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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332333/epigallocatechin-gallate-from-green-tea-exhibits-potent-anticancer-effects-in-a-549-non-small-lung-cancer-cells-by-inducing-apoptosis-cell-cycle-arrest-and-inhibition-of-cell-migration
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Jie Huang, Shi Chen, Yi Shi, Cheng-Hong Li, Xiao-Jiang Wang, Fa-Jiu Li, Chuan-Hai Wang, Qing-Hua Meng, Jin-Nan Zhong, Min Liu, Zi-Ming Wang
PURPOSE: Green tea (Camellia sinensis) is considered as a rich source of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which has been shown to exert impressive pharmacological properties. The anticancer properties of EGCG have been extensively studied however, its anticancer activity has not been explored in lung cancer. The present study was therefore designed to evaluate the anticancer effects of EGCG against non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell line A-549 and normal human fibroblast FR-2 cells...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332180/cd39-adenosinergic-axis-in-renal-pathophysiology-and-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Bellamkonda K Kishore, Simon C Robson, Karen M Dwyer
Extracellular ATP interacts with purinergic type 2 (P2) receptors and elicits many crucial biological functions. Extracellular ATP is sequentially hydrolyzed to ADP and AMP by the actions of defined nucleotidases, such as CD39, and AMP is converted to adenosine, largely by CD73, an ecto-5'-nucleotidase. Extracellular adenosine interacts with P1 receptors and often opposes the effects of P2 receptor activation. The balance between extracellular ATP and adenosine in the blood and extracellular fluid is regulated chiefly by the activities of CD39 and CD73, which constitute the CD39-adenosinergic axis...
January 13, 2018: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332125/icg-001-exerts-potent-anticancer-activity-against-uveal-melanoma-cells
#3
Salma Kaochar, Jianrong Dong, Marie Torres, Kimal Rajapakshe, Fotis Nikolos, Christel M Davis, Erik A Ehli, Cristian Coarfa, Nicholas Mitsiades, Vasiliki Poulaki
Purpose: Uveal melanoma (UM) is uniformly refractory to all available systemic chemotherapies, thus creating an urgent need for novel therapeutics. In this study, we investigated the sensitivity of UM cells to ICG-001, a small molecule reported to suppress the Wnt/β-catenin-mediated transcriptional program. Methods: We used a panel of UM cell lines to examine the effects of ICG-001 on cellular proliferation, migration, and gene expression. In vivo efficacy of ICG-001 was evaluated in a UM xenograft model...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331900/a-catalytic-and-dual-recycling-amplification-atp-sensor-based-on-target-driven-allosteric-structure-switching-of-aptamer-beacons
#4
Ying Peng, Daxiu Li, Ruo Yuan, Yun Xiang
Abnormal concentrations of ATP are associated with many diseases and cancers, and quantitative detection of ATP is thus of great importance for disease diagnosis and prognosis. In the present work, we report a new dual recycling amplification sensor integrated with catalytic hairpin assembly (CHA) to achieve high sensitivity for fluorescent detection of ATP. The association of the target ATP with the aptamer beacons causes the allosteric structure switching of the aptamer beacons to expose the toehold regions, which hybridize with and unfold the fluorescently quenched hairpin signal probes (HP1) to recycle the target ATP and to trigger CHA between HP1 and the secondary hairpin probes (HP2) to form HP1/HP2 duplexes...
January 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331721/understanding-protein-drug-interactions-using-ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry
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REVIEW
Claire E Eyers, Matthias Vonderach, Samantha Ferries, Kiani Jeacock, Patrick A Eyers
Ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) is an important addition to the analytical toolbox for the structural evaluation of proteins, and is enhancing many areas of biophysical analysis. Disease-associated proteins, including enzymes such as protein kinases, transcription factors exemplified by p53, and intrinsically disordered proteins, including those prone to aggregation, are all amenable to structural analysis by IM-MS. In this review we discuss how this powerful technique can be used to understand protein conformational dynamics and aggregation pathways, and in particular, the effect that small molecules, including clinically-relevant drugs, play in these processes...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331610/pseudomonas-putida-modulates-the-expression-of-mirnas-and-their-target-genes-in-response-to-drought-and-salt-stresses-in-chickpea-cicer-arietinum-l
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Ram Jatan, Puneet Singh Chauhan, Charu Lata
MicroRNAs are small non-coding regulatory RNA molecules that play an important role in the modulation of gene expression during various environmental stresses. Pseudomonas putida RA, a plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) colonizes the root surface of plants improving their growth and development during abiotic stresses modulating the expression of stress-responsive genes; however, the impact of RA on stress responsive-miRNA remains elusive. The present study was an attempt to delineate the role of PGPR in modulating stress responsive-miRNAs in a tolerant desi chickpea genotype exposed to drought and salt stresses...
