant-and-anticancer-activities-of-biosynthesized-silver-nanoparticles-using-marine-algae-ecklonia-cava
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Jayachandran Venkatesan, Se-Kwon Kim, Min Suk Shim
Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) has gained great interest as a simple and eco-friendly alternative to conventional chemical methods. In this study, AgNPs were synthesized by using extracts of marine algae Ecklonia cava as reducing and capping agents. The formation of AgNPs using aqueous extract of Ecklonia cava was confirmed visually by color change and their surface plasmon resonance peak at 418 nm, measured by UV-visible spectroscopy. The size, shape, and morphology of the biosynthesized AgNPs were observed by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering analysis...
December 6, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334682/phytochemical-induced-nucleolar-stress-results-in-the-inhibition-of-breast-cancer-cell-proliferation
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Anna Lewinska, Diana Bednarz, Jagoda Adamczyk-Grochala, Maciej Wnuk
The nucleolus is a stress sensor and compromised nucleolar activity may be considered as an attractive anticancer strategy. In the present study, the effects of three plant-derived natural compounds, i.e., sulforaphane (SFN), ursolic acid (UA) and betulinic acid (BA) on nucleolar state were investigated in breast cancer cell lines of different receptor status, namely MCF-7, MDA-MB-231 and SK-BR-3 cells. Cytostatic action of phytochemicals against breast cancer cells was observed at low micromolar concentration window (5-20µM) and mediated by elevated p21 levels, and cell proliferation of SFN-, UA- and BA-treated normal human mammary epithelial cells (HMEC) was unaffected...
March 14, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333459/6-oh-phenanthroquinolizidine-alkaloid-and-its-derivatives-exert-potent-anticancer-activity-by-delaying-s-phase-progression
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Yuxiu Liu, Lihua Qing, Chuisong Meng, Jiajie Shi, Yan Yang, Ziwen Wang, Guifang Han, Yi Wang, Jian Ding, Ling-Hua Meng, Qingmin Wang
To discover new phenanthroindolizidine and phenanthroquinolizidine alkaloids as potential anticancer drug candidates, non-natural 6-O-desmethylcryptopleurine (2) and its derivatives were prepared. Most of the new compounds exhibited potent antiproliferative activity against A549 and BEL-7402 cells, with the lowest IC50 being 3 nM. Optically pure 2-R was further evaluated against a panel of 30 cancer cell lines and found to inhibit the proliferation of all tested cell lines, including three multidrug-resistant cell lines, with an average IC50 value of 2...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333106/isolation-characterization-and-antiproliferative-activity-of-new-metabolites-from-the-south-african-endemic-red-algal-species-laurencia-alfredensis
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Godwin A Dziwornu, Mino R Caira, Jo-Anne de la Mare, Adrienne L Edkins, John J Bolton, Denzil R Beukes, Suthananda N Sunassee
The marine red algae of the genus Laurencia have been widely studied for their structurally diverse and biologically active secondary metabolites. We report here the natural product investigation of the organic extract of a newly identified South African endemic species, Laurencia alfredensis. A sequence of column chromatography, preparative TLC and normal phase HPLC resulted in the isolation of eleven compounds comprising three labdane-type diterpenes (1-3), four polyether triterpenes (4-7), three cholestane-type ecdysteroids (8-10) and a glycolipid (11)...
March 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333084/establishing-the-secondary-metabolite-profile-of-the-marine-fungus-tolypocladium-geodes-sp-mf458-and-subsequent-optimisation-of-bioactive-secondary-metabolite-production
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Bethlehem Kebede, Stephen K Wrigley, Anjali Prashar, Janina Rahlff, Markus Wolf, Jeanette Reinshagen, Philip Gribbon, Johannes F Imhoff, Johanna Silber, Antje Labes, Bernhard Ellinger
As part of an international research project, the marine fungal strain collection of the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research (GEOMAR) research centre was analysed for secondary metabolite profiles associated with anticancer activity. Strain MF458 was identified as Tolypocladium geodes, by internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) sequence similarity and its natural product production profile. By using five different media in two conditions and two time points, we were able to identify eight natural products produced by MF458...
March 23, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330993/transition-state-mimics-are-valuable-mechanistic-probes-for-structural-studies-with-the-arginine-methyltransferase-carm1
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Matthijs J van Haren, Nils Marechal, Nathalie Troffer-Charlier, Agostino Cianciulli, Gianluca Sbardella, Jean Cavarelli, Nathaniel I Martin
Coactivator associated arginine methyltransferase 1 (CARM1) is a member of the protein arginine methyltransferase (PRMT) family and methylates a range of proteins in eukaryotic cells. Overexpression of CARM1 is implicated in a number of cancers, and it is therefore seen as a potential therapeutic target. Peptide sequences derived from the well-defined CARM1 substrate poly(A)-binding protein 1 (PABP1) were covalently linked to an adenosine moiety as in the AdoMet cofactor to generate transition state mimics...
