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Gregory D Bowden, Kirkwood M Land, Roberta M O'Connor, Heather M Fritz
The apicomplexan parasite Sarcocystis neurona is the primary etiologic agent of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), a serious neurologic disease of horses. Many horses in the U.S. are at risk of developing EPM; approximately 50% of all horses in the U.S. have been exposed to S. neurona and treatments for EPM are 60-70% effective. Advancement of treatment requires new technology to identify new drugs for EPM. To address this critical need, we developed, validated, and implemented a high-throughput screen to test 725 FDA-approved compounds from the NIH clinical collections library for anti-S...
February 16, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
Julianne Teresa Djordjevic, Sophie Lev
Invasive fungal diseases pose a serious threat, and new drugs are urgently needed. In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Pries et al. (2018) identified benzamide- and picolinamide-based small-molecule inhibitors with antifungal properties, including some active against pathogenic Candida species. These compounds target an essential component of the fungal secretion machinery, suggesting a new approach to antifungal development.
March 15, 2018: Cell Chemical Biology
Jianliang Sun, Lianghai Li, Guangying Zhou, Xue Wang, Liang Zhang, Yueping Liu, Jierui Yang, Xianghong Lü, Feng Jiang
The conventional flue gas treatment technologies require high capital investments and chemical costs, which limit their application in industrial sectors. This study developed a sulfur-cycling technology to integrate sulfide production by biological sulfur reduction and simultaneous catalytic desulfurization and denitrification with H2 S (H2 S-SCDD) for flue gas treatment and sulfur recovery. In a packed bed reactor, high-rate sulfide production (1.63 ± 0.16 kg S/m3 -d) from biological sulfur reduction was achieved using organics in wastewater as electron donors at pH around 5...
March 16, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Ana Catarina Lopes, Ariane Sagasti, Andoni Lasheras, Virginia Muto, Jon Gutiérrez, Dimitris Kouzoudis, José Manuel Barandiarán
The main parameters of magnetoelastic resonators in the detection of chemical (i.e., salts, gases, etc.) or biological (i.e., bacteria, phages, etc.) agents are the sensitivity S (or external agent change magnitude per Hz change in the resonance frequency) and the quality factor Q of the resonance. We present an extensive study on the experimental determination of the Q factor in such magnetoelastic resonant platforms, using three different strategies: (a) analyzing the real and imaginary components of the susceptibility at resonance; (b) numerical fitting of the modulus of the susceptibility; (c) using an exact mathematical expression for the real part of the susceptibility...
March 16, 2018: Sensors
Francisco Martín Rodríguez, Cristina Fernández Pérez, Miguel Castro Villamor, José Luis Martín Conty, Pedro Arnillas Gómez, Verónica Casado Vicente
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to determine the usefulness of level D personal protective equipment (PPE) in safeguarding health care staff who perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Quasi-experimental, uncontrolled trial in 96 volunteers chosen randomly and stratified by sex, level of training, and professional category. The subjects were selected from a convenience sample of 164 nurses, physicians, and students of nursing and medicine (40 men [41...
2018: Emergencias: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Medicina de Emergencias
Kyle I Mentkowski, Jonathan D Snitzer, Sarah Rusnak, Jennifer K Lang
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) comprise a heterogeneous group of small membrane vesicles, including exosomes, which play a critical role in intracellular communication and regulation of numerous physiological processes in health and disease. Naturally released from virtually all cells, these vesicles contain an array of nucleic acids, lipids and proteins which they transfer to target cells within their local milieu and systemically. They have been proposed as a means of "cell-free, cell therapy" for cancer, immune disorders, and more recently cardiovascular disease...
March 15, 2018: AAPS Journal
Jordi Grau, Cristina Renau, Ana B Caballero, Amparo Caubet, Marta Pockaj, Julia Lorenzo, Patrick Gamez
The [Cu(L)Cl2]2 and [Pt(L)Cl2] complexes were prepared from the simple Schiff-base ligand (E)-phenyl-N-((pyridin-2-yl)methylene)methanamine (L) and respectively, CuCl2 and cis-[PtCl2(DMSO)2]. DNA-interaction studies revealed that the copper complex most likely acts as a DNA cleaver whereas the platinum complex binds to the double helix. Remarkably, cell-viability experiments with HeLa, MCF7 and PC3 cells showed that [Cu(L)Cl2]2 is an efficient cytotoxic agent whereas [Pt(L)Cl2] is not toxic, illustrating the crucial role played by the nature of the metal ion in the corresponding biological activity...
