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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926828/harnessing-cancer-cell-metabolism-for-theranostic-applications-using-metabolic-glycoengineering-of-sialic-acid-in-breast-cancer-as-a-pioneering-example
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Haitham A Badr, Dina M M AlSadek, Motawa E El-Houseini, Christopher T Saeui, Mohit P Mathew, Kevin J Yarema, Hafiz Ahmed
Abnormal cell surface display of sialic acids - a family of unusual 9-carbon sugars - is widely recognized as distinguishing feature of many types of cancer. Sialoglycans, however, typically cannot be identified with sufficiently high reproducibility and sensitivity to serve as clinically accepted biomarkers and similarly, almost all efforts to exploit cancer-specific differences in sialylation signatures for therapy remain in early stage development. In this report we provide an overview of important facets of glycosylation that contribute to cancer in general with a focus on breast cancer as an example of malignant disease characterized by aberrant sialylation...
November 25, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926382/prediction-of-anti-cancer-drug-response-by-kernelized-multi-task-learning
#2
Mehmet Tan
MOTIVATION: Chemotherapy or targeted therapy are two of the main treatment options for many types of cancer. Due to the heterogeneous nature of cancer, the success of the therapeutic agents differs among patients. In this sense, determination of chemotherapeutic response of the malign cells is essential for establishing a personalized treatment protocol and designing new drugs. With the recent technological advances in producing large amounts of pharmacogenomic data, in silico methods have become important tools to achieve this aim...
October 2016: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925543/minor-traumatic-wounds
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Emily Davis
What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice? The article focused on the management of minor traumatic wounds. It provided an overview of the techniques used in the care of patients with minor wounds, and discussed the recommended anaesthetic agents when debriding and irrigating wound beds. The article considered the benefits of using staples, sutures and glue, with the aim of reducing scar formation.
December 7, 2016: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925415/utilization-of-red-light-emitting-cdte-nanoparticles-for-the-trace-level-detection-of-harmful-herbicides-in-adulterated-food-and-agricultural-crops
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Nilanjan Dey, Deepa Bhagat, Durgadas Cherukaraveedu, Santanu Bhattacharya
Red-light-emitting water-soluble semiconducting quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by using a wide variety of commercially available thiol-type capping agents. QDs with a negatively charged nanosurface showed excellent selectivity for paraquat (PQ) at pH 7.4 over other commonly encountered pesticides/herbicides, including diquat (DQ). The presence of a 4,4'-bis-pyridinium unit in PQ enabled it to initiate long-range aggregation, thereby leading to the formation of nanostructures with excellent emission-quenching behavior...
November 7, 2016: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925266/marine-mollusk-derived-agents-with-antiproliferative-activity-as-promising-anticancer-agents-to-overcome-chemotherapy-resistance
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Maria Letizia Ciavatta, Florence Lefranc, Marianna Carbone, Ernesto Mollo, Margherita Gavagnin, Tania Betancourt, Ramesh Dasari, Alexander Kornienko, Robert Kiss
The chemical investigation of marine mollusks has led to the isolation of a wide variety of bioactive metabolites, which evolved in marine organisms as favorable adaptations to survive in different environments. Most of them are derived from food sources, but they can be also biosynthesized de novo by the mollusks themselves, or produced by symbionts. Consequently, the isolated compounds cannot be strictly considered as "chemotaxonomic markers" for the different molluscan species. However, the chemical investigation of this phylum has provided many compounds of interest as potential anticancer drugs that assume particular importance in the light of the growing literature on cancer biology and chemotherapy...
