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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323991/whole-body-vibration-mimics-the-metabolic-effects-of-exercise-in-male-leptin-receptor-deficient-mice
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Meghan E McGee-Lawrence, Karl H Wenger, Sudipta Misra, Catherine L Davis, Norman K Pollock, Mohammed Elsalanty, Kehong Ding, Carlos M Isales, Mark W Hamrick, Joanna R Erion, Marlena Wosiski-Kuhn, Phonepasong Arounleut, Mark P Mattson, Roy G Cutler, Jack C Yu, Alexis M Stranahan
Whole-body vibration has gained attention as a potential exercise mimetic, but direct comparisons with the metabolic effects of exercise are scarce. To determine whether whole-body vibration recapitulates the metabolic and osteogenic effects of physical activity, we exposed male wildtype (Wt) and leptin receptor deficient (db/db) mice to daily treadmill exercise or whole-body vibration for three months. Body weights were analyzed and compared with Wt and db/db mice that remained sedentary. Glucose and insulin tolerance testing revealed comparable attenuation of hyperglycemia and insulin resistance in db/db mice following treadmill exercise or whole-body vibration...
March 15, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319811/protein-epitope-mimetic-macrocycles-as-biopharmaceuticals
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REVIEW
Anatol Luther, Kerstin Moehle, Eric Chevalier, Glenn Dale, Daniel Obrecht
Fully synthetic medium-sized macrocyclic peptides mimicking the key β-hairpin and α-helical protein epitopes relevant in many protein-protein interactions have emerged as a novel class of drugs with the potential to fill an important gap between small molecules and proteins. Conformationally stabilized macrocyclic scaffolds represent ideal templates for medicinal chemists to incorporate bioactive peptide and protein pharmacophores in order to generate novel drugs to treat diseases with high unmet medical need...
March 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319809/abt-737-synergizes-with-cisplatin-bypassing-aberration-of-apoptotic-pathway-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Eun Young Kim, Ji Ye Jung, Arum Kim, Yoon Soo Chang, Se Kyu Kim
A subset of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which does not have a druggable driver mutation, is treated with platinum-based cytotoxic chemotherapy, but it develops resistance triggered by DNA damage responses. Here, we investigated the effect of activation of STAT3 by cisplatin on anti-apoptotic proteins and the effectiveness of a co-treatment with cisplatin and a BH3 mimetic, ABT-737. We analyzed the relationship between cisplatin and STAT3 pathway and effect of ABT-737, when combined with cisplatin in NSCLC cells and K-ras mutant mouse models...
March 17, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317969/yolk-shell-nanostructured-fe3o4-c-magnetic-nanoparticles-with-enhanced-peroxidase-like-activity-for-label-free-colorimetric-detection-of-h2o2-and-glucose
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Na Lu, Min Zhang, Lei Ding, Jing Zheng, Caixia Zeng, Yanli Wen, Gang Liu, Ali Aldalbahi, Jiye Shi, Shiping Song, Xiaolei Zuo, Lihua Wang
Herein, we have developed a simple and facile method to synthesize yolk-shell nanostructured Fe3O4@C nanoparticles (NPs) as a multifunctional biosensing platform for the label-free colorimetric detection of H2O2 and glucose. It was demonstrated that Fe3O4@C yolk-shell nanostructures (YSNs) retained the magnetic properties that can be used for separation and concentration. Also importantly, the Fe3O4@C YSNs exhibited an intrinsic peroxidase-like activity that could quickly catalyze the enzyme substrate in the presence of H2O2 and produce a blue color...
