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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527051/new-treatments-for-headache
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Kasra Maasumi, Stewart J Tepper, Alan M Rapoport
Headache disorders are common worldwide and often disabling. Until recently, treatments were borrowed from other branches of neurology and medicine. Monoclonal antibodies targeting calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) ligand and receptor, small molecule CGRP receptor antagonist gepants, serotonin1F agonists, new devices to deliver currently available drugs, and neuromodulation devices have recently been in the forefront of headache treatments that are rather specific for various headache disorders. These novel therapies are changing the field of headache medicine...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526787/development-of-multi-well-plate-methods-using-pure-cultures-of-methanogens-to-identify-new-inhibitors-for-suppressing-ruminant-methane-emissions
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M R Weimar, J Cheung, D Dey, C McSweeney, M Morrison, Y Kobayashi, W B Whitman, V Carbone, L R Schofield, R S Ronimus, G M Cook
Hydrogenotrophic methanogens typically require strictly anaerobic culturing conditions in glass tubes with overpressures of H2 and CO2 that are both time-consuming and costly. To increase the throughput for screening chemical compound libraries, 96-well microtiter plate methods for the growth of a marine (environmental) methanogen Methanococcus maripaludis strain S2 and the rumen methanogen Methanobrevibacter species AbM4 were developed. A number of key parameters (inoculum size, reducing agents for media preparation, duration of assay, inhibitor solvents and culture volume) were optimised to achieve robust and reproducible growth in a high-throughput microtiter plate format...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526769/tam-receptor-tyrosine-kinases-in-cancer-drug-resistance
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REVIEW
Mikaella Vouri, Sassan Hafizi
Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) are major regulators of key biological processes, including cell growth, survival, and differentiation, and were established early on as proto-oncogenes, with aberrant expression linked to tumor progression in many cancers. Therefore, RTKs have emerged as major targets for selective therapy with small-molecule inhibitors. However, despite improvements in survival rates, it is now apparent that the targeting of RTKs with selective inhibitors is only transiently effective, as the majority of patients eventually become resistant to therapy...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526740/midostaurin-gets-fda-nod-for-aml
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The FDA has approved the small-molecule inhibitor midostaurin in combination with chemotherapy to treat acute myeloid leukemia. It is the first approved drug for the disease that specifically targets FLT3 mutations, which occur in about a quarter of all AML cases and are associated with particularly poor outcomes.
May 19, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526588/adam10-and-%C3%AE-secretase-regulate-sensory-regeneration-in-the-avian-vestibular-organs
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Mark E Warchol, Jennifer Stone, Matthew Barton, Jeffrey Ku, Rose Veile, Nicolas Daudet, Michael Lovett
The loss of sensory hair cells from the inner ear is a leading cause of hearing and balance disorders. The mammalian ear has a very limited ability to replace lost hair cells, but the inner ears of non-mammalian vertebrates can spontaneously regenerate hair cells after injury. Prior studies have shown that replacement hair cells are derived from epithelial supporting cells and that the differentiation of new hair cells is regulated by the Notch signaling pathway. The present study examined molecular influences on regeneration in the avian utricle, which has a particularly robust regenerative ability...
May 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526414/a-novel-sirt1-inhibitor-4bb-induces-apoptosis-in-hct116-human-colon-carcinoma-cells-partially-by-activating-p53
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Ananga Ghosh, Amrita Sengupta, Guru Pavan Kumar Seerapu, Ali Nakhi, E V Venkat Shivaji Ramarao, Navneet Bung, Gopalakrishnan Bulusu, Manojit Pal, Devyani Haldar
The NAD+-dependent protein deacetylase SIRT1 has emerged as an important target for epigenetic therapeutics of colon cancer as its increased expression is associated with cancer progression. Additionally, SIRT1 represses p53 function via deacetylation, promoting tumor growth. Therefore, inhibition of SIRT1 is of great therapeutic interest for the treatment of colon cancer. Here, we report discovery of a novel quinoxaline based small molecule inhibitor of human SIRT1, 4bb, investigated its effect on viability of colon cancer cells and molecular mechanism of action...
May 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526369/quorum-sensing-modulators-exhibit-cytotoxicity-in-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-cells-and-interfere-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Natarajan Nandakumar, Rambabu Dandela, Jacob Gopas, Michael M Meijler
In recent years it has become evident that bacteria can modulate signaling pathways in host cells through the secretion of small signaling molecules. We have evaluated the cytotoxic effects and NF-κB inhibitory activities of a panel of quorum sensing molecules and their reactive analogs on Hodgkin's lymphoma cells (L428). We found that several molecules inhibited NF-κB signaling in a dose dependent manner. Three inhibitors (ITC-12, ITC-Cl and Br-Furanone) showed 50% NF-κB inhibition at concentrations less than 10µM (4...