December 7, 2016: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925212/sucrose-replacement-in-high-ratio-white-layer-cakes
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Rebecca A Miller, Orelia E Dann, Amanda R Oakley, Megan E Angermayer, Katherine H Brackebusch
BACKGROUND: Several commercially available alternative sweeteners have potential in reducing the caloric content of baked products. Sugar alcohols and natural sweeteners have similar bulk as sucrose and can replace sucrose directly. High intensity sweeteners have high potency but light weight so bulking agents are often added. This study determined alternative sweeteners and combinations of alternative sweetener and a bulking agent that produced good quality white layer cakes. RESULTS: Cakes made with maltitol were acceptable but erythritol and fructose produced undesirable cakes...
December 7, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925065/natural-canine-infection-by-leishmania-infantum-and-leishmania-amazonensis-and-their-implications-for-disease-control
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Letícia da Cruz Sanches, Cleber Costa de Martini, Alex Akira Nakamura, Maria Emília Bodini Santiago, Beatriz Dolabela de Lima, Valéria Marçal Felix de Lima
Leishmaniasis is a major public health problem worldwide. Because Leishmania can adapt to new hosts or vectors, knowledge concerning the current etiological agent in dogs is important in endemic areas. This study aimed to identify the Leishmania species detected in 103 samples of peripheral blood from dogs that were naturally infected with these protozoa. The diagnosis of leishmaniasis was determined through parasitological examination, the indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
December 1, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924972/protective-mechanisms-of-purified-polyphenols-from-pinecones-of-pinus-koraiensis-on-spleen-tissues-in-tumor-bearing-s180-mice-in-vivo
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Juanjuan Yi, Cuilin Cheng, Xiaoyu Li, Haitian Zhao, Hang Qu, Zhenyu Wang, Lu Wang
The previous study evaluated the antitumor activity and the underlying mechanism of the purified polyphenols from pinecones of Pinus koraiensis (PPP-40) using a tumor-bearing S180 mice model. This study was designed to evaluate the protective effects of PPP-40 on spleen tissues of S180 mice in vivo. Pretreatment with PPP-40 (150 mg per kg BW per D) could significantly inhibit tumor growth, enhance spleen index and prevent the decline of haematological parameters of S180 mice induced by the tumor microenvironment...
December 7, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924840/atmospheric-pressure-non-equilibrium-plasma-as-a-green-tool-to-crosslink-gelatin-nanofibers
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Anna Liguori, Adriana Bigi, Vittorio Colombo, Maria Letizia Focarete, Matteo Gherardi, Chiara Gualandi, Maria Chiara Oleari, Silvia Panzavolta
Electrospun gelatin nanofibers attract great interest as a natural biomaterial for cartilage and tendon repair despite their high solubility in aqueous solution, which makes them also difficult to crosslink by means of chemical agents. In this work, we explore the efficiency of non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma in stabilizing gelatin nanofibers. We demonstrate that plasma represents an innovative, easy and environmentally friendly approach to successfully crosslink gelatin electrospun mats directly in the solid state...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924509/inhibitory-effect-of-diosgenin-on-experimentally-induced-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-in-rats
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Jing Chen, Huai-Fen Zhang, Chao-Mei Xiong, Jin-Lan Ruan
This study investigated the effect of diosgenin, a natural sapogenin possessing various pharmacological activities, on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in rats and the possible mechanisms. BPH was established in the castrated rats by subcutaneous injection of testosterone propionate. Animals were randomly divided into four groups (n=10 each): model group (0.5% sodium carboxymethyl cellulose); positive control group (3 mg/kg finasteride); two diosgenin groups (50 and 100 mg/kg). The drugs were intragastricaly given in each group for consecutive 3 weeks...
December 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924162/a-pretargeted-approach-for-the-multimodal-pet-nirf-imaging-of-colorectal-cancer
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Pierre Adumeau, Kathryn E Carnazza, Christian Brand, Sean D Carlin, Thomas Reiner, Brian J Agnew, Jason S Lewis, Brian M Zeglis
The complementary nature of positron emission tomography (PET) and near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging makes the development of strategies for the multimodal PET/NIRF imaging of cancer a very enticing prospect. Indeed, in the context of colorectal cancer, a single multimodal PET/NIRF imaging agent could be used to stage the disease, identify candidates for surgical intervention, and facilitate the image-guided resection of the disease. While antibodies have proven to be highly effective vectors for the delivery of radioisotopes and fluorophores to malignant tissues, the use of radioimmunoconjugates labeled with long-lived nuclides such as (89)Zr poses two important clinical complications: high radiation doses to the patient and the need for significant lag time between imaging and surgery...