March 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317295/two-year-follow-up-of-patients-with-septic-shock-presenting-with-low-hdl-the-effect-upon-acute-kidney-injury-death-and-estimated-glomerular-filtration-rate
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K Roveran Genga, C Lo, M Cirstea, G Zhou, K R Walley, J A Russell, A Levin, J H Boyd
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is associated with decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. HDL has anti-inflammatory properties, and the use of Apo A-I mimetic peptides is associated with renal function improvement in animal models of sepsis. However, it is not known whether decreased HDL level results in impaired renal function in human sepsis. We investigated whether low levels of HDL conferred an increased risk of sepsis-associated acute kidney injury (AKI) or long-term decreased estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) after sepsis...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315813/the-case-for-applying-tissue-engineering-methodologies-to-instruct-human-organoid-morphogenesis
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REVIEW
Carlos R Marti-Figueroa, Randolph S Ashton
Three-dimensional organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) derivatives have become widely used in vitro models for studying development and disease. Their ability to recapitulate facets of normal human development during in vitro morphogenesis produces tissue structures with unprecedented biomimicry. Current organoid derivation protocols primarily rely on spontaneous morphogenesis processes to occur within 3-D spherical cell aggregates with minimal to no exogenous control. This yields organoids containing microscale regions of biomimetic tissues, but at the macroscale (i...
March 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314502/nutrient-sensing-and-the-oxidative-stress-response
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REVIEW
Hanzhi Luo, Hou-Hsien Chiang, Makensie Louw, Albert Susanto, Danica Chen
The simplicity and effectiveness of calorie restriction (CR) in lifespan and healthspan extension have fascinated generations searching for the Fountain of Youth. CR reduces levels of oxidative stress and damage, which have been postulated in the free radical theory of aging as a major cause of aging and diseases of aging. This reduction has long been viewed as a result of passive slowing of metabolism. Recent advances in nutrient sensing have provided molecular insights into the oxidative stress response and suggest that CR triggers an active defense program involving a cascade of molecular regulators to reduce oxidative stress...
March 14, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306139/the-tir-bb-loop-mimetic-as-1-prevents-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-and-hepatic-insulin-resistance-by-inhibiting-nlrp3-asc-inflammasome-activation
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Xiaolu Wang, Yun Gao, Juan Song, Chao Tang, Man Wang, Linli Que, Li Liu, Guoqing Zhu, Qi Chen, Yong Yao, Yong Xu, Jiantao Li, Yuehua Li
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized by excessive intracellular lipid accumulation, inflammation and hepatic insulin resistance. Considering the rising prevalence of NASH worldwide, it is urgent to find novel interventional approaches. The pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1β, generated and released from the Kupffer cells, is considered to be an initiating event in NASH. AS-1, a synthetic low-molecule mimetic to myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88 (MyD88), has been reported to disrupt the IL-1R-MyD88 interaction...
March 17, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303608/resorcinarene-based-facial-glycosides-implication-of-detergent-flexibility-on-membrane-protein-stability
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Pil Seok Chae, Hazrat Hussain, Yang Du, Elena Tikhonova, Jonas Mortensen, Orquidea Ribeiro, Claudia Santillan, Manabendra Das, Claus Løland, Lan Guan, Brian Kobilka, Bernadette Byrne, Muhammad Ehsan
As a membrane-mimetic system, detergent micelles are popularly used to extract membrane proteins from the lipid environment and to maintain their solubility and stability in an aqueous medium. Despite the wide utility in membrane protein research, many membrane proteins encapsulated in conventional detergents tend to undergo structural degradation during extraction and purification, thus necessitating the development of novel agents with enhanced properties. In the current study we introduce two classes of novel amphiphiles, resorcinarene-based glucoside and maltoside amphiphiles (designated RGAs and RMAs, respectively), where the alkyl chains are facially segregated from the carbohydrate head groups...
March 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297084/changing-tastes-learning-hunger-and-fullness-after-gastric-bypass-surgery
#10
Line Hillersdal, Bodil J Christensen, Lotte Holm
Gastric bypass surgery is a specific medical technology that alters the body in ways that force patients to fundamentally change their eating habits. When patients enrol for surgery, they enter a learning process, encountering new and at times contested ways of sensing their bodies, tasting, and experiencing hunger and fullness. In this paper, we explore how patients begin to eat again after gastric bypass surgery. The empirical data used here are drawn from a Danish fieldwork study of individuals undergoing obesity surgery...
