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Seung-Hyun Jeong, You-Jin Jeon, Sun Joo Park
Hypoxia-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been identified as essential for tumor progression and metastasis. The present study examined the effects of an antioxidant, dieckol, on hypoxia‑induced EMT in HT29 human colorectal cancer cells. HT29 cells were treated with a hypoxia‑inducing agent, CoCl2, and an increase in the levels of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and various morphological changes, such as loss of cell‑cell contact and aggressive cell migration were observed...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Shalev Gihaz, Diána Weiser, Adi Dror, Péter Sátorhelyi, Moran Jerabek-Willemsen, László Poppe, Ayelet Fishman
Two ternary sol-gel matrices, an octyltriethoxysilane-based aliphatic matrix and a phenyltriethoxysilane (PTEOS)-based aromatic matrix, were used to immobilize a methanol-stable variant of lipase from Geobacillus stearothermophilus T6 for the synthesis of biodiesel from waste oil. Superior thermal stability of the mutant versus the wildtype in methanol was confirmed by intrinsic protein fluorescence measurements. The influence of skim milk and soluble E. coli lysate proteins as bulking and stabilizing agents in conjunction with sol-gel entrapment were investigated...
October 25, 2016: ChemSusChem
Jianbo Tan, Xuechao Zhang, Dongdong Liu, Yuhao Bai, Chundong Huang, Xueliang Li, Li Zhang
Carbon dioxide (CO2 )-responsive polymer nano-objects are prepared by photoinitiated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer dispersion polymerization of 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate and 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) in water at room temperature using a poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) macromolecular chain transfer agent. Kinetic studies confirm that full monomer conversions are achieved in all cases within 10 min of visible-light irradiation (405 nm, 0.5 mW cm(-2) )...
October 25, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Antonella Vitti, Elisa Pellegrini, Cristina Nali, Stella Lovelli, Adriano Sofo, Maria Valerio, Antonio Scopa, Maria Nuzzaci
Understanding the induction of plant defenses against viruses using biocontrol agents is essential for developing new strategies against these pathogens, given the ineffectiveness of chemical treatments. The ability of Trichoderma harzianum, strain T-22 (T22) to control Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) in Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme plants and the changes in the physiology of tomato treated/infected with T22/CMV were examined. Plant growth-promoting effects, photosynthetic performance, reactive oxygen species scavenging enzymes, and phytohormones were investigated...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Andrew Gross, Raoudha Haddad, Christophe Travelet, Eric Reynaud, Pierre Audebert, Redouane Borsali, Serge Cosnier
The controlled self-assembly of precise and well-defined photochemically and electrochemically active carbohydrate-coated nanoparticles offers the exiting prospect of biocompatible catalysts for energy storage/conversion and biolabeling applications. Here an aqueous nanoparticle system has been developed with a versatile outer layer for host-guest molecule encapsulation via β-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes. A β-cyclodextrin modified polystyrene polymer was first obtained by copper nanopowder "click chemistry"...
October 25, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Julia L Monteiro, Paula F Carneiro, Petteri Elsner, Dominique Roberge, Peter G M Wuts, Kathrin Kurjan, Bernhard Gutmann, C Oliver Kappe
Herein, we report an operationally simple and rapid continuous flow radical C─C bond formation under Minisci-type reaction conditions. The transformations are performed at or below room temperature employing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) as reagents in the presence of an Fe(II) catalyst. For electron rich aromatic and heteroaromatic substrates C─C bond formation proceeds satisfactorily with electrophilic radicals including ∙CF3, ∙C4F9, ∙CH2CN and ∙CH2CO2Et. In contrast, electron poor substrates exhibit minimal reactivity...
October 24, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Boris Pinchuk, Thorsten von Drathen, Viktoria Opel, Christian Peifer
Dabrafenib (Tafinlar) was approved in 2013 by the FDA as a selective single agent treatment for patients with BRAF(V600E) mutation-positive advanced melanoma. One year later, a combination of dabrafenib and trametinib was used for treatment of BRAF(V600E/K) mutant metastatic melanoma. In the present study, we report on hitherto not described photosensitivity of dabrafenib both in organic and aqueous media. The half-lives for dabrafenib degradation were determined. Moreover, we revealed photoinduced chemical conversion of dabrafenib to its planar fluorescent derivative dabrafenib_photo 2...
