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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454396/treatment-with-the-herbal-formula-songyou-yin-inhibits-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-downregulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-expression-and-inhibition-of-the-smad2-3-signaling-pathway
#1
Susu Zheng, Qingan Jia, Hujia Shen, Xin Xu, Jiajia Ling, Chuyu Jing, Boheng Zhang
It was previously reported that treatment with the herbal formula Songyou Yin (SYY) may serve a role in attenuating epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). In the present study, the effect of treatment with SYY on transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced EMT was investigated and the potential underlying molecular mechanisms were evaluated. MHCC97H cells were pretreated with SYY for 4 weeks and subsequently named MHCC97HSYY cells. Simultaneously, MHCC97H cells were cultured for 4 weeks without SYY and used as a negative control...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454293/changes-in-mitochondrial-function-during-emt-induced-by-tgf%C3%AE-1-in-pancreatic-cancer
#2
Qingqu Guo
Mitochondrial dysfunction is linked to cancer. Differences in the number, morphology and function of mitochondria have been observed between normal cells and cancer cells. However, changes in mitochondrial function during epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in pancreatic cancer are less known. In the present study, the cultured human pancreatic cancer cell line Panc-1 was treated with transforming growth factor (TGF)β-1. Mitochondrial functions following TGFβ-1 exposure in pancreatic cancer were investigated...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454263/investigation-of-the-cytotoxicity-apoptosis-and-pharmacokinetics-of-raddeanin-a
#3
Guiying Gu, Huanhuan Qi, Tianyue Jiang, Bo Ma, Zheng Fang, Hong Xu, Qi Zhang
Raddeanin A, one of the triterpenoid saponins extracted from Anemone raddeana rhizome of the Ranunculaceae family, has demonstrated the ability to inhibit the growth of human hepatic and gastric cancer cells. However, the effects of Raddeanin A on human colon cancer cells have not been investigated extensively. The present study aimed to examine the antiproliferative and apoptosis-inducing effects of Raddeanin A on the HCT-116 human colon cancer cell line in vitro, and evaluate the pharmacokinetic and biodistribution properties of Raddeanin A in mice following a single oral administration...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454246/proliferation-and-motility-of-hepatocellular-pancreatic-and-gastric-cancer-cells-grown-in-a-medium-without-glucose-and-arginine-but-with-galactose-and-ornithine
#4
Minoru Tomizawa, Fuminobu Shinozaki, Yasufumi Motoyoshi, Takao Sugiyama, Shigenori Yamamoto, Naoki Ishige
Human primary hepatocytes are able to survive in a medium without glucose and arginine, but supplemented with galactose and ornithine (hepatocyte selection medium; HSM). To address the possibility of the application of HSM in cancer therapy, hepatocellular carcinoma cells, pancreatic cancer cells and gastric cancer cells were cultured in HSM. Cell proliferation was analyzed using an MTS assay. Morphological changes were analyzed using hematoxylin and eosin staining. Apoptosis was analyzed using a TUNEL assay and cell motility was assessed with a scratch assay...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454220/efficacy-of-pegr-1-endostatin-combined-with-ionizing-radiation-on-hypoxic-conditions-in-nude-mice-bearing-skov3-ovarian-carcinoma
#5
Yong-Chun Zhang, Xiu-Mei Li, Zhuang Yu, Xiao-Li Shi, Yong Li, Wan-Lin Wang
Hypoxia occurs in a wide range of solid tumors, and is strongly associated with radio-resistance of malignant tumors. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of endostatin combined with ionizing radiation (IR) on hypoxic conditions. A total of 24 mice bearing SKOV3 ovarian carcinoma were divided into three groups. Following injection with pEgr-1-endostatin plasmid for 12 h, the mice in the endostatin-IR-treated group were exposed to 300 cGy/min X-ray for 48 h, and the IR-treated group was exposed to the same condition...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454189/assessment-of-the-authenticity-of-herbal-dietary-supplements-comparison-of-chemical-and-dna-barcoding-methods
#6
Rahul S Pawar, Sara M Handy, Raymond Cheng, Nicole Shyong, Erich Grundel
About 7 % of the U. S. population reports using botanical dietary supplements. Increased use of such supplements has led to discussions related to their authenticity and quality. Reports of adulteration with substandard materials or pharmaceuticals are of concern because such substitutions, whether inadvertent or deliberate, may reduce the efficacy of specific botanicals or lead to adverse events. Methods for verifying the identity of botanicals include macroscopic and microscopic examinations, chemical analysis, and DNA-based methods including DNA barcoding...
