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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231542/in-vitro-biocompatibility-and-proliferative-effects-of-polar-and-non-polar-extracts-of-cucurbita-ficifolia-on-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#1
Balakrishnan Aristatile, Ghedeir M Alshammari
Cucurbita ficifolia (C. ficifolia) has been traditionally known for its medicinal properties as an antioxidant, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory agent. However, there has been an enduring attention towards the identification of unique method, to isolate the natural components for therapeutic applications. Our study focuses on different polar and non-polar solvents (methanol, hexane and chloroform) to extract the bioactive components from C. ficifolia (pumpkin) and to study the biocompatibility and cytotoxicity effects on human bone marrow-mesenchymal stem cells (hBM-MSCs)...
February 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231323/even-good-bots-fight-the-case-of-wikipedia
#2
Milena Tsvetkova, Ruth García-Gavilanes, Luciano Floridi, Taha Yasseri
In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of bots online, varying from Web crawlers for search engines, to chatbots for online customer service, spambots on social media, and content-editing bots in online collaboration communities. The online world has turned into an ecosystem of bots. However, our knowledge of how these automated agents are interacting with each other is rather poor. Bots are predictable automatons that do not have the capacity for emotions, meaning-making, creativity, and sociality and it is hence natural to expect interactions between bots to be relatively predictable and uneventful...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231174/optimization-of-ultrasound-assisted-extraction-preliminary-characterization-and-in-vitro-antioxidant-activity-of-polysaccharides-from-green-pea-pods
#3
Maryam Jalili Safaryan, Ali Ganjloo, Mandana Bimakr, Soheila Zarringhalami
In this study, ultrasound-assisted extraction of green pea pod polysaccharide (GPPP) was investigated and optimized using a central composite response surface design coupled with a numerical optimization technique. The effects of ultrasonic power (50-150 W), sonication time (20-80 min), ratio of water to raw material (20:1-40:1 mL/g) and extraction temperature (40-80 °C) on polysaccharide extraction yield were studied. The maximum extraction yield was obtained with a sonication power of 135.34 W, extraction time of 48...
November 28, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231158/irradiation-maintains-functional-components-of-dry-hot-peppers-capsicum-annuum-l-under-ambient-storage
#4
Qumer Iqbal, Muhammad Amjad, Muhammad Rafique Asi, Aamir Nawaz, Samiya Mahmood Khan, Agustin Ariño, Tanveer Ahmad
Hot peppers used as natural flavoring and coloring agents are usually irradiated in prepacked form for decontamination. The effects of gamma radiation on the stability of functional components such as capsaicinoids and antioxidant compounds (carotenoids, ascorbic acid and total phenolics) were investigated in hot peppers (Capsicum annuum). Whole dried peppers packed in polyethylene bags were gamma irradiated at 0 (control), 2, 4, and 6 kGy and subsequently stored at 25 °C for 90 days. The irradiation dose did not substantially affect the initial contents of capsaicinoids, ascorbic acid and total phenolics, though the concentration of carotenoids declined by 8% from the control (76...
September 12, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231152/antimicrobial-active-packaging-including-chitosan-films-with-thymus-vulgaris-l-essential-oil-for-ready-to-eat-meat
#5
Jesús Quesada, Esther Sendra, Casilda Navarro, Estrella Sayas-Barberá
An active packaging system has been designed for the shelf life extension of ready to eat meat products. The package included an inner surface coated with a chitosan film with thyme essential oil (0%, 0.5%, 1%, and 2%) not in direct contact with the meat. Our aim was to reduce the impact of thyme essential oil (EO) on meat sensory properties by using a chemotype with low odor intensity. The pH, color parameters, microbial populations, and sensory properties were assessed during 4 weeks of refrigerated storage...
August 29, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230866/oridonin-induces-autophagy-via-inhibition-of-glucose-metabolism-in-p53-mutated-colorectal-cancer-cells
#6
Zhuo Yao, Fuhua Xie, Min Li, Zirui Liang, Wenli Xu, Jianhua Yang, Chang Liu, Hongwangwang Li, Hui Zhou, Liang-Hu Qu
The Warburg effect is an important characteristic of tumor cells, making it an attractive therapeutic target. Current anticancer drug development strategies predominantly focus on inhibitors of the specific molecular effectors involved in tumor cell proliferation. These drugs or natural compounds, many of which target the Warburg effect and the underlying mechanisms, still need to be characterized. To elucidate the anticancer effects of a natural diterpenoid, oridonin, we first demonstrated the anticancer activity of oridonin both in vitro and in vivo in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229170/molecular-insight-of-arsenic-induced-carcinogenesis-and-its-prevention
#7
REVIEW
Paramita Mandal
Population of India and Bangladesh and many other parts of the world are badly exposed to arsenic through drinking water. Due to non-availability of safe drinking water, they are dependent on arsenic-contaminated water. Generally, poverty level is high in those areas with lack of proper nutrition. Arsenic is considered to be an environmental contaminant and widely distributed in the environment due to its natural existence and anthropogenic applications. Contamination of arsenic in both human and animal could occur through air, soil, and other sources...