May 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526237/small-molecule-inhibition-of-wnt-signaling-abrogates-dexamethasone-induced-phenotype-of-primary-human-trabecular-meshwork-cells
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Sarah D Ahadome, Chi Zhang, Elizabeth Tannous, James Shen, Jie J Zheng
Trabecular meshwork (TM) cells are the governing regulators of the TM structure. When the functionality of these cells is impaired, the structure of the TM is perturbed, which often results in increased ocular hypertension. High intraocular pressure is the most significant risk factor for steroid-induced glaucoma. Dexamethasone (Dex) induced phenotype of TM cells is widely utilized as a model system to gain insight into mechanisms underlying damaged TM in glaucoma. In this study, to assess the possible role of the abnormal Wnt signaling in steroid-induced glaucoma, we analyzed the effects of small-molecule Wnt signaling modulators on Dex-induced expression extracellular matrix proteins of primary human TM cells...
May 16, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526091/a-pre-therapeutic-coating-for-medical-devices-that-prevents-the-attachment-of-candida-albicans
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Diego Vargas-Blanco, Aung Lynn, Jonah Rosch, Rony Noreldin, Anthony Salerni, Christopher Lambert, Reeta P Rao
BACKGROUND: Hospital acquired fungal infections are defined as "never events"-medical errors that should never have happened. Systemic Candida albicans infections results in 30-50% mortality rates. Typically, adhesion to abiotic medical devices and implants initiates such infections. Efficient adhesion initiates formation of aggressive biofilms that are difficult to treat. Therefore, inhibitors of adhesion are important for drug development and likely to have a broad spectrum efficacy against many fungal pathogens...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526061/photosynthesis-at-the-far-red-region-of-the-spectrum-in-acaryochloris-marina
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REVIEW
Syed Lal Badshah, Yahia Mabkhot, Salim S Al-Showiman
Acaryochloris marina is an oxygenic cyanobacterium that utilizes far-red light for photosynthesis. It has an expanded genome, which helps in its adaptability to the environment, where it can survive on low energy photons. Its major light absorbing pigment is chlorophyll d and it has α-carotene as a major carotenoid. Light harvesting antenna includes the external phycobilin binding proteins, which are hexameric rods made of phycocyanin and allophycocyanins, while the small integral membrane bound chlorophyll binding proteins are also present...
May 19, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525955/imaging-and-manipulating-energy-transfer-among-quantum-dots-at-individual-dot-resolution
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Duc A Nguyen, Huy A Nguyen, Joseph W Lyding, Martin Gruebele
Many processes of interest in quantum dots involve charge or energy transfer from one dot to another. Energy transfer in films of quantum dots as well as between linked quantum dots has been demonstrated by luminescence shift, and the ultrafast time-dependence of energy transfer processes has been resolved. Bandgap variation among dots (energy disorder) and dot separation are known to play an important role in how energy diffuses. Thus it would be very useful if energy transfer could be visualized directly on a dot-by-dot basis among small clusters or within films of quantum dots...
May 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525842/indole-coumarin-thiadiazole-hybrids-an-appraisal-of-their-mcf-7%C3%A2-cell-growth-inhibition-apoptotic-antimetastatic-and-computational-bcl-2-binding-potential
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Pooja R Kamath, Dhanya Sunil, Manu M Joseph, Abdul Ajees Abdul Salam, Sreelekha T T
Cancer therapeutic potential of thiadiazole hybrids incorporating pharmacologically active indole and coumarin moieties have not been explored much. In the current investigation, three new thiadiazole hybrids with spacers of varying lengths linking indole and thiadiazole units were synthesized and their structures were well-established using various spectroscopic techniques. 3-(1-(5-(3-(1H-indol-3-yl)propyl)-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-ylimino)ethyl)-6-bromo-2H-chromen-2-one (IPTBC) exhibited dose-dependent cytotoxicity in breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7) cells...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525769/turning-the-light-on-in-the-phenotypic-drug-discovery-black-box
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John G Moffat
In this issue, Drawnel et al. (2017) introduce the concept of a "molecular phenotype" and demonstrate how "big data" coming from gene expression profiling, combined with signaling pathway information, small-molecule chemical information, preclinical animal models, and clinical samples can empower phenotypic discovery at several critical levels.
