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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092819/silver-nanoparticles-supported-over-mesoporous-alumina-as-an-efficient-nanocatalyst-for-n-alkylation-of-hetero-aromatic-amines-and-aromatic-amines-using-alcohols-as-alkylating-agent
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Priyanka Paul, Piyali Bhanja, Noor Salam, Usha Mandi, Asim Bhaumik, Seikh Mafiz Alam, Sk Manirul Islam
We have successfully embedded rhombohedral crystallites of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) over mesoporous alumina (Ag@Al2O3) material for the first time. The Ag@Al2O3 has been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), ultra high resolution transmission electron microscopy (UHR-TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), N2 adsorption/desorption isotherm, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra (UV-Vis), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The PXRD confirms the presence of the rhombohedral phase of Ag nanoparticles...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092722/synthetic-and-natural-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-ppar-agonists-as-candidates-for-the-therapy-of-the-metabolic-syndrome
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Chek Kun Tan, Yan Zhuang, Walter Wahli
Introduction Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are the molecular targets of hypolipidemic and insulin-sensitizing drugs and implicated in a multitude of processes that fine-tune the functions of all organs in vertebrates. As transcription factors they sense endogenous and exogenous lipid signaling molecules and convert these signals into intricate gene responses that impact health and disease. The PPARs act as modulators of cellular, organ, and systemic processes, such as lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, making them valuable for understanding body homeostasis influenced by nutrition and exercise...
January 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092363/mouse-models-of-uv-induced-melanoma-genetics-pathology-and-clinical-relevance
#3
Chi-Ping Day, Rachel Marchalik, Glenn Merlino, Helen Michael
Melanocytes, a neural crest cell derivative, produce pigment to protect keratinocytes from ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Although melanocytic lesions such as nevi and cutaneous malignant melanomas are known to be associated with sun exposure, the role of UVR in oncogenesis is complex and has yet to be clearly elucidated. UVR appears to have a direct mutational role in inducing or promoting melanoma formation as well as an indirect role through microenvironmental changes. Recent advances in the modeling of human melanoma in animals have built platforms upon which prospective studies can begin to investigate these questions...
January 16, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092161/estimation-of-ellagic-acid-and-or-repaglinide-effects-on-insulin-signaling-oxidative-stress-and-inflammatory-mediators-of-liver-pancreas-adipose-tissue-and-brain-in-insulin-resistant-type-2-diabetic-rats
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Mohamed M Amin, Mahmoud S Arbid
Even though ellagic acid has previously been valued in many models of cancer, so far its full mechanistic effect as a natural antiapoptotic agent in the prevention of type 2 diabetes complications has not been completely elucidated, which was the goal of this study. We fed albino rats a high-fat fructose diet (HFFD) for 2 months to induce insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes and then treated the rats with ellagic acid (10 mg/kg body weight, orally) and/or repaglinide (0.5 mg/kg body weight, orally) for 2 weeks...
October 21, 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091705/bacteria-of-the-family-candidatus-midichloriaceae-in-sympatric-zones-of-ixodes-ticks-genetic-evidence-for-vertical-transmission
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Tatyana A Mukhacheva, Sergey Y Kovalev
Ixodes ticks transmit infectious agents and also harbor their own parasites and symbionts. The presumptive endosymbiont of Ixodes ricinus, 'Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii', has a unique ability to invade mitochondria within tick ovarian cells and is transovarially transmitted with 100% efficiency. A closely related bacterium, provisionally named Montezuma (now 'Candidatus Lariskella arthropodarum'), was isolated from the Ixodes persulcatus ticks and human blood in 2004 as well as from Ixodes pavlovskyi in 2015...
