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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223097/recent-advances-in-microtubule-stabilizing-agents
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REVIEW
Ya-Nan Cao, Ling-Li Zheng, Dan Wang, Xiao-Xia Liang, Feng Gao, Xian-Li Zhou
Highly dynamic mitotic spindle microtubules are superb therapeutic targets for a group of chemically diverse and clinically successful anticancer drugs. Microtubule-targeted drugs disrupt microtubule dynamics in distinct ways, and they are primarily classified into two groups: microtubule destabilizing agents (MDAs), such as vinblastine, colchicine, and combretastatin-A4, and microtubule stabilizing agents (MSAs), such as paclitaxel and epothilones. Systematic discovery and development of new MSAs have been aided by extensive research on paclitaxel, yielding a large number of promising anticancer compounds...
November 24, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223023/live-cell-imaging-reveals-different-modes-of-cytotoxic-action-of-extracts-derived-from-commonly-used-luting-cements
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Rita Trumpaitė-Vanagienė, Alina Čebatariūnienė, Virginijus Tunaitis, Alina Pūrienė, Augustas Pivoriūnas
OBJECTIVE: To compare cytotoxicity of extracts derived from commonly used luting cements: Hoffmann's Zinc Phosphate (ZPC), GC Fuji Plus Resin Modified Glass Ionomer (RMGIC) and 3M ESPE RelyX Unicem Resin Cement (RC) on primary human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs). DESIGN: HGFs were exposed to different concentrations of the ZPC, RMGIC and RC extracts. The cytotoxicity was assessed with the PrestoBlue Cell Viability Reagent and viable cells were counted by a haemocytometer using the trypan blue exclusion test...
November 27, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222974/cold-atmospheric-plasma-cap-a-novel-physicochemical-source-induces-neural-differentiation-through-cross-talk-between-the-specific-rons-cascade-and-trk-ras-erk-signaling-pathway
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Ja-Young Jang, Young June Hong, Junsup Lim, Jin Sung Choi, Eun Ha Choi, Seongman Kang, Hyangshuk Rhim
Plasma, formed by ionization of gas molecules or atoms, is the most abundant form of matter and consists of highly reactive physicochemical species. In the physics and chemistry fields, plasma has been extensively studied; however, the exact action mechanisms of plasma on biological systems, including cells and humans, are not well known. Recent evidence suggests that cold atmospheric plasma (CAP), which refers to plasma used in the biomedical field, may regulate diverse cellular processes, including neural differentiation...
November 30, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222808/-just-a-spoonful-of-sugar-import-of-sialic-acid-across-bacterial-cell-membranes
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REVIEW
Rachel A North, Christopher R Horne, James S Davies, Daniela M Remus, Andrew C Muscroft-Taylor, Parveen Goyal, Weixiao Yuan Wahlgren, S Ramaswamy, Rosmarie Friemann, Renwick C J Dobson
Eukaryotic cell surfaces are decorated with a complex array of glycoconjugates that are usually capped with sialic acids, a large family of over 50 structurally distinct nine-carbon amino sugars, the most common member of which is N-acetylneuraminic acid. Once made available through the action of neuraminidases, bacterial pathogens and commensals utilise host-derived sialic acid by degrading it for energy or repurposing the sialic acid onto their own cell surface to camouflage the bacterium from the immune system...
