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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934563/hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis
#1
Hanny Al-Samkari, Nancy Berliner
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis is a life-threatening disorder characterized by unbridled activation of cytotoxic T lymphocytes, natural killer (NK) cells, and macrophages resulting in hypercytokinemia and immunemediated injury of multiple organ systems. It is seen in both children and adults and is recognized as primary (driven by underlying genetic mutations that abolish critical proteins required for normal function of cytotoxic T cells and NK cells) or secondary (resulting from a malignant, infectious, or autoimmune stimulus without an identifiable underlying genetic trigger)...
September 13, 2017: Annual Review of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934155/anti-inflammatory-phenolic-metabolites-from-the-edible-fungus-phellinus-baumii-in-lps-stimulated-raw264-7-cells
#2
Seulah Lee, Dahae Lee, Tae Su Jang, Ki Sung Kang, Joo-Won Nam, Hae-Jeung Lee, Ki Hyun Kim
The edible fungus Phellinus baumii Pilat (Hymenochaetaceae) has been used in Korean traditional medicines for strengthening health and prolonging life. An extract of the fruiting bodies of P. baumii was subjected to bioassay-guided fractionation based on its anti-inflammatory effects in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW264.7 cells. The resulting fractions were chemically investigated, leading to isolation of three phenolic compounds (1-3), a sesquiterpene (4), two steroids (5-6), a fatty acid (7), and a cerebroside (8)...
September 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933787/blocking-autophagy-enhances-the-apoptotic-effect-of-18%C3%AE-glycyrrhetinic-acid-on-human-sarcoma-cells-via-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-jnk-activation
#3
Shuying Shen, Menglu Zhou, Kangmao Huang, Yizheng Wu, Yan Ma, Jiying Wang, Jianjun Ma, Shunwu Fan
Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, is unlike the much more common carcinomas as it occurs in a distinct type of tissue. The potent antitumor effects of 18β-glycyrrhetinic acid (GA), a novel naturally derived agent, have been demonstrated in various cancers. However, the effect of GA on human sarcoma, and the underlying mechanisms, remain to be elucidated. In the current study, we show that GA inhibits sarcoma cell proliferation by inducing G0/G1-phase arrest. Exposure to GA resulted in the activation of caspase-3, -8, and -9, indicating that GA induced apoptosis through both extrinsic and intrinsic pathways...
September 21, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933745/effects-of-six-week-ginkgo-biloba-supplementation-on-aerobic-performance-blood-pro-antioxidant-balance-and-serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-physically-active-men
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Ewa Sadowska-Krępa, Barbara Kłapcińska, Ilona Pokora, Przemysław Domaszewski, Katarzyna Kempa, Tomasz Podgórski
Extracts of Ginkgo biloba leaves, a natural source of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds, are commonly used as therapeutic agents for the improvement of both cognitive and physiological performance. The present study was aimed to test the effects of a six-week supplementation with 160 mg/day of a standardized extract of Ginkgo biloba or a matching placebo on aerobic performance, blood antioxidant capacity, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) level in healthy, physically active young men, randomly allocated to two groups (n = 9 each)...
July 26, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933410/honey-and-cancer-current-status-and-future-directions
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Laura M Porcza, Claire Simms, Mridula Chopra
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and poses a challenge to treatment. With overwhelming evidence of the role played by diet and lifestyle in cancer risk and prevention, there is a growing interest into the search for chemopreventative or chemotherapeutic agents derived from natural products. Honey is an important source of bioactive compounds derived from plants and recent years have seen an increased interest in its anticancer properties. This review examines the role of honey in targeting key hallmarks of carcinogenesis, including uncontrolled proliferation, apoptosis evasion, angiogenesis, growth factor signalling, invasion, and inflammation...