February 22, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229142/olive-leaf-extract-concentrated-in-hydroxytyrosol-attenuates-protein-carbonylation-and-the-formation-of-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-a-hepatic-cell-line-hepg2
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Marta Navarro, Francisco J Morales, Sonia Ramos
Glycation takes place both at the cellular level and at the extracellular matrix level and generates, consequently, advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) associated with chronic diseases and the aging process. Two olive leaf extracts concentrated in (i) oleuropein (OLE-A; 93.9 mg oleuropein g(-1)) and (ii) hydroxytyrosol (OLE-B; 54.5 mg hydroxytyrosol g(-1)) were evaluated according to their antiglycative and antioxidant capacity in vitro. OLE-B exerted the highest anti-AGE effect in different glycation models (IC50: 0...
February 23, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228769/toward-an-evolved-concept-of-landrace
#9
Francesc Casañas, Joan Simó, Joan Casals, Jaime Prohens
The term "landrace" has generally been defined as a cultivated, genetically heterogeneous variety that has evolved in a certain ecogeographical area and is therefore adapted to the edaphic and climatic conditions and to its traditional management and uses. Despite being considered by many to be inalterable, landraces have been and are in a constant state of evolution as a result of natural and artificial selection. Many landraces have disappeared from cultivation but are preserved in gene banks. Using modern selection and breeding technology tools to shape these preserved landraces together with the ones that are still cultivated is a further step in their evolution in order to preserve their agricultural significance...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228072/curcumin-and-endothelial-function-evidence-and-mechanisms-of-protective-effects
#10
Maryam Saberi Karimian, Matteo Pirro, Thomas P Johnston, Muhammed Majeed, Amirhossein Sahebkar
BACKGROUND: The endothelium is a large paracrine organ regulating cell growth, vascular tone and thrombogenicity as well as platelet and leukocyte interactions. Endothelial function can be assessed by non-invasive techniques [e.g. flow-mediated vasodilation, nitroglycerin-mediated dilation and pulse wave velocity] and measuring specific circulating biomarkers [cell adhesion molecules, endothelial microparticles and endothelial progenitor cells]. Impaired endothelial function plays a key role in the development of atherosclerosis, arterial hypertension, heart failure, ischemia-reperfusion injury, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions...
February 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228017/adsorption-mechanism-of-an-antimicrobial-peptide-on-carbonaceous-surfaces-a-molecular-dynamics-study
#11
Danilo Roccatano, Edita Sarukhanyan, Ronen Zangi
Peptides are versatile molecules with applications spanning from biotechnology to nanomedicine. They exhibit a good capability to unbundle carbon nanotubes (CNT) by improving their solubility in water. Furthermore, they are a powerful drug delivery system since they can easily be uptaken by living cells, and their high surface-to-volume ratio facilitates the adsorption of molecules of different natures. Therefore, understanding the interaction mechanism between peptides and CNT is important for designing novel therapeutical agents...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226339/current-concepts-of-phenylpiperidine-derivatives-use-in-the-treatment-of-acute-and-chronic-pain
#12
Nidal Elbaridi, Alan D Kaye, Stephanie Choi, Richard D Urman
Phenylpiperidines are a chemical class of drugs with a phenyl moiety directly attached to piperidine. These agents have an important role in many aspects of medicine including anesthesia and pain medicine. After the development of meperidine, fentanyl, which is a second generation synthetic phenylpiperidine series opioid, was synthesized and introduced into clinical anesthesia practice as fentanyl citrate in 1968. Fentanyl-mediated or modulated responses involve action at the mu-opioid receptor as an agonist at the dorsal horn inhibiting ascending pain pathways in the rostral ventral medulla, increasing pain threshold, and producing both analgesic and sedative effects...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225210/prophylactic-drug-management-for-febrile-seizures-in-children
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REVIEW
Martin Offringa, Richard Newton, Martinus A Cozijnsen, Sarah J Nevitt
BACKGROUND: Febrile seizures occurring in a child older than one month during an episode of fever affect 2% to 4% of children in Great Britain and the United States and recur in 30%. Rapid-acting antiepileptics and antipyretics given during subsequent fever episodes have been used to avoid the adverse effects of continuous antiepileptic drugs. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate primarily the effectiveness and safety of antiepileptic and antipyretic drugs used prophylactically to treat children with febrile seizures; but also to evaluate any other drug intervention where there was a sound biological rationale for its use...
