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Yukio Fujiwara, Yoichi Saito, Takuya Shiota, Pan Cheng, Tsuyoshi Ikeda, Koji Ohnishi, Motohiro Takeya, Yoshihiro Komohara
Recent progress in anti-tumor therapy has revealed the significance of anti-tumor immune responses in tumor progression and clinical course in several kinds of malignant tumors. The draining lymph node is an important immune system component that contains a number of antigen-presenting cells, which induce rapid immune responses to foreign antigens. Current studies have shown that higher expression of CD169 on lymph node sinus macrophages is associated with the induction of anti-tumor immunity. In the present study, we searched for natural compounds that regulate the CD169-positive phenotype in macrophages to identify potential new anti-cancer agents targeting macrophage activation...
2018: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hematopathology: JCEH
Lan Luo, Haibo Zhao, Qian Luo
PURPOSE: Ovarian cancer is one of the major causes of death in females around the world. There are several drug regimens available for this type of cancer, but despite initial response to chemotherapy, the disease consistently relapses, showing that there is a need to find more efficient and novel anticancer agents. Plant-derived natural products may prove beneficial in this case due to their lower cytotoxicity. In the present study we evaluated the anticancer activity of swerchirin against human SKOV3 ovarian cancer cell line...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Qiqi Sun, Zhongya Qin, Wanjie Wu, Yue Lin, Congping Chen, Sicong He, Xuesong Li, Zhenguo Wu, Yi Luo, Jianan Y Qu
Femtosecond laser microsurgery has become an advanced method for clinical procedures and biological research. The tissue treated by femtosecond laser can become highly fluorescent, indicating the formation of new fluorescent compounds that can naturally label the treated tissue site. We systematically characterized the fluorescence signals produced by femtosecond laser ablation in biological tissues in vivo . Our findings showed that they possess unique fluorescence properties and can be clearly differentiated from endogenous signals and major fluorescent proteins...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Jasmine C Hollinger, Kunal Angra, Rebat M Halder
BACKGROUND: Hyperpigmentation disorders are commonly encountered in dermatology clinics. Botanical and natural ingredients have gained popularity as alternative depigmenting products. OBJECTIVE: We sought to review clinical studies evaluating the use of different natural products in treating hyperpigmentation so clinicians are better equipped to educate their patients. Specific ingredients reviewed include azelaic acid, aloesin, mulberry, licorice extracts, lignin peroxidase, kojic acid, niacinamide, ellagic acid, arbutin, green tea, turmeric, soy, and ascorbic acid...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Chiawen Hsieh, Yun-Wei Lin, Ching-Hsein Chen, Wenjun Ku, Fuching Ma, Hanming Yu, Chishih Chu
Natural compounds have been candidates for anticancer medicine over the last 20 years. During the process of isolating seed oil from Calophyllum inophyllum L., yellow and green pigments containing multiple compounds with an aromatic structure were identified. High-performance liquid chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance analysis of these pigments revealed that the compounds present were identical, but the concentration of the compounds was different. Treatment with the pigments was able to induce the death of DLD-1 human colon cancer cells and increase the percentage of the cells in the sub-G1 and sub-G2 /M phases in a dose-dependent manner...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Guo Liu, Haihan Chu
Andrographolide (Andro), a natural compound isolated from Andrographis paniculata , has been demonstrated to have anticancer efficacy in several types of tumors. In the present study, the anticancer effects and mechanism of Andro in human malignant melanoma were investigated. Cell viability analysis was performed using an MTT assay and the effect of Andro on the cell cycle and apoptosis of human malignant melanoma cells was determined by flow cytometry. Western blot analysis was performed to evaluate the protein expression levels of human malignant melanoma cells following treatment with Andro...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jun-Ming Chen, Jue Zhang, Yong-Mei Xia, Xiao-Xia Wang, Jian Li
Steviol is the colonic metabolite of the natural sweetener steviol glycosides. It does not diffuse to the blood and the half maximal inhibitory concentration of steviol is longer compared with that of current chemotherapy agents, including 5-fluorouracil and doxorubicin. The present study demonstrated that steviol inhibits the proliferation of the human osteosarcoma U2OS cell line in a dose- and time-dependent manner, and that the inhibition rate is comparative with that of doxorubicin and 5-fluorouracil. The mechanism of this anticancer activity is also investigated...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Romina Gazis, Laura Poplawski, William Klingeman, Sarah L Boggess, Robert N Trigiano, Andrew D Graves, Steven J Seybold, Denita Hadziabdic
Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) affects Juglans and Pterocarya species. This disease poses not only a major threat to the nut and timber industries but also to native stands of walnut trees. Galleries created by Pityophthorus juglandis (vector) are colonized by the fungus Geosmithia morbida (causal agent of necrosis). It is unknown if other fungi colonizing these galleries might act antagonistically towards G. morbida. The objectives of this study were to: (1) characterize the fungal community associated with TCD-infected trees and (2) develop a pilot study addressing their potential antagonism towards G...