January 14, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090277/anti-quorum-sensing-activity-of-substances-isolated-from-wild-berry-associated-bacteria
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Suha M Abudoleh, Adel M Mahasneh
BACKGROUND: Quorum Sensing (QS) is a mechanism used by bacteria to determine their physiological activities and coordinate gene expression based on cell to cell signaling. Many bacterial physiological functions are under the regulation of quorum sensing such as virulence, luminescence, motility, sporulation and biofilm formation. The aim of the present study was to isolate and characterize Quorum Sensing Inhibitory (QSI) substances from epiphytic bacteria residing on wild berries surfaces...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089892/algerian-propolis-extracts-chemical-composition-bactericidal-activity-and-in-vitro-effects-on-gilthead-seabream-innate-immune-responses
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El-Khamsa Soltani, Rebeca Cerezuela, Noureddine Charef, Samia Mezaache-Aichour, Maria Angeles Esteban, Mohamed Mihoub Zerroug
Propolis has been used as a medicinal agent for centuries. The chemical composition of four propolis samples collected from four locations of the Sétif region, Algeria, using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was determined. More than 20 compounds and from 30 to 35 compounds were identified in the aqueous and ethanolic extracts, respectively. Furthermore, the antimicrobial activity of the propolis extracts against two marine pathogenic bacteria was evaluated. Finally, the in vitro effects of propolis on gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata L...
January 9, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089780/co-feeding-transmission-facilitates-strain-coexistence-in-borrelia-burgdorferi-the-lyme-disease-agent
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S L States, C I Huang, S Davis, D M Tufts, M A Diuk-Wasser
Coexistence of multiple tick-borne pathogens or strains is common in natural hosts and can be facilitated by resource partitioning of the host species, within-host localization, or by different transmission pathways. Most vector-borne pathogens are transmitted horizontally via systemic host infection, but transmission may occur in the absence of systemic infection between two vectors feeding in close proximity, enabling pathogens to minimize competition and escape the host immune response. In a laboratory study, we demonstrated that co-feeding transmission can occur for a rapidly-cleared strain of Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease agent, between two stages of the tick vector Ixodes scapularis while feeding on their dominant host, Peromyscus leucopus...
December 26, 2016: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089738/evaluation-of-the-diuretic-activity-of-the-aqueous-and-80-methanol-extracts-of-the-root-of-euclea-divinorum-hiern-ebenaceae-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Beharu Woldemedhin, Teshome Nedi, Workineh Shibeshi, Mekonnen Sisay Shiferaw
BACKGROUND: Diuretics are drugs that increase the formation of urine and are important for the treatment of various diseases including hypertension and edema. The root decoction of Euclea divinorum has been used as a diuretic agent in the traditional medicine. Therefore, this study was aimed to evaluate the diuretic activity of the crude extracts of the roots of Euclea divinorum in Sprague Dawley rats. METHODS: The aqueous extract (AE) and 80% methanol extract (80ME) of the plant were prepared using decoction and maceration, respectively...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088623/a-novel-role-of-topical-iodine-in-skin-activation-of-the-nrf2-pathway
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Maya Ben-Yehuda Greenwald, Marina Frušić-Zlotkin, Yoram Soroka, Shmuel Ben-Sasson, Havazelet Bianco-Peled, Ron Kohen
For a long time iodine has been used as an active dermal agent in the treatment of inflammatory, immune-mediated and infectious diseases. Moreover, topical iodine application has been reported to provide protection against sulfur-mustard-induced skin lesions, heat-induced and acid-induced skin burns in both haired guinea-pigs and mouse ear swelling models. However, the exact mechanism of action underlying these benefits of iodine has not yet been elucidated. In the current study, a novel mechanism of action by which iodine provides skin protection and relief, based on its electrophilic nature, is suggested...
