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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446015/realistic-electric-field-mapping-of-anisotropic-muscle-during-electrical-stimulation-using-a-combination-of-water-diffusion-tensor-and-electrical-conductivity
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Bup Kyung Choi, Tong In Oh, Saurav Zk Sajib, Jin Woong Kim, Hyung Joong Kim, Oh In Kwon, Eung Je Woo
PURPOSE: To realistically map the electric fields of biological tissues using a diffusion tensor magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography (DT-MREIT) method to estimate tissue response during electrical stimulation. METHODS: Imaging experiments were performed using chunks of bovine muscle. Two silver wire electrodes were positioned inside the muscle tissue for electrical stimulation. Electric pulses were applied with a 100-V amplitude and 100-μs width using a voltage stimulator...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445987/context-dependent-mir-204-and-mir-211-affect-the-biological-properties-of-amelanotic-and-melanotic-melanoma-cells
#2
Marianna Vitiello, Andrea Tuccoli, Romina D'Aurizio, Samanta Sarti, Laura Giannecchini, Simone Lubrano, Andrea Marranci, Monica Evangelista, Silvia Peppicelli, Chiara Ippolito, Ivana Barravecchia, Elena Guzzolino, Valentina Montagnani, Michael Gowen, Elisa Mercoledi, Alberto Mercatanti, Laura Comelli, Salvatore Gurrieri, Lawrence W Wu, Omotayo Ope, Keith Flaherty, Genevieve M Boland, Marc R Hammond, Lawrence Kwong, Mario Chiariello, Barbara Stecca, Gao Zhang, Alessandra Salvetti, Debora Angeloni, Letizia Pitto, Lido Calorini, Giovanna Chiorino, Marco Pellegrini, Meenhard Herlyn, Iman Osman, Laura Poliseno
Despite increasing amounts of experimental evidence depicting the involvement of non-coding RNAs in cancer, the study of BRAFV600E-regulated genes has thus far focused mainly on protein-coding ones. Here, we identify and study the microRNAs that BRAFV600E regulates through the ERK pathway.By performing small RNA sequencing on A375 melanoma cells and a vemurafenib-resistant clone that was taken as negative control, we discover miR-204 and miR-211 as the miRNAs most induced by vemurafenib. We also demonstrate that, although belonging to the same family, these two miRNAs have distinctive features...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445965/molecular-docking-3d-qsar-and-structural-optimization-on-imidazo-pyridine-derivatives-dually-targeting-at1-and-pparg
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Jun Zhang, Qing-Qing Hao, Xin Liu, Zhi Jing, Wen-Qing Jia, Shu-Qing Wang, Wei-Ren Xu, Xian-Chao Cheng, Run-Ling Wang
Telmisartan, a bifunctional agent of blood pressure lowering and glycemia reduction, was previously reported to antagonize angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor and partially activate peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) simultaneously. Through the modification to telmisartan, researchers designed and obtained imidazo-\pyridine derivatives with the IC50s of 0.49~94.1 nM against AT1 and EC50s of 20~3640 nM towards PPARγ partial activation. For minutely inquiring the interaction modes with the relevant receptor and analyzing the structure-activity relationships, molecular docking and 3D-QSAR (Quantitative structure-activity relationships) analysis of these imidazo-\pyridines on dual targets were conducted in this work...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445958/repressing-cd147-is-a-novel-therapeutic-strategy-for-malignant-melanoma
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Xing Hu, Juan Su, Youyou Zhou, Xiaoyun Xie, Cong Peng, Zhimin Yuan, Xiang Chen