May 18, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525572/crosstalk-between-vertical-and-horizontal-gene-transfer-plasmid-replication-control-by-a-conjugative-relaxase
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Fabián Lorenzo-Díaz, Cris Fernández-López, Rudi Lurz, Alicia Bravo, Manuel Espinosa
Horizontal gene transfer is a key process in the evolution of bacteria and also represents a source of genetic variation in eukaryotes. Among elements participating in gene transfer, thousands of small (<10 kb) mobile bacterial plasmids that replicate by the rolling circle mechanism represent a driving force in the spread of antibiotic resistances. In general, these plasmids are built as genetic modules that encode a replicase, an antibiotic-resistance determinant, and a relaxase that participates in their conjugative mobilization...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525556/transcriptome-of-the-gsh-depleted-lens-reveals-changes-in-detoxification-and-emt-signaling-genes-transport-systems-and-lipid-homeostasis
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Jeremy A Whitson, Xiang Zhang, Mario Medvedovic, Jenny Chen, Zongbo Wei, Vincent M Monnier, Xingjun Fan
Purpose: To understand the effects of glutathione (GSH)-deficiency on genetic processes that regulate lens homeostasis and prevent cataractogenesis. Methods: The transcriptome of lens epithelia and fiber cells was obtained from C57BL/6 LEGSKO (lens GSH-synthesis knockout) and buthionine sulfoximine (BSO)-treated LEGSKO mice and compared to C57BL/6 wild-type mice using RNA-Seq. Transcriptomic data were confirmed by qPCR and Western blot/ELISA on a subset of genes...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525375/ros-enhance-angiogenic-properties-via-regulation-of-nrf2-in-tumor-endothelial-cells
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Takayuki Hojo, Nako Maishi, Alam Mohammad Towfik, Kosuke Akiyama, Noritaka Ohga, Masanobu Shindoh, Yasuhiro Hida, Kazuyuki Minowa, Toshiaki Fujisawa, Kyoko Hida
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are unstable molecules that activate oxidative stress. Because of the insufficient blood flow in tumors, the tumor microenvironment is often exposed to hypoxic condition and nutrient deprivation, which induces ROS accumulation. We isolated tumor endothelial cells (TECs) and found that they have various abnormalities, although the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Here we showed that ROS were accumulated in tumor blood vessels and ROS enhanced TEC migration with upregulation of several angiogenesis related gene expressions...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525268/rational-design-of-novel-allosteric-dihydrofolate-reductase-inhibitors-showing-antibacterial-effects-on-drug-resistant-e-coli-escape-variants
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Bharath Srinivasan, João V Rodrigues, Sam Tonddast-Navaei, Eugene Shakhnovich, Jeffrey Skolnick
In drug-discovery, systematic variations of substituents on a common scaffold and bioisosteric replacements are often used to generate diversity and obtain molecules with better biological effects. However, this could saturate the small-molecule diversity pool resulting in drug-resistance. On the other hand, conventional drug-discovery relies on targeting known pockets on protein surfaces leading to drug resistance by mutations of critical pocket residues. Here, we present a two-pronged strategy of designing novel drugs that target unique pockets on a protein's surface to overcome the above problems...
May 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524847/an-in-vivo-strategy-to-counteract-post-administration-anticoagulant-activity-of-azido-warfarin
#18
Sylvain Ursuegui, Marion Recher, Wojciech Krężel, Alain Wagner
Drugs, usually long acting and metabolically stable molecules, might be the source of adverse effects triggered by complex drug interactions, anaphylaxis and drug-induced coagulopathy. To circumvent this growing drug safety issue, we herein investigate the opportunity offered by bio-orthogonal chemistry for in vivo drug neutralization. We design a small-molecule anticoagulant drug (Warfarin) containing an azide group that acts as a safety pin. It allows drug deactivation and restoration of physiological coagulation via in vivo click reaction with a suitable cyclooctyne-based neutralizing agent...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524652/optical-characteristics-and-tumor-imaging-capabilities-of-near-infrared-dyes-in-free-and-nano-encapsulated-formulations-comprised-of-viral-capsids
#19
Yadir Guerrero, Sheela Singh, Turong Mai, Ravoori Murali, Leela Tanikella, Atta Zahedi, Vikas Kundra, Bahman Anvari
Near infrared (NIR) fluorescent molecules and nano-sized structures can serve as potential optical probes for image-guided removal of small tumor nodules (≈ < 1 mm diameter). While indocyanine green (ICG) remains as the only FDA-approved NIR dye, other organic dyes are under extensive development for enhanced imaging capabilities. One such dye is BrCy106-NHS where bromine is substituted for aromatic structures in cyanine dyes. Herein, we investigate the absorption and fluorescence characteristics of ICG and BrCy106-NHS, and quantitatively assess their tumor imaging capabilities in free (non-encapsulated) and a nano-encapsulated form that utilizes the capsid protein (CP) from genome-depleted plant-infecting brome mosaic virus as the encapsulating shell...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524556/the-larmor-frequency-shift-in-magnetically-heterogeneous-media-depends-on-their-mesoscopic-structure
#20
Alexander Ruh, Harald Scherer, Valerij G Kiselev
PURPOSE: Recent studies have addressed the determination of the NMR precession frequency in biological tissues containing magnetic susceptibility differences between cell types. The purpose of this study is to investigate the dependence of the precession frequency on medium microstructure using a simple physical model. THEORY: This dependence is governed by diffusion of NMR-visible molecules in magnetically heterogeneous microenvironments. In the limit of fast diffusion, the precession frequency is determined by the average susceptibility-induced magnetic field, whereas in the limit of slow diffusion it is determined by the average local phase factor of precessing spins...
May 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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