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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212593/micrornas-and-endometriosis-distinguishing-drivers-from-passengers-in-disease-pathogenesis
#1
Warren B Nothnick
Endometriosis is a disease common in women of reproductive age, characterized by pelvic pain and infertility. Despite its prevalence, the factors and mechanisms which contribute to the development and survival of ectopic lesions remain uncertain. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small RNA molecules that regulate posttranscriptional gene regulation which have been proposed to contribute to the pathogenesis of many diseases including that of endometriosis. This review summarizes the results of initial studies describing differentially expressed miRNAs between endometriotic lesion tissue and eutopic endometrium...
February 17, 2017: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212525/ablation-of-ferroptosis-regulator-glutathione-peroxidase-4-in-forebrain-neurons-promotes-cognitive-impairment-and-neurodegeneration
#2
William Sealy Hambright, Rene Solano Fonseca, Liuji Chen, Ren Na, Qitao Ran
Synaptic loss and neuron death are the underlying cause of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD); however, the modalities of cell death in those diseases remain unclear. Ferroptosis, a newly identified oxidative cell death mechanism triggered by massive lipid peroxidation, is implicated in the degeneration of neurons populations such as spinal motor neurons and midbrain neurons. Here, we investigated whether neurons in forebrain regions (cerebral cortex and hippocampus) that are severely afflicted in AD patients might be vulnerable to ferroptosis...
February 1, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212009/2-2-bipyridyl-embedded-cycloparaphenylenes-as-a-general-strategy-to-investigate-nanohoop-based-coordination-complexes
#3
Jeff Van Raden, Shayan Louie, Lev N Zakharov, Ramesh Jasti
Owing to their unique cyclic architectures, tunable electronic properties, and supramolecular chemistries, cycloparaphenylenes (CPPs) have the potential to act as a new class of ligands for coordination cages, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), as well as small-molecule transition-metal complexes. However, currently there is no general strategy to coordinate the cyclic framework to a variety of metal centers. We report here a general and scalable synthetic strategy to embed 2,2'-bipyridine units into the backbone of CPPs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211886/a-novel-approach-for-the-identification-of-efficient-combination-therapies-in-primary-human-acute-myeloid-leukemia-specimens
#4
I Baccelli, J Krosl, G Boucher, I Boivin, V-P Lavallée, J Hébert, S Lemieux, A Marinier, G Sauvageau
Appropriate culture methods for the interrogation of primary leukemic samples were hitherto lacking and current assays for compound screening are not adapted for large-scale investigation of synergistic combinations. In this study, we report a novel approach that efficiently distills synthetic lethal interactions between small molecules active on primary human acute myeloid leukemia (AML) specimens. In single-dose experiments and under culture conditions preserving leukemia stem cell activity, our strategy considerably reduces the number of tests needed for the identification of promising compound combinations...
February 17, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211885/the-novel-bmi-1-inhibitor-ptc596-downregulates-mcl-1-and-induces-p53-independent-mitochondrial-apoptosis-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-progenitor-cells
#5
Y Nishida, A Maeda, M J Kim, L Cao, Y Kubota, J Ishizawa, A AlRawi, Y Kato, A Iwama, M Fujisawa, K Matsue, M Weetall, M Dumble, M Andreeff, T W Davis, A Branstrom, S Kimura, K Kojima
Disease recurrence is the major problem in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Relapse is driven by leukemia stem cells, a chemoresistant subpopulation capable of re-establishing disease. Patients with p53 mutant AML are at an extremely high risk of relapse. B-cell-specific Moloney murine leukemia virus integration site 1 (BMI-1) is required for the self-renewal and maintenance of AML stem cells. Here we studied the effects of a novel small molecule inhibitor of BMI-1, PTC596, in AML cells. Treatment with PTC596 reduced MCL-1 expression and triggered several molecular events consistent with induction of mitochondrial apoptosis: loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, BAX conformational change, caspase-3 cleavage and phosphatidylserine externalization...
