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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540540/molecular-mechanisms-of-bombyx-batryticatus-ethanol-extract-inducing-gastric-cancer-sgc-7901-cells-apoptosis
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Jin-Yi Wu, Almutamad Sheikho, He Ma, Tian-Ci Li, Ya-Qi Zhao, Ya-Lin Zhang, Dun Wang
Bombyx batryticatus is a traditional Chinese medicine. To understand apoptotic effect of B. batryticatus ethanol extract (BBE), we investigated the role of BBE in inducing apoptosis of human gastric cancer cells SGC-7901. Cells treated with BBE and apoptosis was assessed by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay, morphological changes, DNA fragmentation and flow cytometry assays. The expression of Bcl-2, Bax and P21 were evaluated by western blot analysis and real time polymerase chain reaction. MTT assay showed that the cytotoxicity of BBE extract on SGC-7901 cells was correlated with treatment time and concentration...
May 24, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526591/macrophage-based-therapeutic-strategies-in-regenerative-medicine
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Kara L Spiller, Timothy J Koh
Mounting evidence suggests that therapeutic cell and drug delivery strategies designed to actively harness the regenerative potential of the inflammatory response have great potential in regenerative medicine. In particular, macrophages have emerged as a primary target because of their critical roles in regulating multiple phases of tissue repair through their unique ability to rapidly shift phenotypes. Herein, we review macrophage-based therapies, focusing on the translational potential for cell delivery of ex vivo-activated macrophages and delivery of molecules and biomaterials to modulate accumulation and phenotype of endogenous macrophages...
May 16, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522885/dynamically-tunable-cell-culture-platforms-for-tissue-engineering-and-mechanobiology
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Koichiro Uto, Jonathan H Tsui, Cole A DeForest, Deok-Ho Kim
Human tissues are sophisticated ensembles of many distinct cell types embedded in the complex, but well-defined, structures of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Dynamic biochemical, physicochemical, and mechano-structural changes in the ECM define and regulate tissue-specific cell behaviors. To recapitulate this complex environment in vitro, dynamic polymer-based biomaterials have emerged as powerful tools to probe and direct active changes in cell function. The rapid evolution of polymerization chemistries, structural modulation, and processing technologies, as well as the incorporation of stimuli-responsiveness, now permit synthetic microenvironments to capture much of the dynamic complexity of native tissue...
February 2017: Progress in Polymer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522145/wnt-signaling-a-novel-pathway-regulating-blood-pressure-state-of-the-art-review
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REVIEW
Maen D Abou Ziki, Arya Mani
Recent antihypertensive trials show conflicting results on blood pressure (BP) targets in patient populations with different metabolic profiles, with lowest benefit from tight BP control observed in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This paradox could arise from the heterogeneity of study populations and underscores the importance of precision medicine initiatives towards understanding and treating hypertension. Wnt signaling pathways and genetic variations in its signaling peptides have been recently associated with metabolic syndrome, hypertension and diabetes, generating a breakthrough for advancement of precision medicine in the field of hypertension...
May 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507539/new-insight-into-inter-kingdom-communication-horizontal-transfer-of-mobile-small-rnas
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REVIEW
Geyu Zhou, Yu Zhou, Xi Chen
Small RNAs (sRNAs), including small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and microRNAs (miRNAs), are conventionally regarded as critical molecular regulators of various intracellular processes. However, recent accumulating evidence indicates that sRNAs can be transferred within cells and tissues and even across species. In plants, nematodes and microbes, these mobile sRNAs can mediate inter-kingdom communication, environmental sensing, gene expression regulation, host-parasite defense and many other biological functions...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503089/anticancer-chemodiversity-of-ranunculaceae-medicinal-plants-molecular-mechanisms-and-functions
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REVIEW
Da-Cheng Hao, Chun-Nian He, Jie Shen, Pei-Gen Xiao
The buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, comprising more than 2,200 species in at least 62 genera, mostly herbs, has long been used in folk medicine and worldwide ethnomedicine since the beginning of human civilization. Various medicinal phytometabolites have been found in Ranunculaceae plants, many of which, such as alkaloids, terpenoids, saponins, and polysaccharides, have shown anti-cancer activities in vitro and in vivo. Most concerns have been raised for two epiphany molecules, the monoterpene thymoquinone and the isoquinoline alkaloid berberine...