2016: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923139/plga-peg-plga-triblock-copolymeric-micelles-as-oral-drug-delivery-system-in-vitro-drug-release-and-in-vivo-pharmacokinetics-assessment
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Xiufen Chen, Jianzhong Chen, Bowen Li, Xiang Yang, Rongjie Zeng, Yajun Liu, Tao Li, Rodney J Y Ho, Jingwei Shao
Poly (d,l-lactide-co-glycolide)-poly (ethylene glycol)-poly (d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) triblock copolymers (PLGA-PEG-PLGA) has been proven to be desirable for anti-cancer drug delivery by intravenous administration. But till now there is no report of developing this micelle as a sustained oral formulation for cancer therapy. 3β-acetoxy-urs-12-en-28-oic acid hexamethylenediamine (US597), a derivative of natural product ursolic acid has been developed as a novel cancer metastasis chemopreventive agent by us...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922821/identification-of-salvia-haenkei-as-gerosuppressant-agent-by-using-an-integrated-senescence-screening-assay
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Ivana Matic, Ajinkya Revandkar, Jingjing Chen, Angela Bisio, Stefano Dall'Acqua, Veronica Cocetta, Paola Brun, Giorgio Mancino, Martina Milanese, Maurizio Mattei, Monica Montopoli, Andrea Alimonti
Cellular senescence is a stable cell cycle arrest that is the causative process of aging. The PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway is implicated in the control of cellular senescence and inhibitors of this pathway have been successfully used for life span prolongation experiments in mammals. PTEN is the major regulator of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway and loss of PTEN promotes a senescence response termed PICS. Here we report a novel-screening assay, for the identification of compounds that block different types of senescence response...
December 1, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922672/2-methoxycinnamaldehyde-inhibits-the-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-aortic-smooth-muscle-cells
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Young-Hee Jin, Soo-A Kim
The abnormal proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is a crucial event in the development of atherosclerosis, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is actively involved in this process by enhancing the proliferation and migration of VSMCs. 2-Methoxycinnamaldehyde (MCA) is a natural compound of Cinnamomum cassia. Although 2-hydroxycinnamaldehyde (HCA), another compound from Cinnamomum cassia, has been widely studied with regard to its antitumor activity, MCA has not attracted researchers' interest due to its mild toxic effects on cancer cells and its mechanisms of action remain unknown...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922601/the-effect-of-extrinsic-mortality-on-genome-size-evolution-in-prokaryotes
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Piotr Bentkowski, Cock van Oosterhout, Ben Ashby, Thomas Mock
Mortality has a significant role in prokaryotic ecology and evolution, yet the impact of variations in extrinsic mortality on prokaryotic genome evolution has received little attention. We used both mathematical and agent-based models to reveal how variations in extrinsic mortality affect prokaryotic genome evolution. Our results suggest that the genome size of bacteria increases with increased mortality. A high extrinsic mortality increases the pool of free resources and shortens life expectancy, which selects for faster reproduction, a phenotype we called 'scramblers'...
December 6, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922600/vibrio-crassostreae-a-benign-oyster-colonizer-turned-into-a-pathogen-after-plasmid-acquisition
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Maxime Bruto, Adèle James, Bruno Petton, Yannick Labreuche, Sabine Chenivesse, Marianne Alunno-Bruscia, Martin F Polz, Frédérique Le Roux
Vibrios are frequently associated with oyster mortality; however whether they are the primary causative agent or secondary opportunistic colonizers is not well understood. Here we combine analysis of natural infection dynamics, population genomics and molecular genetics to ask (i) to what extent oysters are passively colonized by Vibrio population present in the surrounding water, (ii) how populations turn over during pathogenicity events and (iii) what genetic factors are responsible for pathogenicity. We identified several populations of Vibrio preferentially associated with oyster tissues...