April 28, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454076/carbazole-based-nanoprobe-for-selective-recognition-of-fe-3-ion-in-aqueous-medium-spectroscopic-insight
#7
Sonali B Suryawanshi, Prasad G Mahajan, Anita J Bodake, Govind B Kolekar, Shivajirao R Patil
A simple carbazole based nanoprobe prepared by reprecipitation method shows selective sensing behavior for Fe(3+) ion in aqueous medium. The prepared SDS capped 9-phenyl carbazole nanoparticles (9-PCzNPs) has narrower particle size distribution with an average diameter 35nm and zeta potential of -34.3mV predicted a good stability with negative surface charge over the nanoparticles. The Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM) image showed cubic shape morphology of nanoparticles. The aqueous suspension of SDS capped 9-phenyl carbazole nanoparticles exhibited aggregation induced enhanced red shifted intense emission in comparison with the emission arising from dilute solution of 9-phenyl carbazole in DCM...
April 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454074/photocatalytic-degradation-of-dye-using-ceo2-scb-composite-catalysts
#8
Duangdao Channei, Auppatham Nakaruk, Sukon Phanichphant
The main task of the present work is to enhance the photocatalytic degradation efficiency of methylene blue (MB) by using CeO2/sugarcane bagasse (SCB) composite catalysts. Homogeneous precipitation method was used to synthesis CeO2-SCB composite catalysts by adding SCB powder to precursor solution of Ce base-metal. The structural analytical data indicated the pure cubic fluorite structure of CeO2. Morphological images revealed the coating of CeO2 layer on high surface area of SCB core-shell. The chemical analysis presented spectrum of the Ce 3d in CeO2/SCB sample existed in the form of the Ce(3+) and Ce(4+) mixed- valence states...
April 22, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454062/self-assembled-dehydropeptide-nano-carriers-for-delivery-of-ornidazole-and-curcumin
#9
Smriti Rekha Deka, Santosh Yadav, Dheeresh Kumar, Sumit Garg, Manohar Mahato, Ashwani Kumar Sharma
In the recent studies, it has been demonstrated that incorporation of unnatural amino acid, α,β-dehydrophenylalanine, in small peptides results in stable self-assembled nanostructures with different sizes and shapes. Here, we have replaced the natural amino acid, phenylalanine, from our earlier reported work on self-assembled peptide, Boc-Pro-Phe-Gly-OMe, with a constrained dehydro amino acid, α,β-dehydrophenylalanine, to study its influence on self-assembled nanostructures. Dehydrotripeptide, Boc-Pro-ΔPhe-Gly-OMe, self-assembled into nanostructures in aqueous solutions and formed hydrophobic matrix with improved encapsulation efficiency of hydrophobic molecules...
April 20, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454048/antibacterial-activity-of-biochemically-capped-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-a-view-towards-green-chemistry
#10
Rabia Irshad, Kamran Tahir, Baoshan Li, Aftab Ahmad, Azka R Siddiqui, Sadia Nazir
A green approach to fabricate nanoparticles has been evolved as a revolutionary discipline. Eco-compatible reaction set ups, use of non-toxic materials and production of highly active biological and photocatalytic products are few benefits of this greener approach. Here, we introduce a green method to synthesize Fe oxide NPs using Punica granatum peel extract. The formation of Fe oxide NPs was optimized using different concentrations of peel extract (20mL, 40mL and 60mL) to achieve small size and better morphology...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454001/bacterial-community-shift-and-improved-performance-induced-by-in-situ-preparing-dual-graphene-modified-bioelectrode-in-microbial-fuel-cell
#11
Junfeng Chen, Yongyou Hu, Lihua Zhang, Wantang Huang, Jian Sun
Dual graphene modified bioelectrode (D-GM-BE) was prepared by in situ microbial-induced reduction of graphene oxide (GO) and polarity reversion in microbial fuel cell (MFC). Next Generation Sequencing technology was used to elucidate bacterial community shift in response to improved performance in D-GM-BE MFC. The results indicated an increase in the relative ratio of Proteobacteria, but a decrease of Firmicutes was observed in graphene modified bioanode (GM-BA); increase of Proteobacteria and Firmicutes were observed in graphene modified biocathode (GM-BC)...