April 2018: Fungal Biology
Yolanda Revilla, Daniel Pérez-Núñez, Juergen A Richt
African swine fever (ASF) is an acute and often fatal disease affecting domestic pigs and wild boar, with severe economic consequences for affected countries. ASF is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa and the island of Sardinia, Italy. Since 2007, the virus emerged in the republic of Georgia, and since then spread throughout the Caucasus region and Russia. Outbreaks have also been reported in Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Moldova, Czech Republic, and Poland, threatening neighboring West European countries...
2018: Advances in Virus Research
Victor M Corman, Doreen Muth, Daniela Niemeyer, Christian Drosten
The four endemic human coronaviruses HCoV-229E, -NL63, -OC43, and -HKU1 contribute a considerable share of upper and lower respiratory tract infections in adults and children. While their clinical representation resembles that of many other agents of the common cold, their evolutionary histories, and host associations could provide important insights into the natural history of past human pandemics. For two of these viruses, we have strong evidence suggesting an origin in major livestock species while primordial associations for all four viruses may have existed with bats and rodents...
2018: Advances in Virus Research
Zeinab Haghparasti, Mahnaz Mahdavi Shahri
The use of nontoxic biological compounds in the synthesis of nanomaterials is an ecofriendly and cost-effective approach in nanotechnology. The present work was carried out to develop silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) by a green method using white tea (Wt) extract as reducing agent for reduction of silver nitrate as silver precursor into the lamellar space of inorganic polymer montmorillonite (Mt) as an effective protective reagent and support as well. The bioformed Wt/Ag@Mt nanocomposite (NCs) was compared with pure biosynthesized Wt/Ag-NPs under free stabilizer condition and effect of Mt stabilizer on antioxidant, cytotoxicity and structural properties were also investigated...
June 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
L Bua, E Tibaldi, L Falcioni, M Lauriola, L De Angelis, F Gnudi, M Manservigi, F Manservisi, I Manzoli, I Menghetti, R Montella, S Panzacchi, D Sgargi, V Strollo, A Vornoli, D Mandrioli, F Belpoggi
BACKGROUND: Up to now, experimental studies on rodents have failed to provide definitive confirmation of the carcinogenicity of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELFEMF). Two recent studies performed in our laboratory on Sprague-Dawley rats reported a statistically significant increase in malignant tumors of different sites (mammary gland, C-cells carcinoma, hemolymphoreticular neoplasia, and malignant heart Schwannoma) when ELFEMF exposure was associated with exposure to formaldehyde (50 mg/l) or acute low dose of γ-radiation (0...
March 14, 2018: Environmental Research
Fei-Fei Wang, Chao Shi, Yue Yang, Yong Fang, Li Sheng, Ning Li
Gastric cancer (GC) is the fourth most common diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Phellinus igniarius is a traditional medicinal mushroom used in China and other countries of East Asia for the treatment of various diseases including cancer. The aim of this study is to evaluate the antitumor activity of P. igniarius and elucidate the possible mechanism. MTT assay displayed that the total ethanol extract of P. igniarius (TPI) had antitumor activities against five human tumor cell lines of HepG-2, AGS, SGC-7901, Hela and A-549...