March 16, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Milad Moloudizargari, Esmaeil Mortaz, Mohammad Hossein Asghari, Ian M Adcock, Frank A Redegeld, Johan Garssen
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have well established anti-cancer properties. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are among this biologically active family of macromolecules for which various anti-cancer effects have been explained. These PUFAs have a high safety profile and can induce apoptosis and inhibit growth of cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo , following a partially selective manner. They also increase the efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents by increasing the sensitivity of different cell lines to specific anti-neoplastic drugs...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Jingxiao Wang, Xinjie Yang, Haibo Han, Limin Wang, Weiqian Bao, Shanshan Wang, Robert M Hoffman, Meng Yang, Hui Qi, Chao An, Kaiwen Hu
Objective: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is highly invasive and metastatic, which is in urgent need of transformative therapeutics. Tubeimu (TBM), the rhizome of Bolbostemma paniculatum (Maxim.) Franquet, is one of the Chinese medicinal herbs used for breast diseases since the ancient times. The present study evaluated the efficacy, especially the anti-metastatic effects of the dichloromethane extract of Tubeimu (ETBM) on TNBC orthotopic mouse models and cell lines. Methods: We applied real-time imaging on florescent orthotopic TNBC mice model and tested cell migration and invasion abilities with MDA-MB-231 cell line...
February 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
T A Defosse, Y Le Govic, V Courdavault, M Clastre, P Vandeputte, D Chabasse, J-P Bouchara, N Giglioli-Guivarc'h, N Papon
Among the subdivision of Saccharomycotina (ascomycetes budding yeasts), the CTG clade (formerly the Candida clade) includes species that display a particular genetic code. In these yeasts, the CTG codon is predominantly translated as a serine instead of a leucine residue. It is now well-known that some CTG clade species have a major impact on human and its activities. Some of them are recognized as opportunistic agents of fungal infections termed candidiasis. In addition, another series of species belonging to the CTG clade draws the attention of some research groups because they exhibit a strong potential in various areas of biotechnology such as biological control, bioremediation, but also in the production of valuable biocompounds (biofuel, vitamins, sweeteners, industrial enzymes)...
March 12, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Valérie A Zeller, Valérie-Anne Letembet, Vanina A Meyssonnier, Beate Heym, Jean-Marc Ziza, Simon D Marmor
BACKGROUND: Cutibacterium spp. (formerly Propionibacterium) are slow-growing cutaneous anaerobic commensals, rarely reported in prosthetic joint infections (PJIs). We describe epidemiological, clinical, biological, and radiological characteristics of 15 Cutibacterium avidum PJIs, their treatments, and outcomes. METHODS: This study is an observational, monocenter study (January 2004 to April 2017), with comparison of C avidum vs Cutibacterium acnes (n = 40) PJI characteristics...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Aubrey L Galusha, Pamela C Kruger, Lyn J Howard, Patrick J Parsons
Patients receiving long-term parenteral nutrition (PN) are exposed to potentially toxic elements, which may accumulate in bone. Bone samples collected from seven PN patients (average = 14 years) and eighteen hip/knee samples were analyzed for Al as part of a previous investigation. Yttrium was serendipitously detected in the PN bone samples, leading to the present investigation of rare earth elements (REEs). A method for quantitating fifteen REEs in digested bone was developed based on tandem ICP-MS (ICP-MS/MS) to resolve spectral interferences...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Yi-Lei Fan, Xiao-Hong Jin, Zhong-Ping Huang, Hai-Feng Yu, Zhi-Gang Zeng, Tao Gao, Lian-Shun Feng
Tuberculosis still remains one of the most common, communicable, and leading deadliest diseases known to mankind throughout the world. Drug-resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis which threatens to worsen the global tuberculosis epidemic has caused great concern in recent years. To overcome the resistance, the development of new drugs with novel mechanisms of actions is of great importance. Imidazole-containing derivatives endow with various biological properties, and some of them demonstrated excellent anti-tubercular activity...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Bishnu P Joshi, Joseph Hardie, Michelle E Farkas
The accumulation of therapeutic and imaging agents at sites of interest is critical to their efficacy. Similarly, off-target effects (especially toxicity) are a major liability for these agents. For this reason, the use of delivery vehicles to improve the distribution characteristics of bio-active agents has become ubiquitous in the field. However, the majority of traditionally employed, cargo-bearing entities rely on passive accumulation. Even in cases where 'targeting' functionalities are used, the agents must first reach the site in order for the ligand-receptor interaction to occur...