February 2017: Current Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497202/exosomes-and-their-application-in-biomedical-field-difficulties-and-advantages
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REVIEW
Jafar Rezaie, Saeed Ajezi, Çığır Biray Avci, Mohammad Karimipour, Mohammad Hossein Geranmayeh, Alireza Nourazarian, Emel Sokullu, Aysa Rezabakhsh, Reza Rahbarghazi
The science of gene therapy has experienced a controversial history. At first, the initial concept that various disorders become curable by gene transferring was very exciting and challengeable. However, the problems and difficulties related to emerging techniques and unwanted side effects seen in some patients who have undergone gene therapy make some questions against the safety of novel molecular medicine approach. In line with this statement, discovery and developing a good bio-vector possessing low toxicity and high efficiency rate are the most important issues in gene therapy field...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488967/purinergic-control-of-red-blood-cell-metabolism-novel-strategies-to-improve-red-cell-storage-quality
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REVIEW
Kaiqi Sun, Angelo D'alessandro, Yang Xia
Transfusion of stored blood is regarded as one of the great advances in modern medicine. However, during storage in the blood bank, red blood cells (RBCs) undergo a series of biochemical and biomechanical changes that affect cell morphology and physiology and potentially impair transfusion safety and efficacy. Despite reassuring evidence from clinical trials, it is universally accepted that the storage lesion(s) results in the altered physiology of long-stored RBCs and helps explain the rapid clearance of up to one-fourth of long-stored RBCs from the recipient's bloodstream at 24 hours after administration...
April 12, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485668/pharmacological-tools-based-on-imidazole-scaffold-proved-the-utility-of-pde10a-inhibitors-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Ana M García, Irene G Salado, Daniel I Perez, José Brea, Jose A Morales-García, Alejandro González-García, María Isabel Cadavid, María Isabel Loza, Francisco Javier Luque, Ana Perez-Castillo, Ana Martinez, Carmen Gil
AIM: Since neuroinflammation is partially mediated by cAMP levels and PDE10A enzyme is able to regulate these levels being highly expressed in striatum, its inhibitors emerged as useful drugs to mitigate this inflammatory process and hence the neuronal death associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). Methodology & results: To study the utility of PDE10A as a pharmacological target for PD, in this work we propose the search and development of new PDE10A inhibitors that could be useful as pharmacological tools in models of the disease and presumably as potential drug candidates...
May 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485543/andrographolide-induces-cell-cycle-arrest-and-apoptosis-of-chondrosarcoma-by-targeting-tcf-1-sox9-axis
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Huan-Tian Zhang, Jie Yang, Gui-Hong Liang, Xue-Juan Gao, Yuan Sang, Tao Gui, Zu-Jian Liang, Man-Seng Tam, Zhen-Gang Zha
Chondrosarcoma is the second most malignant bone tumor with poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Thus, development of more effective treatments has become urgent. Recently, natural compounds derived from medicinal plants have emerged as promising therapeutic options via targeting multiple key cellular molecules. Andrographolide (Andro) is such a compound, which has previously been shown to induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in several human cancers. However, the molecular mechanism through which Andro exerts its anti-cancer effect on chondrosarcoma remains to be elucidated...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473208/-working-conditions-in-outpatient-clinics-adjacent-to-private-pharmacies-in-mexico-city-perspective-of-physicians
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Sandra P Díaz-Portillo, Hortensia Reyes-Morales, Silvia Magali Cuadra-Hernández, Álvaro J Idrovo, Gustavo Nigenda, Anahí Dreser
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the working conditions of physicians in outpatient clinics adjacent to pharmacies (CAFs) and their organizational elements from their own perspective. METHODS: We carried out an exploratory qualitative study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 32 CAF physicians in Mexico City. A directed content analysis technique was used based on previously built and emerging codes which were related to the experience of the subjects in their work...