March 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Nicole Welsch, Ashley C Brown, Thomas H Barker, L Andrew Lyon
Excessive bleeding and resulting complications are a major cause of death in both trauma and surgical settings. Recently, there have been a number of investigations into the design of synthetic hemostatic agents with platelet-mimicking activity to effectively treat patients suffering from severe hemorrhage. We developed platelet-like particles from microgels composed of polymers carrying polyethylene glycol (PEG) side-chains and fibrin-targeting single domain variable fragment antibodies (PEG-PLPs). Comparable to natural platelets, PEG-PLPs were found to enhance the fibrin network formation in vitro through strong adhesion to the emerging fibrin clot and physical, non-covalent cross-linking of nascent fibrin fibers...
March 2, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Kirtikar Shukla, Himangshu Sonowal, Ashish Saxena, Kota V Ramana
Although didymin, a flavonoid-O-glycosides compound naturally found in the citrus fruits, has been reported to be a potent anticancer agent in the prevention of various cancers, its role in the prevention of cardiovascular complications is unclear. Most importantly, its effect in the prevention of endothelial dysfunction, a pathological process involved in the atherogenesis, is unknown. We have examined the efficacy of didymin in preventing the high glucose (HG; 25mM)-induced human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) dysfunction...
March 13, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Ruige Yang, Yuanyuan Zhang, Hui Xu
In continuation of our program aimed at the development of natural product-based pesticidal agents, a series of isoxazoline-containing podophyllotoxin/2'(2',6')-(di)halogenopodophyllotoxin derivatives were prepared, and their structures were well characterized by1 H NMR, IR, optical rotation, HRMS and mp. Especially the structure of compound Ia was further confirmed by1 H-1 H COSY and NOESY spectrum. Among them, two compounds showed good insecticidal and acaricidal activities against Mythimna separata and Tetranychus cinnabarinus...
February 10, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Hilal Ahmad Parray, Jameel Lone, Jong Pil Park, Jang Won Choi, Jong Won Yun
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the browning and antioxidative effects of magnolol in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, as recruitment of beige-like adipocytes (browning) by natural compounds is being considered as a promising strategy to fight against obesity. METHODS: Magnolol-induced browning effect was evaluated by determining the expression levels of specific marker genes and proteins using real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunoblotting, respectively...
February 5, 2018: Nutrition
Manoj Kumar-Sarangi, Bhuwan Chandra-Joshi, Bob Ritchie
When the bioavailability of a drug increases, a corresponding increase in the levels of that drug in the bloodstream occurs. With this, drug efficacy is augmented and the dosage required to yield a specific therapeutic effect diminishes comparably. Until recently, only a few methods have proven effective in enhancing drug bioavailability, among which are the disaggregation of micronized molecules, the use of timedrelease and topical preparations, mechanization, polymorph and crystal form selection, drug solubilisation, and the use of nanotechnology...
March 2018: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
Kyle I Mentkowski, Jonathan D Snitzer, Sarah Rusnak, Jennifer K Lang
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) comprise a heterogeneous group of small membrane vesicles, including exosomes, which play a critical role in intracellular communication and regulation of numerous physiological processes in health and disease. Naturally released from virtually all cells, these vesicles contain an array of nucleic acids, lipids and proteins which they transfer to target cells within their local milieu and systemically. They have been proposed as a means of "cell-free, cell therapy" for cancer, immune disorders, and more recently cardiovascular disease...
March 15, 2018: AAPS Journal
Jordi Grau, Cristina Renau, Ana B Caballero, Amparo Caubet, Marta Pockaj, Julia Lorenzo, Patrick Gamez
The [Cu(L)Cl2]2 and [Pt(L)Cl2] complexes were prepared from the simple Schiff-base ligand (E)-phenyl-N-((pyridin-2-yl)methylene)methanamine (L) and respectively, CuCl2 and cis-[PtCl2(DMSO)2]. DNA-interaction studies revealed that the copper complex most likely acts as a DNA cleaver whereas the platinum complex binds to the double helix. Remarkably, cell-viability experiments with HeLa, MCF7 and PC3 cells showed that [Cu(L)Cl2]2 is an efficient cytotoxic agent whereas [Pt(L)Cl2] is not toxic, illustrating the crucial role played by the nature of the metal ion in the corresponding biological activity...
March 16, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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