March 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293407/thrombocytopenia-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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REVIEW
Sumit Dahal, Smrity Upadhyay, Rashmi Banjade, Prajwal Dhakal, Nabin Khanal, Vijaya Raj Bhatt
Thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major problem. The pathophysiology is multifactorial, with auto-immunogenicity, direct bone marrow suppression, hypersplenism, decreased production of thrombopoietin and therapeutic adverse effect all contributing to thrombocytopenia in different measures. The greatest challenge in the care of chronic HCV patients with thrombocytopenia is the difficulty in initiating or maintaining IFN containing anti-viral therapy. Although at present, it is possible to avoid this challenge with the use of the sole Direct Antiviral Agents (DAAs) as the primary treatment modality, thrombocytopenia remains of particular interest, especially in cases of advanced liver disease...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292469/down-regulation-of-the-placental-bcrp-abcg2-transporter-in-response-to-hypoxia-signaling
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Lissa N Francois, Ludwik Gorczyca, Jianyao Du, Kristin M Bircsak, Elizabeth Yen, Xia Wen, Mei-Juan Tu, Ai-Ming Yu, Nicholas P Illsley, Stacy Zamudio, Lauren M Aleksunes
INTRODUCTION: The BCRP/ABCG2 efflux transporter protects the developing fetus by limiting the transplacental transfer of drugs and chemicals and prevents the apoptosis of trophoblasts. The purpose of this study was to determine whether hypoxia-related signaling alters placental BCRP expression and function in vitro and in human pregnancies. METHODS: Human BeWo choriocarcinoma cells were treated with the hypoxia mimetic, cobalt chloride (CoCl2), or 3% oxygen for 24-48 h...
March 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292234/bovine-serum-albumin-as-a-versatile-platform-for-cancer-imaging-and-therapy
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Jun Wang, Bingbo Zhang
With the rapid development of nanotechnology, a large number of nanomaterials have been developed for cancer imaging and therapy. Among these nanomaterials, Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) is attracting ever-increasing attention, due to biocompatibility, biodegradability, ease of availability and preparation, high drug loading efficiency and abundant number of functional groups. Currently, BSA-based nanoparticles are widely reported in the biomedical applications. This article reviews the applications of BSA as a versatile platform for cancer imaging and therapy, which includes BSA as drug carrier, surface modification agent and bio-mimetic template...
March 14, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291355/the-conformation-of-the-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-transmembrane-domain-dimer-dynamically-adapts-to-the-local-membrane-environment
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Eduard V Bocharov, Pavel E Bragin, Konstantin V Pavlov, Olga V Bocharova, Konstantin S Mineev, Anton A Polyansky, Pavel E Volynsky, Roman G Efremov, Alexander S Arseniev
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) family is an important class of receptor tyrosine kinases, mediating a variety of cellular responses in normal biological processes and in pathological states of multicellular organisms. Different modes of dimerization of the human EGFR transmembrane domain (TMD) in different membrane mimetics recently prompted us to propose a novel signal transduction mechanism based on protein-lipid interaction. However, the experimental evidence for it was originally obtained with slightly different TMD fragments used in the two different mimetics, compromising the validity of the comparison...