February 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224896/carboxylmethyl-konjac-glucomannan-conjugated-polydopamine-composites-for-pb-ii-removal
#14
Pan-Pan Chen, Hong-Ping Zhang, Jianping Ding, Xiao-Yan Lin, Xiong Lu, Changsheng Liu, Youhong Tang
Carboxylmethyl konjac glucomannan conjugated polydopamine (CMKGM-PDA) composite was successfully prepared using a cost-effective method. CMKGM-PDA exhibited excellent adsorption performance for the removal of Pb(II) and could be a convenient agent for recovery. The Langmuir linear model was suitable for describing the adsorption process of Pb(II). The maximum adsorption capacity was 95.24mgg(-1) at 298K, showing a high absorption capacity in comparison to similar absorbents. The pseudo-second order equation and intra-particle diffusion model exhibited good correlation with the adsorption kinetic...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224391/development-and-evaluation-of-a-nanoemulsion-containing-ursolic-acid-a-promising-trypanocidal-agent-nanoemulsion-with-ursolic-acid-against-t-cruzi
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Erika Cristina Vargas de Oliveira, Zumira Aparecida Carneiro, Sérgio de Albuquerque, Juliana Maldonado Marchetti
Over a hundred years after the discovery of Chagas disease, this ailment continues to affect thousands of people. For more than 40 years, only two drugs have been available to treat it. Ursolic acid is a naturally occurring terpene that has shown a good trypanocidal action. However, the hydrophobicity of this compound presents a challenge for the development of proper delivery systems. Nanostructured systems are a prominent in delivering lipophilic drugs. Thus, a nanoemulsion containing ursolic acid was developed and had its trypanocidal activity and cytotoxicity evaluated...
February 21, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223836/dyslipidemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-etiology-and-management
#16
REVIEW
Ivana Mikolasevic, Marta Žutelija, Vojko Mavrinac, Lidija Orlic
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), including those with end-stage renal disease, treated with dialysis, or renal transplant recipients have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) morbidity and mortality. Dyslipidemia, often present in this patient population, is an important risk factor for CVD development. Specific quantitative and qualitative changes are seen at different stages of renal impairment and are associated with the degree of glomerular filtration rate declining. Patients with non-dialysis-dependent CKD have low high-density lipoproteins (HDL), normal or low total cholesterol (TC) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, increased triglycerides as well as increased apolipoprotein B (apoB), lipoprotein(a) (Lp (a)), intermediate- and very-low-density lipoprotein (IDL, VLDL; "remnant particles"), and small dense LDL particles...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223501/biosynthetic-pathway-of-aliphatic-formates-via-a-baeyer-villiger-oxidation-in-mechanism-present-in-astigmatid-mites
#17
Nobuhiro Shimizu, Daisuke Sakata, Eric A Schmelz, Naoki Mori, Yasumasa Kuwahara
Astigmatid mites depend on bioactive glandular secretions, pheromones, and defensive agents to mediate intra- and interspecies interactions. Aliphatic formates, such as (Z,Z)-8,11-heptadecadienyl formate (8,11-F17) and (Z)-8-heptadecenyl formate (8-F17), are rarely encountered natural products that are abundant in Sancassania sp. Sasagawa (Acari: Acaridae) mite secretions. Linoleic acid and oleic acid are predicted as key intermediates in the synthesis of the closely related aliphatic formates. To gain insight in this biosynthetic pathway, acarid mite feeding experiments were conducted using (13)C-labeled precursors to precisely track incorporation...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223446/management-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-call-to-action
#18
REVIEW
Fernando Bril, Kenneth Cusi
Traditionally a disease of hepatologists, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has recently become a major concern for a broad spectrum of health care providers. Endocrinologists and those caring for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at center stage, as T2DM appears to worsen the course of NAFLD and the liver disease makes diabetes management more challenging. However, the nature of this relationship remains incompletely understood. Although the increasing prevalence of NAFLD is frequently attributed to the epidemic of obesity and is often oversimplified as the "hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome," it is a much more complex disease process that may also be observed in nonobese individuals and in patients without clinical manifestations of the metabolic syndrome...
March 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223076/leaching-of-rare-earth-elements-from-fluorescent-powder-using-the-tea-fungus-kombucha
#19
Stefanie Hopfe, Katrin Flemming, Falk Lehmann, Robert Möckel, Sabine Kutschke, Katrin Pollmann
In most modern technologies such as flat screens, highly effective magnets and lasers, as well as luminescence phosphors, Rare Earth Elements (REE) are used. Unfortunately no environmentally friendly recycling process exists so far. In comparison to other elements the interaction of microorganisms with REE has been studied to a less extent. However, as REE are ubiquitously present in nature it can be assumed that microorganisms play an important role in the biogeochemistry of REE. This study investigates the potential of organic acid-producing microbes for extracting REE from industrial waste...
February 17, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222671/reversal-of-hypermethylation-and-reactivation-of-glutathione-s-transferase-pi-1-gene-by-curcumin-in-breast-cancer-cell-line
#20
Umesh Kumar, Ujjawal Sharma, Garima Rathi
One of the mechanisms for epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor genes is hypermethylation of cytosine residue at CpG islands at their promoter region that contributes to malignant progression of tumor. Therefore, activation of tumor suppressor genes that have been silenced by promoter methylation is considered to be very attractive molecular target for cancer therapy. Epigenetic silencing of glutathione S-transferase pi 1, a tumor suppressor gene, is involved in various types of cancers including breast cancer...
February 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
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