April 17, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453975/synaptic-plasticity-in-dendrites-complications-and-coping-strategies
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REVIEW
Bartlett W Mel, Jackie Schiller, Panayiota Poirazi
The elaborate morphology, nonlinear membrane mechanisms and spatiotemporally varying synaptic activation patterns of dendrites complicate the expression, compartmentalization and modulation of synaptic plasticity. To grapple with this complexity, we start with the observation that neurons in different brain areas face markedly different learning problems, and dendrites of different neuron types contribute to the cell's input-output function in markedly different ways. By committing to specific assumptions regarding a neuron's learning problem and its input-output function, specific inferences can be drawn regarding the synaptic plasticity mechanisms and outcomes that we 'ought' to expect for that neuron...
April 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453943/supercharging-a-mno-sub-2-sub-nanowire-an-amine-altered-morphology-retains-capacity-at-high-rates-and-mass-loadings
#13
Girija Thesma Chandran, Gaurav Jha, Shaopeng Qiao, Mya Le Thai, Rajen Kumar Dutta, Alana F Ogata, Ji-Soo Jang, Il-Doo Kim, Reginald M Penner
The influence of hexamethylenetetraamine (HMTA) on the morphology of δ- MnO<sub>2</sub> and its properties for electrical energy storage are investigated - specifically for ultra-thick δ-MnO<sub>2<\sub> layers in the micron scale. Planar arrays of gold@δ-MnO<sub>2</sub>, core@shell nanowires, were prepared by electrodeposition with and without the HMTA and their elec- trochemical properties evaluated. HMTA alters the MnO<sub>2</sub> in three ways: First, it creates a more open morphology for the MnO<sub>2</sub> coating, characterized by "petals" with a thickness of 6 nm to 9 nm, rather than much thinner δ-MnO<sub>2</sub> sheets seen in the absence of HMTA...
April 28, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453907/aggregation-behaviour-of-non-ionic-twinned-amphiphiles-and-their-application-as-biomedical-nanocarriers
#14
Abhishek K Singh, Bala N S Thota, Boris Schade, Katharina Achazi, Abdullah Khan, Christoph Böttcher, Sunil K Sharma, Rainer Haag
A new class of twinned amphiphiles was developed by conjugating a pair of hydrophilic head groups from mPEG chains (Mn: 350 or 1000) and a pair of hydrophobic segments from linear alkyl chains (C11 or C18) through a novel spacer synthesized from glycerol and p-hydroxybenzoic acid. The aggregation phenomena of the amphiphiles were proven by DLS and fluorescence experiments, whereas size and morphology of the aggregates were evaluated by cryo-TEM, the measurements proved the formation of globular, thread-like or rod-like micelles as well as planar double-layer assemblies, depending on the amphiphile's molecular structure...
April 28, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453876/age-associated-changes-in-the-blood-brain-barrier-comparative-studies-in-human-and-mouse
#15
Emily F Goodall, Chunfang Wang, Julie E Simpson, David J Baker, David R Drew, Paul R Heath, M Jill Saffrey, Ignacio A Romero, Stephen B Wharton
AIMS: While vascular pathology is a common feature of a range of neurodegenerative diseases, we hypothesised that vascular changes occur in association with normal ageing. Therefore we aimed to characterise age-associated changes in the blood brain barrier (BBB) in human and mouse cohorts. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry and Evans Blue assays were used to characterise BBB dysfunction (tight junction protein expression and serum plasma protein accumulation), vascular pathology (pericyte loss and vascular density) and glial pathology (astrocyte and microglial density) in ageing neurological control human pre-frontal cortex (a total of 23 cases from 5 age groups representing the spectrum of young adult to old age: 20-30yrs, 31-45yrs, 46-60yrs, 61-75yrs and 75+) and C57BL/6 mice (3 month, 12 month, 18 month and 24 month, n=5/6 per group)...