March 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330230/isolation-and-biological-evaluation-of-n-4-aminocyclooctyl-3-5-dinitrobenzamide-a-new-semisynthetic-derivative-from-the-mangrove-associated-actinomycete-pseudonocardia-endophytica-vuk-10
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Usha Kiranmayi Mangamuri, Muvva Vijayalakshmi, Sudhakar Poda, Bramanandam Manavathi, Bhujangarao Chitturi, Venkateswarlu Yenamandra
The present study was aimed to isolate novel bioactive compounds from actinomycetes species isolated from mangrove habitats. With this connection, Pseudonocardia endophytica (VUK-10) was isolated using dilution plate technique and was examined for its secondary metabolite profiling. After successive purification and spectroscopic characterization viz., FTIR, mass, NMR, DEPT, HMQC, HMBC, and COSY spectroscopy, two compounds were identified including a semi synthetic derivative N-(4-aminocyclooctyl)-3, 5-dinitrobenzamide (1), obtained from the precursor of novel natural product cyclooctane-1,4-diamine (3), along with a known compound 3-((1H-indol-6-yl) methyl) hexahydropyrrolo [1, 2-a] pyrazine-1, 4-dione (2)...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330073/cladosporium-cladosporioides-from-the-perspectives-of-medical-and-biotechnological-approaches
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REVIEW
Manaf AlMatar, Essam A Makky
Fungi are important natural product sources that have enormous potential for the production of novel compounds for use in pharmacology, agricultural applications and industry. Compared with other natural sources such as plants, fungi are highly diverse but understudied. However, research on Cladosporium cladosporioides revealed the existence of bioactive products such as p-methylbenzoic acid, ergosterol peroxide (EP) and calphostin C as well as enzymes including pectin methylesterase (PME), polygalacturonase (PG) and chlorpyrifos hydrolase...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326191/global-histone-modification-fingerprinting-in-human-cells-using-epigenetic-reverse-phase-protein-array
#17
Marina Partolina, Hazel C Thoms, Kenneth G MacLeod, Giovanny Rodriguez-Blanco, Matthew N Clarke, Anuroop V Venkatasubramani, Rima Beesoo, Vladimir Larionov, Vidushi S Neergheen-Bhujun, Bryan Serrels, Hiroshi Kimura, Neil O Carragher, Alexander Kagansky
The balance between acetylation and deacetylation of histone proteins plays a critical role in the regulation of genomic functions. Aberrations in global levels of histone modifications are linked to carcinogenesis and are currently the focus of intense scrutiny and translational research investments to develop new therapies, which can modify complex disease pathophysiology through epigenetic control. However, despite significant progress in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of epigenetic machinery in various genomic contexts and cell types, the links between epigenetic modifications and cellular phenotypes are far from being clear...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323035/naturally-occurring-anti-cancer-agents-targeting-ezh2
#18
Fahimeh Shahabipour, Michele Caraglia, Muhammed Majeed, Giuseppe Derosa, Pamela Maffioli, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Natural products are considered as promising tools for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) is a histone methyltransferase unit of polycomb repressor complexes such as PRC2 complex that has oncogenic roles through interference with growth and metastatic potential. Several agents targeting EZH2 has been discovered but they often induce side effects in clinical trials. Recently, EZH2 has emerged as a potential target of natural products with documented anti-cancer effects and this discloses a new scenario for the development of EZH2 inhibitory strategies with agents with low cytotoxic detrimental effects...
March 17, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322972/potential-role-of-cyp1b1-in-the-development-and-treatment-of-metabolic-diseases
#19
REVIEW
Fei Li, Weifeng Zhu, Frank J Gonzalez
Cytochrome P450 1B1 (CYP1B1), a member of CYP450s, is expressed in liver and extrahepatic tissues carries out the metabolism of numerous xenobiotics, including the metabolic activation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Surprisingly, CYP1B1 was also shown to be important in regulating endogenous metabolic pathways, including the metabolism of steroid hormones, fatty acids, melatonin, and vitamins. CYP1B1 and nuclear receptors including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), estrogen receptor (ER), and retinoic acid receptors (RAR) contribute to the maintenance of the homeostasis of these endogenous compounds...
March 16, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322154/mechanisms-and-drug-targets-for-pancreatic-cancer-chemoprevention
#20
Deepanshi Dhar, Komal Raina, Rajesh Agarwal
Pancreatic cancer management remains a major challenge to society. Poor prognosis results in dismal survival rates and quality of life for pancreatic cancer patients post chemo/radiation therapies. Although progress has been made in drug development for chemotherapeutics targeting pancreatic cancer, accompanying issues of resistance to these drugs renders the treatment futile. Emerging area of cancer chemoprevention is gaining importance with natural/dietary compounds serving as novel agents with strong anticancer properties; these are pleiotropic agents targeting multiple pathways with minimal toxicities in the surrounding normal tissue...
March 20, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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