CD147/basigin, a transmembrane protein, is a member of the immunoglobulin super family. Accumulating evidence has revealed the role of CD147 in the development and progression of various cancers, including malignant melanoma (MM). MM is a malignancy of pigment-producing cells that causes the greatest number of skin cancer-related deaths worldwide. CD147 is overexpressed in MM and plays an important role in cell viability, apoptosis, proliferation, invasion, and metastasis, probably by mediating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) production, glycolysis, and multi-drug resistance (MDR)...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445950/the-discovery-of-a-novel-compound-with-potent-antitumor-activity-virtual-screening-synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-preliminary-mechanism-study
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Yuanyuan Jin, Linhu Li, Zhaoyong Yang, Mingliang Liu, Huiyuan Guo, Weiyi Shen
Farnesyltransferase has been regarded as a promising drug target against cancer as it is critical for membrane association of several signal transduction proteins. In this study, a novel farnesyltransferase inhibitor (IMB-1406) was identified through virtual screening. It exhibits stronger potency (IC50s: 6.92-8.99 μM) than Sunitinib against all of the tested cancer cell lines. Preliminary studies on mechanism reveal that IMB-1406 induces apoptosis in HepG2 cells by arresting the cell cycle at the S phase, altering anti- and pro-apoptotic proteins leading to mitochondrial dysfunction and activation of caspase-3...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445941/palliative-radiotherapy-for-gastric-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Jeremy Tey, Yu Yang Soon, Wee Yao Koh, Cheng Nang Leong, Bok Ai Choo, Francis Ho, Balamurugan Vellayappan, Keith Lim, Ivan Wk Tham
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To review the efficacy and toxicity of palliative radiotherapy (RT) for symptomatic locally advanced gastric cancer (GC) and to determine the optimal RT schedule for symptom palliation. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and CENTRAL for eligible studies published from 1995 to 2015. Outcomes of interest were relief of bleeding, pain and obstruction. RESULTS: Seven non-comparative observational studies were included. There were large variations in RT dose and fractionation...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445936/increased-expression-of-zeb1-as1-correlates-with-higher-histopathological-grade-and-promotes-tumorigenesis-in-bladder-cancer
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Junhao Lin, Yonghao Zhan, Yuchen Liu, Zhicong Chen, Jianbo Liang, Wei Li, Anbang He, Liqun Zhou, Hongbin Mei, Feng Wang, Weiren Huang
Bladder cancer is one of the most common urinary cancers worldwide. Emerging studies indicated that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play crucial roles in cancer biology. In this study, we found that a novel lncRNA Zinc finger E-box-binding homeebox1 (ZEB1) antisense RNA (ZEB1-AS1) was overexpressed in bladder cancer tissues compared to paired noncancerous tissues. Moreover, the expression of ZEB1-AS1 was positive correlated with higher histological grade and TNM stage in bladder cancer. Furthermore, Loss-of-function experiments showed that down-regulation of ZEB1-AS1 not only can suppress cell growth but also can inhibit migration and induce apoptosis in bladder cancer cell lines 5637 and SW780...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445856/procyanidin-a-kind-of-biological-flavonoid-induces-protective-anti-tumor-immunity-and-protects-mice-from-lethal-b16f10-challenge
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Lina Zhang, Shuang Wang, Zeyuan Liu, Li Zhang, Shanzheng Wang, Bin Wang
Recently, increasing evidences show that procyanidin (PC) modulate immune responses in human. To evaluate adjuvant effects of PC on vaccine immune modulation and anti-tumor activity, we formulated PC with B16F10 tumor antigen as tumor vaccine to immune C57BL/6 mice and used intramuscular injection before challenge with tumor B16F10 cells. Our results revealed that PC enhanced T cell-mediated immune responses both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, the B16F10 tumor vaccine induced some degree of anti-tumor effects as evaluated by the inhibition of tumor growth and the prolongation of survival...