October 13, 2016: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Ang Li, Xiang Li, Xujiang Yu, Wei Li, Ruyi Zhao, Xiao An, Daxiang Cui, Xiaoyuan Chen, Wanwan Li
In this work, we report a successful synthesis of copper bismuth sulfide nanorods (NRs) with broad and strong photoabsorption ranging from ultraviolet (UV) to near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths, which can be used as a 1064 nm-laser-driven photothermal agent with the photothermal conversion efficiency of 40.7%, noticeably higher than most of the reported PTT agents working in NIR-II window. The as-prepared PEGylated Cu3BiS3 NRs were used as photoacoustic imaging (PAI) and CT imaging agents due to their strong NIR absorption and large X-ray attenuation coefficient of bismuth...
October 12, 2016: Biomaterials
Jiajia Li, Chunlai Ding, Zhengbiao Zhang, Xiangqiang Pan, Na Li, Jian Zhu, Xiulin Zhu
Butyl acrylate is polymerized in the living way under the irradiation of purple light-emitting diode (LED) or sunlight without photocatalyst at ambient temperature. 2-((Phenoxycarbonothioyl)thio) ethyl propanoate) is exclusively added and acted as an initiator and a chain transfer agent simultaneously in the current system. Poly(butyl acrylate) with well-regulated molecular weight and relatively narrow molecular weight distribution (Ð < 1.30) is synthesized. High conversion (>95%) can be achieved within several minutes...
October 21, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Lois Choy, Jie Ming Yeo, Vivian Tse, Shing Po Chan, Gary Tse
The mouse is the second mammalian species, after the human, in which substantial amount of the genomic information has been analyzed. With advances in transgenic technology, mutagenesis is now much easier to carry out in mice. Consequently, an increasing number of transgenic mouse systems have been generated for the study of cardiac arrhythmias in ion channelopathies and cardiomyopathies. Mouse hearts are also amenable to physical manipulation such as coronary artery ligation and transverse aortic constriction to induce heart failure, radiofrequency ablation of the AV node to model complete AV block and even implantation of a miniature pacemaker to induce cardiac dyssynchrony...
September 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
Marc A Becker, Xiaonan Hou, Piyawan Tienchaianada, Brian B Haines, Sean C Harrington, S John Weroha, Sriram Sathyanarayanan, Paul Haluska
BACKGROUND: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) represents a key downstream intermediate for a myriad of oncogenic receptor tyrosine kinases. In the case of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) pathway, the mTOR complex (mTORC1) mediates IGF-1 receptor (IGF-1R)-induced estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) phosphorylation/activation and leads to increased proliferation and growth in breast cancer cells. As a result, the prevalence of mTOR inhibitors combined with hormonal therapy has increased in recent years...
October 20, 2016: BMC Cancer
C Michael White, Elaine Nguyen
OBJECTIVE: To review the limitations of current antiarrhythmic drugs in atrial fibrillation (AF) and discuss the rationale and clinical trials supporting the use of ranolazine in AF. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE was searched from 1980 to September 2016 using the terms ranolazine, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery bypass grafting, and valve surgery STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: English-language studies and reviews assessing antiarrhythmic drugs, including ranolazine, were incorporated...
October 6, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Bingjiang Zhou, Yunzheng Li, Guangle Niu, Minhuan Lan, Qingyan Jia, Qionglin Liang
Given their easy structural modification and good biocompatibility advantages, near-infrared (NIR) organic dyes with a large molar extinction coefficient while a super-low fluorescence quantum yield show considerable potential application in photothermal therapy (PTT). Herein, a new NIR-absorbing asymmetric cyanine dye, namely, RC, is designed and synthesized via the hybrid of rhodamine and hemicyanine derivatives. RC-BSA nanoparticles (NPs) are fabricated by using the bovine serum albumin (BSA) matrix. The NPs exhibit a strong NIR absorption peak at ~868 nm and 28...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Min Soo Kim, Kyung Il Jo, Je Young Yeon, Jong Soo Kim, Keon Ha Kim, Pyoung Jeon, Seung Chyul Hong
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to explore the safety and efficacy of an antiplatelet response assay and drug adjustment to prevent delayed thromboembolic events after stent-assisted coil embolization. METHODS: A total of 370 patients were enrolled in this study between December 2005 and July 2014. Of these, 124 patients were placed into the drug resistance test (DRT) group with drug adjustment according to response to an antiplatelet agent, and 246 patients comprised the control group with a standard antiplatelet regimen...