January 10, 2018: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331584/protein-neddylation-and-its-alterations-in-human-cancers-for-targeted-therapy
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REVIEW
Lisha Zhou, Wenjuan Zhang, Yi Sun, Lijun Jia
Neddylation, a post-translational modification that conjugates an ubiquitin-like protein NEDD8 to substrate proteins, is an important biochemical process that regulates protein function. The best-characterized substrates of neddylation are the cullin subunits of Cullin-RING ligases (CRLs), which, as the largest family of E3 ubiquitin ligases, control many important biological processes, including tumorigenesis, through promoting ubiquitylation and subsequent degradation of a variety of key regulatory proteins...
January 10, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331461/stabilizing-vitamin-d3-using-the-molten-globule-state-of-%C3%AE-lactalbumin
#8
Jannik Nedergaard Pedersen, Henrik V Sørensen, Daniel E Otzen
α-Lactalbumin (α-LA) is the second most abundant bovine whey protein. It has been intensively studied because of its readiness to populate the molten globular (MG) state, a partially folded state with native levels of secondary structure but loss of tertiary structure. The MG state of α-LA exposes a significant number of hydrophobic patches that could be used to bind and stabilize small hydrophobic molecules such as vitamin D3 (vitD). Accordingly, we tested the ability of α-LA to stabilize vitD in a pH interval from 7...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331201/impact-of-polymer-geometry-on-the-interactions-of-protein-peg-conjugates
#9
Jonathan Zarzar, Whitney Shatz, Nikhil Peer, Rosalynn Taing, Brian McGarry, Yun Liu, Daniel G Greene, Isidro E Zarraga
The conjugation of high molecular weight polyethylene glycol (PEG) to an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is an attractive strategy for the modification of biophysical and biodistribution properties of the API. Indeed, several therapeutic proteins conjugated to PEG have been safely administered in the clinic. While there have been studies on the configuration of these conjugates in solution, investigations on the impact of PEG geometry on protein-PEG conjugate interactions is limited. In this study, we use dynamic light scattering (DLS), rheology, and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to investigate the biophysical solution and interaction behavior of a 50kDa Fab protein attached to either a linear or tetrameric (branched) 40kDa PEG molecule...
November 8, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331131/combining-the-ensemble-and-franck-condon-approaches-for-calculating-spectral-shapes-of-molecules-in-solution
#10
T J Zuehlsdorff, C M Isborn
The correct treatment of vibronic effects is vital for the modeling of absorption spectra of many solvated dyes. Vibronic spectra for small dyes in solution can be easily computed within the Franck-Condon approximation using an implicit solvent model. However, implicit solvent models neglect specific solute-solvent interactions on the electronic excited state. On the other hand, a straightforward way to account for solute-solvent interactions and temperature-dependent broadening is by computing vertical excitation energies obtained from an ensemble of solute-solvent conformations...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330524/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inducing-kinase-is-a-therapeutic-target-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#11
Hans D Brightbill, Eric Suto, Nicole Blaquiere, Nandhini Ramamoorthi, Swathi Sujatha-Bhaskar, Emily B Gogol, Georgette M Castanedo, Benjamin T Jackson, Youngsu C Kwon, Susan Haller, Justin Lesch, Karin Bents, Christine Everett, Pawan Bir Kohli, Sandra Linge, Laura Christian, Kathy Barrett, Allan Jaochico, Leonid M Berezhkovskiy, Peter W Fan, Zora Modrusan, Kelli Veliz, Michael J Townsend, Jason DeVoss, Adam R Johnson, Robert Godemann, Wyne P Lee, Cary D Austin, Brent S McKenzie, Jason A Hackney, James J Crawford, Steven T Staben, Moulay H Alaoui Ismaili, Lawren C Wu, Nico Ghilardi
NF-κB-inducing kinase (NIK) mediates non-canonical NF-κB signaling downstream of multiple TNF family members, including BAFF, TWEAK, CD40, and OX40, which are implicated in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Here, we show that experimental lupus in NZB/W F1 mice can be treated with a highly selective and potent NIK small molecule inhibitor. Both in vitro as well as in vivo, NIK inhibition recapitulates the pharmacological effects of BAFF blockade, which is clinically efficacious in SLE...