April 23, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445851/development-and-validation-of-a-uhplc-esi-ms-ms-method-for-the-simultaneous-quantification-of-mammal-lysophosphatidylcholines-and-lysophosphatidylethanolamines-in-serum
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Susana Suárez-García, Lluís Arola, Aïda Pascual-Serrano, Anna Arola-Arnal, Gerard Aragonès, Cinta Bladé, Manuel Suárez
Recent investigations based on non-targeted metabolomics have proposed lysophospholipids (Lyso-PLs) as biomarkers of different diseases. In particular, lysophosphatidylcholines (Lyso-PCs) and lysophosphatidylethanolamines (Lyso-PEs) have been associated with serious lipid pathologies. Methods to determine the different molecular species in a biological sample and to quantify even less abundant species are required for the evaluation of the Lyso-PL pattern as a novel comprehensive biomarker of dyslipidemia. This study describes the development and validation of an ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry assay for the determination of a large number of Lyso-PCs and Lyso-PEs in biological samples...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445833/phytochrome-diversification-in-cyanobacteria-and-eukaryotic-algae
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REVIEW
Nathan C Rockwell, J Clark Lagarias
Phytochromes control almost every aspect of plant biology, including germination, growth, development, and flowering, in response to red and far-red light. These photoreceptors thus hold considerable promise for engineering crop plant responses to light. Recently, structural research has shed new light on how phytochromes work. Genomic and transcriptomic studies have improved our understanding of phytochrome loss, retention, and diversification during evolution. We are also beginning to understand phytochrome function in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445831/carotenoids-in-the-treatment-of-diabetes-mellitus-and-its-complications-a-mechanistic-review
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REVIEW
Ali Roohbakhsh, Gholamreza Karimi, Mehrdad Iranshahi
Carotenoids are a large class of natural antioxidants that occur in many vegetables, foods and other natural sources. To date, a large number of biological properties have been reported from carotenoids, particularly protective effects against diabetes mellitus (DM), cancer, and neurodegenerative, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. However, recent studies including clinical evidences, have shown that carotenoids play a role in the treatment of diabetes via enhancing insulin sensitivity. They are also able to protect the body from long-term consequences of diabetes including infectious diseases, nephropathy, neuronal and eye abnormalities...
April 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445826/exposure-to-fine-particulate-matter-causes-oxidative-and-methylated-dna-damage-in-young-adults-a-longitudinal-study
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Ching-Huang Lai, Han-Bin Huang, Yue-Cune Chang, Ting-Yao Su, Ying-Chuan Wang, Gia-Chi Wang, Jia-En Chen, Chin-Sheng Tang, Trong-Neng Wu, Saou-Hsing Liou
An increased understanding is needed of the physiological effects and plausible biological mechanisms that link PM2.5 (particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter below 2.5μm) exposure to mortality and morbidities such as atherosclerosis and respiratory disease. PM2.5 causes carcinogenic health effects. Biomonitoring in humans has suggested that 8-oxo-7, 8-dihydro-2-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG) and N7-methylguanine (N7-MeG) are correlated with oxidative and methylated DNA damage. Thus, it is meaningful to explore the mechanisms of mutagenesis and carcinogenesis associated with oxidative and methylated DNA damage by simultaneously measuring these two markers...
April 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445767/the-visualized-macrocycles-chemistry-and-application-of-fluorophore-tagged-cyclodextrins
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Gábor Benkovics, Milo Malanga, Éva Fenyvesi
Cyclodextrins are macrocyclic molecules able to form host-guest complexes due to their hydrophobic cavity. Because of their carbohydrate nature they do not absorb light in the UV-vis region (200-800nm), but they can be converted into spectroscopically active compounds via modification with a chromophore unit. Among the chromophores, the group of fluorophores can provide high sensitivity in analytical applications (chemosensing) and low detection limit in optical imaging methods (fluorescent microscopy). Fluorophore-tagged cyclodextrins therefore combine interesting spectroscopic properties with promising supramolecular features which make these conjugates widely applicable in various pharmaceutical fields...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445760/determining-the-spatial-relationship-of%C3%A2-membrane-bound-aquaporin-4-autoantibodies-by-sted-nanoscopy
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John N Soltys, Stephanie A Meyer, Hannah Schumann, Emily A Gibson, Diego Restrepo, Jeffrey L Bennett
Determining the spatial relationship of individual proteins in dense assemblies remains a challenge for superresolution nanoscopy. The organization of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) into large plasma membrane assemblies provides an opportunity to image membrane-bound AQP4 antibodies (AQP4-IgG) and evaluate changes in their spatial distribution due to alterations in AQP4 isoform expression and AQP4-IgG epitope specificity. Using stimulated emission depletion nanoscopy, we imaged secondary antibody labeling of monoclonal AQP4-IgGs with differing epitope specificity bound to isolated tetramers (M1-AQP4) and large orthogonal arrays of AQP4 (M23-AQP4)...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445757/action-of-antimicrobial-peptides-on-bacterial-and-lipid-membranes-a-direct-comparison