January 11, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088520/palmitic-acid-increases-invasiveness-of-pancreatic-cancer-cells-aspc-1-through-tlr4-ros-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mmp-9-signaling-pathway
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Makena J Binker-Cosen, Daniel Richards, Brenda Oliver, Herbert Y Gaisano, Marcelo G Binker, Laura I Cosen-Binker
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is an aggressive malady with proclivity for early metastasis. Overexpression of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the most common type of pancreatic malignancy, correlates to tumor size, lymph node involvement, venous invasion and pathological stage. Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are natural TLR4 ligands that have been shown to increase the invasive ability of PC cells. However, rapid inactivation of circulating LPS and low systemic absorption of inhaled LPS from the bronchoalveolar compartment make other agonists such as saturated fatty acids more suitable to be considered for TLR4-related cell invasiveness...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088099/protein-templated-synthesis-of-metal-based-nanomaterials
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Arnout Rd Voet, Jeremy Rh Tame
There is currently intense interest in using protein scaffolds to prepare uniform nanometre-sized clusters of metals or other inorganic material for use as sensors, imaging agents, drugs, magnetic materials or catalysts. Non-templated chemical synthesis of such clusters often results in a product of variable size and quality, but protein molecules have proved adept at nucleating and stabilizing precise nanoclusters of various kinds. Although much research has focused on natural proteins, such as the iron-storage protein ferritin, recent developments in protein design have allowed entirely novel, symmetrical proteins to be used as templates for the first time...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088059/infrared-analysis-of-clay-bricks-incorporated-with-spent-shea-waste-from-the-shea-butter-industry
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A N Adazabra, G Viruthagiri, N Shanmugam
The peculiar challenge of effective disposing abundant spent shea waste and the excellent compositional variation tolerance of clay material offered an impetus to examine the incorporation of spent shea waste into clay material as an eco-friendly disposal route in making clay bricks. For this purpose, the chemical constituent, mineralogical compositions and thermal behavior of both clay material and spent shea waste were initially characterized from which modelled brick specimens incorporating 5-20 wt% of the waste into the clay material were prepared...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088015/transferrin-gated-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-redox-responsive-and-targeted-drug-delivery
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Xiaolu Chen, Hui Sun, Jun Hu, Xia Han, Honglai Liu, Ying Hu
This work reports on a targeted and controlled drug delivery system based on protein decorated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs). In this system, transferrin (Tf), a naturally existing protein, is grafted on the surfaces of MSNs via redox-cleavable disulfide bonds, serving as both a capping agent and a targeting ligand simultaneously. The uniform particles with ordered mesoporous structures and the successful construction of the Tf/MSN hybrid nanocarriers can be confirmed through combined techniques. It is found that the model anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) can be efficiently encapsulated in the MSNs in the absence of glutathione (GSH), and a burst release of DOX is observed when the system is exposed to GSH, indicating good capping efficiency of Tf and redox-responsive release of DOX...
January 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087861/jolkinolide-a-and-jolkinolide-b-inhibit-proliferation-of-a549-cells-and-activity-of-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
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Lei Shen, Shan-Qiang Zhang, Lei Liu, Yu Sun, Yu-Xuan Wu, Li-Ping Xie, Ji-Cheng Liu
BACKGROUND Jolkinolide A (JA) and Jolkinolide B (JB) are diterpenoids extracted from the roots of Euphorbia fischeriana Steud and have been shown to have anti-tumor activity. However, their effects on the ability of tumor cells to invade blood vessels and metastasize remain largely unknown. Investigations into the effects of JA and JB on the angiogenesis of tumor tissues may facilitate the identification of new natural drugs with anti-tumor growth and metastasis activities. MATERIAL AND METHODS We used different concentrations of JA and JB (20 μg/ml, 40 μg/ml, 60 μg/ml, 80 μg/ml, and 100 μg/ml) to stimulate A549 cells and then studied the effects on the growth and metastasis of lung cancers...