February 17, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211697/benchmarking-density-functionals-for-chemical-bonds-of-gold
#6
Kasper Planeta Kepp
Gold plays a major role in nanochemistry, catalysis, and electrochemistry. Accordingly, hundreds of studies apply density functionals to study chemical bonding with gold, yet there is no systematic attempt to assess the accuracy of these methods applied to gold. This paper reports a benchmark against 51 experimental bond enthalpies of AuX systems and seven additional polyatomic and cationic molecules. 12 density functionals were tested, covering meta functionals, hybrids with variable HF exchange, double-hybrid, dispersion-corrected and non-hybrid GGA functionals...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211680/two-way-gold-nanoparticle-label-free-sensing-of-specific-sequence-and-small-molecule-targets-using-switchable-concatemers
#7
Longjiao Zhu, Xiangli Shao, Yunbo Luo, Kunlun Huang, Wentao Xu
A two-way colorimetric biosensor based on unmodified gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and a switchable double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) concatemer have been demonstrated. Two hairpin probes (H1&H2) were first designed that provided the fuels to assemble the dsDNA concatemers via hybridization chain reaction (HCR). A functional hairpin (FH) was rationally designed to recognize the target sequences. All the hairpins contained single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) loop and sticky-ends to prevent GNPs from salt-induced aggregation. In the presence of target sequence, the capture probe blocked in the FH recognizes the target to form a duplex DNA, which causes the release of the initiator probe by FH conformational change...
February 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211671/organic-solar-cells-based-on-wo2-72-nanowire-anode-buffer-layer-with-enhanced-power-conversion-efficiency-and-ambient-stability
#8
Longzhen You, Bin Liu, Tao Liu, Bingbing Fan, Yunhao Cai, Lin Guo, Yanming Sun
Tungsten oxide as an alternative to conventional acidic PEDOT:PSS has attracted much attention in organic solar cells (OSCs). However, the vacuum-processed WO3 layer and high temperature sol-gel hydrolyzed WOX are incompatible with large-scale manufacturing of OSCs. Here, we report for the first time that a specific tungsten oxide WO2.72 (W18O49) nanowire can function well as the anode buffer layer. The nw-WO2.72 film exhibits a high optical transparency. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of OSCs based on three typical polymer active layers PTB7:PC71BM, PTB7-Th:PC71BM, and PDBT-T1:PC71BM with nw-WO2...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211573/the-cationic-small-molecule-gw4869-is-cytotoxic-to-high-phosphatidylserine-expressing-myeloma-cells
#9
Slavica Vuckovic, Kate Vandyke, David A Rickards, Padraig McCauley Winter, Simon H J Brown, Todd W Mitchell, Jun Liu, Jun Lu, Philip W Askenase, Elizabeth Yuriev, Ben Capuano, Paul A Ramsland, Geoffrey R Hill, Andrew C W Zannettino, Andrew T Hutchinson
We have discovered that a small cationic molecule, GW4869, is cytotoxic to a subset of myeloma cell lines and primary myeloma plasma cells. Biochemical analysis revealed that GW4869 binds to anionic phospholipids such as phosphatidylserine - a lipid normally confined to the intracellular side of the cell membrane. However, interestingly, phosphatidylserine was expressed on the surface of all myeloma cell lines tested (n = 12) and 9/15 primary myeloma samples. Notably, the level of phosphatidylserine expression correlated well with sensitivity to GW4869...