March 15, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Rajendra H Patil, Firoz A Kalam Khan, Kaivalya Jadhav, Manoj Damale, Siddique Akber Ansari, Hamad M Alkahtani, Azmat Ali Khan, Shantanu D Shinde, Rajesh Patil, Jaiprakash N Sangshetti
We report the synthesis of some new piperazine-sulphonamide linked Schiff bases as fungal biofilm inhibitors with antibacterial and antifungal potential. The biofilm inhibition result of Candida albicans proposed that the compounds 6b (IC50  = 32.1 μM) and 6j (IC50  = 31.4 μM) showed higher inhibitory activity than the standard fluconazole (IC50  = 40 μM). Compound 6d (MIC = 26.1 μg/mL) with a chloro group at the para position was found to be the most active antibacterial agent of the series against Bacillus subtilis when compared with the standard ciprofloxacin (MIC = 50 μg/mL)...
March 15, 2018: Archiv der Pharmazie
Stephan R Bohl, Lars Bullinger, Frank G Rücker
The majority of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are older and exhibit a poor prognosis even after intensive therapy. Inducing differentiation and apoptosis of leukemic blasts by DNA-hypomethylating agents, like e.g. azacytidine (AZA) and decitabine (DAC), represent well-tolerated alternative treatment approaches. Both agents show convincing response as single agents in AML. However, there is a lack of knowledge regarding molecular mechanisms and predictive biomarkers for these agents. Areas covered: This review will (i) provide an overview of the current knowledge of molecular mechanisms underlying the action of these drugs, (ii) report promising predictive biomarkers, (iii) elude on new combined treatment options, and (iv) discuss novel approaches to improve outcomes...
March 15, 2018: Expert Review of Hematology
Amit Shivajirao Waghmare, Shivaji Sandu Pandit, Dayanand M Suryawanshi
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 4H-pyran is one of the most well-known groups of synthetic heterocyclic compounds and it has attracted considerable attention of chemists in recent years because of their extensive range of biological and pharmaceutical activities. These compounds are used as antibacterial, anticancer agents, anti-coagulants, spasmolytics and anti-anaphylactic. 4H-pyran derivatives are utilized in cosmetics, pigments, biodegradable agrochemicals as well as photoactive materials. In addition, 4H-pyrans are also helpful as cognitive enhancers for the treatment of neuro degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, as well as for the treatment of schizophrenia and myoclonus...
March 14, 2018: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
Weinan Guo, Jinyuan Ma, Tianli Pei, Tao Zhao, Sen Guo, Xiuli Yi, Yu Liu, Shiyu Wang, Guannan Zhu, Zhe Jian, Tianwen Gao, Chunying Li, Wenjun Liao, Qiong Shi
Melanoma is the most malignant skin cancer with increasing incidence worldwide. Although innovative therapies such as BRAF inhibitor and immune checkpoint inhibitor have gained remarkable advances, metastatic melanoma remains an incurable disease for its notorious aggressiveness. Therefore, further clarification of the underlying mechanism of melanoma pathogenesis is critical for the improvement of melanoma therapy. Ubiquitination is an important regulatory event for cancer hallmarks and melanoma development, and the deubiquitinating enzymes including ubiquitin-specific peptidase (USP) families are greatly implicated in modulating cancer biology...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Sheta M Sheta, Said M El-Sheikh, Mohkles M Abd-Elzaher
Novel copper metal organic framework nanoparticles Cu-MOF-NPs (C1) were prepared via two simple alternative methods and confirmed by analytical characterization using mass, IR, Raman, XRD spectrum, HR-TEM and TGA-DSC. Mass spectroscopy revealed the molecular ion peak at 647 m/z for the monomeric unit structure n[Cu(AIP)2 (PIY)(H2 O)2 ]·4H2 O, the presence of which was further supported by mass fragmentation. The Raman spectrum revealed two separate peaks corresponding to D and G bands of carbon in the structure of C1...
March 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Jagpreet Singh Sidhu, Ashutosh Singh, Neha Garg, Navneet Kaur, Narinder Singh
Thioredoxin Reductase (TrxR) is a redox regulating enzyme which is predestined for the maintenance of redox homeostasis of mammalian cells. However, the elevated level of TrxR is associated with the progress of various types of tumors and therefore, this is a significant target for the detection of cancer cells. Herein, an easily engineered 'Turn ON' fluorescent sensor probe has been synthesized for the detection of TrxR and cell imaging using carbon dots. The emission intensity of fCDs on complexation with Cu2+ ions was drastically quenched...
March 15, 2018: Analyst
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