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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633567/endogenous-bioelectric-signaling-networks-exploiting-voltage-gradients-for-control-of-growth-and-form
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Michael Levin, Giovanni Pezzulo, Joshua M Finkelstein
Living systems exhibit remarkable abilities to self-assemble, regenerate, and remodel complex shapes. How cellular networks construct and repair specific anatomical outcomes is an open question at the heart of the next-generation science of bioengineering. Developmental bioelectricity is an exciting emerging discipline that exploits endogenous bioelectric signaling among many cell types to regulate pattern formation. We provide a brief overview of this field, review recent data in which bioelectricity is used to control patterning in a range of model systems, and describe the molecular tools being used to probe the role of bioelectrics in the dynamic control of complex anatomy...
June 21, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624530/the-emerging-role-of-wnt-signaling-dysregulation-in-the-understanding-and-modification-of-age-associated-diseases
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Lizbeth García-Velázquez, Clorinda Arias
Wnt signaling is a highly conserved pathway that participates in multiple aspects of cellular function during development and in adults. In particular, this pathway has been implicated in cell fate determination, proliferation and cell polarity establishment. In the brain, it contributes to synapse formation, axonal remodeling, dendrite outgrowth, synaptic activity, neurogenesis and behavioral plasticity. The expression and distribution of Wnt components in different organs vary with age, which may have important implications for preserving tissue homeostasis...
June 15, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623160/basic-concepts-in-molecular-biology-related-to-genetics-and-epigenetics
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Dolores Corella, Jose M Ordovas
The observation that "one size does not fit all" for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, among other diseases, has driven the concept of precision medicine. The goal of precision medicine is to provide the best-targeted interventions tailored to an individual's genome. The human genome is composed of billions of sequence arrangements containing a code that controls how genes are expressed. This code depends on other nonstatic regulators that surround the DNA and constitute the epigenome...
June 13, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611985/adaptation-through-collaboration-developing-novel-platforms-to-advance-the-delivery-of-advanced-therapies-to-patients
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Magdalini Papadaki
For the nascent field of advanced therapies, collaboration will be a game-changer, turning scientific progress that was once unimaginable into transformative medical practice. Despite promise for lifelong management and even cure of disease, skepticism remains about the feasibility of their delivery to patients, fueling investment risks. With the potential for long-term effectiveness in need of frequent reassessment, current approaches to predict real-life drug performance bear little relevance, necessitating novel and iterative schemes to monitoring the benefit-risk profiles throughout the life span of advanced therapies...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597370/micropropagation-of-ajuga-species-a-mini-review
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Han Yong Park, Doo Hwan Kim, Iyyakkannu Sivanesan
The genus Ajuga L., belonging to Lamiaceae family, is widespread. The demand for Ajuga species has risen sharply because of their medicinal, ornamental, and pharmacological properties. These wide-ranging plants are being rapidly depleted due to over-collection for ornamental and medicinal purposes, as well as by habitat destruction and deforestation. Ajuga boninsimae, A. bracteosa, A. ciliate, A. genevensis, A. incisa, A. makinoi, A. multiflora, A. pyramidalis, A. shikotanensis, A. reptans, and A. vestita are categorized and protected as endangered plants...
June 8, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586517/extracellular-vesicles-in-the-tumor-microenvironment-therapeutic-resistance-clinical-biomarkers-and-targeting-strategies
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L Han, J Xu, Q Xu, B Zhang, E W-F Lam, Y Sun
Numerous studies have proved that cell-nonautonomous regulation of neoplastic cells is a distinctive and essential characteristic of tumorigenesis. Two way communications between the tumor and the stroma, or within the tumor significantly influence disease progression and modify treatment responses. In the tumor microenvironment (TME), malignant cells utilize paracrine signaling initiated by adjacent stromal cells to acquire resistance against multiple types of anticancer therapies, wherein extracellular vesicles (EVs) substantially promote such events...
June 6, 2017: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586505/cellular-stress-response-mechanisms-as-therapeutic-targets-of-ginsenosides
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Hong-Yi Qi, Li Li, Hui Ma
Ginseng, one of the most widely used traditional herbal medicines and dietary supplements, has historically been recognized as a tonic herb and adaptogen that can enhance the body's tolerance to various adversities. Ginsenosides are a diverse group of steroidal saponins that comprise the major secondary metabolites of ginseng and are responsible for its multiple pharmacological effects. Emerging evidence suggests that hormetic phytochemicals produced by environmentally stressed plants can activate the moderate cellular stress response mechanisms at a subtoxic level in humans, which may enhance tolerance against severe dysfunction or disease...
June 6, 2017: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574782/rna-based-ovarian-cancer-research-from-a-gene-to-systems-biomedicine-perspective
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Esra Gov, Medi Kori, Kazim Yalcin Arga
Ovarian cancer remains the leading cause of death from a gynecologic malignancy, and treatment of this disease is harder than any other type of female reproductive cancer. Improvements in the diagnosis and development of novel and effective treatment strategies for complex pathophysiologies, such as ovarian cancer, require a better understanding of disease emergence and mechanisms of progression through systems medicine approaches. RNA-level analyses generate new information that can help in understanding the mechanisms behind disease pathogenesis, to identify new biomarkers and therapeutic targets and in new drug discovery...
August 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566124/melatonin-for-prevention-of-erythema-and-oxidative-stress-in-response-to-ultraviolet-radiation
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Cecilie Scheuer
Skin damage induced by UVR is an escalating problem in dermatology, and increasing incidence of skin cancer, especially for non-melanoma skin cancer, has been reported worldwide. UVR from sun exposure and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is known to be a pivotal factor in the aetiology of skin cancer. The pineal hormone melatonin is recognized as the most potent endogenous antioxidant. Melatonin conducts its antioxidant effects acting directly as a radical scavenger and indirectly by up regulation of antioxidant enzymes...
June 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560211/advanced-therapy-medicinal-products-for-rare-diseases-state-of-play-of-incentives-supporting-development-in-europe
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Andreas M Farkas, Segundo Mariz, Violeta Stoyanova-Beninska, Patrick Celis, Spiros Vamvakas, Kristina Larsson, Bruno Sepodes
In 2008, the European Union introduced the Advanced Medicines Regulation aiming to improve regulation of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). We applied the ATMPs classification definitions in this Regulation to understand the link of this emerging group of medicinal products and the use of the Orphan Regulation. A total of 185 products that can be classified as ATMPs based on this Regulation have been submitted for orphan designation. Prior to its introduction in 2008, 4.5% of the products submitted for orphan designation met these criteria...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557746/ethical-conduct-of-research-in-children-pediatricians-and-their-irb-part-1-of-2
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Carlos D Rose
As human experimentation continues to grow into an ever more complex and sophisticated endeavor, the relevant ethical and regulatory structures become more intricate. When pediatricians and general practitioners are invited by pharmaceutical companies to enroll their offices in a clinical trial or a multicenter observational study or when they develop their own research questions, they frequently find themselves at a loss in the human research environment. The legal and regulatory complexity may have an unintended deterring effect at a time when office-based high quality pediatric research is urgently needed to support evidence-based medicine...
May 2017: Pediatrics
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
#14
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
#17
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
#18
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
#20
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
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