February 17, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211532/structure-of-a-lov-protein-in-apo-state-and-implications-for-construction-of-lov-based-optical-tools
#10
Vladimir Arinkin, Joachim Granzin, Katrin Röllen, Ulrich Krauss, Karl-Erich Jaeger, Dieter Willbold, Renu Batra-Safferling
Unique features of Light-Oxygen-Voltage (LOV) proteins like relatively small size (~12-19 kDa), inherent modularity, highly-tunable photocycle and oxygen-independent fluorescence have lately been exploited for the generation of optical tools. Structures of LOV domains reported so far contain a flavin chromophore per protein molecule. Here we report two new findings on the short LOV protein W619_1-LOV from Pseudomonas putida. First, the apo-state crystal structure of W619_1-LOV at 2.5 Å resolution reveals conformational rearrangements in the secondary structure elements lining the chromophore pocket including elongation of the Fα helix, shortening of the Eα-Fα loop and partial unfolding of the Eα helix...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211275/suppression-of-hydrogen-evolution-by-oxygen-reduction-in-nanoporous-electrocatalysts
#11
Ellen Benn, Bernard Gaskey, Jonah D Erlebacher
Electroreduction of small molecules in aqueous solution often competes with the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), especially if the reaction is driven even moderately hard using a large overpotential. Here, the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was studied under proton diffusion-limited conditions in slightly acidic electrolytes - a model system to study the relative transport kinetics of protons and reactants to an electrocatalyst and the relationship between transport and catalytic performance. Using dealloyed nanoporous nickel-platinum (np-NiPt) electrodes, we find the hydrogen evolution reaction can be completely suppressed even at high overpotentials (-400 mV vs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211272/effects-of-dimethyloxalylglycine-embedded-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-fiber-meshes-on-wound-healing-in-diabetic-rats
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Qiankun Zhang, Joung-Hwan Oh, Chan Ho Park, Jeong-Hwa Baek, Hyun-Mo Ryoo, Kyung Mi Woo
Impaired wound healing in diabetic patients is associated with altered inflammatory responses, poor angiogenesis, deficient extracellular matrix (ECM) component, and peripheral neuropathy. To develop a wound dressing that is capable of the controlled delivery of bioactive small molecules that can improve diabetic wound healing, dimethyloxalylglycine (DMOG)-embedded poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) fiber (PCLF/DMOG) meshes are fabricated by electrospinning, and the effects of the PCLF/DMOG meshes on wound healing in diabetic rats are evaluated...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210731/pressure-driven-phase-transition-mechanisms-revealed-by-quantum-chemistry-l-serine-polymorphs
#13
Denis A Rychkov, Jernej Stare, Elena V Boldyreva
The present study delivers a computational approach for the understanding of the mechanism of phase transitions between polymorphs of small organic molecules. By using state of the art periodic DFT calculations augmented with dispersion corrections and an external stress tensor together with gas-phase cluster calculations, we thoroughly explained the reversible phase transitions of three polymorphs of the model system, namely crystalline l-serine in the pressure range up to 8 GPa. This study has shown that at the macroscopic level the main driving force of the phase transitions is the decrease in the volume of the crystal unit cell, which contributes to the enthalpy difference between the two forms, but not to the difference in their internal crystal energies...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210491/film-morphology-evolution-during-solvent-vapor-annealing-of-highly-efficient-small-molecule-donor-acceptor-blends
#14
Sebastian Engmann, Hyun Wook Ro, Andrew Herzing, Chad R Snyder, Lee J Richter, Paul B Geraghty, David J Jones
Solution-processable small molecule photovoltaics based on the novel molecular donor, benzodithiophene terthiophene rhodanine (BTR), recently have shown maximum power conversion efficiencies above 8 % for active layer thicknesses up to 400 nm, using post process solvent vapor annealing (SVA) with tetrahydrofuran (THF). Here we report an in-situ study on the morphology evolution during SVA using the moderate solvent THF and the good solvent chloroform (CF). The combination of real-time grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) and grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) allows us to draw a complete picture of the evolution of crystallinity and phase purity during post process annealing...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Materials Chemistry. A, Materials for Energy and Sustainability
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209987/targeting-phospholipase-d-in-cancer-infection-and-neurodegenerative-disorders
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H Alex Brown, Paul G Thomas, Craig W Lindsley
Lipid second messengers have essential roles in cellular function and contribute to the molecular mechanisms that underlie inflammation, malignant transformation, invasiveness, neurodegenerative disorders, and infectious and other pathophysiological processes. The phospholipase D (PLD) isoenzymes PLD1 and PLD2 are one of the major sources of signal-activated phosphatidic acid (PtdOH) generation downstream of a variety of cell-surface receptors, including G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) and integrins...
February 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209746/a-phase-ii-randomized-trial-go27827-of-first-line-folfox-plus-bevacizumab-with-or-without-the-met-inhibitor-onartuzumab-in-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
#16
Johanna C Bendell, Howard Hochster, Lowell L Hart, Irfan Firdaus, Joseph R Mace, Joshua J McFarlane, Mark Kozloff, Daniel Catenacci, Jessie J Hsu, Stephen P Hack, David S Shames, See-Chun Phan, Hartmut Koeppen, Allen L Cohn
BACKGROUND: Dysregulated hepatocyte growth factor/mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) signaling is associated with poor prognosis and resistance to vascular endothelial growth factor inhibition in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). We report outcomes from a double-blind, multicenter phase II trial of the MET inhibitor onartuzumab in combination with mFOLFOX-6 and bevacizumab for mCRC (GO27827; NCT01418222). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients were randomized 1:1 to receive onartuzumab (10 mg/kg intravenously [IV]) or placebo plus mFOLFOX-6 and bevacizumab (5 mg/kg IV)...