January 14, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087534/mechanisms-of-horizontal-cell-to-cell-transfer-of-wolbachia-spp-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Pamela M White, Jose E Pietri, Alain Debec, Shelbi Russell, Bhavin Patel, William Sullivan
: Wolbachia is an intracellular endosymbiont present in most arthropod and filarial nematode species. Transmission between hosts is primarily vertical, taking place exclusively through the female germline, though horizontal transmission has also been documented. Several studies indicate that Wolbachia is capable of transfer between somatic and germline cells during nematode development and in adult flies. However, the mechanisms underlying horizontal cell-to-cell transfer remain largely unexplored...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087440/an-overlooked-horticultural-crop-smyrnium-olusatrum-as-a-potential-source-of-compounds-effective-against-african-trypanosomiasis
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Riccardo Petrelli, Farahnaz Ranjbarian, Stefano Dall'Acqua, Fabrizio Papa, Romilde Iannarelli, Stephane L Ngahang Kamte, Sauro Vittori, Giovanni Benelli, Filippo Maggi, Anders Hofer, Loredana Cappellacci
Among natural products, sesquiterpenes have showed promising inhibitory effects against bloodstream forms of Trypanosoma brucei, the protozoan parasite causing the human African trypanosomiasis (HAT). Smyrnium olusatrum (Apiaceae), also known as Alexanders or wild celery, is a neglected horticultural crop characterized by oxygenated sesquiterpenes containing a furan ring. In the present work we explored the potential of its essential oils obtained from different organs and the main oxygenated sesquiterpenes, namely isofuranodiene, germacrone and β-acetoxyfuranoeudesm-4(15)-ene, as inhibitors of Trypanosoma brucei...
January 10, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087364/aquaglyceroporins-are-the-entry-pathway-of-boric-acid-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#18
Sabrina Marsiccobetre, Alexis Rodríguez-Acosta, Florian Lang, Katherine Figarella, Néstor L Uzcátegui
The boron element possesses a range of different effects on living beings. It is essential to beneficial at low concentrations, but toxic at excessive concentrations. Recently, some boron-based compounds have been identified as promising molecules against Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of sleeping sickness. However, until now, the boron metabolism and its access route into the parasite remained elusive. The present study addressed the permeability of T. brucei aquaglyceroporins (TbAQPs) for boric acid, the main natural boron species...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087272/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-5-1h-indol-3-yl-n-aryl-1-3-4-oxadiazol-2-amines-as-bcl-2-inhibitory-anticancer-agents
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Rania Hamdy, Noha I Ziedan, Samia Ali, Cinzia Bordoni, Mohamed El-Sadek, Elsaid Lashin, Andrea Brancale, Arwyn T Jones, Andrew D Westwell
A series of 5-(1H-indol-3-yl)-N-aryl-1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-amines 8a-j has been designed, synthesized and tested in vitro as potential pro-apoptotic Bcl-2-inhibitory anticancer agents based on our previous lead compound 8a. Synthesis of the target compounds was readily accomplished through a cyclisation reaction between indole-3-carboxylic acid hydrazide (5) and substituted isothiocyanates 6a-j, followed by oxidative cyclodesulfurization of the corresponding thiosemicarbazide 7a-j using 1,3-dibromo-5,5-dimethylhydantoin...
December 27, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086894/c60-fullerene-as-promising-therapeutic-agent-for-correcting-and-preventing-skeletal-muscle-fatigue
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Yurij I Prylutskyy, Inna V Vereshchaka, Andriy V Maznychenko, Nataliya V Bulgakova, Olga O Gonchar, Olena A Kyzyma, Uwe Ritter, Peter Scharff, Tomasz Tomiak, Dmytro M Nozdrenko, Iryna V Mishchenko, Alexander I Kostyukov
BACKGROUND: Bioactive soluble carbon nanostructures, such as the C60 fullerene can bond with up to six electrons, thus serving by a powerful scavenger of reactive oxygen species similarly to many natural antioxidants, widely used to decrease the muscle fatigue effects. The aim of the study is to define action of the pristine C60 fullerene aqueous colloid solution (C60FAS), on the post-fatigue recovering of m. triceps surae in anaesthetized rats. RESULTS: During fatigue development, we observed decrease in the muscle effort level before C60FAS administration...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
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