October 18, 2016: Neuroradiology
Zen Yang Ang, Michael Boddy, Yandi Liu, Bruce Sunderland
Apomorphine in solution undergoes rapid autoxidation, producing greenish colored solutions, making it difficult to formulate as a stable pharmaceutical solution. To identify the optimum antioxidant agent/combination for apomorphine solution, a high performance liquid chromatography assay was used to study the stability of 50 μg/mL apomorphine HCI in 0.1% L-ascorbic acid (AA), 0.1% sodium metabisulfite (SMB), 0.1% EDTA, and in selected combinations at 25°C, 32°C, and 37°C over a period of 14 days. The stability of apomorphine HCl (10 mg/mL) in 0...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
A Kenneth MacLeod, Lesley A McLaughlin, Colin J Henderson, C Roland Wolf
Tamoxifen is an oestrogen-receptor (ER) antagonist used in the treatment of breast cancer. It is a pro-drug, converted by several P450 enzymes to a primary metabolite, N-desmethyltamoxifen (NDT), which is then further modified by CYP2D6 to a pharmacologically potent secondary metabolite, 4-hydroxy-N-desmethyltamoxifen (endoxifen). Anti-depressants (ADs), which are often co-prescribed to patients receiving tamoxifen, are also metabolised by CYP2D6 and evidence suggests that a drug-drug interaction (DDI) between these agents adversely affects the outcome of tamoxifen therapy by inhibiting endoxifen formation...
October 18, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
Xiang-Jun Fan, Yao Wang, Lei Wang, Mingyan Zhu
The role of salidroside in colon cancer remains unknown. Here we show that salidroside, a phenylpropanoid glycoside extracted from Rhodiola rosea, exhibited potent anti-proliferative properties in human colorectal cancer cells via inducing apoptosis and autophagy. We ascertained that salidroside exerts an inhibitory effect on the proliferation of human colorectal cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, salidroside induced cell apoptosis, accompanied by an increase of chromatin condensation and nuclear fragmentation, and a decrease of Bcl-2/Bax protein expression ratio...
September 30, 2016: Oncology Reports
Enza Maria Torchetti, Mattia Pegoraro, Beatriz Navarro, Marco Catoni, Francesco Di Serio, Emanuela Noris
DNA methylation and post-transcriptional gene silencing play critical roles in controlling infection of single-stranded (ss) DNA geminiviruses and ssRNA viroids, respectively, but both pathogens can counteract these host defense mechanisms and promote their infectivity. Moreover, a specific role of DNA methylation in viroid-host interactions is not yet confirmed. Here, using an experimental system where two nuclear-replicating agents, the geminivirus tomato yellow leaf curl Sardinia virus (TYLCSV) and potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd), co-infect their common host tomato, we observed that PSTVd severely interferes with TYLCSV infectivity and accumulation, most likely as a consequence of strong activation of host DNA methylation pathways...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
J C Cohen
Genetic variation arises through multiple different alleles that vary in frequency and severity of effect. Mutations that give rise to Mendelian disorders, such as the LDL receptor (LDLR) mutations that result in familial hypercholesterolaemia, are efficiently winnowed from the population by purifying selection and are almost inevitably rare. Conversely, alleles that are common in the population (such that homozygotes for the minor allele are present even in modest sample sizes) typically have very modest phenotypic effects...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
Maria New, Semira Sheikh, Mina Bekheet, Heidi Olzscha, Marie-Laetitia Thezenas, Matthew A Care, Susan Fotheringham, Reuben M Tooze, Benedikt M Kessler, Nicholas B La Thangue
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors have proven useful therapeutic agents for certain haematological cancers. However, HDAC inhibition causes diverse cellular outcomes, and identification of cancer-relevant pathways within these outcomes remains unresolved. In this study, we utilized an unbiased loss-of-function screen and identified the Toll-like receptor (TLR) adaptor protein MYD88 as a key regulator of the anti-proliferative effects of HDAC inhibition. High expression of MYD88 exhibited increased sensitivity to HDAC inhibitors; conversely, low expression coincided with reduced sensitivity...
October 12, 2016: Cancer Research
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