December 6, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920840/unusual-use-of-gd-eob-dtpa-in-mrcp-in-order-to-reveal-the-source-of-bile-leakage-in-a-patient-with-neuroendocrine-tumor-case-report
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Rafał Mazur, Aleksander Pawluś, Kinga Szymańska, Mateusz Patyk, Anna Otlewska, Krzysztof Międzybrodzki, Dąbrówka Sokołowska-Dąbek, Eliza Kubicka, Urszula Zaleska-Dorobisz
BACKGROUND: MRCP is the method of choice in diagnosing pathologies of the biliary system. One of them is bile fistulae. They are uncommon but tend to cause many diagnostic problems. The possible way to improve MRCP is using it with intravenous injection of hepatobiliary-specific contrast agents. As it is eliminated via the hepatobiliary system, it can be visualized in the bile ducts and may help to reveal disorders undetected by a standard MRCP. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 36-year-old woman with leakage in the biliary system which led to creation of a subcutaneous bile reservoir...
2016: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920772/streptococcus-thermophilus-apc151-strain-is-suitable-for-the-manufacture-of-naturally-gaba-enriched-bioactive-yogurt
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Daniel M Linares, Tom F O'Callaghan, Paula M O'Connor, R P Ross, Catherine Stanton
Consumer interest in health-promoting food products is a major driving force for the increasing global demand of functional (probiotic) dairy foods. Yogurt is considered the ideal medium for delivery of beneficial functional ingredients. Gamma-amino-butyric acid has potential as a bioactive ingredient in functional foods due to its health-promoting properties as an anti-stress, anti-hypertensive, and anti-diabetic agent. Here, we report the use of a novel Streptococcus thermophilus strain, isolated from the digestive tract of fish, for production of yogurt naturally enriched with 2 mg/ml of gamma-amino-butyric acid (200 mg in a standard yogurt volume of 100 ml), a dose in the same range as that provided by some commercially available gamma-amino-butyric acid supplements...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920627/the-role-of-nsaids-in-breast-cancer-prevention-and-relapse-current-evidence-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Demetrios Moris, Michalis Kontos, Eleftherios Spartalis, Ian S Fentiman
Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have received considerable interest as potential chemopreventive agents. The aim of this review is to summarize the accumulated knowledge on the effect of NSAIDs on breast cancer incidence and natural history, and the underlying pathophysiology. NSAIDs mainly block inflammation by inhibiting cyclooxygenase enzymes, leading to lower prostaglandin synthesis. The latter has been reported to affect breast cancer risk through hormonal and inflammation-related pathways...
October 2016: Breast Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920481/new-real-time-pcr-method-to-identify-single-point-mutations-in-hepatitis-c-virus
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Qian Chen, Irene Belmonte, Maria Buti, Leonardo Nieto, Damir Garcia-Cehic, Josep Gregori, Celia Perales, Laura Ordeig, Meritxell Llorens, Maria Eugenia Soria, Rafael Esteban, Juan Ignacio Esteban, Francisco Rodriguez-Frias, Josep Quer
AIM: To develop a fast, low-cost diagnostic strategy to identify single point mutations in highly variable genomes such as hepatitis C virus (HCV). METHODS: In patients with HCV infection, resistance-associated amino acid substitutions within the viral quasispecies prior to therapy can confer decreased susceptibility to direct-acting antiviral agents and lead to treatment failure and virological relapse. One such naturally occurring mutation is the Q80K substitution in the HCV-NS3 protease gene, which confers resistance to PI inhibitors, particularly simeprevir...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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