December 8, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222776/culture-of-rat-mesencephalic-dopaminergic-neurons-and-application-to-neurotoxic-and-neuroprotective-agents
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Stephen D Skaper, Massimo Barbierato, Vanni Ferrari, Morena Zusso, Laura Facci
Dopaminergic neuronal cell degeneration is the principal characteristic feature of the neuropathology of Parkinson disease. Cultures of mesencephalic neurons are widely used as a source of dopaminergic neurons for the study of mechanisms implicated in dopaminergic cell death and for the evaluation of potential dopaminergic neuroprotective agents, including neurotrophic factors. This chapter presents a detailed protocol for the preparation of rat mesencephalic cell cultures and their application to evaluating the effect of the dopaminergic neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium and the neuroprotective action of brain-derived neurotrophic factor...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222770/ocular-nerve-growth-factor-ngf-and-ngf-eye-drop-application-as-paradigms-to-investigate-ngf-neuroprotective-and-reparative-actions
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Paola Tirassa, Pamela Rosso, Angela Iannitelli
The eye is a central nervous system structure that is uniquely accessible to local treatment. Through the ocular surface, it is possible to access the retina, optic nerve, and brain. Animal models of retina degeneration or optic nerve crush could thus serve as tools to investigate whether and how factors, which are anterogradely or retrogradely transported through the optic nerve, might contribute to activate neuroprotection and eventually regeneration. Among these factors, nerve growth factor (NGF) plays a crucial role during development of the visual system, as well as during the entire life span, and in pathological conditions...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222687/chrysophyllum-cainito-apple-star-a-fruit-with-gastroprotective-activity-in-experimental-ulcer-models
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Roseane Leandra da Rosa, Camila Leandra de Almeida, Lincon Bordigon Somensi, Thaise Boeing, Luisa Nathália Bolda Mariano, Clarissa de Medeiros Amorim Krueger, Priscila de Souza, Valdir Cechinel Filho, Luisa Mota da Silva, Sérgio Faloni de Andrade
The gastroprotective potential of the methanolic extracts from peels (MEPe), seeds (MESe) and pulp (MEPu) of Chrysophyllum cainito L. (Sapotaceae) fruits was evaluated in mice using ethanol/HCl- and indomethacin-induced ulcer, as well as the antiulcer effect of the juice and flour from this fruit. The lowest oral gastroprotective dose of MEPe, MESe and MEPu against ethanol/HCl was 3, 3 and 10 mg/kg, respectively. Moreover, all extracts increased mucin secretion at 176, 198 and 193%. Intraperitoneal administration of MEPe (0...
December 8, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222646/evidence-for-the-involvement-of-opioid-system-in-the-antidepressant-like-effect-of-ascorbic-acid
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Morgana Moretti, Camille M Ribeiro, Vivian B Neis, Luis Eduardo B Bettio, Priscila B Rosa, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues
Considering the involvement of the opioid system in major depressive disorder (MDD), mainly concerning refractory MDD, and the evidence that ascorbic acid may exert a beneficial effect for the treatment of this disorder, this study investigated the involvement of the opioid system in the antidepressant-like effect of ascorbic acid in the tail suspension test (TST). Treatment of Swiss mice with the non-selective opioid receptor antagonist naloxone (1 mg/kg, i.p.) prevented the reduced immobility time caused by ascorbic acid (1 mg/kg, p...
December 8, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222611/kiwifruit-svp2-controls-developmental-and-drought-stress-pathways
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Rongmei Wu, Tianchi Wang, Ben A W Warren, Susan J Thomson, Andrew C Allan, Richard C Macknight, Erika Varkonyi-Gasic
Genome-wide targets of Actinidia chinensis SVP2 confirm roles in ABA- and dehydration-mediated growth repression and reveal a conservation in mechanism of action between SVP genes of taxonomically distant Arabidopsis and a woody perennial kiwifruit. The molecular mechanisms underlying growth and dormancy in woody perennials are largely unknown. In Arabidopsis, the MADS-box transcription factor SHORT VEGETATIVE PHASE (SVP) plays a key role in the progression from vegetative to floral development, and in woody perennials SVP-like genes are also proposed to be involved in controlling dormancy...
December 8, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222345/type-vi-secretion-system-sheath-inter-subunit-interactions-modulate-its-contraction
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Maximilian Brackmann, Jing Wang, Marek Basler
Secretion systems are essential for bacteria to survive and manipulate their environment. The bacterial type VI secretion system (T6SS) generates the force needed for protein translocation by the contraction of a long polymer called sheath. The sheath is a six-start helical assembly of interconnected VipA/VipB subunits. The mechanism of T6SS sheath contraction is unknown. Here, we show that elongating the N-terminal VipA linker or eliminating charge of a specific VipB residue abolishes sheath contraction and delivery of effectors into target cells...