May 1, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469092/transcriptional-dissection-of-melanoma-identifies-a-high-risk-subtype-underlying-tp53-family-genes-and-epigenome-deregulation
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Brateil Badal, Alexander Solovyov, Serena Di Cecilia, Joseph Minhow Chan, Li-Wei Chang, Ramiz Iqbal, Iraz T Aydin, Geena S Rajan, Chen Chen, Franco Abbate, Kshitij S Arora, Antoine Tanne, Stephen B Gruber, Timothy M Johnson, Douglas R Fullen, Leon Raskin, Robert Phelps, Nina Bhardwaj, Emily Bernstein, David T Ting, Georg Brunner, Eric E Schadt, Benjamin D Greenbaum, Julide Tok Celebi
BACKGROUND: Melanoma is a heterogeneous malignancy. We set out to identify the molecular underpinnings of high-risk melanomas, those that are likely to progress rapidly, metastasize, and result in poor outcomes. METHODS: We examined transcriptome changes from benign states to early-, intermediate-, and late-stage tumors using a set of 78 treatment-naive melanocytic tumors consisting of primary melanomas of the skin and benign melanocytic lesions. We utilized a next-generation sequencing platform that enabled a comprehensive analysis of protein-coding and -noncoding RNA transcripts...
May 4, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458991/steroid-hormones-and-the-physiological-regulation-of-tissue-resident-stem-cells-lessons-from-the-drosophila-ovary
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Elizabeth T Ables, Daniela Drummond-Barbosa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Stem cells respond to local paracrine signals; more recently, however, systemic hormones have also emerged as key regulators of stem cells. This review explores the role of steroid hormones in stem cells, using the Drosophila germline stem cell as a centerpiece for discussion. RECENT FINDINGS: Stem cells sense and respond directly and indirectly to steroid hormones, which regulate diverse sets of target genes via interactions with nuclear hormone receptors...
March 2017: Current Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453568/baicalin-inhibits-biofilm-formation-attenuates-the-quorum-sensing-controlled-virulence-and-enhances-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-clearance-in-a-mouse-peritoneal-implant-infection-model
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Jing Luo, Biying Dong, Ke Wang, Shuangqi Cai, Tangjuan Liu, Xiaojing Cheng, Danqing Lei, Yanling Chen, Yanan Li, Jinliang Kong, Yiqiang Chen
The quorum sensing (QS) circuit plays a role in the precise regulation of genes controlling virulence factors and biofilm formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. QS-controlled biofilm formation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in clinical settings has remained controversial due to emerging drug resistance; therefore, screening diverse compounds for anti-biofilm or anti-QS activities is important. This study demonstrates the ability of sub-minimum inhibitory concentrations (sub-MICs) of baicalin, an active natural compound extracted from the traditional Chinese medicinal Scutellaria baicalensis, to inhibit the formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms and enhance the bactericidal effects of various conventional antibiotics in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424835/-future-of-emergency-medicine-in-germany-2-0
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REVIEW
A Gries, M Bernhard, M Helm, J Brokmann, J-T Gräsner
In 2003 an article on the future of prehospital emergency medicine in Germany was published in the journal Der Anaesthesist. Emergency medicine in Germany, which at that time was almost exclusively defined as prehospital emergency rescue, has evolved and now in-hospital domains have increasingly moved into the focus. At that time, the primary goal was to connect prehospital management with a smooth transition to hospital admission and further care in the hospital and to further optimize the rescue chain from the actual emergency through to causative treatment...