February 16, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209733/dual-function-of-tgf%C3%AE-in-lens-epithelial-cell-fate-implications-for-secondary-cataract
#17
Bruce A Boswell, Anna Korol, Judith A West-Mays, Linda S Musil
The most common vision-disrupting complication of cataract surgery is posterior capsule opacification (PCO; secondary cataract). PCO is caused by residual lens cells undergoing one of two very different cell fates: either transdifferentiating into myofibroblasts, or maturing into lens fiber cells. Although TGFβ has been strongly implicated in lens cell fibrosis, the factors responsible for the latter process have not been identified. We show here for the first time that TGFβ can induce purified primary lens epithelial cells within the same culture to undergo differentiation into either lens fiber cells or myofibroblasts...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209624/tofacitinib-for-induction-and-maintenance-therapy-of-crohn-s-disease-results-of-two-phase-iib-randomised-placebo-controlled-trials
#18
Julian Panés, William J Sandborn, Stefan Schreiber, Bruce E Sands, Séverine Vermeire, Geert D'Haens, Remo Panaccione, Peter D R Higgins, Jean-Frederic Colombel, Brian G Feagan, Gary Chan, Michele Moscariello, Wenjin Wang, Wojciech Niezychowski, Amy Marren, Paul Healey, Eric Maller
OBJECTIVE: Tofacitinib is an oral, small-molecule Janus kinase inhibitor that is being investigated for IBD. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of tofacitinib for induction and maintenance treatment in patients with moderate-to-severe Crohn's disease (CD). DESIGN: We conducted two randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre phase IIb studies. Adult patients with moderate-to-severe CD were randomised to receive induction treatment with placebo, tofacitinib 5 or 10 mg twice daily for 8 weeks...
February 16, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209620/the-histone-methyltransferase-dot1l-promotes-neuroblastoma-by-regulating-gene-transcription
#19
Matthew Wong, Andrew El Tee, Giorgio Milazzo, Jessica L Bell, Rebecca C Poulos, Bernard Atmadibrata, Yuting Sun, Duohui Jing, Nicholas Ho, Dora Ling, Pei Yan Liu, Xu Dong Zhang, Stefan Hüttelmaier, Jason W H Wong, Jenny Wang, Patsie Polly, Giovanni Perini, Christopher J Scarlett, Tao Liu
Myc oncoproteins exert tumorigenic effects by regulating expression of target oncogenes. Histone H3 lysine 79 (H3K79) methylation at Myc-responsive elements of target gene promoters is a strict prerequisite for Myc-induced transcriptional activation, and DOT1L is the only known histone methyltransferase that catalyses H3K79 methylation. Here we show that N-Myc upregulatsd DOT1L mRNA and protein expression by binding to the DOT1L gene promoter. shRNA-mediated depletion of DOT1L reduced mRNA and protein expression of N-Myc target genes ODC1 and E2F2...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209619/lapatinib-resistance-in-breast-cancer-cells-is-accompanied-by-phosphorylation-mediated-reprogramming-of-glycolysis
#20
Benjamin Ruprecht, Esther A Zaal, Jana Zecha, Wei Wu, Celia R Berkers, Bernhard Kuster, Simone Lemeer
HER2/ERBB2-overexpressing breast cancers targeted effectively by the small molecule kinase inhibitor lapatinib frequently acquire resistance to this drug. In this study, we employed explorative mass spectrometry to profile proteomic, kinomic, and phosphoproteomic changes in an established model of lapatinib resistance to systematically investigate initial inhibitor response and subsequent reprogramming in resistance. The resulting dataset, which collectively contains quantitative data for >7,800 proteins, >300 protein kinases and >15,000 phosphopeptides, enabled deep insight into signaling recovery and molecular reprogramming upon resistance...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
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