September 30, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933302/smart-organic-inorganic-nanogels-for-activatable-theranostics
#6
Fangyuan Li, Zeyu Liang, Daishun Ling
Intelligent polymeric nanogels, with the rationally designed stimuli-responsive drug delivery and controlled drug release, have attracted considerable attention as an ideal nanoplatform for activatable therapy. On the other hand, functional inorganic nanomaterials are widely used as medical imaging agents due to their unique magnetic or optical properties. The construction of stimuli-responsive polymeric nanogels incorporating with functional inorganic nanomaterials inherits the excellent properties of both polymers and inorganic nanomaterials, consequently, the resulted organic-inorganic hybrid nanogels naturally exhibit stimuli-responsive multi-functionalities for both imaging and therapy...
September 20, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933285/anticancer-and-reversing-multidrug-resistance-activities-of-natural-isoquinoline-alkaloids-and-their-structure-activity-relationship
#7
Zhi-Xing Qing, Jia-Lu Huang, Xue-Yi Yang, Jing-Hong Liu, Hua-Liang Cao, Feng Xiang, Pi Cheng, Jian-Guo Zeng
The severe anticancer situation as well as the emergence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) cancer cells has created an urgent need for the development of novel anticancer drugs with different mechanisms of action. A large number of natural alkaloids, such as paclitaxel, vinblastine and camptothecin have already been successfully developed into chemotherapy agents. Following the success of these natural products, in this review, twenty-six types of isoquinoline alkaloid (a total of 379 alkaloids), including benzyltetrahydroisoquinoline, aporphine, oxoaporphine, isooxoaporphine, dimeric aporphine, bisbenzylisoquinoline, tetrahydroprotoberberine, protoberberine, protopine, dihydrobenzophenanthridine, benzophenanthridine, benzophenanthridine dimer, ipecac, simple isoquinoline, pavine, montanine, erythrina, chelidonine, tropoloisoquinoline, azafluoranthene, phthalideisoquinoline, naphthylisoquinoline, lycorine, crinane, narciclasine, and phenanthridone, were summarized based on their cytotoxic and MDR reversing activities against various cancer cells...
September 20, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932401/practical-approach-to-detection-and-management-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-critically-ill-patient
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REVIEW
Vahid Mohsenin
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication in critically ill patients and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. This paper provides a critical review of the etiologies of AKI and a systematic approach toward its diagnosis and management with emphasis on fluid volume assessment and the use of urine biochemical profile and microscopy in identifying the nature and the site of kidney injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The search of PubMed and selection of papers had employed observational designs or randomized control trials relevant to AKI...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932315/experimental-hepatic-carcinogenesis-oxidative-stress-and-natural-antioxidants
#9
REVIEW
Velid Unsal, Ergül Belge-Kurutaş
Hepatocellular carcinoma is one of the most common cancers in the world, and it is influenced by agents such as DEN, 2-AAF, phenobarbital, alcohol, aflatoxin B1 metabolite or hepatitis viruses (B and C). Oxidative stress is becoming recognized as a key factor in the progression of hepatocarcinogenesis. Reactive oxygen species can play a leading role in initiation and promotion of hepatic carcinogenesis. The metabolites of DEN Diethylnitrosamine (DEN) mediate the binding of tumour promoters by covalently binding to the DNA with one or two oxidation-providing electrons...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932220/chalcone-attenuates-staphylococcus-aureus-virulence-by-targeting-sortase-a-and-alpha-hemolysin
#10
Bing Zhang, Zihao Teng, Xianhe Li, Gejin Lu, Xuming Deng, Xiaodi Niu, Jianfeng Wang
Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus) resistance, considered a dilemma for the clinical treatment of this bacterial infection, is becoming increasingly intractable. Novel anti-virulence strategies will undoubtedly provide a path forward in combating these resistant bacterial infections. Sortase A (SrtA), an enzyme responsible for anchoring virulence-related surface proteins, and alpha-hemolysin (Hla), a pore-forming cytotoxin, have aroused great scientific interest, as they have been regarded as targets for promising agents against S...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931883/high-throughput-targeted-screening-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells-identifies-wnt-inhibiting-activities-in-pacific-brittle-stars