March 17, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291255/tir-bb-loop-mimetic-as-1-attenuates-cardiac-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-a-caveolae-and-caveolin-3-dependent-mechanism
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Yuanping Hu, Meiling Zhang, Xin Shen, Guoliang Dai, Danyang Ren, Linli Que, Tuanzhu Ha, Chuanfu Li, Yong Xu, Wenzheng Ju, Yuehua Li
AS-1, the TIR/BB loop mimetic, plays a protective role in cardiac ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) but the molecular mechanism remains unclear. The muscle specific caveolin3 (Cav-3) and the caveolae have been found to be critical for cardioprotection. This study aimed to evaluate our hypothesis that caveolae and Cav-3 are essential for AS-1-induced cardioprotection against myocardial I/R injury. To address these issues, we analyzed the involvement of Cav-3 in AS-1 mediated cardioprotection both in vivo and in vitro...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289908/why-should-people-with-type-1-diabetes-exercise-regularly
#16
Roberto Codella, Ileana Terruzzi, Livio Luzi
Plethoric evidence reminds of the protective effects of exercise against a number of health risks, across all ages, in the general population. The benefits of exercise for individuals with type 2 diabetes are indisputable. An in-depth understanding of energy metabolism has reasonably entailed exercise as a cornerstone in the lifestyle of almost all subjects with type 1 diabetes. Nevertheless, individuals with type 1 diabetes often fail in accomplishing exercise guidelines and they are less active than their peer without diabetes...
March 14, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288819/multifaceted-anticancer-activity-of-bh3-mimetics-current-evidence-and-future-prospects
#17
REVIEW
Małgorzata Opydo-Chanek, Oscar Gonzalo, Isabel Marzo
BH3 mimetics are a novel class of anticancer agents designed to specifically target pro-survival proteins of the Bcl-2 family. Like endogenous BH3-only proteins, BH3 mimetics competitively bind to surface hydrophobic grooves of pro-survival Bcl-2 family members, counteracting their protective effects and thus facilitating apoptosis in cancer cells. Among the small-molecule BH3 mimetics identified, ABT-737 and its analogs, obatoclax as well as gossypol derivatives are the best characterized. The anticancer potential of these compounds applied as a single agent or in combination with chemotherapeutic drugs is currently being evaluated in preclinical studies and in clinical trials...
March 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288002/analytic-model-for-low-energy-excitation-states-and-phase-transitions-in-spin-ice-systems
#18
F I López-Bara, F López-Aguilar
Low energy excitation states in magnetic structures of the so-called spin-ices are produced via spin flips among contiguous tetrahedra of their crystal structure. These spin flips generate entities which mimic magnetic dipoles in every two tetrahedra according to the dumbbell model. When the temperature increases, the spin-flip processes are transmitted in the lattice, generating so-called Dirac strings, which constitute structural entities that can present mimetic behavior similar to that of magnetic monopoles...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286804/bacterial-superantigen-toxins-induce-a-lethal-cytokine-storm-by-enhancing-b7-2-cd28-costimulatory-receptor-engagement-a-critical-immune-checkpoint
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Raymond Kaempfer, Andrey Popugailo, Revital Levy, Gila Arad, Dalia Hillman, Ziv Rotfogel
Formation of the costimulatory axis between the B7-2 and CD28 coreceptors is critical for T-cell activation. Superantigens, Gram-positive bacterial virulence factors, cause toxic shock and sepsis by hyperinducing inflammatory cytokines. We report a novel role for costimulatory receptors CD28 and B7-2 as obligatory receptors for superantigens, rendering them therapeutic targets. We show that by engaging not only CD28 but also its coligand B7-2 directly, superantigens potently enhance the interaction between B7-2 and CD28, inducing thereby T-cell hyperactivation...
2017: Receptors & Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286228/the-smac-mimetic-birinapant-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-liver-injury-by-inhibiting-the-tumor-necrosis-factor-receptor-associated-factor-3-degradation-in-kupffer-cells
#20
Hongxiang Liu, Rui Liao, Kun He, Xiwen Zhu, Peizhi Li, Jianping Gong
It was demonstrated that second mitochondria-derived activator of caspases (SMAC) mimetic inhibites tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 3 (TRAF3) degradation and the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway activation induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in vitro. However, the effect of Smac mimetic in vivo is not clear. The present study was to investigate the role of Smac mimetic in LPS-induced liver injury in mice and its possible mechanism. An animal model of LPS-induced liver injury was established by intraperitoneally injecting mice with 10mg/kg LPS pretreatment with or without Smac mimetic birinapant (30mg/kg body weight)...
March 9, 2017: Immunology Letters
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