April 28, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453753/effects-of-commercial-organic-acid-blends-on-male-broilers-challenged-with-e-%C3%A2-coli-k88-performance-microbiology-intestinal-morphology-and-immune-response
#16
N Khodambashi Emami, A Daneshmand, S Zafari Naeini, E N Graystone, L J Broom
This study assessed the effects of 3 commercial organic acid (OA) preparations on growth performance, intestinal morphology, cecal microbiology, and immunity of Escherichia coli K88-challenged (ETEC) broiler chickens. One thousand one-day-old male broiler chickens were divided into 8 treatments of 5 replicate pens: Negative control (NC) birds received a basal diet (BD) and were not challenged with ETEC; positive control (PC) birds fed the BD and challenged with ETEC; BD + 0.2% (S1) or 0.4% (S2) of an OA mixture (Salkil) from one to 35 d; BD + 0...
April 26, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453722/accuracy-of-mdct-and-cbct-in-three-dimensional-evaluation-of-the-oropharynx-morphology
#17
Hui Chen, Maureen van Eijnatten, Ghizlane Aarab, Tim Forouzanfar, Jan de Lange, Paul van der Stelt, Frank Lobbezoo, Jan Wolff
Objective: To assess the accuracy of five different computed tomography (CT) scanners for the evaluation of the oropharynx morphology. Methods: An existing cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) data set was used to fabricate an anthropomorphic phantom of the upper airway volume that extended from the uvula to the epiglottis (oropharynx) with known dimensions (gold standard). This phantom was scanned using two multi-detector row computed tomography (MDCT) scanners (GE Discovery CT750 HD, Siemens Somatom Sensation) and three CBCT scanners (NewTom 5G, 3D Accuitomo 170, Vatech PaX Zenith 3D)...
April 27, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453569/molecular-exploration-of-hidden-diversity-in-the-indo-west-pacific-sciaenid-clade
#18
Pei-Chun Lo, Shu-Hui Liu, Siti Azizah Mohd Nor, Wei-Jen Chen
The family Sciaenidae, known as croakers or drums, is one of the largest perciform fish families. A recent multi-gene based study investigating the phylogeny and biogeography of global sciaenids revealed that the origin and early diversification of this family occurred in tropical America during the Late Oligocene-Early Miocene before undergoing range expansions to other seas including the Indo-West Pacific, where high species richness is observed. Despite this clarification of the overall evolutionary history of the family, knowledge of the taxonomy and phylogeny of sciaenid genera endemic to the Indo-West Pacific is still limited due to lack of a thorough survey of all taxa...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453470/three-repeat-tau-with-grain-like-structures-and-distribution-in-an-83-year-old-man
#19
Naoki Kasahata, Tomohide Sato, Iichiroh Onishi, Masanobu Kitagawa, Toshiki Uchihara, Katsuiku Hirokawa
We encountered an 83-year-old man with 3-repeat dominant grain-like tau deposition. Tau-positive lesions exhibited apparent similarity to argyrophilic grains in terms of their distribution in the ambient gyrus, amygdala, and dorsomedial temporal tip and the characteristic comma-like morphology. The abundant oligodendroglial tau immunoreactivities were 3-repeat dominant. Tuft-shaped astrocytes showed partial 3-repeat tau immnoreactivities. These grain-like structures, as well as tuft-shaped astrocytes and oligodendroglia, exhibited predominant 3-repeat tau immunoreactivity, suggesting that grain-like structures and their characteristic distribution are mutually linked and not unique to 4-repeat tau deposition...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453434/follicular-morphological-characteristics-may-be-associated-with-invasion-in-follicular-thyroid-neoplasms-with-papillary-like-nuclear-features
#20
Nuray Can, Mehmet Celik, Yavuz Atakan Sezer, Filiz Ozyilmaz, Semra Ayturk, Ebru Tastekin, Necdet Sut, Hakan Gurkan, Funda Ustun, Buket Yilmaz Bulbul, Sibel Guldiken, Fulya Oz Puyan
The newly proposed nomenclature and diagnostic criteria for encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (EFVPTC), the noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP), could improve the consistency and accuracy of diagnosing this entity. Diagnosis of NIFTP requires evaluation of the complete tumor border or capsule. The presence of tumor invasion in follicular thyroid neoplasms with papillary-like nuclear features has been recently discussed by many authors...
April 28, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
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