#11
Artem Blagodatski, Vsevolod Cherepanov, Alexey Koval, Vladimir I Kharlamenko, Yuri S Khotimchenko, Vladimir L Katanaev
Pro-proliferative oncogenic signaling is one of the hallmarks of cancer. Specific targeting of such signaling pathways is one of the main approaches to modern anti-cancer drug discovery, as opposed to more traditional search for general cytotoxic agents. Natural products, especially from marine sources, represent a largely untapped source of chemical diversity, which so far have mostly been screened for cytotoxicity. Here we present a pioneering pipeline of high-throughput screening of marine-based activities targeted against the Wnt signaling pathway, which is one of the key factors in oncogenic transformation, growth and metastasis in different cancers, including the devastating triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) currently lacking any targeted therapies...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931786/suppressive-effects-of-extract-of-cedar-wood-on-heat-induced-expression-of-cellular-heat-shock-protein
#12
Junji Miyakoshi, Eri Matsubara, Eijiro Narita, Shin Koyama, Yoko Shimizu, Shuichi Kawai
  In recent years, highly antimicrobial properties of cedar heartwood essential oil against the wood-rotting fungi and pathogenic fungi have been reported in several papers. Antimicrobial properties against oral bacteria by hinokitiol contained in Thujopsis have been also extensively studied. The relation of naturally derived components and human immune system has been studied in some previous papers. In the present study, we focused on Japanese cedar, which has the widest artificial afforestation site in the country among various tree species...
September 20, 2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931453/molecular-characterization-and-distribution-of-plasmodium-matutinum-a-common-avian-malaria-parasite
#13
Gediminas Valkiūnas, Mikas Ilgūnas, Dovilė Bukauskaitė, Vaidas Palinauskas, Rasa Bernotienė, Tatjana A Iezhova
Species of Plasmodium (Plasmodiidae, Haemosporida) are widespread and cause malaria, which can be severe in avian hosts. Molecular markers are essential to detect and identify parasites, but still absent for many avian malaria and related haemosporidian species. Here, we provide first molecular characterization of Plasmodium matutinum, a common agent of avian malaria. This parasite was isolated from a naturally infected thrush nightingale Luscinia luscinia (Muscicapidae). Fragments of mitochondrial, apicoplast and nuclear genomes were obtained...
September 21, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930157/getting-more-power-from-your-flowers-multi-functional-flower-strips-enhance-pollinators-and-pest-control-agents-in-apple-orchards
#14
Alistair John Campbell, Andrew Wilby, Peter Sutton, Felix Wäckers
Flower strips are commonly recommended to boost biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services (e.g., pollination and pest control) on farmland. However, significant knowledge gaps remain regards the extent to which they deliver on these aims. Here, we tested the efficacy of flower strips that targeted different subsets of beneficial arthropods (pollinators and natural enemies) and their ecosystem services in cider apple orchards. Treatments included mixes that specifically targeted: (1) pollinators ('concealed-nectar plants'); (2) natural enemies ('open-nectar plants'); or (3) both groups concurrently (i...
September 20, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930087/detection-of-amphibian-chytrid-fungus-on-waterfowl-integument-in-natural-settings
#15
Shane M Hanlon, Jerad R Henson, Jacob L Kerby
The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), the causal agent of the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, has spread at an alarming rate since its discovery. Bd was initially thought to only infect keratinizing epithelial cells in amphibians, a core component of amphibian skin. However, recent studies have detected Bd on the integument of non-amphibian hosts. We conducted a survey of 3 duck species (gadwalls, green-winged teals, and mallards) to determine whether Bd DNA could be found on their feet...