January 12, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330466/target-engagement-imaging-of-parp-inhibitors-in-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Brandon Carney, Susanne Kossatz, Benjamin H Lok, Valentina Schneeberger, Kishore K Gangangari, Naga Vara Kishore Pillarsetty, Wolfgang A Weber, Charles M Rudin, John T Poirier, Thomas Reiner
Insufficient chemotherapy response and rapid disease progression remain concerns for small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Oncologists rely on serial CT scanning to guide treatment decisions, but this cannot assess in vivo target engagement of therapeutic agents. Biomarker assessments in biopsy material do not assess contemporaneous target expression, intratumoral drug exposure, or drug-target engagement. Here, we report the use of PARP1/2-targeted imaging to measure target engagement of PARP inhibitors in vivo. Using a panel of clinical PARP inhibitors, we show that PARP imaging can quantify target engagement of chemically diverse small molecule inhibitors in vitro and in vivo...
January 12, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330324/betaine-ameliorates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-inhibiting-dendritic-cell-derived-il-6-production-and-th17-differentiation
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Cuixia Yang, Weiming Lai, Jinfeng Zhou, Xinyuan Zheng, Yingying Cai, Wanjie Yang, Sirong Xie, Yuan Gao, Changsheng Du
IL-17-secreting T cells (Th17 cells) play a pathogenic role in multiple autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), and dendritic cell (DC)-derived cytokines play pivotal roles in promoting the differentiation of naive CD4+ T cells into Th cell subsets (Th1 and Th17). Therefore, small molecules blocking the key cytokines produced by DCs will be beneficial in MS. In this article, we report that betaine treatment ameliorates MS pathogenesis by inhibiting DC-derived IL-6 production and Th17 differentiation...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330291/keap1-inhibits-metastatic-properties-of-nsclc-cells-by-stabilizing-architectures-of-f-actin-and-focal-adhesions
#14
Bo Wu, Shu Yang, Haimei Sun, Tingyi Sun, Fengqing Ji, Yurong Wang, Lie Xu, Deshan Zhou
Low expression of the tumor suppressor, Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (KEAP1) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) often results in higher malignant biological behavior and poor prognosis; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. The present study demonstrates that overexpression of Keap1 significantly suppresses migration and invasion of three different lung cancer cells (A549, H460, and H1299). Highly-expressed Keap1, compared to the control, promotes formation of multiple stress fibers with larger mature focal adhesion complexes in the cytoplasm where only fine focal adhesions were observed in the membrane under control conditions...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330283/centriole-overduplication-is-the-predominant-mechanism-leading-to-centrosome-amplification-in-melanoma
#15
Ryan A Denu, Maria Shabbir, Minakshi Nihal, Chandra K Singh, B Jack Longley, Mark E Burkard, Nihal Ahmad
Centrosome amplification (CA) is common in cancer and can arise by centriole overduplication or by cell doubling events, including the failure of cell division and cell-cell fusion. To assess the relative contributions of these two mechanisms, the number of centrosomes with mature/mother centrioles was examined by immunofluorescence in a tissue microarray (TMA) of human melanomas and benign nevi (n=79 and 17, respectively). The centrosomal protein 170 (CEP170) was used to identify centrosomes with mature centrioles; this is expected to be present in most centrosomes with cell doubling, but on fewer centrosomes with overduplication...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330094/p21-activated-kinase-signaling-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Chetan K Rane, Audrey Minden
The p21 Activated Kinases (PAKs) are a family of serine threonine kinases, that consist of 6 members, PAKs 1-6, which are positioned at an intersection of multiple signaling pathways implicated in oncogenesis. The PAKs were originally identified as protein kinases that function downstream of the Ras related Rho GTPases Cdc42 and Rac. PAK1 and PAK4, which belong to Group I and Group II PAKs, respectively, are most often associated with tumorigenesis. On account of their well characterized roles in cancer, several small molecule inhibitors are being developed to inhibit the PAKs, and there is interest in investigating their efficacy as either first line or adjuvant treatments for cancer...