December 8, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222310/novel-alternate-hemostatic-agents-for-patients-with-inhibitors-beyond-bypass-therapy
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REVIEW
Margaret V Ragni
Inhibitor formation is among the most severe complications of hemophilia treatment. With a cumulative incidence of ∼30% in those with severe hemophilia A and ∼3% in those with severe hemophilia B, inhibitors are caused by a T-cell response directed against infused coagulation factor; these inhibitors neutralize factor VIII or IX activity and disrupt normal hemostasis. Inhibitor patients become unresponsive to standard factor treatment and, as an alternative, use bypass treatment (eg, recombinant factor VIIa or factor VIII inhibitor bypass activity)...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222300/emerging-options-in-multiple-myeloma-targeted-immune-and-epigenetic-therapies
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REVIEW
Shaji Kumar
Considerable progress has been made in the treatment of multiple myeloma in the past decade with median survival for the disease improving significantly. This has come through a combination of better understanding of the disease biology and coordinated research into new treatment approaches including better supportive care. However, patients eventually become refractory to available treatments and succumb to the disease, highlighting the need to develop new treatment approaches. The genetic heterogeneity in the disease and clonal evolution under treatment pressure underlie the development of resistance, underscoring the need to develop more effective therapies that can eradicate the disease at initial treatment as well as the need for new classes of drugs with varying mechanisms of action...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222026/transcriptome-analysis-provides-insights-into-the-immune-responsive-pathways-and-genes-in-the-head-kidney-of-tiger-grouper-epinephelus-fuscoguttatus-fed-with-spatholobus-suberectus-phellodendron-amurense-or-eclipta-prostrata
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Yan Cai, Shifeng Wang, Weiliang Guo, Zhenyu Xie, Yu Zheng, Zhenjie Cao, Yongcan Zhou
The tiger grouper, Epinephelus fuscoguttatus, is an economically important fish in Southeast Asia but has been plagued by several diseases. Spatholobus suberectus (S), Phellodendron amurense (P), and Eclipta prostrate (E) are three commonly used Chinese medicinal herbs. Although previous pharmacological and clinical studies indicated that S, P, and E possess a variety of beneficial functions in mammals, little is known about their functions in farmed fish and the underlying molecular mechanism of their actions...
December 5, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222016/the-toxin-bjussulaao-ii-induces-oxidative-stress-and-dna-damage-upregulates-the-inflammatory-cytokine-genes-tnf-and-il6-and-downregulates-the-apoptotic-related-genes-bax-bcl2-and-rela-in-human-caco-2-cells
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A R T Machado, A F Aissa, D L Ribeiro, L C Hernandes, C S Machado, M L P Bianchi, S V Sampaio, L M G Antunes
Colorectal carcinoma is one of the most common cancers in adults. As chemotherapy, the first-choice treatment for colorectal carcinoma, is often infeasible due to acquired tumor resistance and several adverse effects. It is important to discover and explore new molecules with better therapeutic action. Snake venom toxins have shown promising results with high cytotoxicity against tumor cells, but their mechanisms of action remain unclear. Here we examined how BjussuLAAO-II, an L-amino acid oxidase isolated from Bothrops jararacussu snake venom, exerts cytotoxicity towards colorectal adenocarcinoma human cells (Caco-2) and in human umbilical vein endothelial cell line (HUVEC)...
December 5, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221989/differential-targeting-of-membrane-lipid-domains-by-caffeic-acid-and-its-ester-derivatives
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Hugo A L Filipe, Carla Sousa, Joaquim T Marquês, Diogo Vila-Viçosa, António de Granada Flor, Ana S Viana, M Soledade C S Santos, Miguel Machuqueiro, Rodrigo F M de Almeida
Phenolic acids have been associated to a wide range of important health benefits underlain by a common molecular mechanism of action. Considering that significant membrane permeation is prevented by their hydrophilic character, we hypothesize that their main effects result from the interplay with cell membrane surface. This hypothesis was tested using the paradigmatic caffeic acid (CA) and two of its ester derivatives, rosmarinic (RA) and chlorogenic (CGA) acids, for which we predict, based on molecular dynamics simulations, a shallow location in phospholipid bilayers dependent on the protonation-state...