September 20, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929799/tubulin-inhibitors-targeting-the-colchicine-binding-site-a-perspective-of-privileged-structures
#16
Wenlong Li, Honghao Sun, Shengtao Xu, Zheying Zhu, Jinyi Xu
The vital roles of microtubule in mitosis and cell division make it an attractive target for antitumor therapy. Colchicine binding site of tubulin is one of the most important pockets that have been focused on to design tubulin-destabilizing agents. Over the past few years, a large number of colchicine binding site inhibitors (CBSIs) have been developed inspired by natural products or synthetic origins, and many moieties frequently used in these CBSIs are structurally in common. In this review, we will classify the CBSIs into classical CBSIs and nonclassical CBSIs according to their spatial conformations and binding modes with tubulin, and highlight the privileged structures from these CBSIs in the development of tubulin inhibitors targeting the colchicine binding site...
September 20, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929753/identification-of-%C3%AF-n-methyl-4-hydroxytryptamine-norpsilocin-as-a-psilocybe-natural-product
#17
Claudius Lenz, Jonas Wick, Dirk Hoffmeister
We report the identification of ω-N-methyl-4-hydroxytryptamine (norpsilocin, 1) from the carpophores of the hallucinogenic mushroom Psilocybe cubensis. The structure was elucidated by 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy and high-resolution mass spectrometry. Norpsilocin has not previously been reported as a natural product. It likely represents the actual psychotropic agent liberated from its 4-phosphate ester derivative, the known natural product baeocystin. We further present a simple and artifact-free extraction method that prevents dephosphorylation and therefore helps reflect the naturally occurring metabolic profile of Psilocybe mushrooms in subsequent analyses...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929385/l-serine-a-naturally-occurring-amino-acid-with-therapeutic-potential
#18
REVIEW
J S Metcalf, R A Dunlop, J T Powell, S A Banack, P A Cox
In human neuroblastoma cell cultures, non-human primates and human beings, L-serine is neuroprotective, acting through a variety of biochemical and molecular mechanisms. Although L-serine is generally classified as a non-essential amino acid, it is probably more appropriate to term it as a "conditional non-essential amino acid" since, under certain circumstances, vertebrates cannot synthesize it in sufficient quantities to meet necessary cellular demands. L-serine is biosynthesized in the mammalian central nervous system from 3-phosphoglycerate and serves as a precursor for the synthesis of the amino acids glycine and cysteine...
September 19, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929088/microbial-invasion-vs-tick-immune-regulation
#19
REVIEW
Daniel E Sonenshine, Kevin R Macaluso
Ticks transmit a greater variety of pathogenic agents that cause disease in humans and animals than any other haematophagous arthropod, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, babesiosis, tick-borne encephalitis, Crimean Congo haemorhagic fever, and many others (Gulia-Nuss et al., 2016). Although diverse explanations have been proposed to explain their remarkable vectorial capacity, among the most important are their blood feeding habit, their long term off-host survival, the diverse array of bioactive molecules that disrupt the host's natural hemostatic mechanisms, facilitate blood flow, pain inhibitors, and minimize inflammation to prevent immune rejection (Hajdušek et al...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928840/a-cytokine-signal-inhibitor-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-enhances-cancer-metastasis-via-depletion-of-nk-cells-in-an-experimental-lung-metastasis-mouse-model-of-colon-cancer
#20
Hideki Shimaoka, Shinsuke Takeno, Kenji Maki, Takahide Sasaki, Suguru Hasegawa, Yuichi Yamashita
Current therapy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) relies on global suppression of the immune response or specific blockade of inflammatory cytokines. However, it is unclear how immunosuppressants affect patients with cancer. Therefore, in the present study, the effect of three biological agents, tofacitinib, anti-mouse IL-6 receptor antibody (MR16-1) and etanercept, which are used for the treatment of RA diseases, on a tumor-bearing mouse model was investigated. The effect of the three agents was examined using a mouse lung-metastasis model with the murine colon 26 cancer cell line...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
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