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Joseph E Faust, Pei-Yin Yang, Huey W Huang
The bacterial membrane represents an attractive target for the design of new antibiotics to combat widespread bacterial resistance. Understanding how antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and other membrane-active agents attack membranes could facilitate the design of new, effective antimicrobials. Despite intense study of AMPs on model membranes, we do not know how well the mechanism of attack translates to real biological membranes. To that end, we have characterized the attack of AMPs on Escherichia coli cytoplasmic membranes and directly compared this action to model membranes...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445756/membrane-mechanics-of-primary-afferent-neurons-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglia-of-rats
#16
Hirosato Kanda, Jianguo G Gu
Membrane mechanics is an important biological factor regulating many cellular functions including cell motility, intercellular and intracellular signaling, gene expression, and membrane ion channel activity. Primary afferent neurons transduce sensory information about temperature, touch, and pain. These sensory functions may be profoundly affected by the states of primary afferent neuron mechanics. However, membrane mechanics of primary afferent neurons is largely unknown. In this study, we established the optical trapping technique for determining membrane mechanics of cultured primary afferent neurons of the dorsal root ganglia (DRG)...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445750/effect-of-phosphorylation-on-a-human-like-osteopontin-peptide
#17
Samuel Lenton, Marco Grimaldo, Felix Roosen-Runge, Frank Schreiber, Tommy Nylander, Roger Clegg, Carl Holt, Michael Härtlein, Victoria García Sakai, Tilo Seydel, Susana C Marujo Teixeira
The last decade established that the dynamic properties of the phosphoproteome are central to function and its modulation. The temporal dimension of phosphorylation effects remains nonetheless poorly understood, particularly for intrinsically disordered proteins. Osteopontin, selected for this study due to its key role in biomineralization, is expressed in many species and tissues to play a range of distinct roles. A notable property of highly phosphorylated isoforms of osteopontin is their ability to sequester nanoclusters of calcium phosphate to form a core-shell structure, in a fluid that is supersaturated but stable...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445746/crosstalk-and-the-dynamical-modularity-of%C3%A2-feed-forward-loops-in-transcriptional-regulatory-networks
#18
Michael A Rowland, Ahmed Abdelzaher, Preetam Ghosh, Michael L Mayo
Network motifs, such as the feed-forward loop (FFL), introduce a range of complex behaviors to transcriptional regulatory networks, yet such properties are typically determined from their isolated study. We characterize the effects of crosstalk on FFL dynamics by modeling the cross regulation between two different FFLs and evaluate the extent to which these patterns occur in vivo. Analytical modeling suggests that crosstalk should overwhelmingly affect individual protein-expression dynamics. Counter to this expectation we find that entire FFLs are more likely than expected to resist the effects of crosstalk (≈20% for one crosstalk interaction) and remain dynamically modular...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445738/ochratoxin-a-and-its-metabolites-in-urines-of-german-adults-an-assessment-of-variables-in-biomarker-analysis
#19
Nurshad Ali, Katherine Muñoz, Gisela H Degen
Ochratoxin A (OTA), a mycotoxin known for its nephrotoxic and carcinogenic properties, is a worldwide occurring contaminant in a variety of food commodities. Biomonitoring (i.e. analysis in biological fluids) can serve to assess human internal exposure from all consumed foods and beverages. We now determined the concentration of OTA and its metabolite ochratoxin alpha (OTα) in plasma and in urine of two male volunteers with different food habits, in order to assess intra-individual temporal fluctuations and inter-individual differences in their biomarker levels...
April 23, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445704/development-of-standard-methods-for-zika-virus-propagation-titration-and-purification
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Sharton Vinicius Antunes Coelho, Rômulo Leão Silva Neris, Michelle Premazzi Papa, Laila Castro Schnellrath, Lana Monteiro Meuren, Diogo A Tschoeke, Luciana Leomil, Brunno Renato Farias Verçoza, Milene Miranda, Fabiano L Thompson, Andrea Thompson Da Poian, Thiago Moreno L Souza, Fabiana Avila Carneiro, Clarissa R Damaso, Iranaia Assunção-Miranda, Luciana Barros de Arruda
The emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has stimulated several research groups to study and collaborate to understand virus biology and pathogenesis. These efforts may assist with the development of antiviral drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests, as well as to promote advancements in public health policies. Here, we aim to develop standard protocols for propagation, titration, and purification of Asian and Brazilian ZIKV strains, by systematically testing different cell types, kinetics, multiplicity of infection and centrifugation protocols...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
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