December 5, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221953/antitumor-action-of-3-bromopyruvate-implicates-reorganized-tumor-growth-regulatory-components-of-tumor-milieu-cell-cycle-arrest-and-induction-of-mitochondria-dependent-tumor-cell-death
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Saveg Yadav, Praveen Kumar Kujur, Shrish Kumar Pandey, Yugal Goel, Babu Nandan Maurya, Ashish Verma, Ajay Kumar, Rana Pratap Singh, Sukh Mahendra Singh
Evidences demonstrate that metabolic inhibitor 3-bromopyruvate (3-BP) exerts a potent antitumor action against a wide range of malignancies. However, the effect of 3-BP on progression of the tumors of thymic origin remains unexplored. Although, constituents of tumor microenvironment (TME) plays a pivotal role in regulation of tumor progression, it remains unclear if 3-BP can alter the composition of the crucial tumor growth regulatory components of the external surrounding of tumor cells. Thus, the present investigation attempts to understand the effect of 3-BP administration to a host bearing a progressively growing tumor of thymic origin on tumor growth regulatory soluble, cellular and biophysical components of tumor milieu vis-à-vis understanding its association with tumor progression, accompanying cell cycle events and mode of cell death...
December 5, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221796/synthesis-and-antibacterial-activity-of-new-peptides-from-alfalfa-rubisco-protein-hydrolysates-and-mode-of-action-via-a-membrane-damage-mechanism-against-listeria-innocua
#17
Sabrine Kobbi, Naima Nedjar, Nourdine Chihib, Rafik Balti, Mickael Chevalier, Amandine Silvain, Semia Chaabouni, Pascal Dhulster, Ali Bougatef
In this work we evaluated the mode of action of six new synthesized peptides (Met-Asp-Asn; Glu-leu-Ala-Ala-Ala-Cys; Leu-Arg-Asp-Asp-Phe; Gly-Asn-Ala-Pro-Gly-Ala-Val-Ala; Ala-Leu-Arg-Met-Ser-Gly and Arg-Asp-Arg-Phe-Leu), previously identified, from the most active peptide fractions of RuBisCO peptic hydrolysate against Listeria innocua via a membrane damage mechanism. Antibacterial effect and the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of these peptides were evaluated against six strains and their hemolytic activities towards bovine erythrocytes were determined...
December 5, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221723/effects-of-thyroxine-on-expression-of-proteins-related-to-thyroid-hormone-functions-tr-%C3%AE-tr-%C3%AE-rxr-and-erk1-2-in-uterus-during-peri-implantation-period
#18
Abu Sadat Md Sayem, Nelli Giribabu, Sekaran Muniandy, Naguib Salleh
INTRODUCTION: Thyroid hormone is known to play important role during embryo implantation, however mechanisms underlying its actions in uterus during peri-implantation period has not been fully identified. In this study, we hypothesized that thyroid hormone could affect expression of proteins related to its function, where these could explain mechanisms for its action in uterus during this period. METHODS: Female rats, once rendered hypothyroid via oral administration of methimazole (0...
December 5, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221665/effect-of-wrist-posture-rate-of-force-development-relaxation-and-isotonic-contractions-on-finger-force-independence
#19
Stephen E May, Peter J Keir
The multi-articular anatomy and inter-connections of the extrinsic finger muscles suggests that wrist posture may affect enslaved finger forces. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of (i) wrist posture on enslaved finger forces during ramp and isotonic exertions, and (ii) the rate of force development on enslaved forces and error. Twelve men performed 3 repetitions of isometric finger flexion and extension force with index and ring fingers with the wrist in 30° flexion, neutral, and 30° extension...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221505/the-politics-of-socioeconomic-status-how-socioeconomic-status-may-influence-political-attitudes-and-engagement
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REVIEW
Jazmin L Brown-Iannuzzi, Kristjen B Lundberg, Stephanie McKee
Socioeconomic status is hypothesized to be one factor informing political attitudes and actions. Presumably, this relationship is rooted in economic self-interest, with individuals preferring policies that would benefit them financially. In addition, these economic policy preferences are assumed to translate into political action. However, the relationships between socioeconomic status and political attitudes and behavior, as well as the psychological mechanisms associated with those relationships, are not straightforward...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
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