April 19, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418441/an-integrated-anti-arrhythmic-target-network-of-a-chinese-medicine-compound-wenxin-keli-revealed-by-combined-machine-learning-and-molecular-pathway-analysis
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Taiyi Wang, Ming Lu, Qunqun Du, Xi Yao, Peng Zhang, Xiaonan Chen, Weiwei Xie, Zheng Li, Yuling Ma, Yan Zhu
Wenxin Keli (WK), a Chinese patent medicine, is known to be effective against cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. Although a number of electrophysiological findings regarding its therapeutic effect have been reported, the active components and system-level characterizations of the component-target interactions of WK have yet to be elucidated. In the current study, we present the first report of a new protective effect of WK on suppressing anti-arrhythmic-agent-induced arrhythmias. In a model of isolated guinea pig hearts, rapid perfusion of quinidine altered the heart rate and prolonged the Q-T interval...
May 2, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416042/earthquakes-fuel-crisis-power-outages-and-health-care-in-nepal-implications-for-the-future
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Bipin Adhikari, Shiva Raj Mishra, Sujan Babu Marahatta, Nils Kaehler, Kumar Paudel, Janak Adhikari, Shristi Raut
Earthquakes are a major natural calamity with pervasive effects on human life and nature. Similar effects are mimicked by man-made disasters such as fuel crises and power outages in developing countries. Natural and man-made disasters can cause intangible human suffering and often leave scars of lifelong psychosocial damage. Lessons from these disasters are frequently not implemented. The main objective of this study was to review the effects of the 2015 earthquakes, fuel crisis, and power outages on the health services of Nepal and formulate recommendations for the future...
April 18, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409344/tissue-specific-functions-of-p53-during-kidney-development
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Zubaida Saifudeen
p53 is best identified as a tumor suppressor for its transcriptional control of genes involved in cell cycle progression and apoptosis. Beyond its irrefutable involvement in restraining unchecked cell proliferation, research over the past several years has indicated a requirement for p53 function in sustaining normal development. Here I summarize the role of p53 in embryonic development, with a focus on knowledge gained from p53 loss and overexpression during kidney development. In contrast to its classical role in suppressing proliferative pathways, p53 positively regulates nephron progenitor cell (NPC) renewal...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398072/the-reactive-species-interactome-evolutionary-emergence-biological-significance-and-opportunities-for-redox-metabolomics-and-personalized-medicine
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Miriam Margherita Cortese-Krott, Anne Koning, Gunter Georg Kuhnle, Peter Nagy, Christopher Bianco, Andreas Pasch, David A Wink, Jon Fukuto, Alan A Jackson, Harry van Goor, Kenneth R Olson, Martin Feelisch
SIGNIFICANCE: Oxidative stress is thought to account for aberrant redox homeostasis and contribute to aging and disease. However, more often than not administration of antioxidants is ineffective, suggesting our current understanding of the underlying regulatory processes is incomplete. Recent Advances. Similar to reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS, RNS), reactive sulfur species (RSS) are now emerging as important signaling molecules, targeting regulatory cysteine redox switches in proteins, affecting gene regulation, ion transport, intermediary metabolism and mitochondrial function...
April 11, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394736/what-do-providers-want-to-know-about-opioid-prescribing-a-qualitative-analysis-of-their-questions
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Phoebe A Cushman, Jane M Liebschutz, Joseph G Hodgkin, Christopher W Shanahan, Julie L White, Ilana Hardesty, Daniel P Alford
BACKGROUND: In 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded to the opioid crisis with a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy, requiring manufacturers of extended-release/long-acting opioids to fund continuing medical education based on the "FDA Blueprint for Prescriber Education." Topics in the Blueprint are "Assessing Patients for Treatment," "Initiating Therapy, Modifying Dosing, and Discontinuing Use," "Managing Therapy," "Counseling Patients and Caregivers about Safe Use," "General Drug Information," and "Specific Drug Information...
April 2017: Substance Abuse
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