January 9, 2018: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330050/production-and-characterization-of-a-novel-site-specific-modifiable-anti-ox40-receptor-single-chain-variable-fragment-for-targeted-drug-delivery
#17
Aki Tanabe, Kazumi Nakano, Makoto Nakakido, Satoru Nagatoishi, Yuetsu Tanaka, Kouhei Tsumoto, Kaoru Uchimaru, Toshiki Watanabe
OX40 receptor (tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, member 4; CD134) is a T-cell co-stimulatory molecule that plays an important role in T-cell activation and survival. OX40 receptor is activated by its ligand, OX40L; and modulation of the OX40-OX40L interaction is a promising target for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancers. Here, we generated a high-affinity anti-OX40 single-chain variable fragment carrying a C-terminal cysteine residue (scFvC). Physicochemical and functional analyses revealed that the scFvC bound to OX40-expressing cells and was internalized via OX40-mediated endocytosis without inducing phosphorylation of IκBα (nuclear factor of kappa light polypeptide gene enhancer in B-cells inhibitor, alpha), an important complex in the classical NFκB (nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells) signaling pathway...
January 9, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329884/impurity-profiling-of-drug-candidates-analytical-strategies-using-reversed-phase-and-mixed-mode-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-methods
#18
Elise Lemasson, Sophie Bertin, Philippe Hennig, Eric Lesellier, Caroline West
The development of new active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) requires accurate impurity profiling. Nowadays, reversed-phase HPLC (RPLC) on C18 stationary phase is the method of first choice for this task and usually employed in generic screening methods. However, this method sometimes fails, especially when the target analyte is not sufficiently retained, making impurity analysis difficult or even impossible. In such cases, a second method must be available. In the present paper, we compare the merits of RPLC on C18 phase to those of previously optimized alternative methods, based on the analysis of a large and diverse set of small-molecule drug candidates...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329790/plant-derived-mpges-1-inhibitors-or-suppressors-a-new-emerging-trend-in-the-search-for-small-molecules-to-combat-inflammation
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REVIEW
Haroon Khan, Kannan R R Rengasamy, Aini Pervaiz, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, Atanas G Atanasov, Mohammad A Kamal
Inflammation comprises the reaction of the body to injury, in which a series of changes of the terminal vascular bed, blood, and connective tissue tends to eliminate the injurious agent and to repair the damaged tissue. It is a complex process, which involves the release of diverse regulatory mediators. The current anti-inflammatory agents are challenged by multiple side effects and thus, new effective therapies are highly needed. The aim of this review is to summarize the described microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1) inhibitors or transcriptional suppressors from medicinal plants, which could be an ideal approach in the management of inflammatory disorders, but need further clinical trials in order to be ultimately validated...
December 23, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329746/evaluation-of-a-transtympanic-delivery-system-in-mus-musculus-for-extended-release-steroids
#20
Nathan H Dormer, Jennifer Nelson-Brantley, Hinrich Staecker, Cory J Berkland
OBJECTIVE: The current investigation evaluated a novel extended release delivery system for treating inner ear diseases. The platform technology consists of a film forming agent (FFA) and microsphere component to localize and extend drug delivery within the ear. STUDY DESIGN: Studies evaluated dissolution kinetics of microspheres with multiple encapsulates, testing of a variety of FFAs, and ability to localize to the round window membrane in mice in vivo. SETTING: Studies were completed at Orbis Biosciences and The University of Kansas Medical Center...
January 9, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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